Whew, this weather is exhausting.
There Must Have Been A Lot Of Film Shooters In The Room
Last night I attended my first Roswell Photographic Society meeting. The group, which meets on the first and third Monday’s of every month (except for this month due to MLK Day occuring on the third Monday which is forcing them to meet next Monday instead), was nothing like I had expected. The average age of the group skewed much higher than I would have guessed. Suffice to say that it will not be an outlet for meeting “Miss Right.” That being said, I will return.
The meeting last night was headlined by local well-known photographer Craig Tanner. Tanner used to produce podcasts through his website The Radiant Vista, however with the parting of his business partner Mark Johnson has started a new venture called The Mindful Eye. Tanner is both a talented photographer and presenter, so the overflowing room of people was treated to about ninety minutes of entertaining material.
Wendy’s, Oh Wendy’s
One mistake I made last night was not getting food prior to the Roswell Photographic Society meeting. The meeting, which takes place in a hard-to-get-to location in Roswell, officially starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm. Considering that I needed to drive all the way back to East Atlanta I figured it best to get some food on the way home. Sadly due to the late hour and my desire to get home before 10:30pm so that I could get some sleep, fast food was my only option.
One of my dirty little secrets is that I used to live on Roswell Road near Northridge Drive hen I first moved to Atlanta in the mid-1990’s. My knowledge of the area meant that I knew most of the places to eat quickly, and none of them sounded good. I also knew that Moe’s had opened up in the neighborhood so that was my destination — it was closed by the time I got there. Dangen! I pushed on.
After making it all the way down Roswell Road to I-285 without finding a suitable food option my hunger grew. As I winged my way around the perimeter I settled on Wendy’s. I wish that I hadn’t.
How bad can a hamburger named “The Baconnator” be? I found out. Certainly the french fries can’t be bad? They weren’t if you like cold, stale fries. And the only thing they couldn’t fuck up, the soda, I didn’t consume because I am still trying to avoid drinking soda.
Man v. Food
I received two odd emails this morning, both of which were marketing efforts. The stranger of the two was sent to me from the Travel Channel and opened like this:
I work with the Travel Channel’s online community team and noticed that you live in Atlanta. I thought you might be interested to know that Travel Channel’s Man V. Food will be featuring your city in this week’s episode, which airs Wednesday, January 7th, at 10pm ET.
Considering that I’ve never heard of Man v Food, and am now contemplating watching it I think of this as clever marketing. However, it airs at the same time as Top Chef so I might have to see if it’s available for viewing online.
It’s Macworld Keynote Day!
Sure, Steve Jobs is not going to be giving the keynote but that won’t hamper my enthusiasm. Besides, being an Apple shareholder I need to be excited about the products.
What could possibly be announced? Rumor has it that a smaller (physical) version of the iPhone will be announced. I’m still okay with the one I bought last month.
Rumors of a revamped Mac Mini are out there. I still don’t need one since I own an AppleTV.
And now I hear that the iTunes store will offer non-DRM media at a jacked-up price. Interesting, especially since I am planning for the majority of the media that I’ll consume to be free (or gotten through a subscription service like Netflix).
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – confused
Current Music – listening to the “News From Lake Wobegon” podcast
Website Of The Day – One of the books I plan to (re-)read in 2009 is “Confederacy Of Dunces.” Recently I found out to a new blog dedicated to this piece of literature called Ignatius’ Ghost
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Foot Mileage – 3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 6 (6)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 5
Marta Rides – 0
– Complete all necessary work on the dining room (not going to lie, I picked an easy room first)
– Lose no fewer than two pounds
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Completely read Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers, Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas, and How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic’s Guide to Spiritual Happiness
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the JalapeÃ±o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem