Monthly Archive for June, 2010

Shock and Awe

Too bad there was never a successful international convention on electrical currents and the means by which we tap into them. After early contention over Direct Current vs. Alternating Current (Thomas Edison, who had a stake in the discussion,  pushed for DC), the United States settled on AC, delivered by 110 to 115 volts. Much [...]

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Paris: Famous Dead People

A couple of years ago, we spent a fruitless time searching the Cimetière de Monmarte for the grave of Jim Morrison. Wrong cemetery. That bit of bad research eventually led us to the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. It’s in Belleville, a multicultural district in eastern Paris. In Catholic France, few monuments to the dead followed the [...]

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For frequent travelers who regularly journey overseas, the credit card company with the dopey barbarian TV commercials has a seductive offer. Repeated unquestioningly by many reputable publications, including The New York Times and Consumer Reports, is this claim, appearing in the FAQ section of the Capital One website: “Capital One does not charge a fee [...]

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