Dec 31, 2010

Brooklyn, NY - Snow-Free Bike Lanes [video]

Brooklyn, NY - The Video below says it all, while some streets in Brooklyn are still not clean as of today, the NYC DOT yesterday made an extra effort to clean the bike lanes on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.
Watch below. Credit: Shimon Gifter

NY Sanitation Delayed Cleanup on Purpose...

I told you so.

I posted a link earlier this week (the one with the tractor and tow truck crushing the two cars) stating that the reason the snow never got removed properly from many neighborhoods outside of Manhattan was due to a protest being staged by the Sanitation Department... and as it turns out, I was right. There are a lot of article being published right now stating the exact same thing. There were already 400 jobs cut and the department was facing serving another 100 pay cuts. So, because a bunch of disgruntled UNION workers decided to prove a point, people died. I am sympathetic, to a point, these guys work hard and losing jobs and getting pay cuts hurts- but not only do they have paying jobs, in this type of economy causing ANYONE distress, pain or any sort of loss financial or otherwise is criminal.

 I combed a few places for articles about who was affected and in what ways and it seems that there was a really big theme- religious communities in Brooklyn. Whether on purpose (these communities represent a huge block of political votes because they tend to vote alike) or because these communities are known to be vocal about issues so it would guaranty publicity, the fact that this occurred at all is despicable. I witnessed an area of Manhattan Beach where I spent Wednesday (Three days after the storm!) where the tractor came down the same block three times in three hours, each time with it's plow raised. Someone I spoke with in Marine Park said her family could not even begin to get their car out of the huge snowbank that had drifted over it and they were stuck with unplowed streets until Thursday morning. Of course there are two sides to every story but here are a few stories that became victims through no fault of their own, which changes this from a simple protest to an almost terrorist act- something which is not tolerated in any way, shape or form.

Before I get too into it, I want to repost a link I put up a while ago of the sanitation workers in my parents neighborhood who BACKED THEIR TRUCK onto the driveway next to the house- these guys get paid a phenomenal amount of money and treat the residents so badly...especially around Christmas when families who DON'T OBSERVE Christmas don't realize the guys want a tip- but don't worry, they let you know loud and clear when they start 'forgetting' you have garbage pickup or they drag the cans down the side of your car...both of which have happened. What's with people today? Why do they think it's ok?

Here are the articles I found to be the most telling:

