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     By: Philip Gleason
    Hot Summer Wednesday, 07 July 2010 07:03

    the last three days have been over 100

     By: Tanya
    Switching to the G1 Saturday, 08 May 2010 21:01

    So I've had the G1 since Monday, but I haven't had a lot of time to play around with it yet. I did manage to damage the OS within an hour of getting it though (what a dork!). The phone is rooted (jailbroken/hacked) and had a custom ROM (firmware/OS) installed, and the way it was set up part of the OS was on the SD card. I didn't realize this, and formatted the card to install some video files on it. Result=hang on boot! Fortunately the guy that sold it to me told me how to restore it.

    The battery is pretty much toast which was not unexpected, so I ordered 2 new ones on ebay, will be interesting to see what the battery life is like when I get them.

    I'm getting used to the interface, and I think it actually can replace my Treo. The screen is gorgeous. The hardware keyboard is a bit awkward to type on, but I do appreciate having it since I still find onscreen keyboards incredibly annoying to use. There is an onscreen keyboard replacement out there called Swype (where you slide to select letters instead of tapping) which is supposed to be very fast though, so I'll have to check that out. The teeny trackball is great, you can scroll and select with precision (always an issue for me with tiny items on a touch screen, and also avoids selecting an item when you wanted to scroll).

    I'm definitely glad to be moving to the Android OS, I love the Android community--the openness of the OS encourages some great development/apps. Although there is some 'RTFM'-ness, it seems that everyone is very very helpful if you ask nicely.

    One thing that blows though is on T-Mobile branded Android phones, you're forced to switch to their $30 Android data plan. I have a $20 data plan now that *includes* access to hotspots (that's now an additional $10 addon). Although, I found out from howardforums.com that there is a special $20 version of the Android data plan for loyal customers (I've been with t-mo since it was Voicestream so I think I qualify!). So then I would just lose hotspots, but the 2 hrs./day with the Starbucks card should suffice (I know, ugh, Starbucks, but it's a nice perk). I'm just concerned that the Android data plan won't work on the Treo (just in case). I asked t-mo and the rep said it "may not" work, but she didn't seem to be all that clued in, just going by a sheet. Howardforums and @cosmi on Twitter say it should work though, and I trust those guys.

    So I haven't really fully evaluated it yet, but will report back when I do.

    Next step is to upgrade to Cyanogen's Android version 2.1 ROM, woohoo!

    Visiting the USS New York Sunday, 22 November 2009 10:59

    The USS New York, an amphibious transport dock with 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel in her bow, was docked in New York a couple weeks ago for her commissioning. They opened the ship to the public, and since I'm fascinated by all types of boats Philip and I went down to visit her. While I'm anti-war for the most part, I have the ultimate respect for our troops, and it's not every day you get to visit such a vessel.

    It was moving to see her, and it did inspire a sense of pride, but I ended up with very mixed feelings about the experience. I was expecting it to be more about the boat, how it works, how it was built, etc. but it actually turned out to be both a showcase of the equipment on board, and a full-on military recruitment show. I was shocked that they actually let people get on and in all of the vehicles, tanks, aircraft, etc.; I thought security concerns would prevent that. But it was quite fascinating to see it all.

    The part that did bother me was towards the end, there was an area set up with several stations where people (including kids) could handle all the guns! It was very surreal. I'm not a gun control nut, but I found it pretty disturbing. The atmosphere was definitely one of, "Hey kids, look at how much fun it is to be in the military! You get to play with all these great guns!" Hmmmm. Not that I think it's a negative thing to be in the military, it was just so over the top and one-sided.

    I also think the flash animation on the official web site is kind of in bad taste www.navy.mil

    The photos we took are here (I was also surprised they let people take photos of everything!): www.flickr.com

    Paisley Farm CSA Saturday, 20 June 2009 22:45

    I've signed up with the paisley farm CSA (community suppported agriculture): -- basically I've purchased a share of their wonderful crops for this season.

    The first pickup was this last Wednesday, and thanks to this *wonderful* blog post (since I didn't ask at the pick-up, doh) I actually knew what all of the items were: my-first-csa-box.html

    Philip kept asking me 'What did you get?' And I couldn't answer him because I didn't know!

