Am I Allergic To Atlanta?

It sounds like one of those shitty Fox5 News teasers tossed out during sweeps weeks, but I am starting to wonder. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend recently that on the mornings after the days I’ve walked to my car I’ve woken up and my nose started dripping like a crappy faucet. The drippage is then followed by eruptive sneezing. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, coincidentally the mornings after which I did not walk, I had no such problems. I know that there are not enough data points to draw a conclusion (unless I was Fox5 or a politician who wanted to use this data to their benefit), but the trend has started.

Tonight I will avoid my walk and go directly home to do yard work. I’m interested to see if I suffer from the same afflictions tomorrow.

ITP Flickr Pic
All Shrekked up and nowhere to go


This is the picture I snapped yesterday but had no time to transfer from the camera to Flickr until last night.

My Hundred-Picture March
I challenged myself yesterday. And to all that believe I live every day in a challenged state — Bugger Off!

Anyway, yesterday I challenged myself to take at least one hundred pictures. The pictures didn’t have to be of unique subjects, which wouldn’t be hard if I could ever overcome my phobia of taking portraits in public, but I digress… Therefore I allowed myself to take three, four, five, pictures of the same subject in order to play with exposure, depth-of-field, or composition.

I won’t say that I came up with many shots that are going to shake the photography world, but I was pleased with the outcome.

As I exited Marta to start my walk I ran into Jose (Flickr: Ok2Go) waiting for a bus. Now that I think of it I should have taken a picture of him. Dammit, I can be so dense.

Hey Nikon! How About Showing Me Some Love?
Two days ago I heard about two hundred residents in a small South Carolina town each being given (lent?) a Nikon D40.

Yesterday I read that blogger and current Georgia Tech student Paul Stamatiou was given a Nikon D80 as part of a Blogger Outreach Program.

Seriously Nikon, nearly every day I post a picture taken with a Nikon D50 and most-likely a Nikon lens. Some days I curiously ponder how I can make these photos better. Help a brother out. Hit me with a D80, or better yet let me prove how great shots can be with a D50 when equipped with a suite of fancy-pants Nikon Vibration Reduction lenses.

If it helps you make a decision, I will be traveling to Arizona next week and Seattle and Canada later in the summer. So, you probably want to overnight the lenses to me asap. Shoot me an email at the address posted over in the right-hand galley. Okay? Thanks…

Put The WWW Back Into The World Wide Web
Recently there has been a trend to drop the leading “www.” from website names. C’mon people, it’s four fucking keystrokes, three of which are the same letter.

It may seem like all websites start with “www.” therefore there is no need to have these letters, but that would not be true. For instance one of the best ways to go to GMail is to go to (btw the “https” means it’s a secure socket so that all transmissions will be encrypted — which is a wonderful thing. Not all websites can do this, but if the data is sensitive you may want to test.).

Just remember, these are addresses on the World Wide Web after all. Meh, nevermind me, I’m just an old man who is resistant to change.

Coming Soon…
I have had a request to add comment tracking so that you don’t have to keep coming back here to see updated comments (and since I make no ad money on this site, what the hell). What a great idea!

I have downloaded a WordPress plugin and will attempt to install such a feature in the next day or so.

CD Pick Of The Week
This is an easy one. Even though I haven’t had the chance to listen to the new Wilco CD (and I may be the only one who hasn’t), I am going to pick their release of “Sky Blue Sky” as my CD Pick Of The Week.

I’d be geeked up to go see Wilco perform again, except that they are playing at Chastain which is a designated “No Paulie Zone.”

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – so so
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Jarvis Cocker — “Fat Children”
Website Of The Day – A few weeks ago I brought you Twitter Vision — a mashup of Twitter and Google Maps. Today I bring you FlickrVision (notice the lack of “www.”, ARGH!) — a mashup of Flickr and Google Maps.
Exercise (b)Log – walking, 4 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – Marta

May Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight 200 lbs)
2) Exercise at least five days per week.
3) Read two books, specifically
3a) “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York”
3b) “The Evolution Of Useful Things…”

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Am I Allergic To Atlanta?

  1. Stacy says:

    Awww! I really want to see Shrek [mistakenly typed as “Shrew” initially. Huh.], but dammitall! Work started firewalling Flickr again! I’ll just assume he’s still standing in his little corner of the carport, fists raised in glee.

    Oh – and I’m gonna pop by tonight on my way to Gravity to hang with the ladies if that’s cool: I have the clothes you so graciously loaned to me Saturday (now all nice and clean again) when mine got all wet and muddy. If you’re not home, I’ll ask Shrek to protect them from other drunk girls who may arrive demanding burgers and dry clothing.

  2. Martha says:

    Stacy, FYI, we will be at Graveyard!!

    Paul, I have a nice clean shirt to drop off also…thank you so much for the loan.

    I’m guessing you are having increased allergy symptoms because on the days you walk you are being exposed to more allergens.
    1) the faster you move through air, the more allergens strike your face, and are inhaled
    2) with your increase physical activity comes increase respiration and again more allergens inhaled.

    as for the delay, extra adrenalin your body produces while you are working out can temporarily dampen the allergic response.

    I’m not sure what the solution is…but I would guess your theory is vaild.

  3. Stacy says:

    *Laugh!* Martha – y’know, that would have sucked showing up at the wrong place. And Graveyards are my type of place (bar-type and real ones), so cool.

    That being said, your Science lesson of the day just hurt my head a little. Meanie.

  4. Martha says:

    Oh if you like graveyards, I’ll have to dig up the picture of me lying in a grave while visiting Greece! I love that one.

    Yes, with witty conversation like that it is hard to belive I’m single!

  5. Hehe, perhaps I should give out clothes more often. I’ll always have clean clothes that way. 🙂

    Stacy, Shrek is standing proudly where you left him. He’ll be happy to see you again.

  6. Stacy says:

    Ha! And, hmmm. Now I’m just wondering how long we can use ITP’s blog as our own little bulletin board forum today before it pisses him off? 😉

  7. Knock yourselves out ladies. It doesn’t bother me in the least.

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