The Shake Shack reopens 21 March 2006.
The website includes a countdown clock for those who wait in earnest for their next custard.
Ooh, wait, they've included a Blog this link:
I know that by the time this was posted, or you are reading it, it is not midnight UTC as written in the title.
Lisa and I went to an event called NextNY last night at the Antarctica Bar in Tribeca.
This was a relatively impromptu, ad-hoc event called by Charlie O'Donnell in his blog about two weeks ago, asking if anyone doing "Web 2.0"ish stuff would be interested in getting together. It was fun, was the first time in a long time that I've gone to a techie event in NYC and not been hit up for a job nor headhunted. Just people who are doing stuff getting together and exchanging ideas and information. I have a couple of leads I need to follow up on in the next week as a result.
We actually skipped out early for dinner at Sushi Samba 7, apparently the NextNY event went on until midnight.
Fascinating writeup on MySpace by Danah Boyd here: Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace. My very abrupt summary: youth are routing around the controls placed on them by today's parents by utilizing instant messenging and places like MySpace to engage in that age-old activity of "hanging out". Youth are adapting the (original) philosophy of the Internet (route around network failures automagically) to their lives. I'm not sure what to do with that yet.
I managed to make it through two episodes of The IT Crowd before hanging up. The premise of the Channel 4 (UK) produced series is the adventures and misadventures of an I/T team in a large nameless corporation. First episode: funny. Second episode...eh. Too much of a classic stereotype (male nerds, computer-illiterate female pipped to be their manager). I'm sure it appeals to someone, perhaps it appeals to the non-geeks in the audience.
I may have pointed to this earlier, but I found this use of Google Earth fascinating.
Atlantic Yards is this stupid project over on Flatbush at Atlantic which involves condemning a number of properties which have been rehabbed in the past several years and turning them over to a private developer. The intent is to develop a massive, Battery Park City or La Defense style mega complex over the combined properties and LIRR railyards including a stadium for a basketball team the developer bought.
Anyway, someone used Google Earth to mock up a visualization of what the buildings will look like. If you have Google Earth you can download a file which will give you a 3d rendering of the buildings (just cutout mockups of course) which you can pan, tilt, etc. There is another one floating around which lets you compare the pre 9/11 Manhattan Skyline with the theoretical-if-they-ever-agree-to-build-something skyline including the 541 metre Freedom Tower.
A couple weekends back, Lisa and I participated in a wine tasting with Jon Bonné, which resulted in this writeup at MSNBC: Zinfandel: The big, red Valentine wine.
I have to admit, I didn't really enjoy any of the Zins, which I think indicates that I dislike the entire category.
This weekend we were in San Francisco, mostly for a get away but also to do some brainstorming with friends about dripldu and spotmarket. Much wine and cheese was consumed of course. We encountered VinoVenue just around the corner from our hotel. This could be the NBT of franchising. Basically, it's a place you can go and perform your own ad-hoc wine tasting. It is not the place to go and drink lots of wine, at least through the automated servers as a single tasting is priced at 1/10th of the price of a bottle. A single tasting also apparently varied in size though I didn't notice that as much. But if you want to get a chance to taste a range of, say, Syrahs or Chardonnays this is the place to go (limited of course to the ranges of wines they serve and keep in stock).
We also ate dinner at Frisson, after the tasting of wines at VinoVenue. That may have been a mistake, though I don't actually remember anything except three more plates of cheese.
Cheese seemed to rule the weekend.
Oh, and we had a taxicab ride from hell. On Friday night we took a cab from the hotel to Deep Sushi on Church Street (San Francisco). The driver took several of the hills sort of fast. Now, I haven't driven in San Francisco in maybe ten years so perhaps I shouldn't criticize, however at the bottom of the hills, where the streets temporarily flatten out before descending again, we sort of kept bottoming out. This resulted in some amount of smoke blowing away from the car as we approached the restaurant. Actually, it was a lot of smoke, so much that someone pulled alongside and asked:
You know, you've got quite a lot of smoke coming out of the car?
I won't print the driver's reply.
He was perplexed as to why there was a lot of smoke as well as why the car
........slower up the gradual incline towards Church Street.
My guess is that he either blew the transmission (the smoke smelled like transmission fluid not actual smoke from a fire) or bottomed out one too many times and caught a gear in the transmission casing.
We took SF Muni back after dinner.
Well, we tried to. Being clueless New Yorkers we didn't have exact change for the trolley and ended up getting off at (I'm guessing) Dolores and Market, cabbing back to the hotel.
Yes, it was a different cab.
I've actually been surprisingly busy on the work front.
I don't know if it's the weather, something in the water, or just coincidence but several projects are coming up to speed, in addition to the stuff I've been doing on my own. I have nothing to really post about yet, everything's in the initial getting-together stage, but still promising.
I'm going to tweak this site a bit over the coming days. I've finally started switching to MovableType 3.2 on my other sites and will do so here. I'm also reverting to using the Keywords field (which none of you can actually see, can you?) for keywords (sorry, of course I meant tags) instead of URLs linked to from each post.
There's an MT 3.2 plugin which will skim out URLs and likely do a better job for linking than my current hack.
Enough random bits for now, go watch some Olympic Games curling action!
e.p.c. posted this at 00:42 GMT on 24-Feb-2006 .