Saturday, September 11, 2004

Signs that you've picked a bad night spot.

Living on the west side, Glass is normally a chill place to grab a drink with a semi-hip crowd. I actually like the decor and the outdoor (smoking) terrace, but tonight was something else.

After drinking our 1 required watered-down drink and wondering why the place was so dead at midnight on a Friday, I was about to leave. That’s when the action really picked up. And by action, I am referring to the bevy of police officers that entered the establishment and went behind the bar.

Shocked, all the patrons watched the the officers shine flashlights through every single bottle on the shelves and in the wells. The officers said they were looking for "health code violations" while a friendly server said they might be looking for roofies in the bottles.

Had I actually been intoxicated, I might have mentioned to the officers that it was highly unlikely that a place that served such weak drinks would go to the trouble to then put drugs in them.

Either way, it killed the mood and I took off. Do you think this was the intended result? Did I witness a modern-day shake-down?

Thursday, September 09, 2004

To Gmail or not to Gmail


So my girlfriend and I now have both gmail and yahoo mail accounts. While on the merits, Gmail is probably better, with the increased storage capabilities of yahoo (100MB) the desire to change isn't that great.

In fact, I think its actually pretty interesting that yahoo is able to diminish our desire to change to Gmail without even matching the capabilities of gmail. This is obviously true only because we use as our addresses for others.

I guess this means that there aren't that many people who use mail forwarding account (like school alumni accounts).

Good thing for Yahoo I guess.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Just when you thought it was safe to watch TV.

Time Bandits... OMG, this movie stinks. Someone should sue HBO for damaging Sean Connery's reputation. I shay thats a bad flick.

So Dodgeball hates my mobile phone. I can't get it to work which has just frustrated the hell out of me. Not because I really need the service, but because it basically just tells me where my friends are partying... while I'm not.

At least I could respond with the name of a cool bar...

Monday, September 06, 2004

Another NYU Student killed themselves!

6 students in a year is not a coincidence. Something is going on here.

Text sent to students below.

--------------------- via NYU E-Mail Direct ---------------------

It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of an NYU student, Joanne Michelle Leavy, this morning. The young woman, a graduate student at the Tisch School of the Arts, died as a result of an apparently intentional fall. Any student death is a cause for sadness; this one, coming at the start of the school year and echoing the unprecedented sorrow we confronted as a community last year, tears at our collective heart especially strongly. While we may never know what caused this young person to take this action, it is important that each of us, as members of this community, reaffirm that taking one’s own life is never the right solution, and remind ourselves and one another that the University has resources to help. It is precisely at a time like this that we must look out for and take care of one another. I encourage you to remember that NYU has resources to help. The University has a central, easily-accessed resource for students worried about themselves or others staffed by appropriate professionals who can help with their health and mental-health issues: the "Wellness Exchange" can be reached from any campus phone by dialing 999, or by dialing 212-443-9999 from any outside line. We also have resources for faculty and staff: the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program can be reached at 212-998-4370. Counselors will be on hand this evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lafayette St. Residence Hall, 80 Lafayette St., located near the downtown residences, and at the centrally-located Weinstein Learning Center, 5-11 University Place, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. In addition, tomorrow the University will begin new, expanded hours for counseling, a part of the Wellness Exchange initiative. There will be extended walk-in Counseling Center hours at Kimmel Center, Suite 601, Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Friday, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and at the University Health Center, 726 Broadway, 3rd floor, on Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We will also begin our Counselor-in-Residence initiative, which will make counselors available to students from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm seven nights per week at the following residence halls: Tuesday at Carlyle Court; Wednesday at Weinstein; Thursday at 80 Lafayette; Friday at 26th Street; Saturday at Water Street; Sunday at Brittany; and Monday at Hayden. The sympathies of the entire NYU community are with her family and friends in their time of grief.

--------------------- via NYU E-Mail Direct ---------------------

Hero was good, but definitly not a sleeper hit like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Even for an action flick, it seems that the director was all about creating memorable freeze-frames with stark colors. Actually, even the action seemed a little forced. I'd recommend seeing it in a theater, I don't think a home viewing can do justice to the battle scenes.

On a related note, the website has been down all day. Surprising since movies are all about generating buzz early.

A great lazy day so far, starbucks, park, browsing, browsing, and more browsing. Tentative plans to see Hero tonight, I really hope Quentin Tarantino didn't screw this one up.

What is it about selling my car that just outright sucks? Its no longer troubling me in the city and i could use the cash, why is it such a pain in the ass?

If I were to post only the ah-ha thoughts that are truely moments of clarity, this would indeed be a slow Blog. Instead i'd like to just comment, observe, and converse. Predominantly for my own gratification.