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Category: work

06/30/08 11:21 - 65ºF - ID#44832

Worst most awesome day

Squiddy The Kitty
Just sits at the door crying for us all day. I threw him some squid. It was the nicest thing I ever did for a cat.

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Work
At work today I had to work with a person that someone refered to as the "obstructionist." It was really irritating experience. To start off they just forgot about our scheduled meeting to get the task done that I have waited since January for and lots of people depend on. After showing up 15 minutes late, they then spent like 15 minutes huffing and puffing and berating everything non-windows - calling Unix based server amateur operating systems. Eventually, I just left their cube as it was not worth my time arguing with them as it was getting nowhere.

I am so sick of hearing it from this small group of fundamentalist microsoftees - we made the decision to use PHP and CentOS Linux with MySQL for internal web dev - its over. We bought the hardware, the developers have bought into it - its saving us a ton of time - its rebust, speedy and secure and its making everything auditable, its basically working out awsome and we are expanding it.

Its really funny that some people are so Microsoft but they don't even use the latest stuff or get under the hood much. I mean they use Windows server 2003. Doesn't that sound pre-fuc%ing-historic at this point. I am not syaing that everythign microsft sucks. I am just saying it is totally unprofessional to pretend there is nothing outside of it and not to look into more feature filled, more secure, cheaper and more robust alternative when they exist and were created for 2008. We are talking an operating system made 5 years ago vs one made this year.

Luckily, my linux hero co-worker was there and everything worked out. We basically just computed around him and now the same goal is reached.

I never even ended up eating lunch today which I am sure is not a good thing. Instead I ate two dinners, one before and one after the gym.
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Category: pets

06/29/08 08:45 - 69ºF - ID#44825

Someone take this cat

I wanted to make a funny terrorist video where I dressed up like a terrorist and threated to kill the cat in 30 hours if noone met my demands, which by the way were to take the cat, but I am too lazy so this is what you get. Here is the cat chasing me around. It wants to be petted constantly.


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Category: food

06/29/08 08:45 - 69ºF - ID#44824

Dinner With Jim and James at Aroma

Gym
Went to the gym again with (e:terry) and saw (e:james). That makes 6 days of the gym this week. Hit the sauna again - I really want one at home - next year.

Aroma
Then we went to dinner at Aroma on Bryant with (e:jim) and (e:james) for dinner. I had the rack of lamb with pistachio mint pesto for $26 which tasted really good but was such a ripoff in terms of portion. Same with (e:matthew)'s chicken and (e:jim)'s steak. I would probably never eat there again. Serioulsy, my lamb rack was three ribs and the "with fingerling potatoes" meant actually just two mini potatoes.

It actually looks bigger in the pic than it was. I was starving afterwards.
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Category: party

06/29/08 05:47 - 69ºF - ID#44821

Dave's Daughters Party

Saturday, after the photoshooot we went to Dave Daughter Errin's graduation and birthday party. Conratulations Errin. It was one of thsoe surpise parties where she really had no idea and we all jumped out to surprise her at her house. Her girlfriend had taken her to the aquarium for the day.

The party was lesbiantastic, accept that (e:fellyconnelly) and (e:lauren) were missing. Seriously, maybe you guys should all meet. Anyhow, I got this great pic of (e:Terry) and Dave oggling one of the cutest lesbians I ever saw.

I wish I had gotten her picture.
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Pat and Terri, our hiking buddies, were there as well. I can't get over how much Terri looks like (e:iriesara) - I think they must be related. The other half of the picture is (e:matthew) but he made me cut it out because he looked crazy.

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Category: photography

06/28/08 04:27 - 78ºF - ID#44812

Getting our photos did

Scott Pasfield came to take our picture for his book. I hope we make it in the book. It was pretty fun to be photgraphed at home. I never realized how much goes into a photo setup. I thought (e:southernyankee)'s diffuser was all out - lol - he had like a whole studio to go with him. He was deifnately a great guy.

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Before the shoot (e:matthew) and I went to the clothing shop on Elmwood near mythos. They didn't have much in our sizes. I didn't get anything - (e:matthew) got some fancy schamancy linen pants that get to get customed taylored. The store had nice quality material and the staff was friendly and attentive but the prices were kind of steep (like $139-$189) for pants and the slection in our sizes was not so great.

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Last night after the bar this kitty (e:terry,44809) had me trapped in the backyard. It wouldn't let me out and I thought it was trying to attack me (I have no experience with cats) . I text messaged (e:mike) for help - it was 2:30am and he got (e:terry) to come out and help me.

(e:terry) played with it and now it won't go away - apparently it just wanted to be petted. It won't even leave the backyard. It just purrs and sits and rolls over and waits for petting. It is seriously the most affectionate cat I ever saw. Last night (e:terry) thought it was a cat in hat but today we saw it has heavty man-cat nuts. It makes me wonder if it is a stray - the thing that is so weird is how affectionate it is.

