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 …

A Throwback Dairy Queen

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Moorhead, Minn. — The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead, Minn., has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs. And it’s a recipe that seems to …

Wheels: Top Marks for What Matters Most

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The pretense is gone. The 2016 Honda Pilot, particularly the Elite all-wheel-drive version used for this column, no longer mimics a rough-stuff sport-utility vehicle. Instead, in what is now its third generation, it is truer to its original …

Nuts and Bolts: 2016 Honda Pilot

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bottom line: You do not have to spend $47,000 to get into the 2016 Honda Pilot family. That’s the fully loaded Elite’s transaction price. You can enter at $29,995 with a Honda Pilot LX. It’s worth a serious look. Ride, acceleration and handling: Top marks in all three. …

Silk-Screened Wallpaper Melds Different Designs

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A certain wunderkammer — or “cabinet of curiosities” — aesthetic defines the hand-printed wallpaper, fabric and tile of Grow House Grow. The Brooklyn-based design studio, helmed by Katie Deedy, specializes in “narrative-inspired pattern work” that’s playful, referential and unexpected. In any given piece, there’s more than meets the …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: The Pieces Are the Thing

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Divert a Defender For kids, chess sets are no-brainers. They’ll play with anything that’s available, whether simple or ornate, manufactured or makeshift. The game is the thing. For professional players, it’s another matter. With the ever-present tournament chess clock counting down their allotted time, familiarity …

82nd Annual Event Ready to Kick Off Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Newbury, N.H. — The 82nd annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair kicks off on Saturday and will run through Aug. 9 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. Billed as the longest continuously running annual crafts fair in the nation, the event draws more than 30,000 guests each …

Vast Number of Anti-Bias Suits Filed Under ADA

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Since its enactment in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been the legal foundation for a vast array of lawsuits filed on behalf of disabled people alleging they were discriminated against. Among the many cases that have …

Stage and Film Star Theodore Bikel Dies in Los Angeles at 91

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Theodore Bikel, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent Robert Malcolm said. …

Tourists Worried About Fire Nix Glacier National Park Trips

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Helena, Mont. — Hotels and campgrounds in Glacier National Park are flooded with calls from worried tourists canceling their reservations or asking whether the Montana landmark will stay open as a wildfire sweeps through a popular part of …

Movie Review: A Child’s Eye View of Manic-Depression

Friday, July 24, 2015

The manic-depressive father at the center of Infinitely Polar Bear isn’t the only thing subject to wild mood swings. More so than the usual dramatic comedy, the semi-autobiographical movie careens from the sweet to the sour. These shifts …