Sunday, June 22, 2003

Excerpt: Apologies. This migration thing is taking far longer than I thought it would. And, since I didn't pay Radio Userland another US$40, I can't update, or remove the old site. I can copy the site I had from backups here, so I've done that. I've discovered a number of bugs in Radio Userland as I do this, for example if you maintain a separate...
Bible translated to strine
Excerpt: The BBC reports that the Bible has finally been translated to strine: Newsflash: There were drovers camped out in the paddock nearby keeping a eye on their mob of sheep that night. Their eyes shot out on stalks when an Angel of the Lord zapped into view and the glory of the Lord filled the air like 1,000 volts. The angel said: "Stop looking...

Monday, July 21, 2003

Blog vacation
Excerpt: The blog / journal / whatever continues to take an extended break. I’ve been mucking around with Moveable Type and after doing some mucking am now thinking I should just write my own tool. Nothing specifically wrong with Moveable Type and I haven’t made my mind up yet. I had initially wanted to use the one MT installation to run multiple independent blogs but...

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

And some time later...
Excerpt: The blog restarts. I have split the site into a couple of separate weblogs, one for personal "stuff" (this site) and a couple others for commentary/opinion and technology stuff. The sites are: epc's personal journal epc's random opinions on things technology In theory they will all be aggregated at http://epcostello.net/. If you want to read them all, great, if not, great....

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Frisket's blog
Excerpt: I posted a number of pictures from over the summer (and a couple from tonight) to Frisket's blog....

Thursday, October 9, 2003

Thursday Misc
Excerpt: My Amazon Gold Box is broken (I click it and I get an error). Frisket has ear mites. Again. Some production called Code Blue is filming on the promenade at Orange Street. I plan to take Frisket by later to see if she can get a cameo. Tomorrow is the last day to change your party registration if you live in New York State,...

Friday, October 10, 2003

Spammed by a Politician
Excerpt: I received spam this morning from a local politician (well, someone trying to become one). Thing is, this person is running for a seat on the New York City council. New York City. My first reaction on looking at the note was: Why am I getting polispam from a Washington, DC politico?. I wasn't, but this person thought the best way to run for...

Friday, October 17, 2003

ny1 vs ny1 noticias
Excerpt: I noticed something goofy this morning with NY1 and NY1noticias, the Spanish language NY1 spinoff. Though both shows are in theory distributed from the same studios in Chelsea Market, and theoretically use the same systems for, oh, temperature gathering, NY1noticias reported a temperature of 61 when NY1 reported 54. Ok, it's not that big a deal or difference, but it was kind of weird....

Thursday, October 30, 2003

New R.E.M. video
Excerpt: R.E.M. has created a faux news site at MORNING TEAM.com and you can get their latest video from there. Anderson Cooper interviewed Michael Stipe several weeks ago and premiered the video where, for the length of the video you could get not one, not two, but three (and I think even four at one point) news crawls of varying speeds and sizes running along...

Friday, November 7, 2003

The Tonight Show: feh
Excerpt: So...my brother was in the audience for tonight's The Tonight Show taping. I decided to subject myself to watching and...I guess I'm not a Tonight Show fan. The monologue: eh. I didn't find the 92-year-old "fruitcake lady" segment funny (or interesting). The interview with Russell Crowe was ok. Steve Irwin...too annoying for words, mate....

Sunday, November 9, 2003

Ok, you have some skill
Excerpt: We arrived back from DC around 5:30. The drive was ok though the last thirty miles or so took forever. On the drive back I decided that the Wachowski brothers should spin off the Merovingian into a separate film series, hence this entry's title....

Monday, November 10, 2003

Ugh. CNNfn changed lineup
Excerpt: So...amongst the habits I've picked up over the past year is an addiction to watching CNNfn. Normally I watch it for 30-40 minutes in the morning, then again around lunch, then possibly later around market close. I don't watch it all day, mostly because I don't have a cable feed in my office. Anyway...this morning CNNfn premiered a new show Dolans Unscripted. I managed...

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Rejected by google
Excerpt: I applied for the Google adwords program...and was rejected!. Apparently my little site is not up to their standards....

Monday, November 24, 2003

blog migration
Excerpt: I finally figured out how to migrate the older Radio Userland entries into Movable Type. I'll have to write up what I did since there seems to be little information on the net about it. The net effect is that this blog now has over 800 entries dating back to 2001. 2001 and earlier is rather sparse until I migrate in some other content...

