• 10Dec

    There are certain advantages to living right in the thick of things here in Manhattan. Whether it be amazing food, access to the cities parks/attractions, the nightlife or pretty much anything you can think of, it is all at your doorstep.

    This past weekend I took Emma to her first musical. It was a play based on one of her favorite cartoons, Max and Ruby. She absolutely loved it. For a whole hour she sat mesmerized by the actors singing and dancing. At the end she decided we had to go back.

    To my point though about the advantages of living where we do. To get there we hopped in a cab outside our house and got dropped off in the village. A quick walk and we were at the theater. After the show was over we walked over, found another cab and then stopped for burgers at the restaurant at the base of our building. The whole trip took less than 2 1/2 hours. It was simple easy and pleasant. Not only that but there are a dozen other things just like that that I can start taking her to now. When we lived in CT that just wasnt the case.

    I gotta say, I love NY!

  • 06Nov

    It seems like over the last several months and especially weeks I have been meeting a ton of new people. I have gone through times like this in the past (moving to a new city, starting a company, etc) but this time is different in that it is all largely based off of social media (think Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc). My new friends vary hugely in age, occupation, geography and pretty much other thing you could think of. Some are still only friends through one forum yet others have transcended most of the forums and now can actually be considered “real world” friends (whatever that means now). Whether it has been one off business/networking lunches with people I meet online or attending whole events focused around it I am really enjoying this new social experience. Looking forward to connecting with tons more of you in the near future.

  • 01Nov

    Wow! That is really all I can say about Halloween in New York.

    The day started with me on the train from Boston (a little tired from a night of great fun the night before of course). Had a relatively quick board meeting then it was off to get dressed up with the girls. After much wrangling and finagling we were off to the Museum of Natural History for some trick or treating and fun. What a zoo! Kids and chaos everywhere. The girls loved it though and Emma got to see dinosaurs so the night was deemed a success. Then back on the subway, got everyone home and settled in. At that point I was tired enough to sleep but then the tweets started coming across about what a freak show the village was. My buddy Murray IMd me and that was enough to get me off the couch and out for a walk. I can say it was well worth it! I have never seen so many costumed people. The Halloween parade ended near my house so we just started walking through the crowds and wound up at Union Square on a patio having a beer watching the show. Amazing. Definitely planning to get a babysitter for next year so we can really go out and enjoy it! Pictures will be on Flickr when I get a chance.

  • 05Oct

    Well it took about a week and a half to get back on top of everything but I feel like I am finally there. Not reacting to stuff rather initiating it now. Thank god because I hate not knowing what is going on or feeling out of the loop. Seems like when you leave for a bit things are never the way you left them :-)

    On another note we have a friend in from out of town. Todd is hanging out at Murray’s house for the next 10 days or so and if the last trip was any indication we better stock up on beer (and I mean lots of it). With babulya coming down Lana should be able to get out for a night or two with us all as well. Woohoo!

  • 29Sep

    Well we made it back from the vacation safe and sound. It was nice to take the time away and just hang with the family but it is nice to be back as well. So many things going on at work, the girls have a whole new set of classes and the city itself is buzzing. It doesnt hurt that the weather has been positively Summer like as well.

    All in all its been an excellent start to Autumn. I hope everyone else is doing well and thanks again to everybody who hosted us on our trip. It was truly a pleasure to see you all and we look forward to doing it again soon eh!

  • 06Sep

    Man, it seems like my upcoming vacation has really crept up on me. All of a sudden I am cramming to get all the things done that need to be done before I can safely step away. Narrowing down the must have tasks and how to accomplish them, in your absence, is always a challenge. I have found that going away seems to be when people really realize what you do (or dont do as the case may be). Luckily for Tremor we have assembled a pretty crack team on the tech side that is almost ready to run itself. I am certain they will perform splendidly in my absence (probably get more done than when I am around to pester them as well).

    On another note, the Apple invasion continues. I am typing this from an iMac. I now use windows only for testing really. The BSD ports tree for Mac combined with Quicksilver and I am finding myself enjoying computing again. Its turned it back into a passion again. See how long that lasts eh. Also if any of you happened to purchase an iphone in the last couple of weeks dont forget to phone apple and get a refund on the difference. The 20 minute wait on hold with the returns dept was well worth the $200 dollars credited back to me.

