02/28/06 08:01 - 24ºF - ID#28315
Fat Tuesday and its implications
But that brings up an important question. Is it ok to rebuild New Orleans? The Saints will play there next year. We know they will be hit with another Huricane at some time. Maybe it won't be for another 80 years but what if it is less then 5 years they won't be fixed up by then. They can get flooded from a bad rain storm since they are below sea level from what I understand. I also understand that it was a verry racialy devided city and there are a lot of poor blacks there. That is why blacks where on the news and not whites the whites left town. There is something known as beach erosin where beachs or any land on water breaks down and moves back or shifts. I think people need to relise this and maybe think twice about rebuildning New Orleans. If I give money and that money helps keep people there and then a storm hits next year and kills those people didn't I basicly kill them. I would say I did. In the article I read it said that parts of the ground are still wet. That is insane. I'm not saying lets leave the people who still want to live there. But what happens if we dump all this money into New Orleans then next year a Huricane destroys half of Miami and all of south beach then we have to rebuild it to. I know Humans want to fight mother nature. But is it really the smart thing to do. Maybe there could be a New New Orleans and you keep the french Quarter I don't know the gegrophy well enoguh to know.
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/27/06 07:43 - 22ºF - ID#28314
"where not worthy"
Over the weekend I was In a chat with (e:ladycroft) that really got my mind going last night. Or maybe it was just that I was tired and missed the first few minutes of The L Word and that and some of the closing ceremonies of the olympics; not sure. Last night I had trouble sleeping for some reason also so recalling my thoughts may come across in a strange way. I think that a lot of us guys are affraid of good girls. Yeah the slutly girls, or the dumb girls, or the ladies who only party and don't do anything with there lives are easy to take. But rad chicks who like sports. Or who are really smart. Or who have travled the world or are super busy. They are verry intimadating because we can feal that we arn't worthy or that why would they be with us. Sometimes we think wow they are so busy when would they have time for us and that can be a problem. I think another thing that hurts our self estem or confidance in our selves is that a lot of people lie or tell half turths and we know this so we don't know if ladies are telling us the truth or lieing to us. When it is some chick who is only a one night who cares. But when it is someone rad and we think that maybe she is saying stuff about how we are cool or good in bed or rad ourselves to not hurt us. Yeah so this soundend a lot better in my head last night. Sometimes a great chick is a lot more pressure for us guys. With how fast my mind was racing last night I knew if I wasn't able to post it then that it wouldn't come out right. Last night was verry strange I was fealling kinda down and not really lonely but sord of but once I started watching TV I mellowed a bit. I saw part of really funny cartoon on Adult swim called Moral Oral it was great maybe that is what put me over the limit or maybe I just wanted some hot chick to talk to, who knows.
For the ladies of (e:strip) I think I may need to start that service. Granted I don't have a cell phone or a car to get to anyone so I doubt the service will go anywhare really. Some people for theropy like to start politcal fights and name call online. But I'll take ladies hitting me if it makes them or myself feal better. I know there is something I'm forgetting. I wish I could write my thoughts the way they came flying out last night, they where driving me insane. If I feal I need to post before I go to bed it may be an addiction. On another note there is the lady I work with who if she gets mad or looks upset I always tell her she can take it out on me, she never does, but thinks it is funny. Oh in case no one can tell I'm a little fucked up in the head.
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/26/06 12:31 - 15ºF - ID#28313
The first one was called "Sucide Girls the first Tour". That was interesting there were some really hot ladies in that. There was one quick shot of Niagara Falls in it. There was some good perfomances and great nudity. But there was also footage of the girls on tour. It was about the girls who toured and it did get into the site a little bit but it is tough to cover the site when there are so many ladies on that site.
[inlink]emily,66[/inlink] (past post on it). Not that there are any sites that I currently pay for other then webshots if I was going to join an adult site that is the one I would join . I don't go there verry often at all because there are so many girls it is overwhelming. In any event I know there have been a few posts about them I wanted to talk more about the show about the tour. They came to ICON last summer I think I don't know why I didn't go I really should have.
The Second one was part of MTV News Documentary series called True Life. This one Followed 3 Competative eaters. I found it interesting how some of them trained . Some with weights some with eating things to stretch there somach. One of the guys was the Japanase guy who holds the record for eating the most hotdogs.
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/25/06 05:35 - 31ºF - ID#28312
Today I had to work. I didn't want to be there is a lot of work. On wendsday I may get to meet Dave Mira. If it works out that would be awesome. He is supposed to be at the company I work at. He does Adds for Oxy not sure if they are one of his sponers but I do know they Had some adds at the X games. Today on break I was Reading the Paper and found this article in the business section about Cliff Claven aka John Ratzenberger. Hopefully it will increase sales and profits and how much work we have. Hopefully I will have some issues or more interesting things to post about. Maybe I will have a crazzy dream or something.
