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Et Cetera: Publick and Privat Curiosities Harlem’s Painted Lady: 65 East 125th Street «

Et Cetera: Publick and Privat Curiosities Harlem’s Painted Lady: 65 East 125th Street «

This was a featured blog post on WordPress many days ago, but I just saw it only a couple of days ago. At any rate, I find this blog post very enlightening. What a wonderful idea to take it upon yourself to chronicle the life of an areas environment. This must take allot of fortitude to continue to do ‘caue we are talking about years, even decades of history being captured.

I am very into spacial environments and how they are designed and how they end up working. Its the reason why I went into Architecture many many years ago. What I am glad to see is that many other people find it interesting too. Plenty of people commented on the work being done here.

This blog post has 33 comments and all of them are insightful and help to create a place where you are safe to think and write what YOU think. I think this is someplace you should take a look at… again.

The most interesting comment:

  1. Jim d’Esterhazy Says:
    June 8th, 2007 at 6:01 pm As a native New Yorker exiled in Florida, it’s interesting, but sad, to have the deterioration documented. On a recent trip back to my old neighborhood, the decline was similar, but to my amazement there was one street – for at least a four block stretch- that had remained the same since the 60’s. I was amazed and curious. What imunity did those four blocks have that shielded them from the decay all around them? It would be interesting to find out.

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Beginnings, Blog Post Review, Business, Culture, Economy | 1 Comment

Why Michael Moore’s SiCKO is a health care documentary every American must

I you want people on Digg to comment, just bring up anything that has to do with tech, games, open source… and health care. 449 comments is quite allot for something that got 1800+ votes. Usually the comments for such an article with the range of 1800+ has 100 or so comments. I guess allot of people are wondering what is right (or wrong) with the medical system the US of A has that is basically bankrupting private companies, public agencies, small businesses, and even the doctors who have to pay high insurance (and pay back educational loans). Who is winning with this system is the real discussion on Digg.

Digg Link Pick Quote:
America’s disastrous health care system is heaving the country head-first into near-certain economic collapse. Just about everybody’s either financially strained or going broke due to spiraling health care costs: the people, the employers, state governments and even the federal government. Multinational corporations are fleeing the United States du…

read more | digg story

June 20, 2007 Posted by | Economy, Family, Government, Health, Politics, Social Bookmarking | 1 Comment



This is amazing! Its so amazing to me that I am inspired to start my web log totally focusing on magazine covers and the stories inside. (I am actually surprised no one else has done this yet… some have come close with category tags, but not a whole blog on the subject of magazine covers and the stories inside. Maybe I’ll start a trend.)  Just look at the covers!!! I think they were all well done. Plus, it doesn’t seem like just a fashionable move on Vanity Fair part. The whole look really works, its not just a common idea that other magazines use to get people to buy 2+ magazines as a ‘collectible’.

As for what the web is saying about this, or more piticularly, on Concreteloop (where I saw the story about this originally) is quite interesting. While most comments on ConcreteLoop tend to be one liners or short quips, there are a few thoughtful comments made about the Vanity Fair issue: Continue reading

June 8, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Culture, Digg, Economy, Magazines, Photography, Politics, Social Bookmarking | 1 Comment

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Back-taxes requirement stripped from amnesty bill — at Bush’s urging

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Back-taxes requirement stripped from amnesty bill — at Bush’s urging

Just over 100 comments about this subject. It is an interesting subject to say the least. Would people who probably don’t earn very much in the first place, pay back taxes on money earned while they were illegal?

Here are some comments on the subject:


Uhm……I might owe some back taxes…where do I sign up to get in this immigrant line to get them all ignored? This sounds like one heck of a great deal for me!! 🙂

dustoffmom on May 19, 2007 at 5:35 PM

(A reply to the above comment)

Denounce your citizenship, leave the country, then sneak back in with false Id’s like all the illegals. You will be on EZ street from that point on.

Wade on May 19, 2007 at 5:41 PM



I can’t believe they think a majority of citizens are just going to sit back and let this nonsense happen without some sort of response. What are they smoking in D.C.? What do they think is going to happen when they reward lawlessness? Do they think lawlessness will decrease instead of increase? Think of all the unintended consequences that will happen after this legislation passes.

This is an enemy government, folks. It’s an illegal, illegitimate government that doesn’t deserve power anymore. This is a government that has willingly separated itself from the people in order to advance an anti-American agenda. I’m not calling for a civil war, but it won’t matter what I say or do if this legislation passes. Millions of others will eventually act. It might take awhile, but act they will.

jaleach on May 19, 2007 at 6:02 PM



It’s the end of the world as we know it.

pullingmyhairout on May 19, 2007 at 5:41 PM


It would seem mostly one sided in views on the comments. Feel free to register and make you opinion known to those who frequent the site (whether you agree with the slant of things or not). As usual, I learned a little something… in a democracy, any underdog can work with other underdogs of the same community and speak out (vote as well) and get what they want to a certain degree. I wish more people realised this. The pen is mightier than the sword.

May 20, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Economy, Family, Opinion, Politics | Leave a comment

JoeUser: Top And Featured Articles

Here are the top and featured articles on JoeUser as of today:

Top JoeUser Articles


Featured JoeUser Articles


Continue reading

May 13, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Culture, Economy, Family, Health, JoeUser Issue, Opinion | Leave a comment

AutoblogGreen for 04.23.07 – Autoblog

AutoblogGreen for 04.23.07 – Autoblog

Autoblog did itself a favor and posted the most popular blog posts from the first year of operation.

Here are just a few from the top:

Now I am not exactly sure what qualifies anything to be on the top. I didn’t click on all the links but the ones I visited didn’t have too many comments on it so I guess its most visited.

At any rate, it makes for a interesting read.

April 26, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Economy, Lifestyle | Leave a comment

Panic at the commercial Real Estate market « The Theroxylandr in Flame

Panic at the commercial Real Estate market « The Theroxylandr in Flame

Not the first time I read about this. I don’t have the link for the other time. For me, I wonder about the Dow getting to 13000. It just seems really inflated. The housing market seems to be falling apart (which is good and bad news for those who want to own a home… good because there are some nice deals, bad because who is going to give you a loan?).

A WordPress featured article, theroxylandr thinks its another Febuary 23 except it won’t be the sub prime loans.

16 thoughtful comments (in case you want to know more about this, the article and the comments are a good starting point) including:

  1. Patrick Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:06 pm If you look at the commercial mortgage REITs, they are doing quite well today. I track ABR, BRT, CSE, CT, GKK, SFI, NRF, and RAS in that space. Gramercy, which reported after the bell Wednesday, had a solid Q1 and particularly strong credit results. GKK has yet to experience an actual loan loss. In fact, SFI and RAS have recently levered up even more because their ROEs have been so strong. Many of the commercial mREITs have done an excellent job of diversifying geographically through joint ventures in Europe and throughout the U.S. I wouldn’t bet against the commercial mREITs right now, particularly as traditional sources of financing through the depository instuitions are drying up in the wake of the subprime blowup.

You also might want to look at allocator’s comment too ( April 20th, 2007 at 10:17 pm )

April 21, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Economy | Leave a comment