World's Fair

Archives for December, 2008

Summer Color

For the new year, in the winter’s gray, here are three pictures of summer color past.

And the answer is…

Each year The World’s Fair bestows its top honor at the end of December, or early January. This honor has come to be renowned not just in the blogosphere (see this write-up from Time), not just on the internet (see this write-up by Susan Sontag), not just embedded within the broad swath we call middlebrow…

Although I’m starting to suspect the Talk of the Town will not be noting our stunning performance, and Publisher’s Weekly made not give us a starred review, I will still admit that Dave and I gave the best performance –the best performance? — the best performance of our lives at the Cornelia St. Cafe a…

Mowing Down the Mountains

Alright, Nicky’s telling me some people had trouble accessing the Washington Post graphic I linked to in yesterday’s MTR post. So here it is, reprinted below in full. This shows how a mountain–called “overburden” if you want to mow it down; called nature if you have any sense of decency–goes from geology to valley fill.…

Simpsonian Science

I can’t believe Dave didn’t cross post this. Someone once gave him a hard time for linking to and across the SCQ and here, but, come on, Dave, this should’ve made the journey. From The Filter, here is a rundown of Science on the Simpsons, which, true, could be next year’s TV on the Radio…

My question is about the moral equivalence of the scientist. I’m currently reading Steven Shapin’s The Scientific Life which is, briefly put, a kind of biography of the modern scientist. (Here’s the subtitle: “A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation.”) Shapin is a professor of history at Harvard, well known historian and sociologist of…

The Bush Administration put Mountain Top Removal (MTR) on its list of “midnight rules” – a parting shot at the end of this administration in favor of an environmentally destructive industry, a final gut punch undermining of ecosystems in Appalachia. The Times wrote about this a few weeks ago and Friend of the Fair Jody…

Bake for a Change 2008: Game on!

Or can I just call it BFAC2008? Anyway, for those of you who have an annual tradition of putting together a gingerbread house, why not do it this year with a sustainability twist? That’s right! Bake for a Change is a contest where you, as the submission details say, apply sustainable building design practices to…

Science Scouts in New York?

Being in New York and all this weekend… I’m curious to see if there are any New Yorkers keen on a Science Scout get together (maybe even use this as a potential start to another local group similar to the one in Vancouver?). All in the name of science communication of course, although usually, it’s…