In the first ad, John Ratzenberger offers advice on Mentholatum's WellPatch to a "canoe guy' with sore muscles.
John Ratzenberger used a WellPatch on his leg after mountain bike riding.
Mentholatum hires 'Cliff Claven'
'Cheers' actor will wear firm's WellPatch in TV commercials
By MICHELLE KEARNS
News Business Reporter
A national ad that begins airing on TV stations today features the actor who played postman Cliff Claven in the 1980s sitcom Cheers, a canoeist with a sore arm, medicine made by the local Mentholatum Co. and the creative work of a small Orchard Park firm.
"They let me make up my own lines and they let me have fun, so it was a pleasant experience," said actor John Ratzenberger, whose latest work includes voices for Pixar animated movies and hosting the Travel Channel's "Made in America" show.
In the new commercial, developed by Campbell Associates, Ratzenberger appears driving an RV as he does in the Made in America shows, which are about U.S. made products - including Westfield's Welch's grape juice and Olean's Cutco knives.
In the first ad to debut for Mentholatum's WellPatch - medicine patches that work like nicotine patches - Ratzenberger pulls up to a lake somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. He sees a canoeist rubbing his shoulder and calls out to the "canoe guy," a reference Ratzenberger ad-libbed into the script. "Hey canoe guy, try a little WellPatch relief on those sore muscles," the actor says in the spot.
The script for the ad was written by Bob Campbell, president of Campbell Associates, a four-member ad firm that counts Mentholatum as its chief client. Another Orchard Park firm, Media Pros, arranged for scheduling the commercials.
"They are the largest national ad spenders in Western New York," said Ken Dobmeier, president of Media Pros.
WellPatches come in formulations for muscle aches, arthritis, migraine headaches and coughs and colds. They first came out four years ago. Ratzenberger said he had friends and family try them before he agreed to be spokesman. "They all reported back that this stuff actually works and so I said, "Yes,' " recalled Ratzenberger, who tried one on his leg after a strain from mountain bike riding.
Campbell said the actor was a creative pleasure to work with, improving the commercials with his suggestions. "Every time he added something, he added something that was a keeper," Campbell said.
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/24/06 09:41 - 26ºF - ID#28311
(e:Paul) sent me this link. Part of one of my journals is qouted. It is an article from the Buffalo News about the sex laws of Canada. The website is interesting.
I read a bunch of journals today since I feel behind and there where a couple interesting ones. I like that the elmwood hotel is being mentioned.
Reading IMK2 journal the other day got me thinking. I remember I knew this girl and guy who where dating really seriously. There was some problem sexualy not sure what it was. But she would tell her girlfriends about it, that he couldn't lay her right or something. But is soundend like she didn't tell him that other wise the problem would have been corrected. I wonder why didn't she just tell him that it could have fixed a lot of problems. But what makes thing more interesting is that some of us guys know that women talk dirty to there friends about there boyfriends or boytoys. We know that there are things that they wouldn't tell us. So that can make us self consicus and wonder what if I'm doing something she dosn't like or that is no good and she just isn't telling me. That is one reason I think the truth is verry important. That way everyone can be happy.
I am thinking about starting a service for angery ladies and ladies only of (e:strip). It would be completely free of charge and would benifit both you ladies and me. I would let you ladies take you anger out on me. The theroputic release of anger is good for you. The key is to let the anger out slowly and let it build. You can provide the belt or I could. The key with any physical activity is to start out slowly and build if you over do it before you warm up you can pull a muscle and we don't want that to happen. Sord of joking but it is an interesting idea. With my luck someone would slip and buckle will crack my head open.
I watched some of the Mens Freestyle Skiing last night and this morning when I woke up and it was truely amazing. I may get off this computer some time today and get to watch some olympics and maybe Mill Maher tonight that is a great show. I don't agree with every thing he says but still a good show.
I get to work on sat. Not looking forward to it but the OT will really make the check nice.
Hopefully one of these days I will get my own computer so I can chat, read and post here as I watch TV that would be cool. Sure I forgot something. Oh yeah Mardi Gras is going on in New Orleans and Buffalos Annual Celerbration is Tuesday I belive. Lacrosses All Star Game is in Toronto on Saturday not sure if it is on tv or radio. Ok I think that is everything.
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/22/06 08:05 - 37ºF - ID#28310
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/21/06 08:56 - 30ºF - ID#28309
Watching The Olympics is great. Some sports like figure skating I can't watch. But I saw some aeirals ladies qualifing it was amazing. Well except this one girl looked like she really messed up her knee. I had some other sports I wanted to mention but forgot what the were.
