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Category: apple

01/15/08 08:03 - 28ºF - ID#42898

Did someone pass wind

or is that the new macbook fart - I mean macbook air? I am glad I have no interest in it. I have had so many apple computers and this has all the feel of the few freakshow apple hardware items that I have now as museum pieces.


The powerbook duo 280c 1996 . Retail price like $3500ish - no usb - it did not exist and no optical drive, and no ethernet - you needed a dongle. I don't have the dongle or a CD that works with it so it still have a really pretty system 7 setup. I could never network it other than over telephone once I lost the dongle.

The ibook blueberry - one usb port for everything. That port died right after my apple care did. Before it died it was so annoying to unplug the usb mouse everytime. I wanted to charge something. It seems liek every computer I ever had starts to lose a usb port over time. Even my newest top of the line macbook pro has one that doesn't work as well and requires multiple plugging ins sometimes.

Sad to see no firewire or ethernet. Apple made firewire target disk mode which I think is one of the best things about apple laptops when you want to save them from some problem or copy data but this system doesn't have firewire either.

What about when there is no wireless and you want to plug in. Is that a dongle too. What if I want to stream movies to my TV and use a mouse. Now I have to carry a usb port splitter, a vga usb cable, and mouse and a usb ethernet adaptor. Couldn't have just been 3.05 lbs.

1. no firewire
2. one USB port
3. no ethernet
4. no optical drive
5. no built in graphics card
6. Price point $1799!!!! That seems so crazy when compared to the low end macbook pro for $1999
7. 2GB of ram
8. no dedicated graphics
9. 4-5 hours battery life - that is so super fucking lame. That is the one thing that laptops need to update right away. Battery life is so out of date with the other technologies. How can this laptop remove everything else and still not have a longer battery life. Is it better with the extra $100 for the solid state drive, lol.?

1. 3lbs
2. sexy design

This is so similar to my complaint with the iphone. It seems like design is really starting to trump functionality with apple. Liek why didn't they release copy and paste with the update. Or how about streaming radio or mobile ichat. I mean it is only software between it existing or not, not like it requires much of an investment on their part. That reminds me too much of Sony, I hope it stops.

If someone gave me one I would still play with it.
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Category: buffalo

01/15/08 07:21 - 28ºF - ID#42897

AS if the last one wasn't bad enough

This is why I don't read the paper usually. Imagine if we went out and got shot the other night. It makes me not want to go out ever. So much for my idea that I am not going to get shot if I am not involved in drug deals or gang violence.

4 shot in Pearl Street parking lot as hundreds are leaving nightclubs.

A man was critically wounded as he and three other people were shot Sunday morning when two gunmen sprayed more than a dozen bullets into a crowded Pearl Street parking lot.

The volley of gunfire erupted just after 4 a.m. in the heart of the city's Theater District, near Shea's Performing Arts Center, while hundreds of patrons were leaving downtown nightclubs.

About 100 people standing and walking in the parking lot went running for their lives, screaming and ducking for cover.

Most seriously wounded was Charles Holmes, 26, of Watertown, who was listed in critical condition Sunday night. He was shot in the abdomen and was in the trauma intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center.

Two other men suffered single gunshot wounds. Duran Lynch, 27, of Sanders Road, was listed in fair condition in ECMC, and Jason W. Hargrove, 25, of Cedar Street, was treated in Buffalo General Hospital and released.

Police said a bystander, Jennifer Seltzer, 28, of Auburn Avenue, was struck by a stray bullet.

Seltzer survived a raging fire in 2006 when roofers rescued her and her five children. She was treated in ECMC's emergency room.

Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said that one of the three men is believed to be the target of the gunmen, but he declined to say which one.

"It's my understanding from talking to detectives that there was a certain amount of pandemonium," DeGeorge said. "Certainly, people were scared and concerned for their safety, and thankfully, at this point, everyone is alive."

The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but it might have been sparked by a quarrel.

"It's possible that there may have been an argument outside one of those bars in the area and that argument spilled into the parking lot," DeGeorge said.

The parking lot is in the 400 block of Pearl Street, nestled between McCarthy's Bar & Grill and Michalina's Bistro on one side and Genesee Picture Frame and Holley Farms on the other. Across the street is Space entertainment complex, Club Marcella and the rear entrance of Shea's.

