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Pictures taken on 01/01/11

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My first picture of the year!
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Jefferson attempts to open some champagne..
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It's time to rock out in the new year!!
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No wait, it's actually time to figure out how to get the Xbox on the internet
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How we ushered in the new year.. tethering Vic's Xbox to Omar's weird portable wifi device
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Mckeed just wants to play some goddamn Rock Band
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By Kumar!
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Aw, Joanna. So mean
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Jeff is clearly ready to rock, and yet there is no rock to be had!
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Omar clearly came prepared to sleep on the floor this year
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Bathrobe mode go!
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Alan explains in detail about the new couches
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Joy looks like she's a little dubious about Jeff's sleeping pad thing
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I have so many pictures of Alan pointing at the camera
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Jefferson got the other couch
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Omar reminds me of a carrot when he's in his orange sleeping bag with his hair pointing all over the place..
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Oh that's flattering
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Speaking of crazy hair..
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Vic calls this the "calendar shot"
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Bazinga!
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Joy checks the status of the spiked juices
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Omar also checked
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Morning iPad time
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Mckeed is up and ready for some IHOP!
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G2 party!
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"Are you going to take my picture??"
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Who doesn't love IHOP?
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I had nothing better to do..
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Mckeed's favorite place!
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Bryce showed up fashionably late
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Mckeed wants a pancake thiiiis big
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Amanda and Vic think that is ridiculous
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Bryce is sporting his spiffy new glasses
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What a mess we've made
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Hmm.. this is strange. Why is Omar separating jolly ranchers?
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Cherry pile
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Organizing an entire bag
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There's those Spike Your Juice things again..
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Vic made the punch this year, and made us all pitch in! Outraaageous!
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Vegetarian Omar proudly shows off his shirt. Cut out the middleman and just eat vegetables!
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Ah, the jolly rancher plot becomes more clear with the emergence of this shot glass mold
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Looking up the melting and combustion temperatures of various substances
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We decided we needed all the soda cans, so after forcing everyone to drink some sprite, we poured the rest into a jug for later
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Melting chambers!
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I knew this knife would come in handy!
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Practicing the transfer maneuver using tongs
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Gotta cut more cans
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The can tops were pretty useless
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Putting the sorted Jolly Ranchers into their cans
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The reflections were nice
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We decided to go with a double boiler method at first
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Don't you know anything Jeff? A watched double boiler never double boils!
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The cans are so ready
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"What the hell are you idiots doing in here?"
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It's time to get this show on the road
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The experiment has begun!
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Science!!
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They're starting to get kind of squshy, but not liquid..
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It was a well documented event
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The water boiled merrily away, but the jolly ranchers resisted
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Omar decided to add some more water, and everyone but me decided to flee the room in anticipation of some sort of explosion
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Testing the consistency of the sugary goop
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It made a thin strand that was actually hard, so you could hold it sideways and it wouldn't change shape
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Omar disposes of it in the obvious way
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We eventually gave up on the boiling technique and just put the cans directly into the oven
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Now this is what we want to see! Totally liquid!
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Omar performed the delicate pour procedure
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I love all the tiny bubbles
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That's right. Four cameras. We could probably reconstruct this scene in 3D if we had to
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It looks so tasty, but don't try to put some on your finger!
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The molds are filled, it's just a matter of cooling them off now
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Mmm, jolly ranchers
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The inside of the cans were all coated with candy. Good thing we didn't go with the original plan of using Alan's cookware
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Closeup of the bubbles
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Let's start unwrapping more!
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So many wrappers
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Jolly ranchers and photographic equipment. Nerd party indeed
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Omar is hard at work on the second batch
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"You're not making a mess in here, right?"
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Paul wandered in to see what all the commotion was about
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Joy works on unwrapping more jolly ranchers
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The toothpick makes him cool
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I feel like this face says "this is pretty awesome, right?" and yes. Yes it is.
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Refilling the cans
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Meanwhile, in the dance zone, Bryce dances to Lady Gaga
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Jeff's turn unwrapping candy
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This picture made me laugh really hard when I looked at it later and noticed the picture of the cat in the back of Alan's fridge
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Jeff and Joy hanging out in the kitchen
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I'm not sure what's happening here, but I'm sure it involves Vic shouting obscenities at me
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A hush falls over the crowd as Jefferson takes the dance floor
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Go man go!
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Amanda attempts to extract the shot glasses
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Unfortunately, they were still a little too soft, so we put them back in the fridge
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The second batch is ready to go!
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Bryce dances to Lady Gaga.. again
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Amanda's turn to dance
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This time they're holding their shape
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Omar pulls off the first jolly rancher shot glass
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It's beautiful!
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I couldn't stick around to watch the rest, because it was time to run down to Pat's Steaks and get cheesesteaks!
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Oh har har, I get it
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Mr. Chaess!
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Joanna waits in line
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"What sub will I have?"
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I'm not sure how to caption this face, but I like the picture
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Ben's just glad we actually got here, unlike some other years
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Alan busts out his DSLR
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Albert looking sane for once
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What is that face, Bryce?
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Jefferson is stoked
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Vic on his new G2
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I can almost read his texts in his giant glasses
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Geno's Steaks sure is flashy
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I really liked the wet asphalt in these pictures
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Bike guy!
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Mckeed makes the final preparations for his order
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Vic at the moment of truth, where you either order your cheesesteak like a pro or look like an idiot
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Brett came to hang out with us!
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His girlfriend Laura came too
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Ah, there's the crazy Albert we know and love
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Brett looks into his vision of a steak-full future
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Soda!
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Alicia's always giving this look to Bryce. Like "what the hell is wrong with you"
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How was your sub, Mckeed?
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Meanwhile, back at Alan's house, Omar was preparing for the big event..
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Amanda and Vic enjoy their freshly minted shot glasses while the preparations for the event are finalized
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Alicia's here!
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I'm not sure what this was a reaction to, but who cares
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The big event! It's Vic's birthday! Omar made him a strange cake with a billion candles!
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Laura and Brett were enjoying their first Alancon
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So many candles
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Ahh! It's too bright!
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He got them all in one go!
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The smoke made some interesting patterns in the projector light
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I finally got my shot glass! I got one of the two toned ones from the second batch
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Brett nearly covered his shot glass completely in aluminum foil to avoid stickiness
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Alan in his element. This is where the podcast is recorded, edited, uploaded, everything.
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Mixer!
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Domo-kun, the patron saint of podcasters
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Bryce is getting progressively more frazzled
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Brett was brought on a whirlwind tour of Alan's recording studio
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Dipping into the punch, Bryce?
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Albert got a G2 too! The G1 club has upgraded to the G2 club!
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