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Drunk Florida Man Tries to Use Taco as ID After His Car Catches Fire at Taco Bell | Miami New Times - http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide...
"The incident occurred in the early morning of October 1 in Jensen Beach, according to the blog Off the Beat. Falkner, 30, had apparently decided to make a run for a fourth meal after downing some beers, and he somehow made it all the way to the fast-food joint in his Chevy pickup, placed his order, and received his taco before falling asleep. The Taco Bell manager had to call police because Falkner was out cold at the pick-up window and holding up customers behind him. Clearly this was not a victimless crime, and our hearts go out to the hungry folks who had to wait so long for their late-night munchies. A deputy awoke Falkner and then asked for his ID. Falkner said no before reaching into his bag and presenting the officer with a taco. Another deputy clarified they were asking for an ID, not a taco. Falkner chuckled and began eating the taco. Then deputies noticed Falkner had fallen asleep with his foot on the accelerator while his truck was in park. The engine had caught fire, and fire extinguishers were used to put it out." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The reason I look different is I shaved off my cheese." - Stephen Mack
Your honor, my client was not "driving" under the influence - he was merely sleeping in a parked truck while drunk. If he didn't move when asked you might charge him with trespassing but to assume anything worse would be predatory. - Brian Johns
Florida! - Amit Patel
You know who likes tacos? This guy. -> - Steve C Team Marina
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Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song - http://www.engadget.com/2014...
Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song
"Technology can be pretty wonderful sometimes. Case in point: Warblr, an app that uses sound recognition tech and your phone's GPS signal to identify birdsongs. The application first pinpoints where you are (it'll debut in the United Kingdom), and narrows the results by what types of fowl are common to the area, according to its Kickstarter page. Then, after making the ID, it presents the most likely suspects." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Scarfolk Council: Investigation & Prosecution Pigeons (1973-1979) - http://scarfolk.blogspot.com.au/2014...
Scarfolk Council: Investigation & Prosecution Pigeons (1973-1979)
"If an IP pigeon lands nearby, please fully comply with the following instructions:" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"1. Remove your clothes" … "2. Adopt the positions as illustrated so that evidence may be collected." … "3. Answer any questions transmitted via the IP pigeon's portable, 2-way broadcast system." … "4. Stand by while your crime is being assessed. Your sentence or fine will be printed on ticker tape in 3-5 minutes." - Amit Patel
One of my favourite sites after discovering it this year. - Mark H
it's a modern classic. you getting the book? - Big Joe Silence
Most likely. - Mark H
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You Probably Never Realized How Marble Is Harvested, But It's Beautiful - http://io9.com/you-pro...
You Probably Never Realized How Marble Is Harvested, But It's Beautiful
"Ever wondered how marble is quarried? The process, documented in this stunning short by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani, is utterly transfixing." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Is the Kairos smartwatch too good to be true? | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2014...
Is the Kairos smartwatch too good to be true? | The Verge
"A mechanical wristwatch and a full-color digital display in a single device" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The Kairos MSW and SSW models combine actual self-winding watch movements (Japanese on one model, Swiss on the other) with a transparent color OLED display to give you a "real" watch when you just want a fashion statement with full-on smartwatch capability — notifications, fitness tracking, and so on — when you need it." - Amit Patel
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Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite - http://hemingwrite.com/
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
"The Hemingwrite is-a single purpose, distraction-free writing composition device. It combines the simplicity of a 90s era word processor with the modern tech we all require like cloud backups and integration into our favorite document editors like Google docs and Evernote." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Sadly, my distraction-free writing now requires Zotero integration :( But I love this idea! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Everything old is new again Now we are back to Typewriters - all dressed up but pretty much typewriters - WarLord
This could be a good concept -- but the proof of the pudding is in the eating -- one needs to give it an actual workout. - Sean McBride
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‘Double-roundabouts’ approved at Berkeley’s Gilman interchange; can’t happen without Measure BB money | Berkeleyside - http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014...
