Misc blog postings

Misc Postings

Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: November 11, 2018Total: 114

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


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.

December 21, 2003

Christmas Shopping Weekend

This weekend the Malls around New England were very crowded!

Around the Natick and Framingham section of Route 9, traffic looked like Highway 101 in California during the dot com boom. Most of the traffic congestion centered around Shopper's World and the Natick Mall.

The Solomon Pond mall had an bomb scare around 2pm on Saturday and evacuated a parking area in front of the mall. The Mall itself wasn't evacuated.

Bomb scare puts a crimp in shopping

Just before 2 p.m., authorities ordered shoppers back inside J.C. Penney's.

Parking rows 28 through 30 were cordoned off with yellow tape in front of the department store.

Fire officials learned of a suspicious item in the J.C. Penney's parking lot early yesterday afternoon while responding to another matter at the mall, said Deputy Chief Robert Rennie.

While the worries over the item turned out to be a false alarm, shoppers were barred from going to their cars and eventually ordered back in the store while Marlborough and Berlin fire crews called the State Police Bomb Squad to help investigate the suspicious device.

December 17, 2003

First Flight

Internet Exclusive:
AP reported that the first flight re-enactment didn't go off as plan this morning due to heavy rains. This isn't the only time in history this has happened at a century event. It happend in Concord Massachusetts in 1875! During the century celebration it poured and was recorded as a distaster since many key people never showed up. The famous Minuteman Statue was unveiled during the rainy ceremony.
AP Wire: A bald eagle soared into the sky Wednesday, a symbol of flight, as a poncho-clad crowd cheered the 100th anniversary of man's first powered, heavier-than-air flight. But a heavy downpour scuttled plans to re-enact the flight 100 years to the minute after the seminal event.

September 2, 2003

Eagle Car Breakdown

This morning while driving to Harvard Square the car I was driving broke down on route 2. Lucky for me the problem seems to be from a broken water pipe and should be replaceable.