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August 2008
Mon, Nov. 5th, 2007 10:45 am

hanging out by the fire, originally uploaded by katrinkles.

The Westcotts came down to Brooklyn for a visit this weekend. Adventures were had. Food was eaten. Pictures were taken (this one's Katy's, mine are pending). And I now have a fancy new fireplace in my living room, thanks to the advice of my father. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.

Next step: Exotic Fish Aquarium.


Wed, Oct. 31st, 2007 10:51 am

Happy Halloween from a Musketeer, a Mouseketeer, and a 3 Musketeers bar.

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Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 12:13 am

I dunno, it's not as exciting when there's no curse to be broken. Plus I'm a little sad that it was a shut-out and the series didn't go on longer. But hey, it's still pretty exciting. And now I can go back to not caring about sports for another year.

Go Sox!


Thu, Oct. 25th, 2007 01:59 pm

I'm consistently amazed by Randall Monroe's ability to invent clever fictions in XKCD that ultimately wind up weaving their way into the (admittedly already thin) fabric of Internet reality. First, there were the random ones: Cory Doctorow in a cape, Richard Stallman's katana. Then the author himself got into the game, hosting comic-inspired sites here and there, like WetRiffs.com and chess on roller coasters. Arguably the most impressive example, though, is the recent meetup in a Cambridge park attended by hundreds (but sadly not myself) who, apparently without any other motivation, showed up at a date, time and location that was mentioned in a strip, just for the heck of it.

I found another one today that, while not exactly based in fiction, is still pretty cool: A Homeland Security-sponsored research project with the purpose of mapping the Internet got the idea for its data visualization algorithm from XKCD's map of the IPv4 spectrum. Be sure to check out the photos of their printout of the map (and their prideful pushpin-mark at its 'center').

All further proof that nerdy-as-hell is the new cooler-than-cool.

(Any examples I'm forgetting?)

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Tue, Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:58 pm

I have reached new heights in train nerdery.

Specifically, my numerous Amtrak trips between New York and Boston this year have put me in Amtrak's Select membership tier, meaning I now earn even more points now for using Amtrak. Oh, and I get free luggage tags.

What's even more exciting, though, is that the Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card has finally been resurrected through Chase, so I'm back to earning train points for my consumerist habits. I also got a hefty point bonus just for signing up for the card, putting my point balance at a whopping 27,222 as of this writing.

Some of you may recall my free trip to Chicago this spring, which cost 20,000 points. This time I'm aiming for 35,000 points, which I'm thinking of cashing in on a free sleeper car to Arizona, via the Crescent and Sunset Limited (which includes a 16-hour layover in New Orleans). At this rate, that may happen as soon as January.

I'm excited.

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Current Mood: giddy


Sat, Oct. 20th, 2007 06:25 pm

My bike hasn't been doing so hot as of late. I had the wheels trued in August after a wipeout back in Boston left them somewhat wobbly, but that repair was effectively undone in September when I hit a motorist in Chinatown as he pulled out of his parking spot into my lane. Also in September, I broke through the few remaining strands of my rear brake cable after attempting to tighten it (no wonder it was so spongy). I've been meaning to pick up a replacement cable, but it's been easier to just take the train, and I've been lazy. Oh, and I can't forget to mention that both my pedal crank arms are bent from the aforementioned accidents.

Anyway, despite all its problems I decided to ride my bike to Andy's today to play some Halo 3. It's been a nice day, and we're not supposed to have many more of those (though the way things are going, that's hard to say for sure). I even filled the tires with air at the Mobil station near my apartment on the way out. Somewhat surprisingly in retrospect, I made it all the way to Andy's place in Crown Heights and we had an enjoyable afternoon of shooting and death.

A couple hours into the mayhem, though, we heard a loud bang out in the street. Being in Crown Heights, we naturally assumed it was gunfire and shrugged it off. It wasn't until later when I attempted to leave that I realized that it wasn't gunfire, but actually the explosion of my front tire that caused the noise. (I forgot to mention that there's been a bulge in that tire for some time now). Needless to say, I'm not at all surprised, but I am glad it didn't happen while I was riding. I'm going to try to take it to Dixon's in the Slope tomorrow for some much-needed repairs. Who knows; there may still be plenty of good riding days left in 2007.


Mon, Oct. 8th, 2007 10:11 pm

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Tue, Jul. 31st, 2007 01:52 pm

And the weather turned out to be awesome. You should go look at some pictures. These are my favorites:

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Fri, Jul. 27th, 2007 12:01 pm

So Mike and I are hiking the Northern Presidentials this weekend. So far the weather looks less than spectacular, but I'll be bringing a poncho and plenty of dry clothes, and assuming we can dodge the lightning bolts we should make it out alive. In case no one hears from us by Tuesday, though, here's a Google map of the route we plan to take, so you know where to send the search party.

(Alternatively, we have the option of taking a shuttle from Appalachia to Marshfield Station if it's deemed too dangerous to spend all of day 2 above treeline. We'll see.)

Wish us luck.

Current Music: Tortoise


Wed, Jul. 25th, 2007 01:52 am
Last night I dreamt that I was back in college, with a combination of my Emerson friends and various coworkers who are similar to me in age. They were all in groups, three of them total, and each group was presenting some sort of creative project to a large audience of older (well dressed?) people in a large auditorium. And I was in charge of the slide projector.

I woke up with a headache and a sadness that I haven't been able to shake all day.

On an unrelated note, I've decided that I'm moving to New York in September. If all goes well, I'll be living with Alden (my old boss from WERS), Evan (my friend since the womb), and another gentleman whose name I will withold pending notification of his current roomates. The Big City may or may not help me find a creative outlet to ease my desire for a sense of self worth, but it will definitely proide me with ample opportunities for exploration, and that will at least keep me busy in the meantime.

We'll see.