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Jan. 12th, 2012 | 10:49 pm
mood: fullfull of pan-seared chicken
music: Duke vs. UVA - a massacre with no winners

And still update all of them. I'm stubborn like that.

Before I write anything else, I have to note that in the last couple of weeks my friends list has been its most active in at least a year, possibly even two. Lots of you regulars just keep on posting, and some others have come back from hibernation and I'm finding myself clicking 20 or 30 posts back just to read the last 24 hours. Applause, LJ. I'm loving it. By contrast, Tumblr (which I do like and does also have a genuine community) can have hundreds of posts and almost all of them were created in a few seconds, just reblogging the content of others. The meatiness of updates here keeps me much more engaged.

Regarding the recent past, it's been more active now that I feel re-settled from the holiday madness. As I'd mentioned previously, the gym in our apartment complex finally opened. It's on the roof and has some beautiful views north and east, and there's also a little roof deck attached to it where I foresee cocktail hours occurring in the spring. And summer. And every season. Anyhow, I went up to the gym Tuesday as a much quieter alternative to my regular gym. Still going to that one when I can, though, and starting to see my excess weight from the latter half of 2011 start to wane.

I've been following the GOP presidential race and it has been non-stop buffoonery, and I'm really not looking forward to ten more months of this as the primary gives way to the general election. I think I'm going to get my coverage much less often from internet and TV and more from actual newspapers, which are easier to throw out a window in frustration.

Work was starting to get repetitive and minorly annoying, but today I had a change of pace in the form of a half-day training at the Census Bureau HQ. Their building is gorgeous, something like a laboratory of contemporary architecture and sculpture, but its complete lack of interaction with its surroundings (which was a deliberate design goal) is a travesty. I drove and made it there in 25 minutes; my coworkers took the Metro and it took them nearly an hour. The training itself was rich and good; it introduced a tool for combining their many datasets and digging into some deeper analysis, including the creation of thematic maps. I do wish I'd known about it in grad school, because its database and map display options are much simpler and less finicky than ArcGIS, and I could have used it to make some basic maps. Anyhow, in addition to my two work colleagues, there were 10 Census people in the room, making for a decent balance.

I have to be at work all day tomorrow, and it will likely be super quiet as many people are making this three-day weekend into a four-day. That's fine, though, as I should be able to get there early and get some writing done without the constant phone conversations of my cubicle neighbors. Then I should go to the gym over lunch and return for one last conference call. Then more catching up and writing, probably.

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mark

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from: kishenehn
date: Jan. 13th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
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Don't incite me to start throwing televisions out of windows, now. :)

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 14th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
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I'm no role model. :]

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Phil

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from: philmach
date: Jan. 14th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
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What do you actually do? I don't think you've ever told me.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 15th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
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I work for the EPA, offiically on a team creating a website for users to track measures of sustainability (green jobs, air and water quality, square footage of "green" buildings) in their communities. But that is going slowly, so I'm also doing research and planning for some other projects in the meantime, especially one on reinventing rural economies.

(Also, sorry if you got this comment three times).

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Phil

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from: philmach
date: Jan. 15th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh cool. Yeah, I don't think I knew that. Sounds interesting!

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