Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29, 2010

The Yankees are in the Playoffs.

Survivor Nicaragua is on my viewing schedule. I like watching this Psychological experiment. It is like watching intelligent Lab Rats.

The New Yorker has an interesting piece by Malcolm Gladwell entitled Small Change.

He argues that real Social change will not come about from the likes of Twitter or Facebook. “Strong-tie” v. "weak-tie" connections and the difference between networks, which are the opposite, in structure and character, of hierarchies , make change that people will fight for difficult in the new Social Networks. Worth reading.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 26, 2010

Georges Seurat's painting,"A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," and a re-creation.

Well, it isn't time to jump off the ship yet. Just a win today and another afterwards and we're in.

Go Giants ! Will miss the game on TV, I will be on the road. Giants games can always be heard on WFAN (660 AM) in New York.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 25, 2010

Oktoberfest typically begins in late September. This year it runs from September 18th to October 3rd, 2010.

To celebrate Oktoberfest, the Sam Adams Harvest Collection.

The beers are interesting and tasty. The bottled Sam Adams Oktoberfest is better than the tap version, a rare event. The tap is very good but the bottle has more flavor.

Michael Lewis is always interesting, so I will see what he has to say about the last financial collapse. His latest article in Vanity Fair about Greece: Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds is required reading.

Picked this one up from the Queens Library. Great book, all about Heuristics which are cognitive rules of thumb, hard-wired mental shortcuts that everyone uses every day in routine decision-making and judgment.

Gladwell used the term"Thin-Slicing" in Blink.

This book offers a quick tour of such topics as: familiarity heuristic;acceptance heuristic and default heuristic or consistency heuristic. The introduction cites to Avalanche victims and the poor decisions that were made: First Paper and Second Paper.

Looks like the Yankees got to climb to the light.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 22, 2010 - Harvest Moon

Real treat tonight. But, rain may block it. Not only will Northern America witness the beginning of autumn at 11:09 Eastern tonight, there will be a full moon in the sky. Put those two occurrences together and you'll get the rare "super harvest moon."

The event has not occurred for 20 years, and probably will not reoccur until 2029.

Tonight the nearly full moon will be rising just above the bright planet Jupiter and a somewhat dimmer Uranus.

Shine On Harvest Moon
By Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (1903)

Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky,
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since January, February, June or July
Snow time ain’t no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon,
So shine on, shine on harvest moon,
For me and my gal.

Neil Young, Let's go dancing in the night.

September 21, 2010

Yankees Magic Number = 10
Boston's Tragic Number = 3

How is it computed?
The short method: Take the number of games yet to be played, add one, then subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent.

But it might be even easier to do it with one glance at the standings if you can follow this simple mathematical formula: Games In A Season plus 1 minus Wins minus Losses by Second-Place Team. Because Games plus 1 should equal 163 in all instances, it can be summed up as:

163 - Wins - Losses By Second-Place Team

Before the season starts, every team has a magic number of 163. That would be 162 games plus 1, with 0 wins and 0 losses by the second-place team.

When the number reaches 1
When the magic number is 1, that means the team has clinched at least a tie for the championship. Once it reaches zero, the team has won the title.

The "tragic number"
The opposite of the magic number is the elimination number or the "tragic number," which is the reverse of the magic number. It's the combination of losses and wins by the front-running team for a team to be eliminated.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 19, 2010

Elisabetta Povoledo for The International Herald Tribune

Article in today's NYT about Venice allowing advertising for restoration financing.

Facebook is all the rage with new movies coming out. My household is on it and I can see what others are doing. I see the appeal, but I will not join: TMI. The new issue of the New Yorker has a good article on Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Also, in today's NYT, a great outline of the Bush Tax Cuts. The upcoming vote will debate on whether to extend them for all brackets. The wealthy get the best breaks. The Democrats want to limit it for those making $250,000 and under, and the Republicans want to extend them for all.

Interesting concept book. Wild Wikipedia Page.

It takes the Denver Post to post great Aerial NYC Photos.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 18, 2010

I like Evan Thomas' style. This one should be good. The NYT reviewed this and The Imperial Cruise together.

New fall issue. Great articles on La Guli and Cassinelli Food Products in Astoria.

Nice sunny day at the Greenmarket.

Not too crowded.

Grapes in the sun.

Start of Fall items.

Gourds. Picked up Crab Cakes, corn , tomatoes and Red Peppers. Stuffed Peppers on course for tonight.

Friday, September 17, 2010

September 17,2010

A Tornado hit Queens last night. Pretty bleak the next day. Lots of damage.

Big tree down.

This cemetery fence was wiped out.

Celtic Ale from Long Ireland Beer Company is the weekend choice. The web site description:
"Since Ireland is an island, ingredients weren't always readily available. The Irish brewers used ingredients that they were able to get locally. This beer is made with 4 different malts and a big serving of honey and oats that give it a sweet but smooth flavor. It is 5% a.b.v. and 20 Ibu’s."

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 12, 2010

Miserable day outside but a terrific Sports day inside. Only downsides were the Yankees loss and US Open delay.

USA Beats Turkey in FIBA Championship. Great game. Kevin Durant was awesome.

Giants start the season off right. It was hairy for a half and then a laugher.

Have to wait for tomorrow for Novak Djokovic v. Rafael Nadal. Will watch it and the Jets /Ravens game.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11, 2010

RIP to those who involuntarily died that day.

Come on rise up!
Come on rise up!
Rise up

Monday, September 6, 2010

September 6, 2010 - Happy Labor Day !

Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882 with a massive parade in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894 and is designed to honor and celebrate the working American. The above picture is from the first parade and includes Union Square.

Always nice to see a rainbow.

Pretty slim pickings today, not much of a crowd.

Still picked up white corn, tomatoes and peaches.

Purple vegetables all over,here eggplant.


Indoor BBQ with BLTs, Hot Sausage, Hot Dogs, Burgers and Chicken. The plan is not to cook the rest of the week. Budweiser was on sale for $11 a twelve-pack, no craft beer this holiday. It used to be my favorite beer until my taste buds grew up. Still a decent beer.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 5, 2010

Did a little last-minute outlet trip. This one in New Jersey had a Train Station next to it.

Mall Cop on a Segway.

Annual water park trip with Grandchildren. I always take a shot of this Bucket.

No lines for rides but the Wave Pool was the most popular.

Sun on the pool.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

Eataly was nice but too crowded.

Luckily, Rosa Mexicano Union Square was nearby.

Instead of dessert, a little wine and cheese at Tarallucci e Vino next door.