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Category: holidays

03/16/08 12:42 - 33ºF - ID#43692

The Best Day of the year

I am not Irish. I have no Irish in me at all but I have to say - out of every ethnic Holiday I enjoy St. Patricks day the most.

The parade is so fun. This year we will be missing our half irish ho, ;(

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I love the little dancing girls with the bouncy hair. This year I will get lots of pics with a real camera.
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Category: buffalo

03/16/08 12:18 - 33ºF - ID#43689

The peace bridge plaza petition

Today I signed the online petition against the peace bridge plaza expansion . Before you go ahead and scream at me for blocking progress I want to go over why I signed it.

1. I would like to stand in solidarity with other owners of historical homes hoping that if it was ever reversed they would stand by me. I can't imagine if the government came to me and said, hey we are going to give you less than you house is worth and you have to move because we are expanding main street and building a giant truck parking lot - sorry eminent domain. Just think about that for a minute. what if you had planned on living there the rest of your life and had invested a lot of money into your house. I would just leave Buffalo forever at that point.

2. I think that a giant truck plaza is going to create so much more pollution in an area that is just starting to recover from the pollution of its industrial past.

3. Why build all the extra stuff around it. Can't the visitor center and duty free shop be located elsewhere, say more downtownish?

...includes a visitor center, duty free shop and a 477 space parking garage. It is these attributes of the alternative that would result in the highest impacts to the low income residential neighborhood. To minimize these effects, the document should assess alternatives that locate the visitor center elsewhere in the city (e.g., downtown).

Also, we could find no information in the document that supports the need for such a large parking structure at this port of entry...



I didn't realize just how much land was going to be taken.
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Category: church

03/15/08 06:46 - 35ºF - ID#43683

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension next door to us on Linwood and North has way too much trash each week. It ends up all over our property and our neighbors property as soon is there is any wind. Why on earth can they not get another trash bin or only throw out enough trash to fill their bins each week.

It is really that full every single freakin' week. Here are the last three weeks as examples. I am going to keep taking the pics. Now I am date stamping them.

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remember these are three separate weeks
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and another
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It just so looks so trashy I am really starting to hate living next door to them. The people we meet from the church are nice and they pretend to care about the neighborhood but it is really them that is mostly making it trashy - in the literal sense - filled with trash. Between all the loud annoying people that meet for their AA meetings and throw trash and cigarette butts around to the rude parents that throw trash in our driveway and park us in for the dance camp. None of those people would be in our neighborhood without them. They are the same people that make the trash cans overflow.

I really wish they would just move all their entrance space for their extra curricular activates to the other side of the church on the non-residential side. Lets not pretend for a second that any of these people are their for church services. The church just rents out space to make money. So basically, they are kind of slum lordish about it at our expense. If any commercial entity did this the neighborhood associate/city would freak out.

I know, I know - I should just take it up with them instad of writing this, but seriously - should I even have to point this trash heap situation out. You think they could self police it a bit.

Worse yet they take their trash to the curb, it gets left out for days at a time. Sometimes almost till the next week. If any private residence did this they would get a ticket. I really don't think they should be immune. We aren't evens supposed to have our trash bins showing until they come out for garbage day. Maybe tickets would make them think twice.
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Category: random

03/15/08 06:46 - 35ºF - ID#43682

Random Pics

The new incarnation of the federal building is on its way. I wonder what it will look like. Whatever it looks like, it will look nicer. That building was perhaps the ugliest I ever saw.
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We went to the century grill and (e:matthew) had a fish fry.
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One of our tenants pays in cash. Even though the money goes to things like mortgage, it is nice to actually see cash for once. I get my paychecks direct deposited as does (e:terry) and (e:matthew) gets checks, so it is rare to see cash around.
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Here is (e:matthew) playing with one of his doll action figure collections. He really loves them.
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And totally, totally unrelated - I was walking to work the other day and found these tightly whities on Elm street near the corner of high street. Pretty much across the street from the back entrance of the Allen st subway stop. I walk this route multlple times everyday and they were never there before. How do you lose you underwear on the sidewalk. At least the mud blends in with the shit stains, lol.
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Category: computers

03/15/08 06:21 - 35ºF - ID#43681

Fixing a computer

My parents computer started smelling liek burning plastic. Well they said it did. When (e:mike) and i took it to Best Buy, it didn't - at least not the first time. Then they brought it home, the smell got worse. So we brought it back in and my mother had them turn it on for a half hour while we sat there and smelled it till the burnign plastic smell started. Luckily that time it smelled like burning plastic. They said it was the power supply. Buying things form them is relaly expensive. I was able to order one from a reseller online, from my phone, while in line. Plus One for constant internet connection!

