Monthly Archives: December 2005

Happy New Year!

This past year was great:  I got  married and we had a great year together. I’m looking forward to all the years to come as we continue to build our life together.

Here in New York City, It looks like we’ll have the Usual Million or so people in Times Square. Since the weather  is supposed to be Rain and Snow, I hope their all dressed warmly.

In years past, I used to dress up and go to big organized parties for New Years Eve, but for the last three years, I like to go to a friends place and celebrate with people I know. Tonite, we’ll be at my Best Man’s place celebrating the New Year  with old and new friends.

We hope Everyone has a Happy and Safe New Years!

Photo of the New Year Fireworks in Sydney


PC Magazine: The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years

Wow, I’ve owned Several items on the List! The other Items we’re owned by my Father or Brothers

2. Apple iPod (2001)
4. PalmPilot 1000 (1996)
6. Motorola StarTAC (1996)
7. Atari Video Computer System (1977)
14. BlackBerry 850 Wireless Handheld (1998) – Work made me use it…
16. Texas Instruments Speak & Spell (1978)
17. Texas Instruments SR-10 (1973)      
23. Kodak Instamatic 100 (1963) – Great Camera for a Kid!
24. MITS Altair 8800 (1975) – My Father had one.
25. Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 (1983) – My Father and one of my Brother’s had one.
27. Commodore 64 (1982) – Also owned a Vic 20 (4K of RAM!)
29. Sony Betamax (1975) – Better than VHS but doomed.
36. Iomega Zip Drive (1995)
38. Milton Bradley Simon (1978)
43. Polaroid Swinger (1965) – Another cool Camera for a kid.
47. Timex/Sinclair 1000 (1982)

Hmmm, I would have put Nikon F on the List, But  since it may have come out BEFORE 1955, I guess  it would not qualify.


Merry Christmas!

Simply put: Christmas was great!

My wife and I spent a nice quite Christmas Eve together. It was really nice since it was the first one we’ve spent as a married couple. Sunday, Christmas Day, we first went over to my twin brothers house and contributed to spoiling our Niece and Nephew with presents.

Later in the afternoon, we went to my younger brothers house for our Annual Christmas Dinner. Every year, My sister-in-law spends the entire day cooking and we get to have Really Good Food! Going there has been a tradition for quite a while and I look forward to it every year. Both my family and my sister-in-law’s family meet and have a really good time.

For presents, I got everything I wanted, including a much needed Wallet from my Wife, a model from my brother and other good stuff as well.

New Years Eve is shaping up nicely too. My Best Man, Henry is having a New Years Eve party at his apartment.  It Seems fitting as my wife and I went to his New Years Eve Party a few years ago shortly after we started dating.


MTA Strike is over

NY Daily news sums it up perfectly. Since the Union apparently did NOT get the concessions it asked for, What was the purpose behind the strike?

The mediator has the right idea: A total press blackout. I’m sure Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Pataki will have some "I’m Tough" position to take, but I can’t say I really care what they think. I wonder: did we have these problems under the old NYC TA? Currently, the MTA is an "Authority" that apparently does not directly answer to anyone…


In other news:

Have a Merry Christmas one and All! 

MTA Strike – Day 3

The Daily News has it right: At this point, "War of the Words" is exactly what  this is. This is getting seriously ridiculous.

Politicians like Mayor Bloomberg  keeps posturing for even stricter fines and penalties, the Judge in this case is threatening jail time *AND* even Gov. Pataki crawled out and did his "No Talks Till the Strike Ends" bit.

Apparently, the MTA didn’t get the memo as they’ve been negotiating since 1:00am this morning. In the mean time, people and business continue to suffer. As I said before, I think they have the right to strike, but TWU Local 100 made a mistake doing it now. the Anti-Union pundits are having a blast with this strike.

In other news, Jeanine Pirro abandoned her campaign for Senator. Not terribly fond of either her or Hillary Clinton, but you have to feel a little sorry for her. Her campaign started with a whimper and finally ended when her own party screamed for her to drop out.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign adviser Howard Wolfson summed it up best:

"We know at some point the Republicans will sort out this process and choose a nominee."


Not sure why they think she’ll do any better for State Attorney General. People will remember her for giving up more than anything else. She has a good record as a Prosecutor, but all the screw ups in her campaign is, IMO, too much to overcome. I think she should skip out of this next election.

MTA Strike – Day 2

Another Day in the City. I’m still working from home but my wife got in ok via the LIRR. We live so far out in Queens that we merely drove for under 10 minutes to an LIRR station in Nassau. Other than paying over $16 for round trip, she was in Penn station 20 minutes later.

People are, to put it mildly, freaking out. While I don’t think the State should stop people from striking, I think the TWU local 100 made a mistake to do this in the few days before Christmas. John Q. Public really does NOT care if the MTA is screwing employees as long as John Q. is taken care of.

IMO, People are only sympathetic when it doesn’t involve them. Once it a dispute crosses into their back yard, Bang! No sympathy.

Some Food for thought: In December 2004, the NY Times reported that Facing Deficit, M.T.A. Gave a 22% Raise to Its Director. MTA executives get a "Housing Allowance"? Huh?
If these Yahoo’s tried that in the Private sector, they’d be out in th Street.

Flickr Pics taged with "transitstrike2005"
Go to Gothamist for Up to Date information and Lively comments.

MTA Strike

Not really sure which is worse, the actual Strike or the rhetoric that arises from it. Love the Mayor/Governor/Other Generic politician Talks tough…

I think people are only pissed at the Union now that the Union’s dispute affects them directly. People consider the strike to be extortion, but what else is the Taylor Law? Politicians like to use it to threaten Unions, but IMO, it gives an unfair advantage to the City and MTA.

I think this should go to Binding Arbitration and be done with it. 

On the plus side, I now can test my MT plugin MTIFrames

This was done via:
<MTIFrames src=”//” width=”540″ height=”400″ align=”center” frameborder=”no”></MTIFrames>

This was pulled from the NY Times Transit Map.

Christmas Tree!

Our  First  Christmas tree!  It’s not much, but it is our first Tree since we got married.
My wife decorated it and it looks great. See the photo below after the break.

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MTYahooMaps – Multiple Markers

Only One Marker will show up but the log will reflect 2.

Update: Should see 2 markers.
Done via:
<MTYahooMaps address=”11 Madison avenue,NY, NY, 10010″ info=”11 Madison Avenue Nice Place” width=”540″ height=”300″ zoom=”3″ address_1=”1 Madison Avenue,NY, NY, 10010″ info_1=”1 Madison Avenue New Condos..”></MTYahooMaps>

Update: Testing with New Version of YahooMaps API v 3.0

MTIFrames – Test 2

NOTE: This Map Can be found at

It’s a great map and I had NOTHING to do with it’s development. I’m using it for Testing as I need some good and complicated HTML to properly test my IFRAME MT Plugin. I’ll likely pull this entry when I’m done testing

Chek out

Update: The Plugin seems to work ok. Other then needing to put ” target=_top ” in the Links, it does what I want.

This entry was used these Plugin Tags:
<MTIFrames src=”//” width=”540″ height=”540″ align=”center” frameborder=”yes”></MTIFrames>