Saturday, November 6, 1999

Off to Sydney
Excerpt: I'm making my first trip to Sydney as part of the new job. I arrive on Sunday the 7th and will stay for two weeks, returning to New York on the 19th via Chicago....

Thursday, May 4, 2000

My dad passed away last night
Excerpt: My dad, Edward J Costello, died last night after a severe asthma attack induced a heart attack. I'm flying out to Chicago this morning. Obviously I'm not flying to Sydney tomorrow. Fuck....

Sunday, November 19, 2000

Was this an accident?
Excerpt: This page will be replaced by something meaningful when I have a clue....

Monday, March 19, 2001

DSL Switching
Excerpt: Ok, I've been on sabbatical since mid-January. In theory I have a number of interesting trasvel stories to tell. But first, a DSL switching story. My girlfriend had Flashcom as her DSL ISP. Flashcom went under. Covad, the "provider" sent out letters warning people to switch providers by last Friday or lose service. We switched to Speakeasy since the rates seemed good and generally...

Friday, March 30, 2001

DSL Switched...California dreaming
Excerpt: Ok...after learning the ins and outs of configuring a Flowpoint 2210 router, it turns out the only configuration which would work was to let the router bridge our home lan to the ISP and cease acting as a firewall. None too happy about this, I'm looking into alternatives. For the weekend though, my girlfriend and I are spending a three day holiday in San...

Sunday, May 13, 2001

Sabbatical update
Excerpt: Ok, the sabbatical is going pretty easy, probably too easy. I have been spending my time relaxing, getting in shape, and doing some reading (slogging through Cryptonomicon and some short story collections). I've travelled a bit, returning to Sydney, Australia for two weeks in January, followed up by one week trips to Chicago in February and May as well as to Austria in February....

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Gone driveabout (1)
Excerpt: This past weekend, my girlfriend & I flew out to Phoenix and spent the weekend in Sedona, Arizona. Managed to catch some hiking around the red rock country and a drive up Snebly Hill Road (a formerly paved road now "returning to nature"...don't try it without 4WD). I am next flying up to Las Vegas for a couple days of money losing followed by...

Friday, June 1, 2001

Gone flyabout (2)
Excerpt: Have spent the last several days in Las Vegas, NV. Have managed to catch George Carlin and Jay Leno here at the MGM Grand. Planning on catching a Cirque Du Soleil show today, and then leaving for SFO tomorrow. So far I'm pretty much even on that other aspect of Las Vegas....

Monday, July 16, 2001

Playing hooky
Excerpt: Left to go to class today and once I arrived at NYU decided to skip class and do some of the homework. This started out well, having gone to the Bobst library to work on my characters, but has degenerated into a morning of playing with this very site. So, in lieu of learning more Mandarin I learned a bit more about weblogs. I'll...

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Wo hen hao
Excerpt: Loaded up the new Sony NW-MS9 with music overnight for the subway ride to NYU. I found that another downside of the way it's powered (solely by rechargable battery ..charger being a separate item) is that I ran down the battery simply loading music on to the two cards I have (64Mb and 128Mb). The sound quality is excellent though and in general I'm...

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Two days to go
Excerpt: Second to last day of my mandarin class (the penultimate day as a TEXTer might say). Unfortunately today my brain went into neutral and what little I have learned over the past couple of weeks seemed to disappear overnight....

Friday, July 20, 2001

Five weeks to go
Excerpt: Now that Mandarin's over, I'm entering the final phase of my sabbatical. Finish a few books, do a bit more travelling (Chicago tonight, San Francisco in two weeks. (Had to cancel the trip to Sydney as United utterly failed to exceed my expectations and kept us stuck in economy)....

Friday, July 27, 2001

Still five weeks to go
Excerpt: I miscounted last week...I have five weeks left of sabbatical before returning to work (I hope!). Slipped off the update-daily track this week. That said, there wasn't much to update on this week. I saw the movie Ghost World with my girlfriend on Tuesday. The movie is quite good, though personally it feels a bit long. Then again, we saw it in the cramped,...

Monday, July 30, 2001

Still five weeks to go
Excerpt: This is just a brief update, using Radio Userland to edit the page instead of the webform. This weekend's adventures consisted of playing Black & White and looking for houses in Brooklyn Heights (a task not for the faint of heart given the price ranges). TTFN....

Saturday, August 4, 2001

Vacation!
Excerpt: I'll be gone for the next week on vacation in Woodside, CA....

Sunday, August 12, 2001

Back from vacation...time to get a job!
Excerpt: We returned from CA Saturday evening after a delightful AA flight (managed to get an upgrade to business class!). I now have to return to the fun task of finding a new job in the next ten days....

Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Hah! Get a job in this economy?
Excerpt: Argh...plan A appears to be failing miserably so it's time for plan B. I was hoping to find something within my current company but that's looking less and less likely so it's time to deal with the headhunters. Let's see, there can't be more than 50,000 technical professionals looking for work these days, right?...

Monday, August 20, 2001

In lieu of something witty
Excerpt: I appear to be falling even farther off track in keeping this site up to date, so in lieu of something witty, some brief updates: My girlfriend and I saw Divided We Fall, a Czech movie set in the closing years of WWII. It tells the story of an average couple who save the life of a neighbor (recently escaped from a concentration camp)...

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Lisa and I are ok.
Excerpt: Lisa and I are ok.
We are getting a lot of dust in the apartment and are trying to find a way to get out of Brooklyn for awhile.
Excerpt: We are getting a lot of dust in the apartment and are trying to find a way to get out of Brooklyn for awhile. There is a lot of paper debris on Hicks and along the promenade.
Lisa and I rented a
Excerpt: Lisa and I rented a car at a local rental car place and drove out to Amagansett. We'll stay here for awhile. The smoke and dust was getting bad in the apartment...I can only imagine what it's like in my old neighborhood. For anyone who didn't know, I haven't lived in Battery Park City since June of last year (when I moved to Sydney)....

Thursday, September 13, 2001

NYC Landscape 970901
Excerpt: Photo of the Lower Manhattan (NYC) skyline from September 1, 1997.

Thursday, December 20, 2001

Everybody Comes to Rick's
Excerpt: Ah, a light month so far. So far I've resigned one job to take another (goodbye "IBM", hello netomat), bought a nice new Sony P5 camera, a Meade ETC-105C telescope, and 3/5ths of a Brooklyn Brownstone. Balancing the checkbook this month should be fun. Oh...and I decided to muck around a bit with this site and have a go at keeping it up to...

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Hmmm
Excerpt: WTC 1 was topped out on 12/25/1970. At least, that's the date appearing in a bit of film during the CNN Newsnight special on the WTC showing tonight....

Saturday, December 29, 2001

12/29/2001; 7:30:52 PM
Excerpt: Ok...so for the two of you who read this and are wondering about the possibly bizarre updates, this is what I've been up to... I keep trying out Radio Userland because I want something that understands SOAP and XML to play with. So...I reinstalled Radio on my PC, got all of the updates, and ran into a problem. Every time I went to publish...
So...in an attempt to update
Excerpt: So...in an attempt to update this semi-frequently, here goes some year-end updates: I quit my job at IBM at the end of November to take a position with the Manhattan based startup netomat, inc.. One of the co-founders is Maciej Wisniewski whom I met and worked with at IBM several years ago. Maciej left IBM in January 2001 to set up netomat. The purpose...
Ok...so for the two of
Excerpt: Ok...so for the two of you who read this and are wondering about the possibly bizarre updates, this is what I've been up to... I keep trying out Radio Userland because I want something that understands SOAP and XML to play with. So...I reinstalled Radio on my PC, got all of the updates, and ran into a problem. Every time I went to publish...
We're closing out the evening
Excerpt: We're closing out the evening by watching To Have and Have Not on WNET (this is something in and of itself since we just started getting WNET again via DirectTV). Still trying to get the hang of using "Radio Userland" to publish but it's working better than before....

Sunday, December 30, 2001

You know...running large scale websites
Excerpt: You know...running large scale websites these days should be a snap, yet companies still screw it up (see: Virgin Blue fire sale wreaks havoc online. ZDNet Dec 29 2001 10:19AM ET [ZDNet])....

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

I think that AP needs
Excerpt: I think that AP needs to get better headline writers as Plane Crashes in IBM HQ, Pilot Dies is slightly misleading (NYT gets it better with: Pilot Is Killed as Plane Crashes in a Westchester Parking Lot)....
By the way, Happy New
Excerpt: By the way, Happy New Year!...
Lisa says hi!
Excerpt: Lisa says hi!...
Ok...today was a nice, quiet,
Excerpt: Ok...today was a nice, quiet, relaxing day spent in front of the TV (with Tivo in control), several blankets and some soup. For dinner we went to Iron Chef for some nice sushi & maki, then down the street to our new house to take some measurements. We closed out the night by watching Planet of the Apes on one of the HBO channels...

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

We started off the new
Excerpt: We started off the new year by seeing A Beautiful Mind. Unfortunately we got lousy seats (second row, neck craning seats). Then again, this wasn't one of those movies with stunning vistas or other views to be ruined by bad seats. I thought the movie was ok to moderately good. I don't know John Nash's history (but now plan to read the book by...

Thursday, January 3, 2002

I feel like I'm repeating
Excerpt: I feel like I'm repeating myself (ok, I am)...running large scale websites these days should be a snap, but apparently no one learns: 1901 Census site closed for urgent repairs. Don't meet your ancestors [The Register]...
The only update for today
Excerpt: The only update for today is: yay! the prospective buyers for our current apartment have returned. And also, I hate dealing with DSL providers (unbelievably, I can't even get them to take my order (I know better than to expect a reasonable installation time))....

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Argh....over the weekend I broke
Excerpt: Argh....over the weekend I broke down and installed MS IE6 as well as cygwin. The only thing I initially noticed about IE6 was that it felt slower than the 5.5 load it had replaced. I'd had cygwin installed on my other laptop so didn't (and don't) expect any problems with it. That is...until I tried firing up "Radio Userland" tonight. Radio.exe just kind of...

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Wow...the week flew by. Having
Excerpt: Wow...the week flew by. Having not worked for close to a year last year, it's still taking me some time to get back into the swing of getting up and out the door at a regular time every day (come to think of it, I haven't had a "regular" work schedule since some time in 1999 due to the requirements of my last job)....
After spending the afternoon out
Excerpt: After spending the afternoon out of the current house (so it could be shown to prospective buyers) at the new house (which is very, very empty), we went to the opening of 3 seconds in the memory of the internet at the Postmaster's Gallery in Chelsea. Spending the rest of the reading catching up on some reading, and playing SSX Tricky....

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Today we brunched at Tinto
Excerpt: Today we brunched at Tinto and set out for a nice walk. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate as the wind literally blew us away as we walked near the Brooklyn Promenade...so, we returned home to a warm lazy Sunday afternoon of reading and playing SSX tricky. This evening we learned that we've been accepted to adopt a Golden Retriever puppy in the March-April...

Sunday, January 27, 2002

I saw this earlier in
Excerpt: I saw this earlier in the week and thought it interesting enough to forward to a few people: "EverQuest" spins its own economy. The business model for online gaming is still evolving, but at least one popular online game has already created a powerful free-market economy, according to a study. [CNET News.com]...
So...I've been bad at updating
Excerpt: So...I've been bad at updating this site regularly over the past week. There has not been much to update about. From a "new house" perspective, we met with the electrician and wiring guys yesterday to review how we want the house networked (cat 5e jacks basically in every room, home run to my office closet). They've already started some of the electical work, the...
Argh...I continue to have problems
Excerpt: Argh...I continue to have problems with Radio 7 since installing ("upgrading"...hah) to MSIE 6. I'm debating removing Radio 7 and reinstalling (or upgrading to 8) but am worried about losing all of the minor, minor, minor tweaking I've done to get this to publish to both sites simultaneously. (As I write this, the windows "start" bar has gone mysteriously frozen...I thought Win2k was supposed...

Monday, January 28, 2002

Our morning rituals include having
Excerpt: Our morning rituals include having the TiVo record the NY1 news channel from 7:00 until 9:00. As a backup to the alarm clock, we've also set the TV to turn itself on at 7:00 a.m. So...this morning everything comes on and...THEY'VE CHANGED NY1! Ok...so it's not a crisis, and most of the changes look ok (new set based in Chelsea Market). But they also...
Hmm...so I'm about to go
Excerpt: Hmm...so I'm about to go off to work and have this weird "un-easy" feeling (not quite the "you know I rented Armageddon on September 7th and it felt weird" feeling) but still......
Ok...now I'm irritated. Not only
Excerpt: Ok...now I'm irritated. Not only should launching (or relaunching) a site be straightforward, of all sites I'd expect these guys to get it right, but yet again, doh!. Glitch Hits WSJ's Redesigned Web Site...

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Last night, Lisa and I
Excerpt: Last night, Lisa and I caught Down From the Mountain... the tour of Folk/Bluegrass/country music from the movie O Brother Where art Thou?. The music was excellent, made even better by the acoustics of Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately the concert started quite late (my guess is about 8:45 PM) so it didn't end until 11:00 PM and even then appeared to be abbreviated...
1/30/2002; 6:54:53 PM
Excerpt: Ooh joy...the WEF is in town. Frankly, I'd be perfectly happy if all of the bozos coming to attend or protest would just leave us alone. Update @ {now}: it appears that so far the police and protesters are keeping a lid on confrontations. The grey weather is probably helping to tame things. @ 11:25:25 PM Tonight I left work early to do some writing at...
Tonight I left work early
Excerpt: Tonight I left work early to do some writing at home (I find it hard to write anything more profound than the basic email in the office). Conveniently, this also gave me some time to install additional memory into my laptop. Have to admit, Win2k and "Radio Userland" run much better with 384Mb of memory than with 128!...
Ooh joy...the WEF is in
Excerpt: Ooh joy...the WEF is in town. Frankly, I'd be perfectly happy if all of the bozos coming to attend or protest would just leave us alone. Update @ {now}: it appears that so far the police and protesters are keeping a lid on confrontations. The grey weather is probably helping to tame things....

Sunday, February 3, 2002

So...two years ago I did
Excerpt: So...two years ago I did an interview with Advertising Age (Dot-coms prep for Bowl Traffic Jams) about the risks of blowing your wad on an ad at the Super Bowl and then failing to have your site live up to the demand. As usually happens, most of my comments never made it into the article, but the crux was that the risk of damaging...
Finally after about 90 minutes,
Excerpt: Finally after about 90 minutes, AT&T Wireless has their mLife website back up....
Ok...that was a decent football
Excerpt: Ok...that was a decent football game. I watched two games this year, both ended up having the Patriots playing. Personally, the game in the snow with the Raiders was better but somehow I doubt they'll ever play a Super Bowl outdoors north of the Mason Dixon line....
Closing the evening out watching
Excerpt: Closing the evening out watching Pale Rider, and some xhtml education....

Monday, February 4, 2002

Ok, the evening's not quite
Excerpt: Ok, the evening's not quite closed yet. Had to clean up the current house for the appraisal tomorrow and pay off some bills related to the new house. And tweak the html here yet again....
Ok...shutting down for the night.
Excerpt: Ok...shutting down for the night....
Take the "A" train...not! Took
Excerpt: Take the "A" train...not! Took the A today and spent nearly an hour trying to traverse the four miles from Brooklyn Heights to midtown. The train I was on was actually ok, but the train just ahead of it (which I intentionally missed) was....rolling.........v..e....r...y........slowly. Unfortunately with subways, the chances of passing another train are quite minimal....
Hmm...the only problem I see
Excerpt: Hmm...the only problem I see with this mailing-to-weblog is that I believe my other mail is being swallowed up and thrown away....
Argh. So I set up
Excerpt: Argh. So I set up posting via email last night and pointed to one of my accounts. I have no defintie evidence, but apparently "Radio Userland" fetches the mail and discards any mail which doesn't have the magic subject string. Again, no direct evidence except that I expected multiple notes to be in that mailbox this morning, and none were. The posting interface worked...

Wednesday, February 6, 2002

So...I've turned off the post-by-email
Excerpt: So...I've turned off the post-by-email interface until I find a POP account that I can dedicate for that purpose. That experience was a little frustrating (if only because "Radio Userland" didn't log any of the mail activities so I don't know if anything other than junk or bulk mail was lost). Last night was the night of unscrewing 1000 screws. Ok..perhaps there weren't that...

Friday, February 8, 2002

Ok...I've reenabled post-by-mail via a
Excerpt: Ok...I've reenabled post-by-mail via a separate account. Let's see if this works....
Spent most of today in
Excerpt: Spent most of today in meetings refining our product plan, will type up the requirements this weekend. Dinner tonight is at Chin Chin. Suspect we'll cab home. This weekend has some running (well, walking in my case) in the NYRRC race, followed by the monthly viewing of LOTR....
Argh. So, while I got
Excerpt: Argh. So, while I got email posting working again, i got tripped up by Norton Antivirus. See, I'd installed NAV2001 on my laptop in September. Some time in December it got hosed and I removed it. When I went to reinstall, all I could find was the trialware NAV2002, so I installed that instead. Trialware is designed to be annoying so that you license...
Oh, and while I'm at
Excerpt: Oh, and while I'm at it. This is the first opening night of the Olympic Games in six years I've had free to actually enjoy and watch the ceremonies. I've celebrated this freedom by completing ignoring the opening ceremonies....

