Very cool, but it's true that the routes and times are less than accurate. I asked it how I should go about the Southern Queens to Midtown Manhattan commute for my last job. It gave me the obvious route but not the best. And as far as the timing goes, it claimed the trip would take 1h12m, including a 45 minute walk to the subway station. That trip used to take me 1h45m when I got driven to the subway. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 1:23 PM on December 14, 2005
If the tickettakers at the ballpark have a right to search your backpack before you go in then I don't see how the NYPD can't search your bag before going into the subway. Maybe there are different right of entry rules for public entities but I don't really see much of a difference.
You don't need to see a baseball game. Many New Yorkers need to use the subway.
All the terrorists must be thrilled - with... [more] posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 1:14 PM on July 25, 2005
I agree, where's the "Shitty Waiter Database"? I usually tip the minimum for good service and 20% for really good service, but if you're a bad server you won't get a dime out of me. Case in point: at a recent visit to a crappy, trendy mid-town NYC bar, the bartender pretty much ignored me. Adding insult to injury, the already outrageous price of beer was incrementally raised as the night dragged on. Whether or not this was her doing or the establishment's policy, I didn't leave one red... [more] posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 1:00 PM on July 25, 2005
What if I just draw 10 - 20 small comics at a time, upload them to a buffer and rig a cron job to update my site daily? All I'd have to do is check up on the server every once in a while to make sure it's running, and occasionally upload new content.
Given that the entry deadline is already passed, I'm saying this in theory. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 3:22 PM on March 2, 2005
I think instead of fighting a budget increase for our schools, our politicians should be fighting the stuipd big-ass-stadium that the Jets want the city to pay for. That's much more of a waste of money - and what's more, if we don't build the stadium we can put that money towards the schools. It's kind of a no-brainer, but then again I'm not a politician, implying that I do have some amount of common sense. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 1:38 PM on February 18, 2005
We probably will have computers as powerful as the brain sometime in the next century, but remember, according to scientists back in the early-mid 20th century we were going to have robots cooking dinner by 1980, and should be having this conversation from Mars by now posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 4:37 PM on February 10, 2005
He's not wrong that strippers make a lot of money, but that's where it stops. He is wrong telling it to a bunch of 8th graders (who probably know that already, but are still impressionable). The public freakout should have been expected, and is grounded.
Anybody who told a daughter of mine that she could pursue a lucrative position in adult entertainment would get a punch in the mouth. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 2:39 PM on January 15, 2005
For once I agree with PETA (and I hate PETA). Sure people eat animals, but that is food for our survival. But someone who kills animals and sees an "art form" in playing with their dead bodies is one sick mother, with deeper issues than a lack of talent or inspiration. Further, I think anyone else who sees beauty in crap like that or is willing to pay for it has similar problems. None of this belongs on public display. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 1:15 AM on January 11, 2005
The ghetto that my school was in had a Kennedy Fried Chicken. That was the only fast-food joint I've ever been in where the clerk stood behind floor-to-ceiling bullet-proof glass. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 2:48 PM on December 30, 2004
The brightness of 2004 MN4 suggests that its diameter is roughly 400 meters (1300 feet) and our current, but very uncertain, best estimate of the flyby distance in 2029 is about twice the distance of the moon, or about 780,000 km (480,000 miles). On average, an asteroid of this size would be expected to pass within 2 lunar distances of Earth every 5 years or so.
I'm not packing my bags just yet. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 3:28 PM on December 24, 2004
Or: Your Favorite Celebrity Doesn't Earn the Dan Kois Seal of Approval posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 11:25 AM on May 31, 2004
You know what other music celebrities love? U2. Dylan. Clapton. Nirvana. Hendrix. It turns out musicians pretty much like the same music as everyone else.
I did hear this rumor that celebrities are real people. Celebrities enjoying the music of U2, Dylan, Clapton, Nirvana and Hendrix probably has something to do with all of them being great bands/artists posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 11:33 AM on May 31, 2004
The bottom line is that Americans have poor diets and inactive lifestyles, our portions are larger than almost everyone else's, our corporations dump tons of fatty, cholesterol-ridden junk food on us daily. As a direct result we're fatter than a lot of the world. People shouldn't be discriminate against because of their weight, but it's also some kind of unique American bullshit when Academics push an it's-ok-to-be-obese attitude disguised in... [more] posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 2:14 PM on April 28, 2004
Not to be too skeptical, but the guy managed to find money to register a domain name, pay for hosting (including an upgrade when the traffic exceeded his bandwidth) and have a paid Livejournal account, but he can't find money to live on? He owns a laptop computer, but has nowhere to live? Perhaps an examination of priorities is due here?
You can get a domain name for $7, web hosting can be as cheap as $5 - $10 a month and he's probably had the laptop.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 12:23 AM on April 27, 2004
This is usually a big problem with any school. When you ask how you're going to afford tuition they give you a big song and dance about that F.A.F.S.A. and how the government evaluate how much you can afford to pay and make up the difference with grants and loans. However, they always leave out the part where room & board is not included in any of these equations. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 9:45 AM on April 27, 2004
I think it's pretty unfair. My friend is interning at a school, and basically he is working a full-time job as a teacher without getting paid. If I had to get up at 6am every day I'd want a paycheck. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 2:19 PM on April 21, 2004
If you're familiar with Showtime's series "Pen & Teller: Bullshit" the latest episode focuses on the idiocy and hypocricy of PETA.
They tell you a lot of things that I already knew, but one shocking thing I didn't know was that PETA gave over $70,000 to Rodney Cornado in 1995. This is according to PETA's tax records from that year, which are public record since they're a non-profit organization.
Rodney Cornado is the poster boy... [more] posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 9:36 AM on April 7, 2004
More back door prohibition - in New York, there's now an $80 deposit on kegs, and papers with the name of the person who bought it are attached to the side of the barrel. The deposit will not be returned without these papers intact. It's really meant to hurt underage drinking by stopping college kids from throwing parties, but we've already found a handful of ways around it. So much for that. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 1:51 PM on February 29, 2004
I did about 60 miles of the trail in New Jersey a few years ago. After a rough first day and a lot of rain, it turned out to be a very cool experience. Being able to say you've climbed mountains is a nice feeling.
I also had the most scary encounter of my life on the trail. At the third, deserted shelter my friend and I stopped at, we woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a pack of wolves running in circles, barking and howling not fifty feet from our tent.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 12:43 PM on February 29, 2004
Those kids are victims of pedophiles who managed to hide themselves inside a religion. Nobody is a victim of Christianity. I suppose if I said 3000 New Yorkers were victims of Islam you'd throw a hissy fit, though. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 8:19 PM on February 27, 2004
That's awesome. What makes the photos even better is that they're all taken at a time of day so that the angle the light hits the real word at is the same as the angle of the light source used in the drawings, making them look extra real. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 10:13 PM on January 17, 2004
I would think so. Workers regularly move through the tunnels and the police probably do perform sweeps, but there are tons of abandoned tunnels where people could hide. The whole system is a giant, dark, multi-level maze. It's only logical that around this time of year when the temperature drops to the single digits and strong winds gust between our giant skyscrapers, many homeless are going to get the idea to move into warmer territory. It's a lot easier to jump a turnstile, walk down to the... [more] posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 11:58 AM on January 14, 2004
In and of itself, that website from Columbia about abandoned subway stations is really cool. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 12:16 PM on January 14, 2004
Why? Because it's not an op-ed from The Times or The Post discussing the latest Bush-crimes? C'mon now. MetaFilter is a weblog, and that is an interesting link. Being serious all the time is hazardous to your health. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 10:03 PM on January 13, 2004
I don't think I'd ever use something like that. If you record, process and analyze the real world for later revision, you miss out on the real world in the first place. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 4:57 PM on January 12, 2004
I've written some of my best A papers and programs while smashed. College is awesome; there's nothing like Visual C++ and a case of Busch. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 9:39 PM on January 11, 2004
Yeah, rare is the computer science class without a kid with bedhead who taps his foot uncontrollably because he went to sleep four hours ago and drank two cups of coffee before he came to class. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 10:46 PM on January 11, 2004
Is this surprising? The son, following in his fathers footsteps, takes over the Presidency. Both father and son are republicans. The father tried to take out a high-profile dictator and failed. I'd be surprised if the son didn't try to go about what he undoubtedly sees as avenging his father. He even ran on a campaign of proposed military spending. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 11:51 AM on January 10, 2004
Yup. What gets me is that I can hit the bar with my friends Saturday night and drink myself silly, then buy some caffeine pills so I can stay awake and study for an exam on Monday. Then I can walk out of the exam and light up a cigarette to relax.
But smoke marijuana? That's reprehensible. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 10:02 AM on January 10, 2004
How dare the taxpayers and parents criticize and look over the shoulders of the people who educate their children. Don't they know that educators know everything? That's why they're called "educators". Duh. posted to MetaFilter by tomoramaat 2:32 PM on January 9, 2004