During a fourth-grade sleepover, I awoke in the night frothed over by Barbasol. The other kids were tucked in their sleeping bags, snoring. I woke them to see if they, too, had been creamed; they hadn’t been but seemed surprised and angry on my behalf and offered to help find the culprit. I wanted to go back to sleep, but they insisted we keep searching. And then they could no longer maintain the charade — who else could it have been? — and their laughter emerged, thunderous and harsh. I returned to my sleeping bag, pretending I wasn’t embarrassed. By morning, I was praising the ingenuity of their prank. Years after the shaving-cream incident, my paternal grandfather stopped speaking to me because I told him to not be a jerk to a waitress; I eventually wrote a deferential letter of reconciliation, unwilling to let our shared grievances fester. By then it had become a habit: I sidestepped grudges like a superstitious child skipping over cracks in the sidewalk. But at some point I … [Read more...] about Why Holding a Grudge Is So Satisfying
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SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb , the home rental service that disrupted the travel industry and was itself disrupted by the coronavirus , took a major step toward one of the year’s largest initial public offerings when it revealed declining revenue and growing losses in a prospectus on Monday. The offering , which could value Airbnb at more than $30 billion and raise as much as $3 billion, will test investors’ appetite for hospitality-related stocks in a year when the industry has been battered and its future is uncertain. The company provides a marketplace for people to rent their homes, taking a percentage of the fees, and facilitates bookings for activities. Airbnb’s prospectus painted an optimistic picture, advertising its brand’s association with unique travel experiences. “We have helped millions of people satisfy a fundamental human need for connection,” the company said. “And it is through this connection that people can experience a greater sense of belonging.” In total, … [Read more...] about Airbnb Reveals Falling Revenue, With Travel Hit by Pandemic
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the holiday weekend over, classes resume Tuesday at New York City schools , which have been experiencing high absentee rates. The Department of Education is implementing a new attendance policy amid pressure to bring back remote learning . Meanwhile, the city continues to work with the teachers union to develop a temporary remote option . READ MORE: Former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says He Will Not Run For Governor “Our schools are going to remain open. We are not going to do anything that is going to stop our children from coming into schools,” Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday morning. Under the revised policy, students who don’t show up to the classroom, even if they are not sick or in quarantine, will not be marked absent, as long as they meet with their teachers online and get class materials over the computer. “There’s been a longstanding policy, which precedes this administration, that allows for students who have tested positive … [Read more...] about NYC Students Return To New Attendance Policy, As Talks Continue Around Remote Learning Option
Agnieszka Pilat with her robot dog and muse, Spot. Photo: Mark Sommerfeld When I meet Agnieszka Pilat , a pixie-ish Polish émigré who has become the court painter of the potentates of Silicon Valley , she has just returned from Necker Island, the private Caribbean domain of Richard Branson . “I’m always the poorest person in the room” at places like that, she says with a laugh, curling her paint-flecked Yves Saint Laurent sneakers beneath her on the couch as she absentmindedly twists and untwists her hair. We’ve met up in her Chelsea studio, in which paintings of robotic limbs in repose dot the concrete walls. She has another studio in San Francisco. In each, she kennels a duplicate Spot , her 70-pound emergency-yellow cybernetic dog, muse, studio assistant (it paints, too), and, in some sense, protector, both on loan to her from Boston Dynamics, where she was once artist in residence. Despite her Chelsea digs near the blue-chip Gagosians and Zwirners, Pilat … [Read more...] about See Spot Paint
It began in 2010, with a quintessential request: "Mom . . ." And Mom was ready for it, no matter how weird. Susan Tenenbaum was used to her child's outside-the-box way of existing in the high-achieving D.C.-area bubble. "Mom, can we have the house for three days?" Mike Uyama asked. He wanted to hold a marathon gaming session with 20 friends, for charity. She decamped to a bed-and-breakfast. Now, $35 million later, she's glad she said yes. That gathering in Mom's basement has grown to become a powerhouse of charitable giving in the region. The gamers' summer 2021 event raised over $2.9 million for Doctors Without Borders, "making it our largest fundraising event of the year," said Leila Fuleihan, marketing manager for the international aid organization. "Since 2011, Games Done Quick has raised over $15.7 million" for the group. For perspective, in 2019, Uyama's event single-handedly covered the cost of the aid organization's entire operation in Cambodia, or half of the … [Read more...] about His mom didn’t nag when he was a lost 20-something playing video games in her basement. $35 million later, she’s glad she didn’t.
LAMMEFJORDEN, Denmark WHEN a cook is said to be in the weeds, it usually means he is tangled up in too many orders coming at him too fast. But on a recent afternoon on the seashore here about an hour’s drive from Copenhagen, the Danish chef René Redzepi was, quite literally, in the weeds. Up to his knees. And what he was doing was snacking. Browsing. Like a rabbit, albeit a rabbit in charge of a restaurant that has set the culinary world abuzz. Treating the windswept brush as an unkempt salad bar, he plucked a thin green blade. “This is how the Vikings got their vitamin C,” he said. “It’s called scurvy grass. It has a horseradish tone.” So it did, and the wild garden sorrel that he found seconds later tasted every bit as sharp and lemony as he had promised. For 15 minutes he and a companion nibbled on various petals, leaves and shoots, attracting stares from onlookers in a campground nearby, who no doubt wondered at their sanity and zest for roughage. “So much of what … [Read more...] about Nordic Chef Explores Backyard