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Category: food

03/04/06 05:50 - 34ºF - ID#32505

Italian Wedding Soup

At wegmans it says we should eat rainbows. I keep trying.

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Everyone in our house is sick so it hasn't been the most exhilerating weekend. I caught up with some star trek and programming and decided today that I would try my hand at cooking. Cooking is deifnately not my strong point. I hate following recipes which useually is not good but I guess I kind of ahave an idea of what geos together from vegan yearts when I actually cooked.

I tried to make Italian Wedding soup. It is this relaly yummy soup with little meatballs, clear broth and escarole. According to wikipedia, "The term "wedding soup" is a mistranslation of the Italian minestra maritata, which is a reference to the fact that green vegetables and meats go well together."

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No, ecarole (WIKIPEDIA - ecarole) is not snails but rather a type of bitter green lettuce. Because I rused to use a recipe it probably is not much like the real thing but it tastes pretty good. I used

I subsituted cow meatbalss for buffalo ones. I put so much garlic in because we were sick. I had a hard time not eating all the meatballs before they got in the soup. In fact I had to pregame it with garlic shrimp because I could not wait.

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Here is my recipe:
little buffalo meatballs with garlic fried
2 boxes chicken chicken broth
4 cups escarole, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups orzo or ditalini pasta - I used rice for mr gluten intolerant
3 stalks of celery chopped
1 carrot chopped
some basil
lots of garlic - lots

Cook broth plus veggies in a large pot, salt and pepper.
Fry meatballs after mixing with lots of garlic and some oregano
Put meatballs in soup
Add some noodles

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Category: web

03/03/06 06:22 - 25ºF - ID#32504

My name isn't dave

I just got a message on the site saying

Hey Dave! I guess you must have saw my pix on here cuz I'm good friends with ladycroft. Drop me a line sometime! aj_cich AT adelphia.net



But I am not dave, maybe that will help someone else out.

On another note I have finally completed the new chat which looks about the same but the code is so amazing you can't imagine. I will release it this weekend. I only wish that I had the inspiration to promote it more. (e:shawnr) showed me a chat at 3 bubbles that is much like our chat but they are pimping it out as a blog comment chat solution.

Mine is just better. no iframes, no stupid javascript embedded in the xhtml, everythign is perfectly separated, XHTML and CSS styled. It doesn't even require mysql anymore. If you turn styles off on their page, there isn't even a chat. Plus no image dragging, thumbnail popping ufn. So now I am torn. Do I pimp my chat solution out as a solution for other sites or sit on it because I cringe at the thought of someone else possibly profitting from my programming.

So while looking at other stuff online at AJAX matter.com I discovered this ad from yahoo. I guess they are either really in the future of ajax or they have really bad AI for their advertisment robot.



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Category: survey

03/03/06 01:36 - 22ºF - ID#32503

In response to ajays journal

This is the first wb survey I ever blogged [inlink]ajay,446[/inlink]. You should be happy (e:ajay)

1. Did you support President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003?
No - I never support any war unless it is on my doorstep and they are trying to take my house.

2. Do you think this Administration deliberately overstated the threat posed by Saddam in 2002 in making its claim to Congress? (ref. Gulf of Tonkin resolution, 1964).

Yes - I believe they wanted an excuse to control oil and for Bush to get back at Saddam in regards to a previous feud with his father.

3. Almost as many people were killed by Katrina as were killed in 9/11. Do you think the reaction of this Administration has been even-handed to these two events? If not, why not?

No, why didn't we shoot missles at the clouds, they did harbor weapons of mass destruction afterall.

4. Do you think the enmasse wiretapping of phonecalls of American citizens by the Administration that has been revealed recently was illegal?

Yes, I see no reason to ever wiretap without a warrant.

5. Do you think gays should have the right to marry?

Yes, well at least have the same rights and priveleges as a married hetero couple, e.g. tax breaks, hospital visits, inheritance, etc.

6. Do you support a woman's right to unhindered access to abortion?

Yes, die babies, die

7. Do you support the idea of mandatory prayer in schools? If yes, would you support a Muslim Imam leading the prayers in your child(ren)'s school?

No

8. Do you support the right of a person to grow a little bit of pot in his/her home and consume it as s/he sees it fit? Assume the same laws about DUI, DWI, etc. apply.

Yes

9. Do you support the idea of a national healthcare system? Why, or why not?

Yes, because I am willing to pay higher taxes to help people who can't afford health care. It just seems decent to me.

10.For self-identified Democrats/Republicans/Libertarians/Greens alike: would your answers to any of the questions 1-4 above be different if the President was (or was not, if you're Republican) from your party? If yes, which ones and why?

I don't belong to a party [inlink]paul,1447[/inlink]
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Category: web

03/01/06 09:11 - 25ºF - ID#32502

Best Web Sites In buffalo

BETA Awards - i am supposed to go to the BETA awards with Roswell. It is this $80/plate gala to highlight the best technology in buffalo. I cannot believe these are the nominees for best web site

Does anyone else feel that the examples below are a bit underwhelming to be best in Buffalo/Niagara? I really need a PR person because we could win lots of stuff and get grants if we just applied for these type of awards. I have asked for about 3 years now for someone to help with PR. Maybe one of you new peeps are qualified or interested?

