I’ve often thought there was some deep connection between what happened in NYC (and elsewhere) on Sept. 11th, 2001, and what happened in NOLA on August 29th, 2005. I’m sure the following idea is not original. But I still think it’s important. After 9/11, Americans made a collective promise to ourselves: to take the safety […]

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Thanks to my friend Jason Neville for bringing this choice piece of research to my attention: “We put rats in relatively large areas with objects and routes resembling those in Manhattan,” explains Prof. Eilam. The rats, he found, do the same things humans do: They establish a grid system to orient themselves. Using the grid, […]

Read More → NOLA vs. NYC: Rodent’s Eye View

The radio alarm woke me up Thursday morning with news of bombs going off at the British Embassy in Midtown Manhattan. And I thought to myself: “Shit. That’s where I’m staying tonight.” A few hours later, I was in New York. I checked into the Vanderbilt YMCA, just a few blocks away from the British […]

Read More → NYC 40

I’m gearing up for a conference next week in New York. I got a cheap flight (American Airlines, about $175 round trip, non-stop both ways) and a cheap room ($150 total for two nights at the Vanderbilt YMCA, private room) and as for the conference itself, it’s free — no registration fee. I can’t help […]

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