Friday, December 12, 2003

Blog Pointer: Orcinus
Excerpt: I'm liking a new blog I found: Orcinus. It's center-left, focussing on news media and the Right's (ab)use of media....

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Heromiles: put those frequent flyer miles to use
Excerpt: I haven't flown since 11/30/2001 and have no immediate plans to do so. Of course, this means that I have a mess of frequent flyer miles on United, American, and Delta from my days as an itinerant technology drone for IBM. I'd heard about a program to donate miles for use for returning or on-leave US troops to use but hadn't found any information...

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Off to see LotR:RoTK
Excerpt: Catching the 1:45 show at Kip's Bay....

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Can't figure out where I am
Excerpt: I have a doohickey over there ⇒ which attempts to show where I am, what the weather is like, etc. I've had something like that off and on on "personal" pages over the years (I think my WHOSWHO FORUM entry probably had one, my .plan had one at CMU, etc). One twist with this current incarnation is using latitude and longitude to hook up...

Friday, January 23, 2004

The Current Temperature: 57
Excerpt: My office is officially cold. When I returned from being away 3 weeks on Tuesday night it was 43°, however the door had been closed the entire time. Leaving the door open overnight last night hasn't helped warm it up much and the tiny space heater I have is not making much of a dent. Somehow I'd better insulated the window last year, I...

Thursday, February 5, 2004

Todd's got a brand new blog
Excerpt: Turbo Todd has a blog....

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Argh...missed the absentee voting deadline
Excerpt: I didn't think about this until late Friday and then forgot about it again until tonight. It didn't even occur to me when I was planning to drive out that I'd miss the NY State Presidential Primary next week, probably because originally I planned to be back in NYC by now. I would have had to send in the absentee application some time last...

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Design update, misc notes
Excerpt: I updated the design here somewhat...I was getting tired of the three column thing. It was a neat thing to code up but utterly useless as a design. I'm keeping it to a degree for now under the latest entries for each section. One thing I realized is just how totally hosed MSIE is. I have been using the new Firefox browser from Mozilla,...

Monday, March 1, 2004

Comment spam...closing comments
Excerpt: Since I have now joined the rest of the web world in getting comment spam, I'm shutting down comments on articles over a certain age on my various blogs. This article: Ramblings of a Code Monkey: Comment Spam Solution has some useful SQL code I'm going to use to close off comments on articles older than a month....

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Spring 2004
Excerpt: Lisa and I walked Frisket to Monster Mutt this morning and then headed into Man­hattan for the day. While Lisa worked out at her gym, I wandered around Washington Square and did a little shopping (not in Washington Square). I picked up some more Moleskine notebooks (which have become my new fave target of sloppy penmanship) at The Art Store where they were on...

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Misc notes from Chicago
Excerpt: Spent the day yesterday dealing with bank accounts. I had to wait until I received the Letters of OFfice which authorize me as executor to deal with teh affairs of my mom's estate. So...having these in hand, I headed to the two banks she used. The first bank was friendly, but refused to work with me mostly because my brother (and father!) is listed...

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Today is
Excerpt: ...screw up my homepage day. Tried to do something nifty to make the page build, load, and cache better and managed to cause all sorts of little problems with PHP. Spending another half hour at the hotel before heading to DG for the day....

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Happy Tax Day
Excerpt: I'm filing extensions for myself and my late mother today. I didn't actually make much last year but I did do a very bad thing with respect to an IRA I have and, well, the IRS would like some more of my money as a result. I don't think anything will be owed by the estate but I'm not sure I have all of...

Friday, April 16, 2004

Note to self
Excerpt: If you happen to be out of state on tax day and decide to postpone until the very last minute calling in an extension, be aware of the time zone difference between where you are and where you are calling, to forestall the last minute occurring an hour before you expect it to....

Saturday, May 1, 2004

Miscellaneous notes on the first post of the month of May 2004
Excerpt: Blah blah blah blah. Happy May 2004 to all. I've started running Google AdSense ads. It's more an experiment than a desperate attempt to raise money. The site gets at most 150 page views per day. If I ever get off my duff and write more technical articles then they might generate something but for now it's just something to play with. Lisa and...

