Pearl Jam “hid” 9 images that compose the cover of their forthcoming album on the web. The reward for solving the puzzle is a new song from the record and the album cover. This is really cool, even if you don’t love PeeJ.
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You may recall a few months ago that I started training for the Half Marathon. That’s been going extremely really well and so I’ve decided to extend my training 14 weeks and run the full 26.2 miles on November 1st.
Those who know me personally might find it hard to believe that I could run such a long distance. I’ve always been slightly to not-so-slightly over weight and not athletic at all. When I started this process I could barely run 2 miles. Last Sunday I ran 8 miles very comfortably.
About 18 months ago my grandmother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. She’s an extremely tough lady and she is recovering in part due to scientific advancements in cancer treatment. Cancer effects all humans everywhere. The odds that you or someone you love will get cancer during your lifetime are practically 100%. The way we fight as a community is by supporting scientific research to beat these diseases. And so, in my grandmother’s honor please help me in raising a significant amount of money for the MMRF. My goal is to raise $20 from 200 people, but hopefully we will raise much more. Click here to join my support team.
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I went to my boss and said to him, “You know, I’m going to go do this crazy thing and I’m going to start this company selling books online.” This was something that I had already been talking to him about in a sort of more general context, but then he said, “Let’s go on a walk.” And, we went on a two hour walk in Central Park in New York City and the conclusion of that was this. He said, “You know, this actually sounds like a really good idea to me, but it sounds like it would be a better idea for somebody who didn’t already have a good job.” He convinced me to think about it for 48 hours before making a final decision.
So, I went away and was trying to find the right framework in which to make that kind of big decision. I had already talked to my wife about this, and she was very supportive and said, “Look, you know you can count me in 100 percent, whatever you want to do.” It’s true she had married this fairly stable guy in a stable career path, and now he wanted to go do this crazy thing, but she was 100 percent supportive. So, it really was a decision that I had to make for myself, and the framework I found which made the decision incredibly easy was what I called — which only a nerd would call — a “regret minimization framework.”
So, I wanted to project myself forward to age 80 and say, “Okay, now I’m looking back on my life. I want to have minimized the number of regrets I have.” I knew that when I was 80 I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a really big deal. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried. I knew that that would haunt me every day, and so, when I thought about it that way it was an incredibly easy decision. And, I think that’s very good. If you can project yourself out to age 80 and sort of think, “What will I think at that time?” it gets you away from some of the daily pieces of confusion. You know, I left this Wall Street firm in the middle of the year. When you do that, you walk away from your annual bonus. That’s the kind of thing that in the short-term can confuse you, but if you think about the long-term then you can really make good life decisions that you won’t regret later.
Luckily the cancer he has is treatable and he should make a full recovery.
If you were a jewish boy growing up in NY in the 90s, you probably wanted to be The Beastie Boys at some point. Yeshiva drop-outs, telling their Rabbis and teachers to go fuck themselves, and rapping as well as any non-white group out there.
If you hold up License To Ill in the mirror, the letters 3MTA3 say EAT ME. What most people don’t know is that MTA is the name of the school they got booted from.
The BB also have a history with my alma mater, Stuyvesant High School.
(from Wikipedia) The entrance to the high school is visible in the beginning of the music video for the Beastie Boys song Ch-Check It Out, as the three rappers walk on the TriBeCa Bridge. Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys also wears a red Stuyvesant High School Physical Education leader T-shirt in the video for (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!). This has sparked a rumor that one or all of the Boys attended Stuyvesant. In fact, only the band’s original drummer, Kate Schellenbach, did. Horovitz’s much younger stepbrother Oliver also attended Stuyvesant.
In April, Amanda, Caroline and I drove up to North Haven CT to visit the BustedTees warehouse. On 23rd and Lexington at about 930am, a few minutes after we left he office, I got pulled over for passing a school bus with its stop-blinkers on. There was heavy traffic on 23rd street and about 6 cars got pulled over for this violation within the 20 minutes that we waited for our ticket. It was obviously some kind of NYPD entrapment/fundraiser.
The passing-schoolbus law is very important for child safety, but the spirit of the law is to protect children on empty roads where a car could mow them down coming off the bus and crossing the street. It was not intended for gridlocked city-blocks where cars are going 5mph or stopped.
I found out a month later when the ticket was registered in the DMV system that the fine was $330 with 5 points on my license. This is basically the equivalent of driving 30+ mph over the speed limit on a highway. So I plead not-guilty.
I had my hearing this morning and was found not guilty. It was a very easy process. I left the office at about 10am, went to 19 Rector Street, checked in at 10:30am, met with a judge at 10:39am, and was back at the office before 11. The judge said the officer didn’t provide enough evidence of my infraction. Had he made an acceptable presentation, I would have had the opportunity to cross-examine him. I had a digram and questions prepared and part of me wishes I had had that opportunity.
The moral of the story is fight tickets. They assume you’re going to plead guilty and its difficult for the police to prove the infraction.
““Walking speed absolutely reflects health status,” Simonsick says. So when you irritatedly blow past a trio of ambling visitors from Ohio or Iowa on the subway platform, you’re not just being an obnoxious New Yorker. You’re demonstrating that you’re going to outlive them—and enjoy better health while they slowly degrade.”—
I very often irritatedly blow past slow-pokes in the subway system, especially at the termination of stairs up or down, but I’ve been consciously trying to curtail this reaction as I think it contributes to unneeded anger and stress that can be bad for my health.
I have 4 Paul McCartney tickets I can’t use for Tuesday July 21st, the 3rd of his 3 night run at Citi Field. Theyre in the cheapest section but are a good centered view. I paid $49.50 per ticket plus the surcharges only to realize that I can’t go on that day. DOH! If you want them, the surcharges are on me. joshmohrer at gmail dot com.
If by some miracle you want to trade me your Friday or Saturday night tickets for my Tuesdays, I’ll rename this blog after you.
“More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—“a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly. When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.””—Vanity Fair
“Nobody suddenly announces a resignation on the Friday evening before a holiday weekend if it’s a positive thing.
This isn’t a bid for the presidency. It’s a scandal.” (via marco)
This isn’t a scandal or a anything negative at all. Palin’s resignation on July 3rd guarantees her a front page spot on basically every American newspaper on the most America-focused day of the year (and international media too… she’s all over the BBC here in London). She is playing on the emotions of her supporters and its a brilliant move. The x < 50% of the population that hates Barack Obama wants to get behind something, and right now she is it. This isn’t a scandal. This is her implicit 2012 announcement. It’s a wink to the republican base that absolutely adores her (Yes, New York and California: millions of people LOVE Sarah Palin). She’s playing on the emotions of her supporters who will be all about beating the secret-Muslim-deficit-spending-baby-killer on this Independence Day.
This isn’t a scandal. It’s our worst nightmare (well, not our WORST nightmare… I have a worse nightmare regarding our 44th president). Hopefully the minds at the DNC are on this. But make no mistake, this is not a scandal. It is a shrewd political move. If we don’t take this seriously, she can win. Do not brush this off.
“The view along Wasilla’s main drag is of Chili’s, ihop, Home Depot, Target, and Arby’s, and yet the view from the Palins’ front yard, on Lake Lucille, recalls the Alpine splendor visible from Captain Von Trapp’s terrace in The Sound of Music. It is culturally conservative: the local newspaper recently published an article that asked, “Will the Antichrist be a Homosexual?””—It Came from Wasilla (Vanity Fair)