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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 14, 2006 0 comments
"In [Daniel Kehlmann's] first novel translated into English, the 31-year-old literary wunderkind's breezy, sometimes charming and ultimately inconsequential work follows the actual lives, careers and eventual intersection of two of Germany's brightest scientists: explorer, geographer and naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt and the astronomer and aptly crowned 'prince of mathematicians' Carl Friedrich Gauss."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Apr 19, 2006 1 comments
Asking good questions is a skill that can be taught—and should be.
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Wes Phillips Posted: May 16, 2006 1 comments
As a member of the Park Slope Food Coop, I've been seeing signs warning of an international organic banana shortage for months now, but I assumed it was just a seasonal fluctuation, coupled with last year's brutal hurricane season. The New Scientist claims it may be a genetic apocalypse.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Oct 25, 2007 0 comments
Greg Stepanich ponders the 25th anniversary of Glenn Gould's death, commenting that "1982 was an unpropitious year to die for a man who found such a great creative outlet in technology."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Mar 28, 2007 0 comments
It's funny, but one of the topics Jeff Wong and I have been discussing, seemingly on a daily basis, has been the endless barrage of negative reviews of 300. I have my misgivings—principally the film's depiction of Hoplite warfare that completely ignores the existence of hoplon armor or Hoplite tactics.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jan 17, 2007 0 comments
The definition of "fetish" is "object or part of the body that arouses libidinal impulses—often to the exclusion of genital impulses." Fetishizing that annoying Microsoft Word paperclip, however, goes beyond extreme kink into deeply creepy territory.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Oct 27, 2006 1 comments
Huckleberry's decided to be Igor this year. Does that mean I have to go as Dr. Frankenstein?
Wes Phillips Posted: Mar 13, 2009 0 comments
You've seen the ads from YG Acoustics: "The best loudspeaker on Earth. Period." It sounds arrogant. But come on—high-end audio has never been a field of shrinking violets. When Ivor Tiefenbrun of Linn announced that the turntable, not the cartridge or loudspeakers, dictated the sound quality of an audio system, that was a man convinced that he was right and taking on the world. And was Krell's Dan D'Agostino any less arrogant when, in 1980, he introduced the KSA-100 power amplifier? In a world where small size and high wattage were the norms, didn't it take a pair of big brass 'uns to bring out a honkin' huge slab of metal that put out only 100Wpc?
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 7 comments
My phone rang and it was Dick Diamond, sales manager for YG Acoustics. "We'd like you to visit our factory and see what we're all about," Diamond said.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 25, 2006 0 comments
And a bottle, too. Wayne Curtis considers The History of the New World in 10 Cocktails.