Post-trip garden update

Everything's grown like crazy while I was away, like an amazing amount! The basil is huge, tomatoes are growing rapidly, and the climbers are winding themselves around the fire escape railing already!

tomato plant on fire escape basil plant on fire escape

fire escape garden viewed from far window, with wide-angle lens

European photos

european photo galleryBy unabashedly copying Jason's photo template, I've been able to get my Europe photos online in record time! While normally I'd concern myself with creating an original presentation for my pictures (the result being that I never get any pictures posted), this time I've opted for easy copying instead. I think actually getting the pictures online is a better result. So here are the photos of Europe June 2003. Enjoy!

Reboot videos online

Videos of each speaker's presentation at Reboot are available online for your enjoyment. I haven't watched mine — too painful — so I'm not sure what you'll see if you do. I suspect lots of fast talking, excitement about weblogs, and flailing of arms. I do recommend checking out the other speakers though, there's some good stuff in there, especially if you haven't heard any of them present before.

A fun experiment

Following Matt's suggestion to find pictures of people with your surname, I searched Google images for 'hourihan' and came across some interesting photos. The weirdest is this photo of Chip Hourihan from the Exeter facebook of 1979. I don't know Chip, but the photo oddly looks a bit like me. Perhaps we're related? Also I found a reference to Hourihan of Ireland in this photo from a clothing catalog. Hourihan of Ireland makes, "[c]apes and wraps in luxury blends of precious fibers." This is one of those times I just love the web. I want a cape from my kinfolk.

Sign up for MUG

Charlie Suisman, publisher of the inestimable Manhattan User's Guide (MUG) needs our help. Today he asks each reader to sign up one person, like a good old-fashioned PBS pledge drive.

You can help keep MUG's daily email coming by passing along our link or signing up one person today. Simply put, we need to have enough subscribers to MUG to attract a limited amount of advertising. (Don't worry, not the pop-up, You've Won! Click Here!-kind-of-advertising, but, you know, tasteful, restrained advertising). That way, we can continue to offer MUG at no charge and pay our way. And every subscriber on our rolls helps.

Won't you please sign-up today? All that's required to keep you in the know about great New York stuff and happenings is an email address, your ZIP code, and your country. Normally I don't push this type of stuff, but MUG is far and away my favorite daily email subscription and I really value the information he uncovers. If you're a fellow New Yorker, I suspect you might as well.

Off to Europe

I'm off to Copenhagen for Reboot tomorrow AM and after that I'll be in Paris for some much-needed vacation. Updates will be sporadic while I'm gone. I'll try to post some pictures from the road, if possible. Emails will be attended to upon my return June 30th.

Silent Majority

Silent Majority "campaigns against the worst aspect of New York City life: the car alarm." Their site is filled with lots of interesting information about the effectiveness of car alarms and the efforts afoot to ban car alarms in the City. There's also a link to a great old Tom Tomorrow cartoon about car alarms.

While I agree that car alarms are obnoxiously noisy and degrade one's quality of life, I'm not sure it's the "worst aspect of New York City life." In fact, I suffered much more from errant alarms in San Francisco because I lived less than a block from a parking garage, where cars would go off many times a day, and night. Still a city without car alarms would be a more pleasant city, and I'm all for that.