Not Making The Grade

As food days go yesterday I earned a ‘D’ — too much, of too bad. Oh well, today is another day.

He’s Working Late
And if any of you read that title and thought “Lone Justice?” give yourself ten bonus points… It’s been nearly twenty-five years (or more?) and I’ve never be able to hear that phrase without internally hearing Maria McKee shout it as she did on that Lone Justice album.

I had to put in a long day at the office yesterday in an attempt to get something done by today (I came close). I didn’t go too crazy however as I decided to leave the office around 7:00pm as the temperature at my desk crept up toward 83ºF.

I decided to skip a standard Taco Mac stop before heading home and stopped for dinner at an undisclosed location on my way back to East Atlanta. [note to self: I need to come up with a list of restaurants that I want to try so that I can reference it on nights like last night. note to others: Any suggestions?] By the time I arrived home it was nearing “late” and all I could do was handle some business and attempt to do some coding before getting frustrated and then passing out around 11:00pm.

Today will be an extremely busy work day, but I’m skipping out after my eight hours are logged.

For Me Developing With Xcode 4 Is Like Doing Surgery Wearing Mittens
When Apple introduced the latest iteration of their development suite (Xcode 4) I was still in my iOS development diapers and didn’t think much of it.

At work we use the previous iteration (Xcode 3) and I’ve come to know the ins and outs of it as I’ve learned to use it over the past year. However at home I’ve already made the leap to the latest and “greatest.”

As I continue to find out as I do development at home it seems as if almost everything has changed with the transition from Xcode 3 to Xcode 4. WTH, Apple? In addition to forcing me to consult the “help” every time I need to do something, Apple has managed to take away features which I’ve come to rely upon. C’mon, folks, don’t do this to us.

Blerg! Blerg! BLERG! These changes have made me a very unhappy developer, especially since I know that iOS 5 is looming on the near horizon and with it brings even more paradigm shifts.

Don’t get me wrong, I love programming and for the most part don’t mind having to learn new technologies. However for me trying to get things done within Xcode 4 is like trying to read a book published in a language I can barely read. And before you ask, it’s not very easy to go backward to reinstall Xcode 3 on my home computer otherwise I’d be doing that today. Besides, everyone else is moving forward and I need to keep up with the pack.

And The Winner Of Tonight’s Ride Is…
The decision to ride tonight has been made. In the name of convenience we’ve decided to ride from Decatur along the Dekalb PATH. So the unnamed mountain bike (the senior statesman in my transportation fleet) is strapped atop the Jackmobile so that I can drive it back down to Decatur for a ride. Were time not a critical factor in my current life I would have tried something nutty like riding my mountain bike all the way to work and then taking MARTA with it to Decatur for the ride. Que sera sera…

Today It’s More Like A Spelling ‘F’ Than A Spelling ‘B’
Some days I struggle with spelling. Today is one of those days (hell, for all I know there are errors above that the talented ITP Grammarians have already caught). Today’s difficulties (which are oddly similar)

  • The word describing the region down which food is passed: “t-h-r-o-a-t”
  • The word meaning “all the way through, in particular”: “t-h-r-o-u-g-h-o-u-t”

though I oddly had no problems with “though” nor “thought.” All I can say is “Thank Jeebus for spellcheckers (and alert ITP Readers)!”

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though things are stirring which need my attention
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Coverville” podcast
Website Of The Day – I planned to hold onto highlighting the East Atlanta Strut until Friday’s blog, but I’m in one of those “grab it by the throat” moods. Whatcha doing Saturday? Weather may be perfect. Come drink in my hood and if you see ITP-Reader Tony wish him a happy birthday.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Dang it, I forgot again! Perhaps if I had remembered that I was going to weigh myself today I would have eaten better yesterday.

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 99.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 27 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 12

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

September Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Ride my bike no fewer than 150 miles
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least twice
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three pounds

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 Not Making The Grade

  1. Barb says:

    “stopped for dinner at an undisclosed location on my way back to East Atlanta.”

