I (Somewhat) Apologize

For the next umteen days there will be at least one thing about iPads. I (somewhat) apologize to you Apple Haters and Luddites. I can’t help it, this device is going to rule my life for a while.

iPad’s Missing Applications?
When iPad was introduced we were told that it would run all of the (non-camera-requiring) iPhone applications. I had heard that iBooks was not pre-loaded on the device, but would be available for download upon launch. What I didn’t realize was that not all of Apple’s seminal iPhone apps would be making the technology leap.

“Where’s Calculator?”
“Where’s Stocks?”
“Where’s Weather?”

I could be heard mumbling loudly as I perused the App Store on Saturday.

I am still confused as to why certain Apple applications are missing. If you have any insight please share the information in a comment.

Sometimes I’m That Guy At Five Guys
Last night I met up with the FlickRPS group for a pre-Roswell Photographic Society dinner at Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Last night I was the guy who goes to Five Guys and doesn’t order a burger. It wasn’t that I was on a vegetarian day, it was that I wasn’t all that hungry and know that an order of Five Guys’ fries was more than enough to satiate my hunger. I was right.

Last night’s RPS meeting was more interesting than I imagined that it would be. One of the members gave a Photoshop / Photoshop Elements presentation. While he stumbled a bit and didn’t provide a wide spectrum of information he did manage to convince me to upgrade my Photoshop Elements from version 6 to version 8. Now if I could only time the pricing right on Amazon I’ll be golden.

ITP Flickr Pic
Yesterday I pumped up the color. Today, I take it all away. I think I subconsciously picked images which were diametrically opposite to the weather on the day I posted them. Interesting…
The Tree Farm
For those who’ve ridden past “the tree farm” during the Wilson 100, this is the hearth on the tree farm.

(btw #1 – If you are ever interested in locating one of these hearths, simply click the photo. That will take you to Flickr, and in the bottom right hand corner you’ll see a link to my photo map.)

(btw #2 – If you are ever interested in buying my photos, contact me. Matted (white or black mats are available) photos are priced accordingly:

  • 5″x7″ photo, 8″X10″ mat (limited to 100 prints) – $20
  • 8″x10″ photo, 11″x14″ mat (limited to 50 prints) – $40
  • 11″x14″ photo, 16″xX20″ mat (limited to 25 prints) – $60
  • 16″x20″ photo, 20″x24″ mat (limited to 5 prints) – $100

Sorry, but shipping is not included in the prices.)

I Wish The Internet Was Always Accurate
The other day I was searching for a brand of yeast called Red Star; it’s the brand recommended by Öster, the manufacturer of my bread machine.

Lo and behold, Red Star has a website (see above) and on that website they have a store locator. So, I typed in my zip code to find that my local IGA carries the Red Star brand. To say that I find this IGA a little unsettling is an understatement. (ITP-Martha, have you ever gone in there?)

On Saturday I decided to buck-up and go in to purchase some Red Star yeast. Not only did they not have any Red Star yeast, they had no indicators saying that they’ve ever carried, or ever intend to carry, Red Star yeast. Dangen!

I may wind up trying the IGA on Clairmont/Briarcliff (the old Piggly Wiggly) on one of my trips home this week.

If you have a local source of Red Star yeast, or know of a better yeast to use with bread machines, then please share the information in a comment.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – strange
Current Music – silence as I write today
Website Of The Day – While I don’t agree with all of their choices, Mac|Life’s “99 iPhone/iPad Apps You Must Download” is an interesting list. (Have I mentioned that the iPad is going to rule my life?)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 200 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 67

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

May 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 further

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 Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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20 Responses to I (Somewhat) Apologize

  1. Martha says:

    I’m back!

    Cincy was WET and it was my slowest half to date but the Flying Pig was fun. Not running the full, turned out to be a really good idea.

    Yes, I’ve been in that IGA before the Kroger was built (the ‘old’ Kroger was even worse than the IGA) when I first bought the house. Its scary and smells really bad…I haven’t found the need to return in eight years.

  2. I think that I shopped at that old Kroger twice. I was so appalled at the state of the fruits and vegetables that I vowed never to return.

    The “new” Kroger is now avoided mostly because I hate all of the trash that gets left in its parking lot.

  3. Michelle says:

    When I lived in that neck of the woods I never went to the IGA….I figured that it would be worse than GhettoKroger.

    I’m happy to read your iPad reviews since I am thinking about getting one myself.

    Laura- Glad to hear you made it back without growing webbed feet. Drew has some nasty ‘rain blisters’ from Strolling Jim.

