Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Feh, I say, Feh

A tornado appears to have zipped through the Hawthorne area... after five years I can still recognize Skyline drive and Saw Mill Road in the various TV reports. Being from Illinois, I'm a bit surprised at peoples' reactions to seeing a tornado. In Illinois, you hear there's a tornado and you head to the basement, wherever you are. Apparently in Hawthorne you walk outside and watch the storm come through. Sounds like either the Applebee's or the diner opposite the SMP exit may be damaged.

Via Metafilter we learn that the Department of Homeland Security ranks Indiana as being more vulnerable to terrorism than New York or the Washington DC area: Come One, Come All, Join the Terror Target List: The National Asset Database, as it is known, is so flawed, the inspector general found, that as of January, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.

One business owner who learned from a reporter that a company named Amish Country Popcorn was on the list was at first puzzled. The businessman, Brian Lehman, said he owned the only operation in the country with that name.

“I am out in the middle of nowhere,” said Mr. Lehman, whose business in Berne, Ind., has five employees and grows and distributes popcorn. “We are nothing but a bunch of Amish buggies and tractors out here. No one would care.”

But on second thought, he came up with an explanation: “Maybe because popcorn explodes?”

Heading to dinner at Sakagura. Hopefully the food is more fresh than the website (never put dates on pages if you're not going to keep it up to date).

e.p.c. posted this at 23:13 GMT on 12-Jul-2006 .

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A question for the ibm.com audience: Roller & ecto?

A member of the peanut gallery blogs for ibm.com using the developerworks blogging tools. Said peanut is attempting to switch from w.bloggar to ecto but can't figure out what API to tell ecto to use to post to Roller. As an ex-IBMer I can't really help since I don't know Roller and don't feel inclined to set up my own installation just now.

If you know the answer, either leave a comment here or drop me a note and I'll forward on to the IBMer.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:00 GMT on 13-Jul-2006 .

Monday, July 24, 2006

Only buildings no people prophecy

Todd Watson was in town over the weekend, staying here at Chez Frisket. Took him to the Mets vs Astros game yesterday (Todd claims he would be happy if the Mets or Astros won since he's bi-metropolitan, the Mets won). Afterwards we had a birthday dinner for Turbo at Pastis. It seemed we all had (and enjoyed) the Steak Frites. We had a round of after-dinner champagne (this was Todd's 0x28th birthday) at the outdoor bar at The Maritime Hotel after being rejected as not fashionable enough for the Buddha Bar.

Lisa and I took Todd to Five Points for dinner Friday. It was our first time there and I thought the food was pretty fantastic. I'd also rank the Gin & Tonics as amongst the best in the city.

On Thursday I hooked up with Pete Fiorese for our monthly lunch at the Palisades Center Mall. It's turned into a convenient halfway point between Brooklyn and Poughkeepsie to meet up for lunch. Pete is working to corner the market on I/T consulting for medical practices in the Mid-Hudson valley one office at a time.

Pete had clued me in earlier this month to StubHub which I used to get the tickets for the Mets game. I guess people with spare tickets list them on StubHub for sale. StubHub serves to faciliate the market and the transaction (so your card is charged by StubHub, not the person who has the tickets). What can I say, it worked, and we had fantastic tickets (the last time I went to a baseball game was some time in 1984, with Mr. Baubly's Senior Physics class, to see the Cubs vs. Cardinals at Wrigley Field. We sat in the bleachers then. Loge seating is much better!).

Took this picture of a flower barrel (pot?) down the street. We had a huge downpour on Friday night, it seemed like someone aimed a firehose at the house based on the water we got inside. Anyway, I walked Frisket by this on Saturday morning. I guess that the weight of the water blew out the sides, or perhaps the soil expanded with the same effect? .

The title for this post comes from the funky e=mc2 by Big Audio Dynamite. It's one of those songs that you (well, I) wonder what the heck the lyrics are, and then via the magic that is Google, realize you were probably better off not knowing the lyrics. The track was playing when I started this post off, though it's long passed now.

I made the mistake earlier tonight of running portupgrade -a on my FreeBSD box. It's been running for quite awhile...just hope that the box will boot clean after all the upgrades (Unlikely, right?).

We are heading to Provincetown, MA at the weekend for a week of R&R at Labrador Landing, so get ready for the yearly barrage of Frisket frolicking in the foamy tidal flats pictures and movies.

e.p.c. posted this at 04:39 GMT on 24-Jul-2006 .

Saturday, July 29, 2006

On Vacation 29 July - 7 August, 2006

We're heading to Provincetown, MA later this morning for our yearly week at Labrador Landing. I expect to eat lots of cupcakes from Relish, walk Frisket on the tidal flats (assuming I read the tide chart correctly this year) and generally stay offline.

If I do get online, I expect to use the bandwidth to upload pictures to flickr.

After Ptown we will head into Boston (next weekend, the 5th-7th), then back to Brooklyn where the house will have baked for a week.

e.p.c. posted this at 07:21 GMT on 29-Jul-2006 from Brooklyn, NY.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Provincetown 2006 Days 1-2

We finally hit the road around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. It took nearly seven hours to get to Provincetown, MA; much of that time was spent circling the rotary at Orleans, MA.

Dinner Saturday was at PJ's. On Sunday we had a delicious breakfast with Oliver at Devon's on the East End of Provincetown. Dinner, of course, was at Clem & Ursies. I created a little shield around my ribs & pasta while the rest of the table devoured lobsters and oysters.

Today, we have no plans other than to eat, read, and nap. At some point Frisket will go out and inspect the sands of the bay.

So far, I have managed to re-read 2/3rds of Ender's Game. This may well be a record for me and my lack of attention, oh look another web site....

Here are some pictures of her majesty, Frisket of Commercial St (temporary) from Saturday and Sunday:

Bundle-o-dog (or, I don't wanna go on vacation)

Bundle-o-dog (or, I don't wanna go on vacation)

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Shake shake shake

Shake shake shake!

Photos are from my Provincetown 2006 photo set on flickr.

e.p.c. posted this at 13:48 GMT on 31-Jul-2006 from Provincetown, MA. Source,

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