If you’re not watching the Super Bowl, and you happen to be in New York City, come to the 92nd Street Y, on Lexington Avenue at 92nd St., New York. The event starts at 8 pm, Sunday, February 5. Some TICKETS are still available. You will see “Bang! Bang! The Big Bang Theory meets The Big Bang Theory”, a […]
The very much one-and-only Dr. Nakamats, who among his many other accomplishments (2) is an Ig Nobel Prize winner and (1) has outmaneuvered doctors’ predictions that he would die in 2015, will enliven his 88th birthday party by traveling to it. If you will be in New York City on Friday evening, September 23 (the […]
Is it possible to gauge how wealthy a New Yorker might be just by the way they pronounce their /r/ s? A new paper in the Journal of English Linguistics investigates whether variations of rhoticity [viz. the prevalence, or lack of, the /r/ sound in speech] in wedding-consultants’ speech could be correlated with the amount […]
The New York Public Library web site has a tool that lets you take stereo photos, and convert them into a single moving, apparently 3-D, image. An example is shown here. They invite you to: Create and share animated GIFs and 3D anaglyphs using more than 40,000 stereographs from The New York Public Library. Joshua […]
Ptak Science Books found an apparently serious engineering proposal that echoes a satire done more than 100 years earlier: John B. Prather launched an idea in 1945 for building a high-speed pneumatic passenger/freight train connecting New York City to Philadelphia. [It’s described in his] New York-Philadelphia Vacuum Tunnel, Preliminary Design Features and Economic Analysis… One […]
John Ptak celebrates old, still-unrealized plans to build an airport atop a big chunk of Manhattan and an airport in London spanning the Thames River.