Only in Brooklyn: Hand-painted artisinal mailboxes
The Brooklyn Heights Blog has introduced the Internet to one “Captain Cleanup,” an anonymous painter who took it upon himself to repaint two neglected mailboxes in the neighborhood. Going by the remarkable detail recently spotted at a stoplight at Montague and Clinton (above), it seems the Captain has struck again!
This flatbed carrying the components for the Clinton St. & Aiken Pl station of the new Citi Bike program rolled into Brooklyn Heights this morning. Demand for the program looks high—more than 5,000 riders have already joined, and the bikes aren’t even in place yet!
Me, I’m going to wait until there are actually bikes on the street before I sign up. No one was more excited to see bike-sharing come to NYC than me when it was announced. And when they said it was coming last spring, I had my checkbook out and I was ready to ride. Then they kept pushing the launch date up by vague increments. “June” was changed to “late June.” Then “July,” then “late July.” This kept up all through the summer until finally “June” had turned into “March 2013.” And they didn’t even make that!
The Citi Bikes launch was badly bungled, and the people running the program seem determined not to communicate with the public. They say they’ll be up and running in May. I hope it’s true, but I won’t believe anything they say until I see it.
According to the semi-reputable Daily Mail, an unlikely scam recently unfolded in Argentina, where a pair of fluffy poodles for sale turned out to be ferrets on steriods, with a blow-out!:
One retired man from Catamarca, duped by the knock-down price for a pedigree dog, became suspicious he had bought what Argentinians call a ‘Brazilian rat’ and when he returned home took the ‘dogs’ to a vet for their vaccinations.
Imagine his surprise when his suspicious were confirmed - he had in fact purchased two ferrets that had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.
According to Wired, this thing is about as big as your face!
Covered in beautiful, ornate markings, the spiders belong to the genus Poecilotheria, known as “Pokies” for short. These are the tiger spiders, an arboreal group indigenous to India and Sri Lanka that are known for being colorful, fast, and venomous. As a group, the spiders are related to a class of South American tarantula that includes the Goliath bird-eater, the world’s largest.
The new stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s includes a real, live cat in the cast. This is obviously a bad idea, but the show’s publicity people seem to be making hay out of it.
So, how do you get kitty to hit his marks? Trainer Bill Berloni spoke to Playbill:
"I find a cat with atypical feline behaviors. Basically, a cat who thinks he’s a dog; a cat who would be a social outcast in the cat world. But those cats are like one in a thousand. You really have to look for that cat. And you usually build the behaviors in the play around what the cat’s natural abilities are."
Rave reviews for Encores's "It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman"
The critics love "Its a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman," and so did I! It’s a perfect show for the beloved Encores series: it hasn’t been seen or heard on Broadway in decades, it’s got an enjoyable score to rediscover, but its strange and dated book and the theatergoing public’s changed tastes mean it probably won’t be coming back around again anytime soon.
“Not the least of [Iraq’s] legacies was yet another uptick in cynicism about all politicians and the press, much like that which followed Vietnam and Watergate. We should not forget that (as with Vietnam) many Democrats in Washington eagerly signed on to the war plan, and that many “liberal” pundits succumbed quickly to the war fever sweeping the Beltway.”—Frank Rich in New York Magazine on the 10-year anniversary and continued costs of the Iraq war
Google’s Keep is here, and it’s not the Evernote killer some of us were expecting—or is it? The first thing I noticed is how much more simple Keep is: rather plain interface, no notebooks, not even tagging. But since I started testing Workflowy this month, I’ve wondered if Evernote suffers from having too many features. Google Keep sure looks easier to use on the go, and Techcrunch points out that it sort of splits the difference between Evernote and Pinterest. But where’s the iOS app?