Archive for July, 2009

Nambia? Is That Anywhere Near Narnia?

Huzzah for Friday!

And In The End We Should Have Listened To MC
Last night I joined my friends Bill and MC Hasher for a little Team Trivia at Raging Burrito.

I started the night by parking near Twain’s which gave me the opportunity to stop in for one of their brews. I bellied up to the bar and ordered the IPA (whose name I’ve forgotten). For me the beer was a little too sour, but not so much that I couldn’t finish the entire pint.

With my short stay at Twain’s done I moseyed over to Raging Burrito, noticing that the parking lot behind it now charges $5 at all times (WTF? I thought we were in a recession. And they raise their prices?).

The three of us made it through the first half missing two of the nine questions and going into the second half (we are a second-half team) we were in fourth place. After getting every answer correct in the second half (I told you that we are a second-half team) we were sitting pretty in second place, a mere one point behind the leaders. Unfortunately for us the final question was a multiple-choice question about the recognition of countries as independent states/countries.

From the following we had to pick which one was first recognized at an independent country.
a) Belarus [from the USSR]
b) Bosnia-Herzegovina [from Yugoslavia]
c) Namibia (which the host pronounced as Nambia) [from Africa]

Bill and I chose Belarus, MC contended it was Namibia. Two against one. We were wrong, she was right. We ended up out of the money. I guess that we are a second-half team excluding the final question.

ITP Flickr Pic
Out in the wilderness of Buford, Georgia I found this.
Yep, I Found Another
WooHoo! Another snap to add to my “Home Was Where The Hearth Is” collection.

Tomorrow Is World Wide Photowalk Day
Tomorrow morning I’ll be meeting approximately fifty other photographers in Oakland Cemetery for a photo walk. This group will be one of the thousands of groups who are gathering to participate in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. It should be a really fun time and hope to meet many new photogs as well as see a few people I already call “friend.”

Look for photos to get posted starting Monday.

So You Say You Want To Hash
I (Wee Little Bit) am one of the hares for this Sunday’s Black Sheep Hash. Come out for a brutal introduction on Sunday!

Black Sheep Hash #498 – Wee Little Bit Goes OTP
Date: July 19, 2009
Time: Gather at 1:30PM – Hares depart at 2:00PM
Cost: $7
Hares: Wee Little Bit and Burnt Rubber

Start: Parking Lot of LA Fitness in Buford, GA
Address: 3420 BUFORD DRIVE NE, BUFORD, GA 30519
Map: http://tinyurl.com/nvdjc7

Directions from Downtown (as described by The Google):
– Take I-85 N
– Slight left at I-985 N (signs for Gainesville/I-985/Lanier Pkwy)
– Take exit #4 for GA-20/US-23 toward Cumming/Buford
– Turn right at Buford Dr/GA-20
– Slight right to stay on Buford Dr/GA-20
– Turn right onto Gravel Springs Rd

Look for hashers pretending to stretch and looking all buff for the ladies entering LA Fitness.

Wee Little Bit doesn’t go into LA Fitness any longer, which is why he’s using his membership fees to start the Black Sheep hash in its parking lot.

Special Instructions:
1) Bring all of your normal hashing needs (bug spray, change of clothes, sense of humor)
2) The trail and ending are not very dog friendly, so leave the pups at home this time.

See ewe at the hash!
on-on!

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – scattered
Current Music – none, I’m trying to concentrate to get things done
Website Of The Day – If I called all of those friends I might have to refer to the 50+ Friends Club for entertainment information. (btw- this is an interesting site for me to choose because as far as I can tell it’s been dormant for nearly five years.)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 200 pounds (ooops!)

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~6 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 14 (14)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

You Do It To Yourself You Do, You And No-One Else

I believe that it was the great poet Thom Yorke of Radiohead who uttered that phrase and it is so true.

I Have No One To Blame For This But Myself
I am one MF’ing busy dude. Omitting that pesky task known as “work,” let’s take a peek at my committed itinerary for the next few weeks.

July 16th: Team Trivia at Raging Burrito
July 17th: Dirty Projectors show at The EARL
July 18th: Worldwide Photowalk Day, last-minute Black Sheep Hash planning, possible Atlanta Braves game (they play the Mets at 4p), and rest night because of what’s planned for July 19th
July 19th: Black Sheep Hash
July 20th: Submitting my first photo for critique at the Roswell Photographic Society.
July 21st: Atlanta Twitter Tweetup at the Center For Puppetry Arts.
July 22nd: Mah Birthday! Magnolia Electric Co. show at 40 Watt Club in Athens
July 23rd: Cracker show at The EARL
July 24th: Open? What, What?
July 25th: Jason Lytle / Neko Case show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. [this is now very tentative because the only seats remaining suck; I should have purchased earlier.]
July 26th: Old 97’s show at Variety Playhouse
July 27th: M. Ward show at 40 Watt Club in Athens

Not much, eh? Don’t interpret this as complaining. I know that I do this to myself.

Hey, How’d That Happen?
Looking back at the food ingested yesterday I see that I actually had a vegetarian day! This is the first time in months that meat has not been part of my intake.

– Breakfast consisted of yogurt and a slice of bread.
– Lunch consisted of a leftover meatless sandwich and a bag of potato chips (I know, evil).
– Dinner consisted of white rice and soy sauce that I improved through the addition of some of the hot tabasco peppers that have been growing in my garden.

First I start getting a little exercise, now I go a day without eating meat? I don’t know who I am any more!

ITP Flickr Pic
I heard laughter and a lot of rustling in the office yesterday afternoon. When I got up to investigate this is what I saw.
Friends And Enemies
Apparently one of my coworker’s birthday was yesterday, he took the day off, and his “friends” took the opportunity to decorate his cube. I guess this is one case where he really didn’t do it to himself.

Living On The Cutting Edge Sometimes Gets You Bloody
About a year to eighteen months ago I jumped on, and may even selected as a “Website Of The Day” a service called Photrade. Photrade was a site that was going to help photographers communicate and sell prints.

The other day I received the following in email:

Dear Photrade Users,

At the end of 2008 you were informed by the owners of Photrade.com that they had lost their funding and would not continue to develop the website. And at some point earlier this year, all of the full sized images that had been uploaded to Photrade were deleted. I hope you kept a backup copy of your images.

Oh well. I guess it’s good that I didn’t invest much time or money into getting my Photrade account set up.

So Let Me Get This Straight
As I mentioned the other day I’ve decided to can my planned Chicago/Milwaukee trip. Unfortunately, I’ve already booked the flight. Perusing Delta‘s website they have a $150 fee to change a flight.

Thanks to the beauty of Skype I was able to chat with my brother and nail down a few-day time frame during which I can visit. Using teh internets I’ve found a round-trip flight for $169.

Now the question. If I try to change my flight with Delta will my cost be $169 (the priced difference between my two flights — $19, plus the ticket change == $150). If that’s the case wouldn’t it be smart to pay full price for the New York ticket and if I decide to skip Chicago cancel this ticket at the last minute? As I see it, I have two flights planned for the same price as changing one planned flight for another.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – words can’t describe the oddness I’m feeling today
Current Music – listening to the latest “MacApper” podcast
Website Of The Day – Props to Sing365 for providing the proper lyrics for today’s title and also the ones on which I will base my Black Sheep Hash song later tonight
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 198 pounds

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~6 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 13 (13)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Can’t Make Up For Yesterday, But Here’s A Post At Least

Hey, I’m back. Well, I was here yesterday too but the internet was not.

Here’s A Consumer Tip For You
This will sound so basic you will say “Duh!” but hear me out.
Tip : Always read labels.

