Henry Hill Dies at 69

Henry Hill dies at 69; mob informant was subject of ‘GoodFellas’

Hill was a onetime member of the Lucchese crime family in New York. His criminal endeavors included participating in the 1978 heist of $5.8 million from the Lufthansa air cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport — the largest single cash robbery in U.S. history — and helping fix Boston College basketball games in the 1978-79 season.

1986 Fresh Air interview with Nicholas Pileggi – Pileggi wrote the book Wiseguy and then Goodfe

Leg Up

Get a Leg Up: The Power of Angelina Jolie’s Pose

I really enjoy this analysis on why Angelina Jolie striking that now famous Academy Awards pose had people so riled up. Strong women are scary.

The mean-spirited reaction to Jolie’s alluring pose, I suspect, had little to do with body image issues, and more with the ancient emotions, often inculcated in the masses with the emergence of a strong woman: fear and envy. The latter is easy.

riddled with links

Looks like great effort went into this childrens iPhone app: ABC Oddity / Nice infographic on The Effects of Bike Commuting on Obesity. I’m actually pretty surprised that even the fitter countries have obesity rates as high as 34%. / Calling all Cars – remote engine slowdown, auto maintenance alerts, remote door unlocking, the cars of the future are upon us and they’re pretty darn sophisticated. / Principal researcher at Microsoft, Bill Buxton gave a talk at last weeks Future of Web Design which was certainly one of the more interesting ones (progressive enhancement using CSS3 was just given too much stage time, and that’s coming straight from the mouth of a CSS lover) / Tintin, nice sketchbook on Flickr / Madelyn’s invite to her very first birthday / Susan and I have been hooked on brussel sprouts this season, but usually of the roasted variety. Looking forward to giving this shaved brussel sprout salad a go. / Ember Media Manager seems to be the most stable app for managing cover art and .nfo files for your XBMC installation.

week of walks, amongst more


Some fantastic walks in New York are coming up for the week of October 18-24, including “Sustainable Skyscrapers: Times Square Goes Green”… learn about the reactive interiors and intelligent materials that make up the Bank of America Tower and six more of the city’s greenest buildings. | Some Lectures of interest are taking place soon at SVA, including Jason Fried (37Signals), Callie Neylan (NPR) and Matt Mullenweg (WordPress), amongst others.

Over 1,860 issues, covering the years from 1936 to 1972 of Life Magazine are now available on Google Books. Get started by selecting a thumbnail from the thumbnails of every Life Magazine available. Dig into an individual magazine via scans of each page. More details on the Google Books blog. Google Books, Making printed material collections less relevant by the minute. Well, more relevant.

Real Estate Twitter Composition

My new family is preparing to find a place we can really call home. We’ve been scouring the web taking in as much real estate knowledge as humanly possible and are prepared to commit to a buyer’s agent. We’ve even weeded out a local agent who stands a bit taller than the rest.

Real Estate TwitterWhat I’d like to do before we commit, is compose a tweet summoning local buyer’s agents to contact me. Similar to brands that are alerted of mentions of themselves in the Twitosphere, I’m assuming a real estate professional using Twitter would follow specific keywords, perhaps even zip codes. They can then follow up with the twitterer, offering their services.

When I went to compose this tweet, I realized I don’t know the twit vernacular that will maximize my exposure. I’m thinking keywords would be a start. I’ve also seen tweets precede keywords with the pound symbol. For example, “#skate”. I assume that is to get themselves bunched in with some kind of keywording group?

This is what I’ve come up with. Any advice on maximizing my tweet?

In search of a buyer’s agent. North NJ, NY Metropolitan area. Real estate 07086. DM if that’s you.

Job Description

I’ve been thinking about a potential short and sweet job title / job description for a personal business card that would convey the following:

  • Semantic HTML
  • W3C Valid HTML
  • W3C Valid CSS
  • Anti-wysiwyg, hand coding
  • Cross browser, cross platform intricacies
  • SEO optimized naming conventions & coding techniques
  • Google friendly, user friendly URL structures
  • Web Standards
  • Usability
  • Yada Yada

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