New New York Times Ipad Interface Changes My Life!

The New York Times changed its Ipad interface a few weeks ago, corresponding with Apple’s new iOS7. I read the Times all the time on my Ipad, so this really changed my life.

I was in a funny position, because I loved the old interface, the NYT app. I thought it far superior to every other newspaper app. The Washington Post, in contrast, was and is pathetic. The WSJ is not very good. The Times, in contrast, was a breeze. I loved how you downloaded the entire content, and so no longer needed a wifi connection. I loved how you could swipe between sections and stories with  a fingertip. I loved how every photo could be a display photo. As an old newspaper man, what an incredible change this is!

Friday Thoughts: Rush, Old Roller Coasters, and Breaking Bad

Old roller coasters, with their rickety wooden slats and rusty iron tracks, and cars that shake you like a rag doll, are much scarier than new roller coasters, no matter how high or fast those swooshing new coasters go with their latest technological tricks. Only the old coasters, like the one I grew up going to in Ocean View Amusement Park in Norfolk, or the still existing Cyclone in Coney Island, make you feel like you are about to die, that you have joined yourself to an enterprise truly unstable and reckless.

A Death in Cuba Brings Insight and Loss

I had mentioned last Spring that I was traveling to Cuba, and then I didn’t say much about it afterward. The reason was that the trip was fairly traumatic, and was difficult to discuss casually. It did lead to what Henry Adams might call a furtherance of my education, on many levels. Here is the text of the story I wrote about it for Planning Magazine. You’ll have to subscribe to see the whole story, with pictures.

Cuba Up Close

A death brings loss and insight into a country that is lacking.

By Alex Marshall

I had not expected to find myself in Cuba in a hospital that looked like a run-down suburban elementary school. But that’s what happened when a friend unexpectedly died.