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Category: tech

01/21/13 12:08 - ID#57157

New phone, dammit

I need a new phone now. I can't take it anymore. My Droid X (July 2010) is starting to lose its functionality - GPS conks out, I can barely hear, gchats get lost - and is so slow that by the time the mapping kicks in, I should be halfway to my destination but am going in the wrong direction.

I'm stuck on Verizon because it's what works at home ((e:Terry), (e:yesthatcasey) & (e:puddlediving) can attest to days of occasional texts but no data on their AT&T phones). I get a $30 credit on any phone I choose which is factored into the prices below.

Options:
  • Samsung Galaxy S III ($169)
  • Droid Razr Maxx HD ($269) (more than I can afford but looks like a sweet phone)
  • Droid DNA by HTC ($169)
  • Droid Razr HD ($169)


I want speed and excellent battery life. I'm glad they all come with front facing cameras now, but the mpx on the front facing ones is so low it's almost not worth it.

Opinions?? ((e:paul) in particular)
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Category: work

01/19/13 12:44 - ID#57149 pmobl

Antique landscapers stamps


As a landscape designer would prepare plans, they would add the trees and shrubs with this kind of stamp. So cool!

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Category: pets

01/19/13 12:00 - ID#57148 pmobl

Nisha on lap


A shot from last sunday for the nisha-on-laps photo series. At A's house, his best friend bubba's woman heather and their son chase.

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Category: friends

01/17/13 03:43 - ID#57142 pmobl

Cute hat


(e:terry) showed off his xmas present from (e:paul)'s mom last night.

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Category: tourism

01/16/13 08:51 - ID#57140 pmobl

Pierce-Arrow showroom, aka First Niagara


I had some banking to do today and decided to stop at the Main-Jewett branch of First Niagara. I hadn't been in the building before. It is beautiful! Classic bank architecture plus the gorgeous    car. Bonus shot of windows in ani's church.

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Category: buffalo

01/13/13 10:21 - ID#57138

Impractical Cartography

A friend of mine wrote:

There's a project called Impractical Cartography that is currently collecting submissions from writers about your experiences at locations here in Buffalo, whether they are "non-fiction prose, humor or poetry."

"So we're building a rather impractical map of Buffalo...

Our map will be based around your short pieces about your experiences in the city. After all, even the smallest city ceases to exist without its people and their stories - good and bad. So let's make something that goes beyond a simple marker of various locations and incorporate ourselves into those spaces.

We are looking for a variety of pieces, whether they are non-fiction prose, humor or poetry. Maybe it's an experience or conversation that shaped the way you think about this city--a conversation with friends and neighbors, a particularly depressing football game, the bathroom of a now closed dive bar. The only requirement is that your work involves a specific place in Buffalo and that it is a maximum of 2 pages.

Let's define our neighborhoods with our own stories."



They would like to include these stories not only on their website but also in the 2013 Small Press Book Fair, so they need any submissions by January 31.

impracticalcartography@gmail.com


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Category: weather

01/13/13 05:31 - ID#57137 pmobl

Fog


Fog is so neat. Bonus shot: happy Nisha :-)

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Category: holiday

01/02/13 12:14 - ID#57111

Paul & the ball

This is (e:metalpeter)'s photo cropped a bit - it's definitely my favorite of his set. (e:Paul) looks like he should be engaging in some kind of Men in Black activity, like a space-agey spy.

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Category: holiday

01/01/13 11:02 - ID#57110 pmobl

Happy New Year!


I love the new ball!

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Category: weather

12/28/12 09:43 - ID#57066

First snow

Y'all remember Dianne from the Halloween party, right? She's from Houston and despite spending a good chunk of last winter in Chicago, she didn't actually get to experience a real snow. Can you imagine? Snow is just such a part of my life that I never realized all the little details that come with it. Like... how do you explain the messes at intersections that snowplows make to someone who has never seen a snowplow in action? Or which kind of snow is right for snowballs? Or kicking the doorstep as you enter to knock the snow off your boots? Or silicone spray for waterproofing? Why hiking boots aren't real good in the snow?

She got a full snow experience Wednesday and Thursday...
I rolled into town just before the snow hit. Dianne was coming from work out on Transit right when it started snowing and was still talking on the phone! Handsfree but the data indicates that is just not a substantial improvement over using the handset:

Drivers engaged in cell phone conversations look out the windshield but fail to see up to 50 percent of the driving environment, missing important driving clues critical to safety, such as red lights, stop signs, pedestrians and other vehicles.

Why don’t hands-free devices offer any safety benefit while driving?
Hands-free devices do not eliminate cognitive distraction. Hands-free devices are often seen as a solution to the risks of driver distraction because they help eliminate two obvious risks—visual and manual. Most people can recognize when they are visually or mechanically distracted and seek to disengage from these activities as quickly as possible. However, people typically do not realize when they are cognitively distracted; therefore, the risk lasts much, much longer.



We went for a walk in the snow, had dinner at Cantina Loco, made snow angels, discussed the right kind of snow for good snowballs, and checked out Days Park. These are her pix (obvs, i took the ones of her making snow angels).

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Thursday was mostly a snow day. We both worked a little bit, walked to Cafe Taza then to the office. By the time we headed back to my house, Nisha was all tuckered out. Worked some more, then I took a nap. As I woke up, I realized she was out clearing our vehicles for Thursday street side shift. So I went out and helped her and we moved both in time for the 6pm shift. She needed stuff from Walgreens and I wanted more beer, so she got to try driving in it. Again, all the random stuff that you grew up knowing about snow... can you articulate it in a way that's comprehensible?

Brena & Nisha @ Taza
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Digging out the briefcase
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Nisha @ office today. She didn't like it. First, it was too warm, then there were all these people i wouldn't let her go talk to.
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