New York - NY Post: Sanitation Workers Targeted Borough Park

Streets of Borough Park Dec. 28 2010. Photo: Eli
New York - There was a method to their madness. The selfish Sanitation bosses who sabotaged the blizzard cleanup to fire a salvo at City Hall targeted politically connected and well-heeled neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn to get their twisted message across loud and clear, The Post has learned. Their motives emerged yesterday as the city’s Department of Investigation admitted it began a probe earlier this week after hearing rumblings of a coordinated job action. Sources told The Post several neighborhoods were on the workers’ hit list—including Borough Park and Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and Middle Village in Queens—because residents there have more money and their politicians carry big sticks. “It was more targeted than people actually think,” said a labor source. “Borough Park was specifically targeted [because of] . . . its ability to sort of gin up the p.r. machine.” The plan worked. Residents of those neighborhoods—who, after three days, were still trying to dig out their cars—are apoplectic.
“It’s hurting people for greed,” seethed Barry Coogan, 60, who lives on 64th Road in Middle Village. “Whoever made those decisions should lose their jobs. “Don’t hurt the neighborhood so you can’t get medical help.” In Brooklyn, Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind called the clean-up “an absolute disaster.”
“You have the most unbelievable anger I’ve ever seen,” he said of his Borough Park constituents.
The revelation came as:
* A Queens baby was brain dead last night after poorly plowed roads hampered efforts to rescue him.
* Sources said Sanitation bosses issued verbal directives during the clean-up to give priority to streets near the homes of agency heads and other city bigwigs. “This happens all the time,” one Sanit worker said. “They make sure the bosses and politicians get taken care of.”
* Despite Mayor Bloomberg’s insistence that all roads would be plowed at least once by yesterday morning, many were untouched, with snow still piled high. “We still have work to do,” Bloomberg later said.
* Even as streets in the outer boroughs waited for a single plow to arrive, crews were clearing bicycle lanes on the Upper West Side. Bloomberg, however, insisted that was not happening. Across the city, residents still confined to their homes by the storm’s after-effects had plenty of blame both for Bloomberg and the rogue Sanitation workers. Moshe Pollack, 55, of Borough Park, said, “It’s disgusting. And we pay them overtime for this? People could have died.” John Delliliune, 42, of Penelope Avenue in Middle Village said he was “very disappointed” but “not surprised.”
“I saw plows driving around with their shovels up,” he fumed, adding, “I would like to see some disciplinary action to whoever made the call.” Hikind said his phone had been ringing off the hook.
“I just know that something went wrong, and God is not to blame,” he said. Hikind said he had been told months ago that Sanitation Department unions were planning some sort of slowdown or job action to protest budget cuts. Chaya Schron, who lives in Midwood, Brooklyn, said she didn’t hear any plows passing by her bedroom window Sunday night or Monday morning.
“I suspected a slowdown from the very beginning. It didn’t make sense,” she said. On Monday, she saw a plow drive down her street with its blade up. “When we asked why his plow was up, he said he had instructions not to plow side streets because it wastes gas,” she said. “I was in disbelief.”
Gov. Paterson yesterday morning called for a criminal investigation, and Bloomberg said such a job action would be an “outrage.” A DOI spokeswoman told The Post her agency has been probing the actions of plow drivers and supervisors all week, trying to determine “whether there was intentional misconduct in connection with snow removal. We are in the throes of that.” The slowdown was confirmed Wednesday by City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who met with a group of guilt-stricken plow drivers and supervisors who dropped a dime on their colleagues. Yesterday, Halloran provided The Post with two videos showing a plow driver in Queens driving his truck on a snow-covered road without plowing it. The snitches said they were told to leave many roads unplowed and skip streets that were not on their routes. The hostility stems from a series of labor and budget cuts that are culminating today with demotions—and resulting salary declines—for 100 supervisors. The president of the sanitation supervisors union continued to deny any subversion. And Harry Nespoli, president of the union that represents the Sanitation Department’s rank and file, also denied a slowdown and welcomed all investigations. He admitted, though, that some plow drivers could be slowing down on their own.
“Look, individually, if you walk around, you’re going to see a truck doing something [wrong]? Yeah,” Nespoli said. “You’re going to have people that are annoyed.” Not as annoyed as the people whose streets were left buried.“It makes my blood boil. Those people should be reprimanded,” said Marlon Singh, 33, who lives on 94th Street in Middle Village. “They made us feel like we live in a Third World country".
Photo Credit: Eli

New York - These garbage men really stink.
The Sanitation Department last night denied there was a concerted effort to slow snow removal.

Gloves for Iphone or Ipad....

OMG- it has been so frustrating to deal with touchscreens and winter!   I have definitely been in situations where I am driving and my phone rings and I can't get my gloves off quickly enough to answer so I use my nose (yeah, you heard me right- and if you have an iPhone you've done it too!).   I got fed up and searched for fingerless gloves that have a flip top, but got annoyed when I realized I'd still have to flip the tops offto answer...then my hours of Ebay searching rewarded me with this- and I am so completely grateful.   My gloves arrived today and although I was inside and had no need to do so, I wore them for a few hours and played with my phone, just to test them out.   They absolutely work perfectly, added bonus- no fingerprints :)

The three fingers on each hand have electromagnetic threads woven into the tips so you can use your phone easily and safely- GENIUS!   And a million times better than the Do-It-Yourself options I saw online when I was searching...
I am not going to wash them though, as long as I can avoid doing so, because I don't know what will happen- but if you have an iPhone or touchscreen device, check these out....and don't get the blue ones, I have those.

Here is the link to the same seller I bought them from-Shopmye
And here is on of his listings:

RockMafia Presents "Who Owns My Heart" (Static Revenger Controversy Mix)

Wanna bet 2011 will have a LOT more Miley Cyrus?   I why not start right now...only a little bit early.

New Britney single being distributed on the radio!

