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Category: family

10/21/08 12:19 - ID#46223

Picking up e:mike at the airport

(e:mike) and (e:libertad) safely made it home from Florida. I prefer a
midnight pickup to a 6am dropoff anyday. Let's see if I can drive
them home safely!
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Category: hiking

10/19/08 09:31 - 45ºF - ID#46200 pmobl

Letchworth Fall 2008 Rainbows

We went to Letchworth State Park today to take pictures. I didn't get such great pics because I only brought the iphone. There were these amazing rainbows. I hope (e:matthew) got better pics of them.

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We hiked all around, it was really warm in the sun and really not warm in the not sun.

The water is so low that this doesn't look like it is doing a "dam" thing, lol.
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10/19/08 06:17 - ID#46194 pmobl

100,000 miles



3 guys, one car, 5 years, 70,000 miles (we got it at 30,000). If my
math is even sort of right, it's about 4500 miles per person, per year.

We did take it on some far road trips too but mostly it just between
(e:terry)'s work and home.,
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Category: dancing

10/19/08 10:31 - 42ºF - ID#46190

Halloween Costume and Strippers

I am thinking about being Freddy Mercury from queen.

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So last night was Bad Boy Bill at Madmoiselles Gentlemen's Club that I wrote about in (e:paul,45944) The atmosphere was so weird. The club is one big dance hall with a dual cat walk and stripper poles. The women were actually pretty okay to good looking. Not what I expected. Although, honestly I was surprised that only 2 women out of all of them did no have cellulite despite being skinny (with curves). Is it a genetic thing or an age thing? Do all women have it and I just never saw that many of them so clothesless?

The women can't get really naked. Not only do they where outfits but hey have these weird nipple shapped bandaids on their nipples. Its not like in Canada where I saw the male strippers. I imagine the female ones are crazier in Canada too.

The fact that most people were there for dancing and not for the strippers made it all such a strange atmosphere. At first I felt weird dancing because the strippers are dancing but as the music got better most of the crowd started to dance. The problem is it was dancing on carpet. I hate dancing on a carpeted dancefloor. No pun intended.

Broke my glasses on a stripper
So (e:enknot) gave me a dollar to give to a stripper and I tried. First, he and (e:Terry) went then I went to give her a dollar and when she moved her breast hit my glasses and broke them. She was like, "I think I am breaking you glasses." I am such a dork. I later noticed you are supposed to take them off. I guess you live and learn although I don't know the next time I will go anywhere, where the drinks cost so much and are so weak.

Notice the missing pads.
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10/18/08 02:20 - ID#46180 pmobl

Time warner and channel 4


This is so ridiculous. My parents have Time Warner cable. My mother
works at channel 4. The two companies still don't have an agreement,
so to watch the news channel 4, this is the solution.
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10/18/08 12:40 - ID#46178 pmobl

Rusty cars


I know buffalo is notorious fir rusty cars but I never saw one like
this. I probably should not text and drive on this corner seeing as
it is the only place I ever got into an accident. I am stopped at a
red light at least.
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Category: work

10/18/08 10:43 - 41ºF - ID#46175

Worky, worky

Last night I worked till like 11PM to finish up all the projects that had to be converted to the new flash upload. Some of them still have to be launched into production because I can't do that without signoff. At least they are ready to go. I can't believe what a pain in the ass it has been because of this one decision Adobe made. I wonder if they realized so many people were using their system the way it worked in flash player 9. Then I worked on a new AD based security system which seems to work out well.

I also had this serious issue where IE6 was blanking out on cached javascript files. I kept thinking it was some problem witht he scripts themselves but it turned out to be that it really just can't handle javascript gzipped. I set my .htaccess file to stop gzipping the content for IE6 and everything was fine. Honestly, that browser has cost my thousands of hours of wasted time over the years.

By the time I got home I was just ready for bed. So despite having guests over I passed out.

Today, there are like ten million other programming tasks I want to accomplish like adding native querySelectorAll support to the surebert toolkit but I am going to try and take a day off. The native querySelectorAll is pretty neat and it is extremely fast. The browser makers are finally starting to realize that programmer want js dom node selection through css selectors and it could be much more efficient if the browser just did it instead of having to use a js library. Safari 3.1 already has support, so does firefox 3.1 beta and the new IE 8 is going to have it at well. I can't believe something new will have cross browser support.

