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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Windmill accident

I just saw this on TV. A windmill in Denmark was overloaded in the wind and broke it's brakes. It ran at 5x speed until it finally shattered.

We have a new pet: Tiger

Tiger is a snapping turtle: " If you need to handle a snapping turtle to remove it from harm’s way, always approach and handle it from behind." [from:].

UPDATE: Tiger jumped the wall of his (puny) cage and is currently running hellbent for leather for the border...

Friday, August 29, 2008

GeoCaching Proto-Picnic Event

This was a fun little event in Central Park: Manhattan Proto-Picnic, got together with a few new friends. I met a fellow alumni there and we thought that we should do a similar event for RPI-NYC.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

NPR: Fetch 2.0

An old story, but I love the video: NPR: Fetch 2.0: Guy Builds Machine for His Dog

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

NameVoyager | The Baby Name Wizard

NameVoyager | The Baby Name Wizard

Popularity of names starting with MARSH


Monday, August 18, 2008

Watching the Olympic Pole Vault

CBC Olympics: "One vaulter famously arrived at his destination to discover an airport worker had sawed his poles in half to fit them in the hold."


"The vaulters can no longer “Volz” the bar, a technique made popular under previous rules by the U.S. vaulter Dave Volz who would clear the bar then touch it with his hands to make sure it stayed on."

Checkout the Olympic...

... "Sandboni" on Flickr, it's for beach volleyball.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rubber Duck News: Ducks Around the World

Rubber Duck News: "Rubber Ducks Circumnavigate the Globe"

Victor A. Harder, grandfather of George A. Harder

I was looking for some genealogy info and found this: Obituary: Victor A. Harder - The New York Times, which proves she's really from Brooklyn too. (skip the first part about the guy from NJ).

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Got stress?

Because just need to break something: Sarah's Smash Shack San Diego, CA

Friday, August 15, 2008

Is your kitchen Sabbath compliant?

Our friends just bought a new stove that has a Sabbath mode, which led to some googling: GE Monogram: Sabbath Mode Kit for Refrigerators

Song of the day: "One Night in Bangcock" from Sirius

UPDATE 090208: The NY Times had an article about Kosher technology.

Word of the day - 15.08.2008

Every day is special - 15.08.2008: "plebiscite" (from Turkey)

Filed from Burkittsville

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Billboard: "The most trusted name in the b usiness: Haldeman"

Seen near my current location.  The billboard did not say which business.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pauline Leblond Way

Old News from the neighborhood:

"Pauline Leblond Way - Introduced by Council Member Reyna and Council Member Gallagher
Pauline Leblond served as President of the Stockholm Street Block Association and led the fight to gain historic landmark status from the City for Stockholm Street, between Onderdonk and Woodward Avenues in Ridgewood. She was instrumental in obtaining funding from the City to address problems with the Stockholm Street roadbed, which was deteriorating due to pipes installed during the “horse and buggy” days. Her efforts were rewarded when Stockholm Street was officially named a historic district by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on November 28, 2000."

Linden Hill

I was wandering around Queens (virtually) and found some old memories on Google Maps

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

Useful tools for your phone from DLM

I have not tried these all yet, but they're worth a look.

Google Mobile brings the ubiquitous Google products like Google search, Reader, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Photos and many more to your mobile phone. It supports almost all the multimedia phones available including the iPhone.
Shozu connects your online life to your mobile phone. It supports a huge number of social sites which include Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and many more. You can upload photos and videos, download friend's feeds, read and reply to comments and a lot more right from your cellphone.
Mini is an awesome free-to-download mobile internet browser that lets you browse the web in a similar way to your computer's browser. Instead of showing the entire page on your little screen, it cleverly presents an overview of a page and you can easily zoom in and out.
Zyb is an online service whose primary task is to safely backup your contacts on the cellphone. Apart from that it also lets you sync your contacts and other things, share media files and chat with your Zyb friends online.
Qik is a cool app which lets you stream live video to the web from your cellphone. I haven't tried this yet but it certainly looks like an easy process without the need to do heavy downloading or installing.
Fring is an easy to download and install mobile app which lets you make free calls and chat to your IM buddies on Skype, MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk and many other services using your cellphone's internet connection thus saving you money on outgoing calls.
Frucall helps you to compare prices of a product at various online stores like Amazon, etc and hence helps you to clear your doubts about the cost of a particular product and where you can find it at cheaper rates.
Buxfer helps you track your expenses on your mobile and lets you know if you are going over budget.
Mobiluck lets you stay in touch with your friends and alerts you if they are nearby. It also lets you chat with them for free.
Wapedia is a one click mobile encyclopedia which lets you search various Wikipedia entries and also search for images. A good app for students and researchers on the go.