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Monthly Archives: August 2007

riverdale garden: outstanding cuisine in the bronx

30-Aug-07

Here’s a reprint of a post I put up on chowhound.com: We gave the Riverdale Garden a test run a couple of weeks ago. We were very happy with the service, atmosphere, and food on the regular menu, so we returned last night to celebrate my partner’s birthday with a 15-course meal with wine pairings […]

my television-free life

29-Aug-07

it’s been several months since kirk and i decided to drop digital cable, and stop watching television. there was some apprehension, and some trepidation (would we miss watching baseball?). it was a financial savings, to be sure — our cable bill went from $120 per month with time warner cable before the move (digital tv […]

apartment renovation update

27-Aug-07

we’ve made some good progress on the apartment renovation front. and, in true me fashion, i can’t stop being obsessed with ikea and we’re planning more cabinets for the kitchen. kirk wrote a bit about what we’ve been up to, and posted some pictures, and i posted some pictures on a great site i found […]

My Afternoon in Wal-Mart’s MP3 Download Hell

24-Aug-07

Thank jeebus that the medialoper tried wal-mart’s new download service, so i didn’t have to. so it’s not really my afternoon, as my post’s title might indicate. it’s the medialoper’s. a typical snark-filled excerpt: Eventually I give up searching for music and decide to browse by genre. I start with Rock -> Alternative. I’m happy […]

learning about joybubbles

23-Aug-07

one of the great things about the internet is that by goofing around you can stumble across the most interesting things. and yesterday, via boing boing, during my lunch hour i learned about joybubbles. joybubbles was the adopted name of joe engrassia, a blind man who was one of the first phone phreakers. phone phreakers […]

why new yorkers last longer

14-Aug-07

great [long] article from new york magazine on how and why new yorkers’ life expectancy has surpassed that of rural and suburban dwellers. the obvious answer: you have to walk more in new york. around here, you have to get out of your car and off your ass. i, proudly, don’t even own a car. […]

you tube commenters

14-Aug-07

The Internet Has Always Had Loud Dumb People…but I’ve never seen anything quite as bad as the people who comment on Youtube videos. At least according to the hysterically funny [and dead-on accurate] cartoon at the link above. via digg, which certainly has its share of idiotic commenters. feel free to leave your own idiotic […]

five minutes with the iphone

10-Aug-07

walked up to the apple store at 58th and 5th during my lunch hour. i figured that today would be a good day to venture there to see the new products, what with the terrible weather. and it was. the apple store was indeed merely very crowded, and not packed so tightly with people that […]

things i’m hoping for today

10-Aug-07

» i hope someone else besides me comes to work today. there’s absolutely no one else on my entire row of cubicles. » i hope that that hysterical tourist who got off the 1 train at 50th street with her husband and left her kid on the train gets her kid back safe. i hope […]

schneier interviews the head of the tsa

08-Aug-07

bruce schneier’s blog on security issues is one of my consistent favorites on the web. i love people who can take a subject about which i know little and care even less, and make it fascinating. schneier is one of those people (and rands is another). anyway, schneier recently interviewed kip hawley, the head of […]

mets fan catches historic barry bonds baseball

08-Aug-07

here are a couple of stories about it. unfortunately, i’m not the mets fan, as the ball is supposed to be worth upwards of $500,000. but it was nice to see a guy from queens emerge victorious from what i’m sure was quite a battle for that ball, after it went into the stands in […]