    What’s up with the secrecy? if you went to McDonalds or some other fast food joint, we really don’t care.

  2. Haha. It’s not like I went to a strip club, or heaven forbid McDonald’s. πŸ™‚ I went to a Chinese buffet to satiate a desire for sickening sweet Chinese food.

    I like to see who pays attention as they read. πŸ˜‰

  3. Barb says:

    McDonalds would be better for your waist line πŸ˜‰
    I think I’m going to have a Firehouse Sub today for lunch, and I’m not scared to tell people.

    and – as for paying attention as I read – that whole eveloping/programing paragraph read as blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

  4. Steve says:

    I think he might have been bragging if he went to the “shoe show” (as Debbie calls it) for dinner.

    And I’m with you, Barb. IoS blah blah, but I know that’s how he supposedly makes money.

    Hey, what happened to the HD channels on the Dish Network yesterday??


  5. I don’t go to the “shoe show” any longer. There is little worse then leaving an establishment broke and “frustrated.”

    InsideThePerimeter has a little of everything, for everyone. πŸ˜‰ Wait until next week when I have five days of pumpkin beer reviews (no, I am not kidding).

    No idea Steve. Did you lose them all? Around what time?

  6. Martha says:

    I’m having lunch with Supersuck at Tin Roof, it will be good to get out of the office, even if the food is bad for me.

    Today was a good day at the gym, first time since my accident I’ve done the WOD ‘as prescribed’, no mods, no scaling. I even managed to climb back up on the pull-up bar.

    And in how the hell did that happen news, my baby sister turns 40 today???

  7. Stacy Fox says:

    Barb, it’s National Hoagie Day! So that choice of lunch is entirely appropriate. πŸ™‚

    I fell asleep during the programming paragraph too. Which was good because I needed a nap. Thanks, ITP!

  8. I’m sure that I’d be just as excited to read about all of your jobs. πŸ˜›

    Congrats Martha. Have a great lunch with Jill. Pity (for many reasons) that I no longer work in that neighborhood.

    Stacy, I read that your T4T trail last night was a success. Well done.

  9. Stacy Fox says:

    You did? From where? Well, that’s nice news! I apparently the right person off to say nice things… must remember who. Chicken actually gets most of the credit though: she put much more work into it than I did.

    But we did have a lot of fun. A couple glitches (like kids…drawing in the same color chalk as us… ARROWS, no less) but we didn’t lose a hound, so that’s good. AND we actually caught someone on our CB7, which always makes my evil little heart grin.

    And, yes, I’m entirely sure my job would bore the bejeebers out of you. Especially this week – OMG I’ve had nothing to do for three days now! Thus the even-more-than-usual (if that was possible) FB updates and stuffs.

  10. Steve says:

    The loss of Dish Network HD was on the news… I’m on cable… of course, if we were still in town, we would be using your service, but the cable is how we get internet service and phone to the day spa.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Stacy, read it on Facebook.

    Steve, huh, I’ll Google that.

  12. Stacy Fox says:

    Errr…that would have been “paid the right person off” Egads. No more playing on school nights.

    I saw an interesting report on the news the other day in regards to cable, satelite providers. It seems Comcast has big-time lost customers in the last quarter, Dish some (but not nearly as much). But the surprise was DirecTV being UP customers. I wonder why that is?

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    DirecTV has better marketing, and new subscribers are getting the NFL Sunday Ticket for free.

  14. bob says:

    And Comcast customer service is the worst customer service on the planet.

  15. Stacy Fox says:

    That’s why they’re Comcrapstic!

  16. Martha says:

    Bob, clearly you have not had to deal with anyone at CDC…they have Comcast beat hands down…

    I ended up not having lunch with Jill, Tin Roof was close when I got there, Jill must had already left, I only had my work phone with me and didn’t have a way to get in touch with her until I got back to the office. We will try again soon.

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