Jailbreaking my iPhone with Spirit has catalyzed my most significant upgrade in mobile productivity ever. I had jailbreaked (jailbroken?) my iPhone before, but it always came at the expense of some other functionality. One time voicemail stopped working, another time battery life diminished greatly. And jailbreaking was very hard to do both of those times. But this time its different. Not only was the process extraordinarily simple with Spirit, using a simple desktop app for both Mac and Windows, but it hasn’t effected the other functionality of the phone at all.
When you jailbreak your iPhone you get a new app-store-like program called Cydia where you can download (and buy) all sorts of neat Apps that Apple doesn’t want you to have. They do all sorts of neat things like display real-time weather on the locked home screen, but for me, far and away the most useful feature is MiWi, one of several apps that allow you to tether you iphone to other devices. Tethering turns your iPhone into a WiFi hotspot for your other devices. So now I can sit in an airport and use my MacBook or iPad without buying the overpriced airport WiFi. This has also made iPad WiFi good enough. No need for the 3G version or the $30/month fee. Petra especially appreciated this feature on the long drive back from Pearl Jam in Hartford two weeks ago. Wedding blogs never looked so nice.
I’m sure Apple/AT&T will catch up to this and some how block it or charge me for this extra data usage (which they really shouldn’t, but have a legal right to do), but for now, I’m in tether-heaven.
“BP wants Twitter to shut down a fake BP account that is mocking the oil company. In response, Twitter wants BP to shut down the oil leak that’s ruining the ocean.”—
JIMMY FALLON, Late Night (via the New York Times and everybody’s Tumblr)
How clueless could BP’s (real) PR people be? This was obviously going to backfire. When your company spills oil, shut the fuck up until you fix it. And then probably keep shutting the fuck for a little while after that too.
What a great last line! Everything that annoyed me about how Lost finished up has been replaced by the finale of 24: the bad guys are dead and Jack is all shot up and on the run (again)!!! Perfect!
The sign of a great series finale is one that manages to tie up the story at hand but leave you…
Completely agree. It was difficult saying goodbye to two Jacks this week, but i definitely enjoyed Agent Bauer’s farewell more than Dr. Shephard’s.
24 and Lost we’re my favorite television shows. I can’t really imagine a TV show capturing my attention the way these did. Their absence will reduce my TV consumption by about 50% and I think that’s okay. I always get a little jealous when I meet people that watch no TV. I think that’s a good way to live. But I loved those programs and I’m sad to see them go.
I really want to like Jay-Z, and I respect the skill needed for a well executed sample, but Jay-Z basically adds no value to this track. I’m glad the original composer of the gorgeous 1980’s song Forever Young is getting a nice pay-day from this, but rapping over the verses about being rich (slamming Bentley doors, hopping out of Porsches / Popping up on Forebs lists, gorgeous) just doesn’t add anything. I have a hard time calling this art and what’s worse is that most people that hear this song probably don’t realize that the good part isn’t even written by Jay-Z. All that said, I think Jay’s wife Beyonce is one of the best singers in music today. So I guess I can relate to Jay-Z with the whole “marrying up” thing.
Pearl Jam - Bugs Philadelphia, PA - October 31st, 2009
The last time I saw Pearl Jam they played this song for the first and only time ever. It’s goofy, never meant to be played live, but that was a special night.
Seeing them three times in the next 7 days in Hartford CT, Newark NJ and New York NY. Not counting festivals, solo appearances, or unfortunate circumstances that prevented me from getting in to the venue that one time, these will be my 44th, 45th, and 46th Pearl Jam shows.
I’m renting a ZipCar to get myself to some meetings outside of the city during my upcoming Covestor Business Development trip to San Francisco. Those familiar with the service may recall that BMWs tend to cost more per hour than all other cars. During the week in NYC you can get a regular car for $9/hr and a BMW for $15/hr. This includes gas and insurance. But in San Francisco, BMWs actually cost less per hour than every other car, most notably the Prius.
Pearl Jam released a 24/7 Pearl Jam only radio station on their site. This is really fantastic for “special” people like me. The cuts of pre-2000 shows are especially appreciated. Thank you, Pearl Jam! See you in Hartford, Newark, and MSG in a few weeks!
If you are buying a new Metrocard, and you don’t use unlimited fare metrocards (which are priced to be inefficient for simple back-and-forth work commutes on business days… but that’s for another post), you should only ever buy cards with the values $15.65, $29.35, $31.30, $45.00, $60.65, $74.35, and $76.30
The 15% Metrocard bonus is purposefully confusing. Fares are $2.25. When you buy a Metrocard for more than $8 you get a 15% bonus. But this leaves the almost unavoidable possibility of buying an amount that is not divisible by $2.25, resulting in a fractional fare amount that you cannot use unless you refill the card. I bet the MTA is making millions of dollars on the fractions of fares left on cards and that this was a purposeful strategy by them to capture more fair dollars.
I found a cool site called MetrocardBonusCalculator.com that breaks down how much you should load to end up with a full-fare amount after the 15% bonus with no leftover. You can toggle how much is on your current card and how much the fare is, but here’s one for $0.00 on the old card, with the standard $2.25 fare.
Add $15.65 to $0.00 for a bonus of $2.35 and a total of $18.00 (8 rides).
Add $29.35 to $0.00 for a bonus of $4.40 and a total of $33.75 (15 rides).
Add $31.30 to $0.00 for a bonus of $4.70 and a total of $36.00 (16 rides).
Add $45.00 to $0.00 for a bonus of $6.75 and a total of $51.75 (23 rides).
Add $60.65 to $0.00 for a bonus of $9.10 and a total of $69.75 (31 rides).
Add $74.35 to $0.00 for a bonus of $11.15 and a total of $85.50 (38 rides).
Add $76.30 to $0.00 for a bonus of $11.45 and a total of $87.75 (39 rides).
There’s a question commonly asked within the gambling community from one player to another: “what’s your unit?” Your unit is defined by the amount of money you think in multiples of; if you perceive a thousand dollars as ten sets of 100 dollars, that makes your unit 100 dollars. In college, a twenty dollar bill is at least four sets of five dollar bills, and maybe even 20 sets of one dollar bills, if you remember that one dollar can buy you four packages of Nutty Bars.
The higher your unit goes up, the harder you are to please. If you were to sit at the blackjack table with $1,000 and win $10, chances are you’ll ignore it unless it happens 50 more times in pretty good succession, when maybe you’ll think about getting up and calling yourself a winner. This is the reason gamblers bet according to their unit. Professional blackjack books say the proper betting amount is determined by the starting bank divided by 30, which in the case of $1,000 would be $33.33 a bet.
Oh, one question left to answer. What is your unit? If you remember how many dinners and movies and tanks of gas and iPhone apps $1000 can but you, your unit is probably going to be $25, as in “I have 40 chances to win.” If you were to plop down at the table after a night of losing $50,000 and taking your last $1,000 out of the ATM, your unit isn’t going to be the same. It’s not going to be $25. It’s probably not even $100 or even $1000 for that matter. The unit is probably far too big to achieve any success worth appreciating given the relatively small amount of each bet.
I think the same question is true in the case of happiness: what’s your unit? If you take a look at everything around you, can you see how much there is to be happy about? And if you’re coming up short, could it be because you’re thinking in units that are too big for your bank? Seeing the things that matter to you as smaller and more abundant is a difficult task once you’ve visualized them as indefinably large and hard to count, but in the end, you’ll get more bang for your buck.