12/12/2004 Add a comment

The New York Times Magazine has its annual "Year in Ideas" issue today, and it's full of interesting vignettes from around the intellectual sphere. Among the more intriguing:

  • Guerilla retail: Shops that pop up in too-hip-to-be-known neighborhoods and open for a limited amount of time.

  • Keyboard eavesdropping: Computers with the ability to eavesdrop on typing by analyzing the sounds of a keyboard.

  • Stone-skipping: French scientists are working with robots to perfect stone-skipping.

  • Celebrity flaws: Celebrity mags have hit a new low in pointing out stars' slightly large ears or "snaggleteeth."

  • eBay law-enforcement: Some eBay surfers are making it a mission to smoke out fraudulent sellers.

  • Eyeball jewelry: For $4,000, you can have a little bauble inserted onto your eyeball. Prediction: Will take off if rappers start using it as a status symbol.

  • The micropolis: (n.) An area consisting of between 10,000 and 50,000 people, far from hub airports, and a fertile ground for Republican voters.

  • Purple marks: Red is too angry of a color, so teachers are tending toward purple when correcting pupils' papers.

  • Football sabermetrics: The same approaches to sports that made Billy Beane famous in baseball are coming into play in football. Read: Bill Belichick.

  • Cheap hotels: $10/night for a space the size of a jail cell in central London.

  • Soccer warfare: Football is the current model of warfare, but maybe soccer is the next generation.

  • No threes: The NBA is looking into eliminating the three-pointer. Some think it is hurting the game.

  • No superstars: The Detroit Pistons and the Greek national soccer team are showing that superstars don't always equal championships.


  1. Blogger ben: for an issue about ideas it sure did seem focused on sports, celebrities, and products you can buy. not so much about actual ideas... 12/12/2004  
  2. Blogger William: true, true, although maybe the ones I highlighted just show my interests: sports, celebrities, and products I can buy. 12/13/2004