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Sunday, October 30, 2005

The History of Daylight Savings Time

Where did this phenomena start anyhow? I am just excited that I got an extra hour of sleep today!

Idea of Daylight Saving Time

The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin (portrait at right) during his sojourn as an American delegate in Paris in 1784, in an essay, "An Economical Project." Read more about Franklin's essay.

Some of Franklin's friends, inventors of a new kind of oil lamp, were so taken by the scheme that they continued corresponding with Franklin even after he returned to America.


The idea was first advocated seriously by London builder William Willett (1857-1915) in the pamphlet, "Waste of Daylight" (1907), that proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays in April, and retarding them by the same amount on four Sundays in September. As he was taking an early morning a ride through Petts Wood, near Croydon, Willett was struck by the fact that the blinds of nearby houses were closed, even though the sun was fully risen. When questioned as to why he didn't simply get up an hour earlier, Willett replied with typical British humor, "What?" In his pamphlet "The Waste of Daylight" he wrote:

October 30, 2005 in Science | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Nice Work Collin

Here is a response from Collin who asked for resume guidnace previously -
"Hope all is well with you. I wanted to let you know that I accepted an offer from XVZ Investment Bank. I'll be in their operations analyst program starting Nov. 7th. Thanks for the advice you gave me, it really helped.  I will be working at the midtown office on 7th avenue. It was a year long process and I never gave up on the search. With me it's never a matter of if.....only when! Again, thanks for your input."

Nice Work Collin!

October 29, 2005 in Careers | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Great Halloween Sites

Retro Crush - Great Site for Halloween Custome ideas (Remember those vinyl ones with the masks they used to sell at drug stores, FUN, FUN, FUN (You mean you don't want to be the leather dude from the village people


80's Tees - This is a great site, where else can you get a She-Ra T.

Action HQ - Buy Action Figures Online - Transformers anyone, STar Wars Action Heroes, GI Joes, Ahh This Site Takes Me Back (Where else can you get a War Journalist action figure


Free Bento - Buy Japanese Toys - Cool things like this smokin rabbit


October 29, 2005 in Comedy & Pop Culture | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Free Stuff on Craigslist

If you love free you'll love teh free category on Craig's List. People post htings they need to get rid of, which you can pick up for free. Take a look at what's available here...

FRee STuff on CRAIglist
A sample of their recent foray:

re: casio keyboard (bronx)

AOL Plus High Speed DSL Modem Kit (Union Square)

Free Facial

Anybody Who Wants a 4 Month Old Kitten Companion? (Chinatown, Manhattan)

Apex DVD Player (Woodbridge/Edison area)

loving cat needs home asap

Samsung 20" color TV (Woodbridge/Edison area)

Lamp (Fort Greene)   pic

complete old mac system (Brooklyn)

hair sylists please read!

*****FREE 4 DRESSERS, COUCH & DAYBED ***** (eastern long island\shirley)   pic

2 Henredon Scene One Armoires (Lynbrook)   pic

Baby High Chair (Wappinger Falls)

Free bread machine and/or slow cooker crockpot (UWS)

Stylish Book Case (Greenwich, CT

October 25, 2005 in Around Town - Giving back | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Million Dollar Web Page

Here is a kid that needed some cash. He sold his web site pixels at $1 a pixel and thus far has made close to a half a million dollars.

The Million Dollar Web Page


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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Toolbars For Dummies

As most of you have noticed now that I am dabbling in HTML code a little more I am integrating some nav and top bars to the site.

MENU BAR SITES - TO Get you Started
Here are some great sites to get you started on getting some great code for building some nice menu feature for your site or blog:

  • Open Cube  - Visual On line Menu Design; This is a great site for integrating open source code for companies like Fed Ex to your Site, say if you are going to start selling items that buyers may want to track shipment of
  • Dynamic Drive -Open Cube, DHTML, and CSS based menus; Very Nice for animated menu items, and great solutions for maximizing real estate on your site by adding expandable menu nav bars and side bars
  • Effective Brand - Integrate a search bar with a logo and buttons; Caveat - Only works in IE explorer

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Can one Blog Post Change the World?

I don't have an answer for this one??

October 22, 2005 in Around Town - Giving back | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Meet Up With Us @ Verlaine Friday

Romy is coming to town, for those of you that know her. Here are the details.

Friday at Verlaine

110 Rivington St (between Ludlow and Essex).

I'll be there around 9:30 p.m

October 20, 2005 in Friends | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sure I'll Do an Informational Interview

I got another email from an MBA student who is really harvesting the benefits of the net. He used Linked in to search relevant contacts to set up informational interviews. He wants to ask questions to professionals working in fields of interest to him to gain valuable insight . This is great. This is how the web should be used. It shows 1) he is proactive 2) he is effectively leveraging off of his own network Here is what he had to say.

Kendrick's Inquiry

"I found your profile on Linked In.com and found your blog very interesting and relevant.  "XVY" Firm being at the top of my target firms list, I would like to interview you at a length convenient to you about such.  I am a first year MBA student at "MBA University".  My resume is attached for your convenience. 

Would Thursday or next Tuesday be better to contact you by phone?  I am free after market close those days, until midnight each night.  Alternative means may be by email, although less personal but less intrusive.

As a side note, I was just in NYC at ABC Firm, and at a meeting with "ABC Firm Founder", he mentioned something you may find interesting.  He spoke about big banks and the fines imposed on them relating to community development.  While I am not completely aware of the impact it may have to municipal bonds, he related to me some very interesting information.

I look forward to speaking with you at length.  I thank you very much for your time."

Sure Kendrick, I would not mind spending a few minutes over coffee. Next Thursday is best. Email me a definite time and we can set something up!

On the side

If you want to collaborate on an investment type blog let me know!

October 19, 2005 in Careers | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, October 17, 2005

Where does Your Eye Travel on a Web Page

Eyetrack III has a great post about a study of real people and how their eyes travel over web pages. Its something to think about. I don't quite believe it though. Here is a graphic of common browsing paths according to their analysis.


Frankly though I don't think it applies to everyone. I look at the WSJ everyday and what is the first article I look at everyday? Without fail, I read the article in the top right. No mater what, it always seems to contain the most apropos topic for the morning. Is it a coincidence. I think not. Will I change my layout after seeing the study? Hell no. I change my blog for no one.

October 17, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack