Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
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
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
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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_.
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
Saturday, November 10, 2007
"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
Sunday, November 04, 2007
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?
2) How many songs on Abbey Road are credited to George Harrison?
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?
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
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
Monday, October 29, 2007
Check it out here:
Don't forget to vote.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
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
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
Sunday, October 21, 2007
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.
nice custom painted skull
old man mask, with helmet and sunglasses on top.
Dad and Jer
Dad and Rachel
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
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Here is a pic of Manny Ramirez getting big love after a 3 run home run last week.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
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.
New York Times
New York magazine
The Village Voice
Monday, October 08, 2007
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.