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Category: citylife

06/13/06 06:47 - 68ºF - ID#32660

Neighborhoods

I wrote about gentrification when talking about Grant St a while back (e:paul,3819) - I agree (e:mike,505) that while it appears good for the people moving in, it doesn't always fair so well for the people being shoved out.

I really don't know what to do about the situation but I know that it is weird living next to the most segregated wall I have ever seen. Has anyone noticed that other cities are not quite as segregated as Buffalo?

We also make fun of people for being scared of the city but my aunt mentioned the other day that her brother never comes to the city because he is scared from when he was "driven out of his neighborhood." At first I though she was just referring to him feeling uncomfortable or being racist but then she explained more that as their eastside german neighborhood became a black neighborhood people even threw bricks through the windows and generally drove them out. That is a scary scenario. I have no idea what it was like in the 80s. but something was different because the mansion we rent now, which is like 6000 square feet and would go for about $250,000 now cost our landlords only $26,000 in 1986 according to the Historical Society.

Was anyone around in the 80s who can say what it was like?

Like like at UB there is a faculty member who documented the race riots of the summer of 1967.

Can anyone at UB get ahold of that for us?

Besag, Frank P. (Graduate School of Education)
17/F/146
Race riot interviews, 1967. Transcriptions of taped interviews with neighborhood people, store owners, and police immediately after the race riots in Buffalo in the summer of 1967; and paperback book ANATOMY OF A RIOT: BUFFALO 1967, based on the interviews. The interviews were part of a survey commissioned by State University of New York at Buffalo president Martin Meyerson.


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Category: festivals

06/11/06 04:59 - 64ºF - ID#32659 pmobl

Allentown Art Festival And MIA

The Allentown Art Festival is getting so crazy. It is bigger and bigger each year. It actually feels like you are at some big city festival. I think Buffalo is really growing. At the same time, having it so big seems almost detrimental to shopping. You seriously feel like you are holding everyone uo when you stop for a second.

(e:holly) said taking pictures of people's art is stealing. I don't really agree but it made me feel paranoid about filming the stuff.

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The freakin' scientologists have littered the streets with their trash.

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Category: birthdays

06/11/06 01:48 - 53ºF - ID#32658

Birthday Pics

We had my Dad and Uncles Birthday Party today. It was much colder than last year. While there we went to a garage sale and got some furtniture for real cheap. The kid who was working the sale asked me if I likes sports. I said not really. THen he asked, "well do you like to read?" So anyone, who knows me can guess my answers. He was actually trying to sell me a book about sports

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This photo was an accident. I can't believ how scared my aunt looks. It is so funny.
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Story Time
We watched a bunch of old family films. It was great to see everyone so young. Even Nonna was in the films, all of which were shot before I was born.

I couldn't believe it when shooting the squirrels randomly came up after writing about it this morning (e:paul,4428) Does anyone else remember Mr. Barry from Kenmore Middle?

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The fun of amphetamines

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Category: robotic animals

06/11/06 12:31 - ID#32657 pmobl

As Seen In Cheektavegas

My mother has a robotic animal fetish. She bought this robotic singing pink flamingo for my aunt. They are best when the batteries start to die and they get the satanic voice. This one only gets the voice when it turns it's head to the left.

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Category: animals

06/10/06 01:02 - 59ºF - ID#32656

Behind the Grainmills, Over The Bridge

I was pretty moved by (e:byllic,5). I reminded of all the crazy animal cruelty kind of things I saw in my life. It seems that animal cruelty and railroad track's/urban rural strecthes go hand in hand. I remember seeing numerous dead and butchered animlals behind the grain mills on Military Rd near the end of Tremont Avenue in Kenmore.

Back then it was always blammed on the Satan worshippers. Does anyone else in Kenmore remeber the wave of "Satan worshippers" from the 80s. What was up with that? I wish I was old enought to know if they thought they were real or if it was the adults perspective n the goth kids. I remember my best Friend James' babysitter got murdered back there too.

Yet I remember spending lots of time there because it was a combination of remote from the eyes of our parents and dangerous. It also had the entrance to the sewers which which played by and inside of plenty. As far as I was concerned it was as close to being in Goonies as I was gonna get.

As an industrial wasteland, I am sure it killed many more people than the satan worshippers ever did (e:paul,397)

The most graphic memory I have was going fishing with my Dad at Buckhorn State Park. I actually spent a lot of time there because the metro bus would take us to grand island, or because we would walk over the nasty bridge from kenmore. It was pretty far. I think Grand Island was one of the only places I ever hitchhiked in Buffalo. I remember it seemed so rural to me as a kid.

Anyways, I kept seeing fur in the water floating down the river and eventually followed the floating chunks to their source. A black garbage bag full of a large chopped up dog. Who chops up a dog and sticks it in a garbage bag at a state park? That image haunted me for a long time.

(MAP TO: BUCKHORN)

As a kid, I too was repsonsibile for a bit of the cruelty. I distinctly remmebr dresing up like "indians" and making bows and arrows out of sapling branches and heavy duty rubber bands. Then me and my friends would shoot the freakin' squirrels. I remember hitting the first one and feeling like it was really wrong.

