In contrast to yesterday morning

The Audi with California plates was downright pleasant, despite everything that those two things would otherwise imply. I mean, still mildly aggravating, but not “GO DIE IN A FIRE YOU MORON!” level of road rage. So, good on ya, CA Audi!

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First picture with the new phone

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October 31, 2014 · 07:29

So, uh… I kinda did a thing (techno-geek allergy alert)

Well, my old Samsung SIII has been dying for the past year, and rapidly accelerating here in the past week, giving out “Can’t find SIM card!” warnings requiring resets and generally just slogging down. So, possessing the knowledge that I was eligible for a subsidized upgrade, I hied meself down to the Verizon store, and found that the new Ultra Greatest Phone EVAHR, the Droid Turbo, had literally come into the store mere hours ahead of me–the guy had never even played with it until I asked to see it. For the price of VERY MANY Brownell’s on-sale AR lowers, I walked out with the latest bit of technogeek pocketslavey, and have been messing with it ever since.

…It’s kind of crazy that you can walk around with a quad-core-3-gig-RAM-32-gig-memory geegaw that could have gotten the astronauts to the moon with room to spare for–and correct me if I’m wrong but even if I am I think I’m not too far off–the contents of the library of congress, and 30 pounds of vinyl to boot.

While it lacks a few features I would have liked, namely removable memory and battery, it smacks the rest of my want list out of the park (decent camera, no Samsung TouchWiz UI [*spit*], and nice enough specs to last a couple years), so far past what the rest of the offerings out there currently are there was no contest–and I figure that with the memory card (that was from the old Droid X, no less) my Samsung was the same size, and I was just now about to run out of room on the card for new pictures, and no matter the amount of Technowizardry they always only seem to last 2 years anyway, so I’d probably be just fine–and if not I’ll just have to be more diligent about deleting the extraneous photos of the blurry ground I always seem to take 3 of before I get a picture worth saving.

AAAAAAAAaaaaand now that I’ve found something else to completely bore you all with, I’ll leave you with the standard FCC/FTC/FAC/FCKTL disclaimer that no, I didn’t get anything out of this, and yes, I would have been happy to have gotten something out of this, dammit, for future reference.

So, goodbye little Samsung, you served me well for two years, making me hate you nearly constantly for the past one, and I hope I never have to use you again!

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On the way to work this morning

To the Porsche with California plates, thank you so much for living up to every single stereotype both of those things imply. It feels great to have this much validation this early in the morning.

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Be afraid! Be VERY afraid!

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October 30, 2014 · 07:53

Through the roof!

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Just thought I’d throw out an aquarium update. You can see the Anacharis is attempting a military coup of the right hand corner, and the Bacopa in the middle is starting to take off, too. Meanwhile, in the left corner:

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We have runners! The Italian Val is apparently getting what it needs!

The Anubias is putting on new leaves, as is the pygmy chain sword… The only thing that isn’t doing what I want it to do is the dwarf sag in the middle… But it’s still green, so I guess there’s hope.

Ok, now that you’re probably bored to tears, I will also say that despite a bad couple days with the tetras, the fish population is holding steady. Guess we’ll see when I get brave enough to expand population sizes.

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Tragic Boating Accidents

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I think it’s going to take more than one can of WD40 to get this guy up and running again.

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Leaf bug

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October 28, 2014 · 17:13

I guess that’s why they call me

Spent 6 hours in the truck today driving through snow and ice to get home from Wyoming, visiting my brother for the first time in 4 years or so. My boss just texted me and said that he was going up into the mountains (only a two or three hour drive one way, though) to one of our dams and wanted me to come with him and could we meet at 6 tomorrow morning? Of course, I say yes to things like that, even when I’m already travel-shocked. At least it’s not supposed to snow.

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Home again

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October 27, 2014 · 15:39

Lincoln’s Head

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October 25, 2014 · 13:17

College town

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October 24, 2014 · 18:16

In Wyoming

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October 24, 2014 · 17:12

NOW YOU WILL SEE WHAT TRUE PANIC IS!

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October 24, 2014 · 07:41