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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tomorrow is Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "... was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. It applies to those streets that follow the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 which laid out a grid offset 28.9 degrees...

At sunset, a traveler along one of the north-south avenues on the West Side while looking east can observe the phenomenon indirectly, being struck by the reflected light of the many windows which are aligned with the grid. An observer on the East Side can look west and see the Sun shining down a canyon-like street." [from wikipedia]

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Balloon blows away free-fall record bid -

Balloon blows away free-fall record bid - "French skydiver Michel Fournier's bid for a record-breaking parachute jump from Earth's stratosphere was aborted Tuesday when the balloon that was to carry him to the edge of space slipped away from his flight crew.

Michel Fournier tests his equipment a few days before his attempt to break four world records.
The former paratrooper had hoped his 'Big Jump' -- starting 40 kilometers (25 miles) above the Earth's surface -- would set new records for the highest jump, fastest and longest free fall and the highest altitude reached by a man in a balloon."

Monday, May 26, 2008

How un-American!

No beer sales in Mass. on Memorial Day
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Hector is big in England

Don't know why this is, but he's a YouTube star in England.

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Top 10 High School Sports Programs - Don Bosco

DON BOSCO: (Ramsey, N.J.) is #9 on Sports Illustrated's Top 10 High School Programs: "Talk about a crowded trophy case: The football team went 12--0 en route to its 10th state title; the cross-country team won the state championship; and the all-boys prep school racked up county titles in basketball, bowling, indoor track, soccer, swimming and wrestling. At week's end the baseball team (23--0) was ranked fifth in the nation by USA Today."

@ Barley Neck Inn
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What's in your wallet?

Andrew G. told me about a website that tracks $1 bills as they travel: "One of the bills in my wallet was logged in 2006: One Dollar Bill, Serial# G7699---0A Series: 2003A, This bill has travelled 1,817 Miles in 2 Yrs, 57 Days, 23 Hrs, 47 Mins at an average of 2.3 Miles per day. It is now 1,817 Miles from its starting location."

Happy Memorial Day. Remember or POWs and MIAs, including the USS Harder.

Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge

Good luck to the RPI-NYC club people who are walking across it today. Contact me if interested in any of the 125th anniversary events.
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Laura Picture # 2

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(TB28FN3) Kansas Sunshine 2008 Geocoina

I found this "curled up toes" Kansas Sunshine 2008 Geocoin in my cache:

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Congratulations Laura!

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Friday, May 23, 2008

HR Geiger

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For Pete's Sake

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Fuilles ameres
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Ginger's Itinerary

New York, NY 10021 to Zacharys Nightclub via Google Maps: "33.4 mi – about 1 hour 5 mins
up to 2 hours 10 mins in traffic"

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High-tech treasure hunters-

Geocaching: "... began in 2000 when the U.S. government released GPS signals for civilian use. GPS enthusiasts began brainstorming online about ways to use the new technology.

A few months later, a computer consultant named Dave Ulmer hid a plastic bucket in the woods in Oregon and posted the coordinates on a website. He called it the 'Great American GPS Stash Hunt.' Within a few days the bucket was found, and a new sport began.

As of this month, there are more than 575,000 caches hidden in dozens of countries around the world, including some in remote locations in Antarctica, Iraq and Papua New Guinea, according to Groundspeak, the company that oversees the website."

Brooklyn Bridge - 125th Anniversary

We went to the 125th Anniversary party for the Brooklyn Bridge last night. I was reading up on the trivia today: "Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and formally so named by the city government in 1915."

The Builder of the Bridge Washington Roebling went to my college and I was reading up on his father, the designer of the bridge: John A. Roebling was enrolled at the Royal Polytechnic Institute in Berlin where he studied architecture and engineering. So both Roeblings went to different RPI's.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Brooklyn Bridge B-day Party

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From: Vivek Sharma

LIFELOCK: Identity Protection Pitchman Bitten by Ads

WCBS-AM Identity Protection Pitchman Bitten by Ads: "Todd Davis has dared criminals for two years to try stealing his identity: Ads for his fraud-prevention company, LifeLock, even offer his Social Security number next to his smiling mug.

Now, Lifelock customers in Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia are suing Davis, claiming his service didn't work as promised and he knew it wouldn't, because the service had failed even him.

Attorney David Paris said he found records of other people applying for or receiving driver's licenses at least 20 times using Davis' Social Security number, though some of the applications may have been rejected because data in them didn't match what the Social Security Administration had on file..."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

FYE: Molson Coors donates beer to fuel Dem convention

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
DENVER (AP) Some corporations donate dollars and others donate services.
Molson Coors is donating fuel made mostly out of waste beer to fuel the
Democratic National Convention.
The Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee said Wednesday that Molson
Coors will donate all the ethanol-gasoline fuel blend the convention's
fleet of flex-fuel vehicles will need.
The fuel, known as E85, is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
The ethanol is made from beer lost during packaging or rejected for
quality reasons at the company's brewery in Golden. The Denver company
began converting waste beer to ethanol in 1996 and today produces about
3 million gallons of ethanol per year.
Molson Coors, one of the world's largest brewers, also will provide beer
for some events during the convention.
On the Net:

Vendor selection process from Tech Republic


Lost parrot returned to owners after reciting name, address

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Geocache: My hole in the wall GC1CEKX

I got tired of geocaching and not finding them, so I thought to setup my own: GeoCache, GC1CEKX.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mapping multiple locations on a Google Map

I was looking to see if I could make a map of friend's houses or
destinations on a tour and found this site:

Drop me a line if you know of anyone that provides a similar service.

Today's wakeup call

[See photo] Ginger likes to play cat & mouse @ 6am, with me as the role of the mouse.

BTW, anyone interested in seeing Young Frankenstein next Wed? ... or going to a RPI cooking class on June 10?

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Nikon Coolpix S550

Nikon Coolpix S550: Digital Photography Review: "Unique new functions for the COOLPIX S550 help make it easier to shoot beautiful portraits and faithfully record precious smiles when they appear. Smile mode displays a gauge that indicates when the selected subject smiles, enabling the user to capture just the right moment. Blink warning displays a message when it detects that a subject has blinked, offers quick magnified visual confirmation, and allows the shot to be retaken immediately."

Friday, May 09, 2008

QOTD: Cynic

H.L. Menkin: "a cynic issomeone who sells flowers and always looks for a coffin."


Ginger has high blood pressure

I was checking on my cat's high blood pressure medicine when I found today's WOTD: "sequelae":

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

QOTD: "Data centers may surpass the Airlines as the top polluter in 2020"

I'm at a DC conference. We're redoing our datacenters to be more efficient.  Contact me if you are interested in comparing notes. 

Friday, May 02, 2008

All about 'Nicola Fuentes'

Stan Lee Cameos ...

... on youtube:

Also found today: Garfield minus Garfield

Also, is anyone going to the upcoming IDC events in NYC, or this one is Boston?

2008 IDC IT Forum & Expo - June 4-5, Boston, MA
The IDC IT Forum & Expo continues to be the premier event for IT and business executives interested in how technology can be used to enable and transform business models and processes.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Kentucky Derby 134

Drop me a line if you can join us at the Beach Cafe for Kentucky Derby 134

Take The NYC Movie Quiz

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