If only Roswell could move past IE6 which is sadly still our official browser.
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Category: work

10/16/08 10:32 - 50ºF - ID#46149

New York State Salaries and Offices

Someone sent me this link the other day where you could see the actual paid salaries of all New York State workers for 2007

Its hard not to be jealous, especially when you are talking about the top paid people at Roswell.

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I thought Dr. Hohn retired, maybe that was his severance package. According to this , he is administering "the newly-formed Empire State Stem Cell Board." From what I hear everyone loved him and he really turned Roswell around.

Seriously though, can you imagine making that much money in Buffalo. It amounts to about $30,000 a week. Let me repeat the - in Buffalo part. Are there even properties worthy of that salary in this city. He could buy the best properties in the city on one years salary.

In comparison, here is the top paid at Suny Buffalo. How is it that Dr. Linda Brodsky makes so much more than the other execs at Suny Buffalo. Check out that $799,000 salary! I guess being a doctor and an executive is really the way to go, its the same with all the top paid Roswell employees.

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I decided to just go ahead and look up the top salaries for all New York state employees regardless of organization and guess what Dr. Hohn is still #1 followed by closely by Linda Brodsky and all the top execs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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What's even crazier is when you think of all the money they make on their side companies and discoveries. I am so curious how that all works. It seems to me when I make anything at Roswell they own it, but all the top people have side companies. I really need to work on the side company thing in my 40s.

Back to my Dept
In my department the difference between the different jobs is not too extreme. Not like in the medical depts. It goes from $35k to about $100k. This year I didn't make as much as I could have if I was overtime elligable. Next year I will make more because I moved up a couple pay grades this year. In the end I am satisfied although I sometimes want to kick myself for not going to medical school.

In the short term, I would rather have an office than more money. Two of the guys I work with just moved from cubicles to offices and I was visiting today thinking how nice it would be to have a meeting space/demonstration table built into your work space. I actually live in the shafted cube thats cut back to make room for an isle and don't even have a chair for people to sit at like other the other guys do. Its kind of redic seeing as I have constant meetings with people on how to do stuff as part of my new job and they just stand behind my chair or sit on a chair just outside my cube.
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10/16/08 12:02 - ID#46141 pmobl

Commonly held misconceptions?


A security firm came to speak at our blockclub meeting and gave us
these safety pamphlets. Are these really commonly held misconceptions?
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Category: life

10/16/08 01:27 - 62ºF - ID#46137

Busy Day Gone

work
After a nice long weekend, I had a crazy day of programming, demonstrating, writing letters, meetings and quick hacks. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better. I am feeling frustrated with how slow everything moves at my work and how every conversation requires 75 minutes of small talk before the matter at hand can be addressed. I am so bad at small talk when something time dependent is waiting. Maybe I am just a boring person.

Home Life
The anniversary was nice. We spent the day just hanging out together and fixing things. We fixed a drain and installed a new lamp in our bedroom closet. Then (e:matthew) and I took a bath while (e:terry) studied and at the end of the day we went to Mother's for dinner where I had an 18oz ribeye steak that was so delcious.

So were these little neck clams
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Along the way we went shopping at some antique stores and I saw this tray. I always wanted one of these. I also bought a lamb roast to match. Friday, they will meet each other and then my stomach.

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They also had these crazy lights in there basement. What were they for. Medical use, disco lights?
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Robbers
About 10 people/cars/houses on our block have been robbed including our neighbors the other day. We saw a dude enter their house through the door and we just assumed it was a worker because when I checked the door it was locked. The dude then stole all of their electonics and shipped them over the back fence. I wish I had realized what was going on.

Then last night on the way home from dinner some very capable look, young black guy begged us for money - that annoys me more than anything. I am fine with the cripples and crazzies and old people but when young people who are clearly in better physical shape than me ask for money - I find it hard to believe they can't do something to for work. On the way out the woman who sat next to us found her window smashed. He was still there bothering people for money. He either did it or saw who did it.

I think they may have caught the house robber and it was the same guy that robbed out house two years ago ;(

Other forms of robbery include food costs. I just can't ebeliev how much food costs keep skyrocketing. Look at the cost of these freaking cookies.

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Here is a pic of (e:terry) looking cute just before his haircut.
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