The other day was in Target repurchasing an OTC medication that I started using in Winnipeg. This product comes in three formulas

  1. “Daily” for $3.99
  2. “Extra Strength” for ~$6.50
  3. “Ultra” for ~$9.50

Which did I initially buy? The “Ultra” of course, because I wanted the maximum punch. Which would you buy?

Now let’s look at the label, which cleverly had to be peeled back in order to see the ingredients. What did I see? Each formula had the same, single active ingredient in the same percentage!

Maybe I’m overlooking something, but I think that I was initially played for a fool.

Looks Like We’re In For Another Year
Even with the Jackmobile’s problems this year, including the ignition switch problem which seems to be recurring more often, Jack has passed another emissions test. So, when I renew my tag later today (online of course) I will be committing to driving the Jackmobile for another year.

Now all I need to do is start planning some camping trips so that I can use the Jackmobile as a tent again.

ITP Flickr Pic
I am humored by the real world. While out exercising last night I saw this “Challenging Slope” sign juxtaposed with a series of rocks leading up to the apartment complex. The two may not be linked, but the camera (sadly an iPhone photo taken in poor light) make it appear that they are.
Ya Don't Say...
I betcha Bagless would have no problem with this.

Kill One Vacation, Plan Two More Which Are Shorter
I’ve given up on the Chicago/Milwaukee trip this year. In the end it was my fear of chewing up all remaining vacation days for 2009 by the start of September. I’m sure my lackluster solo trip to Winnipeg has something to do with my decision as well, but for now believe my initial feeling.

In order to replace the loss I’ve planned an overnighter to see Magnolia Electric Co. at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA for my birthday next week and have tentatively planned a weekend trip to New York in August to visit my brother and sister-in-law (as well as the Guggenheim Museum for the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit.

An Early Happy Birthday Wish
I normally like to wait for the day of or at worse the Friday before a weekend birthday, but somebody is going on vacation and probably won’t be reading blogs on Friday. Happy Birthday to ITP-Reader Barb. Have a great vacation!

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – rushed, wishing that I could concentrate on coding and photography
Current Music – listening to last weeks “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m old enough to have had my portrait taken in front of fake landscapes. Thankfully I missed the laser backdrops like those shown at We Have Lasers!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – trail scouting yesterday
Morning Weigh-In – 198 pounds (my scale must like the recharged batteries)

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~6 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 12 (12)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Sorry All, No Blog Today

The power went out at the office last night and now the Internet connection is down. This is about all I can stand to type via my iPhone.

Until tomorrow,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

A Tale Of Two Weekend Days

Yesterday was as lazy as Saturday was ambitious. One may have been result of the other, but I’ll never know because I have no plans to investigate the matter. I’ll simply take each for what they were worth and move on.

Satur(busy)day
I woke early to meet “Burnt Rubber” near our start for next Sunday’s Black Sheep Hash by 8am. After hiking through the woods, having ideas smashed by housing developments and new commercial development things seemed to be falling in to place nicely. I accidentally “found” a steel post which used to hold a retaining fence. Thankfully my jeans took the brunt of the abuse as they suffered a good seven-inch rip, and my inner calf took only a slight hit because of this. My eye wasn’t quite as lucky unfortunately. While following behind “Burnt Rubber” I got hit in the eye with a branch/sapling which snapped back as he passed. I can see out of the eye, there appears to be no swelling, but there is still minor irritation today. After nearly three hours of hiking through the woods things almost worked out perfectly but there are still some loose ends to tie up. Looks like I’ll be headed up to the area at least one more time this week to wrap up my planning. I’m guessing that the over/under for me getting snared is currently set at three; call your bookie, place your bets.

With one long, arduous, task behind me it was time for a good nap before continuing the day’s commitments.

I awoke to get myself (and camera gear) ready for Saturday night’s racing at the Dick Lane Velodrome. I’ve lived in the Atlanta area for nearly fifteen and a half years and, while I’ve heard of the velodrome, had never visited. The velodrome is in scary East Point (Kidding! I’m one to throw stones?), tucked into a neighborhood. I was surprised not only by the sight of the velodrome but also by the large number of people in it that night. The event had a groovy subculture feel to it, kinda what I’d expect if I attended an Atlanta Roller Girls roller derby match. And who knew how many of my worlds would collide?! I knew that I’d know at least one person there as ITP-reader Steve (aka “Fag Pipes”) was the night’s chief official. And then while seeking parking I (figuratively) ran into ITP-reader Michelle. Later in the evening I saw ITP-reader “Martha” and her man Jerry. Also in attendance that night were two of my Flickr contacts — Andy and Chad. The night got a bit weird when I realized that I also sorta knew one of the riders, Darren who is the owner of Decatur’s The Grange Public House which is where Maigh and I hung out last week. Overall the outing was quite fun.

After the races I decided to drop in on ITP-reader “Gentri” who recently purchased a house nearby.

The night ended much later than I expected… which kinda set the table for Sunday.

ITP Flickr Photo
Since Saturday I’ve been thinking “shooting track cycling is hard.”
Dick Lane Velodrome
What I really need to be thinking is “shooting track cycling is frustrating when you’ve not mastered photographing sports.” I shall return.

Sun(lazy)day
When I awoke Sunday morning I knew there was no way that I was making it out to either ride (ha!) or photograph the GA400 Hospitality Highway Century. Besides the fact that I was beat, I knew that I had taken at least three hundred photos at the velodrome that I’d have to wade through. Luckily(?) the vast majority of these were completely out of focus and hit the virtual trash been immediately (note to self: You may want to learn how to use your camera gear some day.). I’d say about fifty shots passed the “Ugh, that’s utter shit” test and made it to the second round. Having not eaten much on Saturday (a low-cal breakfast bagel sandwich, two sodas, two beers, and a single serving of oatmeal with honey) my stomach continually inquired about food as I sat and “edited.” As the time passed I forced myself to wait until lunch. I was feeling lazy and wanted to complete separating the wheat from my photography chaff before rewarding myself with food.

Food was found at Decatur’s Raging Burrito, who also happen to now serve Fat Tire on draft (or is it “draught?”).

After returning home from lunch I executed a perfect three-hour nap, which was followed by podcast listening, a short stint of reading, and some television watching as I wondered the whole time just how many times the power would go out due to the evening’s severe thunderstorms (the answer was three).

Another ITP Flickr Photo
I don’t own one of those fancy-pants iPhone 3G[s] camera phones.
It's What's For Lunch
But given the proper subject and some decent lighting my iPhone 3G does an okay job.

Recharging My Batteries
I’m all for rechargeable batteries. For the past few years I’ve been using them as much as possible, replacing non-rechargeables with rechargeables as the non-rechargeables die out. When I stepped on to my scale on Friday it greeted me with the “LO” message meaning its batteries were low on charge. Yesterday morning I finally remembered this and took out one of my three charges — each of which recharge at a different speed. I put the batteries into the “two hour” charger and it reported that one of the batteries was malfunctioning. This happens often with this charger (which is why I purchased my second charger) so I took all batteries out and placed them into the “slow” charger. This charger seemed to have no issues with the batteries so I went on my merry way. Twelve hours later the batteries were still charging! I found the owners manual for this charger to read that four batteries at the capacity that I purchased would take about fifteen-seventeen hours (YIKES!) to fully recharge. Guess what, they were still not ready this morning. :( I kept the battery charger plugged in today, and if they are not fully recharged when I return home am calling Shenanigans on this whole “rechargeable batteries are good” theory.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – anxious, nervous, scared, I feel “behind” and wondering if I’ll ever feel “normal” again
Current Music – KEXP’s “Music That Matters” podcast, the “Northwest Festival Preview” episode
Website Of The Day – I saw this stop-motion animation called Sorry I’m Late on Channel Frederator yesterday and though that it was pretty cool.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – trail scouting on Saturday
Morning Weigh-In – not performed, no batteries ready

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~8 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 10 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 12
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

I Feel Like Starting Over

I feel like I’m running on a treadmill, without getting any of the benefits of running on a treadmill. I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to figure out where July 19th’s Black Sheep Hash is going to go. So far I have a thinly-veiled idea, but many of the better aspects of the area that I’ve chosen seem to be falling by the wayside. It would also be helpful if Google Maps‘ satellite imagery would be updated; things have changed a lot in this part of Georgia over the last five or so years.

