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Category: house

02/22/15 10:59 - 17.ºF - ID#59857 pmobl

Pipes Burst

Scheiße. The freezing subzero temperatures froze our pipes along e basement wall last week. I've never dealt with frozen pipes before but because it started confined to the lines to the washing machine, and shutting off the water in that line meant shutting it off to half the house we never turned it off. We just went without doing laundry for a week and bought new underwear. (Tightly whities)

When we came back from skiing, we found all the water gushing from hot and cold pipes, flooding the basement. It was so crazy I didn't even manage a good picture.

(E:terry) and I were able to get the water off and shopvac pump the water down the drain. Thankfully we were able to have bathroom hot water.

While the cleanup happened (e:paul) cooked a delicious spaghetti dinner with coconut oil, which we shared with Jeremy and Chris.

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Category: winter

02/21/15 05:24 - 23.ºF - ID#59856 pmobl

Cross country skiing

Today we went down to Allegheny with Jeremy and Chris to cross country ski.

It was crazy fun and not too cold. I love working to climb up a hill and then speeding down. I wiped out a few times at first but by the end I think I got pretty good. (e:Terry) was freaking fast.

We spent most of the time slithering down the snow snake trail, which is black diamond. Alleghany is real nice in the winter. they even have a shack where you can rent the skis and buy snacks.

I want to go downhill (e:YesThatCasey) but I think I'd hate the mechanical part of it.

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Jeremy had an interesting park job in the driveway.
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City living in Elicottviles historic Tim Horton's Lofts
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Category: war

02/21/15 12:32 - 21.ºF - ID#59855 pmobl

Delivering Freedom door to door

The other day I got this text from this army recruiter. I have no idea where he got my number from because I didn't go to a public school.

I tried not to hold being in the military against him because who knows his situatuon. Then I googled his name and saw this picture on his twitter. Its so clichéd I can't actually believe anyone thinks this is cool and would entice them to join. So fucking disgusting, SFC Fink.

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Category: computers

02/19/15 09:57 - 2.0ºF - ID#59849

New Mac

I got a new Macbook Pro for work, replacing (e:Paul)'s old Dell that I had been using. I have to say the computer itself is really amazing. The screen is so high res and bright and it's nice having a battery that lasts in hours and not minutes. My virtual machines start and suspend super fast and it's probably a quarter the weight and thickness of the old Dell.

Switching keyboards and commands from a PC Linux computer is driving me crazy - command + z, x, c, v are all so cramped and awkward to move to from the home keys compared to left control. I can't get used to command + R as refresh versus F5.

I also hate the Apple worship that I feel like is all over the internet when I look something up - if some decision made by Apple makes no sense they'll defend it to the death. IE hiding a "lock computer" function not in System Preferences->Security or Users or even screensaver, but you have to open Keychain->Preferences, enable "show keychain menu on menu bar". From there, you have to click the keychain menu and select lock the computer. How does this make sense?!

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Category: mardi gras

02/19/15 09:56 - 2.0ºF - ID#59848

Mardi Gras and a third place butt

For Mardi Gras, we headed out to Nietzsche's with Jeremy and our new friend Chris.

(E:paul) and I entered the butt contest. I made it to the final three with overalls and a jockstrap before I lost (consolation prize of a drink). One guy was super hot (didn't see his butt) but the other guy had a terrible butt. I'm going full out for next year. Start squatting.


Everyone was going freaking crazy when Chevon Davis came out to sing "Turn Back Time". We were all channeling (e:mike) a little bit. Apparently she was a dick to (e:dianne) though :(.

The night got so ridiculous. We saw emily, mike and a whole bunch of other people. By the end we left to try DBGBs but it was much more fun to go home.

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Category: skiing

02/16/15 01:53 - 0.0ºF - ID#59841

Cross country skiing in the city

On Saturday (e:terry) and I went cross-country skiing, while (e:paul) recorded his reel to reel tapes of his Italian family.

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The last time I went cross country skiing was the back field of Lindbergh in 3rd grade. It took me a block or two to get going but I really love it. It's super schnell to get around Buffalo on skies, way faster than walking. Plus you don't have to worry about assholes not shoveling - you just ski right through. Despite it being near 0 I also was sweating almost the whoel time.

We skied down to the cemetery, down through the park and down the hills in Rumsey Woods. We skied over to Aroma and then (e:yesthatcasey)'s. And then we skied back home with a stop at the liquor store. It's how I want to get around now in the winter.

I only wiped out a couple times - once going down the hill in the park. Terry has a video of it.
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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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