I was looking for historical information on the first definition of “nomenclator” (the assistant to Roman Senators who whispered the names of approaching dignitaries) when I came across this: An interesting variant is the nomenclator. Named after the public official who announced the titles of visiting dignitaries, this cipher combined a small codebook with largeContinue reading “Ciphers and Personal Assistants”
Author Archives: Greg Palmer
Cheap Parking = Clogged Streets?
This strikes me as a convincing explanation for a big problem. Congestion would drop if prices on traffic meters and over-limit infractions rose. It’s simple, but a tough sell for local businesses in most places other than large cities (and perhaps there, too). I think back to when I lived in Bethlehem – business ownersContinue reading “Cheap Parking = Clogged Streets?”
Terrible widow at time.com. Doesn’t anyone check these things?
Saturday Night In
I’m keeping it low key tonight and staying in, catching up on the New Yorker, PBS, and other favorites. I even turned off my Blackberry; not just put it on silent, turned off the power. Crazy, I know. One of my favorite shows is PBS NOW. The scarcity of long-format journalism/interview programs makes NOW aContinue reading “Saturday Night In”