    I was so excited to enjoy the fresh produce, though I do need to figure out a better way to store it -- one night and the lettuces started to get a little wilty. But between Wednesday and Friday we managed to go through most of it! Wednesday we devoured the turnips raw with a bit of salt, then I cooked up the rapini (broccoli rabe) the traditional way (blanched, then sauteed in olive oil with garlic and dressed with salt, pepper, and toasted pine nuts). It was so good, HEAVENLY! Philip also put together a salad with the red leaf lettuce, yum.

    Thursday morning I whipped up an impromptu breakfast saute by cooking up a bunch of bacon and then melding that with onions, cremini mushrooms, some of the chives, the other kale (not the lacinato kale), and a couple eggs -- came out good but not mind-blowing. I should have added some garlic, it makes everything better!

    For a snack we had some prosciutto wrapped up with fresh mint leaves, and dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and ground pepper, tasty!

    For dinner I made this Feta Mint Rice: tinyurl.com/kv3k79 and a medley of the red leaf and romaine lettuces with the usual suspects (carrots, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms). The rice was good, but I had to use 2x the liquid (not sure if that is gas vs. range, but it's what works here), and I would have used a more flavorful cheese -- perhaps bleu?

    On Friday I cooked up the lacinato kale in the same style as the rapini but with the addition of the remaining chives, and served the remaining romaine with cherry tomatoes topped with crumbled up feta.

    The only item I have left is some of the mint, which I popped in the freezer. I've never tasted such strong mint before, LOVE the flavor, it even has a 'heat' like hot pepper. wow! Tasty stuff.

    Can't wait to see what this week will bring! There is a blog for the CSA here: upstatefarmsny.com

     By: Philip Gleason
    Hi Baby, checking the added email feature 2 Sunday, 07 June 2009 11:02

    I have not worked on this site for a long time. this is the first effort. I've added a feature to blogs to send email of any contributions added to the blog to the owner. Also, I've made the portal drop down work after changing it rather then additionally having to refresh the screen.

     By: Tanya
    Afternoon Sail on the 'Manhattan' / Birthday Dinner Tuesday, 28 October 2008 14:48

    To celebrate Philip's 'landmark' birthday and the anniversary of our wonderful third year together, I booked the 'afternoon tea' sail on the beautiful 1920s-style yacht Manhattan yacht_manhattan.html

    You can see some photos from our trip here: tinyurl.com

    We were SO lucky with the weather, it just could not have been better! We boarded the yacht and were greeted by the fabulous crew, and a spread of croissants, pastries, cheese, fruit, scones, bagels, and the most delicious lox platter ever (I was seriously considering asking where they get their lox, it was some of the best I've ever had -- yum)! We settled in, and had a champagne toast (on this trip, your first drink is free, very nice) as the yacht sailed away from Chelsea Piers.

    I just can't say enough about how gorgeous this ship is! It was built in 2005, and it has been impeccably maintained. (And it even has flush toilets!!) Most of the ship is a very comfortable covered cabin, but the bow is open so you can see the sights from outside as well. Definitely a perfect environment for bringing parents or older relatives on a trip, you will be in the lap of luxury! (We had such a fabulous time, but for a little more excitement Classic Harbor Line's schooners are amazing -- check out the photos from our sail last year on Adirondack here: tinyurl.com
    ). I love how all of Classic Harbor Line's ships are small and intimate, no crowds!

    When I booked the trip in late September, I was only really focused on how romantic it sounded and didn't pay too much attention to the exact itinerary. But Philip and I were so thrilled to realize that the ship circled all the way around Manhattan! You are able to see so much more than just a lower Manhattan harbor cruise, including a pass by Spuyten Duyvil: spuyten_duyvil_creek_23.html

    The announcements from the crew I think were perfect, very informative but not intrusive. After we shared a serious bagel nosh, we spent most of the rest of the trip out on the bow savoring the ship, the water, the sights, and the weather, ahhhhhhhhhh!

    After we had been out on the water for a while, the cheese plate was removed and replaced with a lovely tray of sandwiches. But we had already stuffed ourselves with the bagels, so we didn't sample them. But as the cruise neared the end, we hopped back into the cabin and had a croissant and a (wow!) savory cheese scone -- I love scones but I've never had one of those. It was delicious!

