Monthly Archive for November, 2007

Prioritizing RSS Feeds

Now that I’m work­ing full-time (more on that soon), I don’t have as much time to loll about and read every­thing that comes into my RSS read­er. Rather than unsub­scrib­ing from all of the triv­ial stuff, why not cre­ate a “high pri­or­i­ty” label in Google Read­er, and apply it to the “can’t miss” feeds? Matt Wood explains this strat­e­gy on 43 Fold­ers:

Noth­ing wrong with keep­ing a long list of oth­er labels, (sports, nyc, pho­tos, etc.), but by adding this new label, it’s easy to pri­or­i­tize the impor­tant feeds. Then, when I get time, I can catch up on Julia and Jakob.

Thanksgiving 2007

This is why I love thanks­giv­ing – invite some fam­i­ly and friends over, cook a ridicu­lous amount of food, crack open 7–8 bot­tles of wine, and go to town. Lisa has the right idea here:
Drumstick

For our first Brook­lyn Thanks­giv­ing, we invit­ed Lisa’s sis­ter Kel­ly, Rohit, Shane, and Megan, and it was amaz­ing­ly fun. I am thank­ful that every­one could join us in our new home. I’m also thank­ful that Lisa is such a good cook, because it was so tasty.

More pho­tos below the fold. [from iPhone]

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Village Academies/Esquire Event

We attend­ed a fundrais­er for Lisa’s work last night, hon­or­ing Bill Cos­by and oth­ers. It was held in Esquire’s swank Esquire North pent­house on Cen­tral Park North, and the mag­a­zine is also fea­tur­ing Vil­lage Acad­e­mies founder Deb­o­rah Ken­ny in this month’s issue:

In six years, Kenny’s vision has grown into a trio of char­ter schools under the rubric of Vil­lage Acad­e­mies, locat­ed in New York precincts where a mus­cu­lar pover­ty has thrived for gen­er­a­tions. The num­bers alone tell a com­pelling sto­ry. Local­ly, pass­ing rates for sev­enth-grade math hov­er around 30 per­cent. At HVA, the rate is a stun­ning 96 per­cent.

Cast mem­bers from Gos­sip Girl showed up, and Tyler Hilton played a few songs, (who played Elvis in Walk the Line John­ny Cash movie).

midtown office + loved ones

At least the ladies look good – Matt and I have taken better pictures.

More pho­tos below the fold.

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Poster, by Ork Posters

Brooklyn Neighborhood Poster, by Ork PostersI love this typo­graph­i­cal poster of Brook­lyn neigh­bor­hoods, by Ork Posters of Chica­go.

It won’t help me fig­ure out the “offi­cial” bound­aries of Car­roll Gar­dens, but it sure is pret­ty.

[via swiss­miss]

Rooftop Legends

In High School, I was always jeal­ous of oth­er kids who knew exact­ly what they want­ed to do with their life – it took me until half-way through col­lege before I real­ly found my call­ing, which explains my lib­er­al arts degree.

So, I’m amazed that there is a Design High School in the Low­er East Side. It has a pret­ty inter­est­ing mis­sion:

We believe that when stu­dents are engaged in the process of design­ing, they are learn­ing to observe, seek prob­lems, iden­ti­fy needs, frame prob­lems, work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly, explore and appre­ci­ate solu­tions, weigh alter­na­tives, and com­mu­ni­cate their ideas ver­bal­ly, graph­i­cal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly.

And they even invit­ed artists, stu­dents, and staff to cre­ate stree­tart on the roof of the school. Here is a video, from Rock­et­boom:

Very cool stuff.

MUJI & CB2 in Soho

MUJI opening

MUJI opened in Soho yes­ter­day, and if the crowds were any indi­ca­tion, peo­ple are excit­ed. The shop has a nice mix of nice­ly designed inex­pen­sive clothes and house­wares. maxwell­gilling­ham­ryan has a video tour on vimeo.

More pho­tos of MUJI, and the new CB2 store next door, after the jump. [from iPhone]

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U2’s “Wave of Sorrow”

If you look in my iTunes library right now, you won’t find any U2. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have the entire back cat­a­logue. The Joshua Tree was my first CD when I was a kid, I even have Under a Blood Red Sky on vinyl.

But, just because I don’t real­ly lis­ten to them any­more, doesn’t mean that I don’t get a lit­tle excit­ed when some­thing new U2 comes out. In advance of the re-release and remas­tered spe­cial edi­tion of The Joshua Tree, the band has released a video on iLike’s Face­book app where Bono dis­cuss­es an unre­leased track includ­ed on the com­pi­la­tion.

U2 – “Wave of Sor­row”

The sen­ti­ment is mov­ing, but man, I can’t believe the guy sings along to his own record­ing… as ever, Bono strad­dles the line between ego­ma­ni­ac and saint.

[via]

Free Wi-Fi in Midtown

Holy iPhone grail! Who needs to wait for muni-Wi-Fi?

Letterman and the WGA Strike

There were rumors that Jon Stew­art was going to pay his writ­ers through the WGA strike, which turned out to be false. While I’m sure that the Dai­ly Show host sym­pa­thizes, he doesn’t have Let­ter­man mon­ey.

