Archive for May, 2010

The Littlest Cuomo

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

After months and months of speculation, apparently Andrew Cuomo is going to officially announce his candidacy for governor today.

As the only viable Democratic candidate, I’m sure he’ll have no trouble in the primary. And since the Democratic party in this state is in the business of buying votes — er, allocating member items to needy constituents — he’s probably going to be succeeding Paterson in the fall.

Wasn’t there a whole war about eliminating inheritance of positions of power? Whatever happened with that?

S.A.P.S. Ride 1.0

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Chris Ride 001Our first official ride of the season!

15 miles and no calamity to speak of.

A fine ride through Cheektowaga and Williamsville.

Next week hosted at Kevin’s Tuesday, plan to leave 6ish.

Porch

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts this week – I’ve been off from work, which means I’ve been working around the house. The last few days in particular have been dedicated to reflooring the front porch – there was a lot of water and ant damage in one corner, so I decided to tear everything out and redo it.

Fortunately, there were only a few soft spots in the joists, so most of the replacement was floorboards. Pictures of both the new porch and the exciting stuff I found inside the old one coming soon.

White Ford Pickup

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

File this one under “Wish I had a Camera”…

While I was stopped at a gas station yesterday afternoon, a white Ford pickup, from about 1978, pulled into the pump behind me. Mom got out of the passenger side, tatooed, wife-beater wearing Dad got out of the driver’s side. Suddenly I saw two little heads bopping around the front seat- two young boys, definitely not old enough to be out of childs’ seats, unbuckled in the cab. Mom goes around to the driver’s side of the truck and, cigarette in mouth, proceeds to operate the pump. Luckily the tank on my car was at that point nearly full, and I hightailed it out of the lot before some sort of redneck fireball ensued.

There are times when the idea of having to pass a test and obtain a license prior to breeding seems like a really, really good idea.

Running

Monday, May 17th, 2010

So, in keeping with Pitt’s post about high school, here’s a bit of news: this weekend, I ran my first 5k since the end of my illustrious career on the McQ cross country team.

A friend of mine asked if I’d like to run in the memorial 5K for his father, so Sue and I signed up. I actually did a bit of training on the treadmill, but this was my first actual running-on-pavement in years. I came in at a hair under 30 minutes — 29:46, I think — and aside from a bit of knee pain the next day, was relatively unscathed. I’m hoping to do at least one more official run this summer.

I guess biking is a gateway exercise.

15

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Can anyone believe we’ve been out of high school for 15 years? I guess we have to believe it, its true. Anyway, I was planning on going to the reunion, but with all that we’ve got going on between May and June, another major trip just isn’t in the cards. Brian, Matt, D, were any of you planning on going to the class reunion?

Full Body Scans

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Apparently, the Buffalo airport is going to be getting at least one full body imaging scanner for the security checkpoint. Which is fantastic, because I’ve always said that airport security just isn’t inconvenient and intrusive enough.

I’d be much happier if this article was about a grant to do better background checks on the restaurant and newsstand employees inside the airport. But I guess that’s just not as sexy as pissing away taxpayer dollars on another feel good countermeasure.

Anyone know where I can get some metallic lettering? I want to stitch something rude into the waistband of my undershorts the next time I fly.

Obama

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

So, President Obama is coming to Buffalo today. Apparently the plan is to fly in, spend a total of three hours in the city, and then fly out. He will be visiting a small manufacturing company on the East Side that does metal fabrication – the entire block has been cordoned off to keep any of the ordinary citizens who don’t work there out of the way.

Now, I understand that Presidential visits to Buffalo don’t seem to have the best history, and might not encourage someone to meet directly with the public (*cough* McKinley *cough*). But it amazes me that over the course of the last two hundred years, our Presidency has become a royal office. At no point do the ordinary citizens of America have any ability to interact with the man who is leading our country – he is endlessly locked away in private jets, private cars, behind a security detail and a metal detector and an army of PR flacks. It’s sort of sad.

SOC Puppets

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The FCC has agreed to give content providers permission to activate SOC, or Selective Output Control, on consumer set-top boxes. This means that the Component outputs on your cable box can be remotely disabled by the cable company to prevent you from recording movies. Movies that you, obviously, paid for, since they’re playing on the TV _in your living room_. You’ll just have to pay again if you want to watch again.

Apparently, we’re all just supposed to shut up, hand over our money, and keep slurping away at the entertainment trough. Mooooo.

Paranoid Hat

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Camille and I were in some undergrad Computer Science classes together – she’s at UB for grad school now, and posted a link to the final projects for her “Wearable Media” class. Her entry, the “Paranoid Hat”, apparently vibrates to let you know of a variety of alert conditions – high temp, too much UV, etc. Pretty neat. I’m looking forward to her additional posts on the project.