Sunday, December 28, 2008

NYC Alternate Side Parking Calendar in Google Calendar Format

For anyone in NYC with a car, I just created a Google Calendar for the days when you don't need to move your car. I've added the holidays for the first six months of 2009.
Check the widget out here, and there are links to the Calendar in XML, ICAL and HTML format below the widget:




UPDATE: Tom Karlo has a nice site that lets you know whether alternate side parking rules are in effect at IsAlternateSideParkingInEffect.com

Saturday, June 14, 2008

What Are Your Requirements for Happiness?

I’ve been lucky enough to have met, known and interacted with a bunch of different people and personalities over the years. One thing common to all of us is a desire to be “happy”. The most morose person I’ve ever encountered has longed for moments of happiness, even while staring at their black fingernails and listening to old Cure and Nine Inch Nails albums.

I’ve had my battles with depression over time, but I’ve recently relearned that one way I get in the way of my happiness is by having too many happiness pre-requisites. If you’ve ever had the following thoughts, you may know what I mean.

“If I don’t get a front row ticket to this play, it won’t be worth seeing.”
“I need to go to an Ivy, or Wharton for my MBA. or I’m screwed”
“I’d better get some ass when I go out tonight.”

In all these (hypothetical) examples, I’m placing the power and responsibility for my happiness in someone or something outside myself. That’s the same shit that’s got Joe Q. Public mired in debt with no hope of getting out while trying to keep up with the Joneses. So, to paraphrase Peter Gibbons from Office Space, “I uh, I don't like that habit, and, uh, I don't think I'm gonna do it anymore.”

There’s a parable that talks about all the extra steps people place between themselves and happiness. It’s called “The Fisherman and the Banker”. There’s no need to break out your crystals and patchouli, but the next time you have something troubling you, it may be good to ask yourself, “What are your requirements for happiness?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

FEMA gives away 85 million dollars of supplies while Katrina sufferers still need help

This goes into the "I can't make this shit up" category. Straight from CNN.

"FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found.

These items, stored by FEMA, were meant for Katrina victims but were given to state and federal agencies.

The material, from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities, sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency's giveaway to federal and state agencies this year."

In other news, I got a letter from the government the other day. I opened and read it. It said they were suckers!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/11/fema.giveaway/index.html

Saturday, February 16, 2008

New Directions; More Technology

This blog has been around for awhile, but hasn't had much of a direction recently. Although the summary says "music, technology, politics, and random musings", a lot of my music endeavors have been on my radio station, I haven't written too much about technology and/or politics.

The post on the dog having a blog pretty much served as that 1PM in the afternoon, I just left the afterhours spot from the night before walk of shame/moment of clarity.
It's time to step my game up. The four main areas will be technology, music, politics, and entrepreneurship. Why? Because I love technology and music long time, running my own company has become a true passion and way of life, and politics affects me whether I like it or not, so might as well know something about it, right?

So, moving forward, there's going to be more of a discussion about technology. I've been good at finding connections in things that may not seem to be connected as first. Over the years, I've explored several web application stacks, including LAMP, Enterprise Java (not necesarily J2EE), Ruby on Rails, and .Net. My next few technology posts will be focused on the pluses and minuses of the approaches used to solve common development challenges such as coding, testing and deployment.

It's a particularly good time for this kind of post. Beyond the zealots and enthusiasts who scream about the absolute infinite superiority of The Only True Way(tm), there are people who are calmly assessing the merits of each tool, technology, or technique, and adding those tools in their toolbelt to be used in some unexpected places.

Another theme will be the transformation from technology consumer to producer. What do I mean by this? Well, I've been benefiting from the makers of all sorts of open source software over the years, and now it's time to start giving back in whatever form possible, whether through detailed tool feedback, submitting bug reports, or even patches. I'm not a superstar coder delivering manna from heaven, but I'm hoping that making these changes will help me become a better programmer and/or writer. I'll detail those efforts here as well.

Over the next few days, I'll go over how my music coverage is going to change. Wish me luck!