  4. Martha says:

    We were three for three on no blisters…I was a little surprise but my feet and hands were all wrinklely.

    Where I grew up, there were only IGAs, they weren’t fancy but at least they were clean…that place is just disgusting.

    Paulie we’ve been around a long time if we can remember the ‘orginal’ Ghetto Kroger.

  5. Martha, I think you and I will have a wealth of stories to tell in the old folks home of the future. 😉

  6. Steve says:

    I’m sure that just because IGA buys their product, they list tham as a vendor. Doesn’t mean all the stores carry it. I’d bet you would have better luck at Clairmont/Briarcliff store.

    Martha, glad you didn’t drown running the Flying Pig. Maybe I can aim for that one next year… it will be right after I run Paris, so I’ll still be fit.


  7. Barb says:

    Steve – you are just are looking for any excuse to go eat some Skyline, aren’t you? I heard TJ told you we’d have a Skyline night soon, I think he’s back from the Tour of Gila, so you need to hit him up for that.

    Martha – how many Skyline meals did Jerry make you eat this time?

    Do you really think the brand of yeast would makes a difference? I don’t bake, so I really have no idea, I’m just wondering.

    I’ve got my own Ghetto Kroger over here in Marietta, it is across the street from a Publix, and the difference in the places is incredible.

  8. Steve says:

    Debbie may have to comment on the Skyline night- she said the last time she ate it it didn’t sit well… I can’t imagine how the purity of Skyline could be called into question!

  9. I could be convinced to by a “Skyline Stand-In” since I’ve never eaten it. 🙂

    I’m not sure the brand of yeast makes much difference (among commercially available brands, anyway). I’ve had wildly differing results using the brand I’ve been using, and since I’m in need of yeast I thought that I’d try the brand recommended by the bread maker’s manufacturer.

  10. sal says:

    The Muddy Marathon lived up to it’s name. The RD was a hasher and the trail or lack of trail was marked as such! Ran through knee deeps swamps and had to scramble up cliffs….and the beer kegs were tapped pre-race!!! Then on Sunday we ran the Rhode Island marathon. Much different! 🙂

    If you need bread machine yeast…it doesn’t matter what brand you use and Fleishmann’s makes bread machine yeast.

    Martha: glad you had fun at Flying Pig…I would like to do that one.

  11. Steve says:

    Sal, you ran 2 marathons this weekend? You are SUCH an overachiever!!

  12. Andrew says:

    There are much better Weather apps available for the iPad. AccuWeather, iWeather, and Wunderpad are all fantastic. Not sure why Apple removed apps.

  13. Andrew says:

    I use whatever yeast is currently on the shelves at Kroger in my bread machine and never had a problem with the dough rising.

  14. I’ve loaded up WeatherBug Elite for iPad (love it) to replace Weather and Bloomberg (not sure yet) to replace Stocks. I’ve yet to find a decent calculator — I suppose I could always just find my iPhone.

    Oh, and I’m also willing to listen to “Hey, have you checked out …” app suggestions for any category.

  15. Barb says:

    Paulie – if Steve & TJ don’t pick a date for a Skyline night, we can just do it at our house (we have our own stash as well of Skyline). You can always bring the bike too.

    and yes – Sal is way too much of an over acheiver – but we’ve all known that for years.

  16. Andrew says:

    The “Marvel” comic app is worth checking out and it has free comics for download. The NPR app is fantastic. I like the USA Today app but it is USA Today. The Kindle app as you can read on both the ipad and iphone (why this isn’t true for iBooks amazes me). NetNewsWire is nice if you (a) read rss feeds (b) use google reader.

  17. While I have read a comic book, or graphic novel, in probably thirty years I saw the Marvel app demoed and downloaded it first thing.

    I downloaded the Kindle app immediately as I’ve been waiting impatiently for an iPad in order to read some of my Kindle purchases.

    I’ll have to check out NetNewsWire as I am a Google Reader user.

  18. Andrew says:

    And SimpleNote is a great replacement for Apple’s note app. Not sure if they pulled that one too. Twitterriffic is the only twitter app I’ve tried for the iPad but it works well and the advertising is unobtrusive.

  19. Andrew says:

    Is the new “The Hold Steady” out today? I’m surprised you didn’t mention that. It’s on Napster so I assume it’s out today, but maybe not.

  20. Oh yeah, the Hold Steady disc did come out today. It completely slipped my mind. It’s going to be interesting to see how they continue since the departure of the keyboardist earlier this year.

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