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tim gorton

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sun, feb 22, 2009 - 9:19 pm - wedding and honeymoon photos at last!
I've finally uploaded photos from our wedding on September 13th, as well as photos from our three-island honeymoon!

sat, aug 23, 2008 - 5:17 pm - happy bert day!
Thursday (Aug 21st) was Bert Day -- the two-year anniversary of our dog Bert coming to live with us. Yup, it's possible we're a little obsessed. Bert also got to show off his new bowtie for the wedding!

There are also a bunch of new photos, including engagement photos! Only a few weeks to go...!

tue, dec 11, 2007 - 8:24 pm - we're engaged!
Amy and I got engaged this past weekend at the Heart of the Village Inn in Shelburne, VT! Amy was very surprised! Check out the photos of the weekend and the ring!

thu, nov 15, 2007 - 9:48 am - four wedding summer!
that's right, it was a four wedding summer. Guess I'm that age. It was also a summer of adorable small creatures. (That's amy's nephew Noah, who is giving bert a run for his money as cutest creature around!)

fri, jun 1, 2007 - 4:46 pm - photos and nTAG move!
New photos online from my trip to arizona with doug and dad, including the Sedona area, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, and a lot of 80mph driving on the open road. Also photos from Amy Katz's wedding (she's a friend of mine from MIT and the New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences before our senior year in high school.) A bunch of MIT people were there, and my parents watched Bert while we were there. My parents were pretty tired after a day of running around with him outside, and he slept all of the next day.

Also, today nTAG moved into the Schrafft Center in Charlestown near the Sullivan Station orange line T stop which is, well, in the middle of nowhere.

wed, mar 28, 2007 - 12:25 pm - bert updates for daylight savings time
So after all the chaos associated with congress changing when daylight savings time starts (my outlook meetings are still a bit screwed up) our puppy managed to wake up an hour earlier (fulfilling his usual alarm-clock functionality) on just the right day. Sadly.

fri, dec 29, 2006 - 5:14 pm - Google deleted my web page!
I know this sounds crazy, since Google has nothing to do with my web page, but it's true. Google inadvertently deleted much of the content on my web page. Even better, I didn't notice it for a few months (hey, it's not like I spend a lot of time looking at my own web page.)

So when I created this web page in 2001, I built a wiki-inspired system by which (when i was logged into the site) I could click an "edit" link on top of a number of content areas -- like the "about me" section above and the "work" and "play" pages -- and change the text right in my web browser. This has been working happily for the last five years, but it turns out that there was a bug in the code for the page which listed all the editable sections and allowed you to view, edit, and delete each item. This bug allowed anyone to edit & delete the pages, without me needing to log in. Even though there's not a link to this page anywhere publicly viewable, somehow the Google spider found the page (dictionary search for URLs? seems a bit silly) and dutifully clicked on every link -- including the delete links -- and then dutifully clicked on the "confirm" page that followed.

Amazingly the last database backup I have was from 2003, so I've had to reconstruct some pages. Luckily I was able to use the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to get the content of the main page, which is what I change most often. Sneaky little spider Google has there....

fri, dec 29, 2006 - 4:35 pm - photos! photos!
At long last I've added several sets of pictures to the photos page: Amy and my trip to Europe, many pictures of Bert, our new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was born on 6/10 and came to live with us on 8/21, and pictures from Jamie and Marlene's wedding!

mon, jul 17, 2006 - 5:10 pm - aviv moving rocks
Meant to mention this some time ago: we used Aviv Moving again on only a couple of days notice. Between it being a small job and short notice I expected the hourly rate to rise -- and instead they gave me a repeat customer discount! And once again they were great in every respect, from scheduling to execution.

sat, jun 17, 2006 - 11:41 pm - cavaliers!
Amy and I went to the annual dog show of Cavaliers of the Northeast where we were treated to the presence of hundreds of the breed we've fallen in love with, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. We've been talking about getting a dog for nearly a year and are now hoping to find one to adopt when we return from europe in august and Amy's home for a few weeks before starting at Tufts!

