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Good evening. I hope your Monday went well. It’s down to 40 degrees now and will drop to 26 or so by daybreak. Sunrise tomorrow is at 6:48 AM and sunset at 4:32 PM for a total of 9 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.

The days may be short this time of year but tomorrow’s weather will be nice but you’ll still need a jacket. Sunny, with a high near 49. Calm wind. Not too bad for the second half of the month of November. Rain likely for Wednesday.

Did my evening walk early then walked down to the library. Still trying to get my Bluetooth speakers to work with my laptop. The Bluetooth support in Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS is buggy. Thinking of upgrading to 15.10, but that will be a pain as you have to install 14.10 and 15.04 before you can do the upgrade. I get tired of the constant updates, so that’s why I’ve been sticking with the Long Term Support version but it really is getting long in the tooth.

The I drove to Walmart to get groceries and supplies. I prefer to shop at Shoprite as it’s a union business, but Walmart has a lot of supplies that you’re typical supermarket doesn’t have. Grocery stores don’t have electronics, auto, hunting and fishing, much less clothes. One stop shopping makes Walmart great. I needed a lot of random things.

I finally got peanut butter and a mouse trap, so maybe now I can get rid of the mouse or most likely mice that chewed a hole on the kitchen wall and have been driving me nuts since it got cold out. Mice are always a autumn problem in my apartment because the slab foundation in the kitchen doesn’t reach the kitchen wall which has oxbowed out over the years from the weight of the added on second floor. It super easy for mice to tunnel in. Once the ground freezes and I trap them, they’ll be gone by December or sooner. Already caught one. Maybe I should have been more proactive but so be it. I hate messing with the traps. I need a cat.

I always like looking back at Big Red in the parking lot, especially when it’s out in the open and mostly small cars are around. It’s such a big truck and pretty awesome compared to stock trucks and little cars. I like looking down at cops at the traffic light when I’m in a different lane. Maybe not the highest lifted truck or the most beautiful one, but it’s mine, it’s paid off, and for the most part works pretty darn well. Has a lot of nice toys on it but I work hard for my money.

Weather still looking good for my North Country trip. I will check the forecast tomorrow and then will put in to take Friday and Monday off. I’m really excited to get back up to Plattsburgh then Massena. It’s been years since I’ve been up that way. Been thinking about this trip a long time. Looking forward to seeing the college and the lake then heading west.

Map: 2014 Gubernatorial Election in Bethlehem and New Scotland

Map: 2014 Gubernatorial Election in Bethlehem and New Scotland

This map of the 2014 Gubernatorial Election between Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino in interesting, because it shows how the governor's support tails off quite quickly as you get away from the city. Even in suburbs closest to Albany, the governor's support is modest compared to a generic Democrat. This map includes all the lines that both candidates ran in but excludes third party candidates.

Map: 2015 County Legislator District 1 Democratic Primary, Lucille M. McKnight  Minus Carmen M. Rau

Map: 2015 County Legislator District 1 Democratic Primary, Lucille M. McKnight Minus Carmen M. Rau

Albany County (/ˈɔːlbəniː/ awl-bə-nee) is a county located in the U.S. state of New York, and is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is from the title of the Duke of York and Albany, who became James II of England (James VII of Scotland). As of the 2010 census, the population was 304,204.[1] As originally established, Albany County had an indefinite amount of land, but has only 530 square miles (1,400 km2) as of March 3, 1888. The county seat is Albany, the state capital.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_County,_New_York

Good evening. Currently 50 degrees and clear. A nice twilight this evening along with the Waxing Crescent Moon. Tonight will be clear, with a low around 28. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. A bit chilly this evening but all and all should be pleasant.

Map: 2015 County Legislature 6 – Democratic Primary, Sam Fein minus Hille and Ellis

Map: 2015 County Legislature 6 – Democratic Primary, Sam Fein minus Hille and Ellis

Over the past weekend I was playing with electoral data and making several maps of the county legislature primaries. Mapping is interesting as it shows regional patterns for voting.

Some of the city primaries posed a particular problem -- how to accurately map the results of a three or four way primary? Maps are generally limited to one color per region, and while you can overlay a pie graph on an election district (as done on this map), I needed a way to set the background color. I decide to calculate the margin of victory in each election district based on subtracting out the second biggest vote getter (per election district) from the person who won the entire district. This is what I came up with.

This map shows the strength of Mr. Fein, particularly in the south end compared to other candidates. Some districts he won outright, others he won because other two candidates split the vote.