Being the grandson of Irish immigrants allows me to be obnoxious on St. Patrick’s Day. And don’t ya know I will be.
Top o’ the morning morning happened when I awoke at 4:30am. I managed to get a little reading done before settling in for a “nap” at 5:15am which lasted until nearly 7:00am. Not a great way to start my day.
Encounters Of A Hasher Kind
Yesterday I forgot that I had a lunch meeting, my body-clock was still thinking it was Monday, so a coworker and I headed to the Chinese Food Court. Wouldn’t’cha know that it being Tuesday I’d run into One Ball, BWanA (aka ITP-Reader Harold), and Little Willy eating there as well. It was good to chat and hear news both good and not so good from the lads. (which reminds me, Willy, email me you contact information).
My coworker Duke (of Asain decent, Thai if I remember correctly) and I ordered a lamb hotpot and a chicken with wood-ear mushroom dish. My lunch buddies always joke about the food we order when we go out, and yesterday Duke lamented that we had ordered “round eye” food at the Chinese food court. Wouldn’t you know not five minutes later a wonderful elderly Asian woman came to our table and asked us about the lamb hotpot. Of course she asked Duke, in Chinese, which he does not speak, and the hilarity ensued. “Round eye food?” “I don’t think she thought it was round eye food.” I joked with Duke.
Word on the food street is that green beans are still hard to come by. Dangen!
While I Contributed, I Felt So Far Behind
Last night I attended my first Atlanta iPhone Developers Meetup (ironically, the website for this group is almost impossible to read using an iPhone). The meetup was held in Midtown, and since I knew nothing of the agenda nor the post-meetup proceedings I chose to park in a pay lot (the one which collapsed a few months back I was told). Have I ever mentioned how much I hate to pay for parking? $6 was my fee last night for my three-hour stay.
The meetup was good. Last night there was no real specific agenda to be followed so the assembled nerds conversed about iPhone development, the iPad and what it will mean, and other associated nerdy topics.
Even though these nerds are light years ahead of me when it comes to Mac and iPhone development it felt okay being among them. I had a brief moment of glory as one of the topics last night was how the group was moving to putting stuff on GitHub and since I’ve been teaching myself how to use Git recently I was able to point the members toward Scott Chacon’s excellent online book Pro Git. Nerd pride, to me only falling in love is a better feeling.
I’m Thinking Of Taking An iPhone Development Vacation
No, not a vacation from iPhone development (the learning thereof), but rather an intense week of doing nothing but iPhone development learning. I’m thinking of taking some vacation days and going nowhere except to my computer. I’m very serious about learning iPhone/iPad/Mac development and don’t feel as if I’m capable of dedicating enough time to it given the small window of free time I have each day. Unfortunately the earliest window of opportunity which appears on my calendar is late May, around Memorial Day.
Ho’ever Tonight I’ll Be Swinging My Sheleighly At Trivia
Tonight I’ll be joining some coworkers after work for some beverages and hopefully some Team Trivia near the office. Dangen! Had I thought of it I could have packed a bag and slept the night in the office instead of driving all the way home. O’well…
Oh, and if you know me you also know that there will be no green-tinted Bud products going down my gullet tonight. Paulie don’t play that game…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – o’meh
Current Music – I’m listening to a CBCRadio 3 podcast
Website Of The Day – St Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. North Carolina had no such luck so the Davidson Herpetology Laboratory has put up a web site to identify the amphibians and reptiles of North Carolina.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 203 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 20
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 17 (17)
Vegetarian Days – 2, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the new LLC moving…
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 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
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem