Weekend: Gasparilla 5k 2011; Avenue Q; misc awesome

(1) Hanging out with Cam, Melissa and Frank Thursday night.
(2) Hanging out at Devin’s Friday night with Christina, Melissa and Eduardo; good food, beer and shark stories around a backyard fire pit
(3) Saturday morning, Gasparilla 5k in Tampa, beat my goal by 30 seconds with a time of 33:27.
(4) Saturday night, Avenue Q (great) at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre downtown with Joy, Heather, Pam, and two new friends, Leonor and Cynthia.
(5) Sunday afternoon, watching my first-ever polo match at the Sarasota Polo Club with Jovee, Chrissy and Saba. Dressed up as Jeff Goldblum for a celebrity look-alike contest. Met two ultimate players, Dan and Justin, from out of town, just because we were throwing a disc around.
(6) Sunday evening, birthday party with Jovee and Chrissy at South Lido County Park. Played beach bocce!
A few pics from this whirlwind:
Gasparilla 5k:
Avenue Q:
Sarasota Polo Club:
Birthday at South Lido County Park:

Super Size Me

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It only took 7 years but I finally saw Super Size Me.
The central question asked by the film: If McDonald’s truly has no share of the blame in the obesity epidemic, then what happens if you eat only their food for a month?
Morgan Spurlock takes on a task that everyone expects won’t have good results. But not even the three doctors he goes to to help him with the experiment expect what actually ends up happening (hint: it’s not good).
I really enjoyed the old-school science approach he took here (“No-one willing to do the experiment? Do it to yourself”). It would have been nice to have heard from McDonald’s, but Spurlock can’t be blamed for lack of trying. After numerous attempts to contact them, the golden arches wouldn’t agree to an interview. Adding to the dramatic tension is the fact that Spurlock’s girlfriend is a vegan chef.
4.5/5 stars.
Bonus: McDonald’s song by 4CHIN500!
Let Me Stuff My Face

Okay, this is just to get a few words down…

…on paper, because I think it’s the pictures that have been weighing me down the most. This here computer isn’t as fast as it once was, and I think iPhoto is beginning to choke at 29,000 photos.
Music: EM006 – 04-12-1993 – Future Sound of London, Studio Session (thanks Davin)…
Yeah as I alluded to the past entry’s comments, the past four weeks have kind of been crazy. Just in quick bullet point (and I’m not even going to make them proper HTML bullets, cause I just want to get it down):
-Sonia’s birthday party! (Jan 18)
-Going to the circus! (Jan 19)
-Photography meetup group with Louis & Tori (Jan 27)
-Hockey (Lightning vs Canucks, Jan 31)
-Hilary and Brian visit (Jan 31-Feb 3, Feb 8-10)
-I ask out Joy and she says yes, woohoo (Feb 14)
-Work gets crazy (Jan 4-Feb 19)
-I’m in Tampa for a week for our annual trade show (Feb 17-21)
-My team makes it to the city-league championships in Ultimate (Feb 21)
-I get pretty sick, first experience with a US walk-in clinic, turns out to be an upper respiratory infection (Feb 23)
-Hockey: Lightning vs. Bruins (Feb 23)
-Mostly better (Feb 26)
So there it is in a nut. I really need a new computer, hahah…
Update: Okay, the entry just didn’t feel right without a pic… this one is from Sarasota’s beautiful Lido Key Beach. Clicky clicky!

40 GB iPod 3rd gen: goodnight

And with that, I think my 3rd-gen 40gb iPod has finally died. In fact, it’s sitting on my computer desk right now, committing some kind of hardwari-kiri, stuck in a cycle of rebooting once every 9 seconds, and unresponsive to my attempts to power it off… an Apple logo, then the folder icon with a little exclamation in the lower left corner, then an Apple logo, then the folder icon, then an Apple logo…
It’s all very sad. But Perseus, you’ve had a good run. I hope your battery dies before things get too painful.

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Boycott “Bodies: Revealed” exhibit at Sarasota’s G.Wiz Science Museum

Hi all… it’s been a while, yes, I know, and a big update is coming. I just saw something on the SNN6 — the local news channel — that shook me out of my blog doldrums…
Local Sarasota science museum G.Wiz will be exhibiting one of the body-plastination exhibits called “Bodies Revealed”. Here’s the press release; the exhibit is sponsoring the SNN’s weather forecast so it is being promoted heavily.
I would just like to ask that you do not go to see this exhibit; it is being put on by the same company, Premier Exhibitions, Inc, that ran the “BODIES: The Exhibition” exhibit that ran in Tampa last year.
Put simply, the Chinese government, which provided the bodies, does not have proper death certificates for the individuals, or permission from the families to have the bodies on the display. I think it is reprehensible that Premier Exhibitions would accept such bodies, and it is unfortunate that G.Wiz would accept the exhibition, because otherwise I enjoy their facility and would recommend it.
You can read more about the criticism at the “BODIES… The Exhibition” wikipedia entry.
Please note that I am not against body plastination, which I think is interesting, if a little morbid. If you want to see such an exhibit, I would recommend Gunther von Hagens Body Worlds, which is unaffiliated with Premier Exhibitions, and for which the proper permissions have been obtained.
That’s all for now… thanks for staying with me.

