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Lyft cars are distinguished by their pink mustaches.
H ailing a cab in a busy metropolis has always been a challenge. The last time this reporter was in Manhattan, I was reduced to hailing a pedicab, (a bicycle version of a rickshaw) to make it to the train station on time. That was fun because the weather was beautiful, the driver was charming, and I didn’t have much luggage. Good thing I wasn’t on my way to the airport! The universal...
Bitcoin
Crypto-currencies are one of the newest techno trends. They are virtual currencies, not backed up by any government or central bank and used to conduct business online. Bitcoin, established in 2009, was the first crypto-currency and it’s probably the one you’ve heard something about. Investors eager for the next big thing have been hearing a lot of buzz about Bitcoin, but before you...
Glossy Box beauty treats
It’s that time of year again...gift-giving season! Here are a few ideas for the special people on your list! Young grandchildren There’s nothing better than reading a storybook to your grandchildren. It’s probably the one activity long-distance grandparents miss the most. Now, Sparkup allows you to read a story to your grandchildren no matter how far away you are. Record any...
Ludwig van Beethoven
W e’ve all heard it. Opening with those familiar and inspiring hammer blows, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the quintessence of Romantic composition; it is also the musical embodiment of its creator—passionate, intense, and tormented. Those who knew Ludwig van Beethoven likely would have used a series of labels to describe him—teacher, maestro, misanthrope. His friends and...
snowblower in winter
Get out your snow boots and make sure your shovel is handy, winter is on its way, and from what forecasters are saying, it’s going to be brutal. “Winter will bring a frosty bite,” says Janice Stillman, editor of the 222-year-old Old Farmer’s Almanac . “Be prepared—there’s plenty in the forecast to cause all sorts of mayhem: blizzards, droughts, and...
circus tigers
No matter how many times you’ve been to the circus, it seems there’s always something new to marvel at. Acrobats, clowns, and tightrope walkers have delighted circus goers for centuries, but one of the oldest traditions of the circus may soon go the way of the big-top tent. The role of performing animals in the circus is being questioned and, in some places, banned. Animal rights...
Bugs Bunny
You may not know his name, but you definitely know his work. Animated film director Chuck Jones is responsible for the creation and development of some of the most endearing characters in cartoon history, including Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck. In his mind, cartoons were more than mere doodles on a celluloid sheet; they were stories driven by characters...
Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote
In the world of animation, Chuck Jones is a legend. His artwork, his innate sense of comedy, and his gift for directing are responsible for timeless characters like Bugs Bunny, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote, and Roadrunner. Now, his decades-long career is the subject of the multimedia exhibition, What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones , which will run at New York City’s Museum...
deer tick
There is a lot to enjoy outdoors in the spring, summer, and fall months—the blooming of the trees, lush gardens, the vibrant colors of the changing leaves. But there is a growing threat to all who venture outside during this period and, often, it is no bigger than a sesame seed. Today, the presence of the deer tick is more pervasive than ever, particularly in rural and suburban areas with a...