Monday, December 31, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Welcome to Winter

It would appear that Old Man Winter has arrived early this time around. Normally, we don't see these type of temps until January.

clipped from www.weather.com

Sunny
8°F
Feels Like
0°F
Updated Dec 18 07:00 a.m. ET

blog it

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Boston University


Accepted! Jeremy and I recently recieved word that he has been accepted into Boston University's MS/MBA program, which is a Masters of Science in Information Systems and a Masters in Business Administration program . We are excited about the news. Stick a bow on THAT and put it under the tree!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Snow Storm

I took these pictures in twenty minute intervals starting 20 minutes after it started snowing at around 12:30 this afternoon. I will update with more pictures once I take a few more.

Monday, December 10, 2007

iPhone

I have been researching the iPhone and watching numerous YouTube videos about this new and exciting piece of technology. Some of you may know that the iPhone only supports web standards (HTML, java....). Flash is not considered a standard at this point, therefore the iPhone doesn't support it. How many sites (especially sites for music and technology) do you know that don't use Flash?

Here is the Apple ad:



I found this video and I thought it was funny:



Perhaps the illusive "iPhone 2.0" will have Flash support and have a removable battery and work on the 3G network and ...... and .......

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The First Snow

We had our first snow today.
It brings with it a feeling of tranquility and peace. It also brings a hope that it will snow enough for me to be sent home from work :).
Winter is approaching and we are getting very excited for the holidays. I look forward to spending time with my family.
Shout Out to the Fam!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Lars and the Real Girl

Last night we went to see "Lars and the Real Girl". I knew I needed to get out and see it eventhough it is not a blockbuster, and I was right. The movie was the perfect combination of sweet, quirky and armchair psychoanalysis to keep you interested. I never knew I would cry over a man and his love for a doll, but I did, and you should too.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stop Signs

Does anyone know how to use a stop sign in Massachusetts?!! I have composed the following letter to express my feelings on the matter, with a full awareness of the possible offense to my Massachusetts family and friends. But as you will read they probably all hate Massachusetts drivers as much as I do.
Dear Massachusetts Driver,

Allow me to shed some light on the topic of proper stop sign use, as required by the law of your commonwealth. (Rants about Massachusetts as a commonwealth as apposed to a state are reserved for a later post.)

When approaching an intersection controlled by a stop sign, operators of a vehicle must bring that vehicle to a full and complete stop within five feet behind the stop line. The position of the stop sign and also the pedestrian cross walk have no bearing on where operators are required to stop their vehicles. To gauge a complete stop, I use the roll back test. Once the vehicle has stopped all forward motion there will be a slight roll back of the chassis. Also of note, stopping before the five foot mark dose not constitute proper use of the stop sign, because the vehicle has not technically reached the stop line. To bring this point to the extreme, a driver could bring their vehicle to a full and complete stop 30 feet prior to the stop line and then proceed directly through the intersection. The opposite is also not within the laws of the road. Stopping past the stop line is the same as running the stop sign entirely. Not only that, it also throws off the timing of every other driver at that intersection. Once a driver is inside the intersection, their turn is forfeited and they must now wait until the other driver concedes right of way. Now that we have clarified what stopping is and how it should be done, let us talk about right of way.

Right of way at a four way stop intersection belongs to the operator who is first to come to a full and complete stop. If two vehicles do this at the same time, a driver must yield to the vehicle on the right. If the two vehicles are across the intersection from one another, only if one of the vehicles is turning left would that driver who is turning left need to yield to the other driver. If in all four directions drivers bring their vehicles to full and complete stops behind the stop line at the exact same time (highly unlikely), then the right of way is decided by courtesy and a wave or other acknowledgment of yielding. In Massachusetts this wave is usually performed by showing the other either the back of the hand or an upside down fist, but in both cases only the middle finger is extended while the others are curled in.

If a vehicle operator can not sufficiently see around a corner after making a full and complete stop behind the stop line, that operator may then proceed slowly into the intersection until the field of vision is adequate to judge whether another vehicle, who may have the right of way, is approaching.

