Saturday, April 5, 2008

On the beach 2008-04-05

I took far too many photos of the dogs romping at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett this afternoon.

The game (there's always a game, I just don't necessarily understand the rules) was that I would throw a bumper out into the water. Frisket would retrieve it (she never retrieves at home!). As she got to the dry part of the sand, Sailor would swoop in and take the bumper. Both dogs would then approach me (usually in a line resembling a french curve). I'd offer each a treat and then throw the bumper back out into the water.

Waiting. Patiently.

We played this game until my shoulder started to ache. We then spent half an hour just vegging on the beach watching the ocean flow in and out. Click the image to play the video.

Unfortunately the cameraman mis–timed the waves:

e.p.c. posted this at 21:31 GMT on 5-Apr-2008 from Amagansett, NY. , Comments [1]

Wednesday, April 16, 2008



Originally uploaded by epc


flickr posted this at 02:12 GMT on 16-Apr-2008 from Brooklyn, NY.

Monday, April 21, 2008


I’ve had nothing interesting to write here. Most of the silly pithy stupid things I’d post here are ending up on twitter. Occasionally I’ll add something separately to tumblr but that site is mostly a regurgitation of whatever is here or on twitter (or

We have no major travel plans. I would like to head to Illinois in May or June but haven’t picked a date range to shoot for.

We keep talking about buying a new car but nothing on the market is really moving us. We want something with the space of our MDX and mid-20s mileage. Our 2002 MDX tends to get (still) 22mpg highway, and averaged 25mpg on the way to/from Miami in December. It’s possible that the onboard computer is lying.

I need a new cell phone. I had this notion I’d write up a blistering critique of both the Motorola RAZR I bought a couple of years ago as well as the Nokia e70 I got at the end of 2006. My critiques can boil down to:

  • The software on the RAZR looks and feels like it was developed by engineers who had never actually tried to use a cell phone before. Or the Microsoft Vista team (the RAZR seems to want a lot of confirmation, perhaps it had a difficult childhood).
  • The Nokia e70 started out well but its performance degraded over time, and now I think the antenna is hosed since it barely gets signal (though this could also be T–mobile’s way of telling me to find another carrier).
  • The camera quality of both phones is fine, however I constantly find myself losing pictures I’ve taken because both phones require you to decide what you want to do with the picture you’ve taken. If I snap a picture and then close the phone without confirming that I want to store the picture then I lose it. On the RAZR I think it’s three steps to store a picture after taking it, on the Nokia it may only be one step, but still annoying.

I suppose I should wait for the 3G Apple iPhone in June but I think I’m quickly annoying those around me with my utter lack of care about my current phone situation. The worst thing that’s happened is about a week ago I received five phone calls (including two from my apparently concerned Grandmother), which I had no idea about. For three days. I’ve since returned the calls, well the ones that needed returning.

I continue my quest to rid my life of detritus, both physical and digital. In the run–up to Seder, I pitched five boxes of books (pitched ≡ donated to charity). I finished going through a pile of family photos and am now packaging them together for their flight to Austin. I also ran a series of scripts on the home fileserver to analyze the photos we have. I allegedly have 20,000+ photos on the Mac (counting JPEG images). By computing a sha1 sum on each image I discovered that there are 30+ copies of the top 1000 images. I haven’t actually done anything with this yet, but I think what I’ll end up doing is eliminate all duplicates and rename the images in a Year/Month/Day directory structure (unfortunately there’s many filename collisions because Sony only numbers images to 9999).

Frisket just had her yearly physical. She is in perfectly fine shape. The medical assistant and I will take a few days to recover.

Both Frisket and Sailor were happy to see so many people Saturday night, but upset that they could not join us for the reading of the haggadah.

We forgot an orange for the seder plate this year, and almost forgot a cup for Elijah.

I did not see the Pope. I had no interest in seeing the Pope. The Pope did fly over me, twice. Somehow I did not feel the presence of grace.

Lisa started her new job last week. So far so good. I’ve posted a couple of pictures of her after her first day for friends and family only on my flickr account. You can get a sense of her new attire from this picture of Sailor: Sailor Contemplating: Tribble or Beanie?.

e.p.c. posted this at 21:50 GMT on 21-Apr-2008 from Brooklyn, NY. , Comments [0]

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Feed Housekeeping

The only feed I support for this site is, which is served via FeedBurner. I’ve tried to redirect as many old feeds to that but am still getting requests for feeds I haven’t had in years. So if you get this site through a newsreader, please verify that you have the correct feed URL.

If you have no idea what I am talking about you can just look at pretty pictures of dogs instead: Patient Dogs

e.p.c. posted this at 18:33 GMT on 22-Apr-2008 from Brooklyn, NY. , Comments [0]

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

St Paul's Chapel

St Paul's Chapel

St Paul's Chapel
Originally uploaded by epc


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Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Talking of Telham 123

The Talking of Telham 123

The Talking of Telham 123
Originally uploaded by epc

I guess its about conversational terrorists

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Little Fort of Rest

Little Fort of Rest

Little Fort of Rest
Originally uploaded by epc

flickr posted this at 23:29 GMT on 30-Apr-2008 from Brooklyn, NY.

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

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