Much-needed laid-back day around the house. That hadn't been the plan. We were supposed to be visiting a college today.… But gabe decided and he's going to UVM. I'm really excited for him. I think it's going to be a great place to match his interests. It feels very good to him to have made a decision…

Gabe had in the way lacrosse game down in Rutland. He took the team bus, I got a ride with Elizabeth… And Diane drove in from Endicott where she'd been visiting her mom.

It was a cold and blustery day.

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Game was good but we lost in the last minute…oh well….

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They brought over some great pastries that she's been trying. She's expanding her Douglas Sweet's brand. These were delicious. Lemon curd tarts, chocolate covered strawberries, and a really amazing macaroon. Thank you Debra

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Just back home from a really nice visit to the Davises. I knew I was missing something the season… It was Easter egg dying

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The girls even managed to make some of those hollow ones but blowing out The insides.ewwwwwwwwww!
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Then take out Chinese. It doesn't get much better than that really nice evening.

 

Okay already late… Need to get some rest. More tomorrow.
Night all, night Sam
– Me

 

Long hard day at work. Glad it's Friday. Dan is out of town so it was just Gabe and me tonight for dinner. We went to Mexicali which was really fun.

I came home looking for some recreational hacking. I've been working on some sports hacking stuff for work and one of the things we needed was an integrated heart sensor that was lightweight. I don't think we can use this for work, but I decided to build one. I have a small pulse oximeter that I bought. I interfaced it to a Bluetooth low-energy Arduino clone called and RFduino.

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I then wrote some code that read the sensor and converted my pulse into beats per minute. I didn't have time tonight to write an iPhone app to receive it so I used another iPhone app I had that is used to display temperature. So what I got was an iPhone app with a thermometer that showed my heart rate. It works really well. Not bad for an hours worth of work.

 

Gotta get up early tomorrow for a lacrosse game. More then.
Night all, night Sam
– Me

 

Got home around midnight to hear that the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez had died at age 87. Like many high school students I fell in love with marquezs magic realism. I remember reading hundred years of solitude. It was like a right of passage. Like reading Carlos Castaneda or Hermann Hesse or Jack Carol wack. I remember thinking we were different for reading those books… Just like all my friends. LOL.

 

But Marquez was special. He wrote about things that were almost there. I didn't learn the term magic realism until many years later but I remember that reading Marquez reminded me of my own personal experience of wondering whether there was something completely different reality just underneath the reality we experienced.

I remember how deep that felt reading his books.… Then I remember laughing at myself for thinking it was so deep… Now here I am again thinking it was deep. That's magic realism.

I think I read everything he ever wrote… At least every novel. I can't even remember my favorites now. I remember reading hojascuras (leaf storms) using my faulty high school Spanish… And still getting it. I think that book might be within 10 feet of me right now. I loved his interpretation of crazy old men in books like autumn of the patriarch. And no one writes to the colonel .. Especially now that I am aspiring to be a crazy old man. Or at least approximating one

We need I heard that he died… The first thing that came to my mind was the movie here erindira that he wrote back in the 80's. I remember it was so surreal. Here's a scene I found on YouTube. It reminds me of his writing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUmkmNSGWJA&sns=em

 

Here's to you Mr. Marquez. The guy that big me realize that you get to choose your own reality.
Night all, night Sam
– Me

 

Diane just reminded me that we're In the middle of palindrome week.! The dates this week are all symmetrical. That's pretty sweet!

I guess it's not all that rare in the scheme of things… But it's nice just the same. Have always been partial to palindromes. I almost named my Graduate research ' palindrome' but ended up changing my mind when everything didn't end up having to be symmetric.

We have a book somewhere in this house about palindromes. I wish I could remember them all: here's a couple I do remember

  • Go hang a salami I'm a lasagna hog.
  • Able was I ere i saw elba
  • A man a plan a canal Panama.
  • Or them more ambitious : A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal-Panama!

Or my new favorite

Are we not pure? “No sir!” Panama’s moody Noriega brags. “It is garbage!” Irony dooms a man; a prisoner up to new era.

 

Or

 

Are we not drawn onward to new era?

Ok..

Nite all, nit sam

-me