    The timing of the trip is perfect for this time of year, 3pm-5:45pm so as you're heading back down the Hudson to Chelsea Piers the sun is starting to set. I said to Philip I could do this every day, lol. Definitely highly recommended, and Goldstar www.goldstar.com
    usually has discount tickets available, what a deal!

    I also took Philip out to dinner for his birthday at The Palm (the original, tinyurl.com
    ), his favorite steak house. This is a REAL, old-school steak house. The ambiance is fantastic, you can tell it's been there for ages and the caricatures on the walls are very cool. The almost butcher-like coats the waiters wear fit right in.

    As far as the food, wow, what can I say? I'm usually drawn to fancy French places, but The Palm's basic dishes were absolute heaven, prepared to perfection and with the best and freshest ingredients. They obviously put a lot of care into the food, it shows! We started with shrimp cocktails and a salad, and I had the surf and turf special (filet mignon with a lobster tail), while Philip had the NY strip steak a la stone (sliced over onions); plus french fries and sauteed green beans with big chunks of roasted garlic, mmmmmm. For dessert we shared an incredible warm molten chocolate cake served with a mound of fresh whipped cream and (real) vanilla bean ice cream. I was SO impressed, I'd love to go back sometime!

    back to the main blog page -> panacea42.com

    "Fringe" Birthday / Bank Woes / R.I.P. Levi Stubbs Monday, 20 October 2008 18:41

    My birthday was two weeks ago and to celebrate, the Saturday before the actual day Philip and I went to dinner at Brasserie 8-1/2 www.rapatina.com , a very cool modern French restaurant in midtown on 57th street in that curvy building with the big orange "9" outside (being a perennial west-sider, I always thought it was an "e", approaching from that direction!).

    The ambiance was fantastic, I felt like I was in a dining room from the incredible Jacques Tati's "Playtime" www.imdb.com -- minus the post-meal destruction, natch. We started off with a celebratory glass of champagne, and shared a lovely French red wine with dinner. The food was wonderful, very modern and delicious. I started with a portobello & goat cheese tart appetizer, which had red and golden beets on the side -- I had never seen golden beets before, they were so tasty! Then for the entree I had the roasted maine halibut -- wow, I have a new favorite fish. This is the second time I've had a delightful halibut dish (the first was at my big favorite Water's Edge in Long Island City); it is *so* rich and flavorful, but not 'fishy fishy' tasting. There were so many flavors going on in this dish, mmmmmmm! My only complaint was they weren't serving a tasting menu, absolutely love those!

    For dessert we shared a frozen banana souffle, which was not actually a souffle, but it was a delicious and refreshing ending to the meal. It was a lovely night, and we decided to have a nightcap at Henry's in our neighborhood -- I of course opting for a port.

    On my actual birthday Philip was working, but I took the day off and (after a trip to the DMV to renew my license, ugh) went out to meet him on the set of "Fringe". I love this show, so I was *so* excited to visit! They were filming a scene in Walter's Lab, with Olivia (Anna Torv), Peter (Joshua Jackson), and my favorite character Walter (John Noble). The process of film making is fascinating to me, so much effort and care goes into it. I've visited a few of the sets of Philip's various jobs, and this one appeared to be the most collaborative -- it seemed that everyone contributed and was respected.

    My big thrill was meeting the wonderful John Noble, who brings Walter to life so brilliantly (and he was *amazing* as Denethor in LOTR!). He was just the sweetest and most gracious person, it was such an honor to meet him. I asked if he was relieved that a potentially embarrassing scene (for him) was written out of the script (I don't want to say what because I suppose they may yet use it in another episode!), and he said (paraphrasing) no, he was disappointed the scene was cut because it would have been one of those quintessential Walter moments people would remember. It was obvious that he not only has an incredible passion for his work, but he exudes such joy from it as well. I just can't say enough good things about him!