Amherst Soccer -

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BERC -

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Roswell Park - (There soon to be site is nice but this old one looks really old)

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New York Health Quality Coalition -

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Stand Advertising -

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I've been working on my new content adminsitration system a lot. It will be ready soon and I will be incorporating many of the features into estrip.

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Category: security

02/28/06 09:26 - 21ºF - ID#32501

Protect Your Clipboards

So many people have visited the clipboard site and secured their clipboards. I feelreally good about spreading the word and getting people to see just how insecure IE can be. If you haven't done it yet protect your windows clipboard from IE now

Does everyone believe me now?

Dawn, Duke and I were at the Artvoice sponsored Geek Meet last night. one thing we learned during one of the presentations was about a security hole in Internet Explorer that I wanted to pass on to all of you.

this site does a good job of explaning, demonstrating, and instructing you how to fix it:

the short synopsis


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Category: food

02/28/06 10:09 - 17ºF - ID#32500

Grilled Mozarella at 150lbs

Last night (e:mike) and I went shopping at Wegmans after the gym. I managed to spent $100 on groceries that essentially fir in an around one of those blue handheld shopping baskets.

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That's the problem with shopping in the nature's market are. On one hand, it is healthier. On the other it breaks the bank.

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I also spent entirely too much on the olive bar and seafood area, but honestly who can say no to $6 1lb bags of shrimp and gorgonazola stuffed olives. I had never seen them before. They are fat green olives stuffed with Gorgonzola and then packed in olive oil. This makes them much more expensive because they are very heavy. The taste, however, makes up for the price.

Truffles are up to $900.00/lb. Have you ever witnessed anyone having the lock box opened. I wonder if you could get the entire display box with it, if you chose to buy a lb. In reality they probably don't have more than 2 ounces in the store.

Having to eat for gym body paul is like being pregnant. I am almost at 150 (146 right now) and 150 had been my goal since 1995. Accordin to the trainer Jon at the BAC, who looks almost exactly like Justin Timberlake, I should be striving more for 180.

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So I guess there is a lot more dedication and eating coming up but at least it feels good to meet my original pre-gym goal.

(e:mike) made this really yummy mini grilled mozzarella sandwich. These sandwiches are about 2 square inches big each. My mother also makes them between two slices of polenta. That is a serious treat. 8 think I will make some and document the process. Another alternative is between two slices of french toast like egg battered bread. It's an itaian classic.
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Category: buffalo news

02/27/06 07:32 - 22ºF - ID#32499

Buffalo blogosphere

Wow, according to this article the guy from Wilson's farms got fired. I had no idea. I figured he just got slapped on the wrist.

Buffalo blogosphere
Web loggers build a wired community

By STEPHEN T. WATSON
News Staff Reporter
2/27/2006

Eric Levinson wanted to open a vegan-friendly restaurant in Buffalo, but he didn't know where to put it or how to publicize it.

His boss put Levinson in touch with the folks at the Buffalo Rising blog, who put an article on the Web site asking readers where Levinson should go.

"What I was looking for was feedback from the community. The people on there commenting are very involved in the community," said Levinson, a Rochester native and University at Buffalo graduate.

Blogs such as Buffalo Rising, which is an outgrowth of a magazine founded by Newell Nussbaumer, have exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, and their numbers are reaching a critical mass in Buffalo.

A blog - short for Web log - is an Internet site where people regularly post comments, links to other articles and pictures or video clips.

Though still in its infancy, the technology is building a social network and providing a new, freewheeling forum for political debate, bloggers said.

"Martin Luther was able to get the word out because of the invention of the printing press. Bloggers are able to get the word out because of this technology today. It's the same thing," said David Torke, 42, a student at Buffalo State College who hosts the Fix Buffalo blog.

Blogs combine the online diaries or personal home pages that became popular in the 1990s with the technology to make them more interactive, including feedback from visitors.

The Technorati Web site reported this month that it currently tracks 27.2 million Web logs, and this "blogosphere" doubles in size every 51/2 months. The site tracks about one new blog created every second.

A Gallup Poll from December, however, found that just 20 percent of Americans read blogs frequently or occasionally.

"It provides for a chance to enter into a new level of conversation," said Alex Halavais, a UB assistant professor of communication and a blogger. "It gives you an opportunity to form and maintain communities."

Buffalo ranked 63rd among American cities in blog density, according to research conducted by Halavais and graduate student Jia Lin in late 2003. Berkeley, Calif., ranked No. 1.

The Buffalo and Western New York Web ring, founded by Jennifer Smith, lists 41 locally based blogs, though that is an incomplete number.

They started blogging for a variety of reasons and tackle topics ranging from the war in Iraq to boosting a new business in Buffalo to an odd dream they had the night before.

One of the earliest bloggers was Smith, 32, the switchboard receptionist at a local nonprofit, who has hosted her All Things Jen(nifer) blog since late 2002.

One fellow blogger calls Smith the "grandmother" of Western New York bloggers, because she worked to set up a network of local bloggers who read and link to each other's sites.

"I think it is here to stay," Smith said. "Every other person I meet has a blog or seems to know someone who has a blog."

Those bloggers include Smith's housemate, Erin Nappe, whose site is Erin-Go-Blog.

"There's a group of people who say, "I live here, I like it here, and I want other people to know why,' " said Nappe, 31, a substitute teacher and part-time college professor.

Some grew out of a sense of social activism.

Paul Visco started his Elmwood Strip blog in September 2003 after watching an employee at the Wilson Farms at Elmwood and Auburn avenues berate and threaten a homeless person.

Visco's first post was a copy of a letter [inlink]news,29[/inlink] he wrote that urged the company to discipline the employee and called for a boycott until officials took action.

Tops, which owned Wilson Farms at the time, investigated the complaint and later fired the employee. (I had no idea he got fired!) [inlink]news,30[/inlink]

Elmwood Strip has grown into a site that allows nearly 300 registered users to document their lives - using words, photos and video clips - while connecting to and interacting with others on the blog, Visco said.

"I think it documents an important part of what it means to be a Buffalonian that previously was undocumented," he said.

The Fix Buffalo blog is an effort to preserve the city's architectural heritage, particularly overlooked and undervalued structures on the East Side.

Every month for the last two years, Torke has taken pictures of the Woodlawn Row Houses, located near Traditional High School. The photos on his blog illustrate what Torke contends is the deterioration by neglect of the city-owned houses.

"It's a good communication tool for people who really love the city and are trying to make things better here," said Alan Bedenko, the Clarence lawyer behind the BuffaloPundit blog.

The political debate on blogs can be raw and freewheeling.

Blogs and message boards are taking the place of the public square, or the office water cooler, where information spread in the past, said Kevin R. Hardwick, a Canisius College political scientist.

"Obviously, the politicians are looking at this stuff, and it can influence policy," he said.

SpeakUp Western New York, for instance, is a magnet for anti-county government rhetoric. A petition started on SpeakUp collected 5,000 signatures opposing an Erie County sales tax increase for 2005.

The site, which started in April 2003 and is the passion of Anthony Fracasso, owner of Online Media, had 87,878 posts on 6,356 threads (a string of comments) on the message board as of last week, Fracasso said.

"Sunlight, someone mentioned, is the best cure. And that's what SpeakUp is about," he said.

As for Levinson, the prospective restaurateur, nearly 20 people responded to the Buffalo Rising posting, plugging spots on Hertel Avenue, the Elmwood strip and downtown.

Levinson found a spot he likes near Lafayette Square, after the leasing agent read the Web article and contacted him. He plans to open his restaurant, named Tammuz, by late May. Quotes From:


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Category: alergies

02/27/06 02:59 - 23ºF - ID#32498

Horrible Alegies Cats Must Die

I am at work wearing clothes that (e:matthew) wore before and he must have been around cats because I am covered in itchy spots and my throat and eyes are all itchy.

I think it is really time to seek alergy treatment as it seems to be getting worse. Man I hate cats.
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Category: art

02/27/06 12:21 - 16ºF - ID#32497

Geek Meet and Peepshow

This journal is realy a combination of the Squeaky Wheel Peep Show and the Geek Meet.

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When I first got to the geek meet I seriously thought no one was gonna come. The screens weren't set up and I was convinced we didn't have enough speakers. I was definately wrong because we went way almost till 9PM and the discussion room was packed most of the time.

It actually seemed like a really sucessful show accept for the crappy sales pitch from 3created. Unlike (e:kara) [inlink]kara,35[/inlink] I have no problem saying that I thought that his work totally sucked. He offered nothing new or particularly original and was a sales. You guys know how I feel about that.

I got a couple job offers not that I ever plan on leaving my wonderful state job at Roswell Park.

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My talk was about AJAX. It was really hard to balance getting into details with being general enough to keep peoples attentions. I think I did a good job of balancing the two. It is hard to describe a complicated set of tehcnologies in twenty minutes.

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The night before was the Squeeky Wheel Peep Show at The Hotel Lenox. Each room of the eigth floor of the hotel was an installation with the them of a peep show. I really felt at home at this event because I knew some of the particpants and becaus eit was in a hotel where I was wearing pajamas. (e:robin)'s exhibit encourage the viewer to get into pajamas and lay on her bed with her. Needless to say I drank too much Tequilla for me first time drinking tequilla. It made my head hurt really bad in the morning, thanfully it went away by the geek meet.

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After the hotel we I went we the epeepettes to the pink and the towne restaurant. When I came hoem (e:robin) and (e:terry) were playing with the sugar gliders. All in all it was a nice weekend.
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Category: artvoice

02/26/06 04:16 - 18ºF - ID#32496

geekmeet

Another twisted media clip, I know how you love your classic macs. Artvoice is hiring also.
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