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Category: food

02/15/15 07:16 - -3.ºF - ID#59840

Delicious eggy breakfast

Terry made us a delicious eggy breakfast with spargel, peppers, cheese, and some home fries. I love his breakfasts.

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(e:paul) and I drank this crazy Chinese tea that blooms from a bulb into this sea-creature looking blob. It's really intense and floral but watching it unfold was cool.

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Category: going out

02/14/15 06:17 - 13.ºF - ID#59838

Shake it don't brake it

(e:terry) and I headed to the GoBike Valentine's celebration at Handlebar. We walked instead of riding though because we're lame.

The beer and chocolate fountain were delicious. Valentines were made for Paul. We saw Terry's employee Kelly there - she's a hardcore winter biker like I used to be ;(!
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On the way home, we walked by the hostel where they were having a 110th birthday party for the building, complete with pinata.

One of the coop house girls had these cute dog gloves.

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Inexplicable art.

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Afterwards we we're supposed to meet (e:paul) for bear night but it turned out to be the wrong night. Instead we stopped at Fugazi and went home.
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Category: birthday

02/14/15 04:52 - 16.ºF - ID#59837

Maria's birthday


Thursday night we went out to celebrate Maria's birthday at Oshun. They ordered almost one of everything on the menu.
It was a super fishy dinner but even the vegetarian sides were filling. Especially the orzo.

Afterwards we went to (e:mike) and (e:libertad)'s for dessert. I think Paul's dad's stories are the best I've ever heard.
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Category: internet

02/10/15 02:28 - 15.ºF - ID#59831

Dream networks

Speaking of net neutrality and real internet providers, when we were in Rochester, (e:masumibot) told us about a new ISP there called Greenlight Networks.

It's what Buffalo and every other place cursed with Time Warner deserves. Basically, it's a fiber ISP that taps into all the existing private fiber networks that were built in the in the late 90's and 2000's (often with government money) and resells service to small business and residential customers. You can see a map of just Fibertech's network here , which includes a trunk right down Linwood and throughout most of the city.

For just $100 install and $50 a month, Rochesterian (? had to look that denonym up) can get 100/20Mbps internet.

For just $250 a month, they can get 1Gbps down and 100Mbps up.

This is in the same service area as Time Warner, who charges a fucking outrageous $250 for 35/5Mbps at Allen Street, with the worst customer service I have ever seen. For fiber service in the city, Fibertech wants over $1000/month for any sort of connection plus huge install fees.

I feel like we're in a internet desert, with a fiber oasis in front of our house that we can't reach.

In other internet news, there is a group trying to start an free, hyper-local, open access wireless mesh network in Buffalo. (e:paul) says he dreamt of this 10 years ago. The group, called Buffalo Mesh, meets at the Foundry, where they already started to build out their network. I wish I had more time and knew more about networking so I could get involved.
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Category: birthday

02/08/15 05:01 - 16.ºF - ID#59829

Happy birthday Masumibot

Happy birthday (e:uchina). Your party was ridiculous and your friends are amazingly strange and fun.

Gummis were eaten, bottles were popped, and balls were compared.

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Category: internet

02/07/15 06:44 - 32.ºF - ID#59828

Net neutrality? For real

The FCC chairman Tom Wheeler published an editorial in WIred the other day calling for the FCC to regulate Internet to be regulated as common carriers, just like phone companies. This is going to be decided on by the FCC in the near future.

Everyone kept telling me he was from the cable industry - it turns out he dwasn't from Time Warner or Comcast, but he did run an experimental cable company in the 80's. Unlike dial up providers with phone companies though, the cable companies didn't have to give them access to their network. It's kind of awesome to find out someone regulating business that isn't from that big business.

He also was behind a recent FCC reclassification of broadband speeds from 4/1Mbps to 25. ISP's can no longer market anything else as high speed.


By treating internet providers as common carriers, they will no longer be able to shape or restrict traffic based on origin/destination. I'm sure they're going to fight tooth and nail against this but if this goes
Unfortunately the FCC will not be attempting to regulate pricing. ;(
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Category: architecture

02/07/15 05:56 - 32.ºF - ID#59825

Kittinger House tour

(e:paul) and I went with his mom to tour the Kitenger house on Lincoln Parkway with his mom. While we were there we saw Emily and Mike.

The house was very large - 8,000 square feet, but it was not my thing. It was very 50's and not kept up, and ridiculously oversized. I'm all for converting this into apartments. I often think the size of house we live in is excessive but over double the space is even crazier. The house was filled with old lady perfume and cat smell - Paul couldn't go into the carriage house. It's on sale for $1.5 million dollars.

The cool part was their old intercom system. It was a brass telephone with buttons for each room. I can't imagine how high tech that was when that was added to the house. It also had this weird retro wallpaper in the master bathroom of these 50's cartoons.

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Category: programming

02/06/15 04:33 - 20.ºF - ID#59822

A brogrammer is born

(e:terry) is learning programming.

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He had an issue converting files for import into Quickbooks - he had a qif file, from the personal version of quickbooks, and needed it to become an IIF file, for the accountant one. professor (e:paul) and I walked Terry through translating his logic into programming. There were a lot of small catches but after a few hours, (e:terry) had it down pretty good.

I think he could be an awesome programmer and I want him to learn more - I feel like it'd speed up a lot of his work and we could all work together.

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Category: tea

02/06/15 12:28 - 6.0ºF - ID#59821

Crazy tea

This tea is the weirdest and best tea I have ever had. It has these little popcorn type balls in it, a bunch of different types of leaves and it makes you so wired you'll be running around the house begging everyone to go for a walk after you drink it. Multiply this by ten if you drink the tea and chew on the leaves. I've gotten some of my best programming done on it too.

We're currently out and I want to order more online, but I'm debating whether I should. Between this and the free iced tea at Cafe 59, I wonder if I drink enough to get lead poisoning.


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Category: work

02/04/15 01:50 - 21.ºF - ID#59816

Wash your hands

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We missed Lloyd's today, so (e:paul) and I went with Patrick to the Buffalo General Hospital cafeteria. It was probably the grossest food experience I have ever had.

Everyone in the cafeteria seemed to be coughing or sick, the soups and salad were uncovered and the only option out was pizza. On the other hand, it only cost $8 for Paul and I to eat a slice of pizza and salad.

On the way back, Paul went to wash his hands in the cafeteria bathroom, located in a hallway that smelled like sewage. He soaped his hands but then found out the water didn't work, hence the picture of him walking almost all the way back with soap on his hands.

When we got closer to Roswell, we heard another gross and sad story one of our coworkers Andy about the Buffalo General. I'm save you the details but it's much worse than the cafeteria.

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