Archive for August, 2011

Hurricane Irene induced photographic beauty

August 26, 2011 Leave a comment

My entire family (as well as my wife’s) live up and down a narrow section of the east coast (from Williamsburg, VA to NYC). With Hurricane Irene, I’ve been a bit concerned about everyone’s safety. As a result, I’ve been reading the accounts on the Washington Post site to keep up with the storm. I came across this little stub and was impressed.

From the

5:08 p.m. Hurricane-induced photographic beauty

The light over the last few days has offered some in­cred­ible conditions for photography. A case in point is this image below, snapped Friday morning at the Alexandria, Va. waterfront. It looks like some surreal drawing rather than an actual photograph:

Photo by Angela B. Pan

Twitter moves faster than earthquake

August 26, 2011 4 comments

Interesting phenomena about how the internet sometimes can show you a glimpse into your future. Apparently, when the earthquake hit the east coast a few days ago, twitter was flooded with tweets as it was happening. In fact, if you were following tweeps from the Charlottesville area (as I do), and you live say in NYC, you would have been given advanced warning about your potential future.

Now granted, it’s just a few seconds of warning, but still, it’s amazing how twitter has been used to broadcast the Iranian protests against the improprieties that occurred during the last elections, the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the Egyptian/Libyan/Algerian/Syrian uprisings and now earthquakes.

Interestingly enough, this was predicted by Randall Munro in a comic he did about a year and a half ago:

7-Eleven Introduces The Hot Dog Flavored Potato Chip: Gothamist

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment


Courtesy of the Gothamist

7-Eleven Introduces The Hot Dog Flavored Potato Chip: Gothamist.

Not sure what to make about this. 400 calories packed in 22 chips.

Jobs Quits as CEO of Apple, AAPL stock sell-off begins

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Steve Jobs has submitted the following letter of resignation to the Board of Directors of Apple:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Update: Apple COO Tim Cook will replace Jobs as CEO, as per Jobs’ recommendation. Jobs was also made Chariman of the Board. Tim Cook has filled in for Jobs when he was off for health reasons. This was expected once Jobs decided to to step down.

Update #2: The news immediately affected the stock market. From Bloomberg News:

U.S. stock futures declined after Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive officer of Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world’s second-largest company by market value.

Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures lost 0.4 percent to 1,166.80 at 7:18 p.m. in New York. Nasdaq-100 Index futures fell 1.1 percent. Apple shares dropped 5.2 percent to $356.67. Jobs said he’s resigning and recommended Tim Cook be named his successor. Jobs said he would like to continue as chairman.

Six Before Breakfast: In Which We Are All Woefully Inadequate

August 20, 2011 2 comments

Six Before Breakfast: In Which We Are All Woefully Inadequate….an introduction to First Grade.

She’s a friend I’ve known since she was an innocent 14 year old. Now she has a potty mouth and a scathing sense of humor. I’d like to hope I played a small part in her transformation. I would be so proud.

My Love/Hate Relationship with my Therapist

August 18, 2011 8 comments


Psychology. the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, or action, simultaneously drawing him or her in opposite directions.

I’ve been in therapy for about 20 years. I started years ago with an LCSW that I had a good rapport with and continued on until today, where I see a Psychologist. The therapist I was seeing before that was an awesome psychologist and helped me out tremendously, but he retired and so at the beginning of the year, I started seeing someone who he recommended.

It’s always difficult to start a therapist/patient relationship anew. I had been with Dr. C for three years and he KNEW my issues. Hell, he was there at the most difficult part of my life. Now, I was forced to re-hash all the crap to this stranger. The prospect of revisiting past event can be tiring and cathartic at the same time, depending on how the new person interacts with you.

So, as those first few sessions passed, I began to feel comfortable with her. She was my first female therapist and as a female, brought a slightly different approach to the issues at hand. Yes, I understand each individual therapist brings an approach unique to that individual; however, I would argue that there are perspectives a female can bring to a session that a man may not be as aware.

Eight months later, I find myself looking forward to the sessions more and more. There is an interesting dynamic that occurs in the room and a constant give-and-take that I didn’t have with most of my other therapists. I like the challenges she presents and, while it can be infuriating, like her placid demeanor. She’s provided me with insights on issues that were heretofore unaddressed, as well as new impressions on items I had deemed resolved. But that’s not the purpose of the post. I just wanted to get on paper (yes, I know) what me feeling were about this particular therapist;

  •  I love/hate my therapist because she takes the time to ponder and mull over before interjecting
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she is stoic, even when I’m breaking down
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she can never be a friend
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she challenges me
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she refuses to succumb
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she laughs with me
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she doesn’t understand me completely but she’s trying
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she insists on the invisible barrier
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she cares
  •  I love/hate my therapist because she doesn’t show it
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Untethered 4.3.4/4.3.5 Jailbreak WILL NOT be forthcoming

August 16, 2011 Leave a comment

According to sites around the web, the untethered 4.3.4/4.3.5 jailbreak will NOT be released as the expected 5.0 upgrade is scheduled to be released in September. The focus of all the good people at iDev, GeoHot, Limera1n, etc is on the 5.0 jailbreak.

If you upgraded to 4.3.4/4.3.5 and you saved your SHSH Blobs, you can revert to 4.3.3 and re-jailbreak using RedsnOw or This jailbreak vector is a PDF vulnerability so make sure you patch that hole after you jailbreak by downloading the PDF Patcher 2 app from Cydia.

If you already upgraded your iOS device saved your SHSH Blobs (here’s a tutorial on how to do so) and you want to restore to the earlier version, you can follow the step by step process on YouTube. Otherwise, DON’T upgrade to 4.3.4/4.3.5 and upgrade to 5.0 when the jailbreak is announced. good luck!