Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I was born at Framingham Union Hospital and grew up in Holliston, MA. Even though I was not raised in Framingham, I have always had family here. My dad and uncle owned a business in downtown Framingham in the 70s and 80s, and my twin sister and I have fond memories helping and spending time there. I worked in Framingham to help support myself while attending Framingham State College, and in 2005 purchased a home next to the hospital where I was born.
The purpose of this blog is to comment on honest observations I make about Framingham, and to have fun. I'm open to and encourage comments. Also, Id love to hear what you like and dislike about Framingham.
I look forward to hear from anyone who wishes to contribute.
Michelle writes about
- Fill'er up - a local station selling gas at $2.95 per gallon (which is good amongst local prices).
- Chicken Bone Saloon - a local restaurant of choice
- Article in the MWDN - her side of the newspaper article
So if you are in or around Framingham and want to know where to eat, buy gas, or something else along the local lines, then check out Michelle's page.
I'm pretty much your average techie-guy. My interests include hiking, movies, reading, old comic books and, of course, computers. I have a degree in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and I'm a member of Mensa. I've been developing Windows software and Web applications since the early 90's.
Professionally, I started out as a organic chemist and ended up as a software engineer. Chemistry was a lot of fun, but I left the field because of the constant hazards of working with toxic and unstable materials. I hold sixteen U.S. patents dealing with imaging systems and I've co-authored two research papers.
I began my software career developing Windows-based instrument control applications in C, followed by several years of Web development with start-ups and other cutting-edge firms. I've been an independent consultant since 2000. Since late 2001 I've focused solely on the .Net platform with my projects pretty much evenly split between Windows Forms apps, Web apps and server components.
I am a Boston-based novelist and award-winning screenwriter with an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. I recently ghosted a novel in Katherine Applegates best selling young adult scifi series Animorphs. My humorous nonfiction has appeared in Kinesis and Laf, among other newspapers. Ive written sketch comedy and performed standup for ten years at such major venues as the Comedy Connection and Nicks Comedy Stop. Ive scripted humorous pieces for several corporations including Talbots and Ipswitch (see Frank Williss faux blog at www.FrankWillis.com) Most recently Ive written and performed several radio performances for WGBH on their Morning Stories series.
Exerpts from my novels, Marry Me or Something and Repeaters are forthcoming on this site.
She writes about What really happened?
She writes about ferrets
Friday, July 21, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Wary now, for here there be tygers....If you are interested in lessons from the sustainable factory floor, why not stop here?
A long time ago, mapmakers of the planet didn't know the earth was round. Along the edges of the limits of their maps (the boundary of what they knew to map) were written the words "Here there be tygers", conveying their fears of the unknown, assuming it was most assuredly terrible. Time has shown that the maps of our planet are not terrible at all but endless source of wonder, knowledge and understanding. In truth, the only tyger of any truly dangerous consequence is one's own limitations and fears. As a visitor to this site I say to you: Wary now, for here there be tygers. Slay yours before proceeding further and you could find limitless horizons to a world you never knew existed. ~~~~Nurture people, not products~~~~
You can read the Carnival of Couture
You can read about doo-hickeys
Her review of the Devil Wore Prada
And then you might add fashion Incubator to your RSS Reader of choice!
Technorati Tags : hitchhikers, hike, trail, fashion, sustainable, factory
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Blogging is many things and to some people a good outlet to share their humorous creativity.
Bloggers Anonymous is one of those sites.
Do you suffer from Blog Rage? Check out the top ten symptoms:
Read the full post for the remainder of the listing.
10: You own a voodoo doll that says "Die, Seth Godin, die!"
9: You post a YouTube of you kickboxing it out with a cardboard cut-out of Robert Scoble
8: You sold the email address of everyone on your blog roll to Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud Emailers
Do you live with Blog Deficit Disorder (BDD)?
I sat down to write this post about, like, a million times today. The whole general idea is that BDD -- it stands for Blog Deficit Disorder -- is really hard to live with, and it's hard to concentrate enough on one post or one blog. It's hard to get anything done, bottom line, when you spend your whole day flitting from blog to blog. But it doesn't feel like flitting. It feels like I'm in a...well, community.
Read the full posting and find out.
While you may never know when a chuckle will help the day, I like the idea that there is nothing wrong with a chuckle a day!
Technorati Tags : hitchhikers, hike, trail, blogosphere, coincidence, destiny
Monday, July 17, 2006
Working on my Karma, finished the blog about building my 'retirement' home and now added a blog on my new addiction. I believe there are: "Two Days We Should Not Worry" By Author Unknown There are two days in every week, about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares, we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever. The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor performance; Tomorrow's sun will rise,either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, This leaves only one day, Today. Any person can fight the battle of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring. Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.