Motorcycles must abide by the same rules and should be given the same respect as a four or more wheeled vehicle. That means you can't cut me off just because I look less intimidating on my two wheeled vehicle _insert expletive, or derogatory term here_.

Sincerely,

Me, a non-Massachusetts driver, who happens to know the laws about stop signs and their use.


Ps. For those of you aspiring to drive like a Massachusetts driver there are two main points you will need to learn. Forget about right of way and yielding and make sure that you and only you are the first to get through the intersection at all times. Also, forget your current form of waving and study the art that is “flipping the bird”.


Merging will also be covered in a later lesson post.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Joy

About 7 or 8 years ago my friend Lucas (holla) gave me the Twin Peaks box set as a Christmas gift. All episodes in their freakish glory in one beautiful box set. I loved it so much that eventually the tapes were rendered useless with wear and time and are now just tucked away in the attic looking pretty. I just discovered that there has been a Twin Peaks gold edition released. Oh the joy. "Special Agent Dale Cooper we shall reunite again soon!".


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Political Compass

Where do you fall on the political compass?


"Welcome to The Political Compass™ There's abundant evidence for the need of it. The old one-dimensional categories of 'right' and 'left', established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly of 1789, are overly simplistic for today's complex political landscape. For example, who are the 'conservatives' in today's Russia? Are they the unreconstructed Stalinists, or the reformers who have adopted the right-wing views of conservatives like Margaret Thatcher ? On the standard left-right scale, how do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi? It's not sufficient to say that Stalin was simply more left than Gandhi. There are fundamental political differences between them that the old categories on their own can't explain. Similarly, we generally describe social reactionaries as 'right-wingers', yet that leaves left-wing reactionaries like Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot off the hook....The idea was developed by a political journalist with a university counselling background, assisted by a professor of social history. They're indebted to people like Wilhelm Reich and Theodor Adorno for their ground-breaking work in this field. We believe that, in an age of diminishing ideology, a new generation in particular will get a better idea of where they stand politically - and the sort of political company they keep. So are you ready to take the test? Remember that there's no right, wrong or ideal response. It's simply a measure of attitudes and inevitable human contradictions to provide a more integrated definition of where people and parties are really at"

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

you calling me a softie?

Sorry 50, I like Kanye West's new album. The song Homecoming is pretty much where it is at for me right now, and the MJ samples on the song Good Life - you KNOW I approve. I am also liking the whole American Gangstar soundtrack. The promo track, Jay-Z's Heart of the City (Ain't No Love), is very nice indeed.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

"The Almost Impossible Rock & Roll Quiz"

Some people like cross words. We have discovered "The Almost Impossible Rock & Roll Quiz" in Rolling Stone here are a few sample questions.

We will post the answers in the comments section.

1) Bob Dylan has sixty-four cue cards in the clip for "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Which is the very first one?

a) "Government"
b) "Johnny"
c) "Basement"
d) "Pavement"

2) How many songs on Abbey Road are credited to George Harrison?

a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) 4

3) Which qestions was not put forth on the Zombies' "Time of the Season"?

a) "Who's your daddy?"
b) "Is he rich like me?"'
c) "What's your name?"
d) "What time is it?"

4) According to Prince's "Little Red Corvette," what's the most lascivious parking method?

a) sideways
b) alternate-side
c) perpendicular
d) parallel

5) Which of these are post-humous Tupac Shakur Albums (a) and which are Steven Seagal movies (b)

a) Black Dawn
b) Loyal to the Game
c) Urban Justice
d) Half Past Dead
e) Until the End of Time

To take more of the quiz go to rollingstone.com/trivia tell us how you did...we got 25/58

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Bring on the Heat

This week we finally broke down and turned on the heat. It didn't take long for the cold to break our souls.
Every year we seem to have ambitions of holding out until Thanksgiving, but let's be serious people, when you get home from work do you really want it to be 62 degrees in your house and have it stay that temperature? The goal of Thanksgiving didn't last very long, so I had set a goal to make it to Nov. 1st. That lasted a little bit longer but we finally broke down on the 30th of October.
I haven't done any research to see if heat is more expensive here than in other places, but here in the Boston area it is crazy insane expensive. For that reason our house is on a timed thermostat. 62 from 11 PM to 4 PM (the next day) and 67 from 4 till 11.
When we eventually have a baby, the extra heat needed from staying home with the baby, will need to be factored in to our expenses along with such things as day care and diapers.
Here's to heat and to only wearing two layers of clothes, rather than four, in one's own home.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!!