‘Double-roundabouts’ approved at Berkeley’s Gilman interchange; can’t happen without Measure BB money | Berkeleyside
"After many months of analysis, and about a decade in development, Caltrans has said the city can move ahead with plans for proposed double-roundabouts in the problematic I-80 and Gilman Street interchange in West Berkeley." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
That is an AWFUL intersection. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Gilman makes me violent. I welcome the change. - Hookuh Tinypants
I so want to like roundabouts (and I'm familiar with the double-roundabout they talk about in Truckee) but I've concluded that roundabouts are "Un-American." By that, I mean they require drivers to make decisions, which is not the trend in US traffic control. We like to have machines make decisions for us so we can think less when we drive. - Brian Johns
Truer words were never spoken. At the roundabouts in my area there's always at least one person sitting frozen in front of me, not sure how or when to jump into the circle, and there's always someone who blows through it like they're the only ones on the road. Berkeley residents should at least be vaguely familiar with roundabouts though as anyone who's spent any appreciable amount of time in the area has dealt with the Arlington-Sutter roundabout, which has been around for decades. - Hookuh Tinypants
I wonder if they've thought about bike access. Roundabouts, especially because most Americans have no idea how to use them, tend to push cars right into bikes. - Spidra Webster
They state in the article that they're looking to build a separate pedestrian/cycle overpass similar to the one near Aquatic Park. - Hookuh Tinypants
I was figuring that'd probably be the best solution. I wonder how long they'll be about it. Gilman has been even worse for peds/bikes than cars. But those intersections don't work for anybody. - Spidra Webster
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Birds Near Me by Gerry Shaw - http://birdsnearme.com/
Birds Near Me by Gerry Shaw
"Birds Near Me is a bird guide for everybody anywhere in the world. Find what birds are near you anywhere in the world or find pictures, songs, locations and information about any bird in the world." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"View a custom list of recent bird sightings near your location" - Amit Patel
I've already discovered a new park with this app. No birds there but it may be nicer in winter. - Amit Patel
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BBC News - How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea
BBC News - How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea
Let's turn Boston into Venice! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Every city on the east coast needs to think about these issues. - John (bird whisperer)
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"Have you ever heard of Google Notebook? How about Knol? iGoogle? Wave? Buzz? PigeonRank? These were all Google products that, while they had some merit, never caught on with users. They weren't good enough, and so they died a deserved death."
PigeonRank? Really??? - Amit Patel
I loved the PigeonRank paper. http://www.google.com/technol... - NOT THE CRICKET
This is from Eric Schmidt's new book - Amit Patel
lol, maybe he's trying to see if people are paying attention, by monitoring change in number of hits to the PigeonRank page. - NOT THE CRICKET
His book about Google is not even in Google Books! - Amit Patel
They didn't really give wave much of a chance. - Todd Hoff
I loved the Pigeon Rank paper. - bentley
Google Reader was very good - Smeerch
RIP Google Reader (makes crossing signs) - Todd Hoff
Google Reader was my favorite news service from the first week it was released. Now I make due with Zite, Prismatic and SmartNews. - Sean McBride
Feedly was on my radar for a time, but I lost interest once it became clear that it was not interested in developing artificial intelligence approaches for personalized news recommendations. If news isn't smart, I'm not interested. - Sean McBride
I love feedly precisely because I can look at all my feeds. That's the only way to go truly deep. Sometimes the deepest nuggets are in an HN thread, a stackoverflow thread, an email list, or on google groups. Your algorithm will never surface those unless somebody bootstraps them first. Who are the bootsrappers? - Todd Hoff
Have you tried using Zite enough for it to calibrate itself to your interests with depth and precision? It regularly pushes the most esoteric and valuable stuff to the top of my queue. I don't have time to browse through the more than 1,000 feeds I subscribe to on Feedly. I need a smart service to browse for me. Feedly is a "dumb" news service (in the technical sense). - Sean McBride
Over time I used Google Reader more and more as a dumb reader. It's not able to guess my mood — whether I want to read long essays or whether I want to read about new software or whether I want to read comics. - Amit Patel
[insert Cristo comment about being mad at iGoogle's removal] - Stephen Mack
I am impressed by the user interface for [SmartNews https://www.smartnews.com/] -- anyone else agree? - Sean McBride
I miss Google Reader. - Vampire Hunter DYSP
But the Google Reader interface now looks ancient, clunky and dusty. - Sean McBride
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Sad that "/FCKeditor" ".../testing" ".../users.ini" ".../_logs" ".../users.txt" ".../billing" ".../id_rsa" ".../phpmyAdmin0" and all the other attempts to get into my webserver take up *half* of my webserver log.