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/20/06 07:59 - 24ºF - ID#28308
Womens Hockey Bronze
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/19/06 10:26 - 10ºF - ID#28307
Posted 2/17/2006 9:06 PM Updated 2/17/2006 9:14 PM
Google rips Justice Department in court papers
By Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Google criticized the Bush administration's demand to examine millions of its users' Internet search requests as a misguided fishing expedition that threatens to ruin the company's credibility and reveal its closely guarded secrets.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company delivered its indignant critique Friday in a 25-page brief that marked its initial legal response to the U.S. Justice Department's attempt to force the online search engine leader to comply with a 6-month-old subpoena.
The Justice Department has until Feb. 24 to respond to the papers that Google filed Friday. A hearing for oral arguments is scheduled March 13 before U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose, Calif.
The case has attracted widespread attention because the Justice Department's demand to peek under the hood of the Internet's most popular search engine has underscored the potential for online databases becoming tools for government surveillance.
Hoping to revive an online child protection law that has been blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department wants a random list of the search requests made by the millions of people who visit Google during any week.
The government believes the search requests will help prove that Internet filters aren't strong enough to prevent children from accessing online pornography and other potentially offensive websites.
Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN and Time Warner's America Online already have provided some of the search engine information sought by the Justice Department. All three companies say they complied without relinquishing their users' private information.
But Google has steadfastly refused to hand over the requested information, a defiant stance that the company reaffirmed in a brief that depicts the Bush administration as heavy-handed snoops and technological rubes.
In one particularly scathing section, Google's lawyers ridiculed the government's belief that a list of search requests would help it understand the behavior of Web surfers.
"This statement is so uninformed as to be nonsensical," the lawyers wrote.
Although the Justice Department says it doesn't want any of the personal information, Google contends its cooperation would set off privacy alarms and scare away some of the traffic that has driven its success.
"If users believe that the text of their search queries into Google's search engine may become public knowledge, it only logically follows that they will be less likely to use the service," Google's lawyers wrote.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is opposing the Bush administration's effort to revive the online child protection law, also filed a brief Friday in support of Google.
"This subpoena is the latest example of government overreaching, in which the government apparently believes it can demand that private entities turn over all sorts of information about their customers just because the government asserts that it needs the information," the ACLU's lawyers wrote.
Google also said it doubts the government would be available to shield the requested information from public scrutiny. The company maintains the data sought by the government could provide its rivals and website operators with valuable insights about how its search engine works.
As it battles the Justice Department, Google is cooperating with China's Communist government by censoring some of the search results that the company produces in a country that restricts free speech.
That odd juxtaposition has caused civil rights activists to applaud Google for defying the U.S. government while the champions of human rights and free speech jeer the company for bending to China's will.
Location: Buffalo, NY
02/18/06 01:11 - 13ºF - ID#28306
Cars and Street cars
I don't know if I agree with putting Cars and the Metro rail on the same street in downtown Buffalo. I think it is a great idea. I know they do it in Toronto but we arn't toronto. I don't know if the streets are wide eoungh to do that and have parking I think they may be out of there minds. I think it would be awesome if they could pull it off and make downtown amazing. But I think the Idea is Silly Delaware and Elmwood both go downtown. So I'm a kinda mixed on the idea. One issue that I havn't read about in the below article is Sprawl. As much as I do like to go to the mall the mall and all those shopping plazas is what keeps people out of DT Buffalo. Why shop Downtown if everything you need is at the Galleria Mall or a plaza that is ten minutes away. I don't think the Train Killed DT at all I think it was stores moivng out to malls. I used to always ride the train downtown all the time. It is great for after sabres and Bandits games (going tonight). This project will take a lot of time and a lot of money and I'm not sure if it is worth it. I think doing this is premature what happens if they take the skyway down. Granted it is a big if but that would effect traffic so much. I guess I have to admit that Often Buffalo fucks things up and does things wrong and if they don't do this right people will get killed by trains and cars and there will be a huge mess. In any event for those that take the time to read the article I would like to hear your views on this mater.
Main Street makeover would go back in time, see return of cars
Plan to revive downtown would have automobiles share road with trains. This could happen as early as 2007.
By JOHN F. BONFATTI
News Staff Reporter
Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News
As early as next year, cars will again resume their place in the Main Street traffic flow, alongside Metro Rail trains. Proponents say their return will restore vitality to the downtown area, while opponents believe the cost is too steep.
Automobiles were banned from nearly all of Main Street downtown when Metro Rail was built in the 1980s, although cars had shared the street with trolleys for many years before those were removed in 1950.
