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Tired of Spam Crowding Your Inbox?

Signing up for a site that you aren’t to sure about or don’t want to give your true e-mail address?

GMail users are in luck!

Feel free to add a “+SpamSite” after your username and you’ll get your mail delivered and can find out who sold your e-mail!

JoeUser+YouJustSpammedme@gmail.com will get sent to JoeUser@Gmail.com but you’ll be able to set up filters for mail that has YouJustSpammedMe in the TO: heading.

Signing up for updates from us?

JoeUser+NerdNextDoor@gmail.com will go to JoeUser@GMail.com and he can send us to the important folder!

Think of all those sites you can’t remember signing up for and you know you “unsubscribed” at least 20 times already.  After you are done with them just set a forwarding rule to send them straight to SPAM!

Talk about neat hidden features, go GMAIL!

Wait, You Hate Traffic Too?

We all hate traffic, that’s a well known fact.  Cheap comedians often make jokes about being stuck in traffic.  You feel bad when someone is injured in an accident but other than that you are just angry.  I know this is true for me, and nothing irritates me more than “Phantom Traffic”.  I’m not talking about traffic caused by Phantom Gourmet events, I’m talking about those irritating slow-downs where the traffic clears and there is NO cause.  Back in June of 2006 Wired Magazine did a story on how MIT was working on way to be rid of these stupid incidents once and for all.  As much as I would like to tell you that they accomplished it, they haven’t, yet…  They have figured out exactly how they happen, which should make it a lot easier to prevent them in the future.

Well those smarties smashed their noggins together and came up with a doozie of an equation that figures out when they’ll occur:

Check out the interaction version of this formula on Wired’s website

WordPress for Cash?

I’ve recently become very good at creating WordPress sites for people as well as publicizing them.  I’ve gotten to the point where I have been asked by people I have never met to create for them.  Is this something that I want to dive into?

I really enjoy creating a space for people to share their minds with the world.  A place that they can call their own.

Do I really want to turn something I enjoy into a job?

For now I don’t…  We’ll see what the future holds though.

WordPress Plug-In: Nerd Next Door’s Custom Gravatar


I created this WordPress plug-in to allow admin’s to easily add a new default Gravatar that fits their site.

NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH WORDPRESS:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nnd-custom-gravatar/

WordPress Plug-In: Nerd Next Door’s Facebook Gravatar Grabber


I created this WordPress plug-in to fetch the Facebook Profile Picture of users and commenter on your site that choose to use their Facebook Profile Link as their URL.

NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH WORDPRESS:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nnd-facebook-profile-for-gravatar/

WordPress Plug-In: Nerd Next Door’s Link Post Thumbnail to Post


I created this WordPress plug-in to link post thumbnails to their post which is great for use on archives, author pages, and even the site’s home screen.  Give it a whirl and let me know what you think

Now hosted on WordPress:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nnd-link-post-thumbnails-to-post/screenshots/

Restaurant Review – Lucia – North End

Lucia Ristorante in Boston's North End

I LOVE this restaurant!

Lucia Ristorante & Bar in Boston’s Historic North End

My wife and I have gone here to celebrate our anniversary when we were dating.  It’s also where we went the night I proposed to her (that’s another whole story).  It’s usually a very quiet restaurant and if you get in fairly early you have no problem getting a table.  The wait staff is attentive but not intrusive and they make great suggestions if you’re not sure what to choose.

I have had Gnocchi al Pomodoro, Tortellini Quattro Formaggi,  and the Gnocchi al Pesto so far (that I can remember).  The gnocchi are always delicious and melt in your mouth with the creamy pesto.  Pair any of these with a nice glass of red wine and it’s a small taste of heaven.  You won’t want to leave yourself any leftover as the food tastes THAT good.

  • Style: Italian
  • Cost: Moderate (13-17 / entree)
  • Atmosphere: Great North End location
  • Food: Fantastic
  • Service: Above average
  • OVERALL GRADE: A-

After you’re stuffed to the gills you’re going to need to take a walk and make some room for dessert as Modern and Mike’s pastries are both  just down the street (I’m a Mike’s Pastry guy myself but I haven’t tried anything from Modern yet so I can’t say Mike’s is better).  Grab yourself a latte or cappuccino at Cafe Pompeii and enjoy.  A night out in the North End that isn’t too expensive and is absolutely something you’ll want to do over and over again.

Video Game Review – Halo Reach

HALO REACH – This was by far my favorite Halo experience yet.

The story line is more interesting than I thought and kept me engaged in the game.

I have played through completely once on the Solo Campaign on Normal difficulty.  I typically will do this first on games that are heavy on Multi-player so that no story line gets ruined and I can get right in on the MP action.  I’m currently halfway through on Legendary Solo Campaign and the fighting is incredibly difficult.  I have been stuck with some really bad checkpoints and had to revert to the beginning of the level on several occasions.  My suggestion to those of you just starting out.  Distance.  Take out as many enemies as possible from a distance.  The needle rifle is what I find best.  The Sniper Rifle is a better weapon but you can only carry limited ammo.

New MP modes and armor features are a great addition although they don’t make logical sense to have better technology in a prequel.

I’ll give a full rating when I’m done with my campaign.  For now… Halo Reach is a must buy / must play.

Beer Review – Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale is another great choice in the seasonal Pumpkin Beer category.

Smuttynose has a bolder flavor and would be better for those looking to really taste the pumpkin as opposed to a just hint of pumpkin flavor like in Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale.

For now this one is #2 in my Pumpkin Beer search.

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