I think it was because back then all the adults I knew hated the squirrels and talked about shooting them. Eiother way it was wrong and I feel guilty now.
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Category: housing

06/09/06 01:16 - 66ºF - ID#32655

Closing July 11th

The contracts have arrived.

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Category: thursday

06/09/06 12:42 - 63ºF - ID#32654 pmobl

Thursday Crusaders

This morning I saw the Orchard Park Police on Main Street, what's up witht that?

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I started out the evening with (e:enknot) at his friedns house, but there was a cat. Then we went to the square and (e:mike) showed up and I decided to walk around a bit.

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Metropolis Mike
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(e:mike) also suffers from allergies like me
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This guy has a belt made out of bullets. I think its is gross.
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I entertained myself with the Satan worshippers.

There were so few protestors this week and only one sign.

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(e:libertad) and I felt bad for the cute one. He needed some liberation. (e:libertad) tried to give him his phone number but the kid asked him if he was a homo and wouldn't accept it.

Hotty McJesus
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Watch this video - this man goes nuts on the "christians" and then the police pull him off them at the end.

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(e:libertad) and the Hotty McJesus

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I have a thing for Hotty McJesus

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Category: thursday

06/08/06 06:49 - 74ºF - ID#32653 pmobl

Buffalo Wifi

Here I am at Thursday in the square again. It was so hard to rip myself away from the computer as I am getting closer and closer to my master creation javascript user interface library.

Okay I am ready to forget about it for a bit.
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Category: programming

06/08/06 02:55 - 71ºF - ID#32652

Coding Javascript

This week, I have recoded my years worth of javascript functions and objects into a beautiful, name spaced, inter-dependent, object oriented library that will make new stuff so much more exciting to program and extend. Unfortuantely, I now have to go through the process of retrofitting everything I previously created with the system.

Luckily, I moved all the javascript code out of my documents and into external js files years ago, so there is no having to go through lots of markup to deal with inline tags that are burried deep within. Most of the stuff shall convert nicely and now I never have to worry about namespace conflicts ever again and will never have to track down little code snippets.

Surebert is no longer surebert but the surebertCom library which has a communicate object to replace the old surebert 1.6.

None of this probably means anything to anyone, but I want to note this day for when I look back.

I will make the library publically available at some point in the near future.


The objects themselves can a sort of namespace. e.g.

myLib={

jump: function(){
alert('jump');
},
run: function(){
alert('run');
},
swim:function(){
alert('run');
}
}

now I can safely use even if I am using other javascripts that has a jump() function.
mylib.jump();

if you know you aren't going to have a conflict that you can use
jump = myLib.jump; to make a sort of global alias to the function
jump();

The nice thing is all these objects can interact and extend each other and javascript object literal notation is so easy to read and maintain.

I group all my objects in the surebertCom object and then it has further breakdowns into uses and types e.g. surebertCom.strings, subrertCom.sounds, etc
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Category: tenants

06/06/06 07:14 - 81ºF - ID#32651

Go To Hell

My stupid tenants leave their windows open all the time. I see it whenever I go by. Yesterday, they has their stuff stolen. Looks like someone came in through the door or a window with no evidence of breaking and entering. I feel bad for the girl who lost her laptop and the guy who lost his digital camera but who leaves the window or door open on a first floor apartment in the city.

Then to make matter worse the bank guy has to come evaluate the building for a home equity loan and the stupid tenant who I called and told he would be coming would not let him in. Even though I was on the phone explaining it. It is the guys fault for coming early, but there was no need for her to freak out. She pretended that she didn't know it was going to happen even though I clearly explained it to her yesterday. I was so angry I think I yelled at her and then hang up the phone. I hate it when people lie to me directly.

So here is the best part, we go ovet ot the house today after the fiasco with the bank inspector and the same girl who asked me to change the locks left the first floor window on the porch open again.

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The only thing separating her from another robery was a thin window screen. Nobody even had to climb up, they could just go on the porch and go in. Who is so stupid to leave the window open the day after you get robbed? Maybe she had nothing left. Anways, I am so tired of supporting her charity case. My father even paid her rent when she couldn't afford to pay for a roomate that left. (e:paul,3934) He is a sucker for this jerk.

The only reason I keep this tenant around is because my father feels bad for her, but that is finally ending. Her rent is dirt cheap and she constantly has problems.

These are the same idiot who could not figure out how to put up the plastic I kindly bought them for their windows. It doesn't even require reading. The instructions are shown as pictographs for pete's sake.

The other day her and her roommate could not get the window open so I had to go over to open it. Turns out int he winter they had caulked and painted it shut. One gir caulked the other girl painted over it, so neither would claim responsibility to the entire problem.

I am debating if I should just kick them all out by not renewing their lease in August. She asked me the other day if I could find roomates for her because she didn't feel it was her responsibilty. I am tired of feeling sorry that she is a poor foreigner. Why the fuck did she chose to come to school in America. A private school nonetheless.

I didn't even go to private school and I am a citizen with instate costs.

Remembering 666

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I found this old fish in the freezer at my house, yuck:

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