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Friday, September 28, 2007

TrackJump Durham

I've been meaning to post a list of favorite things I like about Durham, NC. Including the fact that we have a place that makes the best falafels in the US (Baba Ganoush in Erwin plaza), the best science museum and the best paletas shop, and the best restaurant for a date.

But the list grew too long, and I didn't feel like looking up links to things anymore, so I spent the rest of this morning making a site called TrackJump. It allows me to more easily embed tracking links in shipment notification emails to my customers, and in links on web pages, etc.

Feel free to try it, use it, and let me know if it's OK or needs work.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Samson's Max-Out

Article by Adam Rush who crashed a John Edwards private fund-raiser. My favorite quote: "Are you telling me that Giuliani is going to beat me in the South? Are you kidding? That sounds like some kind of joke! Or Romett, what's his name?"

In 2004, I was politically active, reading speeches, comparing campaign issues from all the candidates Republican and Democrat. Seems like for 2008, I've sort of been asleep on the whole thing. I intend to at least listen to 1 campaign speech from each major candidate (Rep and Dem) before voting. Maybe I'll compile them here.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Trip to Topsail Island

Since it was a beautiful day, we woke up and said "lets go to the beach", and drove down to Topsail Island. Stayed at the Jolly Roger inn, which has a great fishing pier where most people seem catch Spotted Sea Trout, but you really can catch anything (30lbs or more, and they ask to put your picture on the wall). A 9-year old ran up to us and showed us a porcupine fish he found washed up on the shore. Real estate on the beach is so expensive.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006


So, living in Carrboro now. We went to Weaver St.'s jazz brunch. Going to our friend Jessica's for a barbecue on a gas grill. We're bringing tempeh.

It's fun, but still not entirely sold on the area though. Hard to get used to never bumping into people "on the way places" ... because you drive everywhere instead of walking. Such low synchronicity levels. I guess that's most of the U.S. though.

NYC seems expensive on paper (high rents). But some things (entertainment, transportation) are way cheaper. For us it's coming out about the same here in the Triangle as in NYC.


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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Where do you live if your income is derived from the Internet?

Where do you live if your income is derived from the Internet?

Currently I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - one of the most expensive places in the world. It seems to be the most ridiculous place to live. On the up side, there are lots of new parents, good friends, fun classes for Noey. The downside is that there are few trees, lots of broken glass, and occasional odd fumes like burning plastic or spilled gas. Personally, I just don't want to get stuck here.

So we've tried to see what it's like to live as a family in a dozen cities throughout Europe and the U.S. My wife looks for co-ops, ethnic and philosophic diversity, pilates classes. I look for work ethic and sustainable industry. I don't like the artificial "communities of artists" who are busy knitting and patting each other on the back.

I know in a couple years Noey's probably going to school, and we really should settle down. But there's always home schooling, drop-in classes, and the burgeoning networks of internet connected parents who are all too happy to have more kids drop in and make their play and library times more interesting.

So far I think we're thinking about the "Research Triangle" area. We spent a week there. Or maybe we'll stay here in Brooklyn. I'll probably delete this blog entry as embarrassing.

An aside: I know that if you think everyone else is crazy, that means you are. But is it a sign of "nearing a mild insanity" that I often think that "nearly everyone" is "mildly crazy"?


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