USCG Rescue Swimmer Training

Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , | Comments Off on USCG Rescue Swimmer Training

USCG Rescue Swimmer Training (Aviation)

So that others may live.

USCG Rescue Swimmer Training from Nicolas Cianca on Vimeo

Mamika – Grandma’s Superhero Therapy

Posted: November 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: | Comments Off on Mamika – Grandma’s Superhero Therapy

A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling.



Mayor Bloomberg

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , | Comments Off on Mayor Bloomberg

In just a few weeks New Yorkers will be going to the polls to vote for Mayor, Public Advocate, City Comptroller and several City Council positions.

While many are annoyed that Mayor Bloomberg changed the Term Limits law to allow himself to run for a third time, he is simply the best candidate for Mayor.

There are several reasons for this.

First, he understands the needs of the large freelancer community in the city and the importance of this community to the city’s economy. His push to exempt sole proprietors from the Unicorporated Business Tax (UBT) will save all freelancers thousands each year in taxes. The Mayor is also very committed to helping the film and television business in New York and to retain the creative class here.

Second, under his administration and with Joel Klein, the city schools have demonstrated a dramatic improvement across the board.

Third, Bloomberg has made great strides to improve the overall quality of life in the city. Small things, like the extended bike lanes, the white/green rooftops program, the reopening of Governors Island, and many other initiatives have gone a long way towards this goal.

Please vote for Bloomberg, along with Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate and John Liu for Comptroller this coming election.

And if you can, volunteer for the re-election effort.

Microsoft’s broken mail services

Posted: September 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: | Comments Off on Microsoft’s broken mail services

Today I was trying to send email to a person at and the email was bounced back. The reason? Fox uses Frontbridge, a service Microsoft provides that hosts and manages Exchange servers for email.

As part of this service, they have a black list (RBL) called 88.blacklist.zap created by Terry Zink ( which simply does not work. Judging by the number of complaints about this list I’m surprised they even use it.

I haven’t sent email to anyone at Fox in several months, our severs do not handle massive amounts of email and there is no reason we would be listed on this or any other RBL. In fact, this is the first time that I have come across an RBL that blacklisted our SMTP server.

In the header of the message they include a reference to send email to, yet how many non-technical users even notice this little bit of information in the bounced email?

Worse, it took several tries before I finally received a reply from Microsoft.

But what really takes the cake is that sending a reply to the message Microsoft sent me results in the same stupid list blocking the reply!

Can’t Microsoft do ANYTHING right? host[] said: 550 Service unavailable;
   Client host [] blocked using 88.blacklist.zap; Mail From IP
   Banned To request removal from this list please forward this message to (in reply to RCPT TO command)
Reporting-MTA: dns;
X-Postfix-Queue-ID: 96F26160120
X-Postfix-Sender: rfc822;
Arrival-Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 23:18:36 -0400 (EDT)

Final-Recipient: rfc822;
Original-Recipient: rfc822;
Action: failed
Status: 5.0.0
Remote-MTA: dns;
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 550 Service unavailable; Client host []
   blocked using 88.blacklist.zap; Mail From IP Banned To request removal from
   this list please forward this message to

Free Kayaking at Downtown Boathouse

Posted: July 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Free Kayaking at Downtown Boathouse

For the past few years the Downtown Boathouse has been providing free Kayaking in lower Manhattan, currently out of Pier 40 (Houston and West St) until the renovations at our permanent home at Pier 26 (North Moore & West Street) are completed in 2012.

The program has expanded to other locations including Pier 96 (56th Street) and 72nd Street along the Hudson River.

My kids and I volunteer frequently and can often be found at the Pier 40 location handling the registration desk, helping people get in and out of kayaks and teaching “Man Overboard” techniques. Often I can be found on “patrol”.

Everyone is welcome, especially kids! You do need to be at least 16 years old to go out in a single kayak but children of any age are welcome to go out with anyone over 16 in a double. Its fun and safe. The best part are the wakes that drafty vessels make (like cruise ships).

We do ask that anyone who takes advantage of our program at Pier 40 respect our rules regarding the boundaries in which one can kayak in. You must be at least 100 feet from the Holland Tunnel ventilation shaft and 75 feet away from the open Hudson River and the north and south piers. Hudson River currents ebb and flood and often have a speed of around 2 knots.

The season will run until Sunday October 10. We are always looking for volunteers and gladly accept donations at the registration desk.

You can find more information on our programs at


Google throws errors

Posted: June 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Development, General | Tags: | Comments Off on Google throws errors

On and off all day Google has been throwing some errors. I think this is the first time I’ve seen Google bug out. This one is related to YouTube specifically (I think), but still.

Google, what’s up? Seems like there have been several server failures in the past few months.

Google throws a Server Error

One World Trade Center

Posted: February 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: | Comments Off on One World Trade Center

Well, Well. The Freedom Tower is no longer. The name has changed to “One World Trade Center”.

The post 9/11 view from one of our windows.


Wind Power

Posted: January 20th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , | Comments Off on Wind Power