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Homeless Man Keeps His $104/Month Pad December 22, 2006

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Very interesting verdict: A tenant paying $104 a month for a studio at the landmark (if rundown) old Windermere at 400 West 57th Street but actually sleeps in Central Park cannot be evicted. The Post reports that an appeals court ruled in Michael Tsitsires’s favor:

The landlord, TOA Construction, said that means his “primary residence” is the streets – and he should clear out of his studio in the former Windemere building.

Civil Court Judge Gerald Lebovits agreed, and gave them the OK to give Tsitsires the bum’s rush. “This court is not condemning [Tsitsires] to a life of homelessness,” he ruled last year. “Whether by choice or circumstance, [he] is already homeless.”

The Appellate Term reversed that decision, saying they refused to find a tenant “maintains his primary residence on a park bench.”

The panel noted that Tsitsires, who gets Supplemental Security Income disability payments, had lived in the building for 35 years and keeps his “his clothing and personal belongings in the apartment and received mail there.”

The 2-1 decision also found his “homeless” lifestyle is the product of deep, longstanding emotional difficulties, fueled by a panic disorder and substance abuse problems. He is so far gone, his testimony had to be taken at a hotel within his “safe zone.”

The safe-zone is a 10 block radius of his home.



What does Coke do to your body December 19, 2006

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Colas such as Coke are a popular form of fuel for the sitting-in-front-of-a-computer-all-day set, but what exactly does the magical elixir do to our engines? You’ll probably want to take the straw out of your mouth before reading further.

In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get it’s hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

It just gets better from there. Basically, drinking Coke to give yourself energy is like filling your car with some sort of acidic jet fuel. You might get an initial speed boost, but in the end your engine isn’t gonna last too long. I’ll stick to whisky while I’m blogging, thank you very much.

A stop motion battle between two friends December 19, 2006

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NYC Taxi high-tech makeover December 18, 2006

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Love ’em or hate ’em, New York wouldn’t be the same without its massive fleet of taxis. So it’s no surprise to hear that the ubiquitous yellow cars are getting a high-tech makeover. Within the next two weeks, NYC cabbies are gonna be fitted with a touch-screen display that’ll let passengers catch up on news/weather, look up restaurant reviews, and pay by credit card. It’ll also display an electronic map that will supposedly make it easier to track down lost/forgotten items (note to tourists, NYers keep things they find, so don’t even bother). Passengers who prefer to listen to the mumblings of their driver will have the option of turning the system off. Sounds nice and all, but if it means an increase in fare, I’d rather ride in silence. New NYC Taxis to Have TV and Tracking [AP Wire]

Distribute wireless signals over standard coaxial cables December 18, 2006

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  • Distribute 802.11b/g wireless signals over standard coaxial cables
  • No more wireless dead spots or interference
  • All antennas include pass-through outlets, so no TV connections will be lost
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    Adobe CS 3 Beta is out. Go download it ! December 18, 2006

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    ps_splash_beta_labs_150×50.jpgPer expectations, Adobe Systems on friday formally introduced a beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS3 software, the next release of its industry standard digital imaging software.

    The San Jose, Calif.-based software developer said it’s making the Photoshop CS3 beta widely available in order to enable customers to more easily transition to the latest hardware platforms, particularly Apple’s new Intel-based systems.

    The beta is available as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh platform, as well as for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista computers. Meanwhile, the final shipping version remains on track for the Spring 2007, the company said.


    Google Converts Units of Measure December 15, 2006

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    Another surprise is that Google’s calculator also handles conversions. It knows miles and meters, furlongs and light years, seconds and fortnights, and even angstroms and Smoots—and can convert from one unit of measurement to another.

    The key to using the Google calculator as a converter is to express your query using the proper syntax. In essence, you want to start with the first measure, followed by the word “in,” followed by the second unit of measure. A general query looks like this: x firstunits in secondunits.

    For example, to find out how many feet equal a meter, enter the query 1 meter in feet. Not sure how many teaspoons are in a cup? Enter 1 cup in teaspoons. Want to convert 100 U.S. dollars into Euros? Then enter 100 usd in euros. And so on and so forth.

    Google Is a Calculator December 15, 2006

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    When you can’t be troubled to reach over and pick up the handheld calculator sitting on your desk, you can use Google as a high-tech web-based calculator. All you have to do is enter your equation or formula into the standard Google search box, and then click the Google Search button. The result of the calculation is displayed on the search results page; it’s that simple.

    You can use the standard algebraic operators to construct your calculations—+, -, x, and / for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, accordingly. For example, to add 2 plus 3, enter 2 + 3 and press Enter. To divide 10 by 2, enter 10 / 2, and so on.

    And Google’s calculator isn’t limited to basic addition and multiplication. It can also handle more advanced calculations, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions, and logarithmic functions. Just enter the proper formula into the search box, and wait for Google to display the answer.

    NYC median rent up 21% since 2002 December 15, 2006

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    (AP) — New York’s citywide median rent increased by 21% in the four years ending in 2005, marking the steepest increase in more than a decade, according to a study released Thursday.

    The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey found that the median increase between 2002 and 2005 was the highest since 1993, according to the Community Service Society of New York, a nonprofit agency that advocates for low-income New Yorkers. During the same period, the median annual income of renters rose by only 6%.

    The number of apartments in New York renting for up to $1000 monthly declined by 26% between 2002 and 2005, the study found.

    Of New Yorkers at or below the poverty line, 39% paid at least half their income in rent, up from 33% ten years ago, according to the study. That left New York’s poor families with $32 a week per family member after rent, according to the study.


    How To Network: For Introverts December 14, 2006

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    I have a problem. I’m an introvert. I’m not shy. I’m not afraid of being in public. But I am horrible at chit-chat and gossip. If I spend an evening at a social function with people I don’t know or don’t like, I get home and feel like I’ve spent all day at the ocean. It’s that fighting-the-waves and drained-by-the-sun kind of tired. I would rather spend four hours with my head stapled to the carpet. I would be more comfortable that way.