    I didn't have a chance to meet Anna or Joshua (I'm always so conscious on a film/tv set of how many hours and how hard everyone is working so I didn't want to impose), but they did seem very down to earth and they are incredibly talented (and Anna is so beautiful -- check out the new TV Guide cover! anna-torv-and-joshua-jackson-on-cover.html). The principals on this show are so well cast. I do wish I could have seen Lance Reddick (Broyles; and he was Lt. Daniels on The Wire! It's so cool that he's a Star Trek fan, he would be a *perfect* Starfleet Captain) and Jasika Nicole (Astrid) too...hopefully another time.

    But is was so wild to be on *that* set in the lab, and observe an actual scene being shot there. Philip took one quick photo of me when they were reversing the shot: tinyurl.com

    But my main birthday 'gift' was being with my sweetheart Philip, the man who gives me so much happiness

    On another subject, my...well, what *was* my current bank Washington Mutual failed almost a year to the day that my previous bank, NetBank failed tinyurl.com
    ...the last paragraph of that post is pretty sad in retrospect

    Philip joked that we should short-sell any bank that I do business with, lol!

    I am somewhat totally freaked about the current economic situation (I realize that may not make sense, but neither does the market)...my gut says it will get much worse before it gets better. But this is uncharted territory for me. Just hope we all make it through ok...

    Another note to say R.I.P. to the incredible Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops, that voice will never be duplicated. I wrote a bit about Levi in a previous post: 10387.html
    Thank you Levi for your enormous talent and spirit, and especially for the absolutely unsurpassable vocals on my favorite song, "Bernadette" Bernadette.mp3
    (I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the late great James Jamerson, what an unbeliveable bass line -- genius!).

    Separated at birth? Saturday, 31 May 2008 08:53

    I finally figured out who Jason Castro reminds me of...Slater in "Dazed and Confused"! "Check ya later..."

    Beauty! Sunday, 24 February 2008 13:13

    It was a fantastic week for nature in New York City this past week, starting with the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday night. I had never seen one, and it was stunning. We could see it right out the front window, luckily it wasn't obscured by the clouds that were around earlier in the evening. We found it interesting that the shadow didn't move linearly over the moon, but moved over it from left to right, then seemed to move away from bottom to top. A wonderful sight!

    Then on Friday we were treated to a gorgeous snowstorm, at least in the morning before it turned to rain (ick). The sidewalks are pretty nasty now, but Central Park is still blanketed with snow.

    Baguette Malfunction Sunday, 14 October 2007 14:32

    Yesterday Philip and I went on our weekly jaunt to Fairway (downtown, but we do the uptown one on occasion) for groceries. As we were checking out, I looked down at our bags and saw the top of a short loaf of bread in the bag. I thought, "That can't be our bag, we didn't buy any bread like that..." Then it dawned on me -- the bagger FOLDED our baguette in HALF and stuffed it in the bag! I was so shocked I didn't say anything, but when we got out of the store I turned to Philip and said, "Did you SEE what she DID??" Argh!

    Ok, I know there are *much* more important things to worry about, but I can't help it -- I was horrified! It was so wrong.

    My bank went belly-up Sunday, 30 September 2007 19:51

    I found out this morning while trying to log into the NetBank web site that my bank of almost 10 years failed and was taken over by the FDIC. This was somewhat disconcerting.

    When I first signed up with them (way back when they were still known as Atlanta Internet Bank) they were offering some pretty cutting edge online features for the time, which I was very interested in -- I even wrote a paper about online banking for a class in the early 90s. Plus their interest rates were fabulous! Over time though, their interest rates eroded along with apparently their business. The sub-prime loan debacle is being touted as a major reason, but other problems such as "poor documentation" were cited -- at a bank?!? Ugh, scary, as is the report that this was the largest US bank failure since the end of the S&L crisis in the early 1990s. It seems this had been brewing for a while, and I'm embarrassed to say I had no idea (I"m usually pretty anal about these things, especially financial). This timeline of the rise and fall: netbanktimeline.html is pretty interesting.

