February 19, 2014 |
Like a lot of writers, I'm well-versed in the art of procrastination. In fact, it often feels like it's getting worse. We live in a culture of constant distraction, of tweets and Facebook status updates, of ephemera as news. With all the data (trivia?) pouring in across the virtual transom, it's a wonder that I, that anyone, can get anything done. At the same time, I want to tell you, procrastination is an important aspect of the writing process - and not just for me. How else to explain the frequency with which Megan McCardle's recent post in the Atlantic, “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators,” has shown up in my Facebook and Twitter feeds?
July 24, 1997 |
It's 2 o'clock in the morning and up on the 25th floor of the Aladdin Hotel, Deth Veggie, who is 23, and Grandmaster, 27, are feeling their age. They're reminiscing about the good old days of computer hacking and they're growing rueful. Young hackers, they complain, have no idea what the older generation went through. "In our day, you had to stumble onto the Net.
October 31, 2006 |
French electrical equipment group Schneider Electric said it had agreed to buy American Power Conversion Corp. for about $6.1 billion in cash at $31 a share to expand in the uninterrupted power supply business. West Kingston, R.I.-based APC was under pressure from a shareholder, Matrix Asset Advisors Inc., to sell itself because its share price did not reflect its intrinsic value. APC shares soared $6.26 to $30.02.
March 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- One of the country's biggest hedge funds has agreed to pay more than $600 million to settle a civil insider-trading case in what the Securities and Exchange Commission said was its largest settlement involving such corruption on Wall Street. CR Intrinsic Investors, a unit of the Connecticut-based giant SAC Capital Advisors, agreed to pay the penalties in a case stemming from trades involving an Alzheimer's treatment under development by two drug companies. Friday's settlement involves SAC Capital and four other funds managed by CR Intrinsic and SAC. The settlement does not resolve the SEC's case against Mathew Martoma, a CR Intrinsic fund manager whom the agency also sued in November.
November 21, 2011 |
Americans tend to like their fats saturated, their grains processed, their protein grown on legs and their sugar added anywhere their sweet tooth decides it would like some. As for fiber, they're all for it - in, say, their French fries or the pickles on their burger. In a related development, nutrition experts tend to be bummed out by the typical American diet. In fact, many wish we'd trade it in for a diet that's pretty much the opposite, namely, the Mediterranean diet, which favors monounsaturated fat, whole (unprocessed)
December 13, 1990 |
Leading French fashion house Pierre Balmain, lamenting a shortage of Arab princesses and wives of Texas millionaires, will stop producing haute couture garments. The Paris fashion house said today that the Persian Gulf crisis and the economic downturn made it impossible for it to keep the costly, individually tailored line going. "Haute couture is dying.
August 5, 1990
Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office. As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color. I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.