Life & Times

Dan Rockmore, a professor ot mathematics and computational science at Dartmouth College, is promoting a test of computer creativity. He and colleagues are seeking computer-generated poems, stories and music, to see if software can imitate human creators. (Eli Burakian photograph)

Dartmouth Contest Asks Whether a Software Program Can Write

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hanover — What breeds creativity? For Dan Rockmore, a Dartmouth College professor who is taking a stab at this question, a little physical pain doesn’t …

How a Rebel Frat Boy Turned Into Dr. Seuss

Thursday, July 30, 2015

For all the stories Dr. Seuss has told you, have you ever heard his own? How a boy from Springfield, Mass., became the man whose …

A Quiet Mastery

Friday, July 31, 2015

They are all still happily picking, after all these years. Picking, snacking, and kuplunking their way up the rocky, spruce-dotted slopes of Blueberry Hill. Little …

Campout Will Raise Money to Protect Area Children

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hanover — A campout next month at Storrs Pond Recreation Area will raise money to help end child abuse and aid abuse victims in the Upper Valley. Sponsored by the Upper Valley regional board of Child and Family Services and other local organizations, CampOut for the Cause runs …

Rough Beginning Leads Donkey to Texas Family

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Decatur, Tex. — This Ricky Bobby is a real jackass. But the Wilson family just loves him. The Bethlehem donkey, almost two months old, is nearly housebroken. He sometimes wears Depends for Women and there are pee pads …

A Great American Writer

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I met E.L. Doctorow only once. We were introduced by a mutual friend at the National Book Awards dinner a couple of years ago. A writer of his eminence is accustomed to praise, and I expected no more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the …

To Your Good Health: Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones. For the past 21 …

Miss Manners: Couple Canceling Vacation Offer Shouldn’t Cancel Thank-You

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: We accepted an invitation for a week’s vacation without cost in another couple’s condo with them and one other couple. There wouldn’t have been any additional charges to our friends for us being there. We intended to fly there, while our friends intended to drive, …

New Zealand Unspoiled

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand — Several items are essential for exploring the magical Southern Alps mountains that run across New Zealand’s South Island: insect repellent, rain gear and ear plugs. The repellent is to ward off sandflies, …

High-Tech Aerospace Exhibit On Tour

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — With space shuttles now housed in history museums, innovators in aerospace are thinking of newer, better ways humans could reach space. One idea: What about a space elevator? This real idea is one simulation that’s part of a new high-tech interactive exhibition about the future of …

Crown Jewel of Connecticut State Parks: Expansive Hammonasset Beach

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Madison, Conn. — Downtown Madison, Connecticut, has the feel of a beach town, though the beach itself is nearly 2 miles away. In addition to shops and restaurants, the town has one of the best independent bookstores in the state and a century-old independent movie theater. For sand …

At the End of Their String: Windsor Public Library Director Leads New Yo-Yo Club

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Windsor — Learning to use a yo-yo comes with a lot of ups and downs. Luckily for the members of the Windsor Public Library Yo-Yo Club, they have an expert to show them the strings — er, ropes. …