    ING Direct has picked up the insured (thank you FDIC!) NetBank accounts, and insured funds should be accessible through all usual means for the time being (ATM, checks, etc.) which is a relief. However, the time that the website is due to be open again for transactions keeps getting pushed back -- first 5pm today, then 7pm today, then 11pm today...hmm. I was concerned whether my Amex bill payment had gone through since it wasn't shown as deducted from my account balance, but Amex already received it. I actually already have an ING savings account due to their previously fabulous interest, but their 'checking' account doesn't offer actual checks so I can't see keeping my 'checking' money there. Don't get me wrong, I'm an online girl as much as possible, but sometimes you really need to write an actual check right away, not wait for it by mail or whatever.

    Fortunately I already have a free checking account with Washington Mutual, since I always found it advantageous to have a local checking account. It comes in handy on those occasions when you need something bank-related the same day, like a bank/certified check. And it turns out their savings account, when linked to a checking account, yields 5% -- more than I was getting at NetBank or that I'm getting at ING. Maybe there's hope for brick-and-mortar banks yet...

    My sentiments exactly Saturday, 15 September 2007 13:39

    I saw this in the subway and just had to capture it...

    Misc stuff... Friday, 07 September 2007 17:55

    So I'm at it again with the Apple upgrades, this time it was Philip's iPod Mini which was suffering from the infamous iPod battery death. I ordered a battery replacement kit from iPod Battery Depot: www.ipodbatterydepot.com which was inexpensive, twice the capacity of the original, and came with tools to open up the case. Good deal. It wasn't too difficult, but I did forget to put the screws back in at first (duh), and I don't like that the top and bottom of the case are stuck on with adhesive. It worked though, and the higher capacity makes a noticeable difference.


    I really enjoyed the first season of "Flight of the Conchords", some of the episodes were uneven but some were *so* funny. I think my favorite parts were the "Too Many Mother Uckers" bit, the Serge Gainsbourg parody (I love Serge!), and the "Leggy Blond" IT girl bit. Their parodies are spot on, totally hysterical. And I saw some cool cameos too, Daryl Hall was in one episode, and there was John Turturro(!!!), one of my favorite actors, at the end of another one. Great stuff.


    Last night Philip and I attended a preview screening of the pilot episode of "New Amsterdam": www.fox.com
    a series starting mid-season on Fox which Philip has been working on. Since he's been doing 24 frame playback he's not needed on the set every day, so we were lucky enough to be able to go. I really enjoyed the show, it reminds me a little bit of "Highlander": imdb.com
    but "New Amsterdam" is less sci-fi/fantasy and more drama. Having said that, there are some pretty nifty effects, which should be spiffed up by the time of the actual broadcast.

    Some of the cast members and the executive producers attended, and they had a panel-type discussion after the screening. Zuleikha Robinson (most recently "Gaia" in Rome, she was fabulous in that) who's playing Eva Marquez in the series was there -- she's adorable, and seems like a total sweetheart. She said she loves living and working in New York (cool), but that people have come and knocked on her door I was surprised by that, NYC locals don't tend to do those type of things -- they must have been tourists! Stephen Henderson who plays Omar was also there, his character had all the best lines (imho) and he was just as entertaining talking on the panel. I've seen him off-broadway as Pontius Pilate in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" (in which one of my faves, Eric Bogosian, played the devil), and he was great in that as well.

    After the panel they had a cocktail party in the lobby outside the theater, which was at New World Stages (a very cool space) in Worldwide Plaza right next to where I worked for Ogilvy & Mather in my first NYC job. I sampled a delicious crab cake hors d'oeuvre along with a 'Knickerbocker' (vodka gimlet), and we had a chance to chat with one of Philip's co-workers and his lovely girlfriend. I thought the "New Amsterdam" tee shirt the bartender was wearing was very cool, it had the "I NY" logo but it said "I NA" instead.

    We made it a relatively early night since Philip is back working on "Damages": imdb.com
    today. We love watching that series, it's fascinating and it has so many layers. We also just started watching "Californication" and "Mad Men" -- geez, I'm making it sound like all I do is watch tv shows! "Californication" has a lot of...well...fornication. And it seems to be a 'boobies only' show, so no joy for the ladies...hrmph. Equal time I say, equal time! (And no, a man's chest is not equivalent to a woman's chest, otherwise a show having a man's bare chest would have the 'contains nudity' flag on it.) Anyway, the show is good but not great, but they do explore some interesting themes so I'm going to stick with it for now. It does make me wonder if L.A. people are really that...bizarre? Maybe I'm just too 'east coast'...hmmm.