"I was sitting in the window when I heard loud bangs - probably about 15 shots," said John Szuba, owner of Michalina's, a bar and nightclub at 454 Pearl, less than 100 feet away from the shooting scene.

"There was gunshots flying everywhere. I made everyone inside get down on the ground, and a couple people left out the side door," Szuba recalled at the scene Sunday afternoon. Yellow crime tape was still blowing in the wind, and a brown beer bottle was smashed into pieces on the sidewalk.

Seltzer has now survived two life-threatening experiences in less than two years. On April 6, 2006, she and her children were trapped in their burning 2z-story house on Hawley Street, near Forest Avenue, when two roofers driving to a job site noticed the fire.

The roofers grabbed a ladder from their truck and, with the help of a neighbor, climbed up and rescued Seltzer and three of her children - carrying them to safety, one by one. Her two remaining children jumped from the roof into the waiting arms of one of the roofers and their mother's boyfriend.

At the time, Seltzer was 26, and her children ranged in age from 1z months to 7 years. They all were treated in ECMC for smoke inhalation.

Lt. Sal Colangelo, head of the city fire marshal's office, investigated that fire along with his fire investigators.

"I'm really hoping she's OK," Colangelo said of Seltzer after he heard of the shooting. "It's just fortunate that luck would follow a person around like that."

Back on Pearl Street, Szuba said he has hired three off-duty police officers to patrol his bar and uses metal detectors to check his weekend patrons.

Last April, Liquori Mills, 23, was shot multiple times outside his bar.

"I'm not going to renew my lease here," Szuba said. "It's a shame that people are trying to make an honest living, but the police are not protecting the citizens on Pearl Street."

Szuba said he believes that officers are not patrolling Pearl Street enough and focusing far more attention on nearby Chippewa Street.

DeGeorge disagreed with Szuba's assessment, saying that police patrols are boosted in the downtown entertainment district on the weekends.

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Category: buffalo

01/15/08 07:12 - 28ºF - ID#42895

For any of you would be escorts

Man admits killing woman in his North Street apartment
Kevin R. Baker, a previously registered Buffalo-area sex offender, pleaded guilty today to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter for the suffocation murder of a 24-year-old female escort he had called to his North Street apartment three months ago.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia told Baker, 39, he faces a prison term of between 15 to 20 years on plea deal worked out by prosecutors and his attorney, Joseph J. Terranova, in the suffocation of Jillian M. Flagg, 24, of Amherst on Oct. 13.

Baker, who last year served a brief local jail term on a misdemeanor unlawful imprisonment charge for a September 2005 incident with an 11-year-old Cheektowaga girl, was remanded pending his March 19 sentencing.

I wonder what part of North Street - at least this one was not 11 years old.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: buffalorising

01/14/08 07:05 - 32ºF - ID#42882

Unions and Buffalo

I am going to say it - I hate how Buffalo Rising has become so sensationalist. Maybe I just hate Queenseyes posts - which is just about all of them.

It is so contradictory so often and a lot of times I just can't find any common ground with his writing and my beliefs in the City of Buffalo and what makes it great. Remember when Buffalo Rising was more of a website with lots of authors. To me it just seems like his personal blog now and that he is desperate for sensationalist articles to feed his advertising agenda.

Today, he was talking about how BSC Group's Bashara Issa workers have voted to unionize when working on the Statler tower. He says?

Would you pay $30 to $40 ((e:paul) note ->I think originally originally this said $50 but it got edited because all the comments refer to a $50 amount) or more to an employee who pushes a broom or dumps bricks into a dumpster? What if you were made to do so? That is the labor issue that BSC Group's Bashar Issa is facing at this moment....This past Saturday he told me that Local 210 had finally succeeded in luring his unskilled workers to vote union. ... when asked about the Buffalo City Tower? Well, he doesn't think that he can pull it off if his workers are unionized. For Bashar, that is a sad thought, but at the same time he knows that there are plenty of other opportunities around the world that will keep him (and his money) busy. ... The BSC Group is employing many laborers who have not had steady jobs in construction before. Bashar feels that he has been fare all along and is visibly upset that it has come down to this.