Sunday, February 10, 2002

Argh. A number of friends
Excerpt: Argh. A number of friends are around town this weekend, mostly in the northern suburbs. All week we couldn't get together for one reason or another, but figured we'd get together this weekend. So...here I am planning to take the train up to White Plains when I get that queasy "I ate something I shouldn't have" feeling (either the chicken salad sandwich for lunch,...
I'm trying to figure out
Excerpt: I'm trying to figure out how to add a calendar interface to the archives but failing miserably...suspect this is easy to do and I'm just stumbling....
Hmm...found a definite bug in
Excerpt: Hmm...found a definite bug in the mail-interface (though, it's probably a safety feature). For whatever reason, URLs are escaped, but only when the post is relayed to a Manila server. The post appears fine on my flat weblog at http://home.earthlink.net/~epcostello/wwwlogue/....
I thought Enron's Last Year:
Excerpt: I thought Enron's Last Year: Web of Details Did Enron In as Warnings Went Unheeded in today's New York Times was excellent. It seems pretty clear that the accountants and numbers jockeys were more concerned with coming up with new ways of manipulating the numbers than in maintaining any semblance of truth in the numbers reported to the public....

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Hmmm...when I load epc.editthispage.com via
Excerpt: Hmmm...when I load epc.editthispage.com via Opera, most of the navigation disappears and only one story is listed. This is odd since the HTML is pretty generic, not IE or NS specific....

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Unfortunately there's lots of feedback.
Excerpt: Unfortunately there's lots of feedback....

Thursday, February 14, 2002

So last night I got
Excerpt: So last night I got to catch up with Cam, Emma, Pete & Rebecca (hi guys!), then later Lisa & I saw Rufus Wainwright at Town Hall. The show was a bit of a family act since his sister Martha opened, and his mother and aunt (better known as the McGarrigle sisters) chimed in on a couple of songs. Unfortunately the sound system had...
In the crime of sharing:
Excerpt: In the crime of sharing: How excess legislation will kill your freedom of expression, John Perry Barlow writes: And just as sharing makes us civilized, it's sharing that makes civilization. It lets us build a great collective work from the exchange of stories, myths, songs, poems, facts, jokes, beliefs, scientific discoveries, elegant engineering hacks, and all of the other products of human thought and...
Hmm...think I need to look
Excerpt: Hmm...think I need to look at Radio 8 this weekend. Radio 7 seems to consistently have problems posting to epc.editthispage.com (the anchor tags get escaped) even while posting ok to the mirrored site on Earthlink....
Picked up a new car
Excerpt: Picked up a new car tonight. Let's just say it's not a Prius or Impact. Though it is of the Honda family of cars. Just, well, larger. Roomier. And, well, it fails the "economy car" test, however it does have a nifty uLEV sticker on it....
Oh, and a minor setback
Excerpt: Oh, and a minor setback at work tonight. See, the office is on the ninth floor of a midtown Manhattan building. Many of the other tenants are in the "garment" industry. Today the phrase "sweatshop" took on a new meaning as apparently the factory on the eighth floor got a little too hot and caught fire. I don't need to hear This building is...
And an update on the
Excerpt: And an update on the office fire: apparently the damage was contained to the eighth floor (right below our offices though). Apparently our offices did get damaged a wee bit by FDNY to gain access, nothing serious. Will learn more in the morning....

Friday, February 15, 2002

Argh. Thanks to the NYTimes
Excerpt: Argh. Thanks to the NYTimes for wiping out $5/share of IBM today....

Saturday, February 16, 2002

The plan is to go
Excerpt: The plan is to go away for the weekend, but so far we're enjoying a nice lazy Saturday morning....

Monday, February 18, 2002

Just got back from a
Excerpt: Just got back from a weekend in Amagansett. Highlights included spotting some planet or another (I'm thinking it was Jupiter again, but not sure) Saturday night and reading When Genius Failed a history of Long-Term Capital Management. We also ate at Pacific East a couple of nights. The food was excellent...but the service was, well, not fun....
Still am still trying to
Excerpt: Still am still trying to get an archive calendar working in Radio 7 with no luck....

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Interesting article: Supreme Court to
Excerpt: Interesting article: Supreme Court to Intervene in Internet Copyright Dispute: The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to intervene in a fight over copyrights, deciding whether Congress has sided too heavily with writers and other inventors.....
And from the funny-but-not-funny file,
Excerpt: And from the funny-but-not-funny file, the NY County Jury System refuses to believe that I do not live in Manhattan. In brief, I moved from Battery Park City in Manhattan to Sydney, Australia in mid-2000 for five months, then briefly returned to the Upper West side of Manhattan before settling in in Brooklyn Heights in January 2001. My mistake appears to have been in...

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Study: Ability to invent inspires
Excerpt: Study: Ability to invent inspires engineers. A new survey aims to dispel stereotypes about engineers, emphasizing that most decided to enter their professions in order "to invent and discover." [CNET News.com]...
Still working my way through
Excerpt: Still working my way through When Genius Failed.... Have taken up reading (well, attempting to) on the subway....

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Finished When Genius Failed: The
Excerpt: Finished When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management. I thought it was a good read, though the author seemed to focus a bit too much on the alleged braininess of the partners in LTCM....

Sunday, February 24, 2002

Saturday we attended the Armory
Excerpt: Saturday we attended the Armory Show in Manhattan. Apparently it's one of the largest art-forsale shows on the East Coast. All I know is that after several hours of wandering the piers my feet ached....
Today I'm going to see
Excerpt: Today I'm going to see the NY Knicks vs LA Lakers. If I were to bet, I'd bet that the Lakers will win (the Knicks haven't one any of the games I've managed to go to this year)....
In today's NY Times I
Excerpt: In today's NY Times I found a rather eerie photo taken from the 19th floor of my former home. The article is Deciding Whether to Make a Home Near Ground Zero....

Monday, February 25, 2002

Argh. Spent the morning at
Excerpt: Argh. Spent the morning at the new house, had hoped to work from there. However, the ADSL connection via Cloud9 isn't working. Spent a bit of time on the phone with the support folks and the problem appears to be our local phone monopoly, Verizon. The modem gets DSL tone, everything configures ok, but there is no routing to or from the central office....

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Argh again. So, today we
Excerpt: Argh again. So, today we got a call from Cloud9 saying that Verizon had fixed the DSL and could we please confirm. I trudge over to the house, set up my stinkpad, and no, nothing worked yet again. Reset the mode, tried a number of different things (including dialing in via Earthlink to see if I could ping the other side of the modem)...
Oh, and the painters came
Excerpt: Oh, and the painters came and started painting the new house. Two weeks to move day....

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

A little snow this morning
Excerpt: A little snow this morning but it's gone now....

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Argh! Our office network ISP
Excerpt: Argh! Our office network ISP is down....
Good thing that analog modems
Excerpt: Good thing that analog modems still work. In case anyone's curious, our ISP is OnsiteAccess. No eta on the network returning to life, it has been out since 2:00 a.m. EST (hmm, sounds like someone screwed up a change)....

Saturday, March 2, 2002

Ooh, the painters were at
Excerpt: Ooh, the painters were at the new house today. So far they have primer completed in the master bedroom, and they've done one layer of primer over the icky yellow color of the second floor....
The DSL at the new
Excerpt: The DSL at the new house still appears to be out, but it's irrelevant until the phone re-wiring is completed. So far the first floor has been re-wired, two more to go....
Sliiiiiiiiiiiinky - the world's longest
Excerpt: Sliiiiiiiiiiiinky - the world's longest Slinky?? -- somehow, I don't see building one of these in the new house....

Monday, March 4, 2002

Wow...the weekend flew by. We
Excerpt: Wow...the weekend flew by. We managed to grab brunch at Noho Star on Saturday then headed up to Strand books. This was a mistake. I forgot that on the weekend, Strand books is the last place for someone who doesn't like crowds in small confined spaces. We quickly fled and walked over to check out a pet store on Greenwich, then circled back to...
Today's geek adventure was a
Excerpt: Today's geek adventure was a failed attempt to register my cell phone to the AT&T Wireless - AOL Instant Messenger gateway. About halfway through the process (in which 10+ SMS messages must be sent to and acknowledge by your cell phone) my phone ceased receiving messages. None. Zero. Now, about 11 hours later, all of the remaining messages have been received. Gotta say, this...

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

When I checked my cell
Excerpt: When I checked my cell phone this morning, there were another eleven or so SMS messages from the AOL/AT&T AIM gateway....

Thursday, March 7, 2002

Not much news to report
Excerpt: Not much news to report the last couple of days. I've been working on writing up a patent for the company (with a really tight deadline). Lisa got accepted to UIUC's library science distance learning program. We're still set to move in under a week (suppose that means I need to pack this weekend :-(....

Friday, March 8, 2002

Hmm...six months ago today I
Excerpt: Hmm...six months ago today I was sitting at home (being a Saturday, and on sabbatical still) planning out my last week of sabbatical. The plan, then, was to spend several days taking photos throughout Manhattan. Unfortunately, that didn't pan out....
Argh... (yes, that seems to
Excerpt: Argh... (yes, that seems to be a popular way to start my updates). There was a water leak at the new house today...from the sewer line feed to/from the street. The downstairs neighbor discovered it and it turned out to be quite trivial for the plumber to fix (I had visions of replacing 80+ year old drain pipe...and we're not even moved in yet)....
So I spent the morning
Excerpt: So I spent the morning hanging around the new house and realized that the chances of the work being completed on the first floor before we're supposed to move are slim to none. Instead we're going to move on the 18th, giving the painters & carpenters a couple more days to complete the rooms on the first floor (where we'll cram everything until the...

Saturday, March 9, 2002

Yay... Lisa got accepted to
Excerpt: Yay... Lisa got accepted to Syracuse....

Sunday, March 10, 2002

Oooh...I just received my very
Excerpt: Oooh...I just received my very own copy of the latest virus for MS Windows/Outlook. Hint: if you receive any mail from anyone claiming to be a security update for MS Windows, it's a virus. MS distributes "security" updates via the windowsupdate.microsoft.com site. Unfortunately, the reason I received it appears to be that an ancient email address has been resold to some spam distribution group....
The leak is back...our downstairs
Excerpt: The leak is back...our downstairs neighbor called to say the basement is flooding again. Double argh....

Monday, March 11, 2002

Such a crystal clear day.
Excerpt: Such a crystal clear day....
And so quiet too.
Excerpt: And so quiet too....
Thankfully, the FAA has rerouted
Excerpt: Thankfully, the FAA has rerouted air traffic over the city today (or we lucked out with approaches to LGA being routed over Brooklyn)....
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11 March
Excerpt: Brooklyn Heights, NY 11 March 2002 9:07 P.M....

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Aaargh. C local took forever
Excerpt: Aaargh. C local took forever to get to midtown....

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Some games aren't fun...is a
Excerpt: Some games aren't fun...is a good article at InfoWorld about the state of consumer software today. You thought that just because you paid money or otherwise legally obtained that software that you can use it any way you want?...
Caught a production of Cymbeline
Excerpt: Caught a production of Cymbeline at BAM tonight. The production was rather minimalist by the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre company, touring in the U.S. I thought the show was excellent, the only drawback being the somewhat painful seats at the BAM Harvey Theater....

Friday, March 15, 2002

So, we're moving over to
Excerpt: So, we're moving over to the new house over the weekend. Packing on Sunday, moving on Monday. Today, our phone number was to be switched over to the new house (it's Verizon. First, one of the lines rang this morning. Since it was really early, I didn't catch which line it was (since either will ring to the phone in our bedroom). Then, later...

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Verizon, the local telco monopoly,
Excerpt: Verizon, the local telco monopoly, decided to stun us today with sheer incompetence. Some background: in December we bought a house three blocks from our present home and started the planning to move. Being a relatively wired couple, we made lots of inquiries to DSL providers and Verizon to ensure that we had a smooth transition. I won't go into the Cloud 9 tale...

Sunday, March 17, 2002

It's Moving Day!. The movers
Excerpt: It's Moving Day!. The movers are here already. Actually, properly today is packing day, tomorrow is moving day....
A packing day update... The
Excerpt: A packing day update... The living room and kitchen are now packed (for the most part) and the movers are taking a lunch break. The LAN is dissassembled (except for one cable & the hub). The iMac is packed. And, it wouldn't be an update without another Verizon story. The movers arrived around 9:00. Around 9:30 guys from Verizon ring the buzzer and ask...

Monday, March 18, 2002

Now it's moving day. I'm
Excerpt: Now it's moving day. I'm now at house (1) with the movers who are busily carting boxes downstairs to take over to house (2). On one hand it seems kind of silly, we're moving a total of four blocks (I tend to say three but it's three one direction and one in another direction). But, I have no desire to trundle the stuff down...
The movers are still moving...
Excerpt: The movers are still moving... Have most of the apartment loaded in the truck, a few odds and ends and some boxes remain....
The easy part of the
Excerpt: The easy part of the move is done. After nearly nine hours, probably 100 boxes, packing tape, movers blankets, and a good deal of rain (we like rain in NYC these days), it's done. Now, the hard part: where does everything go? This would be a tad easier if the construction were complete, but it's not. The only room ready is the bedroom, everything...

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Spent the night in the
Excerpt: Spent the night in the new house (after two nights at the W Union Square...highly recommended if you're ever in Manhattan). Got the DSL working finally. Appears that Verizon was the source of the problem (no surprise), not Cloud9....
Argh. On the plus side,
Excerpt: Argh. On the plus side, the ADSL is indeed working, and I managed to get the wifi gateway running as well (which is absolutely necessary since none of the Cat-5e is terminated yet). On the minus side...our painter called me at work to tell that water was leaking into the kitchen area. It's actually just in front of the kitchen, right under the door...
From the weird WiFi files
Excerpt: From the weird WiFi files department... Linksys 802.11 PC Card in my company issued Thinkpad T21 gets excellent signal but can't for the life of it get an IP address from the LinkSys AP across the room (maybe 3 metres at most). Same card, in a Thinkpad X21, connects fine....

Friday, March 22, 2002

As possibly one of my
Excerpt: As possibly one of my more stupid moves, I registered stop-cbdtpa.org tonight. CBDTPA is the acronym for the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act, introduced as S.2048 this week by Senator Hollings. I recommend looking through Declan McCullagh's Politech for some relevant links about this bill. (update: would help if I pasted the URL in. The URL is http://www.politechbot.com/docs/cbdtpa/....

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Time Warner Cable of NYC
Excerpt: Time Warner Cable of NYC upgraded us to Digital Cable on Thursday. Thursday night we had cable channels, but no broadcast channels. Friday night we had broadcast channels (and NY1) but no cable channels. Tonight, still no cable channels. Oh, but it's better. There's no cable only channels on our unit downstairs. Our unit in the kitchen gets all channels (I think we have...

Monday, March 25, 2002

Spent the day doing more
Excerpt: Spent the day doing more unpacking, cleaning & scrubbing the grills on the stove and oven. Caught Robin Williams at BAM followed by a brief exposure to the Oscars at Cori & Josh's Oscar party. The rest of the evening was spent in a desperate attempt to find Lisa's missing cellphone. Apparently it's 1) on silent mode and 2) set to forward calls to...
Oh, and the Time Warner
Excerpt: Oh, and the Time Warner Digital Cable is still screwed up. Near as I can tell, we have two separate cable feeds, with the bedroom getting a basic channels feed (that randomly switches to a "bigger" feed) and the kitchen getting the larger common feed. DirectTv should be able to have the install completed Friday....
Today the painters cleared out
Excerpt: Today the painters cleared out temporarily so that we can hose seder on Wednesday night. The construction guys managed to rebuild a temporary wall which had been removed so we could move furniture in. Oddly, a drawer from the kitchen disappeared. All I can figure is that the construction guys took it to try to match the wood for the support they're building for...
Ooh...TWC just called to confirm
Excerpt: Ooh...TWC just called to confirm our 'cable appointment' for Friday between 8 and noon. Suppose this means I need to disconnect the Tivo since that seems to throw them from their scripted routine....
The only downside to keeping
Excerpt: The only downside to keeping the same phone numbers as at our old place is that we continue to get the same wrong-number calls....
Hmm...not sure which tweak it
Excerpt: Hmm...not sure which tweak it was, but the wireless is now working quite well. The AP is on the second floor of the house. I'm sitting in the den on the fourth floor and still have connectivity (poor, but good enough to do general networking things). Wouldn't try downloading anything of major size, but surfing is quite responsive....

Friday, March 29, 2002

Hollings Goes for Tech's Throat,
Excerpt: Hollings Goes for Tech's Throat, and Your Rights [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]...
Howling Mad Over Hollings' Bill.
Excerpt: Howling Mad Over Hollings' Bill. Millions of people have networked their stereos, computers and television sets to take relaxation to a new level, but a proposed law could make those networks useless. By Brad King. [Wired News]...
Working from home today (ok,
Excerpt: Working from home today (ok, technically I'm off for the holiday), waiting for the Time Warner Cable folks to come by and fix the problem with the cable. DirectTV can't do the install until the 8th so we still need cable working (if only for NY1). It's been a busy week, the house looked like a disaster as recent as Tuesday morning but we...
Oh, and in my own
Excerpt: Oh, and in my own small contribution to fighting the stupidity that is the CBDTPA, I've decided to cease buying any CDs or DVDs. The MPAA, RIAA and various corporations backing them have essentially made it untenable for me to continue buying their products. They seem to forget that the very people they are targetting are their customers. Hello?...
Argh. Time Warner Cable has
Excerpt: Argh. Time Warner Cable has earned a place in my eternal enmity list. After staying home all morning and answering the door repeatedly for other deliveries (so I know that the buzzer works), and seeing no sign of the TWC service tech, I called their customer service line. Their response: the tech came and left because there was no one at home. So...either, the...
Yahoo! appears to have cut
Excerpt: Yahoo! appears to have cut off POP access today...I thought it was going to occur mid-April. While I like Yahoo! and have even paid for some of their other services, the POP thing was kind of silly since they didn't bundle it with, for example, the 25Mb mail account option....
Thinking about redesigning my personal
Excerpt: Thinking about redesigning my personal site. Suggestions are welcome....
Ok...that was weird. A post
Excerpt: Ok...that was weird. A post I edited last week became a new post today when I categorized it...not sure that's the way this is supposed to work....
digitalconsumer.org seems to be a
Excerpt: digitalconsumer.org seems to be a good place consolidating content about the CBDTPA....
After looking all day, I
Excerpt: After looking all day, I still can't find the one critical box that's still missing...the TV/Receiver/DVD cable and remote control box. I know that as soon as I hand over my credit card at J&R the box will magically reappear....

Sunday, March 31, 2002

So, I managed to find
Excerpt: So, I managed to find enough cables to get the TV working again. I also figured out the source of the problem with the cable. Basically, the installer just dropped off the digital cable boxes and confirmed that digital service had been turned on for the house. What he didn't do was to swap out the existing analog splitters for digital splitters. I figured...
The FAA has a site
Excerpt: The FAA has a site I found through the article Concerns Mount Over Exposure To Radiation on Airline Flights at WSJ Online. You know, I used to like flying but this gives me pause...the worst flights appear to be ones over the North Pole or North Atlantic....
Thousands in Manhattan Needed Therapy
Excerpt: Thousands in Manhattan Needed Therapy After Attack, Study Finds... duh!...

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Not much news to report.
Excerpt: Not much news to report. Still expecting to drive up to Boston on Friday to pick up Frisket, our eight week old golden retriever....

Friday, April 5, 2002

Have WiFi, will connect. Drove
Excerpt: Have WiFi, will connect. Drove up to Boston today, spending the evening with friends Alister and Abigail. Tomorrow (Saturday) we drive out to Worcester to pick up Frisket and start the drive home. The only unexpected thing to occur so far has been that it snowed here while we were at the restaurant for dinner....

Monday, April 8, 2002

Frisket is doing well, adapting
Excerpt: Frisket is doing well, adapting to her new home. We are "crate training" her and having moderate success (she knows where she's supposed to go "to go" but doesn't always get there in time)....
Mail-to-'blog is working again!
Excerpt: Mail-to-'blog is working again!...
Testing to verify mail-to-blog works
Excerpt: Testing to verify mail-to-blog works again....

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Oooh...today is tax day. Well,
Excerpt: Oooh...today is tax day. Well, it's pick up my taxes and write off some checks day....
And it turned out that
Excerpt: And it turned out that today wasn't tax day as I decided to go directly home rather than shuffle uptown on the 2-not-quite-so-express local up to 72nd and Broadway to pick up the tax forms....

Friday, April 12, 2002

Watching Shackleton and icing my
Excerpt: Watching Shackleton and icing my knee (which made a nasty popping sound last night while I let Frisket down to the floor after her walk outside). Tomorrow Frisket gets her second set of shots....

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Nanny-Cam May Leave a Home
Excerpt: Nanny-Cam May Leave a Home Exposed...ooops. Don't put that x10 wireless camera anywhere sensitive....
Frisket had quite a long
Excerpt: Frisket had quite a long day today...we walked/carried her to the Cobble Hill vet (about 8 or 9 blocks) where she got her second round of vaccinations. The vet said she might be lethargic and show no appetite but she stayed peppy most of the day. I also got our WiFi setup working correctly (had misconfigured the WEP key), so now we can do...

Sunday, April 21, 2002

Drove out to Amagansett yesterday
Excerpt: Drove out to Amagansett yesterday morning to spend the weekend at Lisa's mom's place. Frisket got to meet her distant cousin Coco and spent most of the afternoon romping around in the yard with Coco....

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Microsoft puts the squeeze on
Excerpt: Microsoft puts the squeeze on NW schools tells how MS is putting the squeeze on local school districts in Oregon. Wonder how the taxpayers feel about that?...
New movies of Frisket playing
Excerpt: New movies of Frisket playing with Coco... Clip 1 and Clip 2....
Spent the day at Meet
Excerpt: Spent the day at Meet the Makers, a NYC local conference for the top web developers, designers, and CTOs in the NYC metro area....

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Not much news to report
Excerpt: Not much news to report this past week. The weekend was cold and wet, spent much of it inside playing with Frisket. Did manage to hit Home Depot for a variety of things (most needed: a water pump for the pit under the cellar door which has been collecting water since we moved in). We've gotten the front bedroom and office "back" from the...
(ok, something weird happened when
Excerpt: (ok, something weird happened when I tried to correct the URL for this picture from the April 13 post. I now leave you with this picture of Frisket.)...
(and no, I don't know
Excerpt: (and no, I don't know why there's a link to c|net at the end of the first post today)...

Saturday, May 4, 2002

In Defenestration Corner, David Singer
Excerpt: In Defenestration Corner, David Singer writes: Nero Wolfe. We've been watching the Nero Wolfe series on A&E and enjoying it a lot. But I guess we're thieves, because we use TiVo and skip the commercials. Of course, I don't remember signing any kind of contract requiring us to watch the commercials in the first place....maybe the contract is secretly encoded in the vertical blanking...
See Top Ten New Copyright
Excerpt: See Top Ten New Copyright Crimes for a relevant post to my screed below....
Ok...I think we need to
Excerpt: Ok...I think we need to look into getting one of those propane space heater things you see in outdoor cafes in the fall and early spring for our deck....

Sunday, May 5, 2002

Dozy sunday morning...walked Frisket twice
Excerpt: Dozy sunday morning...walked Frisket twice and watching Looney Tunes (oddly enough, the one showing now is Bowery Bugs which seems to be about Bugs Bunny's runin with Steve Brody and the Brooklyn Bridge)....

Saturday, May 11, 2002

Sorry Oliver! I still haven't
Excerpt: Sorry Oliver! I still haven't decided on an upgrade for our Tivo , planning to do so today. This morning we took Frisket to puppy play group at Monster Mutt. This afternoon is reserved for dozing, surfing and reading. Tonight Lisa and I plan to catch Enigma (though the theatre it was showing at doesn't appear to be showing it today)....
Drat...all of the links I
Excerpt: Drat...all of the links I added to that last post were eaten by the software I use....

Sunday, May 12, 2002

Found out the problem with
Excerpt: Found out the problem with yesterday's post...I'd sent it as HTML email from Outlook, Radio Userland pulled off the plain text version instead of the HTML....
Apologies to anyone looking at
Excerpt: Apologies to anyone looking at Frisket's pages right now...I'm doign somem maintenance and accidentally removed all images from her site :-(....
Ok...the updates are done and
Excerpt: Ok...the updates are done and Frisket's site is now moved to a much better location (I was running out of space on my personal site and had this separate site basically sitting around doing nothing). There's new pictures as well of her fourteenth week (mainly from puppy play group and some shots from earlier in the week)....
Hey Oliver... I ordered the
Excerpt: Hey Oliver... I ordered the 250 hour Tivo upgrade. Allegedly this will give us ~70 hours of best quality, and 250 hours at basic quality. I think that will be enough for awhile....
...and the tivonet upgrade. Might
Excerpt: ...and the tivonet upgrade. Might as well go all-out if I've opened the box up....

Monday, May 13, 2002

The tivo upgrade has shipped!
Excerpt: The tivo upgrade has shipped!...

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Yahoo: No police presence in
Excerpt: Yahoo: No police presence in searches tells how Yahoo!, several internet industry groups, and the US Government (I assume the DOJ but it doesn't say) are fighting against a ruling that requires police to be present when search warrants are acted upon. The issue seems to be the burden placed upon the police (or ISPs) in conducting the search, but that seems to be...

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Waiting for the #1
Excerpt: Waiting for the #1...

Thursday, May 16, 2002

Argh...tried posting to Frisket's weblog
Excerpt: Argh...tried posting to Frisket's weblog via SMS email and couldn't because the email address is one character too long!...
The 250 hour Tivo upgrade
Excerpt: The 250 hour Tivo upgrade arrived! I plan to install it this Sunday....
Surfing around, catching up on
Excerpt: Surfing around, catching up on other weblogs, and sampling a pint of Ben & Jerry's Apple Crumble flavor ice cream...have to say I'm not going to be buying it again....

Sunday, May 19, 2002

Frisket turned 15 weeks old
Excerpt: Frisket turned 15 weeks old this weekend. She celebrated by going to the vet for her fourth round of shots. Since she'd been feeling ill (see Friday's posts) the vet decided to postpone her shots until later this week. Today I've been working to upgrade the 14 hours Tivo to a 250 hour unit and installing a Tivonet card. So far it's gone ok,...

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Ok...enough with the helicopters. They
Excerpt: Ok...enough with the helicopters. They flew overhead for much of the night making sure the Brooklyn Bridge didn't disappear over night (or to ensure they'd have live coverage of the event in case it did)....
Argh...I tried to add something
Excerpt: Argh...I tried to add something to note when I post by email and of course 1) it didn't work and 2) due to the trashed configuration I can't clean it up through the web interface....
So the plan to work
Excerpt: So the plan to work from home for a bit has run into a couple of snags. First, we have the entire air fleet of the NY press corps flying overhead. Second, someone, somewhere, decided today was the day to jackhammer in front of the house. I have managed to muck around with my weblog stuff to add some sort of indication when I...
The workers are tearing up
Excerpt: The workers are tearing up the street for water main work next door. e.p.c. via sms...
Any bets on whether we
Excerpt: Any bets on whether we have water tonight? e.p.c. via sms...
I get the most bizarre
Excerpt: I get the most bizarre spam... Today's example was a poorly written blabbering diatribe about some transportation union official in Oregon. Normally I just summarily delete spam (most of the time it goes straight to the trash...I don't even see it). This one was bizarre enough to read for a few laughs. I'd post some of it but have no desire to get into...

Thursday, May 23, 2002

Going away for the Memorial
Excerpt: Going away for the Memorial Day weekend. Frisket gets to finally meet Boo (Oliver's 125 pound Rottweiler). I'm sure they'll get along fine. e.p.c. via earthlink...

Saturday, May 25, 2002

On the road to Amagansett.
Excerpt: On the road to Amagansett. e.p.c. via sms...

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Argh. Apologies for no recent
Excerpt: Argh. Apologies for no recent posts...the network card on my laptop refused to work so I had to reinstall it. My wireless card is also hosed...no time to fix this morning. Spent the weekend in Amagansett, mostly dozing and chasing after Frisket, Coco, and Buster (aka Boo). This week at work consists of writing up a bunch of documents about our upcoming products and...

Saturday, June 1, 2002

Testing post-by-mail. e.p.c. via earthlink
Excerpt: Testing post-by-mail. e.p.c. via earthlink...

Sunday, June 2, 2002

My weblog tool is still
Excerpt: My weblog tool is still hosed (though I can post to it through email). Went to our first NY Liberty game at the Garden today. I think the good seats are going to spoil us (especially when we come back for Knicks games up in the upper regions of the Garden). e.p.c. via earthlink...

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

So the last couple of
Excerpt: So the last couple of days have been interesting. I'll update this post with more details in a few days. In the meantime expect new pictures on frisket.org. Dinner tonight was rigatoni and gnocchi from Noodle Pudding, accompanied by a bottle of excellent wine from Judy & Bob....

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Caught the NY Liberty vs
Excerpt: Caught the NY Liberty vs Detroit Shock WNBA game tonight. Well, ok, part of the game. By the half the Liberty were down by quite a bit and we were both tired so we headed home....

Thursday, June 6, 2002

Leaving for the weekend in
Excerpt: Leaving for the weekend in Amagansett. Frisket will get to play with both Coco and a new friend Spike (the wonder dog). We will try to keep Frisket from eating Spike....

Friday, June 7, 2002

Arrived in Amagansett after slogging
Excerpt: Arrived in Amagansett after slogging through mild flooding on NY27. The soundtrack for the drive was Rufus Wainwright (have no idea which CD) and an R.E.M. collection ranging from Chronic Town through Monster. Hoping the weather clears, could use some sunshine this week....
Argh...Frisket woke up nice and
Excerpt: Argh...Frisket woke up nice and early (early for us...she slept the entire drive out) around 5:30. She's out playing now with Coco, getting thoroughly drenched....

Saturday, June 8, 2002

Spent a relaxing day in
Excerpt: Spent a relaxing day in Amagansett. Frisket woke up around 6:30, took in her walk and breakfast and then dozed on the porch. Lunch was dosas from Hampton's chutney. For dinner we drove Cori, Josh, Pete & Rebecca to Planet Bliss on Shelter Island....

Sunday, June 9, 2002

Another relaxing day in Amagansett.
Excerpt: Another relaxing day in Amagansett. Absolutely no plans for the day other than to drive back to Brooklyn this evening....
Arrived home around 10:00 pm...we
Excerpt: Arrived home around 10:00 pm...we got stuck in a traffic jam in Bridgehampton (apparently 27 was closed for one reason or another)...took close to four hours (almost as long as it took Pete & Rebecca to drive from Amagansett to Fishkill!)....

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

So...the latest news can be
Excerpt: So...the latest news can be revealed. I resigned my position with netomat, inc. last week, effective the end of the month. It seemed to be the right thing to do for a variety of reasons, almost none of which I'll post here. I think the technology is sound, I just wasn't the person to get the product out the door. Lesson learned I guess....
Testing the Radio 8.08 upgrade
Excerpt: Testing the Radio 8.08 upgrade to see how badly I hosed things....
Upgrading to Radio 8
Excerpt: Well...this is interesting.  Wonder if I can get the archives in sync with RU8....
Argh. I trashed my weblog.
Excerpt: Argh. I trashed my weblog. Well, not totally. I did two things tonight: first I migrated my epc.editthispage.com weblog into my current weblog (mainly merging in under 20 posts from 2001), then I upgraded to Radio 8.0x. So far the upgrade is ok with the slight exception of a completely different look for this site, which I just don't have time to debug tonight....

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Working on fixing the post-upgrade
Excerpt: Working on fixing the post-upgrade template. Still.......
Upgraded!
Excerpt: Ok...I updated my weblog to use Radio Userland 8.0.  It seems to work ok (for now), apologies for the utter mess it left overnight.  One advantage of RU8 is that I can run multiple logs from one PC so later today I'll merge in Frisket's weblog (it will still have a separate site but update more frequently since it won't be on my slowly...
Rats...the archive links are not
Excerpt: Rats...the archive links are not working correctly. I'll have to fix them tonight. Sorry!...
Another entry for the annals of dumb moves
Excerpt: Since we moved in, the DSL and lan equipment have been sitting in our bedroom.  This wasn't a problem in the winter since the added heat was welcome.  In the summer though...since I found myself with added free time (and need to be able to work from home more regularly) I thought Hey, why not reconfigure the LAN the way it's supposed to be?....

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Doh!
Excerpt: And 24 hours later we're back on the air. I called Cloud9 and explained my boo-boo and they shipped a new ADSL modem overnight (of course, since I admitted up front that I'd fried it I got to pay for the new modem). The only catch is that I think what got fried was the Linksys Wireless Router since it does not respond and...
Radio Userland 8.0.8
Excerpt: Ok...so far I like the new Radio Userland 8.08 with two quibbles: it takes forever to load the weblog page (can't tell if it's my template or something else), and the HTML Radio spits out is technically malformed (it's all uppercase XMLish XHTML)....

Friday, June 14, 2002

Working from home in the
Excerpt: Working from home in the morning (I'm doing transition work for netomat through the end of the month)....

Saturday, June 15, 2002

Ok...so the cocktail party last
Excerpt: Ok...so the cocktail party last night was a relative success...it rained all evening so we held it in the dining room, but otherwise got to see Rose, Eileen & Ross, David, and Misha....

Sunday, June 16, 2002

Sunday Muggy Sunday
Excerpt: This was one of those weekends which don't really seem to start and you're surprised when it's finally over.  Frisket has been ill all weekend (more dietary indiscretions I assume) so we've stayed close to home.  I spent most of today taking care of Frisket and watching TV....

Monday, June 17, 2002

Keyspanned
Excerpt: Spent a frustrating day waiting for Keyspan to show up...see, we keep getting estimated readings from Keyspan since the meter reader only shows up when no one is home.  So...we arranged to get a remote reader installed... the catch being that we have an ancient gas meter which doesn't support remote readers, so the meter needs to be replaced as well.  A service guy...
The radioactive boy scout
Excerpt: This article was somewhat interesting, if disturbing (it dates from 1998, I found it via Slashdot)....
Still trying to find out
Excerpt: Still trying to find out about the storm that passed through here an hour ago.  Lisa and I were watching TV in the den when we heard the wind kick up.  Then something (I'm guessing ball lightening) flashed inside the house by our skylight (where there's nothing electrical to speak of).  We shut down everything upstairs and consulted with Frisket (who was completely oblivious...

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Argh...wiped out my homepage (what
Excerpt: Argh...wiped out my homepage (what little there was of it) when I uploaded my calendar. Argh. Argh. Argh.  ...
Ok..fixed the homepage. Site needs
Excerpt: Ok..fixed the homepage. Site needs a redesign doesn't it?  Good thing I have some spare time now eh?...
Eek...discovered why the page takes
Excerpt: Eek...discovered why the page takes forever to load...the "#" character at the bottom of each post is an image!  I'll fix that tomorrow....

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Why Software Is So Bad
Excerpt: In the MIT Technology Review: For years we've tolerated buggy, bloated, badly organized computer programs. But soon, we'll innovate, litigate and regulate them into reliability......
Hmmm..."Radio Userland" seems stuck.
Excerpt: Hmmm..."Radio Userland" seems stuck....
Ok...removed the "#" images.
Excerpt: Ok...removed the "#" images....
Working for the day at
Excerpt: Working for the day at Netomat.  Am trying to figure out how to do things with MS PowerPoint which were trivial in Lotus Freelance....
Still having problems with "Radio
Excerpt: Still having problems with "Radio Userland" not publishing updates (though it says it is)....