I’ve Written The First In A Series Of Blog Entries About Atlanta’s Music Venues
Tasked with writing a blog entry every Thursday for Atlanta Metblogs I’ve decided to create a serial about something about which I know a lot, Atlanta’s music venues.

This week’s entry is about one of my favorite venues — The EARL.

These entries will be short, will unlikely spur controversy or comment, will not contain extensive research about the venues, and will be written from my personal view. In the end I am attempting to accomplish my commitment to write a post once a week and hopefully expose the Metblogs readers to new venues.

An Interesting Rediscovery
Or, “Let’s talk about the other Palin.”

One thing I like about Netflix is that I can discover new videos as well as rediscover things from my past.

One such recent rediscovery was the seven-episode series Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin. I find it hard to believe that I watched these episodes when the first aired on television twenty(!) years ago.

As I finished watching the last episode last night followed by a twenty-minute interview with Palin which was obviously conducted many years later I found it interesting to peer back to a pre-iPod (Palin brought a Sony Walkman cassette player), pre-digital-camera, pre-cellphone, pre-widely-available-internet world. It was even more interesting to find that Palin embarked on this journey when he was forty-five years old. Let’s see, I’ll be forty-four years old in a few weeks; I’ve got some work to do.

ITP Flickr Pic
Chairs outside the shop Belly in Virginia-Highland.
White, Red, Blue, And White
There’s something about these chairs, or perhaps this style of chair, that says “Slow down. Have a seat and relax for a minute.” I so wish that I could heed that advice.

Had I More Time Off, I Doubt That I’d Be In The Office Today
Today would have been a great day to take off from work, lounge around the house, and watch today’s stage of the Tour de France. Today’s stage takes our valiant riders on a 224km route which ends with an elevation rise of nearly 1000m over about a 25km stretch to this year’s tour highest finish. Better them than me, that’s for sure.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – trying to achieve inner-piece
Current Music – listening to the “net@night” podcast
Website Of The DayClosr is an interesting little Web 2.0 concept. Upload an image and you can create an embeddable widget which allows the user to zoom into the image.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 203 pounds

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 7 (7)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 9
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Too Many Things To Do

It’s my birthday month. Of course, all that really means these days is that I have to get my auto tags renewed, have to pay my car insurance, should be getting ready to pay part of my property taxes, yadda, yadda, yadda. I need to get myself moving in order to accomplish all of my tasks before my age increases in a few weeks.

Getting the Jackmobile’s Emissions Checked. WTF?
The other night I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone by getting the Jackmobile’s annual emissions test performed as a quick interruption on my travels to Thinking Man Tavern. I planned to use the station that I went to last year, the one the stands on Briarcliff across from Sage Hill, because I rarely see anyone there when I drive by and I figured that I’d be in and out in no time. Of course on this day when I pulled in there were four cars ahead of mine! WTF?! I had no other choice than to abandon the plans and continue with my journey.

It Could Have Been Worse, I Suppose
Yesterday I heard of three different car problems which occurred to friends of mine.

ITP-Reader Sal’s car had a flat tire. Thankfully she was able to get it fixed and from what I understand has prepared brownies for the person who helped her out.

ITP-Reader Martha’s car window was smashed by some asshat while it was parked in her office’s parking lot. According to Martha it sucked, but she said that it could have been worse since someone’s car was stolen from the lot that day.

