Paolo Nutini: The Baby’s Friend

27 January 2008

When Tanya was pregnant, she spent a lot of time next to the air conditioner in our apartment (think NY summer weather), listening to a stack of CDs. One of these was by Paolo Nutini, a fellow Scot, whose teenaged croonings seemed to strike a chord with her — at least he seemed to be on the CD player more often than not. Well, if you ever had doubts about a baby’s ability to hear while in the womb, shed them now. Our son James has a positive love for Paolo Nutini. When he is completely cranky and out of sorts, all he needs is to hear Paolo’s Paisley Patois, and he comes over all smiles and happy gurgling noises. O well, I’d have preferred Mozart, or maybe Purcell at a pinch, but I suppose it could have been a lot worse — I managed to lose Tanya’s collection of Robbie Williams albums just before she became pregnant 😉

The Big Switch

27 January 2008

Also finished reading The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, by Nick Carr. It follows on from his previous book, “Does IT Matter?“, and the article he wrote in the Harvard Business Review that started it all. Read the rest of this entry »

Eat food?

27 January 2008

About a year ago, the NY Times published a great article by Michael Pollan entitled Unhappy Meals. It described how nutritionism had taken over the Western attitude towards diet, and the focus on nutrients rather than food meant we couldn’t see the dietetic wood for the nutritional trees. Read the rest of this entry »

Basilica

26 January 2008

Just finished reading Basilica: The Splendor and The Scandal: Building St Peter’s, by R. A. Scotti. I saw it lying on a table in the book shop, and thought, “hmm… architecture, history, scandal, Rome… why not?” It was a quick read, thankfully, as it was ultimately also a disappointing one. Read the rest of this entry »