Survived the DC Trip - Theodore Roosevelt Island, Beer Recommendation, & W.E.B. Griffin

I managed to survive and still have a good time on my recent business trip to Washington DC (the way back was DCA to Dallas to SAN). 

One of the main reasons I had a good time, was that I managed to sneak in three great runs in the Rossyln area of Virgina. One of the better ones included an exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island which is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway that is operated by the Virgina Turkey Run Park.

I'm also going to have to recommend the following beers:

Lastly, I have to admit I'm becoming a fan of "reading fiction books" while in transit, vice pulling out the work Tablet PC or the personal iBook or a tech journal.  Right now, I am busy quickly turning pages of W.E.B. Griffen's By Order Of The President.  This is my first Griffen book (definitely not my last Griffen book). I had heard his name before, but never got introduced until I listened to his recent podcast at Pritzker Military Library.


Summary of Our New York City Trip

Thursday (4/6):

Friday (4/7):

Saturday (4/8):

  • Rainy day in NYC :-(
  • Some shopping in Midtown
  • Meeting up with Christy's high-school friend Judy:
    • Dinner in SoHo at Ino (excellent food & wine!)
    • Drinks in SoHo at The Room with (spotted Mike Myers drinking a hefeweizen - no picture though because he is paparazzi-savvy and he expertly dodged our 'staged' tourist picture attempt)

Sunday (4/9):

Monday (4/10):

Tuesday (4/11):

Wednesday (4/12):

Thursday (4/13):

  • Last minute gift purchasing
  • Fly from LGA to DEN to SAN (ran into a co-worker at LGA's security screening who was in NYC with her daughter for Spring Break)

Sidetrack - Actor to DVD Ratio Kinda Interesting

We got the latest Movies Unlimited catalog in the mail yesterday.  It was interesting to me (and probably no one else?!?) how they organize DVDs available by actors, directors, and actressess.  And the shear number that some people have associated with them is definitely a tribute to their career. 

Here is a run down of some of the "leaders" from the prespective of how many DVDs were highlighted for them by the catalog (definitely not scientific, and not all exclusive to everything they have done)*:

  • 57 = John Wayne
  • 41 = Clint Eastwood
  • 29 = Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock & Elvis Presley
  • 20 = Burt Lancaster
  • 19 = James "Jimmy" Stewart
  • 18 = Bob Hope & Humphrey Bogart
  • 17 = Mel Gibson, Gregory Peck, & Paul Newman
  • 16 = Steven Spielberg
  • 15 = Steve McQueen, William Holden, Henry Fonda, & Harrison Ford
  • 14 = Marilyn Monroe & Katharine Hepburn
  • 12 = Goldie Hawn & Bette Davis
  • 11 = Audrey Hepburn
  • 10 = Elizabeth Taylor & Judy Garland

* Note: I stopped listing "men" who didn't have 15 DVDs associated with them. Some were very close and included names like: Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Bronson,Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Woody Allen, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Lewis, Frank Carpa, Michael Douglas, Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Dennis Quaid, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Caine, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Mitchum, Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Stephen King, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Fred Astaire.


Monday Early-Evening Mini-Link Fest

Some stuff caught my interest as I was moving through my Newsgator RSS subscriptions this afternoon:


Friends In Tech - "A Geek Christmas Carol"

FYI ... from Tech News Radio:

On the heels of the "Server Room of Horrors," coming December 18th, Friends in Tech will be presenting our Christmas special, "A Geek Christmas Carol" -- A revisit of the old tale of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors, but... with a tech twist (mp3 promo).

Kevin Devin reports, "Recording has completed and assembly has begun.  Be sure to check it out by subscribing today (RSS Feed) in preparation for its release.  We had a lot of fun with all FiT members and some family members participating, as well as some special guests from the podcast community.  You won't want to miss it. :-) Happy Holidays!"


Many Topic Post: History, Database, Audio, Wiretapping, Cable, Mapping, Pictures. Startups, Books, Music

I thought the following tidbits were interesting:

Unusual Technical Images of WWII Equipment: "...featuring technical cutaway drawings of submarines, ships, aircraft and arms PLUS contemporary photos of and on mostly 'S' Class Royal Naval Submarines." (Via digg.)

TimeData CDP Adds Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Support: "TimeSpring is the first continuous data protection software maker to offer full SQL Server 2005 support."(Via eWEEK Technology News.)

Review: M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 Pocket Digital Recorder: Barely larger than a first-gen iPod, this portable recorder lets you capture sound in 24-bit WAV format or compact MP3. But is the low price too good to be true? Accomplished recording engineer Mark Nelson MicroTracks a Hawaiian guitar festival to find out. (Via O'Reilly Network Articles.)

Signaling Vulnerabilities in Wiretapping Systems: "Signaling Vulnerabilities in Wiretapping Systems.    The technology used for decades by law enforcement agents to wiretap telephones has a security flaw that allows the person being wiretapped to stop the recorder remotely [bugmenot].    It is also possible to falsify the numbers dialed [pdf]."(Via MetaFilter.)

Cable By the Channel Favored: "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin yesterday said allowing consumers to buy cable channels individually, rather than in packages, might not be more expensive and would help protect children from indecent and violent programs. (Via washingtonpost.com - Technology - Industry News, Policy, and Reviews.)

Mapquest FindMe: "local mobile search plus Dodgeball-like GPS features" (Via Waxy.org Links.)

United Arab Emirates blocks Flickr, again: "apparently for good, this time  " (Via Waxy.org Links.)

Evan Williams' Ten Rules for Web Startups: "from a man who knows" (Via Waxy.org Links.)

Richard Scarry's The Best Word Book Ever, 1963 and 1991: "Alan compares all the subtle differences between the two versions" (Via Waxy.org Links.)

18. iTunes Originals - Jars of Clay - Jars of Clay (Via iTunes Top 25 Albums.)


Custom Historical Maps

Forbes FYI for Oct05 also had a custom historical map pointer to artists Constance Brown and Julie Ruff at RedStone Studios to compliment the concept of Vogel Bindery's custom books.

If you'd like to translate your family or business history into a classical historical map representation, then you can get started for $4000.  In addition, they have created some maps of popular areas (Tuscany, Nantucket, Martha's Vinyard, Costa Rica, and East Africa) for significantly less money.