Fixes to I-290/495?

The The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that MassHighway is looking to rework the intersection of I-290 and I-495 in Hudson.

I can’t imagine that it’s possible to make that interchange any worse; 290 is backed up heading onto 495 south many mornings, and 495 north occasionally.

I do like that the image they include is of the way the interchange is now, not what’s being planned. Not really all that helpful.

Song and road.

Every once in a while, I’ll find a perfect combination of song and road. Today I had one – Pet Shop Boys “Somewhere” came on just as I was getting onto I-290 as it starts in Hudson and it just seemed right. THe song picked up just as I went under the 495 ramp and… well,  it was just right.

For those keeping score, the other spots I’ve had this that I can remember are:

I-84 westbound just before exit 8, Abba’s “Dancing Queen”

I-390 north over a hill just before I-90, Depeche Mode’s “Get Right With Me”

I-87 north through Saratoga Springs, Prodigy’s “Voodoo People”

Anyone else have anything?

As if I didn’t ignore this site enough…

But where before I just didn’t bother to update this out of sheer laziness or lack of anything worthwhile to say, now I have a bona-fide excuse. I’m going to be a daddy at the end of July. Needless to say, both Kelly & I are excited – me probably more so, but that has to do with the fact that I’m not the one who has to carry it around for the next 5 months. Still, I have a lot of projects to do around the house – and roadgeeking time is pretty much cut to near nothing (which is where it’s been for the past few years anyways).

Wouldn’t trade it for anything, though.

Kitty Talk

We have three cats. Cheshire, George and Sunny.

We were talking about what they would say if they could talk. We decided that Cheshire refers to us as “bitch” and “bastard,” as in “Fill my food bowl, bastard.” George… well, George has the mouth of a sailor. “George,” we’d say. “Fuck you” would be the response. Sunny, being the kitten (8 months old) is more of a “whatchya doin guys? huh? huh? whatchya doin’? can I come? wanna play? ” at which point George would swat at her and say “Fuck off.”

Cheshire also wouldn’t refer to the other cats by name – they would be “the other one” (George) and “the little thing” (Sunny).

Artificial Words

And of course, using the word (and I use the term loosely) ‘ultimaticity’ in that last post brought me into thinking about other not-quite-words that I use. The biggest is of course automagically which I use to describe how computers do things that I don’t feel like explaining. Then there’s the two words from The Simpsons, cromulent and embiggens. Both of these ended up appearing in a spelling and abbreviation lookup tool that I wrote for my job, along with a third word – tuliszt. What’s tuliszt, you ask? Well… we decided it was a Greek herb, looks similar to oregano. The origin is when several coworkers ordered sandwiches for lunch. (To protect them, I won’t use real names, just initials.) They were all talking about how good their sandwiches were and what was in them. They asked J what was in her sandwich and she said there was “too much to list.” Well, H mishead and kept asking “what’s tuliszt?” (It works better if you say it aloud). And thus, tuliszt was born.

Google Maps Hybrid Mode

I already admit that I am a Google junkie. I think the company has yet to really fall flat on their face. I’m a full-out Gmail user, I use the personalized home page as my start page at work, and Google Maps is my favorite map site. They just made the maps even better though with a Hybrid Mode that lays a street grid over the satellite imagery. Go check it out. Via The Map Room