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#643: Use a webcam

Sometimes you work really hard on a presentation, and once it’s over, you realize you shouldn’t have put so much effort into it.

I spent 12 hours at work the previous day and another 2 hours at home that night–not to mention the countless hours before that–prepping for a half hour presentation delivered via webcam at work yesterday.  I got little sleep for 2 nights since I had to use all possible waking hours preparing slides and practicing.  It was exhausting; I was exhausted.  And it was all over in 30 minutes.  Actually, 25 minutes, 44 seconds, and 25 whatever-the-next-increment-on-a-stopwatch-is, to be exact.  It seemed like it could very easily turn into one of those high effort, low reward situations that tend to accompany work projects.

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Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Computers

 

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#642: Close Encounters

Living in NYC means not being surprised when you happen upon a random street performance.  I think it’s one of the requirements to being considered a “true” New Yorker (if you believe in that sort of thing, which I do and I don’t, depending on the day and who asks).

But even though I wasn’t surprised to see ROVE performing Close Encounters in a hotel window and in the middle of the sidewalk, I was slightly moved.

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in NYC

 

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#641: 169 Bar

At the risk of sounding like an alcoholic, I’m going to tell you this: it’s hard not to drink in the summer.

During the winter, or, as it seemed to be this year in New York, the never-ending deep freeze, people don’t go out as much.  They prefer to stay home cuddling (with their significant other, their pet, or, in my case, this one supremely cozy robe) or else when they do go out, they’ll tend to stick to one bar and then go home earlier just because it gets dark earlier and therefore seems later.

Now that the days are long and the weather is cooperating, my friends are going out more, and I’m on a kickball league, both of which are turning out to be a wrench in my eating healthier resolution that I still mostly try to stick to 6 months after making it.

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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in NYC

 

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#640: Adult field day

As you may have guessed, this involved adult versions of typical kids’ field day activities, such as 3-legged races, wheelbarrow races, and sack races.

As you may not have guessed, each of these races also involved bananas, because it was a field day for charity to raise money for cancer research, and for some reason–no one knows what–the event is affiliated with bananas.

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Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Sports

 

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#639: Get a boost

…on OkCupid.  When I say “get a boost,” what I mean is, “pay $2 to have my profile seen by more people than usual.”

Was it worth it?

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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Dating

 

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#638: The Barn

Only in Astoria could you find a bar that was serving $4 beers during happy hour completely empty.  Only in Astoria would you find that the same bar has a comfy outdoor space no one’s using.  Only in Astoria might you discover this place serves delicious perogies that come with vegetables that are also shockingly divine.  Only in Astoria would this place be in a pretty well-tread area of town but just slightly off the beaten path enough to feel like you’re venturing into a cool section of the neighborhood no one knows about yet.

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Food/Drink

 

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#637: Buy an external hard drive

Duh.

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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Computers

 

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