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Contacts: 1 week later

So, last weekend I lost my glasses, the details of which won’t be repeated here *grin*. I’ll have a new pair hopefully tomorrow, but in the interim I’ve been wearing my first pair of contacts. I thought I’d compile some quick thoughts on the experience, bullet style:
-better peripheral vision than glasses
-great not having to worry about glasses when putting on clothes
-sometimes wonder where my glasses are even though i have my contacts in
-much harder to put on than glasses
-harder to take out contacts than taking off glasses
-harder to read computer screens than with glasses
-eyes sometimes burn after taking them out
-running out of solution!
-putting a drop of solution in each eye before attempting to take them out makes it much easier
-think my eyes were really dry on the first day, making it stick to my eye more (it took 1/2 hour to get them out!)
-lenses must be more durable than they look because the doctor instructs to “rub” them between my fingers to help the cleaning process
-a little tricky to tell if lens is inside out, but “if you put them in wrong, you’ll know” according to my coworker jason
-my eyes are still very sensitive to things going into them. most sucessful technique now involves placing lens somewhere on eyeball and sliding into place
-while putting them in, also helps to tilt head up and look down (makes it easier to reach top of iris)
-while taking them out, helps to tilt head down and look up (makes it easy to remove lens)
-i’m going through a lot of solution! nearly 60ml in 1 week.
-eyes hurt more with contacts after a long day than with glasses. and then they itch post-removal.
-i can get sunglasses if i wear contacts!
-people at work find it odd to see me without glasses
-i almost don’t recognize me without my glasses
-looking forward to trying out some ultimate with contacts
-glad i have two-week disposables, that are more o2 permeable than prior lenses — my eyes need the oxygen
-a box of six two-week disposables costs about $25 and should last about three months = $100/year, and longer if you take them out every night
-seems to be okay showering with them in. at least, nothing bad happened the one time I’ve tried so far 🙂
-have not slept with them in, but apparently it’s possible to do so
-on a good morning, seems to take about 10 minutes to get them in, bad, about 20 (I am told this will get easier, but so far I am not seeing it)
So, there we go. Any readers out there have any tips or tricks related to contacts? Adding some solution to my eyes just before trying to take them out was a big help — the first night, I was scared to do this, noting that that solution is supposed to be used for cleaning the lenses — so is that really something you want to put in your eyes? But, well.. that doesn’t really make a lot of sense, since they pretty much go directly from the solution into your eyes the next morning. But I hadn’t gotten that far yet 🙂

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Not tonight

Sleep dep…

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Great weekend

So… by all accounts HPSN was a great success. I’m pretty happy 🙂
I had a pretty great weekend, too. After finishing off some work on an unrelated project on Saturday afternoon, I headed over to Cam and Melissa’s, where we binged on fantastic, handmade pierogis (perogi, perogy, piroghi, pirogi, or pyrohy) by Melissa. And, oh yeah, salad, bratwurst, chips & salsa and beer. Mmmm. Not the healthiest stuff in the world but hey it’s okay once and while, right? Went to the video store, picked out Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed — what a great film! The parts I was awake for, anyway. We started the film at 10:30 though so I think I have a good excuse 🙂 Stayed the night and slept in until noon (they have good curtains!), and enjoyed another round of pierogis and sunny-side up eggs… oh comfort food how I love thee.. watched an episode of Buffy, then went upstairs and helped assemble their new desk. Man. Why are the instructions on assemble-it-yourself furniture always so bad? Anyway, after some consternation it all came together, and it looks great! Got me thinking of buying some new furniture…
After that, got my things together and went out to Ultimate Frisbee for the first time in more than a month. That was great.. and I wasn’t as dead as I thought I was going to be. And apparrently Cam and Melissa hadn’t had enough of me, because I went right back there for dinner and enjoyed some great grilled chicken while we watched the Oscars. And I’m delighted to say The Departed won Best Picture, because I still have the rental for another three days… haha. Going to try and watch it again tonight if I have the time.
Anyway time to go to work, I’ll leave you with a few images from Ultimate last night. Have a good day!



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