While I was puttering along I-285 in failed attempt to hit I-85 North for some trail scouting I passed an accident (one of three I saw on the stretch of I-285 from Chamblee-Dunwoody to Spaghetti Junction) and thought that I saw my friend non-ITP-Reader Steve standing on the inside shoulder. When I gave up on trail scouting and stopped to get some dinner I caught up on my Twitter feed I read tweets from him describing his fender-bender on I-285. Luckily, no one was injured.

Hope you all have better days today.

ITP Flickr Pic
Much like this unused M-95 I often feel as if I am a bundle of unused potential.
Unrealized Potential
And some days I feel like this M-95 because I’m ready to explode.

One More Thing To Fix At The ITP Homestead
Yesterday while hanging outside on my deck (whose needed staining is another project on my list) I noticed something I’d never noticed before. I believe I’ve found one of the ways that my attic residents are gaining entry.

While gazing at the old nest which was built upon the curvature of my gutter’s downspout I noticed and oddity when looking at the corner wood crown moulding which completes the soffit. It appeared as if the corner was missing, and when I fetched a flashlight to shine on the spot, my eyes were proven to be correct. Those sonnabitches have completely gnawed a doorway into my attic. Dangen!

I want to propose a question, one which has been discussed with others but I’m seeking additional opinions. I’m considering taking the gutters off my house. Why should I not do so?

At Least This Made Me Laugh
Even though I’m trying to ween myself off the social networks I have to confess to reading a little Facebook this morning.

Here are three consecutive actual updates that I read that made me literally laugh aloud
“can’t believe I am up at this hour” (posted at 7:30a)
“cannot believe I’m up this early…” (posted at 7:00a)
“I HATE mornings!!!!!!!!!!” (posted at 7:00a)

Early? I routinely get up around 5:30a and wonder why they slept so late! :)

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – off
Current Music – listening to music from the radio station KCRW
Website Of The Day – While it’s almost a bit creepy, the cartoon Garfield, Minus Garfield (in which Garfield cartoons are reproduced with Garfield removed) is pretty funny.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I forgot. I need to move my scale so it’s in my morning path. If I had to guess based on the mass quantities of food that I ate yesterday I’d guess I weigh a little over 202 pounds

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 6 (6)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 8
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Mixing It Up

Last night I met up with some of the typical photo suspects
photo by HamWithCam
for a dinner and beverage at the Thinking Man Tavern before heading over to Zach Arias’ photo studio for his pre-“One Light Workshop” mixer.

[UPDATE @ 09:00] A co-worker of mine just told me that he was testing the Photo Browsing application in Echostar‘s newest satellite tv settop box last night and clicked on the tag for “Nikon” in the tag cloud. When he did, the photo above was part of the group selected from Flickr. He said he sat there and thought “Hey, that looks like Paul.” Too funny.

Hark, The Power(?) Of Twitter
Although the mixer was fun Maigh and I decided to head elsewhere, and that elsewhere turned out to be The Grange Public House in Decatur.

While awaiting table service I fired up Twitter and noticed that one of the people I follow had just posted that he was headed to The Grange for a night of misery drowning. It may be one of the first times that I met someone in person that I had never met previously through the power of Twitter.

ITP Flickr Pic
Some of you may recognize this…
George's Delicatessen
Obviously this is part of the sign for George’s Bar (once called a delicatessen) which hangs over the back door. This being Wednesday I figured it would be the proper photo to post.

I Hope This Didn’t Also Happen To The Band I Saw
Before I continue I must admit to being a pussy.

When I arrived at the United terminal at the Winnipeg airport I was behind a group of youngsters (yes, I know how that sounds but stick with me) who were obviously in a band — they had instruments. Because I was way early for my flight I (correctly) concluded that they wouldn’t be on my flight so I said nothing.