New Britney single being distributed on the radio!


The New Single From Britney Spears is Being Distributed in The Radio!

Today, Jive has been sending the digital single to major U.S. radios! On Monday January 3rd, they will make a bigger distribution in other radios in America to prepare everything the day of the official radio release. You know what that means? That day could filter the song!

The New Single Will be Out late January in Latin America

The new single from Britney Spears will be officially launched late January 2011 in Latin America. With the exception of Mexico, where its release will be made simultaneously with all iTunes stores. Germany and Australia will hear the single before everyone.

the SOURCE is reliable, they are affilated with Sony Music Mx.

New Site Displays ALL Of Your Personal Info

I am floored that this site has so much information- I haven't received the email to remove my listing yet but what I did find on a few people I looked up made me supremely uncomfortable- I highly suggest looking up yourself and forwarding this to loved ones.

Upon launching the Spokeo website, they cleverly remind you that “it’s not your grandma’s phonebook,” which is not only a hacky reference but also literally true: the old meatspace phonebooks didn’t automatically expose all of your private information like age, income, home value, credit score, relationship status and map to your house. Who the Eff are these freaks? How did they get ALL of your info? I don’t know, but all of mine was there. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to remove yourself from the database of these privacy rapists currently thriving in Zuckerberg’s America.
1. Goto
2.Enter your name and city in the search field
3. Suppress your shout of “Holy CRAPSTAINS!!!” when you see how much of your info is displayed
4. Copy the URL
5. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see “Privacy” in the footer links. Click it.
6. Paste the URL in the field underneath “To remove a listing from Spokeo…”
7. You’ll have to enter an email (sucky, I know) but do what I do and use a secondary one that you only give out to list managers. Try to AVOID giving them your primary email addy. No one has confirmed whether or not they’re phishing for emails, but I wasn’t going to leave the detailed info they had on me so I gave them the dummy address. Extortion much? Unfortunately, they limit the number of listings you can remove to two per email to “prevent abuse”. Really? Could that be any more abusive than displaying all of someone’s personal info??
8. Click “Remove Listing”
9. Check your email; the removal confirmation from Spokeo should come immediately
10. Click after “To complete the removal process…”
11. Celebrate that you have pulled your info off yet another service that took it from you, and rest until the next such battle with some other similar site, likely in an hour or so
UPDATE: Turns out the site it a couple of years old. Also, the veracity of personal information varies from person to person. For me it was SHOCKINGLY accurate. Other folks even found pictures on the site that came from their as-private-as-they-could-make-it Facebook accounts, along with links to family members. Still, other folks either report no listing or old info. In any case, it’s worth a look.

Dec 30, 2010

Britney Spears To Premiere 'Hold It Against Me' On January 7 Radio program director says the track produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin has a 'really unique' beat.

 Radio program director says the track produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin has a 'really unique' beat.

Britney Spears is making sure to start the year off right with new music. As speculated, the pop princess is set to premiere her brand-new track called"Hold It Against Me" late next week, according to Entertainment Weekly. In the latest issue of the magazine, Sharon Dastur, program director for New York's Z100, dished a few details about the pop star's anticipated new single.
"It's produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin," Dastur revealed. "And the beat that they give her is really unique compared to other artists — this infectious bass beat beneath the song. Plus, the hook is just amazing. It will be out on January 7."
Rumored lyrics to "Hold It Against Me" circulated on the Internet earlier this week, but Britney's camp has yet to confirm whether they are real or not. And while details about the track remain scarce, a tweet from Dr. Luke indicated that it will feature a guitar.
Fans began speculating about Britney's new single when reported on the song earlier this month. Dr. Luke also began to tease fans about the tune, tweeting, "I/we never wrote a song called 'don't hold it against me'.... BewaRe of InaccuraTe info kids ;-) We did write 'hold it against me' but those lyrics are NOT the lyrics ...."
Swedish producer Shellback recently spoke about Spears' work ethic and professionalism while working on her new LP, which drops in March. "[Britney]'s actually damn professional. You read a lot on the Internet that Britney is not singing and mimes, but she is actually damn professional," he said. "She's done it since she was 16. And just rhythmic way, she is f---ing awesome! And you do not have to go through and talk about the rhythms and stuff that you sometimes have to do. She's very easy in the studio."
The "3" singer has already begun casting dancers for a new music video. Just last week, the fansite posted a notice sent out byBritney's team announcing auditions for a video shooting in January. In avideo purported to be shot during auditions, which were coordinated by choreographer and former Britney collaborator Brian Friedman, dancers are seen learning a routine to "Criminal Intent" by Swedish songstress Robyn

Footstickers 'shoes'

I am not an avid yoga fan...mostly due to the process of contorting myself into unflattering positions in public.   But, if I were to get into it, I am not sure these would heighten my sense of self or lessen my insecurities...does anyone use them- and if you do, can you let me know what they are like?   I do have close acquaintances who are slightly obsessive yoga addicts...

  • Feel the movement of your feet.
     Footstickers - Independent graduation project at Nike EMEA
  • There are many advantages of bare feet sporting: better motion control, more feeling in your feet 
    and direct floor contact, etc. In this way you are more grounded and more aware of your feet and 
    movements. Its also a good training for stronger feet. But a disadvantage is the risk of injuries, 
    you can easily twist or slip.

    The footsticker improves the activity and keeps the bare foot feeling!  The flexible material feels 
    like a second skin. This footsticker gives you more grip, support and protection.

    Woman Dancemedium surface covering – low traction – side surface(drag protection)
    Woman Combat cardio high surface covering – medium traction – heel cap(jump protection)
    Woman Yogalow surface covering – high traction

NERD ALERT - SCV Love Song - Original Song (Ft KurtHugoSchneider / HuskyStarcraft)

Kurt always knocks it out of the park- even if it's not a song you think you like, somehow the way he covers songs and rearranges the sounds is so incredibly unique....keep them coming- and retweet and forward this so it gets tons of hits!

Mike Tompkins working with Timbaland on Shock Value 3

Wow- it is so nice to see someone I adore on YouTube making it in the music industry!   Congrats Mike- hope to see much more awesomeness from you this year :)

50 Cent Finds A Way to Make A Few Bucks With A Shovel

Wow- I saw his offer on twitter and wondered if anyone would take him up on it.   A friend of mine actually tweeted that she would- but I don't know if he showed :)
By Rhonesha Byng
updated 12/30/2010 7:21:14 PM ET
Leave it to 50 cent to use a blizzard as a lesson in how to use a negative situation to add positive growth to your wallet.
In what is perhaps the ultimate lesson of hustling, rapper 50 cent took to the streets with an unofficial snow shoveling business. He charged houses $100 to shovel snow the day after the storm hit.
In a tweet sent Monday afternoon, he said "I want a hundred dollars per house. I bet anybody ill make a grand moving snow today." The rapper didn't have a problem booking clients, and after getting four houses to agree to pay him the fee he started hiring employees.
A few tweets later the rapper wrote, "I got 4 people on one street to agree to my fee after they saw the first job I did. Now I'm looking for employees."
The multi-millionaire rapper didn't post about how much money he made that day, but with his platinum selling albums and movie deals, it probably does not come close to what he usually makes on an average day.
Sopranos star James Gandolfini also lended a helping hand to neighbors in the West Village Monday night. Instead of charging people, he dished out the cash, to others who pitched in to help

DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop) - Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits

I love these kinds of mashups, I wish someone would do one every few months with the current top songs (and if someone does, feel free to let me know please!)

Check out this year's annual mashup from DJ Earworm:

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A Mashup of the Top 25 Hits of 2010, according to Billboard Magazine.

Ke$ha - Tik Tok
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Train - Hey, Soul Sister
Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
Usher Featuring - OMG
B.O.B. Featuring Hayley Williams - Airplanes
Eminem Featuring Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris - Break Your Heart
B.O.B. Featuring Bruno Mars - Nothin' On You
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull - I Like It
Young Money Featuring Lloyd - Bedrock
Jason Derulo - In My Head
Rihanna - Rude Boy
Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce - Telephone
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me
The Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be
Jay-Z + Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
Usher Featuring Pitbull - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love
Travie McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars - Billionaire
Eminem - Not Afraid
Iyaz - Replay

100 Car Accident on 1-94 (video)

Yikes- nearly 100 cars were involved in a crazy pileup on I-94 and there is a lot of 'no travel' restrictions in the area and surrounding areas in North Dakota.   Having once made the mistake of road tripping behind a moving van from the East Coast to the West Coast during winter (Superbowl weekend actually) I can tell you firsthand- the MidWest is BRUTAL in winter!

