February 19, 2014 |
From the legendary Quintarelli estate in Valpolicella, here's a lovely and surprising white wine scented with white peaches and lime. With its minerality and bright acidity, this could be the Veneto's analogue to Grüner Veltliner. Perfect for impressing a wine geek. It's terrific with oysters and chilled shrimp, and a great choice with a frittata or omelet. It works with asparagus too. And, of course, it would be ideal with sushi and Thai food. Region: Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy Price: $38 to $40 Style: Crisp and minerally What it goes with: Chilled shellfish, omelet and frittata, sushi, Thai food Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310)
February 17, 2014 |
Derived from found footage, Bill Morrison's films are odes to snubbed celluloid. Whether he slices the surviving moldy fragments of a lost silent film, as in "Decasia," or crafts a dirge to the 1927 flooding of the Mississippi River with old documentary material, as in the recent "The Great Flood," Morrison savors decayed film stock for its ghostly beauty. Lost worlds are not created or evoked; they are discovered and recovered. What makes Morrison a great filmmaker, though, is not merely his application of restoration hardware but his brilliant exercise of symphonic software.
February 13, 2014 |
Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report Thursday, drawing praise from Greenpeace for steps the company has taken to reduce use of conflict minerals in its products. "Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company," said Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall in a statement. "Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals.
November 17, 2013 |
Two miners were killed and 20 others injured in a mining accident in Ouray County, Colo., state emergency officials said Sunday. Officials first received a call about the incident at Star Mine Operations at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, at which point 20 miners were taken to local hospitals with injuries. Two miners remained below ground and were discovered dead, according to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management. Rory Williams, project manager for Star Mining Operations, told the Ouray Watch that the accident was not a cave-in or a collapse but rather a "powder-smoke incident" that involved the release of chemicals.
November 8, 2013 |
QUITO, Ecuador - The vice president of Ecuador on Friday denounced illegal mining as growing scourge a day after a violent confrontation between soldiers and miners in an Amazonian region left one civilian dead and nine soldiers wounded. The violence occurred after soldiers attempted to confiscate river dredges and dislodge mostly indigenous miners in the province of Morona Santiago, about 200 miles southeast of Quito, the capital. Foreign mining concerns and small-scale miners, often without permits, have ramped up gold-mining projects in the region in recent years.
October 29, 2013 |
It's not exactly Big Data. Not yet, anyway. Los Angeles City Hall has so far given us two Big Burps of public information, one in the form of a website from the mayor's office that measures the performance of city departments, and one from the controller making it easier to find out how much city workers and contractors get paid. The numbers, by themselves, don't necessarily mean much. But that's OK. Local government has been generally behind the curve in sharing with the public the massive amounts of information it has on the money it collects and spends and on the services it provides; Los Angeles is about in the middle of the pack in catching up to the private sector in compiling and making use of operational and customer data.