    Lastly, for those of you who dont know, I am headed up to visit family and friends in Victoria for a couple weeks starting on Monday. Posting and twittering should be light (no really, it can get even more infrequent). It should be an adventure as I havent really hung out or visited for about a decade or more (I grew up there). If you are in the Victoria area though give me a shout and we can hook up.

  • 23Aug

    What the heck happened? A few weeks ago I was chugging along in my PC existence blissfully unaware of the upcoming tech disruption in my life. Then one day, sparked off a blog post by Jeff Pulver, I started to wonder, why not a mac? So many smart and interesting people I know have been making the leap lately. My original objections were that the hardware was too expensive (not so anymore with the adoption of the intel processor), that the OS was buggy and crashed (OS X is rock solid and well matured now) and that there was not a lot of application support (again, with all the recent converts it seems like a good deal of the innovation is happening on the mac side now). That combined with the fact that it is a certified Unix under the hood and it gives me native access to all the GNU apps I have come to depend on and I was sold.

    Since making the leap and buying a macbook I have come to know and love such apps as Adium, QuickSilver, Moodswing, many others and of course the terminal.

    Oh and I also bought an iPhone ;-)
    Did I mention this Apple stuff is addictive?

  • 08Aug

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Lhadon Tethong since we went to highschool together. I just read on her blog that she was detained recently by the Chinese authorities while traveling in Beijing. Here is a snippet from the beginning of the press release and also a link to her blog.

    TIBETAN-CANADIAN OBSERVER DETAINED IN BEIJING HOURS BEFORE OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION

    Hong Kong – On the day of the one-year countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Lhadon Tethong, a prominent Tibetan independence activist and the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, was detained in Beijing. Ms. Tethong was picked up by Chinese authorities together with her colleague Paul Golding, a long-time advocate of Tibetan freedom, and taken to a Beijing police station. MORE

    You go Lhad!

  • 30Jul

    We did it. We finally booked our trip up to Canada. The last time we went there on vacation was when Emma was about 3 months old (about 3 years ago actually). That trip saw about a dozen or more people migrate up to Edmonton to see us (or more realistically Emma).

    This time we are heading to the coast of BC to see everyone. It should be pretty neat. Flying into Seattle then taking the Coho from Port Angeles to the town I grew up in, Victoria. Should be a whirlwind of good times and good people kicking off with Lana’s bday on the 12th.

    We cannot wait to get up there and see everyone. The last time I visited Victoria was for a funeral and the time before that for a wedding. Both times were very rushed and didnt provide much time to visit. Looking forward to getting a chance to really catch up with everyone!

  • 09Jul

    Tim Marman comments

    Oh, as a concert, I think it had a lot of entertainment value.

    It’s the hypocrisy of all of this that kills me, and my complaint there is broader than this specific concert. Being environmentally friendly is the “hip” thing to do, but it’s this “do as I say not as I do” attitude that kills me.

    Gore and others preach the value of conservation, but then at the same time refuse to change their own behavior.

    Sometimes it’s about leading by example. Someone commented on my rant that they apparently DID try to do things more eco-friendly, but the fact remains that – awareness aside – these same people are setting a terrible example.

    Two examples mentioned (http://urltea.com/xue): Madonna has “a fleet of cars, including a fuel-guzzling Range Rover”, and “the
    car-loving rapper Snoop Dogg, who will play in Hamburg, appeared in a commercial for US automaker Chrysler last year”.

    Yeah, I hear you.

    It is certainly not a perfect world. It is much easier to pay a contribution (money, time, etc) to a cause than it is to live and believe it’s ideals. I have been doing a fair bit of reading about Gandhi lately and not many that I have seen in this day and age come close to that kind of devotion to a cause. Certainly Al Gore can never be held to the same yardstick but who knows, maybe someone out there will truly stick up for this cause one day soon (and  hopefully in a constructive meaningful way).

    Anyway, as a closing note, I was actually given the tickets last minute and wound up there completely by accident. If not I probably would have little to no opinion on this. Having gone and seen the bands (at least in NY) I can say that it was a great show and the overall message was very overwhelmingly eco-friendly. If even 1% of the population picks up anything from it I say it was a great success.