While sitting at one of the two gates which services the United States the group which had now grown to five (two girls and three guys) sat across from me. I listened to them talk about making records, touring, etc. I wanted to ask them their band’s name but feared being that douchy older guy who goes up and tries to be buddies with hipsters. I never talked to them.

Before I continue further I must give a spoiler warning to persons who may have hash names associated with the airline industry (I’m looking at you “Check My Bags”).

Apparently back in 2008 the band Sons of Maxwell also tried to use United’s service to travel from Halifax (I still want to travel there) to Nebraska via Chicago. While in Chicago they witnessed their guitar cases literally being thrown by baggage handlers. Upon arrival they discovered on of the guitars, a $3500 Taylor, had been broken. All attempts to get United to reimburse them has failed, so they’ve created sort of a protest song.

If you can watch the YouTube you should check out that video. It’s quite clever.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to the “Jordan, Jesse Go!” podcast
Website Of The DayRetro Comedy is a really funny blog which highlights life’s peculiarities.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 201.2 pounds

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 5 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 7
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

It’s One Of My Favorite Days Of The Tour de France!

Today is team time trial day. I love team time trial day and am glad that it has returned to the Tour de France. I know that many people feel that the tour is all about the “individual” and that there should be no team event, but if that were the case then it should be illegal to have any teamwork such as domestiques who retrieve water bottles for the rest of his team.

Now if only Versus would put something better than hunting shows, “Fanarchy,” or prostate “medicine” informercials leading into le Tour…

Trying Something New In The Hood
Last night I met up with Maigh for dinner prior to our Atlanta Metblogs authors meeting.

Maigh had expressed a desire to eat a healthy meal (which we did, but must confess ruined by consuming alcohol afterward) so I put out the call out on the social networks for salad suggestions. Many replies followed, but she and I decided we should give Café Slush a chance. Since I had never eaten there before, I was quite excited to try it.

The food was great! Since I had a salad for lunch I decided not to have one to dinner and chose a club sandwich instead. Maigh did have a salad which looked great and she said that it was. The only drawback about Café Slush may be that they close at 7pm.

I’m Not A Loser: Good
Last night it started with a mild curiosity. “Where’s my blue iPod Nano?” Which whipped up into a major brain struggle. With the exception of the earbuds in Denver I’m not one who normally loses things.

The last time I had remembered actually seeing my iPod Nano was at US Customs when I took it out of my pocket along with my other possessions. The Nano, which is used mostly for exercising (read “it doesn’t get used much these days”) and traveling (because I can sync it with my laptop in order to add new podcasts), s not a vital part of my life but certainly nothing that I’d like to re-buy.

I played it all over in my head.

“I took it out of my pocket and put it into the gray bin.”
“Do I remember taking it out of the bin?”
“Did I accidentally put it into the seat pocket of the plane?”
“Could it possibly have been left behind?”
“Why don’t I remember putting it somewhere in my car?”
“Why can’t I remember?!?!”

This morning I dug deep into the center console of my car to find the blue iPod Nano where I had no doubt placed it upon my return home. I must have been so brain-dead from traveling that I forgot that I put it there.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another shot from my photostroll on Sunday morning.
It's Time For Me To Take A Photoshop Class
This photo reminded me how much I struggle with Photoshop and that I need to breakdown and finally take a course in how to edit photos using it.

I’m Not A Loser: Bad
The weight is not going anywhere. I know that it will be a slow process and I am adjusting my eating habits to encourage weight loss. The good thing that I have going for me is that by virtue of the fact that I am laying a Black Sheep trail in two weeks I’ll have to do a lot of walking and reccying on order to figure out where the trail will go.

Naps Rock! Srsly
For some reason I woke up at 2:30am. For some reason I could not go back to sleep. I was wide awake as my first alarm rang at 5:00am. I was wide awake as my second alarm rang at 5:15am. And I was getting very tired as my third (and final) alarm rang at 5:30am. It was that time that a critical decision was made.