There are even pictures of some of the wonderful dogs we met, including Kayla, Clancy (a rescue), Cory (a rescue), and Naomi,(a former rescue). Cory and Clancy were rescued just within the last few weeks by Lucky Star Rescue -- it's amazing how friendly they are after only a couple of weeks of freedom and socialization. Clancy spent at least a half-hour snuggled in Amy's lap, and it was hard to us to let him go! There were humans there too, who were very helpful discussing the breed and the Cavalier community -- but really, it's all about the dogs.

sat, sep 24, 2005 - 11:49 am - home-buying scorecard
Well after finally being moved in I thought it would be worthwhile to list the companies who I used in the process of buying, moving in, and so forth:

A+ Aviv Moving -- used these guys after a reccomendation from a friend. Good pricing and an incredibly careful and courteous moving team.
A+ Alissa Berthiuame at Buyer's Network -- was very effective at helping me through the process as a first-time homebuyer
A+ Bee-Sure home inspections -- silly name, but great work and explanation of all the systems in my new home
A -- Cory Miller from loansnap works closely with Buyer's Network and helped make my closing happinging on a quick schedule
A Lumber Liquidators -- good pricing and great product, but with a serious delivery screwup.
B+ Ho's Hardwood Flooring -- great price for floor installation. good, fast work but failed to install under moulding as agreed

sat, may 7, 2005 - 4:10 pm - buying a condo!
My offer to purchase a condo has been accepted! I just had the home inspection today. The condo is a 3rd-floor (top floor) corner one-bedroom unit in a 15-unit brick building, just a 5-minute walk from davis square. It's nearly 800 sq ft, with tons of windows and a hardwood floor under its carpet.

sun, mar 20, 2005 - 11:18 pm - as we were saying yesterday
since it would be silly to try to capture six months into an entry, we'll hit the highlights. My sister started school at BU, I started dating someone new (Amy), there were some more trips, nTAG completed a round of funding and moved to a new office near south station and I got promoted, Amy & I went to Vermont for a weekend, I went home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I rode cable cars for the first time while attending a conference in san francisco, and I finally cleaned my appartment (today). Oh, and the Red Sox won the world series.

sat, aug 28, 2004 - 7:38 pm - travelling again
Well, I'm back from vacation (a few weeks ago) and am now about to head off to Houston (which is supposed to have scattered thunderstorms and high 80s temperatures for the next week) for yet another nTAG event. Not too much to report, other than that it's finally gotten oppresively hot here in Boston. And thus I travel to places even more oppressively hot.

I saw Brazilnut (also here) -- which includes two of my coworkers -- perform at Ryles again last night, to another large crowd. I proved once again that I can indeed move to the music (more or less) after a couple of drinks. I also no longer had the feeling that I knew half of the crowd (compared to their first Ryles gig) so they're clearly expanding their crowd. Unfortunately I'll be at an nTAG event during the next show, so they'll have to see if they can do a performance without me. (I've been to all three that they've done so far. I suspect that this isn't actually a factor in their success.)

In other news, the girl I was dating three years ago got married. We'd fallen a bit out of touch. It's possible that this was why I wasn't invited, but more likely is that they correctly thought that I might not be able to resist introducing myself in awkward ways....

wed, jul 28, 2004 - 11:08 pm - it could only happen on the internet
First, last Monday I receieved an incredible email. After posting here on June 5th that I'd just recieved the newest book of poetry by my favorite poet, Allan Cooper (which is another excellent book, by the way), I read the following first line of an email: "Just a note to say that I hope you enjoy Gabriel's Wing" -- from none other than my longtime favorite poet. I was amazed, and I quickly called my friend and former high school English teacher Florence McGinn, who introduced me to Cooper's work years ago. She was also amazed, and quickly pointed out that had I receieved a personal email from a professional athelete, not only would I not have known who he was, but once I found out I wouldn't be nearly as excited.

Though I've mostly been telling this amazing story for the last week, I also had a great visit a week and a half ago in NYC with Leah, Amy, and Naomi (who looks suspiciously like Leah.) It's been a long time since I'd seen them and it was great to relax with them for the weekend. More recently, last Sunday I went on an ice cream bike tour organized by Gail, the director of the Computer Clubhouse Network, where I've volunteered for five and a half years. We rode 53 miles and visited three ice cream stores -- though I admit that I begged off of having ice cream at the last stop at Kimball's. But the major point: my bike reached a top speed of 32.5 mph without shaking itself apart. Downhill, needless to say.

