mutt: Selecting Old Messages

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2009/08/05/mutt-selecting-old-messages/

This is a note-to-self, since every so often I do this and each time I have to RTFM:

To select messages in a folder older than two months, it is:
~d >2m

Or, given my key-bindings:

T~d >2m

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New York City: Week 1

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2009/08/09/new-york-city-week-1/

Week one in New York City has been good. We’re still unpacking . . . or at least, I am still unpacking. M had some coworkers help unload the truck. She stayed in the truck to help shift things around and guard against passing kleptomaniacs. I was good and exhausted as she excitedly tore open boxes and began stuffing things in closets. On Monday I went up to the Manhattan office — it is a half hour by subway. I like the place but as the week flowed along I found it preferable to work from home, emptying a couple boxes most evenings, making frustratingly-slow-to-M but measurable progress.

New Yorkers jaywalk habitually. Eastern Parkway has five lanes of high-speed traffic so they posted a sign advising pedestrians to actually obey the walk signal.

One big challenge is that I’m moving from a beautifully large kitchen chock full of cabinets and counter space into something well under half that size, and M has plenty of kitchen stuff as well. I take it as an interesting challenge to jigsaw everything into place in a logical, useful fashion, with every day items reachable by a woman whose height is emphatically to one side of the bell curve. As with any merger, there are redundancies to be reconciled by downsizing. Fortunately, those items left on the curb will readily find new employment in the brisk sidewalk economy of Brooklyn.

Near the end of the week I could tell I was feeling under-socialized. To be sure, I don’t require much social interaction, but even a computer geek in a new town needs some face time. Fortunately, my cousin the Actor / Tour Guide was by for lunch on Friday, and today I had lunch with a college friend, who although he grew up a nice Midwestern boy, has lived in New York long enough to have fully embraced at least the ambitious gusto of the city. “You can’t go about it by trying to save money here: you just keep striving and make more money,” he explains. Alas, he is a recruiter coming in on Saturdays to fix the office IT, and he has taken two pay cuts. But he’s excited that his novel is nearly ready.

Compared to the San Francisco Bay Area, where even a drywall contractor will show you his iPhone and talk about his cousin who works at eBay, New York City is not so tech savvy. When I went to sign the lease, the stereotypically Very Nice Older Brooklyn Jewish Lady seemed astonished at the idea that one could use the Internet to direct one’s bank to pay bills on their behalf. When she asked “what outfit are you with?” I answered and she was excited that I worked for the butchers! I’m pretty sure she had “the other Cisco” in mind but it was a refreshing surprise.

Another frustration is that our newly-renovated apartment has been renovated on the cheap, so various bits need to be fixed, while the “super” is busy managing the renovation of all the other units. (We are the fourth apartment occupied, out of about sixteen.) I won’t get in to too much griping detail, except to say that at one point the cable installers were here and frustrated at the truly horrible and mysterious site-wiring. (No, really, it is truly horrible. They had some nice wiring running to the units which they had cut off and replaced with cheaper coax that has apparently been terminated using a hammer and a pipe-wrench, and of course none of it is labeled.) The cable installer had his manager come in and I called the management company and at one point I had the grouchy guy at the management company and the field technician shouting at each other over the phone. Anyway, no cable until the site wiring is resolved: I’m going to sweet-talk the management company to get their inept contractor out here to label and signal test their drop-downs.

New York does not, to my knowledge, have a NextBus service, like San Francisco. From what I have seen, there’s not much need for it, since everything here operates reliably at all hours with fairly frequent service. It would be nice, for the power user, to know the status of complementary incoming trains on different platforms, but really I have had no problems getting where I am going. All the same, I’m glad Google Maps got transit directions into the Android application before I moved here. There’s also a little application that just shows you the subway map, and lets you zoom and pan around. Instead of looking like a tourist you’re just another douchebag playing with a trendy, overpriced toy.

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Optimum Triple-Play: Crazy Fast

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2009/08/14/optimum-triple-play-crazy-fast/

Here in New York I signed up for Optimum Triple-Play: I get cable, Internet, and phone from the local cable company. The Speakeasy Speed test says:

Download Speed: 12988 kbps (1623.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 2039 kbps (254.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

Twelve megabits?! That is a lot of bandwidth. So much so that my old 802.11b local wireless network will actually have less bandwidth than my uplink. Gadzooks!

And the cable comes with some HD channels to watch on our CRT, and a crude DVR which can record shows on multiple channels simultaneously. Not bad, I suppose, for a tad over $100/mo. Yeah, and free long distance, so I gotta start calling up relatives again.

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Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2009/08/19/gorudensutadasuto/

From http://www.translationparty.com/#2010449:

We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the Devil’s bargain, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden!


We are stardust, golden, we are involved in a devil’s bargain, we’ll get back to the garden itself!


We are golden, we are involved in the transactions of the devil, for us is to buy the Stardust Garden!


We are, we are involved in trading the devil we are to buy a garden of golden stardust!


We we we are involved in the transactions of the Devil’s Garden to buy the golden stardust!


We are, we are involved in trading in the garden of the devil and buy GORUDENSUTADASUTO!


We have in our business, and the devil is involved in the garden GORUDENSUTADASUTO purchase!


In our business, and bought the devil’s garden GORUDENSUTADASUTO be involved in!


Our business is involved in the garden of the devil and GORUDENSUTADASUTO Purchase!


Our business is the devil’s garden GORUDENSUTADASUTO be involved purchasing!


Be involved purchasing GORUDENSUTADASUTO Our business is the devil’s garden!


GORUDENSUTADASUTO our business relationship to purchase is the devil’s garden!


Buy GORUDENSUTADASUTO our business relationship is the garden of the devil!


Buy GORUDENSUTADASUTO our business relationship is the devil’s garden!

私たちのビジネス関係を購入するGORUDENSUTADASUTO 、悪魔の庭です!

Buy a business in our GORUDENSUTADASUTO, is the garden of the devil!


GORUDENSUTADASUTO in our purchase of the business is the devil’s garden!


GORUDENSUTADASUTO business to purchase is the devil’s garden!


GORUDENSUTADASUTO to buy the business, is the garden of the devil!

GORUDENSUTADASUTO 、悪魔の庭されているビジネスを購入する!

GORUDENSUTADASUTO, to buy a business that is the devil’s garden!


GORUDENSUTADASUTO is to buy a business in the gardens of the devil!


GORUDENSUTADASUTO is to buy a business in the gardens of the devil!

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