Sunday, September 2, 2007

In Papeete

The first leg of our return trip took us from Sydney, Australia to Papeete, Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui. My assessment of Air Tahiti: looks nice but watch out for the "vegetarian" prawn spread on the crackers.

Once we arrived at the airport in Tahiti a bit of theater ensued. We are here solely to change planes. We are here for all of 3 hours. But still we had to exit the "secure" area, claim our luggage, go through customs and immigration, walk approximately 10 metres, and spend 30 minutes in line to recheck our bags.

I made a mistake. I stuffed a bottle of water I'd gotten on the plane back into one of my carryon bags and forgot about it. On going through security an agent asked me to remove the bottle of water they'd seen in the xray and drink it. All of it, in front of her. No pouring it out, no throwing it away. Luckily it was a small bottle but it was really the capo-de-tutti-fruity-tahiti for me. I cannot wait to be back on the plane out of here.

At least there is wifi or something resembling wifi here. It has the typical boneheaded filterwall running which apparently expects all web sites to be of the form www.<em>something.com</em>. Can't go to nytimes.com but can get to www.nytimes.com and so forth. The filterwall is easily bypassed with ssh though. The process seems to be that they write down your name and boarding information then manually activate a code on the system and give you the code (the access then works for up to an hour). Which means the wifi is not anonymous, which means that all of the cussing I did with domain names will show up against kamml's boarding information (since she got the first code). If only one of us is allowed off the plane in LAX that'll be one potential reason why.

e.p.c. posted this at 08:35 GMT on 2-Sep-2007 from Papeete, Tahiti.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Watcher

The Watcher

The Watcher
Originally uploaded by epc

Frisket has taken up looking out the window towards the Bridge at night.

flickr posted this at 15:36 GMT on 9-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY.

Monday, September 10, 2007

nextSports

Just wanted to point local NYC people to an upcoming NextNY event on the 17th of September 2007: nextSports: A community conversation: about the ways in which digital media is changing the business and experience of sports. We will discuss what has changed and what will change in Sports as a result of innovation, distribution channels, enhanced access, and online communication. Community conversations are informal seminars coordinated by nextNY members, past sessions have covered advertising, startups, business development, volunteerism. Registration is open to anyone, there is a limit of 50 people at this session.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:47 GMT on 10-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY. Source,

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Still

Tribute In Light 2007

Tribute In Light 2007
Originally uploaded by epc

flickr posted this at 03:38 GMT on 12-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Reflection

Reflection

Reflection
Originally uploaded by epc

flickr posted this at 05:59 GMT on 19-Sep-2007 .

Twitteritus

Apologies to feed readers who suddenly got a stream of twitter updates from my site feed. I was, how do I describe this, screwing around with a merged feed and I didn't like the results, let alone the thousands of you who wrote in to complain1.

The tweets have been eviscerated from the stream, if I do go for a merged stream it will be a separate feed entirely.

One lesson: much as I like Google Reader, its habit of using the last modified date of the feed as the date / time to display with each individual item is really annoying and became quite clear with the twitter-storm I unleashed. Bloglines, which has fallen into the trash can for me, does display the dates/times from the individual entries (and correctly sorted everything by date/time too!).

Sorry. I'll ask the dogs to fur me in penance.

1 I may exaggerate the readership a bit.

e.p.c. posted this at 21:31 GMT on 19-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Misc. 23/09/2007

  • My Thinkpad died. It will be returned to life tomorrow once I find a boot disk and restore a file I knew wasn't being used, which I thus deleted, and of course causes the system to stop hard on booting. I'm doing work on one of the other half dozen computers we have until it's restored.
  • I did another round of reviewing boxes of crap and throwing much of the contents out. Amongst the things I decided I no longer needed: the complete history of IBM's corporate Internet Programs 1994-1999, my (late) father's real estate license, the retirement party scrapbook from my (late) mother's retirement, a collection of cables for connecting computers to the public phone network, a US-French phone converter which Alex bought for me years ago (and is still in the original case. Alex, let me know if you want it back!), a bunch of Palm Pilot software which I haven't used in ~5 years, business cards from the .com era (amazing how many of the non .com companies ceased to exist), about 1000 photos of unidentifiable stuff —or of my parents house in winter (it apparently used to snow in Chicago in the 1980s-1990s). Also found a box of papers and notes from my college days, apparently even then I was procrastinating until the very last minute if the comments on the papers are any indication, I threw most of the notes away but kept the papers, you never know when it'll come in handy to demonstrate knowledge about the different performance possibilities of the Scottish play.
  • Lisa, Misha, Max and I saw King Lear at BAM this week. Sir Ian McKellen stars as Lear. I wasn't enjoying the play into the third act. I thought the acting was fine, great even, I just wasn't enjoying it. But the fourth and fifth acts totally turned it around for me and I'd now heartily recommend the play (if you can take ~3 hours of Shakespeare). There is about 20 seconds where the play veers into NC-17 territory, but only if you're easily offended. It took about 15 years from my college immersion in Shakespeare for me to enjoy watching various plays, this was certainly one of the best performances I've seen in the past few years.
  • There's a video by Bananarama for Cruel Summer which I've been oddly attracted to over the years. It seems to be a classic 1980s New York montage. But watching it tonight on YouTube I clued in why I might enjoy it: it seems to have been filmed almost entirely in our new neighborhood (properly Fulton Ferry Landing). There's rooftop scenes which seem to be in Manhattan, but the rest of the shots are on Old Fulton at Columbia Heights/Everit Street. So perhaps I should have been in DUMBO Brooklyn all along. As faithful readers know, it usually takes a sledgehammer to the head to get me to clue in to something.
  • As part of my post-move cleanout process I have three boxes of various cables which I'm going to deacquisition. I don't know who is in the area but if you're looking for USB, CAT-5, or other cables feel free to drop me a note, I may have what you're looking for at a reasonable price. Otherwise it all goes onto Craigslist or into the trash.

e.p.c. posted this at 05:39 GMT on 23-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sitting on a bench with the dog

Sitting on a bench with the dog

Sitting on a bench with the dog
Originally uploaded by epc

Post break-fast vegging in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Frisket and Sailor (not pictured)

flickr posted this at 16:51 GMT on 24-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Lotus Mobile Connect

I am aware that there are at least two or more IBM employees who peruse this feed, so I'm sending this out to the innertubes: WTF is up with Lotus Mobile Connect that when installed on a perfectly good Mac OS X installation kills the networking component? A guest of Frisket's installed Lotus Mobile Connect on our Mac Mini because it was not working on the guest's Stinkpad. Before the install: the Mac had a sweet 54Mbs wifi connection. After the install (and required reboot): 1Mbs, trickling in, lots of connections in SYN state (not even SYN-ACK). So, whassup? I am hoping that removing LMC restores the networking capability (but given how hosed my Stinkpad became after removing a bunch of Iomega crapware, I'm not holding out too much hope).

BTW, my Stinkpad is still mostly dead. I ended up reinstalling Windows XP so it can boot and I can get my data off, but the prior Windows installation is completely hosed.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:49 GMT on 28-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY. , Comments [1]

Sunday, September 30, 2007

An elephant in DUMBO

an elephant in DUMBO

an elephant in DUMBO
Originally uploaded by epc

flickr posted this at 02:39 GMT on 30-Sep-2007 from Brooklyn, NY.

Elephant Painting

Elephant Painting

Elephant Painting
Originally uploaded by epc

We’ve had an elephant painting outside this weekend.
I don’t know what else to say.

flickr posted this at 19:02 GMT on 30-Sep-2007 .

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