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|Friday, December 21st, 2007|
Thanks so much for all of your good wishes re: Ilana and Benjamin's birth, and sorry I've disappeared for six months!
This post is not (primarily) about family, but an effort to match a colleague at work with a Mystery Hunt team. I'm not solving and so can't recruit him, but I'm hoping some readers of this post will be interested in bringing him aboard. If so, please let me know via a comment and I'll forward his contact information. N.B.: he was actually even more enthusiastic about finding a team after
I described the 67-hour 2003 Hunt to him. He summarizes his interests/skills thus:I have an educational background in Mathematics and Applied Physics. Passion for solving Puzzles and strong analytical skills. I am currently working as an architect in an IT firm. I have good understanding of computer science fundamentals, good knowledge of various data crunching techniques. I used to run an informal quiz club in past for my company. I can bring my laptop.
It would be remiss of me to post nothing related to the twins, so I'll close with this picture from early November:( twins playing on blanketCollapse )
|Thursday, June 28th, 2007|
|belated, but still really really good, news
From left, shortly after 3:00 AM on May 22: me, Ilana Sophie (4 lbs 4 oz) and Benjamin Tilden (5 lbs 11 oz).
Benjamin and Ilana about a week later, at home together with S and me for the first time.
Finally, what good is a bandwagon if you can't jump on it? Current Mood: happy
|Monday, April 23rd, 2007|
|Another post about my company
My company is busy nowadays.
There is more buzz about us lately, thanks
In no small part to this Globe article
Together with a post on GigaOm
We've got more users, too, which makes us glad,
Though not as happy as we still could be!
We think that what we're offering is neat
And want a lot of folks to try it out.
So: if you use your mobile phone to send
Or get text messages and think you'd like
Some correspondents with insider cred
To text you timely blurbs re: cool events
Based on a place and topic of your choice
(Or more than one, if you are so inclined)
For free (apart from the per-message charge
That may be standard on your cell-phone plan)
Please visit eight oh one oh eight dot com
And check us out. We're in a pilot phase
And want to learn what users think of us,
What we do well and what we need to fix.
(For your indulgence, thanks. Non-work verse soon.)
|Monday, April 2nd, 2007|
|The second of two long-overdue updates
I've been holding off on this update for a while, in part because I wasn't sure how best to present it. Those of you so inclined may get a strong hint as to the nature of the news by solving the following anaquote
from the April issue of the Enigma
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5 5 8, 3 4 2 5. *4 *8)
ARE ATI CHW DAN DTH EAR ENE FOR
FUL GSI HBI HIN IFE INS ISL JOS
LLI LYP NGS NTH REI REP THE VER
WHI ZTW Z2T
Those of you inclined to skip that sort of nonsense may click here:( a much less obscure entryCollapse )
|The first of two long-overdue updates
My former office in Kendall Square was consolidated back into its original main office (in NYC) at the end of 2006. As of the beginning of 2007, I'm working as a software engineer helping to crunch data for 80108.com. What do we do? You can get an idea by visiting 80108.com/friends
, which introduces the company's new mobile service.
The site should explain (better than I) what the service does and how to sign up--it's free, except for standard text messaging rates. Briefly, the company creates original content about neat upcoming local events (e.g., music shows or unpublished sales) and delivers it to your cell phone.
If you like the service, please feel free to tell others about it via whatever media you prefer (blog, e-mail, word of mouth, semaphore, etc.). In this pilot phase, we're eager to learn as much as possible about what works and what could work better. Also, I am hungry for data to crunch. Mmmmmmm. Crunchy data.
|Thursday, March 1st, 2007|
|Thursday, December 28th, 2006|
"I Have A Little Dreidel"...in Yiddish. (Zounds.)
More substantive post to follow soon.
|Monday, November 6th, 2006|
|An unusually effective search engine
True story: I was working on a bug fix this morning and, as part of my testing, typed the search term "dog" into a major search engine. Within seconds, a real, live border collie ran into the room and trotted directly to my cubicle!
|Wednesday, October 18th, 2006|
Subject of the most recent spam in my inbox: Is not guiltyHe knows I am no maid.
