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Pictures taken during January 2011

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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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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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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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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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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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You know what the best part of this picture is?
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This picture. Go back and forth between this and the one before.
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Joy thinks it's getting late. Because it is.
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What's up, Ben?
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Mckeed wished to remain anonymous
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Jefferson seems to dazed. It must be the power of rock
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"You gonna take my picture?"
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The dreaded pro keyboard! Keep it away from me!
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Brett was having a good time
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You can tell cause he throws his head back to rant
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Funny stuff
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Laura challenged Alicia to a dance off. Here she is attempting to navigate the menus
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How do you get this stupid thing going?
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"If I see these pictures online, I will kill you"
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Alicia got into the moment in spite of herself
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"This is hard!"
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Don't fall over!
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To be fair, it's pretty intimidating to dance like an idiot in front of all these.. idiots.
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Go, Alicia, go!
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Hanging out on the couch
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Jefferson's turn to dance again
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Alicia changed into a t-shirt for more comfortable dancing. Bryce approved of the theme
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Round two of dancing
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Brett wasn't a very good dancer
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This picture came out great. Picture of the weekend.
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I suspected what Bryce was planning when he put his arms under his shirt.. lucky for you those photos have been redacted
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A good portrait of Brett
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Yes, even I got in on the Dance Central action. It was a blast once you stopped caring you looked like a doofus
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Light bright has come so far!
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The next morning, a wild Scintilla appeared!
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While the elusive wild Mckeed receded into the woods, only to emerge next July for prescreenings.
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I love the bat backpacks
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Jefferson is never quite sure what to do when I point the camera at him.
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Bryce was feeling better after a night of madness
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That's right, we're at Sang Kee again for some delicious Chinese food!
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Peter and Katie came with us!
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They couldn't make the rest of Alancon, but at least they could join us for Sunday brunch
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Alicia.. counts?
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Albert just wants some food already
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Gross ducks
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We're making progress, we're inside!
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It was a little rainy
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Amanda checks out the menu
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There's a lot of really good noodle dishes
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My meal: pork noodle soup with wontons
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Vic got the same thing
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Who?? Me and who else?
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What does??
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Additional fortunes!
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Albert's got an eye popping thing going on here
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We're at Alan's house, but he's not here! Where the hell is he??
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Alicia doesn't know
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Jefferson ambles up without a care in the world
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We couldn't get ahold of Alan
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You need to fix your glasses, Jefferson
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Peter was getting pretty cold
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Katie thought ahead and brought a hat
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Amanda hates this game
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Vic took the long way home! How did he get here before Alan?
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Joy's not a fan of the situation
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Trying the back door..
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Vic finally got ahold of Alan and got the code to the back door. Crisis averted! And a ridiculous way to end a great weekend!
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The depth of field effect on the 50mm is crazy
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But I don't need a number!
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Bryce walking along in the grocery store
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This sign tempted me to buy some dry ice
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Bryce is a big fan of his new glasses. "Suddenly I can see stuff!"
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Burger time!
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The cheese grater does what it does best
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Alicia's job this weekend was apparently to grate cheese
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Whoa, hi there
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Ready to hit the road!
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This road. This is the road that I hit.
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Someone's moving a house!
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This was kind of dumb, but this person's license plate says "LUV2SCOR". I lost him for a couple of hours and then saw him again!
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I got a new wide angle adapater! It screws onto the front of the camera and makes an already wide lens even wider!
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It also introduces some heavy vignetting to the corners, but I sort of like the effect
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My apartment is a mess
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"What's that?"
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The new adapter also has a macro mode!
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Wide Angle Neil wants me to leave him alone
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This picture makes me think I'm HAL looking at Topaz operating the computer terminals..
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"No Buzz!"
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Topaz got me a radiometer for my birthday! Neato!
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Wide Angle Soda!
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Topaz thought it was neat
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Macro Cookie!
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It's like an alien landscape! Nah, it's like a cookie.
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I decided I needed some air, so I took a few pictures along the lake
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It's frozen enough to walk on! But I won't do it
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This started out as a baby representing the new year.. now what is it??
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Steve at his desk
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Beager has been drawing various ragefaces on his whiteboard
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The Johns discuss product details
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Steve's magnet board
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The gun becky got me for Christmas has been put to good, and terrifying, use
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My Tachikoma plushie!
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My Tachikoma figure!
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SR-71 Blackbird, the finest jet ever made
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Joe Troop is leaving for a new job! We'll miss you Joe!
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Beager throws the crazy screaming monkey
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Parachute engage!!
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Time for some foosball!
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Shawn vs Beager! Who will win?
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It was a dramatic battle..
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And much clicking and clacking was had by all
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Pull that rod!
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I forget who won, so let's just say it was Beager.
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I made a lightstone block for Dagger! ..long story.
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Knowing I was going to be tearing insulation out of the wall, I decided to come prepared
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Yikes, this house is certainly in need of help
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Dagger was excited to have us there
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The uh.. stairs
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Nice ceiling
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It actually got much much worse than this as we pushed insulation down from upstairs, but I wouldn't take my camera out at that point
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We had to work upstairs first because there was no lighting up there, so we work with the sun!
