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Been a tough couple of weeks for me. Have had to come to terms with the loss of my favorite dog. Trying to get my sense of humor back. These hideous debates don’t help.
Self-help guru Marianne Williamson was the breakout star of CNN's first Democratic debate — at least if internet chatter and pundits are to be believed. Williamson was the most-searched person on Google after the debate in 49 out of 50…
francine hardawayI swear, these candidates have all taken too seriously the thing we tell our children: that anyone can be president.
The Trump administration wants to force hospitals to disclose to patients how much they charge for all supplies, tests, and procedures. A new proposal released Monday aims to make it easier for patients to shop around for the best price by forcing…
francine hardawayNow here is something to get behind!
When Indian diners order biryani online from Rebel Foods they're greeted with a culinary history of the fragrant, slow-cooked rice dish. “The recipe was lost forever when King Cyrus laid siege to Behrouz until it was discovered amongst the…
francine hardawayHere’s yet another model for ordering in. Restaurant eating is so over.
The New York Times
– Jul 31, 3:01 PM
WASHINGTON — Cisco Systems agreed on Wednesday to pay $8.6 million to settle claims that it sold video surveillance technology that it knew had a significant security flaw to federal, state and local government agencies. Cisco will pay civil…
francine hardawayAre we laughing yet? Video surveillance with a security flaw?
The Washington Post
– Jul 31, 12:33 PM
Every popular art form strives to be a big tent. In the world of musical theater, Harold Prince, who died Wednesday at 91, was a big tent, all by himself. The list of Broadway musicals for which Prince was lead producer, or director, or both is…
francine hardawaySo many wonderful shows he was involved with. I didn’t realize the length and breadth of his accomplishments.
Wall Street Journal
– Jul 28, 4:00 AM
Sharon Hyman and David Demetre celebrated their 20th anniversary of not living together. They met through a Canadian dating service called Telepersonals that involved leaving recorded messages. She listened, was struck by the sound of his voice…
For close to two decades, vendors, analysts and pundits alike have been predicting the death of the spreadsheet, as executives, managers and professionals move on to connected, intelligent analytics platforms to aid in their decision-making. It's…
francine hardawayDigital transformation held up by frightened executives. The platforms are smarter than people
Jared Kushner's family real estate company has racked up more than 170 code violations in Baltimore after failing to comply with local laws, officials said Thursday. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said local officials had to threaten…
francine hardawayAmusing. Maybe that’s why Baltimore looks so bad to Trump
Eight years ago, we were in the midst of a frothy, frothy tech bubble. It was all anyone could talk about—at investor conferences, in the pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, in notes by research analysts.
francine hardawaySo am I getting this right? Put more money into tech and the bubble will never burst?
When it comes to high-speed trains, China's rail system is in a class by itself, according to the Railway Gazette International's latest World Speed Survey. The bi-annual study ranked the average speeds of scheduled weekday high-speed services…
francine hardawayI’ve ridden a lot of high speed trains in my travels. I wish we had them. I guess they’re not a good enough business opportunity?