Another rainy day. Frankly I’m over it. I know that this is to end tomorrow and that nicer weather is in the forecast, but I’m ready for it now…
A Lot Of Work About Nothing
I spent a good portion of my weekend working. Yes, I love writing code. No, I was not happy to miss yesterday’s Black Sheep. Yep, I managed to miss both Black Sheep hashes in the past seven days.
ExSE : Introducing The World’s Worst Photoshop User
Did you attend ExSE this weekend? I did!
At one time yesterday I tweeted about getting free schwag just by flashing your ExSE credentials. So I tried to make some…
In the hands of a skilled professional Adobe’s Photoshop can yield incredible works of art. In my hands it’s like giving a chimp a pair of scissors and expecting a decent haircut.
Here is the ExSE logo that I created.
This took me at least ten minutes and countless “undos” of poor editing choices. I had much more in mind, but could not how to figure out how to do them in Photoshop. Perhaps it’s time to think about taking some sort of Photoshop training?
One Book Down, Another Started
Since I joined Audible last month I’ve been trying to use it in order to justify the monthly cost. On my trip home from Raleigh two weekends ago I listened to the lion’s share of Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down. Over the past week I finally finished listening to the last two hours.
What next? I’ve chosen to download another book that I own physically (read “so I can get another book out of the house”), and this time I’ve chosen Michael Ruhlman’s The Making Of A Chef. At first I was disappointed that the book was not read by Ruhlman. I’m about three hours into the book and have finally gotten used to the droned voice that narrates the book.
The Amazing Race: The Skivvy Edition
Russia, oh Russia. How far away you are….
The teams depart Siberia and head to Nobbonovivisk (or something like that) via a neat sleeper train. I want to take a sleeper train some time, preferably not one that’s headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras however. Once in this town it was time for them to drive cars which look like Yugos. They probably were Yugos, but were renamed to sound less Yugoslavian and more Russian. Driving a manual-transmission car in a foreign country scares me almost as much as bungie jumping off a ginormous dam, so once again I was reminded that I should never apply for The Amazing Race.
The teams drove their Yugos throughout the town either looking for a Russian bride (probably the choice I’d have taken figuring if I failed to deliver her I might be able to keep her) or drive a big-ass snow plow through an obstacle course.
Once done with the Detour the teams had to drive their way to the next Road Block which was at a Biblioteka (or something like that). For this one team member had to strip down to his/her skivvies and run 1.4 miles through freezing Russian streets. What? Are you kidding? At least the runners were supplied with trainers and tour guides to get them to the ballet.
I was almost surprised that the ballet was the Pit Stop for this stage of the race. It didn’t seem like the teams really had to struggle much in this leg.
In a twist of The Amazing Race fate, last week’s winners, the blond flight attendants, wound up as this week’s last place finishers. Kicking off blonde females two weeks in a row is never CBS’ M.O., so the ladies were granted a stay of execution and were not eliminated.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, although I’ve made a few unfortunate realizations
Current Music – listening to last week’s “FLOSS Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – Going to make some food but don’t know how much you’ll need so that you won’t make too much? Check out Love Food Hate Waste
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 199 pounds
Foot Mileage – 2.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 13 (13)
Vegetarian Days – 8, Carnivorous Days – 7
Marta Rides – 0
– Complete all necessary work on my kitchen
– 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 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