Thursday, October 31, 2013

#PBS #MakingStuffColder

Just watched #Nova on #PBS #MakingStuffColder awesome and incredibly interesting stuff. The research on M22 antifreeze holds a ton of potential.

More details on M22 here -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hmmm "Living in Brooklyn"

OMG!!! Had to replace one of the wheels on my server rack only to see this much grime on my vents (I just vacuumed clean the top right).

Cant believe I breath this shit in living in Brooklyn.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed has passed away at 71

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today.

More at: 

Very very thankful Jodie and I got to see him play live a few years ago up close and personal at a relatively small gig, one of our highlight of living in NY and happening to be at the right place at the right time - even in his late 60's he was a major force on stage and had a sold out crowd pumped for the whole 2 hours from start to finish - rally

There was a rally in Washington DC yesterday and Jodie and I bussed down.

Smaller than I would have hoped for, and sometimes I want to grab people by the shoulders and shake people saying "you get the government you deserve......."

Best quote I heard of the day......"who here thinks NSA surveillance is still about fighting terrorism".

Was also really surprised at what a powerhouse speaker a Dennis Kucinich was, I'll have to check out more of what he's got to say as most forthright politician I heard all day.

Was also interesting to see how Chinese CCTV was there covering an "anti-government protest about state surveillance", i'm wondering how that was presented "back home". Also saw Turkish/German and of course the Russian RT channel covering the protest. Strange bedfellows indeed. What a world we live in today.

Did the President notice.....nope, Are the NSA cowering....nope, did we achieve anything....nope BUT if you don't stand up to be counted.....then you don't get to complain after the fact.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Just watched @frontlinepbs on their #SuperBug doco-more people die from antibiotic resistant bugs in USA than aids (23k a year!)
People who take antibiotics for not good reason are killing us all and increasing the number of pan resistant superbugs.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


City ‘cleans up’ after Banksy art

They may not know art, but they know what they don’t like.

The Parks Department called in its big guns Thursday to try and remove a Banksy work overlooking the Brooklyn Heights promenade.

Went down to look at it today and found this article after googling why I couldn't find it.

And when you consider this is how the city leaves mess all over the streets just blocks from this it is a fucking crime that they did this in less than 3 days.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

3.8% of your house capital gains for medicare

Wow I didn't realize that the 3.8% medicare levy also applied to capital gains on selling your house.....

So if you are in New York and you sell your apartment making a $200k capital gain.....the government wants $8k of that for medicare.....ouch

Hey Obama how about you spend less money eavesdropping on me and blowing shit up half way around the world so you don't need to tax us for medicare as much.

Monday, October 14, 2013


wow there are only 25 blimps in the world (10 of which are in the USA) and there are only 56 blimp pilots in the world.

was really surprised at how low both numbers are and cant confirm they are accurate figures but interesting if true.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

You have to watch Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight-

Fantastic movie about Change. I hope Obama watches and cries in shame

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sennheiser PC 320

You know when you put something on and it just feels.....right....

Yep just purchased a replacement set of headphones - check out the Sennheiser PC 320 at Amazon -

The obvious design upgrade from the Sennheiser PC151 model that I had is that now they don't have the "inline control" for volume and mic mute which is where my last pair failed.

Basically the volume is now a rotating disc on the outside of the right ear and the mic is an automatic switch when you raise and low the mic boom.

By solving this issue along with thicker and stronger molding near the plugs, hopefully this will last longer than the 29 months for my last pair.

The World Is Flat was written less than 10 years ago

This blows my mind, when you consider the changes we've had in 9 years.

This screen capture I took was in 2012, but the point still rings true since 2004 we've had Facebook, Twitter, 4g, Skype (iPhone/Andoid isn't mentioned but they've both happened since then as well).

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Online jurisdiction complications

I wonder how the city of London would feel if we took something of theirs without "due process"

Hmmm watching CNN only to see advertising suggesting Belize was a peaceful and safe place for Americans to buy a second home.

hmmm John McAfee might have a different spin on this  "John McAfee's Belize home burns to ground"

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Friday, October 04, 2013

Visual Studio 2005 setup problems "insert dvd"

Long story but I needed to install an old copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 standard and kept having problems with the same error each time  "please the disk: Visual Studio 2005 dvd"

Hopefully through the magic of SEO this blog post will turn up in your google search and solve you time.

Basically half way through the installation each time I would get the same error

There is an easy solution but I could never find it documented anywhere.

I solve it sharing my dvd from another pc eg \\PC2\DVD and then run setup.exe from this location on PC1

I have no idea why this solved the problem and found it by accident.

No this wasn't a pirated copy, no the dvd itself wasn't scratched or damaged. Basically something wrong with the pressing from Microsoft back in 2006 (or more likely something wrong with installing it onto a modern windows 7 64bit pc).

Either way once you load the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 setup.exe it from a remote directory.......problem goes away :)

Facebook land
Facebook Inc.'s FB -2.23% sprawling campus in Menlo Park, Calif., is so full of cushy perks that some employees may never want to go home. Soon, they'll have that option.
The social network said this week it is working with a local developer to build a $120 million, 394-unit housing community within walking distance of its offices. Called Anton Menlo, the 630,000 square-foot rental property will include everything from a sports bar to a doggy day care.

Some people seem really surprised about this but keep in mind that this was the way the majority of businesses ran for the majority of humans entrepreneurial existence.

Heck it was less than 200 years ago that the British East India Company had its own private armies.....