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Zigolini's is alive and well
Excerpt: Walked around the old neighborhood (both work & home) this afternoon and ate lunch at Zigolini's.  For the ex-ibm.commers in the crowd, I had a #1 sandwich (turkey + russian dressing)....
Want to Read This? Ask
Excerpt: Want to Read This? Ask First. So, National Public Radio wants to control who links to their pages, just as a Dallas newspaper tried earlier this year. What is this, the Iron Curtain Wide Web? Commentary by Jon Rochmis. [Wired News]...
Playing with CSS
Excerpt: It appears that only MSIE supports rotating text (and then only if you mislabel the writing style in the CSS property). Anyone know if there's a generic CSS way to rotate text (ie vertically)?...
How badly did I break
Excerpt: How badly did I break the weblog today?...

Friday, June 21, 2002

Futbol
Excerpt: Gack...the US has no chance against Germany in the game...have been watching it on Univision. I don't think the ball has spent more than 30 seconds anywhere near the German goal....

Saturday, June 22, 2002

I continue to fight off
Excerpt: I continue to fight off a combination of bronchitis and head cold. Apologies to Ross and Eileen for non-appearing yet again. Hope the move went well....
I continue to fight off
Excerpt: I continue to fight off a combination of bronchitis and head cold. Apologies to Ross and Eileen for non-appearing yet again. Hope the move went well....

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Keyspan attempt #4 (or 5, or 6)
Excerpt: Sticking around home again today waiting for Keyspan to come and replace the gas meter. I've staked out our front stoop (sitting in the front bedroom with a great view of the house through the reflection from the windows across the street). Let's just see what excuse Keyspan uses this time....
Oh, and after a day
Excerpt: Oh, and after a day of feeling much better (so much so that I cooked a steak dinner last night on the deck), the plague returned with full force today....
Warchalking
Excerpt: From the Warchalking weblog: First stab. Okay so here is the first draft of a warchalking symbol card. Having not very much experience of war-walking or... [Warchalking]...
Doh!: Ex-moths do not depict evolution
Excerpt: I'm catching up on my NYTimes reading and caught this article...I remember these photos allegedly depicting "fast" evolution from Sophomore year Biology. Since the article refers to it, here's a link to the ex-parrot sketch....
Keyspan attempt #4.5
Excerpt: Keyspan came. Keyspan inspected the meter. Keyspan determined that the meter is a "honking huge old ugly thing". Keyspan determined that a suitable replacement was not in the Keyspan van. Keyspan promised to return in an hour. Keyspan left. More updates as the occur throughout the day. Stay tuned for more As the meter turns....
Keyspan attempt #4.6
Excerpt: Keyspan is back...hopefully this won't take long....
Just to liven up things,
Excerpt: Just to liven up things, several manhole covers exploded off Clark St due to an apparent gas leak under the street....
So...there's a fire burning under
Excerpt: So...there's a fire burning under the street at the corner of Clark and Willow, and manhole covers have blown off on Clark, Willow, and Pineapple. The smell in the air is a nice acrid sulfuric smell, and it's getting worse....
Frisket came back from her
Excerpt: Frisket came back from her walk with Justine, totally oblivious to the goings on in the neighborhood. And, with the smoke clearing, I notice with no small touch of irony that there are now four Keyspan trucks on the street....
The fires appear to be
Excerpt: The fires appear to be out...FDNY left awhile ago, and Keyspan is clearing up. Still no word on the status of our meter change (other than that the meter is on the basement floor)....
Think I'm going to pass
Excerpt: Think I'm going to pass on the NY Liberty game tonight....

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

So...today I went in to
Excerpt: So...today I went in to netomat for some closeout work. I planned only to be there a couple of hours, back by 4:00 or so. I left pretty much on time, and grabbed a downtown C train at 34th street around 4:15. We lurched out of the station and crept downtown. I mean crept. I mean, we were so slow that I suspect we...

Friday, June 28, 2002

So...I'm thinking that this weblog
Excerpt: So...I'm thinking that this weblog software isn't worth the trouble. See, Midday Tuesday when all sorts of neat events were occuring (it's not often that the street next door blows up so to speak), the software I use to write this weblog crashed and burned yet again. I'd start it up, and it'd hum along and stop everything else from running, but wouldn't post...
And now?
Excerpt: Hmmm...trying to get RU to publish to the radio.weblogs.com site....
Death of the Internet predicted
Excerpt: I find this decision by ICANN really disturbing. They've done a lousy job so far and this will only serve to limit their accountability further: (update) ICANN approves reform blueprint. Board of directors unanimously votes to reorganize [InfoWorld: Top News]...
Heh heh heh....the tivo is
Excerpt: Heh heh heh....the tivo is now on the home network, disconnected from the phone line. With the tivo 3.0 software, the ethernet card I added when I did the upgrade in May became automatically configured. The tivo will now use our DSL line for updates instead of the phone line....

Sunday, June 30, 2002

Sniff...my 3 year old iMac
Excerpt: Sniff...my 3 year old iMac appears to have died. Won't power up, no sparks, nada....

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

What If Kids Built the
Excerpt: What If Kids Built the Cities?. A Dutch artist creates a program in Columbus, Ohio, in which children use digital cameras and multi-user software to build a new vision of their city. By Katie Dean. [Wired News]...

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

How you know when you were born to blog
Excerpt: Weblogging touches yet another raw nerve in the journalistic community....
Arrrgh. Some jerk has sent
Excerpt: Arrrgh. Some jerk has sent out spam using my email address as the "From:" address. The most immediate effect is that I'm getting 100s of error messages returned back....
Aren't CSS style sheets wonderful?
Excerpt: Aren't CSS style sheets wonderful?...
Going to try to see
Excerpt: Going to try to see MIB2 tonight......
MIBII
Excerpt: So we saw Men in Black II tonight...it wasn't too bad, but IMHO wasn't as good as the original either. Perhaps it was just mental phantom imagery, but the digital editing of the skyline towards the end almost made the void more obvious than had they just left the buildings in place....

Thursday, July 4, 2002

Happy 4th!
Excerpt: Hope everyone had a cool 4th. Happy birthday greetings to Alister Double-Barrelled Surname....
Now That Ringing Cellphone May Be a Telemarketer's Call
Excerpt: Ugh. In Now That Ringing Cellphone May Be a Telemarketer's Call, the NY Times reports that telemarketers are now intentionally calling cell phone numbers. I've received a couple of telemarketing calls on my cellphone and always stop them in their tracks with "this is my personal cell phone, goodbye" (more or less). If the US mobile phone system were like the European or Australian...

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

We're in Champaign tonight...for those
Excerpt: We're in Champaign tonight...for those curious, the GPS navigator thinks Champaign is a two road town (it's home to UIUC, and many more roads)....

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Scientists Create a Live Polio Virus
Excerpt: This Scientists Create a Live Polio Virus can't be good. I remember both the polio injection (it hurt that much) and the weird sugar cube thing. I assume people still get vaccinated against it (but I also assumed the same about smallpox and that was apparently in error)....

Friday, July 12, 2002

Wired News: If You Build It, They Will Drink
Excerpt: A "building" made from water: If You Build It, They Will Drink. Forget straw, sticks and bricks, the latest in building materials is water. What would the Three Little Pigs say? By Lakshmi Sandhana. [Wired News]...
c|net news.com: Are Mac users smarter?
Excerpt: Are Mac users smarter?. A new study compares Mac-using Web surfers with their PC-wielding counterparts. If you're reading this on Windows, feel free to take your time on the big words. [CNET News.com]...

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Spent the evening with John
Excerpt: Spent the evening with John & Laura Mesjak. Had wanted to introduce Frisket to Alice but John and I agreed that the two cats probably would not appreciate Frisket's playful behaviour....

Monday, July 15, 2002

Lab: Scientist Fabricated Research
Excerpt: Eek, even scientists are fabricating results. See Elements 116 and 118 Discovered at Berkeley Lab, Results of Element 118 Experiment Retracted, and Lab: Scientist Fabricated Research ....

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Looks like I have to
Excerpt: Looks like I have to learn a bit more about the float property in CSS....I want images to float left/right within a given post but not flow into the next post....

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Caught brunch this afternoon with
Excerpt: Caught brunch this afternoon with Alice & Laura Mesjak, and the Cabana family (Michael, Cewin, Alex & Annie (corrections welcome Mike ;-). Mike is the celebrity of our little group...he appeared on Jeopardy in January....

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

FALLOUT - a follow up to The Internet Debacle
Excerpt: Janis Ian: FALLOUT - a follow up to The Internet Debacle writes: Do I still believe downloading is not harming the music industry? Yes, absolutely. Do I think consumers, once the industry starts making product they want to buy, will still buy even though they can download? Yes. Water is free, but a lot of us drink bottled water because it tastes better. You...
InDirecTv
Excerpt: Last Friday, after many calls, we finally got our DirecTv restored (we had it at the old house, it simply took five months to get installed at the new house). By Saturday night the signal was quite flaky. Today, there's no signal. This would likely be because the dish is mounted so poorly that a simple prolonged breeze from the North has caused it...
Full horror of WTC attack on FBI tape
Excerpt: I found Full horror of WTC attack on FBI tape in tomorrow's Sydney Morning Herald. Apparently an FBI informant with a wire was sitting in the plaza level restaurant (opposite tower 2) when the first plane hit. Turns out this is a rewrite of a Daily News story from today. I would have known this had I caught In the Papers this morning but...

Saturday, August 10, 2002

Closing out the week after
Excerpt: Closing out the week after a busy couple of days. Last night we hosted a party for friends of Cori & Josh who came into town for their wedding which was today at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Just to complete the week, I finally emptied out my storage locker into the front bedroom (weird seeing what I thought was important to store in May...

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Spent the weekend in Amagansett...unfortunately,
Excerpt: Spent the weekend in Amagansett...unfortunately, my Sony digital camera was a casualty of the beach trip, apparently some sand got in the lens cover and...well, it doesn't cover any more....
I caught the NY Liberty
Excerpt: I caught the NY Liberty vs Indiana Fever game tonight...NY came from behind to win the game by 15 points. Unfortunately, the next round of the playoffs is this weekend and we're planning to be out of town....

Thursday, August 22, 2002

TiVo revenue jumps
Excerpt: I think everybody should own a Tivo. At least one. Maybe two. TiVo revenue jumps. The maker of digital video recorders reports a net loss and says an accounting error will force an earnings restatement for last year. [CNET News.com]...

Sunday, August 25, 2002

The sun finally came out
Excerpt: The sun finally came out this morning...it's been grey here since we arrived Thursday....
So we're out in Eastern
Excerpt: So we're out in Eastern LI for the weekend. It's been mostly grey (though Frisket and Coco don't seem to mind much). I've actually managed to swim a few laps in the pool and got Coco to step into the pool. Frisket is still averse to water (though I got her to get close enough to the water on the beach to get soaked...

Monday, August 26, 2002

The drive back last night
Excerpt: The drive back last night took just under three hours. I made a mistake entering the city and went north on the cross-island instead of south, and thereupon added another 30-40 minutes to the drive (since we also crossed the magical 11:00 hour when construction on all NYC area roads appears to start)....
Cool...the NY Liberty made the
Excerpt: Cool...the NY Liberty made the WNBA finals again. Our first (and last) finals game is Thursday the 29th....
Congratulations to Mike on getting
Excerpt: Congratulations to Mike on getting some press coverage for his work....
Construction starts today! Allegedly.
Excerpt: Construction starts today! Allegedly....

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Off to Poughkeepsie, that city
Excerpt: Off to Poughkeepsie, that city of sin (can anyone name the obscure reference?)....
Got back from Pokie around
Excerpt: Got back from Pokie around 5:30. The only catch with having my bank up there is that there's occasionally transactions which must be done in person as in today's case. Had a great lunch with Pete Fiorese (who is guilty of not maintaining a site I can link to) and drove back via the 684-Hutch-Whitestone-GCP-Interboro Parkway combo. Soundtrack for the drive back consisted of...
Argh. Our wireless setup at
Excerpt: Argh. Our wireless setup at home is all messed up, the signal modulates so much you'd think the transmitters were moving around the house or something. There's better signal sitting on the stoop in front of the house than anywhere else in the house (other than right on the transmitter)....
Ok, ok, maybe "modulate" isn't
Excerpt: Ok, ok, maybe "modulate" isn't the right word....

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Construction Day III
Excerpt: So far the TV cabinet and bookshelves by the fireplace are installed as well as the shelves for Lisa's desk area (they look somewhat odd just hanging there with no desk underneath)....
Caught the first game of
Excerpt: Caught the first game of the WNBA finals, NY Liberty vs. the LA Sparks. The Liberty played well in the first half but didn't really show up for the second half. They made an effort to catch up in the final minutes but lost. The remaining game(s) are in LA, so LA will have the home court advantage through the rest of the series....

Saturday, August 31, 2002

The plan was to close
Excerpt: The plan was to close out the year with the Run to Liberty 10k, however I woke up this morning with a nasty pain in my leg (more than likely due to our trip to the dog run yesterday) and figured sleeping in was best....

Sunday, September 1, 2002

Lisa and I spent the
Excerpt: Lisa and I spent the evening last night in Manhattan, staying at the W Union Square, ate dinner at Union Pacific and caught up with Alex and Jennifer at the Magic Box (which is hard enough to find in person, I'm not going to try to find it online)....

Monday, September 2, 2002

It's raining. A lot. And
Excerpt: It's raining. A lot. And cold. And, in case I wasn't clear, it's raining....
So...I'm toying with writing my
Excerpt: So...I'm toying with writing my own weblog software. It's the new fad, I have tons of time, and am getting more and more frustrated with "Radio Userland" (perhaps also because this post about this patent irked me since I know the guys who wrote the patent and, well, you can blame IBM for many foul things but this isn't one of them). Anyone out...
I think a site redesign
Excerpt: I think a site redesign is in order here as well...hmm, write a weblog tool or redesign the site, which should I do first?...

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Not much to report today...most
Excerpt: Not much to report today...most of the construction is completed on the third floor, they finish up tomorrow and start on my office on Thursday....
A final accounting
Excerpt: The Chicago Tribune is running a good series of articles on the fall of Andersen....

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Spending the morning at Paragon
Excerpt: Spending the morning at Paragon Acura while the car gets oiled & greased and whatever else they do....

Sunday, September 8, 2002

USAF NYC
Excerpt: Argh. I guess I should be glad and feel safe, but the fighter jets are driving me nuts. Every now and then one circles over Brooklyn Heights just low enough to be heard rumbling along (it's a very distinctly different sound than your typical airliner)....

Monday, September 9, 2002

My office and the Lisa
Excerpt: My office and the Lisa office - den combo are near complete. Lot of finishing up work to do still. Unfortunately our TiVo-DirecTv combo seems hosed again, a side effect of being powered down for three weeks :-(...

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

IBM in Trouble -- Again!
Excerpt: I found this article by Will Zachmann about IBM's prospects (it's from June...I just discovered it). I think he raises some valid points...personally I thought that IBM was getting (is getting) top-heavy in process and bureaucracy. Starting around 1998 it became very important to waste countless hours in process meetings. From what I can tell it has gotten only worse....

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Past is prologue
Excerpt: I've put together a collection of photos of the World Trade Center towers from my time in Battery Park City. I lived on Battery Place from 1997-2000. I likely would have stayed, however due to a series of unfortunate events in the Spring of 2000, I ended up putting what I owned into storage while I worked in Sydney on the Olympic Games. On...
Today
Excerpt: A post I came across by Teresa Nielsen Hayden....

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Yet another moon for the third rock
Excerpt: The BBC reports the discovery of a third moon around Earth. Third? Raise your hand if you too missed the news of the second moon....

Friday, September 13, 2002

Fundraiser for The Infinite Matrix.
Excerpt: Fundraiser for The Infinite Matrix. [ via the Pope Emperor ] Do you like finding new SF by great writers online? Want a tote bag hand embroidered by World Cultural Treasure Ursula K. Le Guin? Then the Infinite Matrix would like your aid. Elieen and company need to raise $60,000 to keep the site -- that features short stories by the best writers in...

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Tonight's adventures revolve around completing
Excerpt: Tonight's adventures revolve around completing work for Monster Mutt and backing up Lisa's G4 (prior to converting it to EPC's Mac OS/X G4)....

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Reinstalled "Radio Userland" ...yet again.
Excerpt: Reinstalled "Radio Userland" ...yet again....

Friday, September 27, 2002

Congratulations to "pdf" on the
Excerpt: Congratulations to "pdf" on the birth of their 8 1/2 pound (3.9 kg for the Aussies) baby girl Tuesday night....
Catching up
Excerpt: so....the weblog software crashed on me again last week, right after doing a lot of cleanup (was trying to be "good" and restored all the default settings). The only event of any consequence was that I started an LLC called "Artific Consulting". Since the job market continues to underwhelm I'm going to try to do some consulting work and needed an entity to bill...
Miscellany
Excerpt: "pdf" wrote with the name of the new Fiorese: Isabella Claire. Happy b-day (belated) to "dss"....

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Yes, I'm experimenting with the
Excerpt: Yes, I'm experimenting with the layout (at least on the Earthlink mirror. To the left is the list of weblogs I subscribe to ...I'm not too wild about the format and will play with it, or remove it entirely. Opinions?...
The construction guys were here
Excerpt: The construction guys were here agin yesterday, finishing up the combination bench/file cabinet in the den. The only catch is that, yet again, they didn't cover anything in the room so there's dust all over everything. Again. Argh....

