Europe to Set Clocks Back for Winter Time This Weekend

by Paul Riegler

Most European nations will adjust their clocks back one hour early Sunday as the cutover from Summer Time to Winter Time, a move akin to the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in the United States, takes place.
The change from Summer Time to Winter Time is observed in every European nation except Iceland and Belarus.
The idea for modern Winter Time and Summer Time can be traced back to …

It’s Not Just the Booze Speaking: Alcohol Does Improve Foreign Language Skills

by Jonathan Spira

Having grown up speaking two languages simultaneously, namely German and English, and having acquired a smattering of French and Hungarian along the way, I noticed from time to time that my conversational French seemed to flow much more readily after a glass or two of wine.
In the same vein, I noticed that a few friends who spoke somewhat halting but credible German during the day seemed to move into near-native …

Theater Review: ‘The Honeymooners’ at Paper Mill Playhouse

by Jonathan Spira

The Great White Way is littered with the detritus of failed attempts to use the small screen as an inspiration for live theater. Some shows borrow characters, atmosphere, and tone, rather than plot, some completely eschew episodic reference, some adopt a satiric tone, while others build on an episodic reference and stake out new territory.
The latter is what the developers of “The Honeymooners,” which recently opened at the Paper Mill …

Lobby Bar – October 20: Swapping Presidents, Inviting an Apple Genius Over, and How to Score Free Tickets to Harry Potter

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Weekly Departure From Logic and Reason
Good ol’ days.  In a few weeks, Jonathan Spira will be flying from San Francisco to Honolulu on United using the iconic Boeing 747 aircraft on its final flight. The flight will be operated as a throwback to the plane’s original days: the flight attendants will be in retro 70s uniforms, the in-flight entertainment will be tuned to the appropriate channels, …

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at Palace Theatre is Fantastically Magical

by Blaise Buckley

The biggest hit in the West End deserves all the accolades it’s receiving. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which follows J.K. Rowling’s magical seven-volume Harry Potter series, picking up 19 years later as he enters middle age as a parent in London and civil servant employed at the Ministry of Magic. The two-part, five-hour sequel will soon be casting a spell on both …

How to Quickly Set Up Your New iPhone 8 or X Using iOS 11’s New ‘Quick Start’ Upgrade Tool

by Paul Riegler

The excitement of getting a shiny new phone quickly wears off once the setup process begins. Will my accounts and contacts transfer? Will I lose messages or photos? What am I forgetting to address?
Apple recognized that the process, until now, has been less than easy and straightforward and introduced a new setup procedure called Quick Start with its recently introduced mobile operating system, iOS 11. Quick Start makes setting up …

Today is Information Overload Day: Here Are 5 Tips to Make It Through the Day

by Anna Breuer

In case you didn’t get around to reading this article until just now because you were buried under an avalanche of e-mail and text messages, October 17, 2017 is Information Overload Day.
Put your iPhone down for a moment, take a deep breath, and perhaps consider a brief disconnect from the insane world of non-stop information that we live in.
Originally known as Information Overload Awareness Day, the observance was created by …