Archive for June, 2005

Williamsburger Maps Outage
Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Looks like Google Maps went and changed their (admittedly unofficial) javascript API to point to a new version (10) sometime last night, so it looks like the Williamsburger Map section will be down for a while until I can figure out how to hack it back into functioning again.

Update: Looks like Google released a legit API (with documentation!) along with this version, so hopefully the work to fix it will be easier than I’d expected…

Update 2: After a lot of investigation (and some writing of javascript code that I knew had to be commonly done somewhere else), I found a conversation topic on the Google Maps API Google Group that put me on the right track, namely that the _MapsApplication class hadn’t been removed, just altered. Since I’d noticed that the map vs satellite toggle div had been removed from the maps I’d seen on Google Sightseeing, I just removed the line of code that referenced that div element, and all of a sudden, everything worked again!

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel

I’d been looking forward to reading Susanna Clarke’s debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for some time, so when I found a lightly used copy at Artists & Fleas a few weeks back, I immediately snatched it up and dove into this 800-some page tome. Having read very positive reviews (including advance online recommendations from Neil Gaiman), I was expecting a exciting fantastical adventure, and this does not disappoint.

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Bonnie’s Grill
Sunday, June 26th, 2005
Bonnie's Catfish Burger Bonnie’s Grill is an old favorite in Park Slope, especially for the catfish burgers, on a bun with garlic mayo, lettuce, and tomato ($8.95, pictured above). The chipotle mayo (in squirt-bottles on the table now instead of on the menu, presumably to deal with the “can I have it on the side” crowd) goes wonderfully on the fries, which are crispy if you eat them quickly enough.

The walls of this small eatery are decorated with frequently-rotating art installations; right now it’s an attractive series of black & white NYC photos.

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Naked Vanilla Chai
Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
Naked Vanilla Chai Naked Food Juice’s Vanilla Chai amazingly manages to have both the consistency and aftertaste of a barium shake. This is honestly one of the worst drinks I’ve ever paid for that still manages to be drinkable. It’s salvaged by the taste, which is chalky but not horribly offensive. I guess, after drinking, I felt healthy, and certainly sated, but if this is the future of nutritious drinks, just make me a Soylent Green smoothie instead.

I’m actually a fan of many of their other drinks, especially the Immunity ones, although the high price point makes me usually just buy an apple instead.

Williamsburger Maps
Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

After posting about Park Slope restaurants, I realized how nice it would be to see those restaurants on a map. And since we’re all on the internet here, what better way to put together a map than with Google Maps?

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