Cars and trains will share the road again, according to the city's plan for a Main Street makeover that, while not extreme, will reverse a decision that some say accelerated the downturn of downtown.
"As far as I'm concerned, they destroyed the whole heart of the city," said Buffalo resident Charles Griffasi, who has lobbied to return cars to Main Street almost since they were banned two decades ago.
Griffasi might finally get his way as early as next year, at least for the first segment of the plan in the Theater District. The city has $6 million of the $12 million it needs, and city officials say they are confident they can obtain the rest.
It's estimated that about $40 million more will be needed to complete the job for the entire length of Main Street.
Construction would occur in four stages, with no stage taking more than one construction season to finish.
A final design plan is expected by fall, but one thing has been decided: cars will travel on the same track bed that carries the transit cars. And because of that, the train's existing stations will be changed. A few might even be eliminated.
"The stations take up quite a bit of space now," said John M. DiDonato of DiDonato Associates, the Main Street firm in charge of the redesign. The new stations won't "dominate the streetscape like they do now."
The plan now is to tear down the existing Metro stations and replace them with smaller ones, likely made with glass and stainless steel, DiDonato said.
Engineers are figuring out what to do with the poles that supply power to the rail system. Currently, they are between the two sets of tracks.
Some poles will be moved "no matter what, because of turn lanes and that type of thing," DiDonato said, but designers are considering moving all the poles to the side of the tracks. Curbs will be cut at points to allow for parking - the current plan is 150 spaces. Surveys indicated parking was a priority for merchants, restaurant owners and residents. Crosswalks will get special paving, and sidewalks will be redone.
"We'll be doing the sidewalk areas in different types of concrete, like stamped and exposed aggregate," DiDonato said.
The overall look will be designed to make the area more welcoming, he said.
"Right now, you have a lot of uninviting, hard to maintain and worn out areas, everything from the track bed, which is cracked, to the sidewalks, which are heaved," DiDonato said.
Proponents say bringing cars onto Main Street will help restore vitality to an area that "most nights, you could shoot a cannon down," said Michael T. Schmand, executive director of the downtown development agency Buffalo Place. "We want to change that."
Schmand pointed to surveys showing that, since 1987, Main Street property values and retail space declined nearly 50 percent while vacancies increased by nearly 25 percent.
Buffalo's pedestrian mall is "probably too long," according to Dave Feehan, president of the International Downtown Association, who said the city was "probably better off" restoring cars to Main Street.
"You probably have four or five years before you get a critical mass of residents downtown," he said. "During that time, it's going to help things rather than hurt things."
There are those who don't think returning cars to Main Street is a good idea, including developer Paul Ciminelli, a member of the Buffalo Place board.
"I don't know if it's the highest and best use of $40 million," he said, adding that he feels the money would be better spent encouraging the fledgling residential community.
But two downtown residents said they welcomed the move.
William Smith manages the Ansonia and Sidway buildings and said most of the residents "are all for it."
Ansonia Center resident Jim Burke, who has lived downtown for 18 years, said the Main Street traffic will "bring people downtown, and the more people downtown, the better."
Downtown merchants expressed a variety of opinions, with some saying the plan may be too late for them.
"I think they've taken too long to do it, and they've already killed business on Main Street," said Judy Fuentes, owner of Grever's Flower Shop at 537 Main St. Sam Gullo of Crinzi and Gullo Jewelers, which has been in Ellicott Square since 1957, believes it will take more than cars on Main Street to fill those vacant storefronts.
"I think what will attract people and cars is business," he said. "Part of the plan should be recruiting small businesses, not large ones, that people can pull up and run into, like you would on Grant Street or Elmwood Avenue."
Eric Smith, general manger for Ultimate Restaurants, which includes the City Grill at 268 Main St., looks forward to the traffic.
"It would be extremely beneficial not only to the businesses on Main Street but to downtown as a whole," he said.
But he remains skeptical. "I don't know if it will happen," Smith said. "They've been speaking about it for so many years now."
Solid political support
This time it's different, officials insist.
Some construction on the rail line is inevitable, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, because much of the infrastructure needs to be replaced.
"The track bed rehabilitation would have to be done as part of its natural life expectancy," NFTA Executive Director Lawrence M. Meckler said. "It makes sense to do it as part of this entire project."
And there seems to be solid political support. Mayor Byron W. Brown called putting cars back on Main Street "one of my top priorities in terms of our federal legislative requests."
The city's representatives in Washington, including Sens. Charles. E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, said they are committed to finding the money to complete the project.
"We can get this thing fully funded," said Rep. Brian M. Higgins, who said the plan will gather momentum once it's started.
"Our ability to get future phases funded is dependent on our ability to show progress and complete the first phase," Higgins said.
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