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Someone want to give kitty a home.
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Category: hiking

06/27/08 11:59 - 68ºF - ID#44808

Hiking at Eighteen Mile Creek in Hamburg

Hiking On thursday Night
I have been complaining to (e:Terry) about him playing warcraft so much - so today after work he surprised us by whisking us off on a short hiking excursion to 18 Mile Creek in Hamburg. It was nice to get outside and run around. I brought only the iphone. Neither (e:matthew) nor I had a real camera with because it was so spur of the moment.

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The iphone takes the shittiest close ups and sadly there was the cutest froggy I ever saw. It was like the size of a small raisin.

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In general the rest of the pics are nice. It does fine in perfect light from about six feet away or more.

So that does not include these cute little blueberries. (e:hodown) - do you remember eating these?
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Okay so for the not close up pics.

What are thes epurple bug study things about. I keep seeing them everywhere. What bugs are they catching and who is doing the study?
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At the top of the waterfall
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Walking along the creek was so beautiful. Its amazing that this place is only a 20 minute drive from home.
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What kind of animal is this
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I call this tortoise rock.
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here is (e:matthew) catching some frogs.
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Evidence of the iphones
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There were these awesome patterns in the shale at the edge of the creek. I thinki t looked much cooler in real life.

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(e:terry) and (e:matthew) having fun near the water
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Afterwards, we came home and I went to the gym for a good workout and the eye candy. Then after that I cooked some rack on lamb on the grill using my new smoke box filled with pear wood chips from one of the dead pear trees we cut down. It gave it a really nice flavor.

I looked up what (e:jim) was talking about and here is the beatle itself. Its kind of pretty. I am sure they are bad.
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Category: work

06/27/08 11:59 - 68ºF - ID#44807

Work, the gym and photos

work
Well, I got the new job. I am offically the Programming Standards Architect at Roswell which is a much better job than my old one althought the duties kind of overlap. Today, however, was a very challenging and stressful day. I hope that doesn't last, lol. Not good for the Crohn's.

The Gym
I sucessfully went tot he gym anothher five days this week. At this rate I will be buffer than (e:terry) in no time. Unfortuantely, the Crohn's makes the massive eating plan not doable but I am gaining weight and eating lots of yummy sea things.

I started using the sauna. It really makes your muscles feel better afterwards and seems to make my skin pretty nice, however, it is really damn hot. Like 200+ degreees hot.

Getting Our Photos Taken
(e:matthew) saw this ad in Craigslist about a photographer named Scott Pasfiled doing a photo book of gay couple and was looking for some in Buffalo. I thought we would make an interesting story so I wrote to him and he is coming to take our pics tommorow. Seemed like an honest guy, has an nice portfolio and blog.

I am willing to try and find out - then again I got this weird email from some random stranger:

Hi u should know that some NY City photographer guy is forwarding emails you apparently sent to him. The guys seems like a flake. Thank you Jim



The strange part is that I have not shared anything personal that is not on my blog in public with him - so I have no idea what that stranger is talking about.

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Category: computers

06/25/08 01:20 - 75ºF - ID#44784

Using Windows XP

Every once in a great while I have to use windows instead of Linux or Mac for something and I remember how truly awesome it is. It is so hard not to switch back.

I mean where else can you paint with crashing windows like this:

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Category: food

06/24/08 08:33 - 67ºF - ID#44776

Dinner! and are they dead?

Matthew's Mom's Birthday
I will start with dinner because it is a prettier picture. Tonight was (e:matthew)'s mom's birthday dinner. Happy Birthday Krista! We headed over to Betty's on Vrigina. It is such a great restaurant. The atmosphere was excellent, as was the food. I had yummy apple glazed pork chops.

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(e:terry) had chicken pot pie. The rest of the food all looked so good too but after I started eating I forgot to take pictures, lol. I think everyone had a nice time.

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The dead ?

So the dead thing? I was walking down Allen today with (e:enknot) and (e:hjon) and as always I peered into this old store that looks really abandoned at what I think is 14 Allen St.

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Not sure what the deal with it is, it is such an eyesore on the street. However, the really crazy thing is there are now like about 5,000,000 big fat flies inside - which mean someone or something has died. The only time I have seen that many flies was when I have seen dead. So may latest idea is either a cat, a dog or the former owner has died. Does anyone know anything about this place? Should I call the police or is that redic? Maybe the non-emergency line as whatever is dead is dead.

They are relaly huge flies. I wish I brought my real camera so i could have gotten a pic of the inside where most of the flies were in bunches.
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On another note, this house on Allen is for sale. I always wanted it. I wonder how much it is going for, the realator does not have it on their site. I don't know if I could ever really live on Allen. It would have to change a lot, like the fly shop would have to go, lol.
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Claire has a question - Can anyone help her?

Hi,
My names Claire and I live in Wales, UK. In January 2000 I did a student exchange to Buffalo and I helped out in a shop on Elmwood Strip called Octopus Garden. The guy who run the shop was called Lou and I am very fond of him and have fab memories of working in the shop. I just wanted to know if he is still there and if he's ok? Thanks, my hotmail is claireyg1 AT hotmail.com .

Thanks,
Claire


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Category: work

06/24/08 03:36 - 70ºF - ID#44768

blogging from the job interview

So today I had a three panel interview for a new job at Roswell. Right now, I have a 5 minute pause. It is nerve wracking. I wore a tie.
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