Yesterday I walked up to the money tree and shook it with all my might. I needed to shake it hard. You’ll see, keep reading….
Last Generation (Refurbished) Macbook… Come To Daddy!
Yep, a decision has been made and a purchase order placed through Apple. In five-to-seven business days I will be the proud carrier of a black Macbook — 2.4GHz cpu, 2GB ram, and 250GB drive. Sweeeeeeet. Considering it will be twice as fast, have nearly twice as much memory, and a hard drive that’s eight times larger than the iBook on which I currently type thrills the living shit out of me — all for 1100 bones.
While I’m At It, I’ll Add More Memory To The iBook
To squeeze another year or so out of this aging iBook I’ve also gone and dropped $50 for a 1GB stick of ram. This computer will be relegated to a household slave, used to listen to music, watch videos, and surf the internets. Regardless, the extra umph added by more ram will make it feel that much snappier.
Anyone know off hand if this 1.2GHz PowerPC machine can handle Leopard?
Bow Down To The Mighty Tasty China!
Yesterday I met up with Barb and Stacy for some Tasty China. As usual, it doesn’t pay to have any preconceived notion as to what you will order, because the owner will steer you into something else. I do not mind this…
The three of us dined on some hot and numbing beef rolls (a must for me), some twice-cooked shan city pork, and some chicken and mushroom dish whose name I didn’t catch. Overall the lunch was delicious and so filling that I ate only a Clif Bar for dinner. Truth be told I wasn’t even that hungry when I ate the Clif Bar, I just thought that I should have something semi-solid with the two beers that I consumed.
We tried to get non-ITP-reader Gary (aka Rat’s Ass) to join us, but there was something about a doctor’s appointment because of a Merry Naders event or something….. 😛
For Such An Expensive Program Photoshop Sure Is A Pain In The Ass
Recently I learned a tip that through version 2.0 of Lightroom I can directly export photos which go together to make up a panorama directly into Photoshop. Previously, I exported the photos to large JPEG files and then opened Photoshop to import them.
Things weren’t as easy as I was led to believe, however. At first the option to do the direct export was grayed out in the menu. After researching this problem I found out that I needed to update my Photoshop from version 10.0 to version 10.0.1. No problem right? I went into Photoshop and looked for the “Update” option. I found it, it too was grayed out. I found out that I needed to manually download the patch and update Photoshop that way instead of using Photoshop to update itself.
With that done I went back into Lightroom where I was able to select the merge to panorama option only to be told that I needed to update Camera Raw to at least version 4.5 in order to complete the task. I went into Adobe Bridge and then back into Photoshop and found no magical or functioning “update” option for Camera Raw in either. So back to Adobe I went where I manually downloaded Camera Raw 4.6.
Inside the download there was nothing but a plug-in, and all attempts to update the plug-in through Photoshop failed. So it was back to Adobe’s website to find a manual process for updating the plug-in. It turns out that I had to go deep into a directory tree to replace the current plug-in. Which I did and alas I finally had a way to do panorama merging directly from Lightroom.
You’d think that software which retails for around $650 (Photoshop CS3’s cost) would function a lot better than that. Shame on you Adobe.
Another Hump In My Morning Commute
I wish Atlanta would stop installing speed humps on every goddamn road I drive. As of the other day Colquitt, a small road that connects Highland Av and Euclid Av in Little Five Points has them.
I’ve been around the virtual block many times arguing with people about the merits and demerits of speed humps. I’ve made it clear that I cannot stand them. And even though people confusingly speed down my little one-segment city block I hope that I never see them on my street.
In my opinion speed humps are just more of my tax dollars wasted. Speed humps are right up there with the stupid “Stop for Pedestrians in Crosswalk” signs which are constantly being replaced because they are put in the middle of streets and are destroyed by cars and trucks that hit them.
Digital Download Of The Week
RUN don’t walk to Walmart and look to see if the AC/DC disc is there yet!!!!! Eh, I’m kidding because
- It’s not available as a digital download so I could buy it brand new
- But I wouldn’t because it’s only sold at Walmart
- And why would I want to buy a AC/DC release in 2008 anyway?
Instead buy something cool.
- What about Deerhunter’s “Microcastle”?
- What about Bloc Party’s “Intimacy”? (which was released digitally on Aug 21)
- What about Kaiser Chiefs’ “Off With Their Heads”?
- What about Snow Patrol’s “A Hundred Million Suns”?
- What about Lucinda Williams’ “Lu in 08”? (Digital only EP)
All of those are better options imho.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – frustrated
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Modest Mouse — I don’t know the title, Dish’s information is missing
Website Of The Day – Have a cool word like “Hallefuckinglujah” that you think should be in some dictionary? Go add it to Addictionary and see what happens.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 32 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 37 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
Vegetarian Days – 13
Carnivore Days – 7
1) Lose no fewer than three pounds
2) Drink nothing but water, coffee, beer, wine
3) Run no fewer than 75 miles
4) Bike no fewer than 125 miles