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Monday, December 15, 2014

02:57 PM EST [Link] The Waiting Game [comments: 0]
In the store yesterday:

Naturally pick out a line, all were full, I just randomly pick one, I don't try to figure out which one is moving faster since inevitably no matter which one I pick ends up being the slowest. Bunch of people in front - end up waiting maybe 6-8 minutes.

Lady in front of me. Her stuff comes to like 40 bucks. Hands cashier a coupon. Gets down to 30ish bucks. Looks for some more coupons - takes a little while. Finds 2. Cashier scans. Eventually gets it down to like 10 bucks. This all takes like 3 minutes although it seems an eternity. Lady asks about stupid stuff. Amazing there wasn't more of a problem doing this as I've found is usually the case.

Lady hands cashier a 100 dollar bill. Not enough change. Have to wait for manager to get more money for change. Sigh. Wait time another 3 minutes. Eternity times two. Funny thing is I think so any had very few items. Figures. Optical Illusions.

Finally I'm up - show my two items. Done in under a 30 seconds. Outta there.

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Decided to drop some coin on myself and buy the kindle version of the book, Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation. What can I say? I'm a Jumbo fan.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

02:05 PM EST [Link] Chasing the Trolley [comments: 0]
xmas02l (109k image)Ended up being quite the busy day yesterday. Started off with trying to get some holiday shopping done - just a bunch of little things initially, I think the bulk of the rest of it will be done through online venues. Although I did get the cats all their treats - what the heck do they put in that Pounce product? It's like crack for cats - they devour it like crazy.

Stores are too much hassle with all the people. The it was outside to get the holiday lights and reindeers set up, still got a little more to do out there but it's looking good now.

In the evening, went to a house party we were invited to and stayed there for a few hours and mingled. And then after that spent some time checking out more house lights around since we were in the neighborhood. I found a couple on my own but then we basically just tailed a trolley that people had paid to get on to a take a tour of them. Why do that when you can just tail the trolley? And we got to see some more that way - some of them are really outrageous. Unfortunately we got it towards the tail end of the tour so we probably missed a bunch, but by then we had had our fill and sleep was fast approaching. (I'm still feeling the effects of the punch laced with vodka from the house party today).


Friday, December 12, 2014

09:48 AM EST [Link] Testing Out Google Camera [comments: 0]
Downloaded and been playing around with the Photosphere and Panorama modes of Google's Android camera app lately. I don't know - although it stitches together really well I can't seem to take any photos worth sharing with anyone using the feature, especially the photosphere mode. Maybe I just need to find a scenic vista nearby or something - stuff around the house is blah. Also it took me a little bit to figure out how to work it since it didn't come with directions (although they can be found online) but it would have been nice to include something. Am I getting too old?

Monday, December 8, 2014

06:50 PM EST [Link] Holy Xmas Light Batman! [comments: 2]
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Here's a house all lit up just outside Davis Square that I've he3ard about and decided to take a ride to whilst driving home from work tonight. Holy Moley! - the picture doesn't do it justice. If I have time I'll try to drive around more and maybe find some other properties equally brilliantly displayed - this burg does usually have a few of them around.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

08:21 PM EST [Link] Luminaries of Light! [comments: 0]
Bought and watched the lighting of the luminaries on the Town Common early this evening. They even use real fire, which can be tricky as we saw a couple of bags needing to be replaced due to the whole bag burning in flames - but once it's all done and they are all gleaming in the night, it really does look nice and honors our loved ones. I bought two in remembrance of my grandparents and LD got two for her parents, and we just watched the lights flickering, after we dedicated them to who we wanted and wrote our thoughts and prayers on the labels.
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12:58 PM EST [Link] Alpaca Lovins! [comments: 0]
pacas (32k image) Took a trip to an open house at an alpaca farm this morning! They are one of my favorite animals - so soft and docile, plus I just think they look really cute. It seemed like you could hug them personally from the various adverts I seen but once there, it didn't seem quite the same. Well, I suppose you could sort of hug them from the neck, but not get down alone with them and hold them in your arms totally. I guess it makes sense - maybe they only do that once in a while under a certain supervision, and with baby ones - which I didn't really see there.

You can actually buy a live one at this particular place if one is so inclined and has the resources. I did entertain the possibility briefly, but there's no way. Still, it was an interesting fantasy.

Afterwards ate an eggs benedict at a bakery called Twist which was very good in Millis, Massachusetts. Originally stopped by some 50's diner type place but it didn't look all the great, and it's Yelp reviews left something to be desired. Now it's off to Home Depot for some extension cords and timers to get those reindeer set up outside.

...

back. Uhmm, Home Depot Xmas lights section is a little insane. Actually saw a couple fighting over something. He had a plan , she didn't think so, or didn't like the plan, or maybe he really had no plan. Anyways, it's a bit testy in there, which is really ridiculous when you think about it. Maybe the crowds are getting to people - I know they get to me!

Update: Arrgh! The outside outlet isn't working. Cue my Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation moment! #%@^%#^@. We'll have to put that on the back burner for another day or two, bummer, going to take someone with a bit more electrical knowhow than me - I did have a sneaking suspicion this might happen, next time should listen to my instincts more - Oh well, got other stuff to get done now...like checking out the luminaries!


12:54 PM EST [Link] The Imitation Game [comments: 0]
I'm a big fan of Turing, you know, artificial intelligence - cracking the Enigma code and all, so maybe in the next few I'll go see this movie based on his life. Looks pretty good, plus the guy was a bit mysterious - no doubt due t the fact that he had to hide his lifestyle - I'm sure that was painfully difficult for him.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

05:15 PM EST [Link] Reindeer assembly [comments: 0]
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Getting ready for the holidays around here!


Friday, December 5, 2014

05:13 PM EST [Link] Therapy Dogs! [comments: 0]
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What a fun event! I had a blast jut checking out the dogs - biggest part of the show naturally - real hit with the students, and it was cool to interact with them a little bit in the library to do artsy-crafts type things, meet some of the folks who work there or other departments who chose to volunteer for the event, have some food, and just chill and watch the kids' reactions. I feel really lucky that I was able to help out and attend this event. I never thought in a million years I'd be coloring and hanging artwork in the library of a college in Boston and getting to see how it all works together. I'm keeping my visitor sticker which says I had access to the whole campus (as a visitor for the day) - very cool.


11:11 AM EST [Link] Therapy Dogs Visit [comments: 0]
I'm off to visit and help out with therapy dogs at a local college! Let's see how it goes and maybe I'll elaborate more on the experience later!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

07:43 PM EST [Link] Cool Charging Cable [comments: 0]
I don't have an iPhone but if you do, you ,might like this charging cable. Really wish they made one for Android - looks really cool to me. product line. Oh, maybe they do - but I don't see any USB 3.0 there.

01:25 PM EST [Link] Jumbo will live forever! [comments: 0]
Here's a great informative video about Jumbo, the Tufts mascot. I wanted to get down there to see the exhibit but I think I'm going to be missing it. Ah well. I did find some photos of the exhibit in display. What I didn't realize is how ingrained into our culture he became, for example, when we describe something, like a Jumbo jet, that terminology goes back from Jumbo. His name became a word in the language..

Well, I fractured a tooth last night and it can't be fixed so I'm going for an implant. Consult with the oral surgeon today went well. Now just have to get the process rolling along and get it done. I don't need any bone grafts and it sounds like this procedure may be easier/quicker than last time. That would be awesome. I still need to get what's left of the tooth extracted - they couldn't do that today but it shouldn't be long. I figure within the next week or so. Thankfully that tooth was root canalled a decade and a half ago so theres no pain. And to top off all that, the plumber is here today because of "a problem." Geez.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

08:53 AM EST [Link] Gift to Myself [comments: 0]
limsomhoodie (75k image)Totally digging wearing my new limited edition hoodie today. I got it off a kickstarter-type site but they only made a limited few (like, very few), so I was glad I was able to contribute and get one while I could. I like that it's not made out of crap either - it's feels really well made, always a plus, especially the way I always end up doing laundry.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

05:39 PM EST [Link] Yin and Yang [comments: 0]
Today was spent getting the house in a little bit of order, hitting some shopping outlets, getting ready for the next holiday of course, and looking for a good carry on for our flight in January. I spent some time trying to put together some lighted reindeer which I hope to have finished and frolicking around out front this time next weekend. The lights work great but some reason the animatronic head isn't turning. And of course stringing up some new LED holiday lights.

On the docket in the next few days are trying to plan how to see some therapy dogs on Friday, a Holiday party at the Intercontinental Hotel next Wednesday, and checking out some lights at the Circle of Hope (we purchase luminaries and dedicate them to loved ones) and the displays at La Salette at some point real soon, and visiting the Acorn Alpaca Ranch in Millis, just because they are so cute.

Another thing for my wishlist: Keyport Slide 2.0. I'm basically just putting these wishlist items on here for myself so I don't forget later.

Some have said I haven't uploaded any furbabies pictures in a while so here's one. A rarity as these two rarely like to sit next to eachother.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

08:21 PM EST [Link] Theory of Everything [comments: 1]
Saw the movie The Theory of Everything this afternoon with another couple, Liesl and Dave! The movie was pretty good, detailing the personal life of Stephen Hawking, the cosmologist. We had a lot of fun just hanging out, can't wait to do it again! Then afterwards went for some burgers at a place called The Fireside in Brookline. Yesterday spent most of the day at another friend's house in Dartmouth.

Things thinking of buying:

I think I may wish to purchase this meat thermometer as it's wireless, seems cool, practical, and might help when we cook.

Think I might really want this lens for my dSLR but it is pricey. Maybe Santa will be good to me this year :)


08:42 AM EST [Link] So Much for the Pumpkin [comments: 0]
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

10:02 AM EST [Link] Happy Thanksgiving 2014! [comments: 0]
Happy
Thanksgiving
Everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

12:44 PM EST [Link] The Mystery Continues [comments: 0]
The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11:37 AM EST [Link] The Sickness Strikes [comments: 0]
Been feeling a little under the weather the last two days.

Thanks kids.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10:51 AM EST [Link] Good job Stoked! [comments: 0]
Stoked food truck won food truck of the year this year.

Yums!


Monday, November 17, 2014

01:15 PM EST [Link] CCing it [comments: 0]
Trying some new stuff for work today. Closed Captioning YouTube webinar videos for Health and Human Services client!

Spent the weekend overnight in Bridgeport, CT. It was a fun time!


Friday, November 14, 2014

01:01 PM EST [Link] Walkens Welcomed [comments: 0]
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Seen in Union Square, Somerville.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

08:21 PM EST [Link] Blah! [comments: 0]
I hate getting stopped for a traffic ticket. And all for crossing a bicycle lane. Are you kidding me?? Yeah, I understand.

Monday, November 10, 2014

03:52 PM EST [Link] Good Job LD! [comments: 1]
Congratulations to the Ladydoc who finally after 3 years of work, was able to get therapy dogs to come to Emerson College a few weeks ago. It was a HUGE hit with the students! So, once again, congrats to the lady who made it happen, and they will most likely be coming again at a later date.

Just giving the proper recognition that one so deservedly earned!


01:41 PM EST [Link] Beach Baby [comments: 0]
I ordered Beach Baby by First Class on 45 vinyl 7" for the jukebox.

It's a classic! Should be arriving sometime this week.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

04:57 PM EST [Link] November Beach [comments: 0]
A Picture from Today

Saturday, November 8, 2014

01:17 PM EST [Link] My TV Viewing Dichotomy [comments: 0]
I need to balance my television viewing of Kendra on Top, with viewings of BookTV on C-Span. (Which just happens to be broadcasting taped talks from the Boston Book Festival from a few weeks ago).

12:23 PM EST [Link] Suburbanite [comments: 0]
Got a good workout mowing the lawn this morning! Hoping it'll be one of the last times for the year, although I suppose it does count toward getting some real good exercise in.

Friday, November 7, 2014

03:16 PM EST [Link] My Latest Map on the News [comments: 0]
Gonna list all pages that use my stuff here because, why not.

The process in how this was created for those that care: 1) Geocoded all the x/y locations of each facility and placed onto basemap using Massachusetts State Plane Coordinates in Meters. 2) Created buffers around said facilities of specified distance and merged into one polygon, then clipped at state boundaries. Previous versions used actual drive time analysis. 3) Performed Intersection routine to get intersection of buffer polygons with town polys and then performed a proportional overlay with census data to get population coverage by town. 4) Doing the cartography to make it look nice (i.e. Colors, zoom outs, symbols etc). Although you can't see it in the final product, there's a lot of other geographic data in there that was not included for public consumption, to help in the decisions of the powers that be.

Boston.com
Greenfield Link #1
Greenfield Link #2,


11:20 AM EST [Link] Celtics Ugly [comments: 0]
These new Celtics jerseys are TERRIBLE!

The Boston Celtics' new sleeved jerseys are not very attractive (Photos)

Why mess with classic-ness?


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

03:06 PM EST [Link] It's Not Your Eyes [comments: 0]
After how many years, I finally decided to make the fonts on the page a bit bigger. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

02:54 PM EST [Link] Stoked [comments: 0]
The company next door has food trucks over lunchtime and I noticed the Stoked Pizza truck there so I decided to give them a try and...I liked it. Two thumbs up. I went with the pepperoni. Interesting to see a wood fired oven inside of a food truck.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

01:29 PM EST [Link] Idle Hands [comments: 0]
What better to do on a rainy day like today than to watch trashy reality TV like a Kendra On Top marathon?

12:10 PM EST [Link] Halloween Leftovers [comments: 0]
Not too many trick or treaters came by last night. What to do with all this leftover candy? Hmmmm!

I think the best dressed up kid I saw last night was a girl as Lady Gaga. Oh, and Minecraft Boy was pretty interesting too.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

07:27 PM EST [Link] Kudos and Good Health [comments: 0]
Last nite I got to attend a session on mental wellness at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH. It was pretty enlightening. Everything went well, from finding a free parking space right by the Garden on Celtics Opening Night, to getting picked up from the train after work. A wonderful evening. Hopefully I can use what I've learned to help myself and my lady.

We also finally got our plaques for the good work we've done on the MMJ project today.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

09:15 AM EST [Link] Kinda Cool to be a part of something big [comments: 3]
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Love it when one of my maps I created makes an appearance in a newscast.


Monday, October 27, 2014

10:51 AM EST [Link] Maple Sugar Shack [comments: 0]
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Maple sugar shack in Autumn at Moose Hill.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

07:54 PM EST [Link] Charles River Shot from Needham [comments: 0]
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07:13 PM EST [Link] Dover Shots (Part 1) [comments: 0]
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Just a couple of shots around Dover, Massachusetts on a lovely afternoon with my love!


Friday, October 24, 2014

02:25 PM EST [Link] Things I want to check out [comments: 0]
... when time and schedule permits.

•The Mohawk Trail
•The Lawn on D

The first will most likely require an overnight or two which might be nice. The second is to check out the lighted swings but will probably have to wait til next spring since they'll be gone for the winter after this weekend.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

01:05 PM EST [Link] This drummer is at the wrong gig [comments: 0]
this drummer is at the wrong gig Youtube vid.

Hahah!!


09:18 AM EST [Link] Brass Visit [comments: 0]
Finally got a chance last night to try out Brass Union Lounge in Union Square. I found the burgers to be pretty good and they have games like Frogger and Shuffleboard which I played around with for a bit. I didn't see the 4ft Connect Four or Lifesize Jenga but those are probably reserved for the outdoor stuff but then again I didn't scour through the whole place. Definitely a cool vibe and I'll definitely be back for more.

I was here a few years ago when it was called Precinct and I can still see some resemblance to that. It's housed in what was once the police station and you can get tht vibe a little bit, like dining where the cells once were in the basement and such.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

09:03 AM EST [Link] Cool Kudos! [comments: 0]
fallbldgsmall (77k image)I was pleased to discover that this picture I took over the weekend got a "like" by Yankee Magazine! It's always cool to find out that something like that found my work worthy of something!

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