Feed The Brain More, The Rest Less

I’m once again “investing in my future” through the purchase of software for my iPad. I’m playing around with some “mind mapping” software as well as some “getting things done” software.

Scoutmobbing My Lunch
Yesterday my coworker Duke and I went to Firebird Rotisserie for lunch. The restaurant selection was mine because I wanted to use the Scoutmob (did you know that Scoutmob is Atlanta-based?) deal for saving 50% off the bill — up to $20. Of course since we were “saving” money we ordered a little higher-on-the-hog than we normally would have. I had a quarter chicken and rib combo, while Duke ordered a half-rack of ribs. The food was really good and I will definitely return.

You Couldn’t Swing An iPhone 4 Without Hitting A Nerd
After work I cruised over to the “west side” to attend the monthly Atlanta iOS Developers meetup at Strongbox West (a pretty cool space, though I still have no need for it at the moment). It has been some number of months since I last visited and am pleased to say that I felt much more “clued in” to what was being discussed last night. Previously I was an extremely “green” iOS developer, and while I still wouldn’t consider myself to be an expert, I am trying.

The room was very crowded to start the evening (and included maybe six women — I shit you not). The meeting went late, past 9pm, and afterward I joined the small number of people who lasted the entire meeting for a few beers and some food (well, nachos) as a nearby place called Central City Tavern. Attending the “on after” has been something that I’ve wanted to do since I first started attending meetings. I also think that I helped my station in the group when I correctly answered the final question for the Team Trivia which was wrapping up as we entered.

Q: What is the shortest title for a movie which has earned over $250 million?
A: see the very bottom of this post.

ITP Flickr Pic
I correctly answered last night’s final trivia question, but failed to take a photo of anything interesting yesterday. Just wait until I can shoot the new sneakers I purchased yesterday…

66,750+ Reasons Why Daniel Delaney Is A Genius
A few weeks ago I heard about a new podcast called What’s That Food? being done by Daniel Delaney each day of 2011. Each day Delaney will produce a 2-5 minute podcast featuring one food item (though in a recent episode he discussed cast iron and how to properly cure it), providing information about, and a recipe using, the selected item. Thus far each episode has been informative and entertaining.

The real genius behind Delaney’s plan is the advertising model he has adopted for “What’s That Food?” For the first episode it only cost $1 to be the episode’s sponsor. Every day the price of sponsorship increases by $1. If you do the math (I did using a Numbers spreadsheet) Delaney stands to make over $66,750 if he can find a sponsor for each of the 365 episodes he plans to produce this calendar year.


Well, Whadda Ya Know? It’s Top Chef Night!
Tonight I’ll be using another Groupon coupon at Spoon in East Atlanta before heading home to watch Top Chef. If all things go to plan ITP-Reader Betsy will be over watching with me (Tasty China less and somewhat downtrodden since Fabio was eliminated last week) for a good night of “reality” television and wine consumption. I know that I’m looking forward to it.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I have my issues
Current Music – listen to a KEXP podcast featuring an in-studio recording of X
Website Of The Day – One of the recent sponsors of “What’s That Food” was Mobile Cuisine Magazine. You know I love food trucks, in fact I’m hoping to eat some food from the Yumbii truck for lunch.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, though I should start again tomorrow

Foot Mileage – 23.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (3)

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 12

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

February Goals
Not to get sick for the entire month FAIL
– Not get fired from my job
– Run no fewer than 75 miles
– Lose two pounds
– Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book

2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– 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
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than two half-marathons
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions

Paulie [eatl/ga]

A: “Up”

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12 Responses to Feed The Brain More, The Rest Less

  1. Martha says:


    I love Dug, he reminds me of Logan 😉

    I have a BOGO free coupon for Spoon (and Little Azio) I’m guessing one will get used this weekend.

    So…it looks like there is a change for Sunday morning, I’m still running, wonder what everyone will do??

  2. Oh, I probably have those BOGO coupons too.

    Yeah, it’s ironic that the instigator can’t make the Sunday run this weekend. I plan on being there still because I need to keep up my efforts to run. I’m trying to convince myself that I can run at lunch today since I doubt I’ll have time to do so tonight.

  3. And has anyone heard from Barb? Have she and Allan joined a cult in Texas?

  4. Barb says:

    I’m back!!! I actually knew that answer too.

    Houston was nice, my friends have a corporate apartment for a few months while they decide where to live (and try to sell their house in Roswell). It is near downtown, I guess maybe they call it mid-town, with tons of bars & restaurants in walking distance. We walked all over the city, even over to the baseball (Minute Maid) park to check it out. I don’t like baseball, but looks like a great place to watch a game.

    Cool store we visited was a store called Spec’s – it is like a Fresh Market & Total Wine all in one – tons of cool foods & TONS of alcoholic beverages – and you can taste test about anything right there at the store (& at the grocery store you can taste test wines too).

  5. Jenka says:

    The rumor mill is rife with the news that they’ll probably be offering the iPad with webcam in March! Can’t wait! We use a pretty basic iPad through David’s library several times a week so I know exactly what I want. What “getting things done” software are you thinking of?

  6. I went back and forth between “Things” and “OmniFocus.” There seems to be pros and cons for each and there is no shortage of people who declare one being better than the other.

    In the end I chose the more expensive option, OmniFocus for the iPad, which is $40, instead of Things, which is $20 for the iPad. If I find that I am getting good value from OmniFocus then I’ll probably spring for the Mac version for another $80. I curse The Omni Group (makers of OmniFocus and OmniGraffle) for their pricing strategy, but in the end I’ve decided to pay their price.

    I’ve purchased iThoughtsHD for the iPad ($10) for my mind mapping experiments.

    Will my investment be worth it? Only time will tell….

  7. Barb says:

    oh, and back the Valentine’s Day post – we went to the horse track in Houston to play the ponies – yep- we are so romantic (hahahahaha). Basically broke even, but all I bet is win/place/show types of bets with $2. it was a beautiful sunny day, so it was a blast.

  8. Martha says:

    I’m planning on hitting the gym after lunch or just going outside for an easy 3 miles or so, then yoga tonight. No CF today, even I need a rest day.

    Okay so woot still hasn’t shipping my new toy…crap, I almost forgot I bought something (I guess that means I really didn’t need it).

    I was in Houston several years ago for work, really on hit the Montrose area and some crappy parts of downtown.

    So I’ll still be at SW on Sunday, not sure how much I’m running yet, depends on what happens on Saturday. I’ll be in for at least 10, maybe 15…so I’ll be there earlier, like 8ish if anyone wants to join me for a slow ‘run’.

  9. Randy says:

    Good job on the movie title. I would have gone with E.T., but I think the full title is E.T., the extraterrestrial. Glad to hear you can still drink with the best of the geeks…

  10. Thanks.

    You are correct, the full title is “E.T. : The Extra Terrestrial” ***pushes glasses back up bridge of nose***

  11. Jenka says:

    Martha, just got notice that our yoga class is cancelled tonight. Boo!

  12. Martha says:

    Yep, I saw it on Facebook…trying to figure out my plan for tonight, I really needed a good stretch.

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