I made the decision to create a 6:15am alarm and take a risk at taking a thirty minute nap. And I did. And there was much rejoicing as I woke up from a powerful power nap.

I might be useful today after all.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – except for the pants I’m wearing being too snug because they were created for a person with a slightly smaller waist line (like I had when I purchased them), pretty okay.
Current Music – listening to NPR’s “All Songs Considered” podcast
Website Of The DayChalkbot will paint a message on France’s roads during the Tour. How odd is that? (or go to Wear Yellow)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 202 pounds

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (4)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 6
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Back To Normalcy

Or at least as much normalcy that can be accomplished upon returning to work for the first time in eleven days. To add to my angst I am but two weeks out from laying my Black Sheep trail and haven’t had the time I’d like to put into planning it — something about being away on vacation.

Lessons Learned, Part One
Living on Central Time makes you late in Eastern Time.

Because I arrived home late on Friday night I had about enough time to unpack some items and get my house in order before crashing in bed. The plan was to wake early enough to go out and photograph the Peachtree Road Race as I have done the past two years.

When the first alarm went off, the one on my phone which correctly converted itself back to Eastern Time, I was groggy and needed “a few more minutes.” This seemed okay because I had been clever enough to set an alarm on my laptop.

What I hadn’t been clever enough to do was remember that I had manually changed my laptop’s clock’s time zone to Central when in Winnipeg. So, when its alarm sounded the actual time was an hour later than displayed on my laptop.

From this you may have correctly guessed that this error made me too late to make it to the race for photography.

Lessons Learned, Part Two
Being a singleton makes it easy to cancel plans when no one is counting on your attendance

I’ve been noticing this a lot for some time. When no one is relying on my attendance at an event I find it incredibly easy to break my plans. Such was the case with Saturday night’s desire to shoot (photos of) fireworks.

The fireworks scenario has another wrinkle built within. In order to get a good spot from which to shoot I’d have to arrive early and stake out a position. Since I’d alone for this, what the hell am I going to do to pass the time? Common suggestions such as reading, or listening to music are fine, but didn’t really provide the incentive necessary to drag me as well as all my photo gear out of the house.

ITP Flickr Pic
Welcome Back! Since most of you probably missed Friday’s blog I’m going to throw two photos at you today.

While I didn’t shoot on Saturday, I did on Sunday…
After The Celebration, Two

I met up with a few photo friends at The Majestic for breakfast beforehand
Majestically Yours (Mono Effect)
This shot was taken with my iPhone and post-processed using an app called “CameraBag.” Click here to see all of the cool post-processing tricks “CameraBag” can perform.

Lessons Learned, Part Three
If you are a laptop owner who plans to not use it for, oh let’s say ten days or more, shut the system down to save its battery from going completely dead, and losing some of its settings information.

Last night I cranked up my old iBook G4 for the first time since departing for Winnipeg and the battery was completely shot. Apparently I failed to consider shutting the laptop down, even though I knew that would be best practice. When the machine finally roused itself it had no idea about the ridiculously long wireless network password and I had to scrounge up the string of random characters. Its loss of power must have also allowed some Alzheimer’s Disease to set in as well, because when I awoke it from inactivity sleep it had once again lost its network connection.

Lessons Learned, Part Four
Sometimes there is no lesson to be learned.

I have a ton of work to do today. Not only do I have to catch up with what’s been going on here, I have to get myself moving in the right direction in order to have a successful last-half of the year. It’s good to be back, hope you all are feeling the same.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – oddly nervous
Current Music – silence, mostly because I’m like a chicken with my head cut off and need to concentrate
Website Of The Day – Le Tour has returned! Some documentarians have created some cool documentary footage of the Cervélo team which can be found at Bar Tape.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – hashing yesterday
Monday Morning Weigh-In – Dammit! I forgot! However, Saturday was 203 pounds, and Sunday was 201 pounds.

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (3)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 5
Marta Rides – 0

July Goals
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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