3.31.2006

good idea

from thrillist:

April Fools PrankPost a classified on an Indianapolis-based website advertising Final Four tickets for sale. Include an unfortunate friend's phone number, and try not to laugh as he cluelessly fields calls from hundreds of eager strangers.

real estate fun

there was property shark, then zillow, now RealEstateABC. the latest has a map and a neighborhood comparison on the same page. now that's making use of interface real estate.

the dubai tower. click for the awesome flash rendering, at least.

a friend recently told me that hong kong's public transportation system makes good use of advertising real estate. i commented that the MTA is moving towards that direction - if you pass through the major hub stations (times square, union square) you'll notice that the walls are now plastered with hsbc ads - even the columns are wrapped in them. in grand central, i thought it was unusual that no billboard space was constructed for the ads, and the ads were stuck directly on the walls. at times square and grand central, exclusive advertising campaigns involving light boxes with johnny walker ads dominate the passageway to and from the shuttle train. back during the holidays, the shuttle train was completely painted from the inside to resemble a broadway theatre audience. very soon the insides of the trains will be covered in ads in the non-conventional ad spaces (poles, seatings, car ceilings). when the technology becomes affordable, advertising real estate will expand to air space, where holographic images (a la star wars and A.I.) will interact with passerbys.

and speaking of MTA, i have no idea what's going on with the binding arbitration dance and the TWU. all this political stonewalling just makes me think that each side is looking for leverage. i've been reading the press clips, and i'm as confused as everyone else.

i attended a seminar today at NYU's Real Estate Institute - Commercial Space Definitions. i didn't expect the majority of the seminar to be about utilities - gas, heating, electricity, roofing, water, vapor barriers and computer rooms - but it was still enjoyable. i sat through anecdotes about how the professor convinced the owner to sell his building at a higher price than asking by giving him a private loan, raised the downpayment by asking the existing tenant to advance rent, and still own the building to date mortgage free. he's a razzle dazzler, speaking at the speed of a ww2 radio newscaster, and equiped with disarming blue eyes. 'these stories are dime a dozen,' he said, 'my real source of pride is the computer room that didn't turn off once in 36 years.'

there's a building being built on the corner of 42nd and 6th. i stood across it today, and just watched the contractors do their thing.

re: critical mass

i concur. the political process, although long and arduous, is the process that results in reforms. critical mass raises public awareness about bicycle advocacy, but it generates both positive and negative publicity.

and you know what they say about publicity.

3.29.2006

the horror - i'm normal

apparently i'm not as much of a nerd as i thought i was :(

Joe Normal
47 % Nerd, 8% Geek, 21% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.

This is not to say that you don't have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you--we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren't much of an outcast.

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 31% on nerdiness
You scored higher than 3% on geekosity
You scored higher than 26% on dork points


The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test

3.15.2006

recent musings

  1. Arrrrgggg!! Free Starbucks today and I bought some just 30 minutes before! From 10a-12p only.
  2. I forgot it was Pi Day yesterday. Didn’t have any pie, but did take mom out to dinner at Roy’s with the spiffy $50 certificate I got from American Express. On the way to the restaurant I saw: Japanese percussion group (drums, banging, and some dude tap dancing on a piece of wood) and a collaborating passerby (dreadlocks attached) drumming the public garbage can with his long umbrella, a street prayer group in the Times Square passageway to 8th Avenue, FDNYs helping a sick citizen up from the floor, and a mess of construction (I saw underground wiring, wee~) across from the WTC site.
  3. I still haven’t figured out how to access meebo from a web-proxy surfing thingie. I’m guessing it’s a Java-Script conflict. Any ideas?
  4. Not having InterNews at home sucks (see #1). Not having Internet sucks too.
  5. I now have to do my own laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, and bookshelf staining, like a regular adult. It doesn’t feel as different as I thought it would. A week living “by myself” and already I’m intolerant of roommates that refuse to give you your privacy.
  6. Ta! Hope to be back (more or less daily) soon.