Sunday, September 29, 2002

I still don't take Tylenol
Excerpt: Twenty years ago this week I was starting my sophomore year of high school. The trib's Tylenol murders linger in shadows reminded me about that period where we stopped taking any aspirin, vitamins, basically any store bought meds that you didn't absolutely have to take that hadn't been packaged up....

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Off to Fall Internet World
Excerpt: Off to Fall Internet World today. I've had the interesting perspective of having attended what I believe to be the first IW (December 1993...when it was called "Internet and Document Delivery World") and then the circuses it evolved into as the .com balloon inflated. I suspect this year it will be a shadow of its former self (but unlikely to be corralled into the...
Ok, Fall Internet World was
Excerpt: Ok, Fall Internet World was quite depressing. I went to last year's version (in December) and that was depressingly small, but at least it took up some space at the Javits Center. The exhibit hall this fall is a tiny, tiny, tiny shadow of the show in '97-'98, maybe forty-fifty booths of various sizes. You'd think no one was using the internet at all....

Thursday, October 3, 2002

Hicks Street is closed for
Excerpt: Hicks Street is closed for the couple of blocks around our house, for "grinding" (and I expect eventual resurfacing). This has had the nice effect of quieting the neighborhood temporarily (since Hicks is the high-speed bypass for the BQE)....

Friday, October 4, 2002

Lisa's off to Chicago for
Excerpt: Lisa's off to Chicago for her weekend at UIUC. Frisket was apparently so upset that she got sick in the car (ok, maybe she finally found something to eat on the street that made her sick, maybe)....

Saturday, October 5, 2002

Spent the day reading and
Excerpt: Spent the day reading and cleaning up my home office. "Frisket" has been confused all day...she keeps wandering the house looking for Lisa....
Over the past week, IBM
Excerpt: Over the past week, IBM moved the employee 401k plan from Metropolitan Life to Hewitt Associates. Even though I left last year, I haven't rolled the plan money out yet (was kind of hoping that the market would edge up somewhat, I'm now dead even for the year). I'm not thrilled with the new web site for the plan, though I like that it...

Sunday, October 6, 2002

I haven't seen it yet,
Excerpt: I haven't seen it yet, but this looks like an interesting show: A Sly Assault Launched From Inside Oxygen's Tent. A parody of women's television finds a home on Oxygen, a channel aimed at women. By Anita Gates. [Headlines From The NY Times]. Will try to get off my lazy tail end and Tivo it....

Monday, October 7, 2002

Morning miscellany
Excerpt: Painters and contractors are here again today...the painters I expected, the contractors are doing yet more dust-creation activity in my office and Lisa's workspace. Frisket is quiet depressed since she can't frolick around the house and we are both hiding from the various work in the back bedroom....
LK is catching an earlier
Excerpt: LK is catching an earlier flight and should be home tonight!...

Thursday, October 10, 2002

Argh. Another construction day. See,
Excerpt: Argh. Another construction day. See, the problem with "construction days" is that every time Lisa or I settle into a new temporary spot in the house to work, about five minutes later someone walks in and says they have to work in that space. We want the work finished (please!) but it's frustrating to get settled in, the move, settle in, then move, etc....

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

The City is paving Hicks
Excerpt: The City is paving Hicks Street tonight. Oh Joy. (This means 10 ton trucks are moving back and forth in front of the house. Sleep is not an option)....

Sunday, October 20, 2002

Sorry, not much to report
Excerpt: Sorry, not much to report on the past few days. The painters have finished with their painting and left the house, now all we need is the electrician to finish up (he'll return next weekend)....

Thursday, October 24, 2002

Cold cold cold...urk. Ok, last
Excerpt: Cold cold cold...urk. Ok, last night wasn't so cold since a switch in the furnace is broken, the heat stayed on all night....

Friday, October 25, 2002

In other news...no news on
Excerpt: In other news...no news on the job front. We've had an interesting week with the furnace...this is day three of various repairmen trying to repair it. Initially it was just the "fan" gadget...now I'm told that the transformer has also fried....

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

e-commerce fun
Excerpt: I finally broke down and bought something from Amazon today. I think it's possible I've bought a book there before but I doubt it. The reason is quite simple, I like browsing through bookstores. Most of the books I buy are computer related, and I find it important to browse through them beforehand before popping US$50 for them. I also avoided amazon all these...
SF fans should check out
Excerpt: SF fans should check out The Infinite Matrix which calls itself a journal for people who love science fiction as a literature of ideas. It's currently in the midst of a fundraising drive (an interesting one at that if you're into S/F collectables)....

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Today's tasks:Vote early, often (I'm
Excerpt: Today's tasks:Vote early, often (I'm from Chicago)work on web services tutorialupgrade pittsburgh to OS/X JaguarVote again...
Did you vote yet?
Excerpt: I propose a new constiutional amendment...if you don't vote, you lose the right to complain, whine, or grumble about politics and politicians until 30 days before the next election....

Thursday, November 7, 2002

The oddities of using "Radio
Excerpt: The oddities of using "Radio Userland" to run this site never cease...the publishing link to my original weblog, epc.editthispage.com seems to have restarted. So this site is now available in some form in three places: radio.weblogs.com/0109534, home.earthlink.net/~epcostello/wwwlogue and epc.editthispage.com. No, I'm not sure there's any benefit to spamming the internet with my rantings but it's fun....
The NYTimes site seems embarrassingly
Excerpt: The NYTimes site seems embarrassingly slow today....

Friday, November 8, 2002

Went to the optometrist today
Excerpt: Went to the optometrist today for a yearly checkup. The good news...no increase in eye pressure. It's still a bit higher than normal but is holding steady. The bad news...replacing the glasses "Frisket" munched on will cost several ugly pennies. I decided to get two pairs with stronger frames this time....

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Spent Sunday and Monday in
Excerpt: Spent Sunday and Monday in Philadelphia (drove Lisa down to attend an ASIS conference). Picked up "Frisket" this afternoon, I just missed picking her up from "monster mutt" by about 15 minutes last night....

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Lisa and I spent the
Excerpt: Lisa and I spent the afternoon in Manhattan, brunching at NoHo Star and then wandering around NoHo, SoHo, and NoLita. Lisa picked up some clothes at American Colors by Henry Lehr, after an aborted attempt at shopping at the SoHo EMS (they win no points for customer service). If you haven't been to the new Crate and Barrel in the Cable Building definitely drop...

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Thanksgiving 2002
Excerpt: Happy Thanksgiving to all....

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Today we walked "Frisket" over
Excerpt: Today we walked "Frisket" over to Jacques Torres chocolate factory followed by a spell at the dog run. I spent the afternoon cleaning up the front bedroom which is almost ready to be used for something other than the dumping ground for my old apartment. Came across many wierd ancient things like cancelled checks from the 1980's (some of the boxes apparently moved from...

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Argh. There's some sort of
Excerpt: Argh. There's some sort of bug in my installation of Adobe Acrobat...every time I start an MS office application (Word, Excel, etc) I get various errors in the PDFMaker macro. There doesn't seem to be a way to just remove the PDFMaker stuff, you have to remove all of Acrobat. Double argh. Oh, and it's really cold in NYC today isn't it? Nice and...
The ACLU has a great
Excerpt: The ACLU has a great TV ad up on their site (I haven't seen it on TV myself, I suspect it gets better distribution on the net)....

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

The furnace is acting up
Excerpt: The furnace is acting up again, just in time for the cold spell. It works, to some extent too well, the blower doesn't shut off. Since the blower doesn't shut off, the burner doesn't reignite. To reignite the burner you have to set the thermostat just a bit higher. Repeat....

Wednesday, December 4, 2002

"Frisket" is at "Monster Mutt"
Excerpt: "Frisket" is at "Monster Mutt" today. She insisted on walking over, even though it was just a shade above absolute zero outside. For those of you complaining about the network at our house (ok, so the ding-ding on AOL and Sametime was annoying every few seconds), I upgraded the firewall we use to a Linksys BEFSX41. This is a nifty new box which features...

Thursday, December 5, 2002

Attention all Apple/Mac collectors
Excerpt: Shreve Systems is closing its doors. Anything left from their fire sale on the web site will be auctioned off. Now's a good time to pick up that Newton keyboard you've been looking for....

Sunday, December 8, 2002

Adventures In Home Ownership, Chapter 355
Excerpt: Today I replaced the thermostat. I bought a nifty Honeywell digital thermostat with all sorts of features for heating, air conditioning, and humidifying. We only have heat to worry about so the other nifty features will go unused for now. Replacement was easy, there's only two wires to the furnace and took all of ten minutes to do. The hard part continues to be...

Monday, December 9, 2002

The job hunt is looking
Excerpt: The job hunt is looking better. I have two interviews this week. (Well, one is the standard IBM mega-interview with up to 9 different people over the course of the day)....

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Humor me
Excerpt: (Warning: the following may not be humorous to anyone who thought the Supreme Court voted correctly in 2000): Why we must invade Iraq Technical Difficulties Gulf Wars II: Clone of the Attack...

Sunday, December 15, 2002

I was in the process
Excerpt: I was in the process of filling out the form to claim my "share" of the proceeds from antitrust litigation against the recording industry when I noticed that it asks for my birth date and a portion of my social security number. Not!. I normally put down 1/1/1970 ("0" in unix timestamps) as my birth date, I suspect that would cause more trouble than...
The transit strike is on
Excerpt: The transit strike is on hold for now. Personally I can't believe the union is insane enough to threaten it, though I understand they need some sort of leverage in the bargaining (it's clear that the MTA held off any negotiating until after Pataki's reelection)....

Monday, December 16, 2002

Annoying news helicopter is circling
Excerpt: Annoying news helicopter is circling overhead. You would think they'd never covered traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge before....
In The Heavy Cost of
Excerpt: In The Heavy Cost of Chronic Stress, the NYTimes goes into depth on the physical effects of a long term, high stress lifestyle....

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

LoTR: TTT
Excerpt: Spent the morning and mid-afternoon watching The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers today. I liked it better than the first installment, it doesn't feel as long (though actually it's a minute or two longer). My viewing hint: when you see Elrond go into a monologue, feel free to take the next five minutes to take a break (it's kind of a built...

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Just discovered that Peter Jackson,
Excerpt: Just discovered that Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen from LoTR: The Two Towers are on Charlie Rose tonight. Peter Jackson "would like to make a smaller movie". Elijah Wood appears to have suffered from a tragic haircut. Viggo went into a rather spontaneous but eloquent rant about the rush to war in Iraq (he has "No more blood for oil" inked onto...
Ah...I love having three PBS
Excerpt: Ah...I love having three PBS stations in the area. Turns out Charlie Rose runs at midnight on WNYE....

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Happy holidays!
Excerpt: Happy holidays!...
Yes, I'm screwing around with
Excerpt: Yes, I'm screwing around with how this looks....

Friday, December 27, 2002

I concede defeat in my
Excerpt: I concede defeat in my attempt to use style sheets in a nice way. MSIE, Opera, and Netscape 7 all implement the "standard" in just enough different ways to make any use of positioning useless....
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain
Excerpt: I should come up with a bad-lyrics-to-stick-in-your head category....

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Lisa and I watched the
Excerpt: Lisa and I watched the NYE fireworks of Sydney as they were broadcast live on CNN. They were spectactular as expected, my only question is why-o-why did the soundtrack (which I assume was either from Channel 9 or some other local station) include the voiceover Cry havoc and let slip loose the dogs of war. That's not quite the phrase I'd like to ring...
New York City 31 December 2002
Excerpt: Happy New Year! These are some pictures of the Lower Manhattan skyline taken tonight. Apologies for the blurriness, "Frisket" was not being a helpful assistant. Note: It's not intended to be a seamless landscape. Assuming the Saudis don't have another go at us, I'll take a better set of pictures tomorrow....

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Today would have been my
Excerpt: Today would have been my father's 60th birthday: he passed away in May 2000 after a heart attack induced by a severe asthma attack. In other news...my head cold has ceased to be a head cold, instead it's dropped into my chest as a cough. With any luck it'll be gone by the weekend....

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Frisket spent the afternoon at
Excerpt: Frisket spent the afternoon at "Monster Mutt" and is completely wiped out now. It's flurrying outside now...earlier it was raining but turning to ice on the road, I prefer flurries....

Monday, January 6, 2003

I did drive up to
Excerpt: I did drive up to Boston on Saturday for Alister's bachelor bash. It was small, relatively uneventful, and fun. After spending Sunday afternoon recuperating, I drove back to Brooklyn (said drive seemed to take forever due to the weather and the throbbing in my not-quite-broken again left foot)....

Friday, January 10, 2003

We're in Boston for Alister
Excerpt: We're in Boston for Alister and Abigail's wedding. The drive up was rather uneventful though long. "Frisket" is staying at "Monster Mutt" until Sunday....

Sunday, January 12, 2003

We've returned from Boston. I
Excerpt: We've returned from Boston. I completed my duties as Best Man and as a result Abigail and Alister were married yesterday afternoon (ok, I suspect they'd be married anyway). "Misha" walked "Frisket" home for us from "Monster Mutt" since we weren't certain we'd be back in time (we arrived home around 6:30 after about four hours driving). Frisket is zonked out now after three...

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Nor'easter for Friday.
Excerpt: Nor'easter for Friday....

Thursday, January 16, 2003

a.m. update
Excerpt: Lisa is trapped in Armonk. Ok, perhaps I exaggerate, but her meeting is running longer than expected. "Frisket" has been moping since returning from "Monster Mutt" yesterday. When she woke up this morning, she did her morning stretch, grabbed a stick and walked over to Lisa's side of the bed to wake her up and was perplexed that she wasn't there....

Friday, January 17, 2003

Klaus dropped by last night
Excerpt: Klaus dropped by last night to meet "Frisket". I managed to get two unfortunately sloppy pictures of the two of them together on the promenade: . In other news, the door knob on the guest bathroom has been fixed. With this enhancement, guests will be pleased to not be locked into the bathroom until someone chances by in the hallway. Not that that happened....

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Cold. Dang cold. "Frisket" walked
Excerpt: Cold. Dang cold. "Frisket" walked me over to the promenade where she promptly tried to get in on the ice carving demonstrations being taped by WNBC and WABC....

Sunday, January 19, 2003

I gave up on the
Excerpt: I gave up on the multiple style thing...I found it confusing, don't know about the four other people who read the site....

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Random bits
Excerpt: The nine new proposals for the WTC site have been on display at the Winter Garden and can be voted on at Imagine NY. I'm not particularly taken by any of the designs, and a couple are just creepy. The reality is that we need to set aside space for the memorial, rebuild the transit concourse, and then let the site sit for awhile....

Sunday, January 26, 2003

You know, the Superbowl would
Excerpt: You know, the Superbowl would be a complete waste of time were it not for TiVo. This must be the one time a year when TiVo users skip the show and watch the commercials. Who cares about the game...it's always a blowout and the play is terrible. They should play a few of these in Green Bay or Chicago/Soldier Field....

Monday, January 27, 2003

The East River is thickening
Excerpt: The East River is thickening up...there's ice floes in the main river and the water between the Brooklyn piers has pretty much frozen over. I'm not sure that the river can completely freeze...there's probably too much "stuff" flowing into it to let it freeze over completely, still it's impacting the ferry services....

Friday, January 31, 2003

Many years ago I had
Excerpt: Many years ago I had an account with Netcom (costello@netcom.com). I was desperate to get a non-IBM account so I could post my résumé and look for a job (this was when IBM was laying off firing departments at a time in Poughkeepsie and Kingston). Anyone, I got an account with Netcom and actively used it from 1994-2000 or so. It was a basic...
Powers of ten
Excerpt: There's been "Powers of Ten" books and clips around for several years, this website zooms in from outside the galaxy to focus on a single leaf (ok, it's mostly digital art since of course there are no photographs of the earth or solar system from outside the lunary orbit)....

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Gulf War II
Excerpt: Gulf War II...

Friday, February 7, 2003

So the government is raising
Excerpt: So the government is raising the "threat level" to orange. Personally, I'm disgusted that various leaders continue to say that another terrorist attack is inevitable. What they are saying is that they are incapable of preventing such an attack. They failed in September 2001 to protect us, they're all but admitting their inability to protect us now....

Sunday, February 9, 2003

In a followup to this
Excerpt: In a followup to this post, Canadian RCMP officers arrested a man for stealing a 30Gb hard drive from an allegedly secure facility run by IBM subsidiary ISM Canada. More details in the Globe and Mail article: Police satisfied hard-drive data not used illegally and this CBC article: Regina police recover missing hard drive....

Friday, February 14, 2003

I worked in this building
Excerpt: I worked in this building briefly: Fire on roof of Schaumburg’s IBM building. I spent the month of February 1998 there, running the US operations of the Nagano Olympic Games website....
These Weapons of Mass Destruction
Excerpt: These Weapons of Mass Destruction cannot be displayed....

Monday, February 17, 2003

Snow day
Excerpt: It’s a snow day today...I’ve decided to take the day off....

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Snow day
Excerpt: So...it snowed here yesterday. I shovelled the walk and stairs several times (though the stairs were completely clear in the morning due to the wind tunnel effect of the buildings around us). Anyway...I’m standing on the walk talking to our downstairs neighbor, who’s just about done clearing her walkway, when two guys walk up and ask us to pay them to clear our walks....

Friday, February 21, 2003

Tivolan
Excerpt: Heh heh...both Tivos are on the home lan now. Now to get tivoweb working....

Sunday, February 23, 2003

In honor of tonight’s Grammy
Excerpt: In honor of tonight’s Grammy Awards, three readings on the economics of the music industry: LOVE’S MANIFESTO by Courtney Love, The Problem With Music by Steve Albini, and FALLOUT — a follow up to The Internet Debacle by Janis Ian....