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Pile of debris
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You don't want to be breathing this stuff..
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We think it's mostly shredded newspaper, but maybe with some fiberglass too
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Dagger hard at work
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Reibello joined us! It was fun to work with him outside of Minecraft
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Swing that hammer!
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Removing the larger pieces of debris
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We had to get the sticks out before we could shovel the insulation. Otherwise it made a kind of composite polymer that was impossible to break up
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Take that, slats!
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Ben tears through the wall with an axe.. but with good reason!
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Ripping off slats by hand
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Ben looks upstairs
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As you can tell by Reibello's breath here, it was pretty cold inside
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The view from the foyer, which was pretty much intact
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Nerds at work
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Topaz had to keep the mask under his nose or his glasses fogged up
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Ben continues to work on his wall
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I thought this respirator would be ridiculous overkill, but I'm glad I brought it!
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Deciding what to work on next..
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Munchkins! Eat them before they all get coated in insulation!
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The only heat source in the house, a crazy kerosene.. jet.. engine.. thing. It belched fire at random times
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Topaz is ready to rock
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Look at the breath!
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We filled well over a dozen of those giant garbage bags
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Even dagger eventually put on a mask
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Ben carefully navigates the second floor
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Rachie works on removing some insulation
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Walking around up here was pretty scary. You had to check your footing with every step
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I wouldn't advise walking near the hole
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Various debris removed from upstairs
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Hard at work removing the crusty old insulation
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All these giant piles of it were eventually pushed down through the hole, making a giant mess
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The hatchet worked really well here
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Rachie continues dismantling the wall
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Dagger collected the larger pieces
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Rachie's glove slipped off, and her hammer along with it! Poor Dagger got a faceful of hammer, but got off pretty light
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I decided the respirator wasn't enough and got some safety goggles as well
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Reibello looks over the menu for a well deserved post-cleanup meal
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I caught Chris off guard
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Topaz got some of that Scotch Ale he loves so much. He was bummed I wasn't a fan
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Closeup of the bubbles
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Waiting for our food to arrive
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The wide angle adapater catches Topaz's stupid face
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Dagger's feeling better with some progress made on the house and a bandaid on her head
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The adapter is also useful for artsy pictures like this!
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Matt didn't have any decent pictures of himself, so I took a few!
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Steve's all spiffed up for a dinner! He took the opportunity to do our reviews while in boss attire
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Oh Matt, that's not good for you!
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Shawn tries to get the nerf blaster working
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Domo plots Shawn's demise while he tries to figure out the gun
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Topaz looks over the menu at Pearl Street Grill
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Matt catches up on his twitter
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Waiting for food
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Pearl Street Grill!
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Topaz got another dark beer
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Hi Shawn
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Matt seems suspicious of my camera
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Macro mode!
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Beager considers my wide angle adapter
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I like the rage face of the day
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Hard at work
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Domo's stupid velcro mustache
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Dipak looks at something Jeff's been working on
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We briefly ran a Primordial Life simulation until we got bored of it
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Matt in his ancient chair
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Jeff, the other half of the CMS support crew
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What's that face for, Matt?
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We're not sure what happened here, but Matt's arm looks huge!!
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It was 9 degrees, and the wind off of the lake had to be at least 30 miles per hour
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As I approached the building, people kept stopping to ask if I needed help
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But it was worth it for these pictures!
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The frozen wasteland that is Lake Erie in the winter
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This tree has had a rough life
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Frozen and cold
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This picture reminded me of the ones taken by the Huygens probe that landed on Titan..
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This picture was chosen by WBFO, our NPR station, as their Listener Photo of the Week!
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Getting closer..
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I really wanted to get a picture of the left side of the building with the sun behind it, but I couldn't get it
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What's this tiny building for?
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This building has seen better days
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I was tempted to go around the far side of the building, but it was just too damn cold
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I had to be careful not to fall on any of the ice that littered the area
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I don't know how these plants stay alive
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It's tough to see here, but there were these spooky tendrils of snow drifting off the lake
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Neat patterns in the snow
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The camera gets confused by all the bright snow, so you have to set the exposure a little high to get it right
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More drifting snow
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Can you feel the cold? I could
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Looking out over the beach
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More interesting snow patterns
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I was going to walk down to the pier, but I didn't get very far
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I was tempted to walk out onto the lake, but decided it wasn't worth it
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Endless drifting snow
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See you in a few months, Cargill Pool grain elevator!
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The cats like to lurk behind my monitor
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Neil sitting around
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He likes to watch stuff moving on my monitor
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Neil sits on the table while Buzz lounges in the bed
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He's such a fatass
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Closeup of Buzz's eye
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Closeup of Neil's eye
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Neil kept trying to attack the evolution car sim
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After being swatted back a few times, he decided to watch from afar
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Closeup of Neil's nose
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Neil loves Flash games
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Buzz is a big fan of his cat bed
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This is an alot. If someone says "I like this alot" they're referring to this animal
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