Google Voice

I just got this nifty feature today via a email invite, and I must admit: it’s way cool.

First, you get a number for free. You can pick the area code and words in it. My number is 52 SWIFT, and the area code is guess-able. If you get emails from me, the number is on there. It’s helpful because you can link all of your phones, work, work cell, personal cell, home, et cetera, to make all of them ring at once, and the best part is that you can screen — something I love doing.

Here is Google’s bit on their new product, so check it out and get in line. Here’s another review from Computer World. The concept does creep me out a bit, but then again, some people are still freaked out by gmail. I don’t know why they offer it for free at this point, maybe it’s only temporary. The NY Times weighs in here. Decide for yourself.

Then again, I don’t know how they offer Google domain management for free. We’ll see.

Check it out.


Pictures from Thursday night

Didn’t get any good shots at the fireworks. Not enough room on Kenn’s balcony for a tripod with 30+ people in attendance. I lost my lens cap, too, which I’m not pleased about.

I went out Thursday night for some shots around where I live in Alexandria. I sustained two injuries getting the metro shot. The first was a cut hand, and the second was a sprained ankle and bruised hip. The shot wasn’t perfect, but I’m happy I got it.

Normally, I’d go into detail here, but I’m not sure I want to relive the injury, now that I am feeling better.

This WJW video is absurd

Fraternity brother Greg Smith sent me this video. It’s all normal until :39. WJW, Channel 8 — Cleveland, is based in Shaker Heights, my home town. How sad.

Gwyneth Paltrow is a weirdo

“You’re not a moron. You’re only a case of arrested development.”

The Sun Also Rises | Ernest Hemingway


I was just reading this article from Drudge on Gwyneth Paltrow. I’ve always found her of the attractive sort, at least physically, but she seems like a nutcase aspiring to be Brett in The Sun Also Rises.

Coincidentally, I like Coldplay very much, and Paltrow is married to their lead singer, Chris Martin. Who, I lost a little respect for after allowing his child to be named “Apple.”

Paltrow described her choice on Oprah, saying:

It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they’re wholesome and it’s biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, “Perfect!”

Reasons from the article that exhibit why Paltrow is weird:

“It is so different from the United States. It seemed to have a history, and the buildings are years and years and years old. Here in the United States an old building is about 17 (years old), and over there it’s from 500 B.C., it’s incredible,” she said.

Yeah, Gwen, my house is 90 years old, one of the buildings I work in is 210 years old, nearly as old as our country. Our country has a history, albeit relatively short, you’re an idiot.

The 36-year-old actress, who is married to Coldplay’s Chris Martin, says she talks to her children in Spanish.

“Moses speaks a little bit, but understands everything. Apple speaks a lot,” she says.

These kids are going to be messed up. I 100% guarantee that.

Recent touristy photos

I went out and took some shots with my Kodak point and shoot yesterday with long-time family friends, the Moriarty family (sans Liam).

Here they are:

Metro Accident pictures

metro wreck Ricky Carioti-The Washington Post

Picture by Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post

My friend Matt Lehner sent me this link to Washinton Post’s collection of pictures from the recent Red Line metro accident. This one touched me in particular.

My Thurber Experience

Make sure you check out the Thurber Blog for my experience as the “guest of honor.”

Also, check out my photos and their photos.

Billy Mays Outtakes

I was very saddened to hear about the death of Billy Mays. I actually bought

The Billy Mays Remix

New pictures from this weekend


The 17th at Winterstone in Independence, Mo.


The partial moon outside of my place in Alexandria, VA.


The clouds somewhere over Missouri.


Truman’s grave at the Truman Museum in Independence, Mo.


View of D.C. from the Wilson Bridge.


A view of an Alexandria, VA street from the Wilson Bridge walk.

Shaker Heights kow tows to unions (is this a surprise?)


Shaker Heights cutting back on residents’ perks

Posted by Gabriel Baird/Plain Dealer Reporter June 24, 2009 00:52AM

Updated at 11:12 a.m. on Wednesday

SHAKER HEIGHTS — One of the perks residents of this city enjoy is being taken away.

Starting July 1, they will have to haul their yard waste to the curb like most everyone else.

Hard economic times have hit the city.

For decades, refuse collectors have picked up garbage and wastes behind houses, leaving the tree lawns impeccable even on trash day.

But a series of hits to the city’s budget are forcing cutbacks. City officials had expected to collect about $2.7 million less in taxes this year than last. But it could be even worse, said Mayor Earl M. Leiken.

“I don’t know how much more yet,” he said.

Councilwoman Nancy Moore said it could top $4 million.

A few residents in their yard Tuesday said that with the high taxes they pay they deserve the yard-waste perk.

One woman, who was trimming her shrubs, called fellow Shaker Heights residents spoiled, saying placing lawn clippings at the curb was hardly a hardship. She declined to give her name for fear of being ostracized by her neighbors.

Sharon Griswold, who was finishing a new stone path, said that having grown up outside Shaker, she is used to tasks like taking the lawn clippings to the curb.

“It’s not a big deal,” she said.

Other cost saving measures are also coming in July:

• City Hall and the community building will be closed every other Friday, beginning July 10.

Nonunion city employees will take off one day each two-week pay period for a salary cut of 10 percent.

• The pool will close a week before Labor Day.

“These changes will present just a minor inconvenience to residents,” Leiken said.

This is bullshit. The union employees should make the same concessions to help the city. Thanks a lot, Shaker.