Some days I want to switch to S3 or some other static hosting system so that I don't have to worry that my webserver is secure against shellshock and everything else. - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/grids/';cat%20/etc/passwd;'.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/a-star/response.write(9228707*9317040).html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /articles/noise/..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5cwindows%5cwin.ini.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/a-star/%60cat%20/etc/passwd%60.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
It's such a waste - Todd Hoff
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Aero-X Hoverbike going on Sale in 2017 | ADAPT network - http://www.adaptnetwork.com/lifesty...
Aero-X Hoverbike going on Sale in 2017 | ADAPT network
"After all the excitement that bubbled up on the web surrounding the Back to the Future hoverboard reveal a couple months ago, it was a tough blow for all the believers, when Tony Hawk and Doc himself (Christopher Lloyd) revealed that it was all a trick. While the boards did look fake and the hovering Tony Hawk, super unstable in the promo video, it was hard not to ignore better judgment and cling on to the believe that ‘Back to the Future 2′ was right and hoverboards were to be in existence by 2015. Well, we had to let that go but earlier this month it emerged that a company called Aerofex are planning to start selling hoverbikes. Yep, you heard right, that’s bikes that actually hover! Check out the video of the Aero X Hoverbike in action below." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Amazon.com: Tengwar Script Men's Lord Prayer Ring Comfort Fit Black IP Stainless Steel Size 9 10 11 12 13: Jewelry - http://www.amazon.com/dp...
Amazon.com: Tengwar Script Men's Lord Prayer Ring Comfort Fit Black IP Stainless Steel Size 9 10 11 12 13: Jewelry
The reviews … the reviews … ahhhhhh - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Why the Tomato Was Feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-cu...
Why the Tomato Was Feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
"A nickname for the fruit was the “poison apple” because it was thought that aristocrats got sick and died after eating them, but the truth of the matter was that wealthy Europeans used pewter plates, which were high in lead content. Because tomatoes are so high in acidity, when placed on this particular tableware, the fruit would leach lead from the plate, resulting in many deaths from lead poisoning. No one made this connection between plate and poison at the time; the tomato was picked as the culprit. " - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Aha. I always wondered why they thought tomatoes were poisonous. Thanks. - bentley
Fascinating! - Brian Fitzpatrick
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Dancing Plague of 1518 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Dancing Plague of 1518 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Dancing Plague (or Dance Epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. Numerous people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The outbreak began in July 1518, when a woman, Frau Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg. This lasted somewhere between four to six days. Within a week, 34 others had joined, and within a month, there were around 400 dancers. Some of these people eventually died from heart attacks, strokes, or exhaustion." - Amit Patel
Jandy
Just earned my first nickel with Google Adsense. WHERE SHOULD I SPEND IT?!
On Adwords of course! - Amit Patel
Heisenberg
Who is considered the best programmer in the world?
Alive or anytime? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not me. - Amit Patel
It's interesting we don't even have any nominations. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Da Vinci. in so much that he reverse engineered nature's code and reproduced it. - Johnny
A while back gamers were gushing over John Carmack. - Rodfather from Android
Ken Thompson maybe. But probably Don Knuth. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Most likely, it's not the best programmer in the world. There is an issue of acknowledgement. - NOT THE CRICKET
God! - Eivind
Gregor Mendel - WarLord
Starmama
It’s a great day in Oakland! (at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park) - http://starmama30.tumblr.com/post...
It’s a great day in Oakland! (at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park)
Nice place! I went a few weeks ago hoping to see pelicans but there were only seagulls :) - Amit Patel
We've seen gulls, a couple birds I think might be plovers? and a coot :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
When we're on the other side of the water, where we walk our dogs, we see a larger variety of birds. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Sarah G.
