Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I really never get tired of New York at sunset


September 15: 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Excel = Love

DS Web: Office Sweets: "the world's sexiest excel spreadsheet"

Nature Calls

Earlier this summer, my apartment building finished work on a garden/patio/courtyard thing out back, seen here at its official opening party:

It's lovely...not that I've spent any time there...but I've considered it. Anyway, in the past few nights I've noticed an unmistakeable sound: crickets. Well, possibly just one cricket. But really? Crickets? Is there anything more annoying? In Queens, for god's sake?

This evening I heard something I'm pretty sure was a cicada. Or maybe a Mansquito. It was very unnerving. I live in the city because I don't like nature. I'm all about some oxygen-providing plants in a controlled setting, and the turtle in the pond is cute, but noise-making insects have no place here. Next thing you know we'll have wolves eating housecats and monkeys flinging poo at the windows.

I intend to call management and demand that concrete be poured over the whole mess tomorrow.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

On Twits

I reject the idea that technology has brought a scourge of rudeness to our society. Okay, true, the guy texting or twittering (I refuse to say "tweet," which I acknowledge is just as much an affectation as saying it) while having a conversation with you is probably being more overtly rude than he was before he had an iPhone, but chances are he would have been just as easily – if less noticeably – distracted before. Technology has provided new tools of distraction, but people have always zoned out or doodled during meetings, played Free Cell during conference calls, and read the side of the cereal box at the breakfast table.

Maybe, in a twisted way, it's better now. Now you know the douchebag on his Blackberry in the meeting isn't listening to you and can plan accordingly, whereas before you might have thought he was taking notes when he was really drawing spirals and spaceships.

Also: Oh hai. I've been thinking about blogging again. So, y'know, here's a post. Not a very good one...inauspicious start...