today was a day of much thinking, reflection, and i like this seat that i was staring at.

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it’s good to take a few minutes and reminisce the days when submerging yourself into your imagination with your favorite toys was the greatest feeling. these were mine during 2 different time periods in the 70’s. god, i miss those days of pure simplicity. another great feeling is watching one of your own kids play with those same toys.

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this is the buffalo central terminal, not a computer terminal. so sad how beat up and run down this once beautiful structure now looks. slow progress is being made to restore it, very slow…

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today I have 2 pix because i can’t choose which one to post. they are very cool too.

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today was otherwise a good day. we made it to the science museum and got to play a couple games of bubble hockey, which was part of the sports exhibit. the kids had a lot of fun playing and doing other stuff…

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on this super crisp blustery day i was so luck to get out of the office on lunch to have blood taken, ahead of next week’s physical. so lucky, i am!

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there are many things in this house that are halfway or three-quarters finished. Here is a great example of getting one project done, but not all the way. why do i consistently do this? looking at the beautiful new window (not shown in this picture), all i can see the unfinished framing and sill. someday i’ll finish you, and the house will be at peace.

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i promise i’ll get more creative, but the start is always a slow go. plus, i sat at a desk all day, what do you expect…

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so today i try something out of the ordinary for me. today i will let everyone in on what i see for the next 365 days! let's see how far i make it without forgetting to post. hopefully i won't miss any. this also gives me the opportunity to get back to posting on the blog. i know it is the same old stupid picture posting thing, as opposed to meaty blog material, but a lot of others already do all of that. my goal is to be consistent and maybe post some interesting or lovely or thought-provoking or artistic photos. let's see how i do. wish me luck! my first post is "wabbit tracks".

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this is the christmas story that my father used to read to my brothers, sisters, and i, when we were kids, so that we would remember our polish heritage (well, not really, mostly because it was funny). i found it in a folder that i kept of childhood memories and stuff and i clearly remember this being printed out on a dot-matrix printer from the family's ibm pc junior… i was gonna retype it in this post, but thought the internet would have a copy of it and found what looks to be the original rendition of the polish spoof by Raymond Odrowaz-Sypniewski.

so, i had to do a bunch of typing and here is what i grew up with:

'Twas the night before Christmas in my Polish house
I creep down the stairs, quick like a mouse.
The rest of my family were asleep in their beds,
While visions of duck soup ran thru their heads.

The work shoes were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Stasiu would not steal a pair.
While over in the corner is so nice to see,
Kielbasa and cabbages hung from the tree.

Then there's this big bang, the house starts to shudder,
Some nut lands on the roof and breaks the rain gutter.
He comes down the chimney, swears cause it's tight,
I hide behind beer cases, way out of sight.

He lands in the fireplace, scorching his hair,
On the busted up orange crate still burning there.
He climbs out, and I get a good look,
He's just like the picture in my Polish book.

He's got vodka glazed eyes and gut like a bubble,
A five day old beard, and there's soot in the stubble.
His clothing is odd and all covered with dirt,
But finally I see, it's an old bowling shirt.

But he won't catch cold, Polish Stanly Clause,
Cause he's wearing hiss rubbers on feet wrapped in gauze.
From sparks in his drawers, he goes into a dance,
And burns a big hole in the seat of his pants.

I know this is santa, I'll bet without fear,
'Cause he heads for the kitchen and opens a beer.
He whips thru a six pack, then turns to his work.
With that old sattler's bag, he's a funny old jerk.

Now under the Christmas tree he starts to set,
The most beautiful presents a Pollack can get.
There's a new mushroom basket and a shovel for brother,
A bright red bubushka and a pick axe for mother.

Six quarts of whisky to make papa gay,
There's gonna be trouble in our house today.
For the littlest one, I know he ain't missed her,
Cause I see pretty things he's left for my sister.

And now she'll be happy through winter and summer,
With these little wrenches, she can play plumber.
Then my eye brighten up and my heart fills with glee,
When I see what Saint Stasiu is leaving for me.

There's a sixteen pound sledge, that's my favorite tool,
So I can work hard when I flunk out of school.
Then he drinks a few more beers and gives a big grin,
As he pulls out his shirt tail and whps off his chin.

There's beer suds all over his his beard and his nose,
and giving one belch, up the chimney he rose.
I must see him leave, so I rush on outside,
And I look toward the roof while a bush helps me hide.

And what do I see as I peer thru the twigs,
But an old wooden garbage cart pulled by eight pigs.
"On Stella, on Stanley, on Wally and Joe,
And all of youse pigs whose names I don't know."

Fly over the junk yard and turn to the right,
Let's visit the people before I get tight.
Then I heard him say as he flew over me,
"I'm the world's only Pollock that gives things for free."

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so this is my first post in a long time, as well as my first post on my new hp tablet called the touchpad. i am also using a bluetooth keyboard to type this post. i just have to say, although this device experience is a little bit rough, hp got a lot of features right and if they can come up with quick updates to the operating system, entice developers to develop some key and niche apps for the platform and get into a good device refresh cycle, the webos experience has a chance, not only with tablets, but with smartphones, netbooks, laptops, printers, and toasters!

the features i really like about are:

  • how the webos experience didn’t lose much, while gaining screen real estate. cards, and stacks, and multitasking are all still the same as on the phone
  • simple management of accounts
  • skype integration for video calling was implemented beautifully
  • flash in the browser is great
  • box.net integration is wonderful for file and document management, plus the free 50 GB of space for life is nothing to shake a stick at either.

what needs to be improved to make this device stellar:

  • performance – apps gotta start faster, switch faster, screen rotation has to work faster
  • stability – i have only had my touchpad restart on me once, but other hardcore users
  • more accessories will make the touchpad a more fun and useful tool
  • a couple missing hardware features – a rear auto-focus camera and hdmi out support would have put this device in the high-end device market, even with it’s extra girth compared to the other devices out there

after all has been said, i really do like this device and hope to use it as a replacement for my heavier laptop. this thing has promise!

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