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Jul. 13th, 2007 05:56 am
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NYC friends (current and expatriate), if you're not following the Astronomy Photo of the Day you should check out today's: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070713.html

Home again

Jul. 9th, 2007 05:38 am
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We're back from California. Vacation was good. Photos later.
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Those of you who work in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, check out this story: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/06/18/this_matisse_seeks_a_patron/

The artist who made the musical sculpture in the T station is looking for local companies to fund the repairs (which he's been taking care of himself for the past 20 years).
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Thanks to today's vote in the Massachusetts state legislature, Kelly and I have gone from "married until at least 2008" to "married until at least 2012." Upgrade!
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I went for an awesome walk this afternoon (3.3 miles according to Gmaps Pedometer) and I got home just as it started to rain.

Unfortunately, when I got home and went to switch from sunglasses back to regular glasses, my regular glasses were broken. The frame on one side has been unable to hang onto a screw for a few months now, and it's been periodically breaking. This time I couldn't find the screw, so I think I need to bite the bullet and get them replaced. Unfortunately, my vision insurance plan doesn't cover new glasses until September, but I don't think I can hold out that long. I'm going to see if I can talk K into an exciting Saturday evening visit to LensCrafters. I bought stuff to make soup tonight, so we will not need to have a "romantic food court dinner". (I'm not sure exactly when it started, but at some point we were trying to have a nice evening out and wound up going to the mall instead because one of us needed something, and evening visits to the mall during which we grab dinner are now known as romantic food court dinners.) On the bright side, I have been all about experimenting with my look lately (partly because of the career change, but mainly because I peered into my closet one morning and realized I was really tired of button-down shirts) and new glasses are a fun way to do that. Those of you who pay attention to fashion and stuff, I could totally use suggestions.

ETA: For those of you who haven't seen what I look like with my current glasses, here's a picture that [livejournal.com profile] ornoth took a few weeks ago.
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Despite not having run a 5K since 2003, I've decided to run the Vision 5K at the beginning of June. I'm running with [livejournal.com profile] bitty to raise money for the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. Perkins serves people who are blind, deafblind, or living with multiple disabilities. Perkins was the first school for the blind in the US. Helen Keller studied there. They provide services to people in Massachusetts and around the world who have to overcome challenges that most of us can hardly imagine.

My fundraising page is at http://www.active.com/donate/vision5kperkins/BLinker.
Our team fundraising goal is $750. My personal goal is $250. Donations of any size would be super -fantastic and very much appreciated.
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I have a cold, work is a bit nuts, and I am into the final 48 hours of my tenure as b-ball league commissioner. I have no real energy to write about me, so let's talk about you.

Comment and I will:
1 - Tell you why I friended you.
2 - Associate you with a song/film.
3 - Tell a random fact about you.
4 - Tell a first memory about you.
5 - Associate you with a character/pairing.
6 - Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7 - Tell you my favorite user pic of yours [if it pertains].
8 - In retort, you must spread this disease in your LJ [or blog].
[meme via the lovely [livejournal.com profile] dionysia]
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Beth on Apache Trail - Apache Junction, AZ

Kelly took this picture. If you click through, you can see the ones I took.
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Boston types have probably seen this somewhere else already, but I know some of you who don't live here enjoy visiting Pandemonium Books when you're in town. They're in some trouble after their move from Harvard Square to Central Square, but are attempting to fend off the IRS by selling t-shirts. If you like the store, you can go buy a shirt or two (even if you don't wear t-shirts all the time and already have lots of t-shirts).

http://community.livejournal.com/pandemonium_bks/78457.html#cutid1
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I do not have a sense of humor about this whole Aqua Teen Hunger Force terrorist scare. If the cops had reason to believe there might be a bomb down the street from your house, you'd want them to be cautious too.
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Mostly for [livejournal.com profile] fj, Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert's review of new Lifetime TV movie starring Heather Locklear:
You could magically transform her into a life-size plastic body cast with an incandescent wig on top, and still she would be Heather Locklear, and still she would be awesome.
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I went to the gym this morning and had the best workout I've had in a while. I'm very glad that whatever I did to my back two weeks ago seems to have healed up. I also realized that I desperately need some new workout music. As much as I love my iPod Shuffle, I consistently have no luck finding new music on iTunes.

A few minutes ago, I rebooted my computer to install an upgrade to iTunes and Kelly asked why I was rebooting. I said "re-installing iTunes" and she said "why? Do you think the new version will give you better music?"

Anyway, can anyone give me some good recommendations for workout music? Doesn't have to be available on iTunes, pretty much any genre will do as long as it's fast and catchy and not depressing.

iPhone

Jan. 10th, 2007 06:56 am
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I've been enjoying [livejournal.com profile] fj's analysis of the iPhone from a mobile usability perspective.

I've also been reading a lot of Microsoft weblogs for work-related research purposes. This morning, a post from Microsoft blogger Anna Liu pointed out another potential usability issue from a "girlie" perspective. (You'll have to click through.) I wonder if Apple tested for that one.
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Reading this article in today's Boston Globe about Disney putting the screws to inner city youth football teams that make it to the Pop Warner national championships pretty much killed my interest in ever visiting Disney World again. It's repulsive.
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Indexed. You'll never look at Venn diagrams the same way again.

Wow

Oct. 18th, 2006 11:19 pm
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For a moment there, the Mets were only half a strike away from winning Game 6.
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It took just over a year, but Brando the Cat (not pictured in icon) has finally mastered the art of hanging out on the couch. He's been sitting next to me for about half an hour. The Patriots have a bye this week, but maybe next week he'll watch football with me.
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] danger_chick!
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Cyclists - Check out the latest t-shirt design from Threadless. If I were not imminently doomed to commuting by car, I would want one of these.
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