Joe Jervis

NYPD: New Plan To Detect Dirty Bombs

The NYPD has a new plan to photograph the license plate of every vehicle entering Manhattan and to “sniff” all vehicles for radioactivity. The proposal — called Operation Sentinel — relies on integrating layers of technologies, some that are still being perfected. It calls for photographing, and scanning the license plates of, cars and trucks at all bridges and tunnels ...

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Morning View – IAC Building

Frank Gehry’s building for Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp on the West Side Highway in Chelsea is sometimes called “the glass schooner” for the way it evokes a ship under sail. Finished last year, it is New York City’s first and only Gehry. I’m not a tremendous fan of Gehry and this building doesn’t help. I do, however, give the man enormous ...

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Date Escape

Following up on the “I Am Rich” iPhone app, CNET has listed “10 (More) Absurd iPhone Apps.” Topping the list: 1. GottaGo, Price: $1.99This is one of those apps you hope is some sort of sick joke. Designed to get you out of a bad date or an awkward conversation, you can use GottaGo to ring you up with a ...

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The Wikipedia Candidate

It looks like John McCain is getting his foreign policy “expertise” from teh interwebs. In a speech given today about the growing war between Russia and Georgia, some of his lines appear directly plagiarized from Wikipedia. A Wikipedia editor notices some similarities between Sen. John McCain’s speech today on the crisis in Georgia and the Wikipedia article on the country ...

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Barack Roll

Meme note: A “rickroll” is the supposedly hilarious bait-and-switch trick of linking to something claimed to be outrageous or offensive, only the link actually takes you to the video for Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Cute mash-up though.

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Do The Math

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Huge Hillary Rallies Planned For DNC

Crap. The never-say-die Hillary crowd is ramping up their plans for rallies and disruption at the Democratic convention. Frustrated supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are planning multiple rallies at the Democratic convention in Denver, coupled with television and print advertisements. The disenchanted Democrats want to express their disappointment with the party’s presidential primary process. The Denver Group, formed ...

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Obama Hits Back On Celebrity Meme

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The Greatest Thing In the History Of Everything

I’ve watched the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics three times now and I still cannot get over how fantastic it was. Despite all of my issues with the Chinese government, I must admit that the first 90 minutes of the show is quite simply the most amazing thing I have ever seen on any screen. But aside from the ...

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Srsly, He’s The VP

Barack Obama will announce his running mate by text message. An email from David Plouffe, campaign manager for Sen. Barack Obama, sent tonight to supporters is sure to stoke speculation about the candidate’s announcement of who his choice for vice president will be. In a message entitled “Barack’s VP: Be the First to Know,” Plouffe writes: “Barack Obama is about ...

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Daily Grumble

The new bringing your USB keyfob over to a friend’s house so you can plug it into their TV and make them look at photos of your Atlantis cruise is the old bringing your projector over to a friend’s house so you can make them look at slides of your Amazon eco-tour. I’m just sayin’.

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Isaac Hayes, 65

Oscar and Grammy winner Isaac Hayes died this weekend at age 65. His body was found at the foot of his still-running treadmill, so a heart attack is presumed. Although Hayes went a little crazy with the Scientology in recent years, I’ve always loved his music and his self-deprecating attitude. Here’s my favorite Hayes track, Moonlight Lovin (Menage A Trois). ...

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Dooced

Michael McCarthy, a vice president at Citigroup, was fired last week because the company took issue with his popular blog, Take A Report, which often features homophobic and sexist commentary. McCarthy had been blogging from his office. To the community of 60,000 who keep his company each day, Michael J. McCarthy looms large enough to be chosen as next month’s ...

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Morning View – Midtown West

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Summer Streets Of Manhattan

Yesterday was the first of three consecutive Saturdays in Manhattan’s new Summer Streets program in which roads are closed to cars in a route from the Brooklyn Bridge up to Park Avenue at 72nd Street. It was like Critical Mass, only without the assholes. (Above: Farmboy C at Park & 60th.)The Farmboyz and I turned the day into one of ...

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Edwards Admits Affair, Denies Love Child

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) has admitted to ABC News that he did have an affair with film documentarian Reille Hunter and that he repeatedly lied to the national press about the story. Edwards continues to say that he is not the father of Hunter’s infant son. John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an ...

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The Next Step In Safer Sex Ads?

Via Queerty comes this image from a new ad campaign by an Argentine condom company. What say you, readers? Over-the-top scare tactics or brutal truth? If I recall correctly, San Francisco tried a safer-sex campaign featuring photos of facially wasted men, much to a local outcry from pozzers who complained that such images unfairly presented them as ghoulish-looking. Is this ...

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Manhattan Right Now

As an antidote to today’s onslaught of double-dumbass news, here’s a great photo of Manhattan (and Queens) today, freshly snagged from Gothamist. I live about ten blocks to the right of the Queensborough Bridge (at the center-right of the photo). See me waving? That long green strip is Central Park. (Photo credit: Joe Schumacher)

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Canada To Phelps: Stay Out!

Citing laws against hateful acts, Canadian border officials turned back members of the Westboro Baptist Church yesterday, saying that they may not enter the country to make their planned protest at the funeral of the man murdered on a Greyhound bus last week. Members of an anti-gay group which describes itself as a church have been barred from entering Canada, ...

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First To Marry, First To Divorce

The first gay couple to marry in Fresno, California has already filed for divorce. Same-sex couples are once again making history in Fresno. They got married in June but now at least one couple is seeking a divorce. Two women are believed to be the first-same sex couple in Fresno to file for divorce. They married days after the state ...

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