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Pictures taken during November 2012

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Welcome to the Buffalo Lab!
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There is ample room for working on projects
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2D and 3D printers!
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The shop area is also host to an enormous pile of old computers
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The lounge area
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The classroom area
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The view from the other side of the classroom
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Bins of various equipment
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Electronics station
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Lots of tubs of stuff
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Paper mache?
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For some reason we have several payphones
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What's what I'm here to do!
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My current adversary.. the old busted Makerbot
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I love the exposed circuitry
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Unfortunately, it's about as reliable as it looks
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This device is actually operating the door's authentication system
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One of the tubs on the shelves
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Sign on the fridge
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I'll pass, thanks
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Weird old electronics
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This probably shouldn't be out in the open
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Plenty of soldering irons
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Even an oscilloscope!
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Electronics components
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Well thank you!
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I'm not sure what this is about
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This made me laugh.. the two molecules are caffine and ethanol (the alcohol we normally think of when you use the word "alcohol")
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A varied book collection
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I see I'm not the only one who's used a Sparkfun cardboard box as a project enclosure
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That's a lot of resistors
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View from the back of the workspace
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It's always a part at Buffalo Lab
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Why IS it always 6:32 here?
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Don't start any fires, Joe
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This piece is titled "Ascent"
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Liz, Amanda, and Bryce are ready to hit the museum!
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The Udvar-Hazy Center entrance
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An SR-71 Blackbird with... what is that peeking out in the back??
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Hey look, normal airplanes
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Meanwhile, the magnificient SR-71 is ready for its closeup
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Hello, beautiful!
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Landing gear structure
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Up close and personal with Space Shuttle Discovery
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The aft section of Discovery
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Aww, spiderwebs on the orbiter already
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The business end of Space Shuttle Discovery
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Absolutely gorgeous
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Amanda poses with Discovery
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After years of admiring the orbiter fleet from afar, it was pretty amazing to be this close
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The forward windows
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Reaction Control System
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Listening to other visitors, people seemed very surprised at how the thermal protection system was made up of so many individual tiles
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The door seems so small!
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My favorite application of the Helvetica font
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Discovery's tail
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The reinforced carbon-carbon panels that doomed Discovery's sister ship Columbia
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Space Shuttle Main Engines and the OMS engines
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I could spend all day in this room
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Amanda looks at the rear of Discovery
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..more vertical!
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Discovery and me!
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Thanks to Amanda for agreeing to lie down on the ground to take this awesome shot
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Closeup of the main engines and OMS engines
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Spacelab. This was carried in the orbiter cargo bay and carried many experiments
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I was surprised at how small this duplicate of New Horizons was!
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Bryce loves space shuttles
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A better view of Spacelab
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I doubt Liz was aware of Nixon's role in authorizing the space shuttle, but it works!
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This is where liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen would enter the orbiter from the external tank
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I love the marks left by many reentries on the thermal protection system
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Wing and tail
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Looking up through the gap between control surfaces
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The landing gear assembly is smaller than you might think
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Jim Irwin's Apollo 15 space suit!
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Various suit connectors
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Closeup of Irwin's gloves
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These gloves were worn on the moon!
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Irwin's gloves, helmet, and visor
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Hi there!
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Closeup of Irwin's suit
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Blue and red connectors!
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Discovery's starboard side
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Neil Armstrong's glove!
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Details on Armstrong's visor and gloves
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Neil Armstrong's visor
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Saturn V Instrumentation Ring
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This photo was accidentally much more clever than intended, with Neil Armstrong's gloves and visor in the foreground, and the Saturn V Instrumentation Ring and Space Shuttle Discovery reflected in the glass
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An unflown Mercury capsule. Alan Shepard wanted to fly it, but it never happened
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It's incredible that people would fly in these
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Frank Borman and Jim Lovell spent two weeks in this vehicle
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A few days into the flight they got a song stuck in their head and sang it for the rest of the mission
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Looking into the Gemini VII capsule
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Such a small capsule
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So many switches!