RT @pbs: Gross alert! Chicagoans used to refer to their bathwater as "chowder". #HowWeGotToNowPBS begins 10/15 @ 9/8c! http://t.co/vTS4z2iGJF
RT @pbs: Gross alert! Chicagoans used to refer to their bathwater as "chowder". #HowWeGotToNowPBS begins 10/15 @ 9/8c! http://t.co/vTS4z2iGJF
Steve C Team Marina
Egg Freezing as a Work Benefit? Some Women See Darker Message - http://www.msn.com/en-us...
Egg Freezing as a Work Benefit? Some Women See Darker Message
"Tech companies are famous for their lavish benefits, like in-office haircuts, dry cleaning and massages. Now some of those companies are setting off a debate about women and work with a new benefit — paying for women on the payroll to freeze their eggs." "Yet by paying for women to delay pregnancy, are employers helping them achieve that balance — or avoiding policies that experts agree would greatly help solve the problem, like paid family leave, childcare and flexible work arrangements? “Egg freezing seems to put a Band-Aid on the problem of how difficult it is for women to have a career and raise a family concurrently,” Seema Mohapatra, a health care law and bioethics expert, wrote in August in a Harvard Law & Policy Review article titled “Using Egg Freezing to Extend the Biological Clock: Fertility Insurance or False Hope?” For women whose circumstances have made it unrealistic to have a baby and who are considering egg freezing, the new benefit is likely to be a highly welcome... more... - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
You can view every benefit as a curse. - Amit Patel
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Space Station 13: a multiplayer space station simulator about monkeys, insane AI, cultists and paperwork | PCGamesN - http://www.pcgamesn.com/indie...
Space Station 13: a multiplayer space station simulator about monkeys, insane AI, cultists and paperwork | PCGamesN
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You play a janitor on a spaceship being attacked by a giant space demon. Gotta clean up the dead bodies. Be sure to fill out the paperwork to get cleaning supplies. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
finally, a dystopian grim meathook future space game for compulsive cleaners and organisers! - Big Joe Silence
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http://www.redblobgames.com/pathfin... - “Making of” page for my interactive A* tutorial
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Now that I've written several tutorials with interactive diagrams, I'm going to start writing up notes about how I made the diagrams, both high level pages like this, and detail pages like http://www.redblobgames.com/article... - Amit Patel
Great article Amit. - Todd Hoff
Thanks! I got a lot more twitter favs from the "making of" than the original article. I suspect it's because when I posted the original article I didn't include an image. - Amit Patel
There's a reason everything is about images now. It works! - Todd Hoff
It has worked on FF; I should've known it would work on Twitter :) - Amit Patel
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Indie Retro News: The latest free games, indie games and retro news: Retro-Pixel Castles - Village simulation Kickstarter success! - http://www.indieretronews.com/2014...
Indie Retro News: The latest free games, indie games and retro news: Retro-Pixel Castles - Village simulation Kickstarter success!