NFL Fines Jets For Trip and Fall

Was there anyone out there watching that moment when Sal Alosi, strength coach for the Jets, tripped the Dolphins player, who thought anything less than a lifetime ban from football complete with a massive fine and national shame would be just about adequate?

N.F.L.’s Statement on Punishment of Jets

New York Jets
The N.F.L. fined the Jets $100,000 on Thursday for the sideline wall and trip orchestrated by the strength coach Sal Alosi against  a Dolphins punt gunner  earlier this month.
The ruling came a day after Brett Favre was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with the league about text messages he was said to have sent as a Jet.
Is any Jet up for continuing the pattern with a $150,000 fine on Friday? Time is running short in 2010.
The league also criticized the Jets’ special-teams coordinator, Mike Westhoff, for suggesting that other teams formed sideline walls.
Alosi has been suspended indefinitely by the Jets. Here’s part of the statement from the league:
This is both a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic. The discipline imposed on the club also includes the response to the incident of coach Alosi and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, who made public comments accusing other teams of employing similar tactics. Both the NFL Constitution and Bylaws and other league policies require clubs to report actual or suspected violations of competitive rules by other teams only to the league office and not to engage in public criticism of other clubs. The fine has been imposed on the Jets to emphasize that clubs are accountable for the actions of their employees and have the obligation to ensure that all members of their organization comply with league rules
Extra point: No evidence emerged that Rex Ryan or Westhoff were in the know  about Alosi’s plan, but it does seem implausible that they weren’t.

Jabba the Hut Snowman

So awesome!   I love when people get creative and take the time to share it- check out this phenomenal recreation of Jabba the Hut complete with food coloring hues that someone sculpted out of snow.   I look forward to their renderings of R2-D2 and C-3PO as well.   Or Chewbacca :)

Photo via Furious Fanboys
If ice planet Hoth is in Williamsburg, is the desert planet in Spokane, WA? According to this photo, yes—yes it is... or maybe Jabba the Hutt has left Tatooine and is making his way to Brooklyn. Either way, someone make one of these in Greenpoint so we can stage a mock interstellar battle before the real thing goes down—surely some local young creative out there is dying to dress in Leia's gold bikini. Start by making a Pit of Carkoon in McCarren Park... may The Force be with you, etc.
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Chasidim Dancing During the Snowstorm

I posted a picture of the horrendous snowstorm when I was stuck behind standstill traffic while trucks pretended to move snow around and commented sarcastically "Where are the dancing Chasidim?"   Apparently, I was just on the wrong road because someone forwarded me this!

Bored? Pick a fight w Piers Morgan on Twitter...

This came in via Twitter via PIERS MORGAN this morning and I thought it was funny- especially since he does tend to lash back at people who snap at him- but what do they expect?  

CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on Twitter

CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on TwitterAre you bored? Try tweeting something mean at Piers Morgan, the British TV personality who is replacing Larry King on CNN. Chances are, he'll start Twitter-beefing with you. Welcome to America's new national pastime.
CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on TwitterConsider this extensive Twitter beef between Morgan and NY1 Anchor John Schiumo that unfolded tonight: (below)
Also today, Morgan got in a tift with friend-of-Gawker Jim Berhle, who long ago delighted readers with his weekly Kreepie Kats cartoons:
CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on Twitter

Maybe getting in pissing mataches with random New Yorkers on Twitter is some weird viral marketing campaign for Morgan's almost-surely-doomed CNN talk show? Like a pasty, unpleasant version of the Old Spice Guy? Worth a shot.

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CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on Twitter
CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on Twitter
CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on Twitter
CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on Twitter
CNN's Piers Morgan Will Fight Almost Anyone on Twitter