Sunday, May 23, 2004

On this date in 2004
Excerpt: We walked Frisket over to Monstermutt and then caught a nice brunch at The Hill Diner on Court Street. Lisa had some sort of swedish pancake concoction (cottage cheese in pancakes?) and I had a ham-swiss-eggs on focaccia sandwich. We took the F to SoHo and wandered through a few stores, ending up at Barnes and Noble on USQ. I noticed a number of...

Friday, May 28, 2004

Detritus for the week of May 24, 2004
Excerpt: Just a bunch of words about nothing in particular. No real reason to read. Really.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Sanctimonious Philistine
Excerpt: Way back in 1993 or so I used sanctimonious philistine in a post to some IBM forum or another, to characterize a fellow employee who'd called my manager to ask for my head because I was allegedly encouraging employees to use this newfangled internet thing. I haven't had a chance or need to use it again, but I need to consider using encephalic slimemold...

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Excerpt: Spent the weekend in Amagansett. Managed to do very little other than read a book and watch teh dogs chase each other aronud the yard (look for updated Coco/Frisket pix on frisket.org within the next day). We ate dinner last night and brunch this morning at Planet Bliss on Shelter Island. I had a chicken-risotto-beets combo, Lisa had some sort of shellfish item. Brunch...

Friday, July 9, 2004

Well that was a fast week
Excerpt: This week seemed to fly by, though I managed to avoid a return trip to Chicago. Frisket managed to survive the fireworks on Sunday night. They were still loud in the hotel room but she didn't have the terrors she gets at home. More importantly she didn't injure either me or Lisa (last year she sort of clawed away at me as the fireworks...

Monday, July 12, 2004

We Have a Policy That These Will be the Best Olympic Games Evar
Excerpt: Riffing on I have a policy that this will be the best weblog post ever (kottke.org)...the Athens organizers better adopt this policy now, before they lose power again during the Olympic Games. See, traditionally, the head of the IOC makes a pronouncement at the end of the Games which amounts to I declare the insert name of host city Olympic Games the Best Games...

Sunday, August 1, 2004

End of month misc
Excerpt: Caught The Bourne Supremacy last night. My review: Eh. It wasn't bad and I'd definitely watch it on cable but it seemed to be lacking something. I thought the ending looked tacked on and a reliable source has told me it was added after the initial ending was tested and found to be too ambiguous. Was an ok movie for a summer night getaway....

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Meteor Over Manhattan
Excerpt: I just saw a meteor drop over the southern tip of Manhattan. Not sure if that's a good sign or not. I was sitting on the promenade facing west when what I thought was a plane caught my eye, traveling from behind me to the south across the bay between the Statue of Liberty and the Battery. I then realized it couldn't be a...

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

gmail invites
Excerpt: I have six gmail invites. If you want one add a comment to this post with your email address (which, in theory, won't be exposed to the various spam harvesters which hit this site)....

Saturday, September 4, 2004

YASR
Excerpt: Yet another site redesign on the way. I have other things I should be doing this weekend of course, but I have some ideas I want to play with and all eight of you who read the site are my unfortunate guinea pigs....

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Ivan dropped by
Excerpt: ...and left about five inches of rain so far. We returned from Amagansett midday yesterday after attending Rosh Hashanah services on Thursday.... Caught the Cannon-Hudson opening at Oliver's gallery and finished the evening off with sushi at Monster Sushi.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Argh...missing the Creative Commons concert
Excerpt: About a month ago I heard about the Creative Commons benefit concert to be held at The Town Hall in NYC. I bought two tickets and stuck them to my wall in my office. Two weeks ago I looked at the calendar and realized I needed to plan another trip to Seattle where I'm working with a friend's startup. Due to the juggling of...

Friday, November 5, 2004

Hey, it's Friday the 5th of November 2004
Excerpt: <p> Now we show up with 2-3 other people, Frisket, and a couple of cases of Costco's cheapest tissue paper (I assume the runners don't mind, I mean, the first year we ran out so quickly we ended up handing out napkins I bought at a store up the street).... I like it mostly, though it has an annoying thing with keys mystically repeating (I have long delays set for repeating keys on both my Mac and PC so I don't think it's the computers) and the control and shift keys tend to get into weird states.... The question is, am I more productive with the keys not sticking like the Logitech even though I have to back up (I've had to stop three times so far and reset the shift key which seems to be acting like a caps lock)? </p>

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Oops...watch short_open_tag
Excerpt: I noticed that my contact page wasn't working...at some point last year I'd set short_open_tag to off for all of my sites. This means that any PHP code must start with &lt;?php which I was pretty good about doing, except apparently around the form submit buttons on the contact page which had &lt;?. Ooops...

