The Mind, He’s No Good At Remembering Things
I have a lot of passwords. I mean a lot. Recently two things have happened which have changed my life.
Last night I realized that I have no idea about the password I use to connect to my DSL provider. This is normally not problematic, unless of course you are changing routers, which I will be doing in the near future. I made every effort to remember the password and never did. Today I’ll be calling technical support to have them reset my password.
Once I’ve successfully changed my password I will be storing it in a way that will help me never forget it. I’ve started using 1Password and loving it. 1Password allows me to remember one password (hence the product’s name) and store all of my other passwords encrypted within it. If you are a Mac user (1Password is Mac only) I suggest you check it out.
Making Tough Decisions, Part 1
I have a ticket for tonight’s performance of “Smart Cookie” at the Hertz Stage of the Alliance Theatre. I will not be using it. For weeks I’ve known that my ticket conflicted with the monthly social gathering of the Atlanta Photography Exposure and have been too distracted to exchange the ticket.
What to do? There is not enough time in the night to do both, so I’ve chosen to skip the play. Sure, I’ll wind up eating the cost of the ticket and will probably wind up purchasing a ticket to a future performance, but I’ve decided that I’d rather spend the night amongst photogs instead of non-interacting theater goers.
For this week’s episode we are treated to an hour of Eric Ripert, which the female bloggeratti seem to think is the bee’s knees. Ripert is a real Top Chef (and one of the best moments of the night was seeing Padma call him so).
For the QuickFire Challenge the cheftestants have to show their knife chops be filleting fish. They are first challenged with sardines where a few of the cheftestants do a fine job while others bludgeoned them. Next up was a fish whose name I cannot remember. It’s a much larger fish than the sardine, but has enough pin bones to cause grief. At the end of two rounds the competition was up to the hairless — Hosea and Stefan. For those who’ve not been watching this season let me tell you a few things about Stefan
- he’s skilled
- he’s German
- he’s arrogant (is that redundant?)
- with the exception of last week’s Elimination Challenge he’s been kicking everyone’s ass six ways to Sunday
The third round is all about eel. Guess what Stefan has been doing since he was a young lad? Preparing eel. It doesn’t help Hosea’s case that he’s also never seen an Iron Chef where ell was the secret ingredient because his doesn’t have a clue how to skin an eel. As if I need to tell you, Stefan was declared the winner.
Here’s a helpful tip if you’ve attended the Top Chef tryouts in Atlanta and get chosen for the show. Watch the past seasons, People! They repeat contests constantly!
Case and point: The cheftestants are taken to one of Ripert’s restaurant and served a six-course meal. Hmmm… Six cheftestants; six courses. Coincidence?
For the night’s Elimination Challenge the cheftestants have to recreate one of the courses, randomly assigned with the exception of Stefan, they have just eaten. It’s time to find out who’s been paying attention to their meal. Fortunately for them they are supplied with all of the raw materials, but they still have to figure out how to use them. Much to my surprise most of the cheftestants do a good job. One of the worst however was my girl Jamie, who gets unceremoniously asked to pack up her knives and leave. Oh, and guess who won the Elimination Challenge…. Stefan. I’m thinking we already know who is going to win this competition.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – I have an assignment for you today. Figure out what Atlanta’s Half Off Depot sells, and let me know if it’s worth investigating.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 5 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 3
Marta Rides – 0
– Complete all necessary work on my bed room
– Lose no fewer than one pound
– Run no fewer than 30 miles
– Completely read Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers, and Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas
– 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
– 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