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Category: politics

04/20/09 09:47 - 47ºF - ID#48459

Partnership for the Public Good event

I can't make it to this, but thought some folks here might be interested...

I've been working so hard at writing this month's report & putting
together the panel, that I didn't really consider advertising. Anyway,
if you have some free time tomorrow afternoon (4-5.30) by 237 Main St
- 12th floor tomorrow, it's the April forum for the Partnership for
the Public Good. It's going to be on the downtown Erie Canal Harbor
development project, & reps from the development authority will be
there to face the firing squad.

Steve Marshall.
Erie Canal Harbor Development
How Will the Community Benefit?
with panelists:
Julie Barrett O'Neill, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Amy Kedron, Buffalo First
Lou Jean Fleron, Cornell ILR

moderated by:
Aaron Bartley; People United for Sustainable Housing - Buffalo

and featuring a presentation by:
Matt Davison, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation spokesman
Can a developed Erie Canal Harbor help to improve our local economic
conditions, bridge social divides, and better our own impression and
the national reputation of our city; while embracing aesthetic design,
providing a home for local entrepreneurs, providing quality
employment, and without damaging the riverfront environment?
To what other goals should such this project aspire? What can be
learned from the waterfront projects of other cities that have come

Join our panel in discussing the Erie Canal Harbor Development
PPG Tuesday Forums are free & open to the public.

A companion report will be available at the event, and at


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Category: tourism

04/19/09 11:37 - 48ºF - ID#48442

What is...

that red-roofed, round building that sits out in the river south of the Peace Bridge? (see map)

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Category: politics

04/09/09 05:08 - 49ºF - ID#48336

News stuff, a picture from e:Jim's party

Patterson to submit bill allowing same-sex marriage

I'm kinda fascinated by this new feature at Crooks & Liars - it's clips of old video - Three Mile Island as it was happening, for example, mixed in with clips from concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

Here's one of Reagan on Meet the Press in 1974:

With commentary:

While I was waiting for (e:PMT) to pick me up to go to (e:Jim)'s party, I noticed that the bush next to the front steps of my building is a forsythia!


(e:James) expressing his enjoyment of the evening:


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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: dinner

03/31/09 11:24 - 44ºF - ID#48251

Merge, Tops' Texas Garlic Toast

To add a little to (e:tinypliny,48229) ...

A law school friend said she had been to Merge twice, had the opportunity to sample several dishes and her analysis was "The food was bland." The polenta squares themselves were a little bland, but the sauce & onions were really good, and the one I had that was drenched in balsamic vinegar was yum. Everything else was really delicately flavored - the broccoli with "liquid aminos," the kale with pine nuts and cranberries, they let the natural flavors of the green stuff shine. The apple pie was very very good.

Merge advertises as "comfort food" and it's kind of modeled on the standard diner menu - french fries, mac & cheese, lasagna, grilled cheese - similarities but new interpretations. Jicama on grilled cheese? Hell, yeah. And really, how spicy or intense is diner food?

The Francis Bacon Players (improv troupe) were lots of fun. The cell phone company that has only one tower... on Mars... was my favorite skit. The power charades we lots of fun, too. The crowd filled in Mad Libs, two people acted out the concepts and the one guessed. Watching her guess this stuff so quickly really helped diffuse my stress about the oral argument hazing ritual I had the next day - if she had to guess skiing using french fries as poles, with ducks strapped to her feet in place of skis on the spot, I could discuss the first amendment rights of high school students - at least I got to prepare and use cheat sheets! She also guessed blowing up marshmallow peeps using crayons instead of dynamite and a pogo stick for a detonator. Another involved drooling while watching penguins have sex but I don't remember the rest. I think they're at Staples on Allen the 3rd Thursday of the month or something.

(e:tinypliny), I had a most wonderful awesome time with you, too! We have to do it again soon!!

I made Tops-brand Texas Garlic Toast with cheese as part of my dinner tonight. I think it's the only product I've ever seen that has a baking temperature of 420 degrees F. Hmmmmm....




Some posters I've seen along Allen St. recently:

In Full Swing, an interdisciplinary performance - poetry by Shawnell Tillery and jazz by the Clarence Lott Sextet - BYOP (poetry). This Saturday, 8pm, Colored Musicians Club.

Stephane Wrembel & The Django Experiment @ Nietzsche's 4/11, Babik opening. I love Django Reinhardt and I'm really annoyed that I can't go.

Dining Out for Life, 4/28, fundraiser for AIDS Community Services of WNY

I've introduced China Cat to the windowsill. I've also started teaching her to work for her treats but so far no acceptable photographic evidence.

Gorgeous foyer @ the Stillwater (but they need to windex the door)


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Category: peace

03/30/09 04:08 - 35ºF - ID#48240

Nonviolence begins with me

Ya know those cool "Nonviolence begins with me" yard signs? Well, here's your opportunity to know more about the project behind them.

Alternatives to Violence Project Level I Workshop
Positive * Productive * Experiential

April 3 -- 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
April 4 -- 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$30 - Scholarships may be available
Dinner, snacks & lunch provided

Workshop is held at and sponsored by the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence, 80 Durham Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215. Make check payable to AVP Niagara Frontier Council and send to the Sister Karen Center. For more information, contact Audrey Mang at or 716-633-1140 (or me). Scholarships may be available.

Advance registration is required. Please contact Vivian at 716-362-9688 at minimum!


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Category: flowers

03/26/09 08:31 - 40ºF - ID#48211


I saw this mini iris on my way to school this morning (sorry, I didn't realize it was out of focus until i transferred it from my phone. here's a better picture that someone else took ) I love irises especially this color.


(e:tinypliny) and i had a WONDERFUL time at Merge last night - we met at 6:30 and didn't leave Merge until 10! We have pix and review coming up soon...

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Category: dinner

03/25/09 11:56 - 49ºF - ID#48196

general estrip invite

(e:TinyPliny) and I are going to Merge tonight ( We're meeting at the convenience store corner of Delaware & Allen at 6:30 if anyone would like to join us :-)

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Category: school

03/24/09 10:35 - 35ºF - ID#48186

neat pattern

In general, I strongly dislike the architecture of O'Brian Hall where the law school is located. The room I spend the most time in has brown brick walls set in a gapped pattern. My school friend Nick's glasses distract me because they distort the pattern.

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03/23/09 04:27 - 34ºF - ID#48165

Random party followup

Thanks to (e:PMT) for hosting yet another fabulous party! (e:Matthew), I hope you enjoyed it!

(e:lilho) had "My Humps" playing on the stereo upstairs - i asked if anyone had seen the Alanis Morrisette version... here it is...

I'm not sure anyone was serious about wanting the molasses crinkle cookie recipe, but here it is...

3/4 c. butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)
1 c. brown sugar (I prefer dark)
1 egg
1/4 c. molasses (darker the better, IMO)
2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
white sugar in a bowl for dipping

Cream butter & brown sugar, add molasses, spices, salt. Beat in the egg. Add the baking soda and flour, stir until mixed.

Chill dough for at least 20 min.

Roll dough into small balls, about the size of a shooter marble. Dip in the white sugar. Place on cookie sheet. (I strongly recommend using parchment paper.) Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8-10 min. Don't over cook!


I stopped at PriceRite. Holy produce! Wow! I really need to learn some more mexican & south american cooking. I want to know what to do with all those root veggies.


The place was insanely busy.
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Category: birthday

03/18/09 12:48 - 43ºF - ID#48104


Happy 28th birthday, (e:Matthew)!
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