Somebody Said There Was A Football Match Last Night?

Ah, I could get used to this. The Gators’ success last night washed away the disappointment laid upon me by the East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads and the New York Jets. I’d be lying if I also didn’t add that this victory is a smidgen more pleasing because everyone lauded the Georgia Bulldogs as the “Greatest Team Of All-Time, Guaranteed To Be #1” at the beginning of this season.

Oh Yes It’s Laundry Night, Oh What A Night
I’m once again getting good at the economics of laundromats. Last night I returned to the laundromat across from Manuel’s Tavern where I discovered the “Triple Load” machines; previously I’d been using a combination of the “Single” and “Double” machines. My dirty laundry required only two of these machines so my cost of washing last night was only $6, which is at least $2 less than previous trips.

I was in an out of the laundromat in fourty-five minutes. Of course it still took four hours for me to dry and fold all of my laundry at home. I think that at some time in the coming week, perhaps this weekend, I’ll drag some other items like my sofa covers to the laundromat and see how their machines handle those.

My So-Called Web2.0 Life
In the past few months my life has changed. I’ve discovered Dropbox which is a privately-shared public folder on the internet and Evernote which is a note-taking/storage service on the net. In addition I’ve been attempting to reacquaint with Remember The Milk a To-Do list organizer that I blogged about back in ’06. Of course I have access to all of these services via my iPhone.

There is still one battle underway, the struggle to figure out which tool I will use to safely encrypt and store my account information. Back in the “olden days” when I carried a Palm Pilot or an HP iPaq I had applications which stored passwords in a proprietary database. When these items finally croaked I went to a solution using an encrypted file accessed by a program called TrueCrypt. The TrueCrypt solution is working, but there seem to be better solutions.

The two combatants are 1Password and KeePassX each of which have their pros and cons.

1Password is a pay-for solution that is a Mac/OS X only. I received a license for 1Password in a software bundle that I purchased a while ago. Since I’m moving to an all-Mac life this doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal, but since I still access the web from Windows and Linux machines it would be nice to have access to the 1Password database. Where 1Password shines is in its integration with all Mac-capable browsers, including the iPhone. 1Password has the ability to generate strong passwords and then auto-fill user/password information on websites stored within its database.

KeePassX is an free, open-source solution which is cross-platform, except there is no client for the iPhone. Unlike 1Password KeePassX doesn’t seem to have any auto-fill capabilities which is important for me as I start to generate stronger passwords.

Do any of you have input on this quandary?

ITP Flickr Pic
Another view of yesterday’s hearth.
A Different View

Somebody Contact Sherlock Holmes, Columbo, Or Monk. I Don’t Care Who, Just Call Someone!
I need someone to solve the “Case Of The Clobbered Contacts.” Seems that since I got my iPhone I’ve been losing contact information. The initial culprit is syncing software. I believe that in the syncing process the “new” contact is being viewed as a “deleted” contact on another machine and being wiped from my iPhone. If I ask you for your number I am most likely neither hitting on your nor have I deleted your information on purpose, so please don’t smack me.

It’s Beginning To Look Like A Busy Weekend
Tonight I am double-booked. I’ll be attending the annual “Whine and Cheese Gift-Again” party and then hustling to The EARL to see the first of two shows put on by The Long Ryders this weekend.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking care of some business around the house, and depending on the weather might even go to the Atlanta Hash in an attempt to get one closer to my one hundredth Atlanta hash. Of course regardless of what I do in the afternoon I’ll be back at The EARL tomorrow night.

Sunday is a Paulie Day! I am on a temporary self-imposed hiatus from the Sunday Runners Group (One, I don’t need to drink that much. Two, I’m not running much right now) However, I am planning on heading somewhere for photo shooting. I’m considering a free-standing hearth seeking mission, but may wind up shooting (in the bloody cold) at one of my “secret locations”.

What’s on your weekend radar?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat and happy
Current Music – listening to Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – Indulge me as I suggest you check out the homepage for the Bowl Championship Series (aka BCS)
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) – 9 (9)
Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 7
Marta Rides – 0

January Goals
– 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

2009 Goals
– 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 Jalapeño 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

The Unmeasurable
– 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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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16 Responses to Somebody Said There Was A Football Match Last Night?

  1. Laura says:

    Congrats on the big win last night.

