Sunday OT
March 23, 2014 7:31 AM - Partridge
Rise and Shine!

March 23, 2014 7:36 AM - dibs
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March 23, 2014 7:38 AM - dibs
maybe it was for the best...a gang of 12-14 year old boys and girls attacked a guy and his gf right near Temple. Why no mention of race if they want to warn people and know if peole know them???
March 23, 2014 7:48 AM - Partridge
The mention of race won't narrow is down too far. Why do you say, "maybe it was for the best."
March 23, 2014 7:49 AM - dibs
That rf's daughter decided not to go.
March 23, 2014 7:51 AM - dibs
M made a really great lemon sorbet with some more of the lemon juice
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March 23, 2014 7:53 AM - Partridge
I could work with this one on the Hudson.
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March 23, 2014 7:54 AM - Partridge
OK, got it. Yes, Philly is too dangerous.
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March 23, 2014 7:58 AM - dibs
many parts are just fine.
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March 23, 2014 8:05 AM - Partridge
Bodega finally opening. Coffeetime!
March 23, 2014 8:05 AM - BirdnestHead
Glurg. Coffee. Nice big living room in converted church. Realtor doesn't mention any lingering spiritual malaise or ectoplasm...

I do love a high ceiling...:-)
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March 23, 2014 8:10 AM - dibs
I made coffee a half hour ago
March 23, 2014 8:13 AM - dibs
BREAKING NEWS.....Putin not taking US sanctions seriosly. Amassing troops on Ukraine border
March 23, 2014 8:21 AM - Partridge
Don't we both, BnH.
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March 23, 2014 9:08 AM - petebklyn
what are taxes on that church? or is it still tax-exempt?
does seem that only in nyc do realtors ever include a floorplan.
March 23, 2014 9:11 AM - BirdnestHead
Hey, new improved Goodyear blimp, w "name-the-blimp" contest...
March 23, 2014 9:11 AM - Partridge
Listing says "low taxes" but down below on the page it says "$864. p/m" Not low.
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March 23, 2014 9:12 AM - dibs
Page down in the Zillow listing and it shows taxes….$10,000 and went down from previous year.
March 23, 2014 9:17 AM - DeLepp
$10K a year in taxes is low for Westchester.
March 23, 2014 9:20 AM - DeLepp
dibs, had a wine from the country of Georgia last night. Earthy. Not too hot.
March 23, 2014 9:21 AM - dibs
Sounds like some other Georgia.
March 23, 2014 9:23 AM - dibs
Nasty cold weather again. Snow Tues night????
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March 23, 2014 9:24 AM - DeLepp
I think wine from there would be too alcoholic and sweet.
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March 23, 2014 9:26 AM - dibs
We had two bottles at Vetri Tghursday night that were from very small Italian vineyards. Some private stock of theirs not available elsewhere but not ridiculously expensive either.

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March 23, 2014 9:44 AM - dibs
Septic alarm just went off. Need to get tanks pumped this week.
March 23, 2014 9:49 AM - petebklyn
talk about poo mist!
March 23, 2014 9:49 AM - BirdnestHead
Uh oh, is that the "you're full of sh*t" notification? Don't we usually do that here?
March 23, 2014 10:07 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Snort! DIBS surely has a regular maintenance contract, and is a highly valued customer, or he should be for all the crap he spews! : P (Sorry, gotta take the easy shots...)


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March 23, 2014 10:21 AM - BirdnestHead
I made some hand-cut artisanally crafted bacon, and I'm ok with that. (Basically, I cut some bacon slices off a bacon chunk, with a knife.)
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March 23, 2014 10:24 AM - BirdnestHead
Hmmm. I guess everyone's gone off to church...

Or they've gone to do something...
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March 23, 2014 10:40 AM - BirdnestHead
Trying to check out houses on Zillow on tiny screen iPod Touch is a pita. Anyone like rural PA, northwest of Scranton? Honesdale? Looks foresty, w low property taxes...
March 23, 2014 10:40 AM - Deleted

I've said this before, but worth repeating:

one factor to consider when evaluating engineering schools is its proximity to industry. Schools in California and Boston have a distinct advantage in this regard. RIT used to have such an arrangement, in that Rochester was at one time the country's center of excellence in optics due to Kodak, Xerox and Bausch and Lomb.

My current company recruits engineers only from nearby engineering schools and when I compare them to those I used to work with in Silicon Valley, they just don't measure up.
March 23, 2014 10:46 AM - BirdnestHead
Silicon Valley engineering seems narrowly focused. What kind of engineers does your co look for? Where is it located? Which schools?
March 23, 2014 10:54 AM - Deleted

My company is in Queens and it is involved with Building Automation. We recruit from Cooper, RPI, NYIT, NJIT and Columbia.

Here's the issue (as I see it). Putting aside software, the only type of engineering left in the NYC area (to any great extent) is that related to construction, like my company. While there is some innovation in that industry, it pales in comparison to most other sectors. When I compare the engineers, I am referring to their ambition to innovate, if I can put it that way.

When I was going to Cooper, you had Bell Labs, IBM, Exxon Labs and Grumman labs nearby and we used to do work with them. There are virtually no major industrial R&D labs left in the NYC metro area.
March 23, 2014 10:58 AM - Deleted
Put it another way: during Cooper's recent financial troubles, they were not able to appeal to any nearby companies for help. You can bet that if Stanford or MIT had similiar problems, they could appeal to some nearby heavy hitters.
March 23, 2014 11:04 AM - More4Less
RPI sucks big ass time on the dating scene - at least from a guy's perspective.

NYU Engineering school (former Polytechnic Univ.) is an interesting one to watch. NYU historically is cheapass as far as giving out financial aid, scholarship, grants, etc. Given they're desperate to pump up the engineering school (as part of plan to get the school ranking higher), I wonder if they'll start giving out more $$$ to students.
March 23, 2014 11:23 AM - BirdnestHead
True B, not that much "fun" engineering going on in NY these days. Not sure how opportunities for innovation in construction industries stack up against "the next big thing" in smartphones and web apps. Personally, I don't consider those to be innovations. Maybe the most one can hope for in construction might be "smarter" building management systems, which sounds like part of what your company does. Maybe some innovation in materials, or smartgrid/cogen stuff, but building/electric/fire codes tend to retard innovation.

Cooper's inability to fundraise from industry may be more related to it's lack of credible graduate research projects: no Phd program, no funded labs. Of course, the previous administration managed to alienate a lot of folk, and now that they've taken on a disastrous loan for the new building, no one wants to give money to a place that demonstrates such poor fiscal judgement.
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March 23, 2014 11:27 AM - rf
No problem! Juliette doesn't want to study engineering!
March 23, 2014 11:34 AM - Deleted

Though I was focused on engineering, the same applies for any type of STEM program.
March 23, 2014 11:45 AM - Deleted

I've said it before: Cooper will serve as a case study in poor stewardship. It boggles the mind that they managed to pull off the following: a) sell a building at the peak of the real estate bubble; b) consolidate from three to two buildings and c) wind up with a crushing debt. The most galling part of it was that the Board of Trustees originally didn't see the need for an explanation. I stopped giving to them after that.
March 23, 2014 12:54 PM - Deleted

By Andy Cush | March 7, 2014 - 09:28AM
Greenpointers, beware: busloads of midwesterner Girls fans may soon be swarming your neighborhood, jumping at the chance to see Hannah Horvath and crew’s homes, hangouts, and places of work. On Locations Tours, the company that brought you the Sex and the City sight-seeing trips, is planning a similar tour centered around Lena Dunham’s most famous creation.

Destinations include Café Gumpy on Meserole Ave, Hannah’s apartment on India Street, the Prospect Heights bar Weather Up, the Bushwick warehouse where Marnie smokes crack, and, for some reason, Gawker Media’s Elizabeth Street office.

Georgette Blau, a representative of the tour company, seems to have to have a deep, nuanced understanding of the Brooklyn neighborhoods the expedition will patronize. “The locations aren’t exactly glamorous,” she told the Daily News. “But they’re authentic.”

March 23, 2014 1:14 PM - rf
Benson, my daughter is interested in doing medical research, at least that's what she says today. She also wants to stay a reasonable distance to NYC and me, and she needs to go to a college we can afford.

RIT has spectacular job placement for engineers. All their engineering students are required to do coops away from campus and there is no problem whatsoever placing them in the coops and then with job offers. The school is known for its focus on outcome of its students after graduation.
March 23, 2014 1:26 PM - Partridge
So, what you are saying, rf, is that you and your daughter know what's best for you and your daughter?
March 23, 2014 1:32 PM - rf
Thanks, Partridge! All parents make mistakes, guilty as charged, and my telescope to examine the future is not working, but it's not like I haven't done research!
March 23, 2014 1:32 PM - rf
Where's RC? RC, what did your mom major in at RIT?
March 23, 2014 1:39 PM - Partridge
Of course you did research. I remember the road trips!

Your daughter has already shown all the factors necessary for her future success. There really are no bad choices to be made.
March 23, 2014 1:46 PM - Deleted
Jeez, Benson was just giving advice on something he is supposedly knowledgeable about only to be dismissed by fartridge. Typical! Benson, it is not worth your time dispensing your pearls of wisdom to a bunch of catty and unappreciative jerks.

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March 23, 2014 1:53 PM - DeadCatBounce
Mrs DCB went to RIT for undergraduate.
Majored in Nutrition.
She says she hopes for RF's daughter sake that the ratio of men to women is the same as when she went there.

March 23, 2014 1:53 PM - Deleted

You are absolutrly right. I was trying to give advice, and that was all.
March 23, 2014 1:56 PM - rf
Last night at the concert intermission this guy walked up to me and started talking to me. I didn't recognize him until he told me his name and I remembered that I knew him from the PTA at Brooklyn Tech. Then late last night I realized from his last name and something he said about his son's college choices that he is the dad of my kid's most recent boyfriend (recently broke up; were together for maybe 6 weeks, they are on good terms, I met the bf briefly but she never met his parents).

I just told her about it and she thought it was very funny and ran off to text the kid about it.
March 23, 2014 1:57 PM - Deleted
"There really are no bad choices to be made."

I honestly wonder some times if you read the newspapers at all. There are MILLIONS of young adults out there with degrees from second-tier schools who are discovering limited job prospects, while trying to get out from under a mountain of debt.
March 23, 2014 1:57 PM - rf
Yes, the same, DCB. What's going on with your son's college choices? Do you know?
March 23, 2014 1:59 PM - rf
Benson, I think Partridge meant OUR choices. Yes, we have done our research. My daughter will not have to borrow more than maybe $3k/year to go to college, if that much. And probably nothing.
March 23, 2014 2:03 PM - Deleted

I have nothing further to say. I was trying to offer helpful advice, and I note how it was received.
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March 23, 2014 2:04 PM - petebklyn
yes, really should follow rob's example and accept advice and ideas openly and graciously. he could be role model for that.
March 23, 2014 2:04 PM - MontroseMorris
Rob, you are the last person on this site who should make comments about other people dispensing or receiving advice. You have asked for, and been given tons of advice over the last five years, 90% of which you dismissed with scorn, ridicule or complaints. If anyone's a jerk around here, well......
March 23, 2014 2:09 PM - MontroseMorris
I don't see the big deal. Most of Benson's "pearls" were about the state of engineering and Cooper Union. He made one comment about rf jr's choices, and rf said they had it covered. Should have been the end of the story until Rob made a big deal out of it, thereby getting Benson's back up. Like Rob's ever followed anyone's advice on anything.
March 23, 2014 2:13 PM - dibs

March 23, 2014 2:13 PM - Deleted

My back is not up and it's not a big deal. As I just wrote, I offered advice, I see how it was taken, and I've moved on.
March 23, 2014 2:17 PM - rf
Ok, Rob, go right ahead and sign up for that Manhattan driving school.
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March 23, 2014 2:17 PM - MontroseMorris
Your "advice" was taken just fine. RF explained what her daughter was interested in, and the conversation moved on. "I see how it was taken" implies otherwise.
March 23, 2014 2:19 PM - dibs
Continuing with the animal analogies, I like it when the mean girls all get fat tails
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March 23, 2014 2:21 PM - Partridge
You are dead to me, Dave.

Still love you, Benson. But you didn't offer practical advice to rf
a. because it didn't meet her daughter's selection criteria and
b. it comes too late as they are to receive acceptance decisions this week.

Sorry love, but you were pontificating and in no way helping.
March 23, 2014 2:22 PM - Deleted
His advice was summarily dismissed by Partridge, not because of the content of the advice, but because of the person who authored it. It's a pervasive pattern of communication style that is notoriously "mean girl" (wish I could use the term I really mean there!).
March 23, 2014 2:23 PM - Deleted
I rest my case lol
March 23, 2014 2:24 PM - dibs
Let's see how much more we can discuss this.
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March 23, 2014 2:28 PM - Deleted
Off to Red Bank, NJ to have dinner with my cousin, to celebrate his birthday. Have a good day all.
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March 23, 2014 2:32 PM - dibs
Just got back to Philly. Not sure what we will do for dinner.
March 23, 2014 2:38 PM - MontroseMorris
"His advice was summarily dismissed by Partridge, not because of the content of the advice, but because of the person who authored it."

And you've added mind reading to your repetoire of skills?
March 23, 2014 2:46 PM - DeadCatBounce
Actually, Rob is a psychic.
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March 23, 2014 2:47 PM - dibs
DCB….have you opened up your lake house yet???? Pete's lake is still frozen!
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March 23, 2014 2:49 PM - DeadCatBounce
Never closed it.
The heating bill was astronomical, though.
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March 23, 2014 3:04 PM - DeLepp
The Grand Budapest Hotel was quite fun. Probably Anderson's most manic film.
March 23, 2014 3:05 PM - dibs
Looking at my charge statements….looks like I spend about $880 on oil in Bucks and got to look for P-Town charges
March 23, 2014 3:06 PM - dibs
I don't know what our gas bill was here in Philly and I'm not going to ask. I don't pay it.
March 23, 2014 3:13 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I have returned.