It's from All's Well That Ends Well
|Friday, June 23rd, 2006|
|Friday, February 17th, 2006|
|Why I like the Internet, part one of n
This is useless,
I thought early this morning as I tried to piece together how to purl based on the incomplete (to my mind, anyhow) descriptions and diagrams in our two books on knitting for beginners. I need to watch an expert do this slowly and repeatedly for a few minutes. But what good and patient soul would be willing to undergo such an inconvenience for my sake?Aha!
|Tuesday, January 31st, 2006|
I probably am more amused than I should be by a coincidence
I noticed the other day. Everything's in Shakespeare, including HTML errors!
|Thursday, January 12th, 2006|
|Pas de mystère
No Mystery Hunt for me this year, though it's for a good reason. S's first Saturday of tax season usually coincides with the Hunt, so our usual routine is that she goes to work and I go to Hunt. This year, tax season starts next Saturday, meaning that a) we have a whole weekend to relax together and b) that it's the last such weekend until after 4-15. S trumps Hunt, no contest.
If I can, I'll walk over to Building 7 on lunch break tomorrow, check out the opening ceremony and get a hit of secondary adrenaline.
|Wednesday, November 9th, 2005|
Today, for the first time, I understood the German separable prefix at some organic level. When I took a German reading course 11 years ago, it seemed arbitrary and hard to get: chop off the prefix and drag it all the way to the end of the sentence.
This morning, as I was listening to an mp3 of the other day's news in German on my way to work to see if I could understand anything, this sentence sprang out:
Die Polizei nahm rund 400 Personen fest. (Police arrested about 400 people.)
The verb is "festnehmen", but if I think of it as "nehmen" plus a word that modifies it, the placement of the prefix is perfectly intuitive in English:
The police took
about 400 people firmly
I take back all the bad things I've said about German grammar.
|Saturday, October 22nd, 2005|
I've been messing around on the keyboard and accordion because S is away until Sunday and I'm a tad wired from the week. There's this klez tune I like that clarinetist Naftule Brandwein recorded sometime in the '20s; I've thought for a while that it would be fun to update the sound somehow. It might sound something like this
The edges are rough and the drum sounds admittedly are silly, but it's a start.
|Thursday, October 20th, 2005|
I'll be manning the piano and directing the pit for:
Me And My Girl
presented by The Colonial Chorus Players
November 4, 5, & 12 at 8:00 pm
November 13 at 2:00 pm
Parker Middle School
for directionsTickets on sale now!
Book and Lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber [revised by Stephen Fry]
Music by Noel Gay
|Saturday, October 15th, 2005|
A new year brings a new userpic, chosen in the hope that it will make my identity less obvious.
|Friday, September 23rd, 2005|
I wrote a waltz about four years ago (an mp3 excerpt of which may be found here
) that later found its way onto Di Bostoner Klezmer's first album
. I just got a call from DBK's bandleader letting me know that they're playing a wedding next week and that the couple has requested my tune as their first dance! Current Mood: honored
|Monday, May 9th, 2005|
|Friday, April 22nd, 2005|
|I have to post blank verse ere it's too late!
Good heavens! Blank Verse Blog Week's almost done
And I've not written one darn five-foot line.
Well, here you are, then, folks. I hope the Bard,
Wherever he may be, is satisfied.
To all who celebrate it, happy Pesach,
And happy April sunshine if you don't!
What's going on with me? My mom-in-law
Is visiting with us until next week.
It's nice to see her, since we could not go
To visit her from roughly January
'Til April fifteen. Why? Because my wife,
A CPA, must work like crazy then.
Today, on break, I went to Central Square
And bought myself supplies for marbling paper.
I've promised not to try them out until
I've cleared away a space for such a project.
I bought some alum and, too, methocel,
But balked at prices for acrylic paints
And tabled that 'til I could do more research.
You see, I've never marbled paper, though
I've wanted to since I was seventeen.
On Sunday, I informally will jam
With Dena, who's the head of dbk
And Dan, who's here in Boston with his wife.
Dan played trombone with dbk way back
In 1998 before he moved
To Michigan. He also used to play
In pits for MITGSP years
Ago. Next, S, her mom and I will go
To hear my dad sing with his choral group
And, after that, to Seder. Busy day.