Dave is already los­ing an esti­mat­ed $600k a week in salary, and because he owns the Late Show, CBS has stopped pay­ing his pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny, World­wide Pants. What’s inter­est­ing is that while Dave is shelling out for employ­ees of Pants, much of the show’s tech­ni­cal staff are CBS employ­ees, accord­ing to one blog:

These employ­ees (at least in Los Ange­les) have been on the street since day 1 of the strike. CBS does not want to pay them. They’re like the bas­tard child nobody wants to claim.

So, this thing goes on. Let­ter­man is doing the right thing by his writ­ers and staff – hope­ful­ly this thing will get resolved soon. In the mean­time, the Late Show writ­ers have a strike blog, and Ze Frank has returned to the real­ly small screen to offer his thoughts: strike day, and strike #2.

Crashing an Open House

awkward

A new Robert Scarano “luxury” condo building at 326 State Street, in Boerum Hill.

A week or two ago, I walked past a new Robert Scara­no “lux­u­ry” con­do build­ing at 326 State Street, in the north­ern reach­es of Boerum Hill. This past Sat­ur­day, Tyler and Sarah were down from Boston for a vis­it, and we walked by again – and they were hav­ing an Open House. Why not have a look? [from iPhone]

More below the fold.

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Leopard Upgrade

I final­ly man­aged to upgrade to Leop­ard (OS X 10.5), and over­all it seems like a nice update. Time Machine is still doing its ini­tial back­up, but I can’t help get­ting a lit­tle excit­ed by its super­flu­ous ani­ma­tions… I know that I’m sup­posed to hate it, but who could fault Apple for mak­ing some­thing so hor­ri­bly bor­ing, like back­ups, and inject a lit­tle fun?

Weather.com Web ClipOne inter­est­ing lit­tle tid­bit that I dis­cov­ered, is that iPhone web apps make very nice Dash­board wid­gets. In about 10 sec­onds, I cre­at­ed a Web Clip in Safari of weather.com’s iPhone app. It pro­vides a lot more infor­ma­tion than the stan­dard OS X Weath­er wid­get, and it looks nice.

Keep in mind that not all iPhone apps will work well for this – Pock­et­Tweets, for instance, will only load in Mobile Safari. And, because of the high­er screen res­o­lu­tion on the iPhone, some apps’ font sizes might be too large to be of much use in the Dash­board. But, I think that this exam­ple illus­trates nice­ly the pow­er and sim­plic­i­ty of Web Clips in Leop­ard.

My only real gripes thus far are the translu­cent menu bar, and that Camino’s book­marks bar looks like a franken-mon­ster. I can’t seem to find a cure for this yet, but it’s not jar­ring enough to make me go back to Safari.

The Go! Team

It’s fri­day – time to get ready for the week­end. I final­ly got around to get­ting the new The Go! Team album Proof of Youth, and it’s great. I’m lov­ing the jux­ta­po­si­tion of hiphop, noisy gui­tars, and the mul­ti­c­ul­ti line­up.

Here is a live video:

A short doc­u­men­tary on the band is below the fold.

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A New boston.com

new Boston.com
The new Boston.com

I just noticed that boston.com launched a redesigned site, and it looks very nice. You can read the editor’s redesign note here.

The new look is much wider, open, and eas­i­er to read. The Globe page espe­cial­ly shines, though they could bet­ter dis­trib­ute some of the paper’s con­tent across the columns. (And, I wish that they’d ditch the awful curvy logo for some­thing less whim­si­cal.)

Some sec­tions on the site remain unchanged for now – which, accord­ing to the redesign FAQ, was inten­tion­al:

Dif­fer­ent fea­tures and sec­tions of the site are sched­uled to debut on dif­fer­ent days. While we real­ize that this might be con­fus­ing in the short-term, we’ve stud­ied our options care­ful­ly and believe that the grad­ual switch we have planned will ulti­mate­ly result in a bet­ter user expe­ri­ence.

Err, or that was a lot to roll out at once. Still, great improve­ment.

Surreal

Surreal
They were clean­ing the Broad­way-Lafayette sta­tion last night. It always struck me as a par­tic­u­lar­ly filthy sta­tion, so I sup­pose this is good. But, peo­ple were walk­ing through the suds, slip­ping around – the MTA must have some good insur­ance. [from iPhone]

RSS Updates

I’m doing a lit­tle house clean­ing of this site’s RSS feeds. For a while, I was exper­i­ment­ing with splic­ing in del.icio.us and flickr con­tent along side the weblog posts. Kind of like my own tum­blr hyper­blog­ging exper­i­ment, via RSS.

How­ev­er, after think­ing about it, I’ve decid­ed to lim­it the main RSS feed to only weblog entries. It just makes sense, since a lot of my del.icio.us and flickr con­tent is chan­nelled into expand­ed weblog posts any­way. And, Ricky makes a per­sua­sive case against what he calls hyper­blog­ging. So, the default feed is now just what I put through Word­Press.

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Halloween 2007

In 3D!

We cel­e­brat­ed Hal­loween a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year – by watch­ing Tim Burton’s The Night­mare Before Christ­mas in 3D. Thanks to Bec­ca for the idea, and for get­ting the tick­ets.

I haven’t seen this movie since it came out almost 15 years ago, but it real­ly is an ani­ma­tion clas­sic. The stop motion method looks just as cut­ting-edge and inspir­ing as any­thing done by Pixar in the past few years, and I love the many homages to Beetle­juice and oth­er Bur­ton films, (details here). [from iPhone]

We saw it at the Pavil­ion Park Slope, but I think that it is up in oth­er the­aters around the city this week. More pho­tos below the fold.

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