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The front of Discovery
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Looking along the starboard side
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I'm not totally sure what all those connectors are under the OMS pod
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The view along the top of the wing
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The RCS thrusters are bigger than I expected
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The whole vehicle seen slightly from above
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I turned around and was struck again by how amazing this vehicle looks
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Two eras of spaceflight, side by side
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Various spacecraft from the 60s
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The orbiters are a lot more dirty and beat up than you'd imagine
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Yet another angle on the shuttle
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The capsule is not real, but apparently these are the actual flotation devices used on Apollo 11
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The Skunkworks logo on the back of the SR-71
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The delta wing on the SR-71 is bigger than I realized
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The rear of the SR-71
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The Pegasus is a lot bigger than I thought!
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The nosecone is one enormous piece of reinforced carbon-carbon
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A shuttle-era ACES suit
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This sight does not get old
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I could look at it all day
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Looking into the engine of the Blackbird
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Liz thought the shuttle looked like a panda, so we made Amanda stand in front of it with all her panda gear
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Posing with the most incredible jet ever made
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Liz jumped in for a photo with me! Yay Liz!
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The service module engine was smaller than I thought. Of course, this doesn't include the engine bell, but still
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Various thermal protection systems
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One last closeup before leaving
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Such an incredible view
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I couldn't stop taking photos
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I'm definitely going to have to come visit this place again
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On my way out I discovered the Enola Gay!
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Standing this close to a vehicle that killed so many people kind of freaked me out. Especially after hanging out with something like Space Shuttle Discovery
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See you soon!
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I ran into the one and only Kevin Smith at the Buffalo Airport! Looking good, Kev!
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Our plane apparently pulled off a sonic rainboom
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Really, the sun as on the other side of the plane and refracted off the upper layers of a cloud, and of course created a shadow of the plane
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Vic snapped this photo of me tweaking the code of the sign app while it was displaying in the hallway
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The Powerpuff Girls!
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An amazing Gyarados cosplay! I also liked her because she spent a lot of time in the VAT
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AMV Singalong didn't have the greatest turnout, but the guy in the pink hair was really into it
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Grumpy Cat was the official mascot of the VAT control booth
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Another Pinkie Pie cosplayer!
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Amanda poses with a fellow Pinkie Pie cosplayer
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I haven't even played this game and I was impressed by this Journey cosplay
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This DJ-PON3 cosplayer was all over the place all weekend
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This guy said he was cosplaying as "The Mythbusters"
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For Omar's cake this year, he went with a waffle theme. It's not actually a giant waffle and that's not actually an enormous pad of butter... but it all looks like it!
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Fluttershy loves Ponies Anthology
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The new hotel could best be described as labyrinthine
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A flower? From me?? Thanks Enderwoman!
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Omnipresent Jefferson strikes again!
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Tearing down the VAT
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Vic tackled the difficult task of taking down the server
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Brakus kicked in and isn't even on staff!
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Looking through the leftover prizes to decide what Vlad gets for his winning Upbeat video
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Teardown went smoothly!
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Vic wraps up VAT teardown
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Alan is practicing for the chair rodeo
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Bryce checks his iPhone
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Amanda's ready for the staff party
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Omar checks out the empty rooms
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Amanda got me a Trixie figure!
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Telling stories at the staff dinner
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Omar smuggled a lot of bread out of the dinner
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It's not the whole department, but it's a good chunk! The AUSA 2012 AMV Theatre Staff!
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Amanda poses with the crazy bear thing outside of the Marriott!
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Holy crap it's James!
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Tony's costume was really creepy
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James just busted out the same Indiana Jones costume he wore in 2007
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"I'm not really a doctor, I just play one at parties"
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Brett's costume required a rifle, which is funny since he threw out last year's rifle a few weeks ago
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Shayna's fake ID
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Holy crap, Mike is back from Japan!!
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My costume was pretty low effort
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Bryce formulates his medical opinion of his drink
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Artifact hunter and.. garbage man?
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It's great to have you back, Mike!
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Shayna's awesome Leeloo costume
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One of the creepiest pictures of Tony ever. Yes, that's Twilight Sparkle he's holding
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Appa hit the candy bowl hard
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All these nice drinks, and you're drinking a PBR??
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Brett looks incredulous
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I'm not sure what's up with this face
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Meanwhile, in the living room
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Bryce is really excited
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Beany is ready to rock
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Oh no! Creepums! Tony's creepy robotic dog
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"Buh buh buh"
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Derpy-James gives Tony some pizza advice
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Photobombing jerks
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The holy goblet
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Brett and Ericka!