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Quiet...too quiet. I spent most
Excerpt: Quiet...too quiet. I spent most of today (Tuesday) at the Acura dealer having the car serviced. Frisket and I are about to put 2000 miles on it over the next week, I figured I'd at least get the oil changed. Oh, and add an engine block heater (which we'd paid for last year but never got installed). And an inspection. The car is apparently...
Since I had How can
Excerpt: Since I had How can we dance while our earth is turning stuck in my head, I journeyed off to Midnight Oil’s website. After tooling about there I checked out The Backsliders and before I knew it, I was then on HMV Australia buying CDs. I ordered two Backsliders CDs, as well as the latest Triple J Hottest 100 CD, the latest Killing Heidi...

Friday, February 28, 2003

You’re invited to attend a
Excerpt: You’re invited to attend a meeting. You write up some notes about said meeting. You email said notes to a close circle of friends. Some time passes and you find yourself the target of invective, flames, inquiries, questions, and followups from thousands of people who have received a copy of your notes. Fun, eh? This happened to a journalist from Newsday, who attended Davos...

Sunday, March 2, 2003

892.5 miles, 19 hours driving, four tanks-o-gas
Excerpt: "Frisket" and I are now in Downers Grove, IL. Will be here for a few days, then after Lisa arrives we’ all drive down to Champaign, IL. Then Frisket has demanded that she be driven back to Brooklyn, via Pittsburgh....
Oh, and a very belated
Excerpt: Oh, and a very belated thanks to Lisa’s mom for the iPod...definitely made the drive easier....

Friday, March 7, 2003

In Champaign, IL for the
Excerpt: In Champaign, IL for the evening. Driving to Pittsburgh, PA tomorrow (3/8/03)....
The NY Times has started
Excerpt: The NY Times has started using some sort of interstitial ad which, at least on my generic WinXP system, is totally hosed. The symptoms are: I click on a link to go to a story, nothing appears to happen though you see the "Loading..." message in the status bar. After 20-30 seconds you get an annoying Microsoft interstitial ad. After that you can click...
I am on the very
Excerpt: I am on the very wrong end of dialup for the first time in many, many moons and it is very painful....
Ugh...Columbus
Excerpt: I have to drive through Columbus, OH on my way back to Brooklyn....

Thursday, March 13, 2003

I don’t agree with this
Excerpt: I don’t agree with this article but it was interesting: Why Open Source Stifles Innovation: What began as a grass-roots programmer rebellion against commercial software is rapidly evolving into a political struggle that could retard innovation and balkanize the software market. The “viral” quality of GPL software is intentional: Proponents happily acknowledge that the goal is to undermine incentives to create software that carries...

Friday, March 14, 2003

In The U.S. Needs to
Excerpt: In The U.S. Needs to Open Up to the World, musician Brian Eno writes: Europeans have always looked at America with a mixture of fascination and puzzlement, and now, increasingly, disbelief. How is it that a country that prides itself on its economic success could have so many very poor people? How is it that a country so insistent on the rule of law...
I got a new toy
Excerpt: I got a new toy today...ok, it's not really a toy, it's meant to be my business phone at home. It's a Cisco ATA for use with the Vonage phone-over-broadband service. For US$39.99 per month I get unlimited local usage and 1500 minutes of US/CA long distance. There's a bunch of other added features as well like voicemail. What I like about the service...
I'm in the process of
Excerpt: I'm in the process of consolidating my sites into one hosting service so this is forewarning that things may break over the coming week or more. For future reference...my weblog/journal/whatever this site is can always be reached by using http://my-weblog.com/epc. My business (Artific Consulting) site is http://artific.com. I expect that home.earthlink.net/~epcostello and gothic-egg.com will be gone after this (Frisket's web site, http://frisket.org will finally...

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Alex is taking refuge, a
Excerpt: Alex is taking refuge, a step on the path of Buddhism....

Monday, March 17, 2003

So...I think we are about
Excerpt: So...I think we are about to make a colossal mistake. I felt the same about the 1991 war (though written somewhat incoherently). You can't argue for the rule of law and then make exceptions when it suits you....

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Today's entertainment: watching people attempt
Excerpt: Today's entertainment: watching people attempt to park 24' SUVs in the 22' spot in front of the house....

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Was 'mystery object' a shuttle
Excerpt: Was 'mystery object' a shuttle clue?: THIS CLUE is the small “mystery object” that apparently detached itself from the shuttle after about 24 hours in space, on Jan. 17. It slowly drifted away, fell into a lower orbit, pulled ahead of the shuttle and burned up in the atmosphere over the South Pacific three days later....
Columbia data recorder found, could
Excerpt: Columbia data recorder found, could hold valuable clues...
BBC reporters are running a
Excerpt: BBC reporters are running a pseudo weblog with observations from Baghdad, Amman, and other bylines....

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Hashirigaki
Excerpt: We caught Hashirigaki at BAM tonight. I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I convinced Lisa to see it, except perhaps that I read the summary for a completely different play and somehow attached it to Hashirigaki. On the plus side, the lighting was amazing. It was also the only time I've seen a Theremin in actual use on a stage. I'm...

Friday, March 21, 2003

Bad manuals: Naked came the
Excerpt: Bad manuals: Naked came the test stranger and Worst Manual Contest -- 2003....

Monday, March 24, 2003

A reminder to my IBM
Excerpt: A reminder to my IBM friends...when someone asks you to solve a problem for you, write the invention disclosure before you give them the solution....
China, having learned a harsh
Excerpt: China, having learned a harsh lesson from the last time the US bombed another country, has given the US the street address of its embassy in Baghdad....
We spent the weekend in
Excerpt: We spent the weekend in Amagansett. I avoided the TV as much as possible, spending most of the time watching "Frisket" dig holes or Frisket and Coco chase each other around the yard. What TV I did catch was limited to Univision, the Spanish language network. Amazingly, they actually reported the news, showing balance and critical analysis of the news they were covering, instead...
The Sound of Things to
Excerpt: The Sound of Things to Come is a long form article from yesterday's NYT Magazine. It's both about a new audio technology (focussed sound) as well as the inventor behind it (Woody Norris). Norris is demonstrating something called HyperSonic Sound (HSS). The aluminum plate is connected to a CD player and an odd amplifier -- actually, a very odd and very new amplifier --...

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Clear Channel sponsors pro-war rallies.
Excerpt: Clear Channel sponsors pro-war rallies. Gee...not only do they decide what you'll listen to but but you should believe in. Clear Channel is the largest owner / operator of radio stations in the US, dominating most markets....
I read two great articles
Excerpt: I read two great articles today on the growing power (and paranoia) of the executive branch and the continuing erosion of Civil Rights. In Bracing for Bush's War at Home, the Voice's Chisun Lee writes: An ugly theory popped up in the nation's capital several weeks ago. The Bush administration would wait until war began, and worry gripped the homeland, to ram a staggering...
On the ligher side of
Excerpt: On the ligher side of things, Germany's secret service is trying to improve its public image by publishing a cookbook of recipes collected by its spies from 22 countries. Read The spies who came in from the kitchen....

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Jar-Jaromir: Yousa steala precious from
Excerpt: Jar-Jaromir: Yousa steala precious from meesa!...
Take the Iraq War Quiz.
Excerpt: Take the Iraq War Quiz....
Argh. I can't write perl.
Excerpt: Argh. I can't write perl. Specifically I appear to have lost the ability to parse a simple string. Of course, the problem could be that I'm trying this on Windows and not a normal system....
Found a nifty Winamp plugin
Excerpt: Found a nifty Winamp plugin which outputs the currently playing track either to an html file or to a URL. I've currently got it writing the html file and invoking a perl script which parses the file and writes out a one line JavaScript. That script in turn is uploaded by "Radio Userland" and read by the home page template. In theory at least....
So Tuesday I went and
Excerpt: So Tuesday I went and destroyed the fountain sitting on our deck. Said fountain was made of some sort of concrete over fiberform, poured in place. I pretty much had to do something as I was unable to pump out the water from the fountain one weekend in January and, well, ice expands. The base of the fountain dropped out (no, there was no...
And in tonight’s chapter of
Excerpt: And in tonight’s chapter of torture the homeowner...when I went to walk "Frisket" tonight, I could not unlock the inner door to the common hallway. After much interesting panic, neither Lisa nor I could open the door. I then proceeded to attempt taking the lock apart, however it was a very crafty lock. As I prepared to thoroughly destroy the door (yes, the frustration...

Friday, March 28, 2003

Dean ends polite tone among
Excerpt: Dean ends polite tone among Democrats....
"Cakewalk":Bush administration officials and their
Excerpt: "Cakewalk":Bush administration officials and their hawkish supporters now say they never promised an easy war -- but the record shows otherwise.....
The Millenium Hilton on Church
Excerpt: The Millenium Hilton on Church street reopens...
If you get drunk in
Excerpt: If you get drunk in New York City, do not attempt to climb our bridges please, we’ll arrest you....

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Walked down to Jacques Torres
Excerpt: Walked down to Jacques Torres Chocolate factory this morning and then around DUMBO for a bit. We found the dining room chandelier we've been trying to buy for four months at ABC's DUMBO warehouse store. We finished the walk with a 20 minute stint at the dog run, but "Frisket" was pretty tired by then (hadn't eaten yet and it was almost noon!) so...

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Get your Swarm of Locusts
Excerpt: Get your Swarm of Locusts Plaguedome at Products of the Apocalypse....
Edward Tufte analyzes a Boeing
Excerpt: Edward Tufte analyzes a Boeing Powerpoint slide presented as part of the Columbia investigation....

Monday, March 31, 2003

A new RFC 3514 defines
Excerpt: A new RFC 3514 defines an “evil bit” for internet protocol traffic: Firewalls [CBR03], packet filters, intrusion detection systems, and the like often have difficulty distinguishing between packets that have malicious intent and those that are merely unusual. The problem is that making such determinations is hard. To solve this problem, we define a security flag, known as the "evil" bit, in the IPv4...

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

I think I found a
Excerpt: I think I found a near legitimate reason to use Limewire. "Frisket" woke me up this morning for her walk at the ungodly hour of 5:55 a.m. While walking around the block, "City of New Orleans" came into my head for no obvious reason. This is a song about the train from Chicago to New Orleans, written by Steve Goodman and covered by Arlo...
So, Geraldo Rivera has been
Excerpt: So, Geraldo Rivera has been kicked out of Iraq. See, he was an "embedded" reporter with the 101st Airborne. Believing in the Fox News mantra of allegedly "Fair, Balanced Reporting", he drew a map in the sand showing the relative locations of Bagdhad and his unit, since it's only fair for the Iraqis to get a balanced view of the US war plans. Obviously,...
Language inspired by Orwell set
Excerpt: Language inspired by Orwell set to fool hackers: A new programming language from a group of Auckland-based computer-language experts is making waves in the software development world. Dubbed NewCode, the language promises to revolutionise software development, as the language makes it impossible to express a security vulnerability in a program's source code. ... "The compiler is itself programmed in NewCode," says Jones. "It made...

Friday, April 4, 2003

Giant virus discovered in water
Excerpt: Giant virus discovered in water tower : A massive virus has been found lurking in a British water cooling tower. The virus lives in single-celled organisms called amoebae and may be able to infect humans.The virus is so large that at first researchers mistook it for bacteria. Most viruses can only be seen with electron microscopes but this one was spotted through a high...
USB Floppy Disk Drive RAID
Excerpt: USB Floppy Disk Drive RAID...

Saturday, April 5, 2003

Fox News through history (note
Excerpt: Fox News through history (note not for those without a sense of humor, or who like FoxNews)....

Monday, April 7, 2003

It’s snowing here in Brooklyn...quite
Excerpt: It’s snowing here in Brooklyn...quite a bit....
Had a great dinner last
Excerpt: Had a great dinner last night at Mercer Kitchen (or Citysearch). It’s the only place in NYC we’ve had a Pavlova. Last night though I had the asparagus appetizer, roast chicken dinner, and the Valrhona Chocolate dessert....
I couldn’t sleep well last
Excerpt: I couldn’t sleep well last night so I watched CNN until 1ish. I thought it surreal to watch Anderson Cooper chair the coverage of a live (or near-live) battle along some canal in Baghdad. I half expected John Madden to call in and offer to call play-by-play complete with X's and O's identifying the US and Iraqi forces....
Ever notice that when it
Excerpt: Ever notice that when it snows slush, no one walks up to offer to shovel your sidewalk? Only when it's light, fluffy stuff that's easy to shovel do you get people offering to shovel....
Cute Honda (UK) ad
Excerpt: Cute Honda (UK) ad...
A parable about dissent: Thin
Excerpt: A parable about dissent: Thin Ice....
While planning for an event
Excerpt: While planning for an event we're hosting next week, I had a sudden urge for the taste of a pint of VB. Unfortunately, it isn't exported to the US as far as I can tell, only Foster's Lager....

Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Automat for the people
Excerpt: When I was a kid, my parents and I spent a week in New York City. I don't have many memories...lots of sirens at night, walking up the Statue of Liberty, getting my foot stuck in the revolving door at the Commodore Hotel, etc. One place I do remember, though vaguely, was the Automat we went to. This was a chain of cafeterias where...
What a difference...
Excerpt: ...a new battery makes. I've had an IBM Thinkpad X21 for nearly two years and have seen no reason to upgrade (a change from when I was at IBM and regularly changed Thinkpads yearly, I think partly due to abuse). One problem I've had is that the original battery lost 50% of its capacity to hold a charge (it's rated for 40 Watt hours,...
Am waiting (wasting time) for
Excerpt: Am waiting (wasting time) for some movers we hired to move stuff within the house. The last time we tried to move something inside the house, I aggravated the micro-fracturs in my left foot. I figured the cost for movers was less than the cost of not being able to walk without intense pain for several days. Assuming the movers actually come of course....
Movers came...house is now all
Excerpt: Movers came...house is now all flippy-floppy (what was in the den is now in the living room and vice-versa), which is the way it was supposed to be....

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Dinner
Excerpt: Had another excellent dinner tonight at Joya....

Friday, April 11, 2003

Our furniture came today...a new
Excerpt: Our furniture came today...a new table for the dining room and a table for the breakfast nook area. This makes up for getting totally soaked this morning on a walk to the Post Office. The weather would be less vile if it were about ten degrees warmer....

Monday, April 14, 2003

Suddenly, Token Booths Could Use
Excerpt: Suddenly, Token Booths Could Use a New Name...

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

In Celebrated Math Problem Solved,
Excerpt: In Celebrated Math Problem Solved, Russian Reports the NYT reports that a Russian mathematician has solve the Poincare Conjecture and is proceeding to write up his proof: Formulated by the French mathematician Henri Poincaré in 1904, the Poincaré Conjecture is a central question in topology, the study of the geometrical properties of objects that do not change when the object is stretched, twisted or...
nytimes.com redesign
Excerpt: The New York Times seems to have redesigned the article template for their website...I'm not liking it. I think I find their restricting the width of the articles to be artificially limiting. I don't have a big screen (I surf mainly on my laptop), but the Times articles only use about 75-80% of the width of a typical browser window. Also, they've moved formerly...

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Back-To-Iraq
Excerpt: NYC area journalist Christopher Allbritton started a weblog last year to distribute articles and raise money so he could return to Iraq. He's now in Tikrit, having explored Saddam's palaces today. Add Back-to-Iraq.com to your daily reading list....
This site
Excerpt: I'm consolidating my weblog/journal/(whatever this is) to one site. It’s been mirrored at http://home.earthlink.net/~epcostello/wwwlogue and http://epc.editthispage.com (actually, the latest incarnation started there, though I’ve resurrected ancient entries from a journal I maintained at http://ibm.com/~epc/ years ago). The site you’ll see in your browser will read http://radio.weblogs.com/0109534/, however I even expect that to change. The only guaranteed URL which will work is http://my-weblog.com/epc, I’ll point...
I wonder if, now that
Excerpt: I wonder if, now that the nation's “threat level” has been lowered, will CNNfn return to having a right/left scroll of stock quotes? Since mid-March, CNNfn has been doing a weird roller for stock quotes, showing three at a time, each rolling somewhat independently of the others....

Friday, April 18, 2003

IndyJunior
Excerpt: When I was travelling a lot in 1999-2001 I wanted to display a map somewhere of where I’d been, where I was planning to go to, and where I was now. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time or brains to write up something, however someone else has: IndyJunior is an application which reads in an XML file of travel details and produces a world...
A chill wind is blowing in this nation
Excerpt: From a speech by Tim Robbins to the National Press Club this past Tuesday (4/15): Our ability to disagree, and our inherent right to question our leaders and criticize their actions define who we are. To allow those rights to be taken away out of fear, to punish people for their beliefs, to limit access in the news media to differing opinions is to...
Bush Goes AWOL
Excerpt: Eric Alterman writes for the May 5, 2003 issue of The Nation: This is an eerie moment in American political history. George W. Bush was defeated in the popular vote by his more liberal opponent but rules from the most extreme wing of his party. He campaigned as a fiscal conservative but has pushed tax cuts that will create a deficit larger than any...

Sunday, April 20, 2003

From the May 2003 Wired:
Excerpt: From the May 2003 Wired: Oh, Nooo! What If GPS Fails?: It's not as far-fetched as it might sound. Eighteen of the 28 satellites in the GPS constellation are operating past their intended lifespan or suffering from equipment failure. There have been three launch incidents in the past five years, and the Air Force, which maintains the 20-year-old network, is overburdened with competing space...

Monday, April 21, 2003

Your Congress-critter at work: Bill
Excerpt: Your Congress-critter at work: Bill to Bar Suits Against Gun Industry Stuns Crime Victims. Apparently the US House of Representatives voted to prohibit litigation against the gun industry...not just manufacturers, but sellers. This would apparently shield the industry from suits resulting from acts of obvious negligence (like selling a weapon to someone w/o running the required background check)....