When I first discovered blogging, I viewed it primarily as a way to swim the creative waters and as a way to detail a journal of my days. I have started a number of journals/diaries in my past, only to abandon them shortly thereafter. When I discovered that I could include pictures to my blog it only added a wonderful new dimension in testing those creative waters. After a while my blog became interactive. I commented on others blogs and they commented on mine. My personality is such that I like to interact with a broad range of people. Variety is the spice of life and has been my mantra in food, music, entertainment and blogreading.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
I have always cherished communication. I fell in love with the written word when I was just a young boy, penning my first poem when I was 10 years old. Since then, I have started many Pulitzer-potential works, all to be eventually filed mid-chapter in the waste bin for recycling.
Gunning-Fog index, which is a rough measure of how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content. The lower the number, the more understandable the content will be to your visitors. Results over seventeen are reported as seventeen, where seventeen is considered post-graduate level.
Flesch Reading Ease is an index number that rates the text on a 100-point scale. The higher the score, the easier it is to understand the document. Authors are encouraged to aim for a score of approximately 60 to 70.
Like the Gunning-Fog index, Flesch-Kincaid Grade is a rough measure of how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
One posting I found today that I love:
The one major idea behind the Del.icio.us Lesson is that personal value precedes network value. What this means is that if we are to build networks of value, then each person on the network needs to find value for themselves before they can contribute value to the network. In the case of Del.icio.us, people find value saving their personal bookmarks first and foremost. All other usage is secondary.
Read the full posting on The Delicious Lesson.
In a recent posting on web design, Joshua writes:
web design is design after all, and as such we need to know when it works and when it doesn’t. If people use it, it works. If people don’t use it, it doesn’t work. Though people’s comments about it might be subjective: “I like it!” or “It’s ugly”, web design, like all design, succeeds or fails based objectively on how well people can use it.
Read the full posting here.
And if these teasers on web design and user actions entice you, add Joshua's site to your RSS reader of choice and keep in touch.
I'm entering year 3 of having a chocolate business, and now that I'm no longer working full time at the old job, I'll have more time to market Deb's Delectables. On the gardening side, I'm not an expert gardener by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm a bit more than a novice. All the cliches about gardening being a Zen-like diversion are true. I enjoy cooking almost as much as eating, although the pleasure of watching someone else enjoying their time probably runs a very close third. She gets into the details of some of her cooking, for example:
The finished minis
I am getting hungry just writing this.
It just might be time to click over to Deb's Delectables and order something.
Check out Deb's writing and pictures and decide for yourself!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
A good place to visit regularly... well NYC is too, but I meant the blog, Curbed.
Check it out!
PS - There is also a version for LA and SF
Technorati Tags : hiking, hitchhikers, trail, exercise, real+estate
Do you know what widgets are?
If you know, maybe you already found this site.
If not, this is one to keep in mind if you are looking for a widget.
Like one for
a gallery of real time watchesSo if you need a widget, check this out!
personalized maps to publish
others to send secure text messages to your cell phone
Technorati Tags : hike, trail, hitchhikers, widgets, widget
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
His web site looks good. If you are looking for a system admin and are based in Canada, it might be worth a discussion.
If you can't help him on the work front, you might find some guitar cords and lyrics to some good songs here. I found this site when searching for a song lyric earlier today and he had the words.
Technorati Tags : hiking, hitchhikers, trail, exercise, lyrics, quitar
Susan gets all the credit for the writing.
Read her 4th of July recap. It is a gem!
And then add her to your favorite RSS reader to stay in touch.
Technorati Tags : hiking, hitchhikers, trail, 4th+July, parade
Monday, July 10, 2006
I stopped hitting "snooze" in my life. I woke up and saw there was so much I could do!Good advice for trying to keep that important balance in your life... the one between food and exercise.
Check out: Eating habits
and: Necessary? Keep it.
And if you liked that, then I suggest you add this site to your RSS reader of choice and keep in touch with Jason.
Technorati Tags : hiking, hitchhikers, trail, exercise, balance
Ever wondered what big picture thinking Persuasion Architects are paid to ponder?
Wonder no more... here's a collection of latest thoughts from those select few Persuasion Architects out there in the customer-centric, visitor-as-volunteer, personal experience, non-barking cat world in which we currently live!
I just picked up "Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?" and found this as their web site.
Should be a good one to follow.
After I finish the book, I'll update this with my review.
In the meantime, check this site out!
Technorati Tags : hiking, hitchhikers, trail, cat+to+bark
Well after a bit of rest, exercise (a real hike on a wooden trail), and some time behind the wheel (all necessary ingredients to a vacation), I am back at it folks. So here goes.
You can check out the vacation details if you want over here.
Technorati Tags : vacation, hiking, hitchhikers, trail