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Tony's in pizza making mode
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The Tony Stark chest pieces is important to this
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Brett offers me a weird shot in a test tube
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James is already combining other peoples' costumes into his own
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Shayna's wig is so bright!
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Funny joke
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Mike dives into yet another photo
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Group photo!
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Goddamnit Mike
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Beany's been hitting the test tube shots with Creepums
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Leeloo Multidrink
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Funny jokes on the couch
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James thinks about whatever nonsense Bryce is spouting
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Creepums is still hungry
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Pose for the camera!
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Brett's starting to get that drunk look on his face
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Look out, Brett! A zombie!
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Brett also confiscated the dip
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Why is that drink so green?
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Good times!
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Christa and Shayna!
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Creepums is making a move on Beany
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Tony's latest masterpiece is ready
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"This guy!"
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Appa takes the spotlight from Steph
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Appa is so huge!
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What the hell is Mike doing?
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Bryce is weighed down by all the responsibilities of a party doctor
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Oh jeez. Emily has the pony ears.
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Party pony?
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James acquires yet another costume piece
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Bryce joins in the dancing
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"I'm dancin', I'm dancin'!"
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Oh boy is he
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Brett you're doing it wrong
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"What do you mean??"
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Hey, can you blame him?
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I caught Mike in Beany's Hello Kitty ears
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"I'm not really a doctor.... I just play one at parties!!" yes Bryce, we know. You already said that
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Changing the music
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Now that is a flattering photo
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Pose for the camera!
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Tony with his cobweb wig. Cobwig.
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Oh no, Tony, run!
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James is combining costumes!!
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Hello Dr. Kitty
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What.. the hell is going on here
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Mike thinks he's sneaky
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What is everyone looking at?
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Wonder Woman!
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James looks so tall!
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Bryce with his famous grimace
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Hi Beany!
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"No photos"
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This is serious business!
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Where did that hat come from?
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Emily looks so disheveled!
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I don't want Creepums!
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Me and Beany are gangstas
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Brett's turn with the hat
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I'm not sure what they're laughing at here
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Beany's crazy face
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I walked in on a weird extended group hug
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Brett is really diggin the group hug
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Bryce and Mike were also sort of alarmed
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Mike tried to land the hat on my head while Bryce filmed it
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Brett's costume is getting weirder and weirder
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#1 party!
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Ahhh, recovery breakfast the next day
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We could sure use it
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I think Bryce needs some coffee
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We had breakfast and Emily and James' place
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I'm not sure what's going on here but I don't think Shayna is a fan
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James still knows how to solve the Rubik's Cube!
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I was impressed
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Looking over the paper plates that Bryce and James used for their Wheeled Warriors intro
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Plate two
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Plate three!
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The lightning league!
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Mike is one with the cobwebs
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Now James is armed
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Trying to shoot stuff out of the moving cobwebs
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He hit it!
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Mike cocoons Creepums into the cobwebs like one of the xenomorphs
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They couldn't quite support his web
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Creepums emerges from the cobwebs... gross.
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Pinball at Uncle Sam's!
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Brett loves Uncle Sam's
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I wasn't very good at pinball
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Beany's never been to Uncle Sam's!
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Maybe not that excited
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And that was Rippoween 2012!
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How does this thing work?
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Everybody figure it out
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Shawn's shirt has a Carl Sagan bowling ball on it
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I took the red one
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Fancy shoes
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I'm pretty sure I saw one of these machines in Fallout 3
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If only it was Atomic Bowling!
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Karan tries to decode the score machine
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Corey and Nan, the new guys on the Synapps team
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I like how this sign was necessary
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Bowling time!
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Steve needs to adjust his goofy shoes
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CMac rolls the ball
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"How about that?"
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Karan and Guru
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Don't let go!
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A crucial part of any bowling experience
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Action shot
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Nan seemed to know what he was doing
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Shawn isn't even bowling, this is just how he walks
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And away it goes
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Dustin's feeling pretty good about his strike
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Gathering around the score terminal
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Dustin's pretty excited
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Good roll, Phil?
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Steve bowls with his left hand like a freak. A left handed freak.
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What's over there, Nan?
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I'll be impressed if you can pull this off..
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Look at that face! Such concentration
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He looks like he's about to shot put it
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Good times at the bowling alley
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Nan gets in the zone
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"You're the only one who understands me, bowling ball"
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CMac is still sporting his mustache from the contest
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Aaaand right into the gutter.
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