Winter Wallpaper: Snow Traxx

    Winter’s officially over but that didn’t prevent Mother Nature from dropping a ton of snow on us last weekend…so I did what any sane person would do at the end of March. I strapped on some snow shoes and trekked through Mendon Ponds Park! The park is particularly breathtaking in the snow and as I arrived at a chicane I captured some of it’s beauty. The winter of 2013/2014 was a rough one–Forever remember it with this wallpaper set I’ve affectionately titled “Snow Traxx”. [...]

    How Obamacare Can Lead To Double Taxation

    We’ve all heard horror stories concerning the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare or ACA). Death panels! Doctor shortages! Loss of employment! In truth, most of these “issues” are nothing more than rumors and misinformation. Personally, I’ve avoided discussion of the ACA as much as possible—primarily because few of the changes affected me. Sure, coverage for pre-existing conditions it great…but I’ve had continuous insurance. Insurance companies can no longer drop me if I develop a serious/costly illness…but I have not yet had to cross that bridge (thankfully!). That being said I have [...]

    My Earliest ExposureTo Computers (Happy Birthday Macintosh)

    Twenty-seven years ago I was exposed to my first computer. The elementary school I attended (John Lewis Childs School in Floral Park, NY) recognized the importance of exposing children to computers at an early age. The school built a computer lab and stocked it with Apple II and Apple IIe computers. With increasing frequency, grades 1 through 6 shared use of the computer lab. Activities included everything from playing games to entering simple programs in BASIC. The first time I used a computer for a creative task was in second [...]

    Get In The Holiday Spirit With the Empire State Building [UPDATED]

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    Last year the Empire State Building upgraded it’s lighting arrays. Not only were the new LED arrays far more efficient–they made way for fancy light combinations and light shows. We’ve been treated to a few spectacular shows since the upgrade (like this one on Halloween) but last Friday the ESB stepped up it’s game. They’ve been putting on light shows every night at 7pm since December 20th. Tonight marks the Empire State Building’s final light show of the year. If you’re anywhere near the ESB, tune your radio [...]

    The American Congress

    So you call yourself a fiscally responsible republican? Great! You stopped providing me with federal services at midnight. Kindly stop collecting taxes for these services until they are reinstated. Oh, you’re a tax and spend democrat? Awesome! Kindly spend some of those taxes you’re collecting from me by reopening the federal government. For those of you that are not a member of congress here’s some food for thought. While republicans attempt to put Christ back in Christmas by denouncing evolution and democrats try to socialize America through health care legislation, [...]

    iOS 7 OTA “Software Update Unavailable”, iTunes error 9006 – FIX

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    Apple’s iOS 7 launch isn’t going as smoothly as they had hoped. Users trying to update their iPhone or iPad to iOS 7 via OTA (over the air) are receiving the error “Software Update Unavailable”. If they then try to update using iTunes many receive a different error, “iTunes error 9006″. Apple’s official fix doesn’t seem to be much help. Apple might be out to lunch on the issue but I figured out a workaround that will let you update via OTA, circumventing the “Software Update Unavailable” error. Just follows [...]

    9/11 Tribute In Light – Royalty Free Stock Photos

    Last night was the first time since September 11, 2001 that I made an effort to view anything related to that tragic day. I hopped on my bike and rode to Brooklyn Bridge Park with the intention of zoning out to the Tribute in Light. What I encountered at the park was an army of professional photographers competing for the best shots to sell on stock photo sites. The unfortunate truth is that 9/11 has spawned an entire commercial industry. I’ve written about my distaste for it, but words [...]

    Bug Signs?

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    Over the course of the last week I’ve been visited by a few insects. While the appearance of a spider or pretty much any other insect on a vehicle is nothing to make a case out of, I began to take notice when I was visited by two spiders and a praying mantis–each before a negative event or a major decision involving a vehicle. The first encounter was last Friday evening with a sizable spider. The spider appeared to be making the inside of my Chevy Caprice it’s home. It [...]

    Dead Horse Bay

    Garbage is rarely a tourist attraction. Yet at Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn, NY garbage is the main attraction. The shores of Dead Horse Bay are strewn with copious amounts of glass bottles, vintage housewares, toys, animal bones, and many other obscure items–all of which were disposed of nearly a century ago. It’s these items that attract hundreds of people each week. So what gives? Why is the shoreline of this otherwise picturesque bay covered in trash? The answer lies in the area’s storied history. The entire area was once [...]

    Started From The Bottom Now We’re Here

    Started from the bottom now we’re here–a phrase made famous by a song. But where is “here”? The answer is quite different depending who you ask. For some “here” is the peak of a career. Finally reaping the rewards of decades of hard work and dedication. For others it’s the comfort of a stable job and/or family. Yet increasingly “here” means starting from the bottom…again. For the first time in my life I know not one, but several people who have been laid off from a job. It’s true [...]