    "Mad Men", about 60s-era Madison Avenue ad execs, is pretty good -- I enjoyed it, but lots o' sexual themes in that too. I've observed that many series pack a lot of sex in the first few episodes, ostensibly to draw people in, then it cools off somewhat (unlike "Rome" which had sex all over the place, lol, and probably HBO's new series "Tell Me You Love Me", starting this weekend -- planning to check that out too).

    Helpful Hint Thursday, 23 August 2007 18:35

    Never watch a show about pandemics ( tinyurl.com ) while riding on the New York City subway.

    (Posted with apologies to the subway, despite the recent flood difficulties I still believe it's the best way to get around Manhattan!)

    Quote of the week Monday, 13 August 2007 19:50

    (with apologies to my employers)

    "There are too many lawyers in this world, and not enough bartenders." --Will

    Steam Pipe Refugee & Subway Flood Saturday, 11 August 2007 14:02

    It's been a rough few weeks in Manhattan. Don't get me wrong, I still love love love the city, but some recent events have been hard to deal with.

    On the evening of July 18th, I left work at 370 Lexington around 5:45pm, a little later than my usual 5:30. A while after arriving home, Philip's sister Mary called to say there was a steam pipe explosion at 41st and Lexington, *right* next to where I work. We checked out the tv coverage and saw the mayhem, but I didn't get a sense of the full extent of the damage. It looked bad enough though that I called my co-workers to let them know what happened.

    As the evening wore on, the severity of the event became more apparent and by the morning the company I work for announced we would be closed. We have people in 2 buildings other than 370 Lex and all 3 were in the 'frozen zone'. Details were still sketchy, but as the day wore on it seemed likely that the offices would be closed again on Friday. This actually turned out well for me, since it gave Philip and I an opportunity to get a head start on his high school reunion weekend (more on that in another post). We had a ball that weekend, but as Monday approached the situation at the office was still unclear. It seemed that my building would definitely be closed, but our main location may be open in which case I was to report there. The final word that night was it was expected we would be closed on Monday, since we were still in the frozen zone.

    Monday morning arrived bringing a horrible rainstorm, and there was still no update on the office. But later that morning they put out the word that our main location would be open, so I headed for the office in the downpour, having no idea where they were going to put us. The area was a complete mess, giving me my first inkling of how much damage occurred. When I got there many people had still not made it in. A couple of my co-workers arrived and we were assigned to one conference room, and then another. This first day was very discombobulated since we had no access to any of our paperwork, computers, etc. We did our best trying to set up the conference room for work, but we were still assuming we would only be there a few days.

    My office at 370 Lex is on the 8th floor on the Lexington side, the side closest to the blast. I had heard there were some windows blown out in the area, so after work I got as close as I could to the building to see what it looked like. I was shocked to see that about 80% of the windows on that side of the building were boarded up, all the way to the top of the building. My desk is right next to the window so I was starting to feel very freaked out that I had left the office only 10 minutes before the blast. (You can see a small shot of the building above.)

    Every day the area is cleared a bit more, but there is still a huge amount of equipment and blockades in the area. Over the last few weeks they have ripped up and covered over several streets in the surrounding blocks...I have no idea what they're doing it for. Aside from 9/11 (which was obviously incredibly worse), I haven't seen this type of disruption in Manhattan since moving here in 1993. I had no idea a steam pipe could cause so much destruction.

    As the days passed, we realized that it would be weeks, if not months before we would be able to get back into 370, and we still have no idea how much (if any) of our equipment, paperwork, etc. survived. Working out of a conference room has been a little tough, the worst of it being having to recreate all of the paperwork we no longer had access to, and battling a general sense of disorientation. But I've been so impressed by how my co-workers and I have pulled together to keep our department running.

