Monthly Archive for March, 2006

links for 2006-03-29

  • Google com­bines job list­ings from around the web, in a search­able, map­pable, friend­ly Google inter­face
    (tags: Google jobs maps)

links for 2006-03-28

Hosted Gmail

Hosted GmailThis is fan­tas­tic — I’ve set­up Host­ed Gmail for our old domain, suckahs.org, and it’s work­ing fan­tas­tic. I wish that I could use this at work, rather than Exchange/Outlook.

There are some nice account man­ange­ment func­tions, and you can cre­ate 25 accounts for free. They even allow you to upload a cus­tom logo in place of the stan­dard Gmail logo. Go sign up.

links for 2006-03-23

Hockey East Champs

Hockey East ChampsMy alma mater Boston Uni­ver­si­ty clinched the Hock­ey East Cham­pi­onship this past Sat­ur­day, win­ning in 2–1 OT against Boston Col­lege. Now, they’re off to the NCAA tour­na­ment, ranked #1 in the nation. They haven’t done that since 1997, when I was a sopho­more, and had noth­ing bet­ter to do on Fri­day nights than go watch the games.

And, if that wasn’t enough, a guy who played on that 1997 team, Chris Drury, is cap­tain­ing my home­town Buf­fa­lo Sabres this sea­son. They’re near the top of the con­fer­ence stand­ings, and one of the most excit­ing young teams to watch. We’ve got seats at the Gar­den for Sat­ur­day night’s matchup with the Bru­ins.

BC sucks!

links for 2006-03-20

  • A free appli­ca­tion launch­er for Win­dows… I’ve been using Can­dy­Labs’ AppRock­et, but it seems to hog a lot of mem­o­ry. So, I’m giv­ing Launchy a try. [via]

links for 2006-03-18

No SXSW, but…

OK, so I’m jeal­ous of all of you SXSW’ers out there… my Flickr Con­tacts feed has been full of SXSW antics… next year, I must go, (yea I’ve been say­ing that for years).

Metric

possessed

Mean­while, back here in Boston, I’ve seen a cou­ple of good shows. First up was Met­ric, at the Roxy, on March 7th. If you have the chance to see them on this tour, do your­self a favor and get a tick­et. I’m not the only one who is impressed.

They’ve got the best front­woman in Rock n’ Roll right now, (step aside Karen O), and are musi­cal­ly pret­ty tight. They played for about two hours, and invit­ed chaos for secu­ri­ty at the end of the set, when they wel­comed audi­ence mem­bers up on stage. Then, Emi­ly dashed into the crowd for an impromp­tu meet-n-greet, which is some­thing I have nev­er seen at a rock show. Bra­vo!

Reverse

Ian

The oth­er show was this past thurs­day, at the Mid­dle East UpstairsReverse, Scam­per, and a cou­ple oth­er bands. Reverse is also very musi­cal­ly tight, and pret­ty roc­ki’… and, our work­mate Ian is the singer/guitarist, so it was nice to come out and sup­port him. We’ve seen Scam­per before, open­ing for Kay Han­ley, and I have to say that I enjoy them. They def­i­nite­ly fit the tra­di­tion­al “Boston” Indie pow­er-pop sound, which I appre­ci­ate.

Back-Bay Apple Store, Part II

Boston Apple Store DesignSome details are final­ly start­ing to emerge sur­round­ing Apple’s plans for the con­struc­tion of a sig­na­ture Flag­ship retail store in the Back Bay, Boston. IfoAp­ple­Store reports that ren­der­ings of the pro­posed design have leaked (see left), and that the back­ward-look­ing Back Bay Archi­tec­tur­al Com­mis­sion has seri­ous mis­giv­ings about the 3-sto­ry mod­ern glass struc­ture.

This is a shame… our won­der­ful­ly acer­bic alter­na­tive news­pa­per, The Week­ly Dig, said it bet­ter than I can:

Putting aside the men­tal gym­nas­tics it takes to believe that one glass build­ing would destroy the neigh­bor­hoody feel­ing of a three-lane boule­vard that hosts a mall, a con­ven­tion cen­ter and the city’s sec­ond-tallest tow­er, Apple’s run-in with the BBAC rais­es a more imme­di­ate ques­tion: Is a cabal of frigid elit­ists sti­fling Boston’s growth while they defend some bull­shit Brah­min con­cep­tion of what an ex-land­fill should look like?

I sym­pa­thize with those urban plan­ners and crit­ics who reject the strip-mal­l/­park­ing-lot 20th-cen­tu­ry method of devel­op­ment — God knows, Boston is as pedes­tri­an-friend­ly as any city in North Amer­i­ca, and we’re bet­ter for it. But, there are many exam­ples of new projects designed to mim­ic the look of 19th-cen­tu­ry Boston, with­out suc­ceed­ing in pre­serv­ing any sense of neigh­bor­hood cohe­sion. One glar­ing exam­ple of this is the mam­moth Hotel Com­mon­wealth, in Ken­more Square, which I’ve com­ment­ed on in the past. That build­ing has as much “old-world charm”, as a 1970s-era French Tudor style sub­ur­ban tract home.

