Friday, April 29, 2016

Fish Heads at 한 아

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Good Morning,

After our monthly All Hands Meeting we usually make a stop on the way home at H-Mart (short for Han Ah Reum which means "One Arm Full of Groceries"). It is one of the few places that I can buy some fish heads for my wife. She likes them, I'm not a fan. 

It is very large supermarket with a large variety of Korean and other Asian foods,including many food courts. 
I'm not impressed by Salmon heads but I did eat an eyeball once

Twice cooked pork(回锅肉) or Double cooked pork belly (Huiguorou in Chinese language ) is one of the most famous dishes of szechuan pork recipes. There is an interesting saying that if you do not eat twice cooked pork, then you have never been to Sichuan.

Maybe I should rate this photo NSFW

Pacific Razor Clams 
(Siliqua patula)

Colorful Crabs

Banana flowers are commonly used as vegetables for cooking in countries such as Laos, India, Thailand, China, Burma, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam,


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On the last Thursday of the month, the stratOS engineering team has their All Hands Meeting in Wakefield, MA. After the meeting the team reconvened at the Wakefield Bowladrome for pizza, beer, bowling and coversation, This is Candlepin Bowling  which is variation played primarily in New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces. This alley is a a classic, fixed in an earlier time.

Candlepin Bowling

Old school scoring
Energy drinks for the patrons

Ryan wills the ball down the alley

Watching the play

Caught on camera phone

John and Amy have a discussion

Where else can you rent shoes?

By Unknown - eBay store Web page:, Public Domain,

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cleanup Day at Fox Farm Road

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It was nice to see that someone collected some of the roadside trash along Fox Farm road this morning and it wasn't even the Town Cleanup Day.

This Saturday from 9 - 12 noon the town of New Ipswich will hold it's annual Cleanup Day. Free blue dump bags will be available on that day at the town office along with a listing of all the streets that need attention. 

To make this interesting. I have created a trash poll which is available in the right column of this blog (if viewed on a desktop). I'm curious which is most prevalent litterer. It used to be Twisted Tea Man, but I suspect that Bud Blue will beat him in this "contest". 

Neatly packaged trash for pick up at the end of Fox Farm Road. Thanks for doing this.

Every Day I pick up at least oneof these cans on Fox Farm Road. Must be the beverage of choice for the evening commute.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rest Room Gallery

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I've seen some pretty grim toilets in my life. I remember stepping over dead rats in China as I headed to what was effectively a hole in the ground.

However I was pleasantly surprised to see a photographic exhibit at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH, full of images of smiling face across the world. I give this rest room a 5 star rating for atmosphere.

It may seem a little strange to post photos of toilets, but frankly we all spend at least part of each days here. Google+ has a daily photo theme site and one of the categories is #ToiletTuesday. So Happy Toilet Tuesday readers!

Toilets of the World

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Phoneography 101

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I'll confess to being a technology late adopter especially when it comes to mobile devices. Everywhere I go I see folks hypnotized by them.

However eventually the time came when my daughter put us on her plan and we had our first mobile phone, a flip phone with actual buttons. It did what it was supposed to and would have been fine, but all the cool kids had "smart phones" and I was curious why they found them so interesting. The flip phone could take photos but they were not very good, certainly nothing as good as a camera.

I started noticing some of my daughter's photos on instagram and realized that these devices had reached a level that was on par with a full fledged camera. We moved up to an iPhone 4 which I found frustrating to use. I couldn't type into it with my fat fingers and needed to use a stylus. I knew how to take photos but they sucked and I couldn't figure how to get them off the camera. I'm not an Apple enthusiast and I hate having to use iTunes, iCloud, iGiveUp. My fat fingers can't login to any of these. You'll never find me sleeping in the rain outside the Apple store to get the next model which is probably sjust as good as the one I own.

About this time my early adopter son suggested that I get a Google Fi phone. It is larger and is integrated with Google which I use extensively in my blogs and photo albums. I took the bait and got one. It doesn't work in my town which is a mixed blessing since no one can bother me, but it is a pretty good camera and I like that the photos automagically appear in my Google photos album.

There were a few catches, I had to use a gmail account, my google app account isn't part of the Google Fi Project. The phone is unlocked which means I don't have hate just one provider, I can hate several. Right now Google Fi uses Sprint and T-Mobile and either company is welcome to build a tower behind my house for New Ipswich Coverage. It will just cost them a few thousand. Call me....if you can.

Trying out a fisheye composite with the phone

I like the way they do panorama shots, click to see it in action

Another fisheye photo

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Proper Privy

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Most of the time portable toilets are disgusting places, and I feel sorry for anyone that has to sit on a wet seat or look into a pit of paper, organic "matter" and bacteria. However I discovered to my great delight perhaps the finest portable toilet that I had the good fortune to use. It was so nice that it warranted a photo.

It is located outside of Moby Dick's Seafood Restaurant in Wellfleet, Cape Cod.  There is an indoor toilet with the clever names of 'Either' and 'Or' but the real gem in my opinion is outside.

This is a great restaurant and one that we use for a family get together whenever we are on the Cape. The food is good, the waitstaff is friendly and when nature calls you have this.

Deluxe Porta-Potty