So the part arrived the other day and my brother (e:mike) brought the computer over.

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It was one of those HP mini compact computers so all the parts are very tiny and proprietary - besides the CD drive which looked so mammoth and out of place inside it.

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In order to get to the power supply we had to take everything apart and remember when it went, Seriously, every other part had to come out to get to it.

Here was the bad power supply.
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Then we put it all back together and srewed everything back in to find out it didn't work. So I had to take it all back apart again. At first I thought the new power supply was bunk but then I realized there was a switch to convert it from 250 to 120. It worked after that and I had to put it all back together again. i also learned my lesson about testing stuff before screwing it all back together.
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Category: shopping

03/15/08 01:44 - 33ºF - ID#43678

Is this america anymore?

So (e:terry) wants a wii. I wanted one so bad two christmases ago when they first came out. Back then I would check the store all the time looking for one and everyone was always out.

My mother tried to buy me one for christmas but they didn't have any so i got a gift card for one. Months and months of no wiis later I bought something else with the money. Then I stopped looking and decided I did not care until (e:terry) want to play the new super smash brothers the other day when it came out. So we sold our xbox 360 (which we never used) - thanks (e:mrmike) - in order to get a Wii. On friday night we went to Best Buy that way I could buy a UPS backup power supply for the server ;)

They were out of wiis. I figured it was a freak thing, I mean come one, its been two years that they have been out. So we went to EB games but they were out of them too! According to the guy you have to be their when the UPS truck arrives in the morning and they usually go within 10 minutes.

What the fuck is happening to America? I had the money, I want the product, and obviously so do many other people, if they are willing to get in line - yet the wiis are nowhere to be found.

How in two years has Nintendo not managed to ramp up production? Once again the money is going to end up getting shuffled into some other expense and Nintendo is probably going to lose our business. You can't even buy them online accept at the high premium on ebay.

What is next, lines for bread?

We went to Montana Steak House for Dinner.

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The ubergay waiter really liked us and/or Nameless Bitch. We got a free dessert that was enough for 6 people.

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He brought us a whole rainbow of suckers at the end. Purple tasted really good.
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Category: cats

03/14/08 09:32 - 37ºF - ID#43660

We are friends after all

I am glad this worked out. I never meant to make the cat unhappy. Seeing as it is hairless, it might be the only cat friend I will ever have ;)

I posted the pic you sent as is - below, and credited you with a link back to your site.

Thanks for understanding. I never was angry with the cat in the first place, I was angry with Michaels reaction. It never said cats suck until after he bothered me although I still am not a big fan of hairy cats because of my severe allergy - they make me stop breathing.

If he wants to get back at me he can make fun of my pet, the tortoise names basra
Paul

Dear Paul,

Thank you for the explanation and I'm so sorry you are allergic to fur. I am sure that the Bambino, "Hadrian's Wall" will not take it personally and, in fact, would be tickled that you have created a game with him -- even though it is about "killing the cat," the fact that the shooter is Hadrian softens the blow. The game is delightful, actually! You are gifted, Paul.

Thank you, too, for explaining the events that transpired and your feelings. I know that Michael didn't mean you any harm but was protecting me and my images, for which I am grateful. Michael is a good man. He has a love for all things "cat" and especially for the vunerable and stray cat with the proceeds from his site going to help uncared for felines in undeveloped countries. Michael's site, www.pictures-of-cats.org is a new one, not even a year old, and he works very hard at making it better and increasing traffic. I'm sure that "CATS SUCK" was such a jolt to him, as it was to me, that you can understand both of our reactions. If we were in our 20s ... probably a different story. :)

I'd like to fancy that Hadrian, the Bambino, would be grinning if he knew what an uproar he caused! Not that he'd even care about the machinations of mice and men, but he'd be pleased to know that you thought he was cute. I am.

Helmi

P.S. Thanks for the link to my site, Paul. And here's another shot of Hadrian that was my favorite.



Photo take by Helmi Flick
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Category: cats

03/14/08 12:55 - 37ºF - ID#43658

Appology to Helmi Flick and Bambino

Dear Paul Visco,

I don't understand why you have made a derivative work of my photo of the Bambino. This little guy was so happy when he was being photographed, I was smiling through the whole session. Cats are like people: some you like and some you don't; they are all different.

