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Red Barn in Snow, Bolton MA (Feb. 2017)
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Long Beach/Beach Haven, NJ (December 2016)
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Surf City, NJ (December 2016)
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Supermoon November 2016
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Fall Cleanup (October, 2016)
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Somerville Bike Path (10.18.16)
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Natick Falls, Natick MA (10.16.16)
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Sunset at Ten Pound Light, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Rooftop Pool, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Prospect Hill Tower, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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View of Boston from Prospect Hill, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetary (Sept. 2016)
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Winslow and Tiki (Sept. 2016)
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Pemaquid Point Shot, Maine August 2016
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Zen along Ocean Point, Maine (August 2016)
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Mystic Seaport Dusk, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Rocks and Roses along Penobscot Penisula (8/9/16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #3, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #2, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #1, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Rock Harbor, Orleans Cape Cod Sunset July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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Chatham Light Beach, Chatham MA July 2016
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Chatham Light, Chatham MA July 2016
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Highland Light, Truro MA July 2016
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Capr Cod Windmill, Easton MA July 2016
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Greyson the Alpaca, Hubburdston MA July 2016
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Mystic Seaport Sunset, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sea Lion, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Boston Light (7/1/16)
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Point Judith Light Area, Narragansett, RI (6.12.16)
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Lighthouse Mailbox, Somewhere in RI (6.12.16)
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Pemaquid Point Maine 2011 (re-issue 6.6.16) - I'm jonesing to get back there. I have a thing for lighthouses and puffins. Maybe this summer!
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Approaching Infinity, Scituate, MA (6.4.16)
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Visiting Cohasset (6.4.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Iris from my Garden 2016 (6.1.16)
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

08:30 AM EST [Link] Boston Spring [comments: 0]
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Monday, April 24, 2017

10:19 AM EST [Link] Wont be Long Now [comments: 0]
Oh boy, by this time next week, I'll e at my new desk in the open concept office move. Yipee! Been busy packing up boxes of what's coming with me. I did end up ordering that strainer afterall and it should arrive midweek. I'll let you know if it was worth it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

09:33 PM EST [Link] Did a Lot today! [comments: 0]
Changed out the glass panes and put the screens in the doors, pulled out and set up the grill, went to Volante farms and got some lunch and plants, including planting some lettuce in the raised boxes. Also got some flowers that remind me of truffula trees and placed near the patio area along with some hanging strawberries, hanging from a new pole we got from a visit to OSJL along with a base for a future table umbrella. Cooked a bolognese in the instant pot, and baked some banana bread, went grocery shopping for some items, watched the Celtics and a special on Betty Broderick ('member her?), did three loads of laundry, vacummed, and performed some household duties. I'm ready to drop - my body feels like lead right now. But it feels good to make such good use of the day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

07:50 PM EST [Link] Just Strolling Around [comments: 0]
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While awaiting LD to get done with her appointment, I went walking around the neighborhood and came upon this place. General Sylvanus Thayer, known as the "Father of West Point," was born in this house in 1785 and resided there until 1793. There's history all around us.

Friday, April 21, 2017

10:27 AM EST [Link] When Doves Cry [comments: 0]
Ened up somehow watching some biography of the music star Prince on Reelz called When Doves Cry. Found it very interesting - delves into his childhood and everything - kinda makes sense now all the things he sang about and how the Purple Rain album was so autobiographical. Definitely worth a watch, I found I really didn't know hardly anything about the dude's upbringing or personal life - I found it very insightful and a little sad. Catch it if you can.

I was planning on spending the day in town today but the rain has put a damper on those plans, so I'll get to catching up on things around the local.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

07:33 AM EST [Link] Weather The Storm [comments: 0]
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Narragansett, RI

I feel I must buy this pasta strainer!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

08:54 AM EST [Link] Gears are turning [comments: 0]
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Castle Island Light, Newport RI

Going through some old pics lately.

Hmm, bike seems to be not gearing right. Most likely the cables are worn or some adjustments are sorely needed, not surprising since I've never really serviced the thing since I bought it back in the nineties. It's still rideable - just doesn't change gears properly if at all. Maybe I'll mess with it later - I have a feeling the issue is with the Shimano shifter mechanisms on the handlebars, probably should take it to a shop at some point.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

11:10 AM EST [Link] Reading List Item Number 8 [comments: 0]
Next up on the reading list (#8 for the year): Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age - very pertinent to today, lost in our devices. Plus it's now in paperback.

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Here's another shot from the cruise last weekend - the historic property known as the Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory. Look it up!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

07:10 PM EST [Link] Boating the Gloucester Harbor [comments: 0]
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Shot from the boat during the Easter Brunch Cruise around Gloucester Harbor of Stacy Blvd, with the Gloucester Fisherman Memorial in the foreground.