    They have started moving people back into 370, but only the 15th floor and above. A report on NY1 News says that they hope to get the rest of the tenants back in by the end of the month, but I have to admit I'm not very optimistic. (You can see the news story here, which includes a video news report: www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?&aid=72418&search_result=1&stid=8# )

    So after dealing with those conditions for a few weeks, this past Wednesday I was woken up by a violent thunderstorm. It didn't seem too out of the ordinary though, and it seemed to pass quickly. However, when I left for work I saw about 25 people waiting for the bus, at a stop which is normally devoid of people. Hmmm...I went down into the subway where the board in the subway booth announced delays on all lines. It was quite chaotic so I decided to go back home to figure out what was going on. It turned out that the storm (which also caused a tornado in Brooklyn!) had dumped so much rain on the city in such a short amount of time that the entire subway system had flooding problems. Great.

    I called my boss and then headed out again, uncertain as to what to do. First I tried the B/C downtown. There was a train in the station, but after waiting about 15 minutes for it to move I decided to try the 1. Well, that wasn't running at all. So I started walking south from 104th Street, figuring I could pick up a bus or something on the way. The heat and humidity were awful, but I found it tolerable as long as I could stay in the shade. I saw no downtown buses all the way to 59th Street! At Columbus Circle I bought a lemonade and carried on. At that point the subways were starting to come back, but they were still delayed so it didn't seem to make sense to try them.

    I finally arrived at work close to 11am, feeling pretty exhausted. I do walk home from time to time, but I think the heat just took all the energy out of me. I had experienced a line or two getting flooded in the past, but I was surprised that flooding could cause such widespread delays.

    Thankfully service was pretty much back to normal by the time I left work, and I'm hoping this will be the last of the NYC infrastructure failures for a very long while!

    Mac Mini 2MB Upgrade Sunday, 29 July 2007 12:40

    Philip and I got an Intel-based Mac Mini recently, for the *WOW* price of $50 -- courtesy of Philip's airline miles plus a rebate. The standard memory of 512MB did not seem sufficient though, especially since there's a possibility Philip will be using the Mac Mini for his work in the film business. I found a 2GB memory upgrade at Other World Computing: eshop.macsales.com for around $100, and they had good reviews from the Mac community so I went for it.

    Being the geek I am, I was excited by the challenge of doing the upgrade myself, even considering the many posts on the internet declaring that this is not a trivial upgrade. I primarily used the very helpful instructions here: 1008276.html . They served me well, with two exceptions. One is that the 'package' that you have to flip up, including the optical drive and hard drive, to expose the memory slots has a daughterboard connector into the bottom section. Since I didn't know it was there and needed to be plugged in, when I turned the Mac on to test the RAM I got the dreaded question mark folder. Upon further inspection I realized I hadn't pressed down hard enough for the connector to re-seat.

    The other thing was screwing the chassis back down -- three of the screws are recessed, but only two have a full 'collar' around the screw hole. The other one is open around the inside, so when I dropped the screw in, it just fell to the side inside the case. The two parts retrievers we had were too bulky to get into the recessed area, and the two screw holders Philip has (that hold the screw by inserting into the slots on the head of the screw) were too big for the teeny screw. I was finally able to get it back in by putting the mac mini on its side and gingerly nudging the screw into place.

    Taking the case off was not as tough as I expected and I managed to leave the case scratch-free, but it did require some prying with a putty knife It came off fairly easily, with a minimum of the creaking and popping noises described in the instructions. I had no trouble putting the case back on, it just popped back into place.

    A successful upgrade, and we're getting a whopping $8 back from Other World for sending them the 512MB removed to make room for the new RAM.

    Deep Freeze Monday, 05 February 2007 13:26

    After having such a mild first half of the winter here in NYC, a day like today is a shock, with the temperature reaching -7 with the wind chill -- brrrr! There still has hardly been any snow though

    A lot has changed since the last blog I wrote almost a year ago. Sadly I got divorced, but Bob is a good person and we're still friends.

    I feel very lucky to have Philip in my life, a wonderful man who makes me incredibly happy. He's even gotten me into cooking and grocery shopping! Some photos from a cruise we took in May 2006 are here: 1177

    My blog is now hosted on his web framework, and I'll be migrating my old entries over. In the meantime, you can read the old stuff here: www.livejournal.com

    I'm now living back on the Upper West Side; I liked living in the West Village but I did miss the UWS.

    Well, this is going to be a short entry but I'm going to try to post more frequently, at least more than once a year!