Jan 20, 2009

Obama's Inauguration Speech

I thought the inauguration was pretty interesting. I don’t think that it’ll go down as one of the great speeches of history, but it was good. It started off pretty slow, with a fair amount of rhetoric that didn’t seem to tie together very much, but it picked up toward the middle. I was also struck by a few specific moments.

Dec 29, 2008

My Year In Cities, 2008

Following Jason Kottke’s example, here is the list of cities I visited during 2008, in chronological order.

Dec 12, 2008

New Cars on the C line

The introduction of the R160s is finally making its presence felt in my commute. While none of the lines I regularly ride are getting any of the new cars, the C used to run entirely R38s, which are being retired. So, starting this week, I’ve been riding entirely on R40Ms and R42s (I can’t tell them apart), presumably relocated from the N, Q, W, and other lines that are getting the new 160s.

Dec 7, 2008

Constrictor Available

I’ve worked on Constrictor enough that I feel confident in allowing other people to be exposed to it. Some of the details might not yet be in their final form, but I think it’s in pretty good shape right now. You can check out the Constrictor area of my site to get documentation, which still a bit sparse, or a pointer to the code.

Oct 28, 2008


This site used to be hosted with Drupal, which is a very capable and high-powered content management system. However, I had always felt that it was a bit more complicated than I needed; I didn’t actually know how large portions of it worked, and it had lots of features I had no interest in using but added to the complexity even if turned off.

Feb 5, 2008

London, Day 1, Addendum

I forgot to mention that on Sunday afternoon I also headed over to Buckingham Palace while I was waiting for a room to be made available at my hotel. Perhaps 100 yards away from the palace is the Canadian War Memorial.

Feb 4, 2008

London, Day 1

I have arrived in London, where I’ll be working for two weeks. So far, everything is going well.

Dec 30, 2007

Vacation musings

As I sit here in my parents’ house on the last night before I fly back to New York, gazing into the thick fog that’s settled over the neighborhood, I feel compelled to take stock of my life. The last week has been a really great time, and it’s going to be tough to leave, though I know I have to. Knowing how hard it is on my mom doesn’t help either.

Nov 14, 2007

No More DC Power in NYC

New York City has had direct current electrical service since 1882, but that ended today with the disconnecting of 10 E. 40th Street, the last DC customer in the city. Plenty of systems still use DC, most notably the subway, but ConEd has gradually moved the responsibility for AC/DC conversion to the customers, allowing ConEd to stop delivering DC power off the grid.

Aug 29, 2007

What does this mean to you?

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