Summary of “The Building of the World Trade Center Restaurant Windows on the World”

There are few New York City restaurants more storied than Windows on the World.
The restaurant made its debut on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1976, offering sweeping views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey – the earth itself peppered with the buildings, the bridges, the Statue of Liberty; the sky with tourist helicopters.
On that day, 73 Windows on the World employees lost their lives, and the stirring prologue of Tom Roston’s The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World focuses on that day: both the seeming averageness of it among the employees heading into work, and the still-palpable ache as New Yorkers look back, 18 years later.
At night, the restaurant would be open to the public, which could use the World Trade Center’s 2,000-car underground garage for free.
The closest comparisons were smaller eateries Baum had set up with Restaurant Associates in Montreal building complexes Place Bonaventure and Place Ville Marie, both of which had restaurants and shops.
Windows on the World would function as an umbrella name for the group of eateries and bars on the 107th floor, most of which, other than the main restaurant, had unique names as well.
On the 107th floor were the five restaurants and bars, plus catering, that fell under the Windows on the World rubric.
Windows on the World would do a greater share of its preparation work in its own kitchen, but the rule for the restaurants and food stations below the 107th floor was to have Central Services, which covered 27,000 square feet, provide almost all the initial preparation of raw materials.

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Summary of “Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning”

Air conditioners Great for cooling air indoors…not so great for the environment.
Inside, you can do a lot to drive down the temperature before you flip on the AC.Heat and humidity When going without air conditioning, you need to consider two factors: the overall heat and the humidity.
A fan in the door will move air, and another in the window will do the same-but if you set them up strategically, the door fan can blow cool air onto you while the window fan pulls hot air away.
The condensers on the back of your air conditioner can indeed go below the dew point; if you see water dripping out of an air conditioner, that’s exactly what’s happening.
Time your AC use These techniques won’t cool down the house quite as much as a central air system or a few well-placed wall units, but they will make your house more comfortable.
If your home has a garage or breezeway, try to enter and leave your house through those locations instead of letting chill air escape when you open a door directly outside.
Just like hot air rises, cold air sinks-and you need to control this tendency.
Some of these will automatically shut off when the air reaches a goal temperature; others have timers you can configure so the units will leave the house at a warmer level or shut off entirely when no one’s home.

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Summary of “Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning”

Air conditioners Great for cooling air indoors…not so great for the environment.
Inside, you can do a lot to drive down the temperature before you flip on the AC.Heat and humidity When going without air conditioning, you need to consider two factors: the overall heat and the humidity.
A fan in the door will move air, and another in the window will do the same-but if you set them up strategically, the door fan can blow cool air onto you while the window fan pulls hot air away.
The condensers on the back of your air conditioner can indeed go below the dew point; if you see water dripping out of an air conditioner, that’s exactly what’s happening.
Time your AC use These techniques won’t cool down the house quite as much as a central air system or a few well-placed wall units, but they will make your house more comfortable.
If your home has a garage or breezeway, try to enter and leave your house through those locations instead of letting chill air escape when you open a door directly outside.
Just like hot air rises, cold air sinks-and you need to control this tendency.
Some of these will automatically shut off when the air reaches a goal temperature; others have timers you can configure so the units will leave the house at a warmer level or shut off entirely when no one’s home.

The orginal article.

Summary of “40 Sea Gulls Wrecked His Hotel Room. 17 Years Later, a Pepperoni Pardon.”

About 40 sea gulls had sneaked in through a small opening in the window and were having a feast, he told the CBC radio show “As It Happens.”
“They’d been eating Brothers TNT pepperoni – I’m specific with the TNT because it’s hot,” he recalled.
“Brothers’ TNT Pepperoni does NASTY things to a sea gull’s digestive system,” he wrote.
“I had forgotten that sea gulls cannot fly when they are wrapped in a towel,” he admitted.
The letter sent to his company laid out the stark terms: He was never, ever to set foot in the hotel again.
Who knows? Maybe memories of feathered slime and pepperoni chunks had faded.
He recently made a bold peace offering to the hotel staff: a pound of Brothers’ TNT Pepperoni.
Ms. Brar had one stipulation, she said by email: “As long as he leaves the pepperoni in Nova Scotia and keeps his hotel room window closed, he is welcome back any time.”

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Summary of “The History of Photography is a History of Shattered Glass”

For photographers arriving after the massacre, it would have made sense to look up and shoot the building, aiming in the opposite direction to the killer’s nighttime shots.
What these photographers would have seen was a golden building, its front part protuberant and vaguely ship-shaped.
The postmassacre photographs of the building are documents of fact.
From Eugène Atget’s reflective vitrines to Lee Friedlander’s sly self-portraiture, photographers have long been in thrall to the visual complications glass can inject into a composition.
Photographs were commonly made on wet-plate negatives in the 19th century, and then on the improved and portable dry-plate negatives, before film was manufactured at a sufficient strength in the 20th century to serve as a transportable medium for photographic emulsion.
Sometimes the very glass of the negative becomes part of the photograph’s story.
Re Kertesz photographed a view over Montmartre in 1929, presumably through an open window.
Looking at Kertesz’s 1970 print of the negative, it’s easy to think that what we are seeing is a photograph of a city through a broken window, perhaps one shot through with a bullet.

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Summary of “and what your choice says about you”

Ask any stranger on the street whether they prefer the aisle or the window seat and you can guarantee a quick-fire response.
Window seat passengers have a solid surface to curl up against and unbeatable views to gaze out over, but they’re also barricaded into their seats – forced to make a nuisance of themselves every time they need to get up and use the bathroom.
Passengers with an aisle seat, on the other hand, have the freedom to move around the plane as often as they desire, plus a little more room to stretch their legs out into the gangway.
“With the curvature of most aircraft, you do actually have slightly more space in the window seat,” he says.
Dr Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at Harley Street’s Private Therapy Clinic tells Telegraph Travel: “Passengers who favour the window seat like to be in control, tend to take an ‘every man for themselves’ attitude towards life, and are often more easily irritable. They also like to ‘nest’ and prefer to exist in their own bubble.”
“Champions of the window seat tend to be more selfish,” she says.
In 2016, the company further revealed that 34 per cent of passengers were willing to pay extra to secure a window seat, compared to just 15 per cent who would shell out for an aisle seat.
A Quartz report presented almost identical results in terms of preference, but interestingly noted that men were more likely to prefer the aisle seat than women.

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Summary of “Why I Stopped Using Multiple Monitors”

Many developers believe multiple monitors improve productivity.
Studies have proven it, right? Well, keep in mind, many of those studies are commissioned from monitor manufacturers like Dell and NEC. 🤔.Despite the fact that multiple monitors make you look like a serious computing badass, I sold my multiple monitor set up a couple years ago and switched to a single monitor.
Cal Newport in “Deep Work”One monitor means my work - and only my work - is displayed front and center.
Even with handy window management software, multiple monitors present a problem: If I have two monitors, the content isn’t directly in front of me.
When I had multiple monitors, I had to rearrange my windows every time I undocked my machine.
It’s like having an unlimited set of virtual monitors, that are always in the same position, wherever I work.
My Preferred Monitor for Getting Things DoneI prefer using a single 24″ 4K. Why 24″? Because if you want to get actual work done, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
So why do so many workers demand multiple monitors? I believe it’s a case of the illogical allure of extremes.

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