Thursday, September 1, 2005

epc++ ...another year, another post
Excerpt: I have nothing to contribute to the various discussions over Katrina except to say Contribute. In other news... Todd is in town blogging the US Open for IBM. I "worked" at the Open a couple of times (loosely defined as: I showed up and hung out with the web team). I don't have any nifty stories to tell, once you've seen Chet write/rewrite a...

Monday, September 5, 2005

Overload
Excerpt: I finally O'd on Katrina coverage and generally haven't been watching TV since Friday. I find the whole situation appalling and the administration response disgusting. I've given to the American Red Cross and today gave to Habitat For Humanity. Habitat is planning Operation Home Delivery to help victims of Katrina...they will assemble a house-in-a-box, all the components to build a basic house, so that...

Friday, September 9, 2005

On Donating Online
Excerpt: Todd write a nice post over at his IBM blog about donating online. I wanted to comment on it and entered into the little wormhole of IBM's current registration system. Like all registration systems, it asks for a lot of information (I'm guessing mostly for marketing purposes). It bounced me on my first try for a password (too short, that's fine). And it bounced...
Ok, one more thing about ibm.com's registration system
Excerpt: See, once I start I can't stop. Anyway: it's been my experience that when I register at a given web site, the system sends some sort of confirmation back to the email address used for registration. Perhaps it takes awhile, but I've received no such confirmation from the ibm.com system. Perhaps totally mistaken, but it appears that the IBM.com registration makes no attempt to...

Monday, September 12, 2005

Frisket and I on the Promenade
Excerpt: Remembered to bring my tripod along for tonight's walk. I put other pictures up at Frisket's site and on my flickr account. This year, the Tribute in Light is atop the Battery Parking Garage, directly opposite my pre-Sydney apartment on Battery Place, about six blocks south of the WTC site....

Monday, September 26, 2005

Bag-o-Ads
Excerpt: Bag-o-Ads, originally uploaded by epc. Every week we get these pennysaver or ad-paper type papers thrown on our stoops. We end up with four or five copies for our two unit building. I usually gather my copies and dump in this trash can at Hicks and Pineapple, however some enterprising apartment manager decided to toss the whole bag into the trash (for apartments...

Monday, October 31, 2005

It's about time
Excerpt: Via somewhere, perhaps BoingBoing, I learned that there is (allegedly) no official (ie, U.N., ISO, etc) source for time zone information and that most organizations, specifically computer systems developers, rely on Sources for Time Zone and Daylight Saving Time Data, which is maintained by a guy in his spare time....

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Hit & Run for Thursday 17/11/2005
Excerpt: Heading to Boston for a friend's departing-the-blue-cloud party. I don't know what to make of the new ZFS filesystem from Sun for Solaris/ OpenSolaris. Here's a flash tutorial. Via ongoing. ZFS presents a pooled storage model that completely eliminates the concept of volumes and the associated problems of partitions, provisioning, wasted bandwidth and stranded storage. Thousands of filesystems can draw from a common storage...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

On napping
Excerpt: It's been a few years, so I think it's safe to reveal just how I managed to stay somewhat sane as IBM's webmaster: I napped in the middle of the day. Sometimes it was at my desk, sometimes I'd zip home for "lunch" (it was a 10 minute walk across Battery Park). Once I got my own office it was much easier to shut...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Make that warp factor 5 please...
Excerpt: Hyperdrive? Might actually be possible: New Scientist Take a leap into hyperspace - Features [Heim] claimed it is possible to convert electromagnetic energy into gravitational and back again, and speculated that a rotating magnetic field could reduce the influence of gravity on a spacecraft enough for it to take off. Basically, this scientist named Burkhard Heim rewrote the equations of general relativity into a...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Getting the EGR valve replaced
Excerpt: So, we're down to driving the car about twice a month now on average. Usually it's me taking the car out to meet with a friend for lunch once a month upstate, or the occasional need to fetch her highness Frisket from Monstermutt. Still, I take the car in regularly and try to keep it clean and in shape. And we tend to drive...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

NO SUBJECT
Excerpt: I don't know if it's allergies or a bad reaction to attending half of Three Penny Opera on the 25th, but I have had neck and upper back cramps all day yesterday continuing to today. This does not bode well for flying to ORD and then DUB next week. Lisa claims it's because I fell asleep during the 1st half of TPO (I was...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Feh, I say, Feh
Excerpt: 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...

