Where the ‘s’ stands for “shoddy.”
I kept shaking my head in disbelief at every person who yesterday announced the upcoming release of the “iPhone 3Gs — where the ‘s’ stands for ‘speed’!” Aye Carumba! It felt like it was a day of hearing Rachel Ray say “EVOO – extra virgin olive oil” over, and over again.
Doing The Limb(o)
As I mentioned yesterday, one of my neighbor’s tree lost a large limb which took out several smaller limbs on its descent to the ground. Seeing as there was no “We’re sorry about that neighbor, we’ll clean up our tree’s mess” note this time I decided that I should jump on it after mowing the lawns last evening. With my Fisher-Price “My First Chainsaw” in hand I wandered into the mess and started cutting, and cutting, and cutting, and when I made a pile that I could carry to the curb I’d stop and do so.
I wasn’t counting, but I’d guess that I made somewhere between fifteen and twenty trips to the curb. In total I spent about 2.5 hours working in the yard. And still there is more to cut.
Of course now that I’m cleaning up this mess I’ll be compelled to clean up the trees which were growing in my yard and were damaged by the limb.
The upside of this whole mess is that for all intents and purposes I skipped dinner. By the time I go back inside and cleaned up I was way too tired to “prepare” a meal and instead wound up treating myself to one beer and a granola bar.
Homeownership: It’s more than just a job — it’s a career.
I Think That I’m Going To Break Down And Make A Six-Month Optometrist Appointment
I’m not sure if it’s age or the fact that I’m staring at my computer monitor more (which I’m really not so it’s probably my age) but I’m having a harder time focusing, literally focusing, these days.
For the past few years I’ve been making a trek to my optometrist once a year for an examination and the purchase of new glasses. These trips have never been mandatory, just routine maintenance. However, I’m starting to get a bit scared about my fading visual sharpness (and here I thought it was just my photography!) so I think I’m going to schedule something soon to see what’s going on. To say that I do not like this is an understatement. With all of the other physical maladies that I deal with I think that I should at least be blessed with fair-to-midland vision.
ITP Flickr Pic
Sometimes the outtakes aren’t all that bad…
This shot was taken before the model shoot officially began. I shot this from my hip in an attempt to see how the lighting in the room was going to behave. Sure, I decapitated this attractive young lady, but I really like this shot because it’s sharp (at least to my degenerating eyes) and has interesting details.
If The Music Industry Were Smart, All New Digital Downloads Would Be $5
I’d buy soooooo much more music if digital downloads cost $5 instead of the $9-$10 price point which has now been deemed to be “fair.” With so much free, and legal, content floating around on the web music needs to be an impulse buy, and for me that constitutes about a $5 price point.
If new digital releases were $5 each I would have added the following releases to my collection.
- Jason Lytle – “Yours Truly, The Commuter”
- Dirty Projectors – “Bitte Orca” (which was released today)
- Hopewell – “Good Good Desperation”
- Gomez – “A New Tide”
- Immaculate Machine – “High On Jackson Hill”
Don’t get me wrong, I think that all of the titles listed above are quality releases but with so much music already in my collection I don’t feel compelled to own them.
Do the math… At $5/release I would have spent $25 on this music. At $9-$10/release I have spent $0 on this music.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to today’s “Daily Giz Wiz” podcast
Website Of The Day – Have a city-scene photo that you’d like to make look like you took using a tilt/shift lens? Go to Tilt Shift Maker and play around with your photo.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – yard work
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 9 (9)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 8
Marta Rides – 0
– lose four pounds… plain and simple
– 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