Blog posts tagged "nyc"

Favorite NYC Blogs/Bloggers?

December 16th, 2005

I make a point of subscribing to a smattering of regional blogs wherever I might be living. Got any New York favorites?

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December 13th, 2005

We’ve been talking about a move to New York ever since I moved back from Seattle, just over a year ago. (Boston, as much as we like it, has always been a way station)

Recent events have moved up our timeline (which had been lazily extending itself for months) and now we’re looking to make a move by the end of the year. (as in 18 days and counting)


So we’re looking for housing, either short term, or not, immediately, if not sooner. Any tips would be great. (ideally something more then “Brooklyn, baby, Brooklyn”)


And I’m taking this change to seriously start looking for the next gig, which has been on the back burner. If you read this blog you have a sense of what I do, and what I’m interested in.

If you happen to know a team doing cool and innovative work, that could use a LAMP(R) hacker, syndication guru, and/or calendar wonk, put them in touch. Additionally if you know someone interested in getting some perspective on the evolving nature of the Web, the network, or open source from someone who has been engaged in the work and community for 8+ years, I’ve been know to wear that hat as well.

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The Other Firefly, Phoenix Like?

December 6th, 2005

I’ve been telling myself that someday I’m going to make it to Scott’s NY New Tech Meetup, ever since he mentioned it this Summer.

But boy do I wish I was going tonight apparently there will be a demo of

Firefly (decision-support application)

Um, you mean like Pattie Maes’ Firefly, that hottest, sexiest, most buzzworthy, proto-dotcom spin off of the Media Lab? (complete with rockstar founder). The one that was bought, and killed by Microsoft?

Of course, now in our wiser, more cynical age, who would be dumb enough to pour their metadata into a closed system? To trust a company to safeguard the gates of their community?

Just kidding.

Also demoing:, and (Apparently .us has arrived. Or at least someone is hoping so.)

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Have Thermos, Will Travel

December 1st, 2005

You’re part of a very small group for whom its reasonable for a San Francisco coffee shop to consider a Brooklyn coffee shop competition.

Rabble, on the rather grumpy reception from the kiosk to my excitement about Cafe Grumpy.

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In NYC This Weekend

September 28th, 2005

Current plans are to head down to NYC this weekend.

I’ll be hanging in Queens with friends, maybe we’ll celebrate Stephan finishing his thesis Unions in a ‘Globalized’ world: has globalization undermined the efectiveness of unions, and what strategies might be effective in responding? (or maybe I’ll just sit there with a copy and a dictionary)

Hopefully we’ll get together a Serenity viewing party (rumor has it that Mr. Social Design Notes himself, might also be a fan),

Definitely I’ll be at House 2.0 Saturday, with Amit, whose book just sold out its first two print runs.

And if there is any time left after all that, maybe a little a neighborhood scouting.

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Feb. Travel Plans

February 12th, 2005

We’ll be down in NYC next weekend, celebrate a birthday, see friends, and probably see the Gates. Its a short visit, but if we’ve been trying to coordinate meeting up, get in touch.

End of Feb. I’ll be back in the Bay Area for 5 days, most of which will be in Santa Cruz celebrating some more birthdays. I’ll be in SF proper on Friday (the 25th) and Tuesday (March 1st). Same note as above applies. See you soon.

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Truth and Cupcakes

October 24th, 2004

I’ve always been inclined to treat the cupcake bakeries as more novelty then specialty, and the near universal reports of long lines, and disappointment surrounding the much hyped Magnolia do nothing to disuade me on this point. That said you’ve got to respect Verite Coffee/Cupcake Royale [flash] for opening a large, gleaming new location in downtown Ballard, smack in the face of Tully’s and Starbucks. Ballard aesthetic is out in force, with paint on plywood faux movie star posters of (famous? imaginary?) drag queens, Coffee Verite branded hoodies, and yes, a truckers cap or two. The coffee however is good, the space airy and well lit, the cupcakes are certainly no worse then home made, the sound track is Air, power outlets are plentiful if clumpily distributed, and, of course, the wireless is free.

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Reflections, Post New York

September 4th, 2004

Evan and Micah both have post NYC reflections.

Sustaining, Still Gaining

The traffic analysis still has to be done, and it wont be accurate, but we had probably a week where we sustained between 9 and 20 megabits/second, thats a LOT of traffic, literally millions of hits per day (at one point we did some rough caluclations and came up with between 1 and 5 million a day). What was interesting was that even the fabled “slashdot effect” was hardly even a noticable bump in our traffic.

Thoughts about the evolution of indymedia since 1999

The Indymedia network has added a new local IMC every 11 days.

The RNC Protests, Technology, and the infoline we setup

There has been an escalating struggle between protesters and police over communications and coordination during protests involving mass direct action. Our task is to help facilitate horizontal communication and information distribution to all the activists in the streets.

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NYC Supreme Court Judge Orders Protestor Release

September 2nd, 2004

According to the Associated Press State Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo ordered the immediate release of 470 protestors being held illegally and fined the city $1,000 for every protester held past a 5 p.m. deadline.

“These people have already been the victims of a process,” state Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo told the city’s top lawyer. “I can no longer accept your statement that you are trying to comply.”

Or in the words of one judge

I have been here since 5:00 [2:30 hours] and only 20 people have been released. What is taking so long?!

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$50 at the Door?

July 14th, 2004

$50 to get in the door of the IMC during the Republican National Convention?!?!

I’m not on the ground in New York so I can only speculate on what they are thinking, but I have serious doubt about whether the terms “convergence space”, “Indymedia”, or even “independent” should really ever appear on a page that talks about a $50 registration fee. I don’t usually take a hard line on what is, and isn’t IMC, but that is the least IMC sounding thing I think I’ve ever heard.

In fact that only thing that could make it sound less like any IMC I’ve ever been part of is if you couldn’t store your stuff there, or pass out at 2am after 22 hours of straight hacking. Oh wait

we can not provide storage or sleeping facilities

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April 6th, 2004

The Chronicle has its Top 100 Bay Area restaurants (via stacey), while the NYTimes has A Quick Guide to the Best Restaurants in New York (via kottke, also with reviews). For me all the differences between the two cities lay there exposed. I’ll admit I’m less familiar with the NYC options, but of the handful of places I’ve eaten on the NYTimes list they were across the board atmospheric, appearance driven, et très cher. And I have to question their idea of what “moderately” priced means, as I’ve seen $40 entrees at at least one of their “moderately” priced options.

The Chron on the other hand doesn’t condescend to pre-judge the options for you, beyond inclusion in the list.(granted the Times is presenting a much longer list, which only reinforces my other complaints) There are options which you could only describe as “cheap eats”. There are several phenomenal options for vegetarians, (a concept which really hasn’t penetrated NY’s restaurant establishment yet, probably at least partially due to the lack of decent produce available in the city) and much greater diversity of cuisines.

Its not that SF lacks the frouffy(sp?) options, French Laundry for example is pretentious enough for either coast, its just that the Chron seems to be less enthralled with decor, fame, and cash, and more interested in the food.

Lastly, the Chron figured out that they should link to their own reviews, while the NYTimes needed a helping hand.

In other news, my weekend in New York was lovely thank you, I didn’t leave Sunnyside which is just the way I like it.

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