Since Michael Jackson's Thriller is no longer embedable this is what you get:




If you want to see the original you can go here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtyJbIOZjS8

Monday, October 29, 2007

Full Concert on YouTube

Now, all of the songs from my senior recital are online and available for viewing on YouTube. Also the full length version of "Breathe Again," including bass solo, is available on Google Video. YouTube has a ten minute limit and the full version of that song is over twelve.
Check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/officerockstar


Don't forget to vote.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Poll your heart out.... once.

We have initiated a poll. On the right side you will see a music player widget and above that a question. That question is for you to answer and cast your vote.

You could help decide the fate of the music player. Will it autoplay upon pageload, or will it be up to you to go over and push play? That is the question. Let us know what you think.

(for the curious: Jeremy votes No, Rachel votes Yes)

Friday, October 26, 2007

No YOUUUUUK?

You can tell I am a serious Red Sox fan when I hear someone say "No YOUUUUUK?" and I am concerned. The Red Sox are putting Ortiz on first, Youkilis is benched. Big Papi (Ortiz) is big but that bum knee? I am not so sure...

Fear and loathing in Red Sox Nation - Steve Almond
By Steve Almond October 25, 2007


A MERE week ago, the mood of Red Sox Nation was not funereal so much as hysterical. All you had to do was tune in to any one of the three sports talk radio stations in town for evidence.
The faithful were furious with everyone: manager Terry Francona, general manager Theo Epstein, and especially high-priced right fielder J.D. Drew. If you didn't know better, you would have thought the team already had lost the American League Championship Series to the Cleveland Indians - in a laugher.

Then (as we all know) a crazy thing happened: the Sox, down three games to one, won the next three in a row, all handily. Drew went on a tear, bopping a grand slam to seal Game 6, and finished with a gaudy .360 average against Cleveland pitching. Suddenly, all those guys who had been yelling for his head on a spike were talking about how to score tickets for the Series.
There were no apologies issued. Because being a Red Sox fan means never having to say you're sorry. It means second-guessing every move the team makes, whining after every loss (and most wins), and generally reveling in the misery of defeat.

It's in the nature of fans to complain, of course. And certainly the Sox have caught some terrible breaks over the years, chief among them having to play second fiddle to the arrogant New York Yankees. But none of that quite justifies the Nation's perpetual grievance complex.
I ask you: Is there another fan base in America that could create a cottage industry out of "Yankees Suck" T-shirts? Or one that routinely boos its own players? Or picks fights with opposing relief pitchers? Is there another nation of fans who pity themselves so enthusiastically, even as their team wields the second-highest payroll in baseball?

Soxchotics (as I think of them) are certainly passionate and knowledgeable. No argument there. But they also take the game way too seriously.

I realize that not winning a World Series for 86 years can inflame even the calmest soul. But the team did win a championship, just three years ago.

That historic triumph has done nothing to change the tenor of local fandom. Soxchotics still bellow and moan about Manny Ramírez's laissez-faire defense and Daisuke Matsuzaka's overpriced "gyroball" and virtually any other aspect of the team that doesn't meet their exacting standards.

I know this for a fact because most of my friends are Soxchotics. Like Arthur, who records every game he can't watch live and gets furious if someone mistakenly reveals the score. Or Peter, who insists on wearing his Curt Schilling jersey for every big game. Or Leslie and Michelle, who flew to Florida to scout the team in the spring.
I adore these folks. But I wouldn't much want to watch a crucial Sox matchup with them. Because the game inevitably becomes a Station of the Cross, a ritual in which the central experience is suffering, not diversion.

