May 21, 2012

Toxic words: deserve

I don't like the word "deserve". It's easy to make a case against the positive use without a reason (e.g. "I deserve this, I deserve that") on the grounds of entitlement. So I won't argue that case. I'll argue something much subtler and much nastier.

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December 27, 2010

Time Warner warning

If you have Time Warner service in NYC, heads-up. Do not change your service except exactly on the billing cycle. Otherwise they will rob you.

Yes, Time Warner, I am flat-out accusing you of theft. Sue me for libel/slander. I dare you.

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September 29, 2010

The sad state of iPhone picross

In the days when I used to live with my Palm Tungsten T3, I used to play a game called PictureLogic, an awesome implementation of picross. I got used to the features, so when I recently tried to find a good version for my iPhone, I was horrified to find that they all suck. Badly.

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September 6, 2010

iPhoto awww

Our family held a surprise party for Mom's 70th. Part one was visiting South Haven, and part two was a party at the JCC in Oak Park.

Sorting through my pictures in iPhoto, I got this:

"Is this Dalia Drissman?"

Technology for the win. How do they do that?

June 1, 2010

MCX for testing

For testing, if you want to lock down a preference via MCX, here's how to do it. (Thanks to our awesome MacOps!)

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April 19, 2010

Google and Custard Squares

What's better about working at Google?

A coworker bringing in Custard Squares?

Or another coworker replying to the email:

Stop, collaborate and listen
Ben is back with his brand new invention
Cake that grabs a hold of me tightly
Flows like cream filling both daily and nightly
Will it ever stop? Yo -- I don't know
Turn off his oven, he'll still glow
To the extreme, he bakes a cake like a vandal
Heats it up with his brain, doesn't even need a candle

Slice Slice Baby Vanilla Slice Slice Baby

April 18, 2010

Vision Pt 2

The haze is clearing. Thursday and Friday were brutal. Triple- and quadruple vision was rampant and I couldn't focus on anything. My screen magnification was up to about 3×, and looking at people was just too much for me.

Then it all cleared. Saturday and today is just totally clear. Well, yesterday was clear, and today's been occasionally punctuated with blurriness. But it's awesome, a hint of what's up.

Tomorrow I go in to get my bandage contact lenses out, and I can stop taking the Vigamox. Still have to keep taking the Omnipred, and the Vitamin C is going to be going for a year.

I just want to know how much longer I have to wear sunglasses.

April 14, 2010


When I moved to New York I started wearing contacts. My favorites were the Ciba Night & Day. Drop 'em in at the beginning of the month, pop 'em at the end.

Middle of last year, though, they changed the formulation. Now they're called Air Optix Night & Day, but as soon as I put them in my eyes my eyes had what, as far as I could tell, was an allergic reaction. Watery, mucus, it was just terrible.

And I loved having contacts, to have the whole world available to me, to not hide behind a big lens.

So Monday I got laser eye surgery.

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February 11, 2010

Big Red

Verizon is Big Red?

It's a hilarious self-aware parody, and I love the kissing couple homage in the hotel lobby scenes. If you dig around, you'll find the original commercial this is based off of:

Not only is half of it a shot-for-shot remake, the music is note-for-note the same. I didn't realize (until digging around) that you can date these ads by the music (this one and that one share the music and are from the '80s, while this one is much newer, this one goes for a harder rock sound, and this one is a horrible retro abomination).

December 29, 2009

Fish and chips in the city

Happy 150th to you!

There haven't been too many good places I've been to here in NYC. Here's a brief overview:

Arthur Treacher's
251 E 14th St
A sad joke. The fish is a rectangular block that mocks the natural shape and taste of fish.

One and One
76 1 Ave
The fish is good, but someone there needs to take Batter 101. Presentation is nice but the slightest touch causes the fish to fall to pieces and the batter to slide off. Redemption comes from the 2-for-1 special on Sunday nights at 7pm.

A Salt & Battery
112 Greenwich Ave
The star off isn't from the awful name, but the prices. The meal is good, but rather expensive. And how can you sell fish and chips separately?

129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
Yes, to get awesome fish and chips you have to go to Brooklyn. Suck it up. The price is reasonable, the serving size is large, and the taste is great.

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