Monthly Archives: July 2006

My Mini Photoshop How To…

On my Flickr account I put a modified photo of a lady waiting to cross 3rd Avenue (Original here). I'm not at all a Photoshop expert but two of the comments asked me how I did it so, here it is after the Break.

Music I'm listening to right Now:
"On a High" by Duncan Sheik from the "Daylight" Album.


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You Tube fun



Spend some time on YouTube and you'll come across some really funny commercials from a few years back. This one is the "I'm Joe and I am Canadian!" by Molson. I wonder how Canadians feel about it?

Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Mr. Curiosity" by Jason Mraz from the "Mr. A-Z " Album.

It wasn’t the Car Radio…

Die HardIt was the Battery or more accurately, the Battery terminals. Turns out when the Radio momentarily died, the Entire Car did. I never noticed until it happened while I was at a Red light. This happened before on an Old Honda Accord (I've owned 8 cars so far) while on the FDR Drive. To put it mildly, that was a very educational moment in auto mechanics. I cleaned the terminal and the car has been fine so far.

Still need to get a tune up but I won't be getting a new car radio.

Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Move Along" by The All-American Rejects from the "Move Along" Album.


Testing Movable Type 3.31 with My plugins

 After Updating the DB via the command line (NOT a fan of a GUI update!) and following my own instructions on how to install my own plugin, So far so good.

After I'm happy with my Test Server results, I'll document each step I took. Each One Note: rebuild seems to take longer than the 3.2 version, but it might be just my perception as I'm not really timing it. 

Image from my Poor Editing of a "Built for Movable Type 3.2" banner…

Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Over My Head (Cable Car)" by The Fray from the "How to Save a Life" Album.

Update: Got my first "HTTP Error 500 – Internal server error"! This is reassuring since I'm running a server with less than the recommended Hardware specs. Everything looks ok, probably took too long for the Web servers liking. You can see the test server here.

Damn, it’s Hot in New York City!

NASA Sun Today, In NYC it's hitting close to 95 Degrees Fahrenheit (I'm betting it hits 100). During my lunch hour, I like to take quick walks and take photo's of anything interesting.

Might not be a good day to do that…

Music I'm listening to right Now:
Nothing at the moment. 



Dead Car Radio…

Ok, I listen to music a lot, especially when I drive (Oddly Karaoke singing with the window down keeps other cars away from me. Why is that??).  So naturally, driving back home, my  factory car radio starts randomly turning off and on.  I’ll take apart the dash to see if it’s a loose wire or not, but I suspect the CD/radio is just out of warranty and Thus ready to go the way of all things.

This begs the question: If it is broken, what should I replace it with? When I purchased the car, I didn’t have an Ipod, so a CD Radio worked fine. Now I have an ipod with an Itrip radio transmitter to play over the car radio. The Itrip is a good product, works well most of the time given conditions but the sound quality is lacking when there is radio interference.

I’m pretty demanding about Car audio too. Not just the sound quality, but how usable the device is. That is: I don’t want to have to look at it to turn it on/off, change the volume or to change the station.

Apple has an “Ipod Your Car” page which was actually pretty informative. Crutchfield has an Excellent on line site too. After going to Crutchfield’s site, I’m leaning towards a Sony CDX-GT300 with a Sony XA-110PI iPod interface adapter. It allows control of the Ipod and is what I call a “Fire and Forget” system. You plug your Ipod in, it gets charged and you only need to use the radio controls to access it. Also, The layout of the controls looks usable and has a detachable face to it. If I did get this with an Ipod controller, likely I’d never use the CD player built into it…

Image from Dave’s Antique Radio and TV Restorations . It’s a Philco 802 Antique Car Radio

Music I’m listening to right Now:

Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley from the “St. Elsewhere” Album.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Originally uploaded by S.D..

One advantage of working late is that I come across events like this one. Not really a Fan of Blue Grass music, but they sounded great. This is part of "Mad. Sq. Music 2006 " featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.


Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Dream Attack" by New Order from the "Technique" Album.


Happy 4th of July!

American Flag in the Sun

Originally uploaded by S.D..

Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe one.
That's a Flag on the 23rd Street and Park Avenue South corner of One Madison Avenue,

Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley from the "St. Elsewhere" Album.