It’s “It Feels Like Starting Over Week” Here At ITP

Man, there is a lot going on in my life these days. Like sleep! When I got home from work last night I loaded up some videos including the iPhone application development ones, went in to bed to watch them, and almost immediately fell asleep. Dangen!

Take Me Out To The Ballgame — On My iPhone
Last week I hemmed and hawed. $10? For and iPhone application? Oh, it seemed so wrong. This wasn’t just any iPhone application, it was the official application from Major League Baseball. And, it was an application that would provide schedules, scores, stats, along with “real-time” updates and audio for every game played in Major League Baseball this year! I was sold.

I have always been a baseball fan. As I child I was a baseball fanatic who dreamed to play the game for a living, idolized its players, collected baseball cards, and memorized stats. As an adult my love for the sport has waned thanks to expansion, greed, and cheating. This year I’ve decided to listen to baseball instead of watching it because the game is a wonderful sport to have as a background event as I attempt to be productive.

$10 spent. So far it’s $10 well-spent.

ITP Flickr Pic
There were a lot of attractive women at the kickboxing event.
Sizing Up The Opponent
All of which could kick my sorry ass.

The Return Of Spring, The Return Of Spring Cleaning
I’ve returned to cleaning, and by cleaning I mean real cleaning including getting rid of shit. Yesterday I started on my office (the one in which I toil five days a week). It’s starting to look good as things get expelled.

Tonight work will begin again on the house. I’ve been boxing shit up for months, now it’s time to get it out of the house — along with more stuff I should box up and get rid of. Now is the time to focus, take aim at one or two objects, and strike the hell out of them.

Maybe it’s the return of color to the trees, but I am feeling revitalized.

For $1.29 Per Song You Can Keep Your Damn Shit
Yesterday iTunes went 100% Digital Rights Management free — good, and in the process adopted a variable-price scheme per song where “popular” music is now $1.29, mid-level remains $0.99, and “back catalog” is $0.69. Thanks, but you can keep it. I’m not boycotting, I’m speaking with my wallet.

Feel free to grease the palms of the music industry by using the iTunes store, as I still hold Apple stock and wouldn’t mind seeing it climb a bit more before I dump it. I need as much cash as possible; I have house repair bills to acquire and pay.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – very strange, things are changing wondering if the light at the end of the tunnel is a train, but not worried if it is
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s “Buzz Out Loud” podcast from C|Net
Website Of The Day – ITP-Reader Barb has done it again! Check out Phil Rides Across America. This is the same Phil as The Amazing Race Phil.
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) – 8 (8)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 7
Marta Rides – 0

April Goals
none, and this is not an April Fools joke

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
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o 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 It’s “It Feels Like Starting Over Week” Here At ITP

  1. Barb says:

    I always thought Phil was cool, but to see him doing this bike ride, that is way cool. How many “celebrities” are really in that good of shape? I wish I had time to roadtrip to ride with him one day, he’s practically riding thru my hometown in Iowa, but too much going on this month.

  2. Yeah, it’s too bad that his trek (not on a Trek) comes nowhere near the Southeast.

  3. Steve says:

    Good catch, Barb. I would say that is still a pretty ambitious endeavor.


  4. Barb says:

    hey Paul – did you see Phil stopped in Cortez, CO? Wasn’t that one of your stops last summer?

  5. No, I didn’t look at his path in detail. Yes, Cortez was one of my stops.

    This is me in a Cortez coffee house to get coffee and internet access.

  6. Andrew says:

    I bought the MLB app last night so I could keep up with the Braves while at the Thrashers game. The audio works remarkably well. I wish the NHL, NBA, and NFL would follow MLB’s example. It’s a great app.

  7. Andrew says:

    iTunes has been DRM free for awhile now.

  8. I thought that the had announced that they were going 100% DRM free a while ago, but it didn’t actually happen until yesterday.

  9. Andrew says:

    Walmart & Amazon follow Apple’s lead on price increases.

    Need I say that the record labels suck?

  10. martha says:

    For all you Tasty China lovers

    I really need to try this some time, any chance they will open a spot ITP??

  11. Oh great, now all of the white people are going to show up and ruin another of my favorite restaurants. 😉

  12. Barb says:

    I don’t see how, our favorite surly waitress can’t be in more than one place at a time.
    It is only 5 minutes from my house, grab Jerry, and let’s go some night. No liquor license, so it is a bring your own booze type of place.

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