Putting Myself Into The Penalty Box

After having the ‘E’ key on my “new” laptop pop off, I popped off. “ENOUGH!” I quickly fired off a spiteful whine onto to Twitter, and therefore Facebook as well. I then realized that this was not good for me, and probably not that great for all who read it. I have put myself into the Social Network Penalty Box and will not be checking either site for a while. Of course I can be reached through this blog, or through the email address listed in the right-hand galley.

I Guess We Can Say “At least we are neither Las Vegas nor Detroit.”?
This morning on the Yahoo! Home Page there was a teaser for an article titled America’s Emptiest Cities. Here is an excerpt

Las Vegas edged Detroit for the title of America’s most abandoned city. Atlanta came in third, followed by Greensboro, N.C., and Dayton, Ohio. Our rankings, a combination of rental and homeowner vacancy rates for the 75 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country, are based on fourth-quarter data released Feb. 3 by the Census Bureau. Each was ranked on rental vacancies and housing vacancies; the final ranking is an average of the two.

Yikes! We’re number three?

It’s Almost Official
Last night I worked through a “Hello World!” application using Apple’s iPhone Development Tools. Sure, this is not going to shake the world, but it’s a start.

To get to this point has been somewhat of an effort. First, I had to download the iPhone SDK, which is a whopping 1.7GB and takes a while to download. (on a further note: two of the three times I attempted this the resulting file was not 100% correct.)

To become an “Official” iPhone Developer I must also fork over $99 to Apple for some additional tools which allow testing on an actual iPhone or iPod Touch instead of just a computer simulation. Last night I began the process of applying and was thwarted by what should have been a simple question — “Do I want to be listed as an Individual or a Company?”. At first I thought “Company, of course.” but then read the fine print where I might have to provide papers of incorporation to do so. Bummer, I don’t want be listed by my name, I want to be listed by a company name. Next up: either incorporating or becoming an individual.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have nothing for today. I am not shooting nearly enough. I finally made a first pass through the shots I took at Red Top Rumble and have mixed emotions about them.

Does Any One Know A Good Place In Atlanta To Buy A Photo Mat?
I need to purchase a mat for the photo I am donating tomorrow. You know, for the Atlanta Photography Exposure’s Silent Auction. Do you know of a good place to purchase a pre-cut mat? If so, please let me know today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the latest “The Word Nerds” podcast
Website Of The Day – My breakfast today will never be found in the Eat Well Guide. However, you should go there if you want to be a healthier person.
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) – 17 (17)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 16
Marta Rides – 0

February Goals
– 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

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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12 Responses to Putting Myself Into The Penalty Box

  1. Martha says:

    I seem to recall Garden Ridge have a lot of mats/frames/etc…There is one up off 85, not sure were another one might be.

    We all still want to see the shots of Red Top, regardless of what you think about them πŸ˜‰

  2. Barb says:

    Doesn’t Michaels have a ton of that framing stuff? For some reason I’m thinking there is one right there near your office.

    I believe it on the empty city thing, Allan said he thinks 1 out of 3 houses down there in SW Atlanta are empty these days, and we all know there are TONS of apartments out there empty.

  3. Whew, Garden Ridge is a fer piece. I might try Michael’s at lunch.

    I know that people want to see my photos, but my rule is that I only show images of which I am proud — well at least when shooting with my “real” camera. There were many fuzzy shots (still not good at shooting action) which have already been destroyed. Perhaps I’ll send any sharp images of the people I know to them for their own benefit. πŸ™‚

  4. sal says:

    I was going to suggest Michaels as well……..

  5. Michael’s it was! I spent another $20 or so because I wound up buying a cheap frame. This is a photo I’m giving away! Should I keep the receipts for a tax deduction? πŸ˜‰

  6. Martha says:

    if the money rasied from it goes to a 501(c)3 then yes, I would keep the receipts for any money spent on your ‘donation’.

  7. As of the other day APE is an approved 501(c)3 organization.

  8. Bob says:

    Hey, if you are looking for more tax deductible charitable donations I am riding the Tour De Cure again this year. I’ll hit you up for donations when I start fund raising πŸ™‚

    Good luck on the sale of your photo. Don’t be nervous, you do good work.

  9. If I have the year I am praying for I should need an additional charitable donation or two (pity beer purchases are not deductible).

    I’m only nervous because I’ve not had much guidance on how my work should be presented for auction (sale). The two best reasons for doing this are

    1) learning the ropes and seeing how much people are willing to pay (albeit inflated because it’s for charity)
    2) get my name out there

    Other reasons are

    – see how my work stands up to others’
    – meet more people
    – have material for Thursday’s blog. πŸ™‚

    CRAP! I just realized that I’ll probably miss “Top Chef” this week. Dammit! I don’t know if I even have a working VCR (never mind tapes) any more.

  10. Martha says:

    I have a VCR at the house you are welcome to use, no idea if i have a tape though. Maybe you could drive by an antique shop on the way home and pick one up.

  11. Terri (SW) says:

    Erm…I used to be a framer and Michael’s can be a rip. Convenient, yes…but if you find a good local framer, many places will give you mat “fall out” at a very cheap rate if your pics aren’t too big (fall out is the part they cut out of the center).

    Did you need a hole in the mat cut to size or would you surface mount the pic?

    Paper mats will eat away at your photos if the opening touches your photos…always go with cotton core to eliminate the chance of chemical burn.

    At any rate- Was it $20 with the frame? If so, that’s not bad. Also…I guess it’s okay if you are not doing archival framing.

    I’ll shut up now. I’m just a framing snob…sorry <:).


  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I agree with you 100% Terri. But since I needed it immediately and with any hope will be sending it on it’s way tomorrow I went cheap.

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