I can't see that what you have "created" will do anything but hurt. If I am wrong, please advise.

Thank you,

Helmi



Dear Bambino,

I am sorry you got dragged into this when really I am irritated with your photographer's friend Michael. It wasn't your fault that this happend and I still think you are as cute as when I first found you on the internet last march. Frankly, it is the threatening tone of Michael that brought this on - you should bite him the next time you see him.

Let me explain the whole situation. Back in march of last year I wrote a journal about hairless animals because I am allergic to furry ones. I had nothing ill intended in the journal I wrote. Original, the picture of you was the normal one I found on the HobbitCats Cattery site

It was not marked as Helmi's picture whatsoever at the time because the Hobbit Cat site had not marked it. At that point, I copied your picture from their site, and credited them with the photograph as well as a link back to their site. I had no way of knowing that Helmi took the picture instead of them and fulfilled my fair usage obligation by linking back to the site I found it on.

Had Michael emailed me the other day and asked to add a link to the Helmi Flick site instead of the cat hobittery site I would have happily obliged. Instead he threatened to sue me. I think that is ridiculous and what prompted my response. I made the derivative work at that point - which lets be honest is not hurting your feelings - as you are a cat.

I am sorry I took it out on you in that video game below - the anger should be directed at Michael but I only had a picture of you.

Now he says he is going to "black me" on google - whatever that is - to me that sounds like a threat against my freedom of speech.

Can we make up and be friends?

Paul
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Category: cats

03/14/08 12:10 - 37ºF - ID#43657

Helmi Flick's Friend Michael is a freak

Hi

Re: Dwarf Cat Photo

Your response is shocking, ridiculous and shows us the type of person you are. You are demonstrating to your visitors the kind of person you are (extremely childish). I didn't make a threat to sue. I said you can be sued (i.e. it is a possibility). You are the person in the wrong. You have admitted being in copyright violation.

The post that you have made is defamatory to me (calling me a freak). You have also insulted indirectly, Helmi Flick. I cannot tolerate either. Please remove the post immediately.

Reluctantly, I will be obliged to contact Google if you don't do the right thing. If Google black you, you might as well close your site.

Michael



Here is my response as a fun little game?



Here it is in text.

Dear Michael,

You are a freak. You live in this dreamworld where google does things like "black" people - whatever the freak that is. I guess you really don't understand the internet and how it works.

I am fine with people thinking I am acting childish about this stupid cat. I hate cats and you and guess what - I am free to express that here on my journal without any fear of being affected by your pathetic threats.

I have been writing childish drivel on my journal for 5 years and 1.6 million views later, I doubt this issue is going to drive the readers away.

This site is not supposed to be anything overly serious or formal. Most importantly - we have no vested interest in customers and that is what makes me be able to say what they want and not worry about things like being "blacked" by google - imagining that was a real issue and that you somehow commanded google to your whim.

Its freaks like you that make people all the more curious - so thanks for bringing your drama here.

So what I am saying is "go ahead and black me biznatch"

I acknowledge the original site I found it on from the get go - it is that cat hobbitery site that originally stolen your photo and it is not my fault that they did. I credited them because it appeared that they owned the photo.

The cat is now stamped with the copyright info and a link to Helmi Flick's site. Isn't that what you asked for? Do you really want to continue this?

Oh ya, and "kiss the pinkie"

Best,
Paul
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Category: cats

03/12/08 10:11 - 30ºF - ID#43646

Helmi Flick's Cat Gallery

First I would like to point out that I hate cats and have nothing to do with anything cat accept for hate. I don't sell them, I don't take pictures of them. I was never claiming to have taken any pictures of them.

Back when I was in San Francisco I wrote (e:paul,32816) about hairless dogs and cats. I included an image I found on the site which I linked to. Unfortunately, that site did not have the link to the original photographer Helmi Flick that it does now. I had assumed the cat hobbit site had taken the photo and that is why I linked to them instead of Helmi Flick

Seeing how much I hate cats, I would have gladly just taken it down if asked nicely. However, Michael Meister, whoever the freak that is, wrote me this nasty message today threatening to sue me. If they were so serious about copyright they should have watermarked the image.

The photograph of the hairless dwarf cat is copyright Helmi Flick and you have not provided a copyright credit. I also suspect that you have not got her permission. Please clarify the situation. On the face of it this is a copyright violation. You can be sued for damages.

Michael
mjbmeister AT gmail.com



Instead of taking the picture down, I modified it to make it a derivative work. What kind of damages are you suggesting?

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