    Wow, you really do have a busy weekend there, Paulie. You could even go to Monster Truck on Saturday night to completely fill up your weekend! Oh, don’t forget to wish Bob a big fat Happy 40th Birthday!!!

  2. No Monster Trucking for me thankyouverymuch. πŸ™‚

    According to Facebook ITP-Read Bob hits the big Four-Oh on Monday. I’ll make sure to remember to rub it in then. πŸ˜‰

  3. Martha says:

    One of the GP boys is taking his daughter to the monster truck thing, I can’t wait to hear the stories next week.

    As for me, well surprise-surprise. I’m heading OTP tonight (not running), then 16 miles tomorrow, maybe the hash since it is SFP and really close, a short Sunday run and maybe a bike ride…yeah, all seems like a good idea right now.

    With Toby’s current issuse, I’m glad the washing machine is working and keeping my fingers cross it doesn’t break down anytime soon. I’m doing a load every day or two just for him. He did have a day at the spa yesterday so he is a little less stinky, for a bit, at least.

  4. Andrew says:

    I’ve been using 1Password for the last year or so and wouldn’t want to use a computer without it. The iphone app I don’t use all that much, but on my the rest of my machines it’s fantastic. It’s easily well worth the price.

  5. Our buddy BWanA, and I believe One Ball and Snail Trail have gone Monster Truckin’. They say it’s fun, but it’s definitely not my cup of tea.

  6. Bob says:

    It’s my annual pilgrimage to the dome to watch 1000 horsepower trucks drive around and smash things. Great times and awesome people watching!!

    Paulie you need to go one year just to say you did it!

  7. Martha says:

    if for no other reason, though I’m sure there are many, just the noise would keep me away, loud noises make me feel very anxious. Even the previews at the movies get my anxiety level up. I’m a very delicate and sensitive little flower. πŸ˜‰

  8. @Andrew : I’m leaning toward 1Password, especially since I already own a license for it. However, I must admit that KeePassX’s password generator rocks! Perhaps I’ll generate passwords in KeePassX and then store them in 1Password.

    @Bob : Have fun! I don’t think I need to remind you to wear hearing protection. I should probably do the same at The EARL.

  9. Barb says:

    I’m with you Paulie – I don’t think Monster Truckin’ is my cup of tea either, but I’m sure people watching would be fun.

    We (I use that term loosely) are hopefully installing the new front door Saturday. I think Allan’s dad is coming over to help. I don’t think I would be much help at all. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t take all day, cuz you all know Allan & how much fun he will be if it takes all day.

    I’d like to go road bike riding at some point, but if it is too cold & windy, mountain biking is more likely to happen.

  10. Michelle says:

    Laura: I’ve decided to go see the Long Ryders show on Saturday since I’ve had such a long week and need to work on unpacking tonight. I don’t think Drew is too interested so this might be solo outing. Still on for some before-show drinks?

  11. B-Bob says:

    Surly and 10 of his closest hashing friends also have Monster Trucking on their agenda. It looks as though the “great people watching” there may seem more like a hash circle. Speaking of which… Hog Mountain anyone?

  12. Terri(SW) says:

    **shameless plug**
    I’ll be at Hog Mountain ;)!

    It’s going to be an awesome trail…and a total snare-fest since:
    a) the three of us (me, Pot Pi and Itchi) don’t care about being snared (why avoid the inevitable?) and,
    b) for some silly reason, we are insisting on doing it live :P.

    Good times. AND Mexican hot chocolate at the end…

    Other than that…I’ll spend the weekend getting over the craptacular week/ first 9-11 days of 2009.


  13. Martha says:

    Michelle…two words for you Yip Pee!!! yes, just give me a call I will have earned a drink or three by then.

  14. Stacy says:

    Okay…now that I’m back in front of a computer (looking for work, but still in front of a computer!), my “treat” to myself after doing some job searching is going to be reading ITP again! (it was kinda hard up north…ma doesn’t have one…) So yay!

    My weekend plans…well, funny you should mention whining and wining…. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing you again – been way too long! That and – GASP! – SOB hashin’! Planning on draggin’ a couple of virgins with me, too, so I figured that’d be a nice start.

    Oh, that and, like, look for a job. πŸ™‚

  15. Stacy : Remind me to get your cell number tonight; yours was one that got clobbered.

  16. Martha says:

    Paulie, you might be able to pick up some missing numbers from your Facebook Phonebook, I’ve had to grab a few from there.

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