I am not a rock climber, but I dated someone who was. Through her and from the numerous television shows I’ve watched on rock climbing I’ve learned a valuable lesson — going straight up is not always the best way to reach the top. Sometimes you must back track, shift to the right or left and carve a new path, or jump to another rock in order to reach your destination.
Rock climbing, it’s a metaphor for life.
It’s Like Being At Stanford, Well Not Really
This week I started downloading and watching two podcasts produced by Stanford University. The two courses I am “taking” are Programming Methodology and iPhone Application Development.
For me the Programming Methodology class is like teaching a professional cyclist how to ride a bike, but starting from ground zero is not always a bad thing so I am going to continue with it. The iPhone Application Development class will be more like drinking from a fire hose.
RealiTV Update: Hell’s Kitchen — Oh, Come On!
This may well be the last season of Hell’s Kitchen for me.
In last night’s episode Ramsay toyed with the hearts of Andrea and Ben by pulling them out of line at the very beginning as if he was going to fire one on the spot. Instead, he combined the read and blue teams into one “unified” black team.
For the reward competition each cook was given fourteen ingredients from which they were to make a dish containing each. Remarkably Ben was the winner, and he chose Robert to join him on a trip to San Francisco. The losers were sentenced to unloading delivery trucks and prepping food for the night.
During the night’s service it appeared that Ramsay was going to fire Andrea mid-service in the same way that he 86’ed J and Lacey in the previous two weeks. However, she was allowed to gather herself and rejoin the cooks. Giovanni found himself digging his own grave by mouthing off to Ramsay during service. In the end Andrea and Giovanni were nominated for elimination and Gio was let go.
At the very end of the show Ramsay called all five remaining contestants from their slumber, and did we need to see all of Robert’s fat as he lay in bed, to come back down to the kitchen. Ramsay told the cooks that he was dismayed and the he was closing Hell’s Kitchen. Yeah, right, what-the-fuck-ever. You can tell from the coming attractions that the contestants “convince” Ramsay not to close the restaurant, in fact I keep having images of them begging like little children — “Can we puhlease keep Hell’s Kitchen open? We’ll be better. We prooooomise!”
There Were Two New Episodes Of “The Office” Last Night?
Looks like I should have used my time to watch The Office instead of Hell’s Kitchen last night. The EARL to take in the Great Lake Swimmers show. The rest of the weekend will be consumed with various activities which involve beer — shocking, I know.
What’s on your agenda for this weekend? Really, I’d like to know.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – late
Current Music – listening to Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – Want to purchase eco-friendly art supplies? Check out Stubby Pencil Studio. Hell, I’d check them out for that name alone!
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) – 10 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 9
Marta Rides – 0
none, and this is not an April Fools joke
– 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