Indeed, there are moments when it seems clear that Sox fans are actually happiest when pursuing their own despair. I'm sure they would never admit it, but after so long as exalted losers the thought of winning a second Series in four seasons must be unbearable to them.
Let me be the first, then, to offer my prediction for the 2007 Series: the Sox will win in six games or fewer. And the Soxchotics will still find plenty to complain about.

Steve Almond is the author of "Not That You Asked."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I Made a Pie All By Myself With Some Help

Perhaps I shall make one for Christmas!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Dealin' Death 24/7

Today we went on the 19th Annual "Halloween Witch Ride", a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy. About 2500+ Bikers and their Riders rode from the HD dealership in Everett, MA to Salem, MA. It was quite the experience. Lots of hogs, people decked out in Halloween gear, and LOUD. Point A to B was lead by a police motorcycle brigade with no other traffic and thousands of motorcycles. The streets, at times, were lined with people watching the spectacle. We had a blast. Here are some pictures. Hopefully they will let you in on the mass of this event.

As for the blog title "Dealin' Death 24/7" we saw this verbage on a t-shirt and find it endlessly amusing. If he is good, Jer might be finding this T-Shirt under the Christmas Tree.

Heading off

A Stop and Shop parking lot filled with hogs




nice custom painted skull

some characters

old man mask, with helmet and sunglasses on top.

Dad and Jer
Dad and Rachel

Zorro?
Man riding with skeleton (wings not projected at this time)
another street filled with waiting bikes.
viking traffic monitor
biker babes in ther natural habitat


some of our spectators
Dad, the easy rider


Sunday, October 14, 2007

When Can We Put on the Heat?

Seriously, when can we put on the heat? Does it make me a wimp that I want to put it on now? Is there are rule about the date, or temp when it is ok to put the heat on...or is is just till you break down, can't take the cold any longer and go for that switch? My general rule of thumb is if michelle can do it (my cousin who lives downstairs) we can do it. Any ideas on how you make the decision for that first flip of the switch?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Baseball Owns Us

I can't wait until November when I will have my life back. Recently, days are consumed by sitting in front of the TV watching the Red Sox as they bring us joy and pain (these days more joy, but you don't want to jinx it). Jeremy has become a Red Sox fan, probably more than me, the native Bostonian.

Here is a pic of Manny Ramirez getting big love after a 3 run home run last week.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chop Chop

In other news, Rachel got a hair cut.
She is ALSO stoked that it is vest season.
She loves vests.
She also enjoys talking about herself in the 3rd person.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New York Trip

We are well behind in our blog updates but better late than never, right? We went to New York City with A-Rob in order to take in the movie "Charlie" by filmmaker Salvatore Interlandi.

I went to college with Sal, and know he is capable of great things. I could not miss the opportunity to see his full length feature film be screened. As expected "Charlie" was amazing.

CHARLIE





"Charlie" got some killer reviews from New York's newspapers





While we were in New York we cruised the imfamous "Shoe Row" and each of us got a pair of new shoes and I dragged the kids to my old haunts for lunch and dinner. Yaffa Cafe (carrot salad dressing deliciousness) and San Loco (tacos to go-go).


Sunday we went to the Bronx Zoo. One of my favorite places. I had been itching to go for months...Here are some pics.













Monday, October 08, 2007

Apple Picking!

I almost wish that the title of this post was a clever way of saying that Rachel and I went shopping for a new Apple computer, but alas it is not. Rachel still isn't sold on the superiority of Apples and my laptop is still working fine, even though it is five years old. My plan is to buy a new computer for grad school, assuming I get in, but Rachel isn't really sold on this item of business either.

That aside, we went picking for actual edible apples. This was out route 2 somewhere near Concord, Mass. It was a lot of fun. The funny part is, there were five of us in the car driving up to go apple picking and three of us don't really like apples. The apples turned out to be quite good and I had more apples in the following three days than I had had in my entire life.