A late return home last night combined with morning appointments will mean that today’s blog shall be brief.
Sometimes You Win, Most Times You Don’t
I knew that my shot last night was not a winner. Thankfully, it wasn’t skewered by the critic — who I must say had a good, even-handed approach with his critiques. Compared to the other shots mine was a quality snapshot of a guy swinging a baseball bat.
The bizarre thing about Roswell Photographic Society is the way they categorize the submitted works:
- black and white prints
- colored prints
- “altered” prints
- digital (all, regardless of treatment)
Each category is judged separately; each has its own set of “winners.” Seriously? What year is this again? Are you meaning to tell me that the photos which are printed were not taken digitally, nor have they been altered in any way? And why not have categories for digital color / digital black and white? Really, I believe there should be two categories:
- black and white
from which winners are selected.
Given the constituency of RPS I doubt that changes will be made any time soon.
Whatever Happened To Customer Service?
I am routinely disappointed to come home and find that the door to my mailbox is wide open. Seriously, how hard is it to close the door all the way so that the plastic latch engages?
Inside the mailbox, whose door was wide open, last night was a box of checks from my bank. Since I’ve been out of checks for about a week I was thrilled to see them in the mailbox, as well to know that they were not stolen. My joy was immediately crushed when I opened the box of checks to find out that my bank completely ignored my two requests for my checks:
- I didn’t want “carbon” checks
- I didn’t want the checks to start at #100, especially since the last check I wrote was numbered somewhere in the 1800’s
I’m now faced with a dilemma. Do I take the box of checks back to my bank and require them to fix their fuck up at their cost? Or, since I write about two checks a month, do I just say “Oh fuck it!” and go on to other matters? Keep in mind that because it took me so long to reorder checks, I currently have none and would be in a lurch if I returned the box of checks and needed to write one soon.
This would all be a non-issue if people would just do their jobs correctly.
Chrome For Blogging. Firefox For Most Else
My LastPass experiment is quickly becoming a fail — $12 wasted. When compared to 1Password LastPass is a less-polished piece of software. It appears that I’ll soon be coughing over more money to 1Password to purchase their iPad application. Does anyone know if it sinks to a Dropbox directory? (Speaking of Dropbox, they just updated their iPhone/iPad app. Also, did you know that you can recover deleted files? I found out on Sunday and was over-the-moon.)
Since there is still no “official” release of the 1Password Chrome Extension I was about to make a complete jump back to Firefox too, that was until I started writing this blog today and my TextExpander snippets were not expanding (again) in that browser. Ugh.
I guess I either just need 1Password to release a “1.0” for their Chrome Extension (if they’d reduce the price of their iPad application that’d be great too). Or, I need to go back to using passwords that I can remember and eliminate the need for a secure password manager.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – ticked off
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – LastPass may not be working for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a valuable application for others.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 202 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 18 (18)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 17
Marta Rides – 0
– 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
– 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.
– 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 Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem