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February 4, 2014

DUVALL: A gentle 'push' the world awaits you

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Tonawanda News — zzz-zzz: Two new emails (In the middle of dinner. That makes five I haven’t seen, plus the ones I only glanced at this morning. The little red number says 23, which is high. Should I check it during a meal? Sure, fine. Two Groupon offers, a work press release I don’t need and notification, you’ve been mentioned on Twitter.)

zzz-zzz: You’ve been mentioned on Twitter! (Seconds after the email notification. I knew this was coming. Mental note, turn off Twitter email notifications. But now I’m curious: What’s happening on Twitter? Tap tap tap, Twitter open and ... “Oh, cool! I won a $25 gift card for entering a Super Bowl pool on this guy’s website!” Favorite his tweet, respond with my email address so he can send me the prize. Resume dinner.)

zzz-zzz: What ru doing tonight? (Text from a friend, read after wiping hands dry while washing dishes. “No plans.”)

zzz-zzz: Want to pick us up from Brewfest at 9? We’re gonna need a DD lol (Return text from friend. “Sure.” Now I have plans: Drive my beer-buzzed friends around.)

And Sunday:

zzz-zzz: News alert (three things from CNN, two from the New York Times, I clear them without reading because I’m barely awake yet.)

zzz-zzz: News alert: Police suspect heroin cause of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. (CNN, the Times received again in my mother’s driveway, picking up the laundry I left there in order to go pick up my friends the night before. “Oh my god!” In hindsight, it’s one of those celebrity deaths I’ll remember for a lifetime. First news of it was ignored that morning when I didn’t have the patience to read the a.m. cycle.)

zzz-zzz: Four new emails. (I’m watching the Super Bowl at a noisy party but no one’s around at the moment so I guess I’ll check them. Two of my Super Bowl tweets had been favorited. Two more Groupons. Phone’s battery is at 9 percent. I must have forgotten to charge it last night. Do I still have my charger in my bag? Is there somewhere in this house I can plug into a USB that isn’t already in use by some other absent-minded millennial?)

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  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

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  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

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  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

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  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

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