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Category: clothes

03/10/12 07:09 - ID#56199

Skinny Ties Suck

I am not a big fan of skinny ties. They have come and gone more than once in my own lifetime and I road both times out with the fatter ties. I was looking through some old pics today and saw this picture of my father and uncle (twins) with skinny ties back in his early teens sometime back in the 50s I think. I didn't realize skinny ties went back that far.

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I guess the pendulum kept going back and forth. I would be happy if it stayed at around 3.5-4" wide. I researched a bit and found skinny-neckties.com which explains a little about it. The wikipedia article on neckties goes into a lot more detail.
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Category: citizenship

03/10/12 02:36 - ID#56198 pmobl

Not Becoming Italian - At least not Jure Sanguinis

I decided to spend a little non-programming time addressing the issue of me becoming an official Italian. I thought I qualify for it, sadly I now don't think (e:Milke) and I qualified anymore. It seems like the process is pretty well listed out on a couple of websites italiancitizenship.info and myitaliancitizenship.com and italiandualcitizenship.com and progenealogists.com

Most of them offer services to get the documents and get them translated.

If you are an american and had italian parents, grandparent or even great grandparents you may qualify. I don't unfortunately because all of my ancestors effectively renounced their right to citizenship when their parents were naturalized and they were under 18. Seems unfair as a child cannot really make such decisions, but that's how the dice roll. If only my mother was born here and my grandparents waited until after she was 18 to become citizens.


Q. My Italian parent/grandparent/great grandparent was born in Italy, but was naturalized along with his or her parents as a minor. Does it still count as renouncing one's right to Italian citizenship if the child was too young to make a conscious choice?

A.     Yes. If your parent/grandparent/great grandparent was naturalized as a minor, he or she effectively renounced his or her right to Italian citizenship. This means that your ancestor was unable to pass Italian citizenship jure sanguinis to his or her children as an adult. Unfortunately, no exceptions are made in these cases.




Here are the qualifying credentials as per progenealogists.com

  1. Your father was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth, and you never renounced your right to Italian citizenship.
  2. Your mother was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth, you were born after January 1st, 1948 and you never renounced your right to Italian citizenship.
  3. Your father was born in the United States, your paternal grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your father’s birth, neither you nor your father ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship.
  4. Your mother was born in the United States, your maternal grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your mother’s birth, you were born after January 1, 1948 and neither you nor your mother ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship.
  5. Your paternal or maternal grandfather was born in the United States, your paternal or maternal great grandfather was born in Italy and was an Italian citizen at the time of your paternal or maternal grandfather’s birth, neither you nor your father/mother nor your grandfather/grandmother ever renounced your right to Italian citizenship.

The consulate itself would have the most up to date information: This is the current link to their info page on this topic which includes a summary and links to the forms required

One of the best parts of being italian citizen is that you can also live and work in other countries of the EU. As noted on Sadly, I won't qualify.

Having an Italian passport is like having a passport to any EU country, allowing you to live and work anywhere. Under the terms of Article 17 (ex Article 8) of the Treaty on European Union, any person holding the nationality of a member state is a citizen of the Union. EU citizenship, which supplements national citizenship without replacing it, grants citizens the right to move freely and to reside on the territory of the member states (Article 18).



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Category: programming

03/10/12 02:44 - ID#56197

Such a fucking idiot

I seriously just lost an hour of my life working on android and location accuracy. I am not even going to talk about it because like all of my other outside of work projects it will just get eclipsed by the high demand for my time that my actual job has.

Anyways, I was trying to get an accurate location and it kept giving me lat/long of 42 by 78. It was weird because it was saying the accuracy was like 1-28m. At first I thought it was because it kept selecting the network provider as more accurate as I was indoors. This got me running in and out of the house to try and get it to work.

But it wasn't working. Even when I explicitly chose the GPS as the location provider and set the accuracy to ACCURACY_FINE, it still was 42 by 78. After tons of frustration I looked at my logging code and I was casting the lat and long to int instead of a fucking double. Duh, it was being rounded. I could kill myself for not having noticed this and wasting so much time. I guess this is what I get for programming as entertainment at 2:41am on a saturday.

double lat = (double) (location.getLatitude());
double lng = (double) (location.getLongitude());

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int lat = (int) (location.getLatitude());
int lng = (int) (location.getLongitude());

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Category: food

03/09/12 10:31 - ID#56196 pmobl

Wegmans Lunch

The wegmans lunch was a lot more eclectic. Where else do you get Chinese, Japanese and chicken wings plus Mediterranean style veggies and asparagus salad.

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Category: food

03/09/12 10:29 - ID#56195 pmobl

Blue Fin Lunch on elmwood

This time we got the desserts. They were delicious. (e:enknot) got the fried soft shell crab which also looked amazing.

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Category: style

03/09/12 10:27 - ID#56194 pmobl

Temo

When terry meets emo.

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Category: mobile

03/09/12 08:52 - ID#56192

Who knew android could easily take USB

I saw an article about a USB host mode chord for android phones and decided for $3.50 it was worth a try. Holy crap was it worth it. You can connect external keyboards, drives and even a mouse. The system says "Mouse connected" and you get a mouse pointer on the screen that works just like on a computer. Totally worth $3.50 and way easier thqan dealing with batteries, syncing, etc that comes with bluetooth. Plus it is ultra super fast.

Here is the purchase link

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Category: weather

03/09/12 09:26 - ID#56190

the weather is getting nice

It might end up snowing today but its gonna hit 60 this week. It has the potential to be one of the best St Patrick's days ever.

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Category: wildlife

03/07/12 10:43 - ID#56185 pmobl

Night crows

I know its dark in these pictures but considering its taken with a cell phone, at night from far away its pretty good. I can't believe how many crows cover the trees of Linwood at nighttime. There are literally thousands of them.

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Category: food

03/07/12 10:40 - ID#56184 pmobl

Cornish Game Hens

I am obsessed with them. They are the perfect sized animal for eating. I think I might want to grow them more than chickens. They pair well with a dark green salad.

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