All the good stuff is coming!

May 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm (dessert, food, new york city)

Cupcake truck! It debuts on June 3!  I don’t actually like cupcakes all that much.  I like making them.  And I like the idea of them.  And I love the idea that there’s a cupcake truck!

The Union Square Greenmarket is finally showing some spring goodies!  Winter is over!  And the first (albeit expensive) strawberries are showing up!  I know you guys out in California will mock me for rejoicing over leeks and peashoots, which you have had for months now!  But you have to imagine half a year of just onions and apples!

And Mark’s coming home from Paris soon!  Just in time for summery BLTs and tomato-bread salads!

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Preview of July 4th weekend, 2010!

May 27, 2009 at 6:18 am (travel, wedding)

The inventor's old farmhouse and barns

The inventor's old farmhouse and barns

Imagine chairs and an aisle here...

Imagine chairs and an aisle here...

Lots of hiking trails through the woods and around the...

Lots of trails through the woods and around the...

... the reservoir

... the reservoir

I think this spot would be great for photos!  But I'm not sure whether there will be flowers in July.

I think this spot would be great for photos! But I'm not sure whether there will be flowers in July.

Fire pit and horseshoes!  A perfect match!

Fire pit and horseshoes! A perfect match!

Or maybe you're more of a volleyball person... HOOOOO!

Or maybe you're more of a volleyball person... HOOOOO!

And if you're still not satisfied, there's tennis (courts are off in the distance), kickball, whiffleball, softball, or whatever other game you want to play on the open field

And if you're still not satisfied, there's tennis (courts are off in the distance), kickball, whiffleball, softball, or whatever other game you want to play on the open field

And don't worry... there are also plenty of lovely spots for relaxing.

And don't worry... there are also plenty of lovely spots for relaxing.

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Tin Tins around the world

May 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm (books, international)

Mark picked up some Tin Tin books in Brussels: two versions of the Crab with the Golden Claws.  One’s in English and the other is in Chinese.  It turns out that they have a ton of translations for Tin Tin, many of them are in languages that I’ve never heard of.

They also show the availability of all the Tin Tin books on the backs.  There are 24 Tin Tin books in English, but only 21 in Chinese.

Tin Tins in Chinese

Tin Tins in Chinese

Tin Tins in English

Tin Tins in English

That might be a little hard to see, so here are the ones that are translated to English but not Chinese (simplified):

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Why is Alph-Art, whatever that is, left off?

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Why do the French museums want me to be a student?

May 2, 2009 at 7:50 pm (architecture, international, review)

I’m not a student and I left my old student IDs at home, so I was fully prepared to pay the regular adult admission price at all the museums in Paris.  But at two museums, a significant fraction of the total # of museums that I went to, even though they asked me if I was a student and I said no, they still gave me the student price.  Why is that?

Some of the non-standard Parisian museums I recommend are the Musee Pasteur and La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (architecture museum).  The setup could use a lot of improvement at the Musee Pasteur, but I wound up learning a ton about Pasteur anyway.  Man, he did a lot!  Do you think that if I were doing science 100 years ago, I could have made more discoveries than doing science now?

Musee Pasteur

Musee Pasteur

I’m not so into the old architecture (but if you are, they have lots of casts and replicas of old buildings and it’s pretty neat), but the modern architecture sections were done really well.

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Model at the architecture musuem

The Musée du Parfum was okay and worth a stop (it’s free) if you’re around the Opera area.  I was expecting a museum full of stuff to smell, but it was mostly a bunch of objects related to perfume, mostly bottles, and a store where they try to sell perfume.

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Empty bottles of scents that would have been fun to smell

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