Friday, November 21, 2014

Pluot, fruit of the future

Monday, September 4, 2006

I just tried pluots, which are a combination of a plum and an apricot.

I’ve always liked plums, but I like them sweet and not too soft, so finding suitable examples is a challenge.

Pluots are plums done right. They’re sufficiently firm and plenty sweet. My first batch of eight was gone in under 24 hours and I just picked up a second two pounds.

Even the stickers on the Whole Foods ones (Fresh Safari brand) are cool. I’m plastering my fridge with them.

These things are fruit-crack to me. I’m addicted.

Who steals an umbrella?

Saturday, June 3, 2006

Seriously, who the hell steals an umbrella?

I parked my umbrella in a provided “umbrella bucket” while dining last night at Gabriela’s. When I returned to pick it up it was gone.

It was a tiny Totes umbrella, so I highly doubt someone mistook mine for theirs.

Gabriela’s isn’t a high end restaurant, per se, but it’s a pretty nice place. Just another reminder that class has nothing to do with how much money you have or where you eat.

Amy generously donated hers and she shared Dave’s umbrella with him, so I got home dry. Angry, but dry.

Good week

Friday, April 7, 2006

It’s been a good week, a little crazy in places:

  • I got back from Asheville at about 1:30 Tuesday morning.
  • Tuesday night I hit the NY Tech Meetup. Interesting.
  • Wednesday Apple announced Boot Camp. I’ve been wanting to ramble on it ever since.
  • Wednesday night I did the New York Flyers group run. It was a better-than-usual night. Good company.
  • Thursday was a low-key night. I rode my bike for the first time in a couple weeks.
  • Today I went to Bryant Park after work and chilled for a while. Very therapeutic. I ran into my neighbor on the train and found out she’s the new sales head for Fast Company. I’m getting ready to run out and see Inside Man.
  • My friend Jen will be visiting this weekend. She’s bringing her daughter Grace and her husband Richard.

Most of this stuff I’ll blog about later, I just want to get in a brain dump now.

Reminder: be sure to Google your date

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Note to anyone out there dating: don’t forget to Google any new finds before getting serious. Otherwise you may end up like this woman.

Darwin and the Museum of Natural History

Sunday, March 12, 2006

So, after four months of living four blocks away and after an earlier eight month period where I lived nearly next door I finally entered the Museum of Natural History.

The dinosaurs and “how the Earth was formed” stuff was interesting, but the Darwin Exhibit had me fixated. I tried to read everything but was saturated after about 90 minutes and had to retreat. My head’s still spinning.

I guess I always generally got the controversy around evolutionary theory, but today I was almost overwhelmed at the degree to which evolutionary and creationist teachings are at odds. The more Darwin developed his theory the more his faith faded.

I felt like the exhibit treated creationism as old school thinking. The scientists in one video I watched postulated pretty unapologetically that the more explanations science can provide the less relevant a higher power becomes. I can follow their logic, but I don’t think the answers are black and white. Anyone (scientist, theologian, or otherwise) who says they are strikes me as nearsighted and arrogant.

Work-life balance

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Jeremy Zawodny provides some perspective on work-life balance.

The “X weeks of vacation per year, no ‘lapses’” standard is ingrained in a lot of us. I know a few people who have taken different tacks on this, some of them similar to the approaches Jeremy describes.

We should all respect them for being bold enough to do things differently, and thank them for showing us there’s more than one way to handle this.

Celeb Sighter 1 snags a catch

Monday, January 2, 2006

My friend Celeb Sighter 1 (she’s also known as Amy) ran into Lisa Gastineau of The Gastineau Girls at the New Year’s gathering we attended at Jean-Luc. I hadn’t heard of them, but I’m not really in the loop on reality television, so I’m probably in the minority. Apparently Lisa is very nice (she even shared her maki).

The cameras weren’t with them, but apparently they were going to be in tow for a party elsewhere later in the evening.

Here’s the picture proof.

Photos coming shortly…

Monday, January 2, 2006

I’m working to get photos on the site. Check back in the next couple days.

I’m in the process of posting pics on Flickr. The photos will be visible on this site via the FAlbum plugin.

FAlbum was easy to install except for the “friendly URL” configuration, which was a bit of a pain. It appears to be a WordPress 2.0-related issue. The key thing is to make sure the FAlbum instructions in the .htaccess file are listed before the WordPress instructions. Friendly URLs are working for me; the contents of my .htaccess file can be downloaded below for reference. (Special thanks to the person who posted a summary of this solution.)

Example .htaccess file

The friendly URL directory is /blog/photos (/blog is the WordPress installation directory). This file should be used for reference purposes only. It contains configuration information that may not be applicable to your installation.

Online…finally

Sunday, January 1, 2006

After several days of off-and-on development this blog is finally live. I set my deadline as New Year’s Day and this post will hit the site at about 11:45 ET January 1, 2006. I’m cutting it close, but I made my deadline.

In a larger sense, after 10 years in of doing off-and-on Web development I’ve finally invested myself in a non-work related Web site. I think the motivation has come partly from my recent move to New York, which has stimulated me into action, and partly from the renewed developments in technology. There’s a lot of interesting stuff happening and I’m tired of feeling like I’m on the sidelines.

I’m proud to say this site uses the newly-released WordPress 2.0. I installed 1.5.2 on my Web host’s servers a couple weeks back and installed onto my PowerBook at about the same time. 2.0 came out in the last few days and I was able to upgrade both my PowerBook and the host’s server with no drama at all. The WordPress team deserves a medal.

There’s more work to be done. If something doesn’t work rest assured I will catch the issue and fix it within the next couple days.

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