Thursday, August 28, 2014

Epic blog stat!

This is the 1,000th post on the Lansey Brothers' Blog!!! Hooray!

We are using this milestone to mark a new beginning for our blog.  A lot has changed for us over the past nine years.  When we started this blog we were all in college.  Now all three of us have completed postgraduate degrees, have jobs, and live in different states.  Andrew/Aryeh moved cross country for a job with the US Navy. Jonathan/Yoni founded a startup and works for another startup in Boston.  Eli got married, has two amazing sons (who are also, technically-speaking, Lansey Brothers) and works in NY.

So, you may have seen this coming, but we are now officially switching to an unpredictable post schedule. If you're not already a subscriber and want to know when we post then you are welcome to sign up for emails, or subscribe via RSS; see the sidebar on the right for info. We are hereby untethering ourselves from the weekly schedule we set down almost 9 years ago, and have loosely followed since. 

For those of you who have been following our blog over the years we thank you, and appreciate all the comments and discussion along the way.  We’re beginning our tenth year of the Lansey Brothers’ Blog pretty soon, and we hope to continue entertaining and conversing with you for at least another nine years.

Eli, Jonathan/Yoni, Andrew/Aryeh

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wild blueberry picking

A few weeks ago we went wild blueberry picking at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
 There are hills there that are covered in wild blueberry bushes!

And, now for something completely different. Apparently Lake Minnewaska has a leech problem:
And yet, for some reason, they allow swimming and people actually swim in it!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cross-eyed Chrysler

On the way in to work today I noticed this cross-eyed Chrysler minivan:
Notice how the light on the left is almost the same as the light on the right. Except that it's upside down. And actually subtly different -- two white bars on the left instead of three, a square-ish mirror on the red light on the left instead of the round one on the the right. This is especially strange considering that someone just bought this car! It's almost like the dealer bought the wrong light and figured they'd just install it anyway.

But, it gets crazier! Look what happens when they step on the brakes!
Both top lights turn on, even though the left one is really the white "reverse" light! They clearly hooked up the left light assuming it was the same as the right one, even though it is upside-down. I can almost hear the people in the repair shop, "There! I fixed it!" I just hope the people who recently bought this car got a good price...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bleached book

Apparently, we left this copy of Go Dog Go partially exposed to sunlight.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure what book was masking it.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

2 days of "fame" for UUIDs and GUIDs

So last week I "launched" the CAUSE Community for the Care of All UUIDs and I was really satisfied with the public reaction. Lots of tweets were tweeted, overwhelmingly positive, with lots of people joining the cause. Unfortunately there were a few "monsters" who took the opportunity to actively destroy large numbers of UUIDs automatically.

I didn't see anyone mention two little easter eggs that were baked into the site so I'll talk about them here:

This inspiring image by Philipp Rümmele is actually titled Peeing from the highest mountain of Lower Austria ... and now that you know it is impossible to unsee...

Typically pages will have a 404 error if you go to malformed URL, like this one for example... on the CAUSE Community we of course named the error with its own UUID.

The site had a full 2 days of fame, 4 days of mild interest, and we are now preparing for an eternity of obscurity. This is a graph of the first 7 days since the launch.
Thanks for thinking of the UUIDs!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Challah for morons

I came across this bizarre invention at my local judaica store:
Now, I suppose there might be someone out there who 1) wants to bake their own challah, 2) has no idea how to braid challah, and 3) who has also never heard of Google. But, seriously? "Fill & Bake, No Braiding Required"?!? It does say "Easy instructions included," but I figure the kind of person who'd need this device would probably freak out at the concept of instructions. "Instructions?!?" I can hear them say, "if I wanted to follow instructions I would have learned to braid challah!"

Although, it actually made me think: What, un-braidable thing would be fun to shape with this and serve like challah? Maybe it could be used as a Jello mold? Any other ideas? Let's hear them in the comments.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The CAUSE Community for UUIDs

About a month ago I mentioned a Facebook page I was experimenting using Facebook Ads to get likes on. I finally launched that site behind the page this afternoon.

The idea is that since UUIDs are unique, each one is special and we should treat them more carefully than other types of data. The website url is of course a UUID itself:

Photo:  Handful of Fall, by life_is_good_pete

So far there have been about 4K hits, which is pretty tiny by internet standards, but I think its not bad considering that the url is not something you would never remember or try to type. It has generated a bit of discussion, and I've sadly learned about a kind of antithesis site which does exactly what you would expect:

The facebook page, amazingly continues to gather likes without promotion and it now has close to 1K likes. It turns out that all those bots who have liked the page are actually supporting a cause for their kin...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Spreadsheet Template for Sharing Cost Among Friends

My genius friend Daniel Martin-Alarcon (at right) built a masterpiece G-Docs spreadsheet template for splitting costs among friends and/or roommates.

This template is entirely free and editable by the public so go ahead and fill it up Internets! ... but you probably want to make a copy for serious use ...

Here is the link in full textual glory:

My roommates and I have been using this for about a year – from party supplies to toilet paper – it is ridiculously convenient.

Here is an example: I bought two things, that benefited myself (N1) and my 2 roommates (N2, N3). My "anonymous roomie" bought one thing which benefited all of us.

Here we immediately see who owes money and who is owed. (some names redacted).

If they pay you back, it is logged in the system and it all balances out. The beauty of using this (and why it works so well with long term friends and/or roommates) is that they don't have to actually pay you back directly. Instead they can pay the next electric bill or pay a mutual friend that you owe money to, things will even out (and if they don't you can add colors to highlight scumbag friends).

If you liked this doc - search up Daniel's email address here and thank him for having me post this here, in his own words:
for the greater enlightenment of humanity