Last Sunday of March 2008

Saturday night: taking off of the Brooklyn Restaurant Week list (but again, going off the restaurant week menu): Miriam, at the Court Street branch. Thumbs up. Food was quite good, ambiance nice, servers also nice. Recommended.

Sunday: the Final Four are established – all number ones – U of North Carolina; Memphis; UCLA; and Kansas. Too bad for Davidson; its run as Cinderella was quite something.

Patrick Stewart, in a Newsweek Q&A on his “Macbeth,” and he’s defending the honor of Trekkies/Trekkers. Thumbs up.

In the NY Times’ “City” Section: a look back at Grand Central’s past, in photos.

Changes in a Brooklyn neighborhood – the Ohs’ dry cleaners couldn’t afford the rent anymore; the Ohs get honored for the contributions to the community at Brooklyn Borough Hall. A Brooklyn story – an American story.

Kids in Brooklyn finding solace in a Park Slope shop owned by a Chinese-American woman.

Love and Literature – so, what do you do when the significant other has poor taste in literature? Hmm. What about bad taste in movies, tv shows, uncleanliness, etc.? …

The Time.com article on yesterday’s Earth Hour. The article makes a point – did Earth Hour matter? Time’s Bryan Walsh writes:

Because climate change is essentially a political problem, and the language of politics is symbolism. Just because an act is symbolic doesn’t mean it empty. The only way to truly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to take the pressure off global warming, is an international regime that puts a cap and a price on climate pollution. And the only way that will happen is if politicians around the world become convinced that climate change is an issue that matters to people, one that will make them change the way they live, buy — and vote. [….]

We risk green fatigue because, after all, what can we do about it? But this is the moment when we need to keep pushing in every way we can. The technologies that will help us decarbonize energy are developing, but they need a push — and that will only happen if we keep climate change near the top of our political agenda. Earth Hour, Earth Day, Earth Year — we’ll need it all.

So, in a way, no; but, in terms of symbolism – in hopes that we’ll have the political will to finally make change – for the better – well, maybe a little at a time – Hour, Day, Year – will lead to something. Are Earth’s governments listening?

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