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Well...that was interesting, "radio userland"
Excerpt: Well...that was interesting, "radio userland" decided to totally hose this site. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's yet another a sign to move to some other weblog app....
I think there’s something rotten
Excerpt: I think there’s something rotten in the State of Pennsylvania. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) was interviewed by an AP Reporter on April 7th, an unedited (according to the AP) transcript is here: Sen. Rick Santorum's comments on homosexuality in an AP interview. Now, even Andrew Sullivan has come out against Santorum in Idiocy of the week: [...] what Santorum is proposing is far more...

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Apropos of nothing...I have been
Excerpt: Apropos of nothing...I have been playing with the Seti@Home client for FreeBSD and noticed it had a VRML option. That in turn caused me to go off and search for a VRML player for Windows XP...as far as I can tell, there is no such beast. VRML was supposed to be THE NEXT BIG THING as I was repeated told when I was at...

Monday, April 28, 2003

One of CNNfn’s correspondents has
Excerpt: One of CNNfn’s correspondents has died: CNNfn Senior Correspondent Steve Young died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 61....

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

A fictional yet somehow plausible
Excerpt: A fictional yet somehow plausible commentary: Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002 for The Fellowship of The Ring....

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Absolutely nothing of note happened
Excerpt: Absolutely nothing of note happened today....

Thursday, May 1, 2003

So...tonight CNN had a clip
Excerpt: So...tonight CNN had a clip on the USS Abraham Lincoln, where Bush is to give a speech tomorrow. Seems that he is to fly in in an F14 or some other combat aircraft, not the Marine helicopter usually used. Not that I wish any harm, but there are so many ways this could go wrong (at least they are not trying it at night)....
Chris Allbritton closes out his
Excerpt: Chris Allbritton closes out his back-to-Iraq weblog with: Epilogue: A Question of Truth We’ll see to what degree democracy really does come to the new Iraq. But I know this: The American people, in whose name this war was waged, need to hold this administration’s feet to the fire. It’s obviously too late to stop this war, but we as a democratic nation still...

Friday, May 2, 2003

Why on earth would anyone use a debit card?
Excerpt: If I read this article (Settlement Seen as Changing Ways Consumers Use Debit Cards) correctly, after the settlement between retailers and Visa/Mastercard takes effect, retailers will be free to choose whether or not to accept debit cards at all, and if they accept them, whether to require a PIN as the “signature” or an actual signature. By using a PIN, the retailer pays mere...
About me... I am a
Excerpt: About me... I am a thirty-something I/T hack. I’ve been doing Internet stuff since the late 1980s and computer stuff since the late 1970s. That’s not supposed to impress you, you’re supposed to take pity on someone who’s spent far too much time playing with computers. I went to "Allegheny College" (where I studied Arthurian Literature and Pascal) and "Carnegie Mellon" (where I studied...
Reading: Reinventing R&D Through Open
Excerpt: Reading: Reinventing R&D Through Open Innovation....

Sunday, May 4, 2003

If you read back-to-iraq.com, Chris
Excerpt: If you read back-to-iraq.com, Chris is asking for feedback on his trek and the blog: Call for comments. Hello all. I'm gathering material for research on the B2I proposal, and wanted to ask the readers some questions. Feel free to answer in the comments or email me....

Monday, May 5, 2003

Dinner tonight was at Isobel.
Excerpt: Dinner tonight was at Isobel. We’ve been going more frequently due to the new menu they adopted (their first menu was very shellfish heavy). "Frisket" got a new shipment of knuckle bones and tendons to chew on so she was happy today....

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

The Computer History Simulation Project
Excerpt: The Computer History Simulation Project...

Monday, May 12, 2003

A very minimalistic internet comic
Excerpt: A very minimalistic internet comic strip: Death to the Extremist....
Where do you fall on
Excerpt: Where do you fall on the Political Compass? I must have done something wrong, my numbers were all negative....
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Excerpt: From the Sydney Morning Herald: Computer glitch traps man in BMW: While on the way to an important speech, Thailand's finance minister got locked inside his luxury car because of an onboard computer malfunction and had to signal someone to smash a window for him to crawl out. "It was pretty bad because nothing worked, everything was locked," a shaken Finance Minister Suchart Jaovisidha...

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Today’s big accomplishment: discovering that
Excerpt: Today’s big accomplishment: discovering that the dryer had become just ever-so-slightly disconnected from its vent duct. This was not very difficult detective work, the yards of lint I pulled out from around the enclosure kind of gave away that there was a problem. Apparently the dryer was installed in such a way that, assuming it didn’t ever move, the vent duct would sit just...

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Will The Real Saddam please
Excerpt: Will The Real Saddam please stand up?...
That was a good episode
Excerpt: That was a good episode of West Wing. It’s a shame that Sorkin is leaving the series. The NY Times covers the finale in A Whiff of Camelot as 'West Wing' Ends an Era: Mr. Sorkin's "West Wing" was a boy's vision of the true Camelot: knights at the Round Table and Guinevere safely upstairs and locked in her chastity belt. Certainly the show...

Thursday, May 15, 2003

In March I noted Edward
Excerpt: In March I noted Edward Tufte’s dissection of PowerPoint slides used to present information about the Space Shuttle Columbia. Tufte has now written a booklet called The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint which looks at how presenations weaken verbal and spatial reasoning....
Off to see The Matrix:Reloaded.
Excerpt: Off to see The Matrix:Reloaded....
So The Matrix: Reloaded has
Excerpt: So The Matrix: Reloaded has been seen now. My take: it’s ok and I’ll definitely see it again (in a theater with a better sound system though), however it felt lacking, probably because they can’t really break too much new ground and stay within the story line. A couple notes for my fellow former Bridge Street residents: I think the building with no elevator...

Friday, May 16, 2003

Leaving for a week’s vacation
Excerpt: Leaving for a week’s vacation in Lake Placid, back online next Thursday....

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Arrived in Lake Placid around
Excerpt: Arrived in Lake Placid around 8:30 last night. The drive out of NYC took close to two hours (covering about 40 miles). "Frisket" spent some time at the lake this morning and dabbled her toes in the water. She seems to like the lake when it’s quiet. Later when there were some mild waves she wouldn’t go near the lake....

Sunday, May 18, 2003

We have a new game
Excerpt: We have a new game with "Frisket". We’ll walk her over to the Lake and cycle through a number of sticks and branches on the shore, throwing them into the lake. She’ll run into the lake to retrieve them and then run back up the bank and deposit them in one of several piles. We do this for 20-45 minutes at a time and...

Monday, May 19, 2003

Saw X Men 2 tonight
Excerpt: Saw X Men 2 tonight at the Lake Placid Palace. Lisa and I made up 2/3rds of the audience. I can only hope that the Palace had a few more people over watching the Matrix:Reloaded. My review of X2: fancy special effects and a great cast can’t possibly save the lack of a coherent plot or cover up the numerous holes in what little...

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

"Frisket" had much fun today,
Excerpt: "Frisket" had much fun today, while we were at the lake her friend dropped by and participated in the fetching of sticks and running around on the bank doing the little victory dance Frisket developed. We also finally shopped at the pet store in Lake Placid (it had been closed Sunday and Monday) and picked up some water toys for Frisket which she promptly...

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

This was our last full
Excerpt: This was our last full day in Lake Placid. We walked around town a bit, though this is not a town where you do late afternoon shopping as most stores start closing around 5:00....

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Leaving Lake Placid today around
Excerpt: Leaving Lake Placid today around noon. Should take 5-6 hours to drive back to Brooklyn, depending on traffic. My guess is we’ll fly down the NY Thruway to Rockland County and then crawl back into the city....

Friday, May 23, 2003

We’re back in Brooklyn today,
Excerpt: We’re back in Brooklyn today, just in time for the weather to be cold and damp for the holiday weekend. "Frisket" is spending the afternoon at "Monster Mutt" while we unpack and catch up on things....
A couple links: Documentation of
Excerpt: A couple links: Documentation of Gator Advertisements and Targeting is a research report on the Gator malware (it’s an application on Windows which will cause popup ads to appear when you hit websites, ads which Gator sells, not the website you’re visiting so the revenue goes to Gator, not the website). Earth, Moon, and Jupiter, as Seen From Mars is an image taken by...
From Lawrence Lessig’s weblog: dear
Excerpt: From Lawrence Lessig’s weblog: dear Starbucks, say it ain't true?. So I have this from an extremely reliable source, who vouches totally for the facts that follow. Story one: Last month while visiting Charleston, three women went into a Starbucks. They were spending the weekend together and one of them had a disposable camera with her. To commemorate their time with one and other...
I seem to be collecting
Excerpt: I seem to be collecting PowerPoint critiques and spoofs. And now: The Gettysburg Address as a (typical) PowerPoint presentation. Also read the author’s reasons for creating the spoof....

Sunday, May 25, 2003

We caught Bend It Like
Excerpt: We caught Bend It Like Beckham again, at the Pavilion Brooklyn Heights Cinema. It’s a fun movie...see it if you haven’t....

Monday, May 26, 2003

It’s raining, for the third
Excerpt: It’s raining, for the third day here in NYC, and the fifth or sixth for us (since it rained the last couple days in Lake Placid). I did some mad techno-geek stuff over the weekend, rearranging my hosting at pair.com (where frisket.org is hosted, amongst other sites), rearranging the jungle of cables under my desk, almost eliminating a power strip but not quite, realizing...

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Words.escape.me: CAT PRIN -- the
Excerpt: Words.escape.me: CAT PRIN -- the tailor for a cat you know — it is — fact which will become dearer than former if a cat has clothes on....
This site was hosed for
Excerpt: This site was hosed for a couple days, my apologies. It seems to be running much better now. I now need to migrate it from radio.weblogs.com/0109534 to my-weblog.com/epc....
I can’t find my earlier
Excerpt: I can’t find my earlier post about the Baghdad blogger Salam Pax, but here is a related followup in (of all places) The National Review: The Elusive “Mr. Peace”....
The NYT essay Essay: Fading
Excerpt: The NYT essay Essay: Fading Species and Dying Tongues: When the Two Part Ways pointed me to a site on languages which I’ll need to explore: terralingua.org....

Thursday, May 29, 2003

While commuting to Sydney in
Excerpt: While commuting to Sydney in 1999-2000, a number of us were afflicted by United’s inflight movie The Straight Story, about a guy who drive his lawnmower across several states to meet up with his brother. Apparently, there’s now a guy riding across the US on a lawnmower to raise money: Across America in 80 days ... on a lawnmower. I hope the Saudis don’t...
Looks like the elected officials
Excerpt: Looks like the elected officials in my hometown learned a hard lesson about e-mail: Commissioner censured after circulating village e-mail. It seems that there is (or was) a big fight brewing in Du Page county, Illinois over the DuPage Water Commission (formed in the 80's I think to pump Lake Michigan water to the county). There is a continuing big fight over expansion of...

Friday, May 30, 2003

Terrifying Bill Passed During NBA
Excerpt: Terrifying Bill Passed During NBA Playoffs:In a nationally televised address before an estimated audience of 150, President Bush praised the Citizenship Redefinition And Income-Based Relocation Act. "The swift passage of this very important law proves what I have always believed: that government works best when spared the constant carping and criticism of naysayers," Bush said. "I am proud of all the senators, representatives, regional...

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Woo-hoo...they have caught the guy
Excerpt: Woo-hoo...they have caught the guy suspected in the Olympic Park and other bombings. CNN: FBI: Rudolph Captured, MSNBC, NYTimes: Olympic Park Bombing Suspect in Custody....
Olympic Park Bombing Suspect Captured
Excerpt: My connection: I was working in Atlanta on the 1996 Olympic Games web site, based in the building across the street from the bomb (in the left corner of the videos they are playing now of the bombing in the park). I wasn’t in the building at the time of the bombing, instead I was sleeping at home about a mile away. I heard...
Doh! Man Accidentally Leaves Picasso,
Excerpt: Doh! Man Accidentally Leaves Picasso, Matisse Paintings On Subway...

Sunday, June 1, 2003

We went to the NY
Excerpt: We went to the NY Liberty home opener against the Washington Mystics. The Liberty won 70-57. Dinner was Korean at Kang-Suh....
Argh. "Radio Userland" is acting
Excerpt: Argh. "Radio Userland" is acting up again. Still looking at "Moveable Type"....
Playing around tonight with Blogshares.
Excerpt: Playing around tonight with Blogshares. Wonder how long before someone sets up a derivatives market based on the weblog share market....
Alex has a new essay
Excerpt: Alex has a new essay up at Boxes and Arrows: The Sociobiology of Information Architecture. I’m not sure why, but it tickled my I-need-to-reread Orality and Literacy nerve again....

Monday, June 2, 2003

Apologies for the CSS (style
Excerpt: Apologies for the CSS (style sheet) shenanigans. Just proving yet again that I have no visual design skills whatsoever....
I find the FCC decision
Excerpt: I find the FCC decision disappointing, it doesn’t improve competition, it eliminates it....

Wednesday, June 4, 2003

I upgraded our ADSL connection
Excerpt: I upgraded our ADSL connection to the alleged speed of 7100/768. We seem to be getting the 768 up (from 384kbps) but only around 6500kbps down (might be due to line noise). Anyway, I was surfing with MSIE6 and thinking "Gee, this isn’t all that fast" in fact, it was poking along like no upgrade had occurred. I switched to Opera7 and was floored...
The terrorists are getting sneaky:
Excerpt: The terrorists are getting sneaky: Raging bull attacks Parliament — A raging bull facing slaughter outside Yemen’s parliament over a land feud has stormed the opening session of the newly elected legislature and injured three people....
Right war, wrong reason: Because
Excerpt: Right war, wrong reason: Because We Could....

Saturday, June 7, 2003

I had a real Doh!
Excerpt: I had a real Doh! moment tonight. Lisa and I met up at Zen Palate for dinner and then headed over to the Union Square Barnes & Noble store. As I made my way through I discovered they've expanded their foreign language book selection to include books by authors in their native languages, specifically Spanish. The last time through they mainly had translations of...

Monday, June 9, 2003

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Sunday, June 22, 2003

Excerpt: A brief news update: I'm on jury duty, starting on a trial this week. Frisket held her housewarming party yesterday (Saturday) and met many people who came by to say hi. It's raining. Again....

Thursday, September 11, 2003

In my life
Excerpt: In 1980, the weekend after John Lennon was murdered, the Chicago Tribune published a copy of the first page of sheet music of “In My Life” with a broken pair of rose colored “granny” glasses. It was on the back of either the then Arts section or possibly a special section about Lennon. I don’t remember. Anyway, I had never heard the song at...

Friday, September 12, 2003

wonder who signed off on the flight plan?
Excerpt: GM's Saturn apparently has a blimp. Said blimp is flying around the NYC area tonight. I happened to be on the promenade with Frisket and a pair of binoculars and spotted the blimp floating over New Jersey heading towards Manhattan. Some time passed, and passed and it finally flew up the harbor. And towards downtown Manhattan. And literally right up West Street (from my...

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Excerpt: I finally got my Radio Userland blog exported in a form I can work with (XML). I'll write an xsl stylesheet and convert it to the Moveable Type format. Don't expect anything to happen before early next week. In case anyone else has to do this, here is the relevant code I used: file.writeWholeFile( "c:\\tmp\\weblog.xml", table.tableToXml( @weblogdata.posts ) ). Originally it had radio.weblog.init() in...

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Humidity 99.9%
Excerpt: It's far too humid to do anything today. Frisket manages to stand up and walk to a new spot only to collapse in a heap of white fur until the spirit moves her to move again....

Monday, September 15, 2003

Hurricane Zone C
Excerpt: We are in hurricane zone C. Well, not really. We're just at the edge. The only problem with this classification is that we're almost 100 feet above sea level. Either they have misclassified, or they expect some honking huge waves for category 5 hurricanes. (Last time I checked, Isabel has dropped to category 3). Some friends have a daughter named Isabella, whose birthday is...

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Rain
Excerpt: The theme for today is rain. Seems to be that we're catching up for the weather we missed from Isabel. Frisket and I walked around the block. I was totally soaked by the time I hit the bottom of the stoop. Hicks Street has a 3-4 inch stream of water running down it. As we rounded the Witnesses' building Frisket ducked into one of...

Saturday, September 27, 2003

New year/new weekend
Excerpt: Spending the weekend in Amagansett. Managed to set up the telescope and spot Mars but I think it needs a stronger eyepiece. Also not as fun as I'd mistakenly thought it would be since it is a pain to set up correctly (and even after setting it up correctly it was a couple degrees off from Mars)....

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

LGA->ORD
Excerpt: Lisa's off to Chicago for five days at UIUC. The ride to and from LGA was surprisingly easy, no major traffic hangups, not even at the BQE-LIE intermess. Frisket has a bit of a dejected look this afternoon, I think she knows Lisa is going to be away for awhile....

Sunday, October 5, 2003

Easy Fast
Excerpt: Lisa landed right on time, though I then spent 30 -40 minutes trying to pick her up. You can't stop or idle in front of the terminals at LGA and there is no place to just idle nearby. LaGuardia's roads are also a pain to circle around, unlike O'Hare for example where you can just go around, and around, and around, and around... Tried...
Fireworks
Excerpt: For some unknown reason, there was a fireworks display over the East River, just west of us, from about 7:30 to 8:00 tonight. Once I peeled myself off the ceiling I ran up to the deck to see what the explosions were. Seeing the flashes in the windows of the St George verified that it was fireworks and not lower Manhattan imploding again. At...

