Friday, February 19, 2016

Publish Or Perish

Monday, February 15, 2016
Yesterday morning, as I drank my coffee just before 8 AM, the official local temperature was 0 degrees.  It eventually crawled up barely to two digits.  It was the coldest day here in 22 years, and (appropriately) the coldest Valentine's Day here forever.

Please take the simple test at  I think that it raises some interesting questions about human behavior, including a possible refutation to my theorem that rich people understand percentages and poor people do not understand percentages.  Rich people lend money at compound interest; poor people borrow money at compound interest.  The research cited in the article, however, concludes that "[p]oorer people tend to value a dollar more consistently [than more affluent ones], irrespective of the context, [that is, the percentages involved]."  I confess that I answered the test just like an affluent person.  Better not tell Bernie Sanders.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Upper West Side's Power Couple hied off to Massachusetts again for some advanced placement babysitting.  To celebrate Michael Jordan's birthday tomorrow, all three generations dined at CK Shanghai, 15 Washington Street, Wellesley, a highly-reputed Chinese restaurant.  Unfortunately, I can't join the chorus of approval.  The scallion pancake ($5.75) and the cold sesame noodles ($6.95) were very good.  The pancake was pan fried in oil, giving it a crisp exterior around a thick middle.  The noodles were angel hair (vermicelli), seemingly regenerating as every forkful was removed.  

I skipped all the dishes that were ordered "not spicy," for the women and children as they rushed to the lifeboats.  Two special appetizers were especially disappointing -- the crispy chicken roll ($8.95), 7" long and 2" round, hid the chicken almost entirely in a filling of shredded lettuce, and the beef scallion pie ($9.95) was no more than a couple of thin small slices of dry beef in a scallion pancake.  

The two main dishes that I shared were average, tangerine crispy beef ($14.50) and chicken with Yu-Shiang (spicy garlic) sauce ($11.50).  In all, Grade B.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
I spent part of the afternoon with my grandsons catching up with the travails of Kung Fu Panda.  It wasn't too trying considering that the seats at the Framingham multiplex cinema are electronically-controlled reclining loungers.  Consequently, I slept peacefully through about 2/3 of the movie.  

Our fabulous daughter-in-law actually prepared a chocolate soufflé for dessert tonight.  I can't recall ever having a soufflé served outside a restaurant, but this one was special regardless of the context.  I'm sorry that you missed it, although that left more for me.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Linda Greenhouse provides some valuable insights into the ideologically-based jurisprudence of Antonin Scalia.

Let the Domestic Enemies of Sanity posture about judicial activism as their poster boys rewrite the Second Amendment, campaign finance legislation and voting rights (oh guys, I forgot that when 5-4 on the Supreme Court overrules a unanimous Senate, that's real restraint).  

Friday, February 19, 2016
This weekend, keep your eyes on the Book Review included with Sunday's New York Times.  Rumor has it that a familiar name signed a letter to the editor.  

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