This weekend: Shakespeare on the Common on saturday before I leave on Sunday for a family vacation at Kiawah island off of Charleston, SC. Not sure how long we'll be able to keep gathering for our annual vacation since even my sister is soon to be off in school (at BU!) But till then I'll get to work on my farmer's tan with the whole gang.

sat, jul 10, 2004 - 7:55 pm - biking, music, and leah
Today I rejoined the training ride led by Bobby Mac, Quad Cycles in Arlington and looping through the countryside north of Boston. I did a total of 51 miles, including 9 each way to and from Arlington. And since returning I've been watching TV and reading the Tintin books that I got this week from the Boston library, while trying to make my legs work again.

Last night I saw the Boston Landmarks Orchestra performance of Beethoven's Consecration of the House Overture and "Ode to Joy" Sympony.

I also finally talked to my friend Leah, who I'm visiting next weekend in NYC. I'm thus now actually convinced that she'll actually be able to hang out while I'm there!

mon, jul 5, 2004 - 11:05 pm - here for a while
Well I'm back from another nTAG event in Nashville and also from a visit home for my sister's high school graduation. Since she's coming to BU next year she and my mother was back in Boston last week for BU orientation. I'm here until the first week of August now, though September and October are shaping up to be busy. Last weekend I got to see two old friends from MIT who were here for the fourth. Perhaps one of these days I'll make it out to the SF Bay area to visit them in their natural habitat!

I also just put a bunch of new photos online, including one of the boston fourth of july fireworks show. Especially fun is the one of the smiley face fireworks. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, and my latest technolust purchase is a Tivo. So far, I told it to record The Daily Show and it suggested Meet the Press. I don't think it quite gets it....

sat, jun 5, 2004 - 12:42 pm - movement
Well, I just returned from a very successful nTAG event in New Jersey, where my parents and sister got to see an nTAG event in action for the first time. My mother was, I think, mostly happy that I was able to dress myself properly to go to an event. And now I get to enjoy a couple of days off (also known as a "weekend" -- must be some cool new concept) before heading back to prepare for another event in Nashville, where we're heading this coming Friday.

Crazy things happen while I'm gone, too--an old friend moved back to Boston from Ohio, a special new friend moved from Boston to Ohio, and another old friend left Boston on a trip to California and Europe, while she still can. And to add to the aura of transitions, last Friday was MIT's graduation--the first in three years that I haven't gotten a degree in. But I'm sure if I'd been getting a third, my parents would have wanted to sit out in the sun (or rain) yet again.

And a final note--I'll have the newest book by my favorite (though largely unknown) poet Allan Cooper, titled Gabriel's Wing, just as soon as I rescue it from the post office on Monday morning. Sweet.

sat, may 29, 2004 - 11:19 pm - okay, I give up
To the resident of New House (an MIT dorm): I give up. Who are you and why do you keep looking at my web site? Update: the offending New House resident is Marianne Terrot, who chose to reveal herself to illuminate me on the indescribable pleasures of Tivo ownership.

In other news, it's been an exciting couple of weeks, the less interesting reason for which has been increasingly frantic recent preparation for our nTAG event next week. I'll be in Parsippany, NJ next week and then to Nashville, TN about a week after I get back. I also saw the Buffy musical episode on Thursday, and I've had the music in my head ever since. Naturally I find this rather disturbing.

sun, may 9, 2004 - 3:09 pm - puppet slamming
Last night I helped a group of computer clubhouse mentors, members, and alumni with their "digital puppet slam" performace as one of eleven acts in a puppet slam performace at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA. Though by now I should have stopped being suprised by the creativity and talents of the members of the clubhouse community, the music, rap, artwork, and animation that composed this piece were impressive individually but stunning when finally seen together in the piece (after we overcame some technical difficulties in our prior performaces, naturally.) Of course, I was merely along to help set up the technology and set up and tear down our set.

In addition to helping with the Clubhouse piece, it was very exciting to be introduced to a variety of styles of adult puppet theatre at this unique organization. Other favorites (other than the Clubhouse production, of course) from the evening's performances included the amazing and dramatic hand puppetry of Paul Vincent-Davis and the whimsical "Spodoba" from Sarah Frechette.

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