You have to admit. Before the Internet, I couldn’t have possibly known that in New York City, it’s illegal to open a fire hydrant & waste all the water, but you can legally open the hydrant if you pick up a free spray cap. The cap limits the amount of wasted water, while letting kids party around the fire hydrant:
I love the commissioner’s explanation for why you shouldn’t illegally open fire hydrants. She went through all the legitimate reasons, and then for good measure, added:
“Also, children can be at serious risk, because the powerful force of a open hydrant without a spray cap can push them into oncoming traffic.”
Not that the powerful force can hurt them, but specifically that it’ll thrust little Joe through a car’s windshield.
I stand corrected if this has actually ever happened.
A coworker of mine just got her corporate cell phone account. She took one look at the phone number and freaked out. Turns out, it’s xxx-5844.
Perhaps you weren’t listening. xxx–5844! Can you imagine?
Oh, shoot, guess I should explain, since I didn’t get it either. In China, certain numbers are lucky while others are not. 5 turns out to be the NOT operator, 8 is prosperity, and 4 is death. So her number means NOT prosperity, death death. As if one death wasn’t enough.
Anyway, she traded her SIM with her officemate J.
Bored? Want to listen to something new?
2 bands on high rotation for me:
· Arcade Fire. I didn’t realize how huge this ‘indie’ band was until I saw their show’s ticket prices. $25 at the Paramount! Try “Tunnels” and “Rebellion.”
· Album Leaf. DJ Kenneth Tam introduced me to this solo project. Allmusic describes it as a mix of classical, jazz, and post-rock.
I wish I could put a Rhapsody URL here because then you could use your 25 monthly free plays to listen to the full songs.
Ever wonder why the letters were put on the numbers in the first place? It’s great for 1-800-FLOWERS now, but what started it? What countries do this?
This is an open-question post because I haven’t researched this one yet.
Let’s say that you meet someone at a party named Paris Hyatt, and you want to contact that person. Great, she gives you her phone number. Ready? 742-594-6734. Woah, I can’t remember that. Can you tell me again & I’ll type it in my cell phone?
Let’s say that you then meet someone else named London Sheraton. You also want to contact this person, but she says “just go to londonsheraton.com.” Great, that’s easy to remember.
Now, londonsheraton.com maps to an IP address like 22.214.171.124, but London didn’t have to tell you that.
Similarly, Paris shouldn’t have needed to tell you 742-594-6734. She should have been able to give you a friendly phone number like parishyatt.com.
In other words, phone numbers are like IP addresses. They expose a technical detail of the old phone system (e.g. 212 used to physically tell the switches to route to New York) that we shouldn’t have to deal with. So just like the DNS system for IP addresses, we should have a “DNS” system for phone numbers. So I can literally dial londonsheraton.com.
SIP helps because you can call firstname.lastname@example.org, but that doesn’t apply to most phones. ENUM solves this by mapping +1-202-555-1234 to 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.0.2.1.e164.arpa, assuming that you set up a DNS mapping from friendlyname.com to that .arpa address. So we’re almost there…
Interesting stuff… Trace out the word that you want instead of typing; the idea is you start to memorize patterns for familiar words & end up quick-sketching them… Sort of like Graffiti, but using words instead of letters.
2 Apprentice-related events:
· Karen and I went to breakfast at the Jitterbug in Wallingford. The line was huge so I went next door to Starbucks to get a latte. While in line, I looked back & saw Alex, the lawyer from the Apprentice. Didn’t figure that he wanted to answer any more questions about the show, though, so I didn’t interrupt him.
· Went to lunch w/ a coworker the other day, who turned out to be Andy’s roommate at Harvard. Small world… apparently Andy’s working for Trump anyway.
I often hear positive comments about the “authenticity” of a particular restaurant. This usually relates to the types of ingredients that you find at that restaurant. For example, you’ll find an authentic Chinese restaurant that serves chicken feet or a French restaurant that serves bone marrow. When Karen and I were in France, we were served a complete pig.
But the truth is that there’s a reason that we don’t often see these ingredients. It’s because they are pieces of the animal that we no longer need to eat. Historically, these pieces were consumed because people didn’t want to waste any bit of the animal. And that tradition has lived on in many countries that have existed for much longer than the youthful USA. But how often have you had chicken feet or bone marrow and said, “gosh, I wish I ate that every day?”
So in some ways it’s good that a lot of restaurants are not “authentic.” Now, don’t take this too far; I don’t want sweet and sour everything. I just don’t want tons of cartilage and bone with my meat, thank you.