3.07.2006

damnit, don't break up in front of my house

i've moved in! halfway. my computer and tv are still at the old place, so that means i'm not loitering online when i get home. to cure the boredom and the quiet, i've started reading fluke by christopher moore. (werd, i didn't know he wrote the stupidest angel.)

first thing any neighbor said to us was 'don't drive over my (garbage can) lid.'

first thing i witnessed this morning was a couple breaking up in front of my house. well, i don't know if that's what they were doing, but the girl was crying, and the boy was trying to stop her from crying. it was just a tad awkward trying to lock my door, tune them out, and then tiptoe past them (they were about 5 feet away from me).

so i'll be disappearing for a few days. in the mean time, check out TEA MARIE and all its novelty tea-related products. until march 17, use this promotional discount code that gives you 10% off all purchases - FNFLCH10. happy shopping!

3.04.2006

Yahoo Answers! in My Inbox

Q: How do you know it's true love?

A: There's no drama.
(the hard way) you've already gone through all the difficult discussions about why your mate has annoying habits, and why the habits annoy you to begin with. you've negotiated and modified your behaviors to avoid the incidents that triggers said drama, and quite simply, you just know better. you've gotten used to living without the things you gave up for said true love. you've grown up. you no longer feel compelled to change the other person. both mates are reasonable and mature people that allow each other to have good and bad moments.
(the lucky way) you're made for each other!

A: You meet the family.
(kicking and dragging) 'i like you enough to check out who my potential in-laws are like'
(idealistic) 'i won't let my family hate you'

A: You're willing to do the things you hate.
(...) i think this is a recipe for how-to-build-resentment-towards-your-mate-slowly-but-surely, unless you're one of those that gets used to anything.

3.02.2006

this is a twi'lek


in response to g's question, twi'lek is a species in the star wars saga. they are highly intelligent, the tentacles protruding from their head are their brain tails, and for some reason, they make excellent doctors and entertainers (healer types). they are often scantily clad, cos their designers (scifi enthusiasts) like them that way.

this was my twi'lek in my star war galaxy days. saphirs was cute as a button, and almost always fully clothed ;)

betting (and profiting) from real life events

congrats to nbat for getting a mention naplesnews.com!

This world of propositional betting extends the Oscar phenomenon past gambling sites to sites that specialize in trading futures. Sites like TradeSports.com trade contracts on the Oscars.

Stephen Roman, 24, a recreational trader and an analyst for a currency trading firm, explained how futures work.

“Let’s say Brokeback Mountain is trading at 80,” Roman said. “That means the market thinks it has an 80 percent chance of winning. So you can buy or sell. If you think the picture has a 50 percent chance of winning, you can sell at 80 and then buy it back once the price lowers to 50, and close out the trade with that profit.”


article here.

3.01.2006

NY ComicCon!! 2006


i wanted to go, but #@$! had to move :) highlights pulled from the flickr pool:

milla is glorious. she was there for 15 minutes to promote ultraviolet. i think she was also on wb11 morning either today or yesterday. GLORIOUS.

i think she's suppose to be a twi'lek?


strangest one i ever saw... all the other ones i know have TWO lekku.

grr

wtf: meebo's blocked at work!! Reason: Found in Denied List (Anonymous Proxies).

found: gothamist's puny
mta coverage.

in other news: have you had your
bian today?

me: nvm that looks gross
him: ya seriously, i already have plenty of virility
me: do you know what bian is
him: do i want to???
me: oh it's just chinese for penis
me: its the formal name
him: bok bain :/
him: sick!

me: it's pretty (un)usual to eat that much bian at a time
him: i wouldn't know :/
him: : P you the expert?
me: i've never had bian
me: i think ppl i know are too young to need to eat bian
me: or too shy to admit it
him: do they have it in the US?
me: texas
me: bull schlong
me: thought it was a delicacy
me: its not just a chinese thing…
me: it was on road rules?
him: ohh rilly?
me: the ppl had to make bull penis smoothies
me: i really dont know how that works, but it looked really gross
him: smoothies are good! hmm, i'll think about it