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January 18th, 2016
10:30 pm

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The era has now ended
Today I bought an iPhone 6s 64GB and began setting it up. So far the only thing that's really chafing my jimmies is the inability to sync Outlook data beyond contacts and calendar. Otherwise, it's going well.
If anyone has any apps they can't live without that they'd like to tell me about, go for it. As a recovering BlackBerry user, I'm not up on these things.

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December 29th, 2015
10:45 pm

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Closer...
My Otterbox Defender case & holster for an iPhone 6s arrived today. Presumably at some point I will get an iPhone for it.

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December 20th, 2015
03:00 pm

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Props to Otterbox
My personal cell phone is a Blackberry Q10 (don’t judge), which I carry in an Otterbox Defender case & holster. Yesterday, I broke one of the clips on the holster under unusual circumstances*.
I called Otterbox to see if I could buy a replacement holster, but was told they stopped making them for my phone a year ago, and don’t even have any parts left. I don’t fault them for this since the Q10 is no longer manufactured or sold by any major carrier.
Otterbox wanted to provide a warranty replacement that I hadn’t even asked for, so they asked if there were any other devices I needed a Defender & holster for. I said I was planning to get an iPhone 6s at some point, so they are sending me my color choice for that. I paid $2.99 for shipping, period.
It seems I am another step closer to getting an iPhone.

*If anyone is that interested, I was attending a graduation ceremony at the Patriot Center and stood for the national anthem** with my phone in my hand. The clip snagged on the seat’s armrest.
**Why is it impossible for anyone to just sing the anthem as arranged? I blame Whitney Houston for doing it well and inspiring thousands to do it poorly.

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September 11th, 2015
09:17 am

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Follow up on Trouble
He is fine, no issues with his eye.

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September 9th, 2015
11:13 pm

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Dog fatherhood
I had noticed something intermittently strange about Trouble's right eye. I couldn't get a good look at it, but I assumed it was his eyelid rolling over or something. With his brain issues many things are possible. When we got back from our evening walk I noticed it again and took a close look at it. 
Somehow, he got a piece of paper in his eye socket. Once I knew that it was there‎, there was no question of leaving it there so I called the vet and took him over.
They took him in the back to try flushing it out and I settled down to wait. Less than five minutes later they brought him back out. Considering it was after 10:00 PM, I was expecting at least $100-$150. They didn't charge me anything, either because that was correct on its own or because they checked how much I've spent there in the last couple years. 
It didn't seem to bother him but it sure bothered me so I'm glad it could be resolved fairly easily.

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September 1st, 2015
10:13 am

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A bright new world
I just replaced the worn tip on my stylus and the world is a better place for it.

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August 28th, 2015
07:11 am

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Looks pretty snazzy
http://www.olamarinteriors.com/portfolio/mid-century-home-receives-a-contemporary-update

This is my house.

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August 12th, 2015
05:45 pm

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Cell phones
My Blackberry Q10 just had its two year anniversary and my contract is now month to month. There are a couple phones I'm interested in, but the big releases won't be for another month or two.
Rather than rushing to replace my current phone, I have obtained an Otterbox Defender case and holster to try to extend its useful life as far as possible. Otterbox doesn't make or sell them anymore, so it was even cheap to get a remainder.

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August 1st, 2015
09:09 pm

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A better title
Why do they call the program "Outrageous ‎acts of Science", when "Hold my Beer and Watch This" would be so much more accurate? 

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July 4th, 2015
10:26 am

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You might be a libertarian if
You get mad about medical Certificates of Need, taxi medallions, and state run liquor stores, in a dream.

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