Posts Tagged ‘Life’

4th of July, Boston Style

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

It was raining; I left my real camera and tripod at home. When I was viewing the fireworks I thought I made a mistake.  “Oops.”

At least I had my pocket camera for the fireworks.

Perhaps it was good that I didn’t bring the big camera, as there was a huge fight between several drunk people on the overcrowded subway on the way home. Profanity was flying like only a Southie could say it.  (Think of “Good Will Hunting“.)  It probably could have easily turned riot level; lots of people were worked up about the fight.  A few brave individuals stepped in, thankfully, and forcefully shoved most of the misbehaving drunk kids off the train…  police later came and investigated the matter.  There was a report of a knife, too… and I somehow suspected that we weren’t the only part of the train (or only train for that matter) that had a fight like this.  Some people got messed up pretty bad; they’re going to need stitches.

Riding the MBTA during holidays usually winds up like this… and that’s exactly why I chose to leave my real gear and take my pocket camera instead.  I figured an event like this would most likely happen, and it did.

So… the Boston fireworks were absolutely brilliant and a joy to see, and witnessing the sky lighting event with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while was great too (even factoring in the ride home).

GUADEC photo safari 2007

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

If you’re going to be in Birmingham, UK for either LugRadio or GUADEC this year, have a little extra time in between, and would like to have a photography meet up… simply email, IM, and/or post a comment on my blog.

You can contact me at my gmail address, which is my first name and last initial. “garrettl” and what follows after is the @ sign and, of course, the domain This works for both email and IM (through Jabber / Google Talk).

Hack Week video

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Teams from around the world have been posting video on the Idea Pool website.

Here’s a video filmed and edited by Nat Friedman, and I’m featured at 1:46 into the video (at the end).

Yes, I was very, very tired making sure that the site was ready to launch and also traveling back to Europe. Shortly after arriving in Nuremberg, we were on Digg for several hours, so instead of taking a nap, I drank a lot of Red Bull and Afri-Cola so I could watch the website withstand “the Digg effect” (which used to be called “the Slashdot effect”, but we haven’t been on Slashdot yet. *hint*) and also take a lot of pictures.

Nat did a great job filming and editing the “from-the-trenches” Hack Week video; it’s quite funny.

visual flickr treats (recent photos)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
I’ve been taking a lot of pictures lately.

Here are a few I posted on my flickr page

(There are more there too.)



I have lots more pictures to post, too… so expect more (on my flickr page) soon.

Helping out Microsoft

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

On the way out of my hotel this morning, I found a credit card near the front door. I picked it up and noticed that it was a corporate credit card, and that it belonged to Microsoft.

…I brought it to the front desk and told them where I found it, of course.

That’s the artificial Verizon, which is better than the actual Verizon.

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Since when has The Onion started reporting actual, true news?

(Somehow I’m on Verizon’s “Charge-You-At-Whim” plan despite numerous dealings with billing and customer support personnel.)

Winter weather beginnings

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

For us residents of the Boston metro area (as well as many other parts of New England), the first snowfall of the season is about to begin tonight!

Here’s hoping that the wintery season is quick and mostly harmless this year! We’ve been off to a great start thus far, with all the jacketless days over the past several weeks.