I wish I had them, for if I did I’d be slathering them all over my body to rid the scars and deformations which are abundantly present on me. Instead I’m consuming a breakfast of tea and toast (made from home-baked bread) dreaming of what it would feel like to be called an “Expat.” Ah Maillard Reaction, you really are a friend to me.
What A Great Night
Election results be damned, I had a great night! No, I did not go out on a date. No, I did not meet an attractive young lady. But here is what I did:
After work I met a group of Flickrite friends at Thinking Man Tavern. The plan was to eat and have a few beverages together before moving on to local photographer Zack Arias’ Used Film Studio where he was hosting an open “house” with special guest worldwide-known photographer Joe McNally. Though I like the food at Thinking Man I had to pass on ordering because I had plans to meet up with ITP-Readers Betsy, Terri, Pat and Tony at East Atlanta Thai & Sushi for dinner.
I think the last time I ate at East Atlanta Thai & Sushi was to celebrate ITP-Reader Steve’s (50th?) birthday. It’s not like I dislike the food, but I get more than my fair share of Asian cuisine during the week, so East Atlanta Thai & Sushi is rarely a local destination for me. The food last night was quite tasty, I had a beef “salad” and a spicy tuna roll in addition to the appetizers the table ordered. I will most like return sooner than I did, but there is so much local competition for my limited EAV (and surrounds) dinners.
The E-Book Conundrum
You know my Prime Objective regarding media:
Purchase no media in physical form which can be purchased in digital form. Exceptions shall be made for media which is unavailable digitally or is improved greatly by obtaining it in a physical format.
My Prime Objective was conceived in June 2009 and much like some laws and patents seems a bit outdated. It was made in a day when color eReaders did not exist and when there was an assumption that digital media would be priced cheaper than its physical counterpart due to cheaper production and shipping costs. I forgot to factor greed into the equation.
There is a book to which I’ve been introduced called Casserole Crazy which is a casserole cookbook. Because of the source of recommendation I decided that I’d buy the book. I first checked with Amazon and found it there for $6.38. At first I didn’t think that the book was available in Kindle (digital) format, however I found that it was but for a price of $12.99. I subsequently found out that Apple sells the book in their iBooks store, but also for $12.99. Each retailer is blaming the book’s publisher, Penguin Press, for the $12.99 price tag.
Saving the world ain’t cheap.
As an Apple shareholder you’d think I’d naturally jump to the iBooks selection if I were to purchase the book digitally. However, iBooks currently only be read on iOS devices and not Macs, therefore I wouldn’t be able to take my laptop into the kitchen and read the recipe from it.
Such a conundrum. But wait, I think I have a solution! I shouldn’t buy the book in any form because I’ll probably be looking up casserole recipes online instead of consulting a cookbook anyway.
I Rightfully Worried About Injuries, Not Stupidity
The East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads have a one-game lead in my fantasy football league and it just so happens that this week I will play the team who trails me. I’ve been managing to get by without either Austen Collie or Joseph Addai, both who are suffering from injuries, but this week my fate took a unhealthy turn when Randy Moss opened his big mouth and got himself cut by the Minnesota Vikings. Dangen! Combined with the fact that I have one Tight End on my roster, whose team is on a bye week this week, I’m going to have to do some scrambling in order to field a team which has a shot of winning this week.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – Secret Life of Machines makes me happy.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 25
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 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 Sharpened Stone.
– 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, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
– 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