Originally this blog claimed that BSC Group's Bashar Issa was going to lose out as his "unskilled" labor unionized and started costing $50/hour for broom sweepers. That is totally ridiculous.

First of all, did Bashar Issa not know that Buffalo is a generally unionized city for construction? And secondly, who pays even unionized broom sweepers even $40/hour. I am sure if they are being paid that much, they are doing way more than just pushing brooms and maybe something very dangerous. As a highly educated, highly trained NYS union worker I do not make even close to that. In fact almost no one in my department makes even close to that in terms of NYS union work. I guess it is a different union but I would find it hard to believ a broom sweeper is making $50 for just broom sweeping.

I am also so sick of people putting down unions. Ya, if he built in in Arizona, he could use non-unionized Mexicans but then people would complain about all the jobs being lost. Some unions did/do abuse power but if you honestly look at it, don't almost all corporations abuse/misuse power and why should the people at the bottom of the ladder be denied things like living wages and healthcare so the people at the very top and squeeze out the extra pennies for their yachts and $10 million dollar vacation homes.

Maybe there would not even need to be unions if living wages and health care were considered in corporations instead of massive wages for the highest in the totem polls.

All in all I really don't care about the big stupid glass tower that might never be built. I am so sick of all the rich people trying to convert Buffalo into something that is going to be glamorous only for the cream of the crop. I guess most people probably think that sounds hypocritical considering my own financial status - but honestly, I would rather pay skilled union workers to build big glass towers hovering over my downtown, than unskilled, underpaid workers who will have much less pride in there work if they feel ripped off.

Okay I got to go pick up (e:terry) from his union job and pick up some stuff at my union job.

I think the best comment on their site was this one. I found it when looking back at their comments.

thisoldcrackhouse - Today, 21:15

"I have a degree, an MBA, a PHD and I don't make that much money" Are you kidding me? Do you think that just because you survived the "rigors" of higher education that you somehow deserve to be compensated better than some guy who busts his ass day in,day out, especially in this climate? Was the poor fellow who lost his life working on the Webb building being overcompensated? Please, if you have never done this type of work before, refrain from making comments about how much someone should be paid. I have a four year degree, spent several years in the banking industry, but for the last 18 years have been employed as a skilled union craftsman. I can tell you firsthand that sitting in a cozy cubicle or classroom does not make any of you experts on what "menial" labor is worth.

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Category: health

01/13/08 09:37 - 33ºF - ID#42874

My whining, complaining, bitchy...

Intestines... I know that you are probably so tired about hearing about this as I am tired of living it, but I figure it will be good to look back on the whole experience someday.

I thought it was all better. Well, not all better but seriously from the scope on wed to sat I was doing so good. I took my medicine with every meal and I ate exactly what i was supposed to. I was even abe to go out all afternoon on saturday with no real problems. Then starting last night at like 11PM it all started getting achey again. My intestine started getting all achy and spastic and painful. I didn't eat anything weird and I know what is in all my food as I cook everything now- at every meal.

I haven't had any dairy since the scope to see if that made a difference and I thought maybe it did. I hadn't eaten any wheat either - that is until yesterday afternoon when I had two slices of wheat bread. Maybe that was it.

I really need to get tested for food allergies just to make sure I don't eat anything I am allergic to with my already stressed system. It makes me so sad to think it will not get better. In fact, when I was in line at the coop buying some soy yogurt and ocean perch I almost started crying because I thought - now food is ruined for me and some sad 80s song was playing. The one social, kind of nice thing I liked to do besides compute was eat and it is all ruined. Living with Crohns is seriously going to kill me mentally if not physically.

I was also freaked out by a white guy dressed as an muslim with desert head garb thing and all. Call me ethnocentric but he was white as white bread, with a black dude and looked weird to me. It was just a strange combo and apparently my medicine makes me moody.

Just imagine this guy but a white looking white bread guy inside.