Monday, September 25, 2006

The new year's update
Excerpt: So after the flurry of posts last week I ...stopped posting for no reason whatsoever. Frisket is fine. I picked her up Monday the 18th from Monstermutt. We kept her to just her normal food, no treats, no strange items off the street, to try to keep her stomach settled down. We all think that this incident was a combination of her normal dietary...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Miscellany for 26 September 2006
Excerpt: Elsewhere Comment on Skype as a Bandwidth Hog? at The Technology Liberation Front...

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

g'day
Excerpt: I've had a mid-Fall grunge in my chest and head and it finally knocked me out over the weekend, I spent Saturday and Sunday curled up with NyQuil and the dog and seem to have kicked the worst of the cold though it's not completely gone. You may have noticed a sudden spamming of this site with posts titled "links from ...", that's an...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Week In Review for 16 October 2006
Excerpt: Fresh from being sick with some sort of vague chest/sinus crap, I spent last week with a kinky neck/shoulder thing going on. I blame the dog. I finally found CR2032 batteries, although they worked the computer I was trying to restore still would not boot. Three pictures I took all ended up being used on two blogs and one restaurant on the same day....

Sunday, November 19, 2006

My Desktop
Excerpt: Photo of my desk. Really.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tax Day 2007 Miscellany
Excerpt: Blah blah blah tax day blah blah blah alex returns to new york blah blah blah I don't like Mondays blah blah blah yet another redesign

Friday, August 10, 2007

Miscellany for 10 August 2007
Excerpt: p. Heading to Boston tomorrow to drop Sailor off with Lisa at Grenadier Golden Retrievers and Frisket with Alister and Abigail. The dogs get a little break from us while we travel to Australia. p. It's been raining a lot here. I spent Wednesday driving eleven miles in two hours to get the car serviced. Any other day, any other week I would have...

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Misc. 23/09/2007
Excerpt: Not quite the inscription to the book of life, miscellaneous Saturday night bits and pieces.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Miscellaneous 10 for Monday the 29th October 2007
Excerpt: # Had a disappointing shopping experience with Levi's over the weekend. I've been wearing the same style black jeans for maybe ten years and discovered that Levi's has dropped the style entirely (they still have black jeans, but they look like jeans now and not the dressier style I've been wearing). I'd heard that as a 40 year old I should mature and stop...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

SB XLII Sunday
Excerpt: * Lisa's great Great-Uncle Jimmy Heller passed away Thursday at the age of 96. We spent the morning at the funeral and burial. He was a nice guy and made me feel very welcome as a member in the family. * Sailor was sick Thursday night. In between walks outside I rewrote my ibm.com homepage history in screen shots page to add a little...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Week 12, 2008
Excerpt: Had a bit of a photo&ndash;blogger trifecta earlier this week. I've been taking photos of the demolition of the piers which will be used for the Brooklyn Bridge Park and stashing them in this flickr photo set. Some of the photos got picked up by three NYC area blogs: Demolition Underway for Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn Bridge Park Demolition Porn: Falling Fast Brooklyn Bridge...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sorry…
Excerpt: I&rsquo;ve had nothing interesting to write here. Most of the silly pithy stupid things I&rsquo;d post here are ending up on twitter. Occasionally I&rsquo;ll add something separately to tumblr but that site is mostly a regurgitation of whatever is here or on twitter (or del.icio.us). We have no major travel plans. I would like to head to Illinois in May or June but haven&rsquo;t...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Your Post for June 2008
Excerpt: * I might as well concede the point that I'm not writing here that much, sorry. This is your monthly post. * I am flying to the Bay area on Thursday for a long weekend. Lisa is working in/around Mountain View, San Francisco, and Seattle over the next ten days. I think we're planning on just a quiet weekend in San Francisco but would...

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