My MacBook suffered some major hard drive difficulties yesterday. And, wouldn’t you know that as soon as I got everything back to where I started the day, Apple released an update to the operating system. Dangen!
I would be writing this blog using the corporate Windoze machine, but it is currently refusing to recognize the internet.
So, here I am using my iPad with my bluetooth keyboard. This setup works fairly well, at least until I need to cut-and-paste (you’ll notice that there is no statistics section today (yes, I made my bed this morning.)
So Long Convenient Bike Store, It’s Been Good To Know You
One of the odder coincidences about moving to the office location in which we currently reside (our lease is up next year, rumor has it the big wigs are contemplating moving) was that we moved from an office conveniently located to both a REI and a Performance Bike to an office conveniently located to both a REI and a Performance Bike; that is no longer the case.
If you are a dedicated comment reader then you no doubt read deep into yesterday’s comments when I mentioned that after lunch I discovered that the Performance Bike in Dunwoody (aka “Perimeter”) has closed for good. Confirmation of this fact was found on Performance Bike’s website. Dangen!
Looks like I’ll be heading to the old office stomping grounds in order to get my fill of cheap gloves — especially since I’ve misplaced yet another pair.
“Nerd” Is Not A Four Letter Word
Last night I hustled down to Spring and 5th for the monthly meetup of the Atlanta iPhone Developers. I can honestly say that even though I’ve been coding for longer than some in the room have been alive, I am a fucking n00b in that crowd. By year’s end my goal is to feel like I belong, oh, and to join the crowd at the on-after (if you will) at Marlow’s Tavern in midtown.
ITP Flickr Pic
(This ought to be interesting and frustrating all at once…)
(Related: I’m suffering from phantom mouse syndrome. Each time I remove my right hand from this keyboard I’m trying to set it on a mouse which does not exist.)
(Hmmm, that wasn’t too horrible.)
This was a hearth that I encountered while driving the back roads on my failed Macon swamp trip Sunday.
The New iPhone Is Soon To Be My iPhone
There was much hullabaloo yesterday about how hard it was to pre-order an iPhone 4. While I suffered many of the same pains, it was revealed that the process was much easier if you used the new Apple Store app on your current iPhone. And it was.
Yesterday I ordered a black (the only color available to pre-order at the moment) 16GB (same size as my current iPhone, and with the iPad I see no need to have more memory in my phone) iPhone 4 which is supposedly going to be waiting for me a the Apple Store next week. Weeee!
RealiTV Update: Hell’s Kitchen — What Is Going On Here!?!
Instead of joining the iPhone Developer nerds for beverages at Marlow’s Tavern (note to self: do this!) I headed over to Nancy’s (“Easy Cheeks”) place where I met up with ITP-Reader Betsy (“Boner Rooter”), Leigh Ann (“Tastes Like Chicken”), Andrea (“Pull My String”), and the night’s surprise guest Gary (“Rat’s Ass”) for a double-episode night of Hell’s Kitchen (no link, see below).
The evening was quite enjoyable but I must admit that I am way in the weeds for this season’s Hell’s Kitchen. I believe that I have all of the episodes recorded, so I suppose I should make it my week’s mission to catch up before I host next Tuesday night.
TextExpander May Be Dead To Me
If you’ve been reading this space regularly you know of the issues I’ve had with TextExpander not doing the one thing I paid $40 for it to do — expand abbreviations (aka “snippets”) to longer text.
I’ve been going back and forth with the tech support people, and they have (rightly) blamed the browser developers for not allowing them to do key capture, which is how TextExpander knows when to expand snippets. While not “okay” with this, I certainly understood.
After installing Apple’s update of 10.6.4 on my home computer last night and fighting with TextExpander after reboot, I went into TextExpander’s preferences. To my dismay all of the snippets I created were missing, and when I looked at my DropBox folder to which TextExpander is supposed to successfully sync, there were about a dozen “conflicts” files, none of which seemed to contain my snippets.
So, as of today I’m trying an experiment. I’ve uninstalled TextExpander and will attempt to live without it. Hell, though it’s available for the iPad and iPod, those versions of TextExpander are a bitch to work with, so I’ve kind of been living without it for a while. Perhaps I’ll seek alternatives, and if none can be found I’ll have to live life the hard way by manually typing all of my HTML hyperlinks.
The End Is Here!
That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
Oh wait! I just stumbled on a nifty iPad trick when using a keyboard. Apparently you can select text by holding down the Shift Key and using the arrow keys to select the text. Once selected you can use Command-C to copy (or Command-X to cut) and Command-P to paste.
(note #1: I’m too lazy to go copy-and-paste my statistics section from another blog post though.)
(note #2: Out corporate internet connection has returned, so I’ve added them now.)
(note #3: I added some hyperlinks today once I was using a computer with keyboard and mouse/trackpad.)
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – other than being lonely, feeling fat, and concerned about my health…. okay
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – On more than on occasion I’ve mentioned my love for typography. It is no surprise then that I cannot wait until I can see Typeface.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – forgot to check, may turn this into “Monday Weigh-In”
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 5.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 89.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 16 (16)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 2
– 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
– Complete at least one iPhone application
– 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