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Jeff Bower
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Side benefit #837 of living in a photogenic neighborhood:
Superheroes just cleared all the snow off my sidewalk. Apparently The Defenders is shooting outside tomorrow and they didn't want any snow in the shot.

You've got to admire the Irish. Here we've got a holiday designed to celebrate their heritage and how do we do it? By dressing as grotesque ethnic caricatures and celebrating their worst stereotypes with horrible accents. It's like Chinese New Year's where we all dress as Mickey Rooney's character from Breakfast at Tiffany's blissfully unaware even of the insult of confusing Japanese and Chinese stereotypes. And I feel guilty for even thinking about MLK day...

Kudos on focusing on the fun, my Irish friends!

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I admit some of them can be irritating, but should we really be encouraging grinding up vegetarians and feeding them to chickens?
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In browsing my spam folder for false positives I found a few messages asking for help with a coding project with a ZIP file attachment send to my github email address. I want to believe that this is just a simple mass email scam, but I can't help but wonder if they took one look at my code and thought "this is so terrible he must be dumb enough to open an unsolicited ZIP file."

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Note to self: When you show a German guy a video of someone using a Porsche 911 as a controller for Doom and the thing he thinks is unusual about the video is that there's a toaster in the front seat.

And because you'll ask for it...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRMpNA86e8Q

Is it wrong how amused I am that I got a call from a recruiter looking to fill a position for a broadcast network in the ads department at the very moment I was tinkering with a script to automatically remove ads from broadcast TV?

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Sadly Oren's is closed so I had to pick up Zabar's instead, but storm prep is the same as last year.
Did my pre-storm shopping for the essentials.
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I'm partying like it's 1999, only instead of AIM and ICQ in GAIM it's Skype and WeChat in Franz. Whatever happened to that idea of a federated system where everything would be extensions of XMPP so one client could at least have basic communication to everything else?
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I learned two things last week:
1. I wish I had invested in stall bars and some bands (in the bag on the lower right) earlier, if you've got limited space to exercise this is a pretty compact and flexible gym-in-an-apartment. Especially when you're stuck in a rut and don't realize how specialized your exercise routine is. The incline board is on the way, and it should store against the bars nicely.
2. Whoever built my wall was a much better carpenter than electrician (many of my outlets weren't grounded or, even worse, treated neutral as ground). Metal studs with wooden 2x4 inserts, plywood under the drywall, 9-12" stud spacing. The wall must have been constructed in the era of 150lb plasma TVs.
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