Misc blog postings

Misc Postings

Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: March 4, 2018Total: 107

March 11, 2005

Thoughts of the Day

Wouldn't it be great if you can buy a food product in the supermarket where you can pronounce all the ingredients without a degree in chemistry.

Wouldn't it be great if you could visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Disneyland, New York City and buy a souvenir that's not made in China. This is true for most place you visit on Vacation.

October 6, 2004

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield died yesterday. I had the opportunity to see him in 1998 in Vegas. I was lucky enough to sit in the first row and had a great time at his show. Later I ordered one of his classic red ties and still have the delivery box that it came in.

Rodney will be missed.

From the AP:

Dangerfield is most remembered for 1980's "Caddyshack," in which he held his own with such comics as Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Bill Murray.

After "Caddyshack," Dangerfield continued starring in and sometimes writing films such as "Easy Money," "Back to School," "Moving," "The Scout," "Ladybugs" and "Meet Wally Sparks." He turned dramatic as a sadistic father in Oliver Stone's 1994 "Natural Born Killers."

In 1995, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rejected Dangerfield's application for membership.

It was the ultimate rejection, and Dangerfield played it to the hilt. Public reaction prompted the academy to reverse itself and offer membership. Dangerfield declined.

"They don't even apologize or nothing," he said. "They give no respect at all -- pardon the pun -- to comedy."

September 23, 2004

Mr. Ed Humor

The state Supreme Court ruled today that Pennsylvania's drunken driving law can't be enforced against people on horseback, a decision that inspired the dissenting justice to wax poetic.

Here is the poem that Justice Michael Eakin, who is fond of writing rhyming opinions, summed up the lone dissent with two stanzas mimicking the theme song of "Mister Ed" -- a 1960s TV sitcom about a talking horse:

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
but the Vehicle Code does not divorce
its application from, perforce,
a steed as my colleagues said.

"'It's not vague,' I'll say until I'm hoarse,
and whether a car, a truck or horse
this law applies with equal force,
and I'd reverse instead."

July 1, 2004

New Audio

This past week I have been working on getting some new audio into the Real Audio section. Part of this project was to create a way for me to insert the new audio and yesterday I was able to finish that part of the project.

So over the next few weeks you should see a lot of new content in the Real Audio section. I have lots of sound bytes that I want to put up.

Some people want to know why I selected Real Audio as the audio format. In 1996 I purchased an audio package, Sound Edit Pro, and it included a Real Audio encoder. At the time Real Audio was the most popular format for streaming audio, so that's what I choose. With more people today using broadband, there's lots of choices of streaming media. So, I don't know how long I keep using Real Audio format, but for now, that's my choice.

June 25, 2004

Idoit Driver of the Day

At 7:44 this morning, this idiot driver decided that the Yield sign only applied to the driver in front of him and he nearly hit me as he pulled onto Winter Street from the 128 south on ramp. I don't think he was paying attention, as he didn't slow down once the car in front of him moved onto Winter Street.

He had a green Massachusetts license plate of 633 GYE. If this car is in your Insurance portfolio, you may want to reconsider your premium.

May 3, 2004

Moving

This weekend I move about 80% of my possessions to my new apartment just outside of Boston. I'll be spending much of the week unpacking about 63 boxes and putting together some furniture.

Some of the things I learned from this move:

  • Order all Utilities as far in advance as possible. (Schedule to activate by moving day)
  • Building 19 has a good selection of machine made oriental rugs.
  • Separate tools such as hammers and screwdrivers
  • Measure everything before moving.
  • If your moving to an apartment, let your neighbor know so you can have a good place to park.

March 29, 2004

New Apartment

I am actively looking for an apartment in the Metro Boston area. My main focus is a place along 128, however, I have investigated Framingham and Marlborough.

There are several tasks that are associated in successful apartment hunting:

  • Identify rent budget (About 30% of yearly income)
  • Identify Target area to live in.
    • Commute Time
    • Ideal Neigborhood
  • Network with people in the area
  • Use all available resources, Internet, Newspaper, Realtors.
  • Constantly check for new listings.

January 1, 2004

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I was one of the millions that was in Boston celebrating first night. It was one of the better first nights since the temp was warmer than usual. I believe it was around 33 degrees.

The only glitch was that the Boston harbor fireworks didn't go off at midnight. This was confirmed with many people at the warf cheering a few moments before the fireworks went off. Overall is was pretty much an exciting night in Boston.

Tips for visiting First Night Boston:

  • Plan to eat dinner early
  • If you plan to watch the family parade, pick your viewing spot at least a half hour before the parade starts.
  • The Family Fireworks last 12 minutes and the main Fireworks only last 10 minutes.
  • If you buy a First Night button, buy it before Christmas to take advantage of the discount.
  • if you plan to take the Red Line, after the fireworks, you are best to pick up the train at Downtown Crossing to get a seat.

December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

This morning's midnight mass wasn't as crowded as it has been in the past, however most seats were taken up by 25 minutes prior to the start of services.

Concord Mass did have enough snow on the ground to be a white Christmas, or using the meteorology terminology, a partly white Christmas.

My website has been under heavy traffic this week due to a Quicktime posting of the controversial interview that Joe Namath did last Saturday. As of this evening, 775 people download the 1 minute interview. Which is amazing since I uploaded the video clip on Monday and the file size is 5.5 megs.

December 24, 2003

Christmas Eve

Looks like it will be a White Christmas in New England! Dispite the recent warm weather much of New England will have snow on the ground!

On Monday I encoded a one minute clip of ESPN's interview with Joe Namath, in which he appeared to be drunk. Google index my site within a few hours and the traffic increase about 50%!

Many people have asked how I encoded the video clip so quickly. It's a pretty complex process and I'll put together a development page sometime next week. In short, its a lot easier using a Macintosh and having Media Cleaner makes it easy. :)

I went to Walmart this morning to do some last minute shopping and was suprise to see the Supermarket next door was busier than Walmart. I am sure as the day goes on, more people will be in Walmart than the Supermarket.

Our family will be attending the midnight mass at Our Ladies Help of Christains in West Concord, Massachusetts. Also tonight WBZ has its annual best of sports during the 11pm sports segment.