As soon as I found that pic above, I found this one, which explains it so much better

If this continues I am seriously going to need some sort of anti-depressant, pain medication myself.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: food

01/12/08 10:13 - 35ºF - ID#42862

Cleaning out the kitchen

Now that I cook every meal in the kitchen I figured I better clean it out a bunch. I threw out all the old disposable plastic tupperware which I am convinced is cancerous and replaced it glass in a similar fashion to throwing out all the teflon (e:paul,39134) a few months ago and replacing it with stainless steel.

These are the lids, the actual containers didn't fit in the pic.

Here are the new ones.

I even threw out all my candy supply.

Yes, even the candy canes.

I ate clams and pills for dinner. I am feeling so much better.


3 pills are asacol but the rest is all spirulina, fish oil, friednly bacteria dn a mashmellow root which really seems to help.

There is no snow anywhere - how crazy is that?

This dude at the Galleria needs help.

Damn, this tower is ugly. I know I have already talked about it ten times but the rust drips just take it to the next level.

We drove down Dodge street today as directed by my brother's GPS a few weeks ago and saw this building - what was it? It is on Dodge, in the east side right near the 33.


The pigeons really like McDonalds on elmwood near the Regal. I like to call it Mc Shooters.


Back in 1997 - on elmwood near great arrow, the only time I was hit by another car. It was my fault, the other driver was black - the firemen who worked there screamed at him and took me inside to rest. I tried to explain. Racism at its finest.
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Category: work

01/12/08 02:05 - 37ºF - ID#42854

I started working at age 12

I stopped by my mother's house today to drop off some artichockes as they are too high fiber for my low residue diet. She had some old papers for my and I seriously have worked my whole life.

My father was particularly good (pronounced - god damnit paul get a job) at making me have a strong work ethic. Same with (e:hodown)'s mom and her. And I guess both of us have stable long term jobs, so maybe it pays off. However, the point of this is that I have worked pretty much non-stop since 1989 - almost 20 years ago - when I started my first paper route. Yes, there were a couple months here and there when I was between jobs but all in all, I worked every year I could and that is insane.

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Category: web

01/11/08 10:46 - 36ºF - ID#42847

Searching Craigslist

I found this guys website flyer on craigslist and I seriously cannot believe that anyone would do a website for $100. Not as in $100/hour but just $100. For how much work? Is that like slave wages - I man honestly you could make more as a cashier on hourly payments when it comes down to it. Or maybe I am just overestimating quality into it. I guess maybe it is just a CMS but it sounds like s/he customizes to their needs.

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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: crohns

01/10/08 11:59 - 39ºF - ID#42830

Tastey food - I tried

i had a good day at work today. With everyone gone I got so much work done, lol.

I hated being at the hospital


This is the you have crohns face

For breakfast I ate these pill with an egg, a banana and some apple sauce

So I am trying to make my low residue, low fiber diet taste good

For lunch I had my favorite, Dr. Praeger's potato coated, gluten free fish sticks


For dinner I ate potatoes with squids and asparagus. Notice the lack of potato skin. For some reason asparagus is on the low residue diet list. It must be low fiber. Everything is boiled to death, don't worry.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: work

01/10/08 08:02 - 38ºF - ID#42824

Web Job Offers

Anyone else looking for a better PHP/Actionscript job? I am not so much right now. I get so many offers via estrip its insane. these ones are kind of generic and if anyone is interested go ahead and contact them.

@ 01/09/08 18:21@ Guest wrote:
Urgent Requirement for Senior Php5 Developer in NYC, NY
Base Salary:100,000 /yr plus Benefits
Contact me for full Job Description | eugene AT (Ph: 408-361-8159)

@ 01/05/08 10:57@ Guest wrote:


I found your info from a simple Google search, I am currently looking for freelance help (per project) on a variety of projects from Flash games (single and multi-player) to applications and websites.

Mainly AS2 and AS3 and well as implementation of graphics and some motion design.

If you are interested please feel free to reply to this email or contact me with some samples of your work or to add me to your MSN messenger so we can chat online.

I am not opposed to employees with a lot of moonlight time and welcome a reference to another flash developer you can recommend if you are not interested.

References links and code samples will be required.

Thank you,

Mike Sorrenti
T: 905 893 0861
F: 905 893 4397
Mobile: 416 857 4821
MSN: sorrenti_michael AT @
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