Had a lot of fun trolling around the harbor and seeing various sights from angles that I have not usually seen them, such as Hammond Castle and Stage Fort Point, Ten Pound Light, and some private homes. The meal was actually very good, and the ride itself was pretty calm. For some weird reason the drummer in the jazz band playing kept making googly eyes at me. Like I said, strange, but all in all, a very enjoyable way to spend a great sunny, warm afternoon. Lovely time to spend with LD. Arriving home, we ended up sitting out on the back deck and three bunnies were playing in the yard - perfect for Easter, right?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

04:09 PM EST [Link] Spring Saturday [comments: 1]
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Working on a lot of yard work today - clearing raised boxes, getting rid of leaves and brush, pulling out the chairs and maybe the grill later, getting ready for planting, hoeing some weeds, all good...

Busy day all around. Grocery shopping, cleaning out the car, cooking and prepping meals, using the insta pot twice, making our signature corn salad, all good...

Friday, April 14, 2017

09:11 AM EST [Link] Boston Harbor Nights [comments: 0]
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I'm a little bummed that last week I lost my Fitbit in my travels. It's gone for good now. I suppose I could hook up to the Flex I won a couple months ago and still sits unopened but I was digging the Alta. Actually, truth to tell, I was starting to get a little tired of the tracking. I pretty much know what I average by now. Also starting to do a little spring cleanup out in the backyard around here - spring bug has hit, as the first flowers are also starting to bud and bloom!

Currently reading: Book #7: The Legacy of a Sow's Ear: The Rise and Fall of Arthur D. Little - I wasn't there for the Rise, but I was there for the Fall, spending 12 years of my budding career there, up until the end - still miss the place, in many ways, such a unique place to work and I pretty much owe all I have today to them for giving me the chance. Lucky to have been a part of it.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

11:14 AM EST [Link] Spring is here! [comments: 0]
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Spring in Boston!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

03:52 PM EST [Link] A Different View of Nubble [comments: 0]
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Going through some old shots.

10:28 AM EST [Link] Lion in the Sun [comments: 0]
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Scene from the Boston Public Library. In unrelated news, signed up for a brunch cruise soon around Gloucester Harbor! And I'm back to riding the bike back/forth to work almost daily!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

07:26 PM EST [Link] Back from Boomtown [comments: 0]
2828_web (122k image)Actually Boonton, NJ which is pronounced Boot-In but I always say it like Boomtown. Had a photoshoot with goats and lambs - should be ready by Tuesday - see if there's anything good there. Overall feeling is they can't be as good as last year - knew that going into it because last years were so amazing. This year there was the placement of the sun, the demeanor of the animals, the skill of the photographer etc. Plus last year we actually chose names for the babies and they were selected. Can't really top that.

Cooking turkey and pasta in the Insta-Pot - another new recipe. Also, an old associate of mine had a bunch of 45s lying around in his basement and was kind enough to send them along to us for the jukebox. Looks like there might be a few gems in there. Also musically related, seeing Air Supply live in the late summer this year.

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Happy as a clam lamb!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

10:51 AM EST [Link] My Everyday [comments: 1]

Happy 9th Anniversary, Ladydoc!!
You're every minute of my everyday!

10:39 AM EST [Link] Happy Spring! [comments: 0]
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

10:48 AM EST [Link] Finally, a Spring Day [comments: 0]
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"Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast,
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Saturday, April 1, 2017

02:17 PM EST [Link] Saturday Nite Date [comments: 0]
Off to dinner and a movie tonight with our double date pals!

Ended up seeing Beauty and the Beast - not normally a movie I would go see, I'm more of a Ghost in the Shell type, but I did enjoy it. And the Italian Dinner after was great too.

I've been feeling a little sentimental lately, not sure why though...just thoughts, probably will pass in a bit.

Friday, March 31, 2017

05:37 PM EST [Link] Slushy Friday Afternoon [comments: 0]
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The cat has the right idea about what to do today. And so we are. After getting some needs at Trader Joe's and some other places, going to hunker down and chill. Thankfully I'm starting to feel better myself now having almost got this cold beat.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

08:26 AM EST [Link] Blah week [comments: 0]
Fighting off a cold - rainy - feel a little crappy lately. It will pass.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

09:30 PM EST [Link] Woolapalooza 2017 [comments: 0]
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Honored that igersmass featured my Woolapalooza photo from yesterday's activities.

Proud of us - LD and I made our first recipe using the Instant Pot I bought over xmas.

Felt a little under the weather today - hopefully better by tomorrow.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

06:23 PM EST [Link] Squirrel Love [comments: 0]
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Headed out to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln this afternoon to see some sheep shearing and look at the baby lambs that were born within the last three weeks. Pics of that is forthcoming, but first, before we left, I noticed this cute little guy checking out some old roses we dumped outside the other day in the back yard.

