Next Friday Seems So Far Away

Apple has announced that iPad 3G models will be available in stores on Friday, April 30th. I’m still eying the 64GB model (even with its whopping $829 price tag and not being able to get an employee discount like I can for other Apple hardware). I’ve held off playing with the WiFi-only version because I didn’t want the lure of purchasing it with the 3G so near its release. I. Can’t. Wait.

I’m Still Such A N00b
I returned to the Atlanta iPhone Developers Meetup last night. As I felt the first time, I felt like I was bringing a water pistol to war when comparing my skills to those around me. I know it’s only a matter of time and commitment before I can speak the speak and write iPhone applications in my sleep, but I’m starting to get a little frustrated and concerned at that slow pace of my improvement.

I’ve recently learned that the application that I’ve had in mine has been done, more than once no doubt, but I’m not going to let that stop me from developing it completely in order to learn the whole iPhone development process.

And ladies, if you ever wanted an opportunity to pick up a nerdy dude this is the place to go.

ITP Flickr Pic
When pigs fly…
When Pigs Fly
This is part of the sign for Jack’s BBQ in Nashville. The sign pleases me as much as the food.

Adding Another Day Of “Vacation” To My Schedule
A while back I mentioned that I was going to schedule a block of days at the end of May, beginning of June to dedicate to iPhone/iPad development. That’s still in the works, but yesterday I tacked on the Friday before to that block of days. On Friday, May 28th, I’ll be attending Scott Kelby’s “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” workshop. Sure, I know that I’ll be getting a bit of a sales pitch for Adobe’s Photoshop CS5 (but I have no intention of upgrading) because Kelby will be showing us how great it is and how it makes photographic editing “that much easier” but I think the day-long editing session just might help me clear the Photoshop hurdle which has thwarted me for so long. And besides, what better way of starting a cathartic block of iPhone/iPad development days than with a Photoshop appetizer?

Hell, if all I learn to do is use my Wacom tablet inside of Photoshop then the workshop will be worth it.

A Night At Home
It feels like forever since I went home directly from work and spent the night there. In reality it’s only been about a week.

Tonight I’ll be pointing the Jackmobile in the direction of East Atlanta and only making a couple of quick stops for petrol and food before locking the door behind me and completing some overdue chores. Sure, it’s boring and doesn’t make for great blogging fodder, but what the hell..

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence at the moment but I have this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast to listen to once I am done.
Website Of The Day – I once again paid to park last night ($6). I wonder if Where To Find Parking has an iPhone app.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking returns in May
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 2 (11*)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 20
Marta Rides – 0

April Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving…

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 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.
– 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

The Unmeasurable
– 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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Next Friday Seems So Far Away

  1. Barb says:

    Just so you know, this is the nerdiest/geekiest blog you’ve written in a long time. Well, except the picture of flying pigs. 😉

  2. Hehe, you are so right Barb. However it is an accurate representation of my life currently.

  3. Martha says:

    I’m back! Okay I didn’t really go anywhere but I stayed home and slept most of yesterday.

    Flying Pigs…that’s next weekend. I still don’t think we have a plan for the trip? On top of that, I’m so not ready for the half (yep, I had to forget about the full, that just isn’t going to happen).

  4. When I selected that photo this morning I couldn’t recall when the Flying Pigs marathon is/was. I think Nashville’s Country Music marathon is this weekend — I got out just in time. 🙂

  5. Barb says:

    Roswell Mayor’s ride is this Sunday – anyone interested?
    Start is at 8am, 20 mile or 40 mile options.
    Allan is working, but I think I’ll go ride.
    I think Steve is working the crit, so we can harrass him after, and watch a crit.
    Or- maybe Steve will ride before???
    (Paulie, could be some good action photo ops)

  6. Sunday is a Black Sheep day and I need to attend. I’ll be busy around the house on Sunday morning as well as I still am trying to catch up from my time away and inability to stay up past 10pm any longer.

  7. Steve says:

    No time for a ride before the races on Sunday. I wish I could. The racing should be great- I hear the Pro field has already filled. 150 riders!!

    And any readers in Athens should know the Twilight Crit is Saturday night. Probably one of the most exciting races you will ever see.

    -FP

  8. Barb says:

    hey Steve – why is Athens so much more exciting than the other crits?

  9. Steve says:

    Sorry- I’m just getting out of a meeting. Athens is probably one of the more exciting races because it’s a tight, 1km course. It always has the fastest riders in the country (as will Roswell this year) and there are 20,000 screaming spectators around the course. Nice when the course is walking distance from a big college.

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