Poke Poke

Once in a while I poke around this website, following the related content links to stuff from a decade ago, or from last week. Technically this site has elements of the wasteland that becomes any site after 25+ years. Broken...

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To Flushing

Favorite MTA hack is taking a subway one way and, within two hours of swiping the MetroCard,...

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Fixed

It took a while for me to realize that the postings from my cell phone were not going through. The Postie WordPress plugin’s debug screens returned nothing useful, just an unhelpful message saying there was a...

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Rhombus!

What can you do with a rhombus? Well for starters you can turn it into a square. You can make it rectangle. You can turn to into a circle, a star, a fraction, a quadratic equation. You can do anything with a rhombus.

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Astoria Go Boom

No one was hurt but a lot of people were shaken up by a series of explosions on Broadway near 31st Street in Astoria yesterday. I heard one explosion from about 2 blocks away and even from that distance it shook my innards. The...

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Not Mine

When the Apology podcast first went live I got an email from someone with whom I corresponded years ago. She had been an Apology caller, an “Apologista”, as Allan once referred to Apology callers. I kept in touch...

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Apologistas Calling

Calls have been coming in, about a dozen a day, to the original phone number for the old Apology Line. 212-255-2748 was the first and, for most of Apology’s run, the only phone number for the line. I acquired it about a...

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TEEEN

This sign drove me crazy a couple of days ago. I’d never seen or heard the word “TEEN” used as a descriptor for food, so I had no idea what this misspelled word was supposed to be. TWEEN? KEEN? Now I know there...

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The Sea of Shit

I’ve told this story before but here it is again, because blizzard.   Some years ago a monster storm rolled through New York. It lived up to the hype, with a horizontal snowblast and ½” visibility for 24 hours...

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Showerless

No hot water. No shower yet. 12 noon. This hasn’t happened in a long time, save for the annual boiler cleaning, when a planned lack of hot water is announced days ahead of time. My daily shower, sometimes showers, became...

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M72 Bus Transfer 1994

I forgot how detailed these bus transfer slips were in 1994. So much to read. Today it’s simply “Free transfer local to local.”

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.mobi redux

I let sorabji.mobi, one of my favorite domains, expire a few months ago. .mobi is a failed top level domain originally intended for use by websites that were designed for mobile devices. That was before seemingly everything was...

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Got on the Wrong Bus…

Got on the wrong bus today and ended up at the Hutchinson River Parkway and Lafayette Avenue, across the street from Saint Raymond’s Cemetery. I’d only entered St. Raymond’s two or three times, years ago, on...

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The Punjab Emergency Room

A couple of days ago I stepped on a shard of glass sharp enough to penetrate the bottom of my shoe. It felt like it came but a millimeter away from stabbing the bottom of my foot but I managed to stop my forward motion,...

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Older Guy Beats the Snot Out of a Teenage Kid

At first I thought they were making out. I remember hearing alternate jeers from the gathered crowd. One side said “Teach that kid a lesson!” The other was “You can’t chokehold a kid like that!” I don’t know what led up to this but guess the kid disrespected the elder, who knew what he was doing way more than the younger, and the former paid a price for it. Aah, Astoria, September, 2011.

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Antonio Soler, Keyboard Sonata #25

Somehow I have managed to mostly avoid the keyboard music of Antonio Soler, the Spanish composer often compared to fellow countryman Domenico Scarlatti. Based on my evolving journey through Soler’s music I find the...

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Bonfire at the Crematory

Here’s something I, for one, don’t see everyday. In one minute this car at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Astoria went from peacefully parked to fully engulfed in flame. I wouldn’t know what caused it, but all...

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A Stramble Through St. Michael’s Cemetery

It’s not my favorite cemetery, but it might still be where I end up spending eternity anyway. That decision making process is still in the works. This stramble led to many of my usual destinations, including certain of the...

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Sated

sorabji: STOP NETSEXING!!! IT’S UNSEEMLY!! >:P friend of yore: hahaha how did you know? friend of yore: 😉 sorabji: a d00d knows, somehow friend of yore: haha. i was just about to go to bed. friend of yore: how are...

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Throbbing Nuclear Egg

The camera on Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ is, for the most part, pretty impressive… Except when it makes the sun look like a giant throbbing nuclear egg, causing a bioluminescent pixie to dance on the ground in front of me....

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I Started Collecting Pictures of These Things…

…and then I stopped collecting pictures of these things. They are obviously some kind of surveying guideposts, of which I found a couple others today. But the text on the others more or less explained the purpose of the...

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