For dinner tonight, I cooked up some pasta, with a homemade tomato sauce, and a side salad that consisted of olives, roasted carrots, and oranges (I had to improvise since I didn't have any tangelos). I believe LD was impressed with the dish!

10:15 AM EST [Link] Reading Morning [comments: 0]
rreading (56k image)Good morning to catch up on my reading. So this is where I'm hanging out right now, drinking coffee, and catching up.

Friday, March 24, 2017

04:23 PM EST [Link] Little Details [comments: 0]
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

01:13 PM EST [Link] Fish Sampling Memories [comments: 0]
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Another blast from the past from my mapping days, can you tell I'm cleaning out my old projects? This time it's "Aquatic Wildlife and Morphometric Characteristics of Lake Cochituate" which the towns of Natick, Framingham, and Wayland all share. This was for an ecological risk assessment that included extensive fish, mussel, and sediment sampling across the major ponds of Lake Cochituate. Interesting note about this one is that this poster was never actually used in any report. I created it myself just to learn the software. In the lower right are images of the fish that were found there and that I researched from Fishbase. In the top right is the bathymetry of the pond (i.e measurements to how deep it is). The main block shows a satellite photo of the area with the sampling locations and the counts of the various wildlife found in pie charts at that location.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

09:21 AM EST [Link] Cats and Ice Cream [comments: 0]
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Courtesy: LD
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Dreaming of Spring! Mystic, CT

Sunday, March 19, 2017

09:37 AM EST [Link] Boston Love [comments: 0]
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One of the things I love about Boston is the integration of the old with the new. Also hung at the sanctuary for a little bit today - goats visit = helps to recharge the soul. Off to try to make some smoky seared cod with a side of dates.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

03:51 PM EST [Link] Cooking Aftenoon [comments: 0]
Not only did we cook some chicken pot pie, also did a Miso-Butter Chicken with Freekeh and sauteed carrots dish. Had to start cooking some of this stuff before things go bad. Planning on a dinner event out tonight with friends so had to get moving on some of this stuff.

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Dinner view just before sunset in Quincy. I do love me some lobster raviolis!

I can't wait for this snow to get out of here. I'm starting to get the gardening bug that I usually get around this time.

Friday, March 17, 2017

11:57 AM EST [Link] Happy St. Patrick's Day [comments: 2]
Kiss Me!

I'm 0% Irish!

Actually going to spend the latter part of today down at a friend's house near Buzzard's Bay. Invited down for dinner, ham, instead of corned beef and (yuck) cabbage.

Update! Had a lot of fun - also got to binge watch some episodes of Fuller House on the Netflix and discovered I actually like it!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

12:30 PM EST [Link] Caspian Sea Memories [comments: 0]
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Blast from the past. Map I helped create back in 1996 I believe. It was used in an Environmental Impact Assessment of the Northern Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan to see what effects oil drilling would have on the local environment, When actually printed out I believe this was the 4-foot tall version. A couple of years earlier I had created a 6 ft tall version which included more of the southern part of the waterbody. I still have a copy in my basement of that mounted on cardboard. I can remember while making this that the computers we had at the time could not actually save this file - it was too big. I had to save it in pieces and write a script to load each piece one by one to create the final image (this was created in an old version of Autocad (maybe 9 or 11 on a gateway 386 computer)). I also remember printing it took a really long time. Still, looking back now, it's one of the things I helped create that I'm most proud of. It is in cyrillic (russian text) and english and although hard to see on this scan, the pie charts relate to parts of the year that the ecology of the area is most sensitive to changes throughout the year, plant life and animal life.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

08:07 AM EST [Link] Hard as Ice / Get Through [comments: 0]
Well, after yesterday's cleanup, all the water turned to ice making anything not treated a solid ice block. Luckily for the most part I had cleaned and shovelled everything around the house before the ice up did occur but naturally all my car doors froze up. I ended up taking the subway into work today (I had been planning to do it anyways, knowing this would happen). The storm ended up not being as bad as they had predicted in the long run, as its track and speed and some warm air coming in off the ocean, had altered it's outlook. Overall, not too bad out there but it probably depends where you happen to be.

If you need a little brain break, this game, Get Through is pretty good.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

04:04 PM EST [Link] Snow Day - March 14, 2017 [comments: 0]
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See the snowman?
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House colors look brighter against the white snow.

Monday, March 13, 2017

12:44 PM EST [Link] Hello Boston [comments: 0]
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Are we ready for the big snowstorm tomorrow Boston?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

08:16 PM EST [Link] Dreaming... [comments: 0]
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...of warmer days.

The biography on Rorschach and his test was pretty darn good, although I liked the half learning about the man, rather than the history of use and misuse of his test, better. However I would recommend reading it if you are interested in that, and really, who wouldn't be? It is pretty cool.


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