This Developer’s Life

On Sunday I was turned on to a podcast called This Developer’s Life. From its name you might rightfully expect two things:

  1. The podcast centers around software development
  2. The podcast is patterned after “This American Life”

I. Am. Loving. It. Unless you are, or have been, in my shoes you probably won’t get the same satisfaction as I am from this podcast, but Holy Jeebus they talk about things which strike a deep chord with me.

Odd Night At Taco Mac
After an exhausting day of work I took my work to the office which encourages drinking — Taco Mac. It was an odd night at my Taco Mac as my first four waitress requests were not working, and request number five was due to leave a little after 5pm. Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy getting to know the girls that work there?

I sat at a table and simultaneously used my iPhone 4, iPad 1, as well as good old fashioned pen and paper. I’m proud to say that during my two (large) beers and a meatless taco salad I was quite productive — all the while checking out the pretty young ladies which sat at nearby tables with countless dudes.

Postcard From A Broad (jokey, jokey, jokey)
I keep forgetting to thank ITP-Reader Stacy for the postcard that she sent to me while she was on vacation recently. She and I have been trading postcards for a little while and I can’t overstate how much joy receiving one brings to me.

ITP Flickr Pic Screenshot
Want to see failure? Check this out.

On Sunday I paid $1.99 (cheap, I know) for a Mac app called ScanDrop. The promise of ScanDrop is that you can scan documents directly to online services such as Evernote. While my scanner was not listed as being supported a user on the OfficeDrop (the makers of ScanDrop) forum said that he was able to get the same model to work. I was not so lucky.

To voice my disapproval as well as make another request for support for my scanner I created an account with OfficeDrop, and after receiving a confirmation email, and relogging onto their site, I attempted to leave a request in the forum. And what did I get for my efforts? “Forbidden”
They Call This Support?

Thankfully I only lost $1.99 for this inconvenience.

Going Postal
I was able to accomplish one of my two donation tasks at lunch yesterday. My first stop was at Pearl Vision where I dropped off two old pair of prescription eyeglasses for donation to OneSight.

However the outcome at the United States Postal Service was less rewarding. You know all of these “If it fits, it ships” commercials you see for flat rate shipping? They’re apparently too sccessful because the post office I visited yesterday had no small flat rate boxes left. None! WTF?! The post office had medium and large boxes, but of course with larger boxes comes higher shipping rates. Dangen! I was able to order a “Flat Rate Shipping Kit” for free from USPS, but that won’t arrive in 7-10 business days. Double Dangen!

Another Busy One On Tap, Without The Tap
Morning therapy.
Full day of work.
Laundry tonight.
Grocery shopping.
And if I get all of that done I’m considering heading to Masquerade for the Cold War Kids show.
“See you” tomorrow.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sleepy even though I got plenty of sleep last night
Current Music – listening to the “Sound Opinions” podcast from last weekend
Website Of The Day – I chuckled when I heard the name Liddabit Sweets. I salivated when I saw their website.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking for now

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 28

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

March Goals
– Recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically Chef’s Story

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 one half-marathon
– 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]

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16 Responses to This Developer’s Life

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    As an odd coincidence, today’s LivingSocial deal is for the place I have been going to recently for chiropractic therapy and massages.

  2. Barb says:

    Between me & Allan, I bet we have some old eyeglasses laying around that will never be able to be worn again (thaks to lasik). I wonder where they all would be.

    I figured out with the flat rate boxes, if you have something heavy, they are a good deal, if you have something light, they are a rip off. We played with the weights here at the office with our post office machine to figure out which was a better deal. (yes, sometimes we do work here, but sometimes we find other things to occupy our time)

  3. Martha says:

    How do you like ASC? As much as I hate getting a massage, I’ve been thinking the issue with my foot, is connected to the tightness in my calves…

    I’ve had to ship a few things lately (mostly to Tasty Pie for some reason), I just get the box and go…I did make the mistake at Christmas of buying a Barbie for my niece from Amazon, having it shipped to my house and then paying for shipping to Indiana.

    I just bought the new Duran Duran album!! They (Simon and Nick) were plugging it on Sirius the last time I drove to Cincy. Sound a lot like the old stuff, can’t wait to listen to it again.

  4. Barb says:

    I think I heard Duran Duran is coming to Atlanta on tour too. That would be a good blast from the past show to go to

  5. Barb, I plan to ship all eight medals that were pictured in yesterday’s blog. While not super-heavy they do weigh something…

    Martha, I wouldn’t go to ASC just for a massage. Like all chiropractors they’ll put the hard-sell on for future visits.

  6. Steve says:

    (blog-jack warning)
    Debbie and I were discussing this weekends trip to Asheville and wanted to get dining suggestions from those who have been recently. Randy, I believe you had some- would you remind me of those… any other folks?
    We will be doing the Art Walk Friday evening, so consider that area of town.


  7. Barb says:

    more blog jacking –
    Steve – since I know nothing about places in Asheville – I’ll ask you this – did you hear about the bike team (can’t remember which one) that got all their bikes, etc. stolen in Italy? Not Kevin’s team (BMC) thank God, but damn, wouldn’t that totally suck??

  8. Steve says:

    It was the Team Type 1 guys and I can’t believe they didn’t have some sort of alarm system… a half million Euros worth of road, time trial, wheels, tools, spare parts.. incredible. What kind of idiot thinks that no one will notice trying to pawn a team bike?? Very sad.

  9. Barb says:

    Allan’s mom says Italy is so known for being robbed, that this one guy Allan’s dad knows sleeps in the truck with his stuff, or pays someone to sleep in the truck.
    Just damn…….

  10. Randy says:

    OK, Asheville dining:
    Barley’s taproom – good pizza and best beer selection in town – garlic knots are not so good – just ask Paulie, he’s ordered them several times just to make sure…

    Asheville Pizza and Brewing – notice a trend? Good pizza and beer and a great atmosphere.

    Tupelo Honey – FANTASTIC food! Breakfast, lunch or dinner – we often eat there more than once per weekend.

    Salsa, Laughing Seed, College Grill are all good, too. Generally speaking, anything near the obelisk at Park Place is going to have good food. And, don’t forget, you can reminisce about ATL at Doc Chey’s or Mellow Mushroom 🙂

  11. Steve says:

    Great! Thanks Randy.
    (We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.)

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I may return to Asheville soon just to order some garlic knots at Barley’s.

  13. Stacy Fox says:

    Martha! Martha! MARTHA! (yup, like Marsha with a lisp) Please let me know how you like the D2 album. I can still sing all of Rio and 7ATRT by heart…love those boys, especially old school. If it’s sounding like that at all, I can see this as an actual purchase for me.

    And Paulie – bless! I totally love your PCs too. I mean, come ON! Who else would send me a Corn Castle? I think no one, that’s what I think. I think you’re one of the few people whose addresses I actually know by heart by now. *grin*

  14. Randy says:

    That’s our Paulie – ever the optimist….

    …at least about garlic knots.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Nah, I just define “insanity”.

  16. Martha says:

    @Paulie, that was the same problem I had with the place in Ormewood Sq. I just want a massage, I don’t need you to find a problem with me (one reason I really don’t care for chiropractors).

    @Stacy, buy it…I had already heard it back in Jan, I’ve just been waiting for it to become available on Amazon (it’s been on iTunes for awhile), Girl Panic! and Blame the Machines will take you back 😉

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