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"Retro-Pixel Castles has you managing a village that has both survival and tactical gameplay. You can mine for resources, place new buildings, unlock more content as you play, like additional buildings, items and units all on a massive 512x512 map with loads of possibilities. The task in all this? Just keep playing, watch your little villages fall in love and try to survive as long as possible against the nasties waiting to eat you all up!" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Thanks usda.gov for the contradictory information:
"If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately." - Amit Patel
"PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL as we are not able to respond to messages sent to this address." - Amit Patel
Grr - Amit Patel
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Gold mining in Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Gold mining in Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Gold mining in Nevada, a state of the United States, is a major industry, and one of the largest sources of gold in the world. Nevada currently mines 79% of all the gold in the United States, which is equivalent to 5,640,000 troy ounces (175 t) in 2009" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Unlike coal and oil extraction, where mining companies pay royalties for minerals obtained from public lands, gold mining companies do not pay any royalties for deposits claimed on federal public lands. This is because gold mines on public land operate under the General Mining Act of 1872." - Amit Patel
"Many of Nevada's gold mines are located on public land, but the mining companies pay no royalties to the US government. Fighting efforts to have the gold mining industry pay royalties for mining on public land, the local community commission in Elko County, Nevada said that royalties would force mining companies to cut jobs and move elsewhere." - Amit Patel
What?! Where are you going to "move jobs" … somewhere without gold?? - Amit Patel
FUD needs no reason. - Todd Hoff
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The world was created last Thursday. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
And it will end on Thursday. It's beautifully non-falsifiable. - Stephen Mack
It was awfully clever of Me to test myself with making left-handedness a sin. - Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack
Poll: You drop a piece of candy on the ground. Do you: (A) Pick it up within five seconds and eat it, (B) Throw it away, or (C) Other
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c: make an art piece with it - Sir Shuping is just sir
B, most of the time - Jennifer Dittrich
B. Always. - Anika
C: don't eat/drop candy - Meg VMeg
B. always - Amit Patel
depends on the candy - hard candy like the one pictured, if sufficiently hard and not too sticky, then A; melty chocolate will most likely be handled with B (but with infinite sadness). - Ken Gidley
Depends on the ground. And yeah, depends on the candy. When I was a kid, we didn't have the five second rule. Instead, we crossed ourselves (it was a Catholic country). All of us kids knew it was safe to eat dropped food if you crossed yourself. :-) - bentley
My answer is similar to Betsy's. :-) - John (bird whisperer)
C, if it's like the candy above I rinse it off. There is no 5 second rule, grossness sticks, but hard candy can be rinsed. - Heather
I suspect Heather's right, but for Jolly Rancher? B. - Walt Crawford
Definitely A - Friar Will
Usually A unless it's a manky floor. A quick visual inspection and blow job normally determines if I have to resort to B. :D - Jenny H. from Android
^^^^ We still talking about candy? or have we switched to "Candy"? - Ken Gidley
Depends on the substrate, but I'd say 95% of the time, B. - Hookuh Tinypants
A. Unless it's sticky and picked up carpet and hair fibers. - Louis Gray
A. for linoleum, tile or hardwood and as long as it's hairfree. Also it depends on the type of candy. - NOT THE CRICKET
A - Janet from FFHound!
D: Pick it up, rinse it off, eat it. - Steve and 4 other people
Pick the carpet/dog hair off and eat it. No time limit. - Ken Morley
B- I probably shouldn't be eating candy anyway. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
B - always. - imabonehead
A or B, depending on the ground/floor/environment. Would say mostly B. - CarlC
(D) I take a picture of it and post about it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Depends on the ground and candy, but I'm probably gonna rinse it off if I can and throw it away if rinsing isn't possible. - Andrew C (✔)
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Can I use CSS to say if an <a> is around an <img> don't put the background image on that <a>?
I believe there's no pure CSS solution at present. This post reiterates your wish and explores the topic: https://remysharp.com/2010... - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Remy understands my feels. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
:-( - Amit Patel
In any case I ended up using a class. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
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I might curse CSS on many days but today … I discovered I can do this. I had no idea this was possible. The top red bar is a separate div from the rounded-bottom tab. The black line flows and there's a shadow effect. And the curvature! How'd that happen?! I remember border-radius making much more mundane curves than this!
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The bottom div is display: block; width: 10em; margin-left: 450px; border: 1px solid #000; border-top-width: 0; border-bottom-left-radius: 100%; border-bottom-right-radius: 100%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0 2px 3px -2px #000; position: relative; top: -1px; - Amit Patel
The border radius made a MUCH wider curve than I expected, which was the nice surprise. The black line flows around this shape by using position:relative and shoving the div up to hide the black border under the first div. - Amit Patel
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Visited Sunnyvale's Heritage Park for the first time. Why is the water so blue? Why do they have a dog chasing away birds? I don't know. I was there to walk and chat with a friend.
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Also, I wanted to show him how I could take 1/4 sec shots handheld because my image stabilizer is so nice ;) - Amit Patel
They have a museum too but it was closed so I will have to come back sometime! My favorite restaurant near here is El Caminito so it'll be an excuse to eat there too. - Amit Patel
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