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The Chicago Cubs
Excerpt: Suck. I come home from a networking thing and forget that the game is on. Flip to FOX and discover the cubbies are up, 3-0, in the 8th inning. Oooh I think to myself, could watch them clinch. First thing I catch is a kid interfering (possibly, it's not clear from the video) with a catch by Moises Alou. Next is a series of...

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Nothing much of note
Excerpt: So, we ended up not going to Las Vegas this week. The plan had been for Lisa to fly from Long Beach to Las Vegas, and for me to fly from JFK. Complicating our plans were the ear mites infesting Frisket's ears. Although they cleared up, she would not have been allowed to play with other dogs at the kennel. In addition, there was...

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Sunday
Excerpt: Brunched at Noho Star with Misha followed by an aborted shopping excursion around NoLita. Frisket is at Monster Mutt for the day....

Sunday, November 23, 2003

On this date in 2003
Excerpt: We slept in a bit this morning and then took Miss Frisket to Monster Mutt for the day. Lisa and I drove Todd to SoHo for brunch at Mercer Kitchen. Todd cabbed to LGA while Lisa and I tried another round of "Let's buy some decent shoes for Ed" since my Eccoes have worn themselves out. I didn't think it would be difficult but...
100th Anniversary of Flight
Excerpt: So, this year is the 100th anniversary of flight. Well, controlled flight. Many others tried, but the Wright Brothers actually managed to take off and land. And survive. On December 17, 1903, the two guys brought their contraption to the beach at Kitty Hawk, NC and flew it (100ft I believe, maybe 200). Anyway...it also happens to be two years since I've been on...

Thursday, November 27, 2003

T-day 2003
Excerpt: So, for this weekend we drove up to Boston. Along the way we stopped off at Grenadier Golden Retrievers, Frisket's birthplace. We're staying at the Hotel Marlowe, in Cambridge, MA. I'll hold my comments on the hotel for now, though I'll note it's kitty-corner from the Sonesta. The drive up was pretty easy. I slept in the back for the first hour while Lisa...

Sunday, November 30, 2003

11/30/04
Excerpt: Drove back from Boston this morning, amazingly it only took four hours (3 1/2 if you deduct the time we spent at a rest area). Over the weekend we caught dinner at Redbones in Sommerville and watched The Great Lebowski at the Lewis-Bowen mediaplex....

Friday, December 5, 2003

It's snowing
Excerpt: I'm declaring a snow day and working from home. (Ok, I was already planning to work from home, but the removal of the satellite dish has to be postponed yet again as I will not get on the roof when it's snowing.)...

Friday, December 12, 2003

Harriet Evelyn Sian Lewis-Bowen
Excerpt: Congrats to my friends Abigail & Alister on the birth of their daughter Harriet Evelyn Sian, this morning around 4 a.m. I expect pictures to magically appear soon on the family website...

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Happy Holidays
Excerpt: We're in Amagansett for the weekend. Was an easy drive out. Frisket has spent the afternoon chasing Coco and frolicking in the water on the top of the pool cover....

Friday, January 2, 2004

Inauspicious start to the year
Excerpt: Got a call from my Aunt this morning that my mom had been found unconscious in her house. She's at the hospital now, intevated and under sedation. I'm planning on driving out tomorrow morning, my brother is going to try to fly in from Oakland....

Sunday, January 4, 2004

So, I flew
Excerpt: I flew out to Chicago tonight. I remembered all the reasons I hated flying (there were obnoxious brats running around the gate area as the flight was endlessly delayed, turbulence shook the plane so much that the attendants had to sit down for about half of the flight, and United seems to be completely incapable of delivering baggage to the carousel they tell you...

Monday, January 5, 2004

mom update
Excerpt: Spent about five hours at the hospital today, split between the morning and evening. In the morning she was still heavily sedated, but much of that was due to sedation from a central line implantation overnight. We met one of her doctors and my interpretation of what he said amounts to: We don't know what happened, though we know what the result is. We...
Brief KMC update
Excerpt: Spent the midday at the hospital. She's had moderate improvement overnight. They've dropped her from 100% O2 to 85% yet her O2 levels are remaining in the high 80s - low 90s range. This is a good thing because it indicates they may be able to ween her off the ventilator, eventually. Also got to talk a bit with the staff about the recovery,...

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Evening KMC Update
Excerpt: I spent about an hour inside the isolation room tonight. My mom was more alert than she has been and seemed to recognize me a couple of times. Otherwise no real change in her status....
KMC Update
Excerpt: Not much change today. There was a bit of a setback in the morning when her O2 level dropped into the 20s for awhile (normal is 85+, good is 90+). I spent about 90 minutes with her midday, and another hour this evening. One positive thing is that she was negative for influenza, so we don't need to wear gloves and facemasks when we...

Thursday, January 8, 2004

KMC Update Thursday a.m.
Excerpt: Yesterday (Wednesday) they cut her to 85% and then 65% O2 concentration and her numbers remain good. The goal is in the 15-25% range (normal O2 concentration in the atmosphere is apparently 10% or so). They removed her chest tube this morning. This was draining some stuff from around her lungs. She still has fluid buildup in her lungs. Otherwise, slow but steady....

Friday, January 9, 2004

Not happy
Excerpt: So, today's plan was for me to fly from ORD to CMH and meet up with Lisa and Frisket who were to drive in from Brooklyn. That's not going to happen. Frisket is sick and it'd be asking too much for her to sit in the car for 18-20 hours. So, I'm hanging out in Downers Grove, IL. Not sure if/when we can try...

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Update on the mom-of-ed
Excerpt: Didn't post yesterday since there wasn't much to post. She continues to be in ICU, on ventillation. Her stats are relatively ok, stable, not worsening, not really improving. Am hoping to catch up with her primary doctor today to get an idea of the course of recovery. Pat is returning to the left coast today, he does need to work occasionally to keep his...

Monday, January 12, 2004

Sunday Evening Update
Excerpt: I only went in for the afternoon visitation today. My mom was more alert than I've seen in the past week. The staff switched her breathing tubes to one which will make the air more humid. Otherwise, no change in status....
Mom Update for Monday
Excerpt: My mom was more responsive today. She even asked to write and wrote some notes on a notebook I have. Unfortunately the writing wasn't too legible and the activity seemed to cause her O2 levels to drop a bit so I told her to rest and relax....

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

KMC Update Tuesday a.m
Excerpt: My mom took a turn for the worse overnight. Yesterday she'd become agitated midday which sent her heart rate racing into the 150s-160s and her O2 levels dropping into the 80s. Overnight she had a high fever and this morning a respiratory arrest, apparently due to blockage of her breathing tube. They re-intubated her but her condition now is quite grave....
Mom Update
Excerpt: Not much new to report, my mom's condition is still quite serious. Spent the day at the hospital and plan to return in a bit for the evening hours. She was sedated all day. Her heart rate continues to be quite high, and her blood pressure has been all over the place (low this afternoon, high when I left just now). They are trying...

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Mom Update Wed 1/14
Excerpt: Spent the morning at the hospital. My mom's situation is still quite critical, however they managed to stablize her overnight. Last night she had a high temperature (104) but it was back to normal today. They discovered a yeast infection in her bloodstream and started treatment for that today. Just now I did a verbal consent for the hospital to replace her central line...

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Mom Update Wed 1/14 evening
Excerpt: My mom, Kathleen Costello, passed away tonight from complications from something called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. In 1992 she was accidentally exposed to airborne Toluene or TCE while in her office and the effect was to slowly destroy her lungs over the ensuing 12 years. She took early retirement in 1999 and became more and more confined over the years due to the continuing...

Monday, January 19, 2004

Funeral
Excerpt: So we held the funeral today. There was a brief prayer service at the funeral home before we headed off for mass at Divine Savior Catholic Church followed by a brief service at the cemetery. My thanks to everyone who came to the visitation or funeral, or who's sent condolences and sympathies. Not the way I expected or wanted to start the year, and...

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Back home
Excerpt: We arrived back in Brooklyn tonight around 8:00 pm. Frisket was home, our friend Nancy had picked her up from Monster Mutt earlier....

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Wednesday Miscellany
Excerpt: In an attempt to return to some semblance of normalcy, I'm ripping the three Talking Heads CDs I picked up for Christmas (also got the latest Rufus Wainwright and Boomslang by Johnny Marr and the Healers. Odd observation: there's a DHL truck parked outside with "Sydney" emblazoned across a rendition of the Sydney Opera House....

Monday, February 2, 2004

Finally, January is over
Excerpt: I spent the last week catching up on life and closing out the project I'd been working on with the NY State Senate since November. A close friend of ours lost her mother last weekend, so we had another funeral to attend to this past week. I'll be very, very peeved if I have a funeral of any sort this week (or this month...

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Off for the weekend
Excerpt: I'm taking the weekend "off". Lisa flew in from New York yesterday and we are spending the weekend at the W Hotel Chicago Lakeshore. Had an excellent dinner last night at Russian Tea Time on Adams with a classmate (and her husband) of Lisa's from the LEEP program at UIUC. Tonight...well, tonight I was supposed to make the plans and managed to pick a...

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Yesterday's todo list
Excerpt: epc's todos for Wednesday April 21, 2004 Walk the dog Send in estimated tax payments Pick up estate related mail from PO box Pay estate bills Pay household bills Do miscellaneous NYSD related work Write letters for estate to transfer car ownership Propose to Lisa...

Friday, April 23, 2004

Since I was apparently too obscure with my post yesterday
Excerpt: Yes, Lisa and I are engaged. Answers to frequently asked questions: No, no date has been set yet. Yes, the date will likely occur some time in the next twelve months. No, my mother's passing delayed this as I'd originally planned to act earlier this year. Yes, Frisket will likely be involved in some way, shape, or form in the various activities. No, it...

Monday, May 3, 2004

Yearly suckage
Excerpt: So, four years ago today sucked....

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Weekend notes
Excerpt: We've been getting a lot of thunderstorms this month, and as a result I'm getting a number of bruises on my chest. Let me explain: Frisket is terrified of thunder. Thunder and fireworks are the two sounds that cause her to go into absolute the-world-is-ending terror. And when she's in this mode, the only thing that appears to comfort her is to be on...

Sunday, October 10, 2004

One week to go
Excerpt: I guess actually a bit less than a week to go until the wedding. I've been manically working to finish some projects that I have before going into wedding la-la land. Unfortunately my brain started checking out last week as the last-minute wedding things started to bubble to the surface. I'm sure no one will notice the few things I forgot to complete for...

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Pre-wedding signoff
Excerpt: Signing off for the wedding and vacation in ??Lake Placid??. Back on around the 25th October. I shut down comments on all other entries (hmmm, it occurs to me that the SQL I used shut down comments on all blogs I host...need to fix that). And please, whatever your political leanings may be, please please please vote November 2nd. I don't think we can...

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>

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Saturday in Amagansett
Excerpt: Spending the weekend in Amagansett with Abigail, Alister, and Harriet Lewis-Bowen. Went to the beach last night and this morning. The surf is rather high due to Ophelia passing by (and it was high tide as well). Frisket doesn't swim in the ocean here, but was romping around in the surf and splashing in the tidal puddles left behind on the dunes. Waves from...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Excerpt: Spending the morning wandering around Astoria (perhaps Jackson Heights, I don't really know Queens) looking for wifi while the car gets a 40,000 mile checkup. Somewhere on the PA Turnpike to Illinois the yellow "service" light went on exactly at 37,000 miles so I figured it was just the regular service thing. I'm hoping it was just the regular service thing as I haven't...

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jet Lag Day 2
Excerpt: Ok, yesterday? I felt fine. Today? I feel like someone slugged me repeatedly with, I don't know, a slug. The allergies I allegedly don't have have kicked in and the Claritin knockoff I took is not having any effect. I'm seriously tempted to take a doze of NyQuil and call it a day. See? I wrote doze up there when clearly I meant doze....

Thursday, December 1, 2005

My head is throbbing
Excerpt: Unfortunately, a throbbing head is contra-indicative of flying to Chicago, Austin, DFW, and LGA in four days, so I'm thinking that the weekend trip to Chicago and Austin may be put on hold. Which is a real shame since I need 293 miles to retain AA Platinum status for 2006. Perhaps I can fly return to Albany. Anyway, I will decide in the morning...

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Congratulations to Klaus and Andrea
Excerpt: Congrats to Klaus Rusch and his wife Andrea on the birth of Elias Kristoffer....

Saturday, April 8, 2006

About this weather...
Excerpt: Could we get a single clear weekend in the 60s or 70s? Please? Busy doing clean-up for our seder meal this Wednesday. Found a treasure trove of electronics crap which may have been useful five years ago but I see no point in keeping (various chargers for Thinkpads long gone by, a couple of chargers and related cables for Sony Clies, since cancelled and...

Friday, April 28, 2006

Condolences to David Singer
Excerpt: My condolences to David Singer, whose mother passed away early this morning in Richmond, VA....

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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Excerpt: Nothing much of interest to report, so I'll bore you five with the following: I have never been diagnosed with allergies, however this so-called "fact" has failed to impress my immune system which is reacting to a large amount of pollen and other crap in the air (thank you New Jersey). I gave up a daily dose of Actifed two years ago on advice...

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Coco 2002-2006 R.I.P.
Excerpt: Frisket's cousin and best buddy Coco passed away suddenly tonight. Coco had had surgery earlier this week to repair a torn tendon or ligament, I don't know if that was at all related to her death. Coco was incredibly playful and always seemed happy to see you. Her whole body shook as she wagged her tail. Coco was only two weeks older than Frisket,...

Friday, September 8, 2006

Allergy Day
Excerpt: I woke up this morning with a head that felt stuff with cabbage. Or wool. I can't quite decide on an appropriate metaphor. So, I've sequestered myself in our bedroom, cranked up the A/C and the Vornado AQS Hepa air filter we have and taken a generic Claritin knockoff. I didn't have allergies as a kid, or if I did they paled in comparison...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Try to Remember the kind of September
Excerpt: Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow. Try to remember the kind of September when you were a tender and callow fellow, Try to remember and if you remember the follow. My parents' 40th wedding anniversary would be today. They got...

Monday, September 11, 2006

Offline
Excerpt: I will be offline until 12 September 2006 observing the memorial in my own mental hell sort of way....

Monday, February 5, 2007

Da Bears, teh suck
Excerpt: Spent the weekend cleaning up our front bedroom which has become a sort of depository of last resort for all things of crap we wish to dispose of yet cannot find the energy to walk downstairs. Also did some work rewriting some code which should have worked on Microsoft Internet Explorer, but instead caused bits of HTML to explode in bits and pieces all...

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Ccccccccold
Excerpt: So cold, the dogs curled up under blankets: Cold Dogs, originally uploaded by epc. Sailor and Frisket react to the temperature by bundling up in cashmere and chenille I don't know if it's something in the air, or the lack of humidity, or just the cold, or a cold, but my eyes have been itchy, scratchy, and tearing up constantly for the past couple...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Miscellany for 14 February 2007
Excerpt: We had a delicious Valentine's Day dinner at Five Front in DUMBO under the Brooklyn Bridge. I won't rest until I've dragged all eleven readers of this site there. I think I'm up to about five out of eleven. Only misfire at dinner was an Australian sparkling Shiraz. Maybe it was too cold or too sweet but it didn't do the trick for me....

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Slightly sick
Excerpt: I've been off-kilter since some time last week, I think it's a mix of the weather, something I ate in Washington, DC, and the trip to DC and back over the weekend. Nothing serious, just not feeling great and an overriding urge to curl up and sleep for several days. Late-season hibernation I guess. Sailor is back home after her spaying surgery. Frisket clearly...

Monday, April 16, 2007

Easter 1997
Excerpt: A long rambling essay about April 1997, involving a trip to Denham, Indiana, Tiger Woods, Garry Kasparov, and a collection of webmaster reminiscences.

Monday, April 30, 2007

In which our narrator is exhausted and yet must continue into the presse
Excerpt: In which our hero whines about having to spend a week prepping the house for an open house. Oh, and the dogs are both sick, a special treat only those of you who read the excerpts will see.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Not going to Boston
Excerpt: Lisa's father passed away last night. She is en route to DC to make arrangements with her brother. The dogs and I will be heading to DC this morning (Frisket is unfortunately sick so they can't stay behind). Lisa and Oliver will sit shiva (שבעה) Sunday at Oliver's apartment in NYC....

Thursday, August 30, 2007

0x28
Excerpt: Eh, whatevs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oops
Excerpt: Your correspondent has been slacking off in the blogging and attempts to catch up in one large polysyllabic blast. You can punt now.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

9.12.07
Excerpt: * I believe more of you should blog. Or twitter. Or write. Use vox if you want to restrict who reads what you write (at least until Vox gets sold off to the Myanmar Junta). * Why do Google Mail, Yahoo! Mail and other services ask you to confirm you want to purge your spam folders but don't ask to confirm deletion of an...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In honor of the impending end of the Shrub Administration, I blog this message
Excerpt: p. I apparently have had nothing of interest to write up since leaving Savannah, GA in December. I apologize, the rest of this is likely to be just as dreadfully boring as well. * The dogs and I successfully returned from our Miami Beach sojourn on New Year's Eve. Almost nothing of interest occurred on the drive back other than the car gently rolling...

Monday, January 5, 2009

2008 YIR
Excerpt: Yeah, so I sort of just stopped writing. There wasn't any one thing, but a combination: it's boring, it's one-way, and I have other things I want to do. I &ldquo;tweet&rdquo; using twitter. These are short, under 140 character, bursts of either stupidity or insight, or infrequently very inside-baseball quips which I only expect a few people to get. I did write here, occasionally:...

Slightly acerbic and eccentric dog walker who masquerades as a web developer and occasional CTO.

Spent five years running the technology side of the circus known as www.ibm.com.

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