Maybe Main St. USA Does Need More Gun Control

You can’t find a more heated or emotionally charged subject these days. Foreshadowing the ongoing debate about marriage equality. Knocking the United States’ looming financial issues from the headlines. Gun control has become THE topic to debate. Defend. Lobby for or against. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings I followed the lead of the many before me. I took to Facebook and Twitter and let my opinions on the subject be known. I posted my own updates. I commented on others.…[...]

A Crane Collapse In Long Island City

A crane collapsed in Long Island City today at approximately 2:20pm. The crane, which was erected along Center Blvd. just behind LIC’s iconic Pepsi Sign, fell into an active construction site. Luckily the crane avoided the neighboring buildings and park land. At least 4 people were injured in the collapse and rescue operations successfully extracted workers injured in the incident. The impact of the collapse could be felt for several blocks. Local residents flooded the streets concerned over what had just happened.…[...]

How To Resolve TweetDeck Connection Issues: “Unable to connect. Please check your network.”

When it comes to desktop Twitter clients there aren’t many options. If you’re looking for a freebie there are even fewer choices. TweetDeck is far from perfect but it’s one of the better desktop clients available and it’s the one I’ve come to rely on when I’m not using my iPhone or iPad. Back in October I upgraded my pc’s to Windows 8. After reinstalling TweetDeck I was confronted with a fatal error; TweetDeck failed to login to my account and displayed…[...]

Shave The Stache For Sandy Cash (Ended — $200 Raised!)

My girlfriend knew it was a bad idea. My family knew it was a bad idea. Deep down inside I knew it was a bad idea too. For some strange reason I thought it would be fun to grow a stache. Now I’ve got what I’m referring to as a French Painter goatee and I have no idea what to do with it. I have no stache grooming skills. It looks terrible. Even at this early stage I might be losing friends.…[...]

Sandy Turned Out To Be A Huge B!tch

I had a feeling Frankenstorm was being over-hyped. Open mouth, insert foot. Hurricane Sandy turned out to be the real deal. I woke up this morning and headed out for a short walk to survey the damage. I didn’t have to walk more than half a block to find a tree down. Then another even larger tree down around the corner. Both took out power lines. This was the typical scene throughout Floral Park. Since I reside on the Nassau/Queens border…[...]

Hurricane Sandy Is NYC Bound (Live Webcam) (Updated)

Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy) is bearing down on the north east. I’m here in NYC hoping for the best. Local media has been discussing the impending doom about to strike the New York Tri-state area, but after hurricane Irene’s loud bark and relatively small bite I’m skeptical as to whether or not this storm will be serious. Based on the latest projection the eye of the storm is going to be a long ways from here — passing through southern New Jersey. That’s…[...]

Tech Company Music Video Flops

Yesterday Research In Motion unveiled their BB10 operating system. The company has fallen on tough times and they hope that the new OS will secure RIM a #3 spot in smart phone sales. They've also realized that they need to bring developers on-board early and get some great apps into their ecosystem at launch. By all accounts, the RIM Playbook tablet failed because of a lack of applications. It not only lacked 3rd party apps but also core apps such as calendaring & email. This time around they're trying to entice deveopers back into the fold. What better way to attract devs than a music video? [...]

The (un)Official NYC Oktoberfest Trail

As a kayaker and a cyclist in NYC I have access to maps for the NYC Water Trail and NYC Cycling Routes, but there's no official NYC Oktoberfest Trail. So...I thought it would be fun to create one! Without further ado, here's the (un)Official NYC Oktoberfest Trail, loaded with German inspired restaurants and drinking halls! Some of these stops are on the small side while many are larger capacity establishments. This time of year most will draw significant crowds so be prepared to skip past your first choice. Zum Schneider, for instance, will commonly have a wait of 1-2 hours. Many other places, like Radegast Hall, are usually busy but rarely have a wait to get in.[...]

I Did It! 106 Awesome Miles Of The NYC Century!

If you didn’t know I was preparing for my first century this year then you must have stopped following me on facebook and twitter. I’ve been inundating everyone around me with a barrage of cycling updates. Don’t rejoice yet…there’s still at least one more bike tour left this season (possibly two if I decide to ride the Tour de Bronx). On September 23rd I’m riding in Boston’s Hub On Wheels tour, which was the single most enjoyable cycling event of 2011. No…[...]

Tomorrow I’m Riding My First Century

Tomorrow marks the culmination of 9 months worth of dedication and hard work. I’ve spent most of the summer preparing to ride a full century (100 miles). I’ve been riding in cycling tours for the last 5 years, typically selecting 50-60 mile routes, but this year I’ve been determined best my previous efforts. Logging close to 1,000 miles on the year I’m in the best cycling shape of my life. Hell — I dropped 27 pounds since last November without even modifying…[...]

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