Monthly Archives: September 2010

the chocolate cake

Our neighbor Lisa made this for us once, after a delicious dinner full of lively conversation.  It’s nothing much to look at.  However, as we distractedly put the forks in our mouths, the conversation stopped.  Here’s what Lisa wrote back … Continue reading

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logic as an exercise in style

Unlike the red sauce, this post falls in the category of “probably useless”. Once upon a time I took courses in logic at University.  I did fine, because if you know how to do math and program, there isn’t much … Continue reading

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the red sauce

While we’re on the subject of food, I might as well share something very useful: the best red sauce for pasta.  This discovery comes originally via a Marcela Hazan cookbook. the sauce use a wide, shallow pan drop in a large can (28oz) of the … Continue reading

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For the five Augusts in 2008-2012, Adrienne is directing a course at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Lab (MBL) called Methods in Computational Neuroscience.  We met at this course when Bill Bialek was directing it, in 1998.  So the little … Continue reading

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david mitchell

Now that I’ve confessed to having a favorite painter, I’m dangerously close to confessing that I also have a favorite novelist.  If I did, it might be David Mitchell, twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize (though inexplicably not a winner).  I was … Continue reading

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why is style violent?

I’m not generally one for quotes and mottoes.  But I’ll make an exception for my favorite painter, Gerhard Richter: I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings (because style is violence and I am … Continue reading

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