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Earthquake in RI, again?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 | Personal | 3 Comments

I just felt a minor earthquake, or what I thought was one.  It was either that, or our dog scratching herself violently.

The house shook, things moved just a bit.

Only a little over a year ago we had another minor earthquake felt in RI.

How do I know?  I saw on Twitter: earthquake RI

Others felt the same thing too.

Everyone seems safe, unless you were building houses of cards.

UPDATE – October 16, 2012 @ 7:47PM

It was a 4.5 earthquake, centered about 5km west of Hollis Center, ME.  Reports on twitter say it was felt throughout the northeast including MA, VT, NH, RI, CT and parts of NY.  Someone tweeted me from NY saying her mirror move a bit.

The earthquake was picked up by mainstream news outlets in the past few minutes:

No reports of any damage that I’ve seen yet.

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Fluke Wine Bar, Newport, RI – A Mediocre Review

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 | Personal | No Comments

Fluke Wine Bar Restaurant, Newport, RIThe food was wonderful, our waitress was excellent, the view of the Newport Harbar at sunset was beautiful, but management killed our evening.

Dining at Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, a local Newport restaurant, proved to be too good to be true.  We had heard good things about the restaurant.  Despite being there for drinks a few times, we had never actually had a meal there.

At the end of our meal, the manager came over to tell us we were taking too long and had to leave.  We didn’t think he even talked to the waitress, as we didn’t even have the check yet!  Why would you make a table feel bad, when they haven’t even been given the opportunity to leave when ‘hinted’ by a check being delivered.

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Happy Holidays 2011

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 | Personal | No Comments

Thought this house’s lights were awesome.

Now time to finish those projects that everyone wants done (all at the same time), close up the editor, and enjoy a weekend with the family.

Happy Holidays Everyone

NetQuote: Spam, Unsolicited Submissions, and Bad Leads

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 | Personal | 4 Comments

NetQuoteThis is less technical, and a warning to those getting involved in automated lead generation systems… and those using it.

Nine months ago I, as a consumer, tried using one of them online “Car Insurance Quote” systems. It was powered by NetQuote (which I found out recently). I know they’re all garbage, but it would at least get me in contact with some insurance companies to survey the options available, as my life has changed significantly since I started out with my first car insurance (big city to small town, single to married, apartment street parking to garage parking, from 24 to 32).

I did this because my insurance was coming up for renewal …

This morning, I’m sitting at my computer coding, and I get 4 emails at the same time, about a car insurance quote I had requested (I hadn’t!).  A few minutes later my phone rang, someone was calling about my car insurance quote online.

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Friday Client Humor

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 | Personal | No Comments

Saw these earlier, I think I have heard every single one:

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My iPhone is Fixed, Thanks Apple!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

Yesterday I had a bad day.

I dropped my iPhone 4 coming down the stairs, and it shattered.  (picture is in yesterday’s post)

My phone is used heavily throughout the work day, so I needed to get it fixed / replaced.  First thing I do is make an appointment at the local Apple store (Providence, RI), and head on out.

On the way to the Apple store, I see the “flat tire” indicator turn on.  Ok, I can drive with a tire that’s going flat no problem…

BOOM!

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My iPhone Broke, Glass Shattered

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

It finally happened to me.  My iPhone 4 broke (after only 9 months of throwing it around).

I was walking downstairs, and dropped it on a wooden floor.  It didn’t seem that bad, until I picked it up and it was crazy cracked.

Now I begin my journey of “Do I get the 4S?  Can I do this in the 2 days before vacation?”.

I’ll let you know how it’s resolved, and how much this sets me back.

UPDATE: Apple Replaced it Free of Charge!

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Earthquake, in Rhode Island?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Personal | 11 Comments

I swear I just felt the house moving around a little.  I just through I had been staring at code too much, but I had just read on CNN that there was an earthquake in NY / DC.

In case you’re curious, you’re not crazy.

Lets hope everyone had it as minor as I just did (just the monitors swaying a little).

UPDATE 8/23/2011 @ 2:33PM

There was an earthquake.  Some relevant links:

So far it seems minor, and no reported injuries or deaths.  I guess that also means no photos to be posted about the earthquake?

If it ever starts working again, you can report what you felt at the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.

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Safari Room, Newport, RI – A Bad Restaurant Review

Monday, August 15th, 2011 | Personal | 4 Comments

I apologize to everyone who reads this blog for the tech / web development content.  The following is something I felt the need to post regarding a bad restaurant experience I had (I have some obligatory tie in’s to web development, but this is mostly a restaurant review).

This past weekend, the wife and I were looking forward to having dinner at a new restaurant for us, Safari Restaurant & Lounge at OceanCliff in Newport, RI.  We don’t go to “nice” places much, but we are no strangers to “fancy” restaurants.  Needless to say, it let us down.

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Gmail April Fools 2011: Gmail Motion

Friday, April 1st, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

Google has introduced the new Gmail Motion.

You can see the demo video below:

Update 4/2/2011: Researchers have actually gone ahead and implemented the ridiculous spec, here’s the follow up video:

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