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Category: science

12/30/13 12:05 - ID#58514 pmobl

Shopping and Quacks

Today (e:paul) and I went to go shopping with (e:mike) and (e:libertad) out on the Boulevard, at Trader Joe's, Feel Rite and Michaels. We stopped at Michael's first to get the new years ball before heading to Feel Rite. Mike had to use his insurance card Supermarket Sweep money which ended up being a fiasco.

Feel Rite is kind of crazy to me because while they do sell a lot of good health products, they also sell a lot of bullshit supplements and therapies that are useless at best and outright harmful at worse. Some of the natural herbs and food have been scientifically proven to be useful and I consider traditional medicine. But the vitamins/cleanses and homeopathy section drive me crazy. The worst part to me is they seem to all appeal to some anti-traditional medicine sentiment. Sure, a few doctors may have a vested interest in profiting off you, but not most and they have typically have peer reviewed science behind them. Why would these snake oil salesmen be any better in that sense, when all they have are their own crazy specious claims? Water with herbs in the parts per billion having any sort of efficacy? I doubt it. Doesn't this undercut the credibility of a health store? Maybe its just buyer beware. So many studies about these products are available online now. If you can't even look it up on your phone like Paul I consider it your own fault. I always like to visit when it comes to quackery.

Then we ate at Red Pepper. I got the tofu stir fry with rice noodles which was really good. Last stop was Trader Joe's before we headed home. We failed to kick the candy addiction. The penguin gummies are amazing.

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The Boulevard looks so rough these days. Maybe its just winter being ugly. A lot of run down vacant buildings and even a boarded up house.
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Ying's moved into his ex wife's KCafe after his fiasco.

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(E:mike) thought this was to kick a candy addiction. Yeast infection might be worse, lol.






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Category: food

12/29/13 11:52 - ID#58513 pmobl

Wegmans Organic Smooth Almond Butter


The first of the nut butters from (e:paul).

I never had almond butter before because usually it costs so much. I think this might make me less of a cheapskate because this is the best nut butter I've ever had. It is just almonds, no sugar but but still tastes kind of sweet. The texture is gritty but in a good way. I opened it yesterday and it's already half gone. A+ 5 stars would buy again.

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Category: halloween

12/29/13 10:04 - ID#58509 pmobl

Pumpkin Moving


The giant $38 dollar pumpkin is finallunoff the porch. After (e:mike) squashed the air out last week it it started leaking a river of pumpkin blood down the porch. We finally decided to move it since it was thawing. (e:paul) rolled it down the stairs then we moved it back to the compost pile. our hands smelled like rotting pumpkin.

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Category: going out

12/28/13 02:30 - ID#58507 pmobl

Old friends and Founding Fathers

(e:terry) and I met up with Emily, Kevin, Lindsay, Tim and Kyle at Founding Fathers last night. It was the first time I've actually seen Kyle in such a long time even though Ive been at her house a bunch since then. Of course I needed the nachos.

After we headed to Brick Bar for a bit. We ran into a couple of people we haven't seen in a real long time - Emily D. and Andrea. I can't decide if it was awkward or not because its been so long. Emily D. used to be my one of mu best friends but there was a lot of drama with the whole group abd her liking me, and I haven't seen her since. I think the last time we hung out was after freshman year of college.

Lindsay wanted to head to Chocolate Bar but we headed back in pretty early.

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Category: winter

12/28/13 10:56 - ID#58504 pmobl

Ice skating at Rotary Rink

Yesterday (e:paul), (e:terry) and (e:mike) went out to ice skate at the Rotary rink in Fountain Plaza. I don't think any of us had been ice skating in a while.
Skating was super tough with the loose skates and rough ice, but I think we figured it out by the end. Paul tied his laces around the back which made the skates way tighter.

Terry was super good at ice skating just like roller skating. He was was even doing circles by the end (no triple lutzes though sorry).

I'd definitely go again but maybe with skates from somewhere else since these were beat up and so gross (the rental place smelled awful) and smoother ice. Maybe MLK splash pad when its open for skating?

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Category: love

12/27/13 12:42 - ID#58501 pmobl

Woof

They're so ridiculously cute.

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Category: going out

12/27/13 12:40 - ID#58500

Invites at Cathode

Last night (e:Paul), (e:xandra) and I went out to Cathode while (e:Terry) had game night with (e:Heidi), (e:Dianne), Barb and Cara. We headed out after Alex made us watch this crazy body modification show off TLC (I'll have to post about that later).
We tried to invite tons of people to new years at Cathode but everyone seemed to be just home for break. We did get invited to church though.

I didn't take too many pictures. Paul and I saw the worlds smallest butt while we there on this guy named Frankie - it was so crazy.

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This guy had an insanely big beard. Paul hated his shoes.

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Random but I heard this song on Terry's pandora the other day and I can't stop listening to it. It reminds me of spring, it's sounds happy. The video is awesome - almost everything in it is a literal interpretation of English idioms.


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Category: programming

12/26/13 12:58 - ID#58496 pmobl

Arduino and WS2801 LEDs

The other day, (e:paul) and I spent an hour trying to get the WS2801 LEDs working with the Arduino. They kept glowing on one LED, either full brightness or red and green. We thought it might have been library we used or the LEDs being defective, but it turns out there is an input and output side of the strand and we had it reversed. I seriously can't believe we missed that. Now they're working, fully addressable and ridiculously bright. For future reference - make sure you're always inputting into the right hole.

Side note these LEDs outgas so bad they make me sick.

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Category: holiday

12/26/13 12:00 - ID#58495 pmobl

Christmas

After the half-day and shopping, I scrambled to think of gifts for Mary and Daniel. I ended up giving Emily a sock monkey scarf, Daniel an Arduino so I could teach him and 3D lion painting, and Mary a super soft blanket with candy. I went to my parents for my family's Christmas party. The usual family was there for a good time and a lot of good food/cookies. The best part probably was playing Cards Against Humanity - my great aunt Shirley would say absolutely anything while Emily would make other people read cards for her.

The next day, (e:paul) and (e:terry) and I woke up and exchanged gifts. Paul got me a bunch of fancy peanut/almond/cashew butters, and Terry got me a cheese club subscription and these awesome red corduroys. I am going to die of clogged arteries looking good. I got Terry some new paddles for the canoe (that are long enough for us to use), and Paul a fox handled serving tray plus a dog bed to lay in front of the fire.
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After that I went to my parents house again to do Christmas there. My mom gave us and all the siblings a really cute photo frame with these old postcards of Buffalo in them. We have the Peace Bridge, city hall and an aerial of downtown.
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I also got this 90's puffy ski vest that I love. We napped and ate the rest of the day before watching Silver Linings Playbook for the 10th time. I feel ridiculously full right now. I'm back home and the living room smells so bad right now. I called Sarah and we are catching up on the phone a bit before bed.

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Category: work

12/25/13 02:10 - ID#58490 pmobl

Half Day


Today was a half day at work for Christmas Eve. I loved being able to ride home while it was still light out. On top of that, I started on new project today involving wastewater treatment plant upgrades that I'm actually looking forward to.

After I got home (e:paul) and (e:terry) and I headed out to iron out last second gifts. I'm such a bad gift giver, which I thinks stems from me hating shopping so much. I almost didn't have anything for my siblings but I kind of lightbulbed in the last hour on what I wanted to do for them, which I think will work out great.

The pumpkin continues to decay especially after (e:mike) deflated it by stepping on it. There's a weird trail of pumpkin juice down the porch now and it just keeps flattening further. I wish we took a timelapse of it, it would be amazing.

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