The secret to life isn't getting more things, it's learning how to let go
But what about that oversized wall clock that'd look so cool and arty hanging in our bedroom? Or the accent chair I thought would be the perfect addition to the five other chairs we already have in the living room? Or the new MacBook Air, which is ...
September 14, 2015
A year in, Smart Energy program bright idea for most
“It's nothing off the wall, I'm not going to save the world. It just makes But Mr. Adams is replacing the lighting over the counter with energy-efficient LEDs, and alarm clocks and lamps are unplugged in the upstairs of the house. Laundry is done ...
September 12, 2015
The Day Kanye West Beat 50 Cent
Then, as the clock struck midnight ushering in the day of Kanye's album release, the party exploded. Roxy Cottontail's DJ set turned into a Kanye medley, He'd come to our Gramercy Park office with Chaz—name dropped disparagingly, years later, on ...
September 11, 2015
Home: New decorating trends for the new year
Whether you're considering a new paint color for the wall, updating furniture or just buying new cabinet pulls, check out these hot decorating trends and make 5776 your most stylish year yet. If you flip through a furniture-store catalog these days ...
September 9, 2015
Notre Dame great Tom Zbikowski ascends from addiction to redemption
Engulfed by the conventional — a stock photo of grapes framed and hanging on the wall across from the register, rows of identical mugs presented for sale on a nearby bookshelf, the subtle staples that make every cookie cutter Starbucks look and feel ...
August 30, 2015
A Swedish Couple's Lakeside Oasis
After closing on his family's new property—a wooded half-acre lot with a summer cottage and a lakeside sauna—Swedish entrepreneur Olof Sköld's first stop was the hardware store to pick up a chainsaw. He started clearing the property that same day in ...
August 27, 2015
The Seven Ages of Presidents
So oversized, so oozing New York brashness, and so full of hot air that he could be a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon, Trump has combined the spirit of P.T. Barnum with the finesse of the WWE to capture a commanding lead in the Republican field ...
August 24, 2015
As the recently unladen moving truck sputtered down the quiet street in our new neighborhood, my wife and I gazed in awe upon the immense amount of cardboard-encased property that had just been disgorged into our new home. I was being ruthless, but the reality of the situation is, my wife and I require a decent amount of stuff to live our somewhat modest lives at the comfort-level with which we’re familiar. That lawn needs mowing, so you buy a lawnmower. The lawnmower requires upkeep, so you buy some tools. The tools need to go someplace, so you buy a toolbox. Related: 6 Tools You Don’t Own, But Should. You put the tools in the toolbox and then you put the toolbox in a pre-fab shed along with the lawn mower, a sprinkler, some hoses, a big bag of fertilizer, a fertilizer push spreader and about a million other things that you bought one-by-one... But, while it’s difficult to untangle ourselves from all the things that supposedly make our lives easier, such conspicuous property ownership can definitely feel like a burden. “Physical stuff bogs you down,” he says.
It incorporates advanced “smart” technology and time-varying electricity rates to encourage customers to conserve energy and to shift energy-intensive activities to times when there is less demand on the power grid. ” In the Smart Rewards Pricing Plan (the default option and the choice of about 10,500 of the participants) customers pay lower rates for energy during the day, and even lower rates on nights and weekends. This is offset by increased rates during Peak Event hours (up to eight hours) on Conservation Days. National Grid can call up to 30 Conservation Days per year, and customers will be notified a day before a Conservation Day is called. Participants then have options to add a digital picture frame that (in addition to storing photos) displays their energy usage and costs, offers tips for reducing energy and notifies customers of a Conservation Day. Participants can also add a smart thermostat that will automatically increase the set air conditioner temperature three to four degrees during a Conservation Day Peak Event.
Where were you the day Kanye West killed gangsta rap. I was super duper drunk, propped up on a banquette at Room Service watching Kanye West, standing on a table in front of me, rap along to “Good Life. TBH, though, it wasn’t Kanye’s improbable sales victory that I was celebrating. I was at a party thrown in honor of my recently ex’d-girlfriend launching her new magazine, MISSBEHAVE , and was trying my best to do the cordial yeah-I’m-so-happy-for-you-and-totally-over-us thing. Eight years later I don’t recall exactly what I said when I arrived, but I definitely do recall some yelling followed by some tears. So needless to say when that exchange was interrupted by my cell—with Kanye West and Plain Pat on the other end, asking where the party was at—things started to look up for the kid. I’d known Kanye about five years and written about him a half dozen times at that point—some of which Then, as the clock struck midnight ushering in the day of Kanye’s album release, the party exploded. Roxy Cottontail’s DJ set turned into a Kanye medley, and the man, loose off the Goose, happily pantomimed his hits for the audience. Kanye was so fucking happy. Both of his previous albums had sold remarkably well in their first week ( back in April of 1999. He’d come to our Gramercy Park office with Chaz—name dropped disparagingly, years later, on “Many Men”—wearing an oversized Black Hand Entertainment...