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20090227

Stress Purchase: Dell Mini 9

For some reason, the fact that they reduced the price on the dell mini 9 by 50 bucks prompted me to buy one. I'm gonna hackintosh it.



It will be sweet. This will make the 4th mac machine in my house. I'd like to pretend they will still have defined roles in the technology hierarchy of my tiny studio apartment, but that remains to be seen. If anything, this can be my cheap travel laptop that I won't miss when it gets jacked from my hotel room in Brazil.

20090224

some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain that is pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain.

So I got bored and exhausted all my Google reader stories and main page stories, so I got to think about what I do to find the breaking news. There are a lot of sites that let you see the unfiltered upcoming stories, and in some cases vote on them. Obviously there's digg, but digg is awful so I can't stand that. I guess the ones I like so far are:
So far I'm a little disappointed. Reddit links are kind of scary and look potentially NSFW. Buzzfeed Raw is largely spam. Metafilter is kind of like slashdot circa 1999, and Neatorama's upcoming queue is generally very, very boring.

[UPDATE: Uh oh. Buzzfeed Raw just got very NSFW. Back to work with me.]

20090220

Posting for Posts sake

Well I never post on this blog, but with Esther and Alex pimping their link farms like crazy, I figure I might as well bump them.

Maybe I'll follow their lead and start microposting. We'll see.

20090202

Fuck Horse Drawn Carriages


So I guess the big news in NYC is that people are trying to ban Horse Drawn Carriages in NYC for humane reasons. It sounds pretty terrible, the horses are not provided with adequate housing and live in horrible conditions until they are worked to death for the entertainment of tourists.

I oppose horse drawn carriages for a completely different reason. About 6 years ago in midtown manhattan, I was hit-and-ran by a horse drawn carriage driver.


So at the time I was living at 53rd and 8th and had a very short commute, a walk to 50th and 7th. I was standing at the northwest corner of 52nd and 8th, facing east, waiting for a light when this crazy fast carriage going east on 52nd street decided to turn sharply onto 8th avenue at a break-neck speed. While the horse itself didn't hit me, the carriage swung wide and then slammed into my back, knocking me to the ground. I was completely caught off guard, but some passersby were nice and helped me to my feet and kind of told me what happened. The horse carriage had stopped about half a block down the street. One of the people that helped me up suggested that I should get his insurance info just in case. It was probably just the adrenaline, but I got up and felt generally ok, so I went up to him and asked for his insurance as a precaution and he just took off! At that point, we noticed that his license plate area was intentionally obscured with some masking tape.

I went back on my way to work, kind of stunned, but feeling ok; a co-worker asked if I was ok, and I asked why, and he pointed out that the back of my shirt was actually ripped, and my shoulder was starting to visibly swell. It was at this point that I found that I was having difficulty raising my arm above my head, so I decided to just head to the nearby ER.

They did some basic mobility tests and checked out the area and determined that I hadn't broken anything or suffered any serious problems, they just suggested Ice packs and painkillers.

So in the end, it wasn't really that bad other than the emergency room fee, and I was pretty lucky, all things considered. Still, those things are a fucking menace and I'll be happy to see them banned.