Flight from Heathrow was on an aging 747 with a crappy entertainment system. For some reason the cabin was very warm too.

Customs at JFK was moronic as usual. Global Entry system that I. paid $100 for was not in operation. Crew on British Airways forgot to hand out landing cards, or rather, only handed them out to those like me who requested them
March 23, 2014 3:14 PM - dibs
WOW…how can they forget to hand those out????? You can be sure they were handed out in 1st and Biz
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March 23, 2014 3:16 PM - rf
Welcome back, Six!
March 23, 2014 3:43 PM - Partridge
What a bunch of University students can do to a lovely Victorian. LOL!
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March 23, 2014 3:45 PM - RowerChick

I believe my Mom went mainly for merchanzing and marketing. Right after school she went straight to work for Bloomingdale's. She was a buyer for the housewares department. But I think she started out in needlepoint.
March 23, 2014 3:54 PM - rf
Thanks, RC.

Where my kid is going to college is still undecided--we haven't heard from three schools, her faves. But I am relieved to have one school in the bag that we can afford and that would be a good fit for her. We'll hear from the rest before April 1 so just a week or so. And we decide by May 1.

I wonder what Benson thinks about Cornell. Ithaca is not really a metropolis of STEM.
March 23, 2014 3:55 PM - Legion
Welcome back DCB and Sixyears! the others,
I suggest you learn from Benson's pearls of wisdom.
March 23, 2014 4:03 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Thanks all. And yes, Dave, what's even more amazing is that they didn't hand them out to all, even after several passengers requested them and were given them individually.

There is a new system in place in JFK's Terminal 4 which doesn't use the landing cards. But we weren't landing there!
March 23, 2014 4:04 PM - Deleted
What are landing cards?
March 23, 2014 4:07 PM - rf
They are for international flights, Rob.
March 23, 2014 4:09 PM - BirdnestHead
You know, like "Chance" or "Community Chest" in Monopoly, you get a card for landing on it. Some airports do the same thing, for souvenirs...
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March 23, 2014 4:25 PM - MontroseMorris
It's rather amazing they haven't come up with something more tech savvy than landing cards after all these years. But I guess simple is best. Assuming you get one, that is. Ever look at the faces of the flight attendants when someone messes one up and asks for another?
March 23, 2014 4:51 PM - Kensingtonian
I used the new landing system at JFK about 2 weeks ago. It was awesome. So easy and way less hassle as those cards.

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March 23, 2014 5:23 PM - dibs
i wonder what O'Hare uses when I return from Asia or what Hong Kong and Bangkok are using nowadays.
March 23, 2014 5:32 PM - Deleted
**peeks in**


**ducks out **
March 23, 2014 5:41 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Derp to you too, dh!
March 23, 2014 5:58 PM - petebklyn
welcome home six. What is new landing system. Last time I arrived back to JFK (November) -- it took about 5 minutes before I was through customs.
March 23, 2014 6:12 PM - rf
Weekend with V, dh?
March 23, 2014 7:13 PM - petebklyn
rf, you have any advice or suggestions for dh about V?
March 23, 2014 7:26 PM - rf
No, I don't. Do you?
March 23, 2014 7:34 PM - petebklyn
My advice is ask rob for his. He has a unique perspective on relationships.
March 23, 2014 9:39 PM - RowerChick
Where is everyone?
March 23, 2014 10:03 PM - BirdnestHead
Went to a freind's house to watch a movie!
March 23, 2014 10:17 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
...and our friend cooked yummy rigatoni with eggplant, and wonderful cookies, for us. It was really nice to get out and see friends both Friday and tonight.
March 23, 2014 10:20 PM - rf
What movie?
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March 23, 2014 10:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The Godfather! I hadn't seen it since it came out, and BnH hadn't seen it ever, but our friends had both seen it multiple times.
March 23, 2014 10:30 PM - rf
Whoa! The Good Wife! 10 minutes left, it started late because of the basketball game.
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March 23, 2014 10:38 PM - rf
OMG! Quite a surprise there!
March 23, 2014 10:44 PM - pepper
GE. I was taking out the garbage...
March 23, 2014 10:46 PM - Partridge
I'm on eBay.
March 23, 2014 11:31 PM - rf
I hope Dave watched it so we can discuss! It's not often that I say that!
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March 24, 2014 12:02 AM - MontroseMorris
Good Wife. Woah! Still in shock!
March 24, 2014 12:12 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh no! Please! No spoilers! BnH and I were out and didn't see Good Wife. We'll watch it soon, I promise!