Today’s the shortest day (in terms of daylight) of the year. This is correct, right? Whew.
Last night I bugged out of work around 4:30pm — early enough to beat much of the traffic to midtown. My target was Strongbox West for the monthly iOS Developers Meetup.
Prior to the meetup I made my way over to HopCity Beer to fill up two of the growlers I had sitting around the house. Happy Holidays!!!
From Hop City I dropped into K&G Menswear (a place I wish I frequented more often because it’d mean that I’d have an excellent wardrobe) to buy a new (read “larger”) belt. Unexpectedly I also purchased my very first set of long underwear while there.
The Power Of Mind Mapping
Last night’s iOS Developers Meetup topic was planning for an upcoming self-produced (un)conference called “Cocoa Camp.” Initially planned for early March there was agreement to move the event to late February — exactly when I’ll be out of the state. 🙁
The planning was tracked by the meeting’s leader using a mind mapping application. While I have used mind mapping techniques for some work recently I was completely blown away by the ease and completeness in which the mind mapping tool (FreeMind in this instance though I’m also a fan of MindNode).
Amazingly, I’ve been struggling with writing documentation for the project I’ve been working on at work and this morning I realized that mind maps for the objects I’ve created will be the perfect way to convey the information I’ve been trying to structure into an html document. Woo Hoo!
The Great Domain Debate
I have a few internet domain names about to expire. Admittedly I am not using any of them currently, though some of the ones about to expire are very personal to me and may be more beneficial if/when I decided to give up the InsideThePerimeter moniker. Yesterday I went to extend the registration for all of the domains I have registered and was staggered by the cost (six domains; registration extended for two years for most, five years for others; $210; yikes!). Even though it’s a costly upgrade I may extend my registration this time and then start determining which domains I really need, and those I can live without.
Moving My Calendars
For too long I’ve been keeping dual calendars (actually, many calendars in two systems). One of my pre-2012 goals is to migrate the data I’ve been storing in Google Calendars into Apple’s calendar system which gets synced to my iPhone/iPad/Macs via Apple’s iCloud.
Some Weight-loss Mantras
Yes, I’m whining about my weight. I can’t help it, the pants I’m wearing today are tight, but they are also one size larger than the size I really want to be wearing at this time. In order to correct my thoughts I’m putting some mantras in “print.”
* The body is a caloric checkbook. Your goal is to spend more calories than you save.
* The amount of exercise performed should be proportional to the amount of weight you want to lose.
* The amount of food intake should should be inversely proportional to the amount of weight you want to lose.
These are the things I need to start repeating to myself in order to start marching toward my goal.
Top Chef Tonight
Hoping the rain clears a bit to guarantee satellite signal. Trying to decide what food prepare for the evening. ITP-Reader Betsy, have any suggestions?