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Blooming

I know these are the easiest orchids to grow, but I’ve never actually managed to get one to rebloom before. That is, they’re usually blooming when you buy them, and the flowers eventually fade. ...

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Hiding the Works

Apple’s release of the iPad has generated a lot of angst and gnashing of teeth amongst a certain class of geek. Ben Fry’s latest post on the subject is fairly typical. Or as Tim...

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HTML 5 Canvas in Blogger

The purpose of the previous post with the port of Starlings to JavaScript was to learn how viable it would be to use the HTML 5 canvas element to embed graphics in our blog....

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Canvas Starlings

Your browser doesn’t support the canvas element. This is a version of the Starlings demo written in straight JavaScript. It’s probably going to have problems in some browsers. Specifically, Internet Explorer doesn’t support the...

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No Coffee!

We moved into the new Media Lab building a little more than a month ago. There were a lot of things that were not quite finished when we moved in, and there was a...

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Tarragon Chicken Crêpes

I think I copied this recipe down from a magazine or newspaper back when I was in college. [Ok, this is just a little too weird – I just went searching for the original...

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Heiliger Dankgesang

Last night we went to Jordan Hall (one of my favorite places) to see the Artemis quartet. They played 3 Beethoven quartets. They started with one of the early ones (Opus 18 no. 2)...

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Popular Science

When I was young, I had a vast collection of old Popular Science magazines. I used to spend hours poring over them. I memorized vast numbers of strange machines, weird inventions, and odd facts...

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John McPhee

John McPhee has always been one of my favorite writers. I remember when I was young and would go over to my grandmother’s house. I would sit on the couch and flip through her...

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Spring coming!

This has been a weird winter. We’ve had very cold stretches, and some warmer days. According to the monthly summary in the Globe today, February was warmer than normal. I wish we still had...