Final Reminder: NYC Meet-Up, TONIGHT, 7pm at Ballaro

One more time…

Commentor Abo Gato and her husband are visiting NYC from Albuquerque, and area resident Diana volunteered Ballaro, in the East Village, as a good place for a meet-up.

Confirmed so far: PurpleGirl, NHOJ, MattR (work permitting), RedDirtGirl, Katie5, Gary Malone, Psifighter (work permitting) and Brooklyn Lurker (after 7:30pm).

Directions to Ballaro at their link. From Diana:

Ballaro’s long and narrow; I’ll be at the back, where there is typically more space. Excellent coffee, excellent wine, excellent prosciutto (the awning identifies it as “Cafe Prosciutteria” which in Italian means a place that sells coffee and prosciutto, but which in American English means a restaurant named Prosciutteria, which, however, has not led them to alter the awning) usually quiet (some nights they have live music; I’ll check) and generally a good place.

28 replies
  1. 1
    MaximusNYC says:

    I have something else to go to later, but I’ll try to swing by. I’ve managed to miss every other NYC meetup, so it’s about time I got to one.

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    IowaOldLady says:

    I’m very jealous. Have a good time, everyone.

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    NotMax says:

    Do they have free wi-fi?

    Liveblogging it would be a BJ first. :)

  4. 4
    MomSense says:

    Have fun NYC BJers!

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    Diana says:

    yes, they do have wifi, but it’s not always working…we’ll see.

    I have actually scored a balloon — a white one, with paw prints in honor of Steve and his fellow cohorts of Balloon Juice pets. Come and find the balloon, everyone! See you there.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Y’all have a blast! I’m jealous! We need a Mid-South meet-up some day!

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    JPL says:

    Have fun!

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    Tommy says:

    @IowaOldLady: Same here. I once had a meet-up with folks I met online A strange bunch of folks and a nice group of folks. A motley group to be sure.

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    NotMax says:

    BTW, just an acknowledgment that today marks the first primary (Texas) of the 2014 elections.

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    🎂 Martin says:

    Looks like everyone is colluding with the NSA:

    Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a widely used cryptographic code library.

    The bug in the GnuTLS library makes it trivial for attackers to bypass secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protections available on websites that depend on the open source package. Initial estimates included in Internet discussions such as this one indicate that more than 200 different operating systems or applications rely on GnuTLS to implement crucial SSL and TLS operations, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the actual number is much higher. Web applications, e-mail programs, and other code that use the library are vulnerable to exploits that allow attackers monitoring connections to silently decode encrypted traffic passing between end users and servers.

    The bug is the result of commands in a section of the GnuTLS code that verify the authenticity of TLS certificates, which are often known simply as X509 certificates. The coding error, which may have been present in the code since 2005, causes critical verification checks to be terminated, drawing ironic parallels to the extremely critical “goto fail” flaw that for months put users of Apple’s iOS and OS X operating systems at risk of surreptitious eavesdropping attacks. Apple developers have since patched the bug.

    This is the 2nd major security bug to be found in open source code. Probably safe to say the NSA has known about both of these for some time.

  11. 11

    Enjoy it, party people.

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    Pictures or it didn’t happen.

    Oh! And Happy Fat Tuesday!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Hope y’all New Yorkers have a great time meeting, yapping and chowing down.

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    Tommy says:

    Hey seems like I can post this here. Maybe the coolest video you will see this month. This year. His name is Danny MacAskill. He does stuff like this.

    If you have time, well try this.

    The video of him on his bike is only as good as the music and the visuals.

    Way Back Home is the incredible new riding clip from Danny MacAskill, it follows him on a journey from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye.

    My family came here from the Isle of Skye back in the 1860s.

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    Tommy says:

    @BruceFromOhio: Laissez les bons temps rouler.

    I went around saying this all the time today. I actually say it not on days related to Mardis Gras.

    The expression Laissez les bons temps rouler (alternatively Laissez les bon temps rouler, Laissez le bon temps rouler, Laisser les bons temps rouler, and Laisser le bon temps rouler, French pronunciation: ​[lɛse le bɔ̃ tɑ̃ ʁule]) is a Cajun French phrase which is literally translated from the English expression “Let the good times roll.” This phrase is often mentioned when Mardi Gras is celebrated, on local television, and on radio. It is a common phrase in multiple early French Colonial areas.

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    NotMax says:


    Could describe her casting on the spin-off series a Good Times Rolle role.


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    Tommy says:

    @NotMax: If I am not mistaken she was a black women. The first to hold the role of a black women in a major sit com.

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    Roxy says:

    @Tommy: You had me at Edinburgh and Isle of Sky. I saw the first one a couple of years ago. The second one is just as amazing as the first one. Thanks for posting this.

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    NotMax says:


    Yes, she was African-American (the spin-off came from her playing the maid on Maude (which was also a spin-off).

    Not the first on TV though to have a sitcom lead role*. That would be Diahann Carroll in Julia in 1968.

    *A non-stereotypical black in mass media role. The first African-American woman to star in a TV series sitcom was way back in 1950, in Beulah (which had originated on radio). Ethel Waters and then Hattie McDaniel played the role, a servant (“the queen of the kitchen”) in a white household, on TV.

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    Roxy says:

    @Tommy: Diahann Carroll. She starred in Julia (1968), one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role.

    ETA: Oops. NotMax beat me to it.

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    Tommy says:

    @Roxy: My family came here from Scotland. Oh I got stories cause we are letter writers. The stories are amazing. I read these stories and stunned.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Sorry friends – not going to be able to make it (out of work a bit late, and have some wedding things I need to circle up on this evening). I promise I will be there next time if I can…I feel like the amount of time sunk into wedding planning is only going to increase as the day draws nearer.

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    Oh I got stories cause we are letter writers.

    Let the stories be told
    They can say what they want
    Let the photos be old
    Let them show what they want

    Let them leave you up in the air
    Let them brush your rock and roll hair
    Let the good times roll

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Dee Loralei: Could you make it to Nashville with sufficient notice? I expect to be passing through in the next several weeks.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Isle of Skye

    My most favourite place on the planet. Have you ever visited the Ancestral Isle?

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    Belafon says:

    @🎂 Martin: “The NSA: Thinking evil thoughts so you don’t have to.”

    I’m not the kind of person who spends his days thinking how evil other people can be. I have other things I’d rather be doing.

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    Tommy says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: No I have not. I ponder that/this. Need to get there.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Tommy: It is beautiful. It is magic.

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