Mandarin Oriental BostonWhat I find strangest of all, is that this is a rel­a­tive­ly small par­cel of land we’re talk­ing about. Con­sid­er that on the very same block, across the street, Man­darin Ori­en­tal is build­ing a huge hotel, in front of the Pru­den­tial Tower/Mall, at street-lev­el.

If one of these devel­op­ments is going to change the char­ac­ter of the neigh­bor­hood, I’d wor­ry more about that project.

links for 2006-03-16

  • Seems like a straight­for­ward resource for recruit­ing Voice Tal­ents for var­i­ous lan­guages… the Tal­ents pay a mem­ber­ship fee to the site, so there is no com­mis­sion or fees for clients. And, many tal­ents have access to their own stu­dios, which is a nice ou
  • Anoth­er recruit­ment tool for Voice Tal­ents… The free client mem­ber­ship only allows you to man­age 1 job — the full mem­ber­ship costs $99/yr.

Lockdown

lockdownThanks Zooomer & OpenID… I signed up for you this morn­ing, and Google sus­pend­ed my Gmail access:

Lock­down in sec­tor 4!

Our sys­tem indi­cates unusu­al usage of your account. In order to pro­tect Gmail users from poten­tial­ly harm­ful use of Gmail, this account has been dis­abled for up to 24 hours.

If you are using any third par­ty soft­ware that inter­acts with your Gmail account, please dis­able it or adjust it so that its use com­plies with the Gmail Terms of Use. If you feel that you have been using your Gmail account accord­ing to the Terms of Use or oth­er­wise nor­mal­ly, please con­tact us using this form to report this prob­lem.

Fan­tas­tic… I fail to see how Flickr has some catch­ing up to do, if Zooomer can’t man­age to authen­ti­cate me with­out frack­ing up my email!

Now, it’s a wait­ing game. Any­body else have this prob­lem?

UPDATE: 2 hours lat­er, and I’m back in busi­ness…

UPDATE 2: Well, I’m pret­ty sure that Zooomer is the cul­prit. I tried to login to the ser­vice, using my Google (Gmail) account, and I was imme­di­ate­ly locked out again. Frack you, Zooomer!

Lockdown2

links for 2006-03-15

Yea, New York

hang onWe had a nice week­end in NYC… thanks Jen­na, Bec­ca, Jason, Matt, & Sharon.

Some obser­va­tions:

  • Saw Mill Park­way is still the best path into the City. I love dri­ving by Read­ers Digest HQ.
  • Bloody Marys are bet­ter when hand-made.
  • I can’t rec­om­mend the food at 7A. Or the ser­vice.
  • Don’t let your high school friends tack­le you in the mid­dle of Tomp­kins Square Park… your clothes will end up dirty.
  • I could spend every day in the Lotus Lounge on Clin­ton St… Cof­fee, Beer, wi-fi.
  • Star­foods has no oth­er cus­tomers at 7:30pm on a sat­ur­day night… creepy.
  • Jason is a crazy MF, for almost walk­ing us into the Armory Art Show on Pier 92, with lit­tle more than a piece of paper in his pock­et. Keep your eye on that one.
  • I love the way delis in New York wrap up your cof­fees in a paper bag. So kind…
  • Fat Sal’s had a good slice.

Spring?

warm

It’s a nice day out!

links for 2006-03-09

  • CL2 is close­ly, very close­ly, inte­grat­ed with Gmail. It includes now-stan­dard web 2.0 fea­tures — Ajax, sub­scrip­tion feeds for inte­gra­tion with iCal and oth­er desk­top cal­en­dars, event cre­ation, search, shar­ing, noti­fi­ca­tions (includ­ing SMS) and more.”
  • I can’t imag­ine actu­al­ly ditch­ing Google for a Microsoft search prod­uct, but I must say that I am impressed with the Image Search func­tion­al­i­ty — using AJAX, they mim­ic the iPhoto/Picasa thumb­nail view.

links for 2006-03-07

(Re) Launches

It’s the end of a week, so I thought that I’d note a few new things that I’ve seen this week.

First, Anna just launched Door Six­teen, which will doc­u­ment the ren­o­va­tion and restora­tion of the late-1800’s brick row­house just bought in New­burgh, NY. I used to read her old blog, Absolute­ly Vile, every day, so I’m glad to see that she’s back.

Veer­le launched her redesigned blog this week, using Expres­sion Engine and a whole lot of mag­ic. A com­plete, beau­ti­ful piece of work, which makes my blog feel com­plete­ly inad­e­quate and irrel­e­vant.

Last and cer­tain­ly not least, Todd, (of the local food blog Eat and Destroy,) moved his old beansareevil.com domain to the new, (and apt­ly named), ScootAndDestroy.com. (Nev­er­mind that he pre­vi­ous­ly moved to beansareevil.com, from foodtastesgood.com — make your freak­ing mind up, Todd…). He’s got some great scoot­ing videos, the famous Peeps video, and a new fea­ture — silk-screened T-shirts!