Certain: death, taxes.
Uncertain: The rest.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Swing an imaginary hula hoop ten times to the right, then ten times to the left.

Most people remember the kid who was the super-duper hoola-hooper (maybe it was you?). As a grown-up, you can get the benefits of hula hooping by just pretending! The motion can strengthen your torso muscles, improve the flexibility of your spine, and enhance your coordination. It also gets your blood pumping faster, so your hula will add a little bit of cardio to your day.

Why does it have to be imaginary?

Flash Back
Well, my experiment with living without Adobe Flash on my Mac has ended. It was my inability to play back Wallace and Grommet inside Safari that broke the proverbial camel’s back. However, and more importantly, it was my inability to log onto Universal Sports’ website (which requires Flash) inside Chrome. With the Tour de France a few weeks away I want to be able to watch video on my computer, and in order to do so I have to be able to log into Universal Sports, at least that’s one of the ways I did it last year.

And as an added bonus just think of all of the shitty restaurant websites that I’ll be able to view again using Safari!

I Had To Open My Mouth
The cleaning and checkup were going great, until I spoke with the dentist. “I’ve been having a bit of a problem with my front tooth” I said. And, after explaining my ailment x-rays were taken. It’s not the front tooth, but the one next to it. I may have an infection, for which I’ve been prescribed antibiotics. If the condition persists I’ll probably have to get a root canal. Ew, even typing those words gives me nervous shakes. Oh, and have I ever mentioned that I don’t have dental insurance?

2012: The Year of High Medical Payouts!

Certainly At Least One Is Wrong
There is an old adage that if you have one watch you know what time it is, but if you have more than one you never know what time it is.

I think the same can be said for GPSs and distance. This morning I cross-checked my two devices and saw that the Map My Ride app on my iPhone stated I had walked 4.4 miles, with the Garmin Forerunner on my wrist stated I had walked 4.2 miles. I suppose that I’ll split the difference and credit myself with 4.3 miles today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – uncertain
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Another thing about which I am certain is that if I ever pay Artisanal Pencil Sharpening $15 to have a pencil sharpened, I have either won the lotto or should be placed into an insane asylum.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, 5.0 miles (or so said the Map My Ride app yesterday)
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

Foot Mileage – 15.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 34.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 18
Pancakes Eaten – 3

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

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
  2. Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
  3. God, No! — Penn Jillette
  4. The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
  5. Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
  6. How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
  7. Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
  8. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Authur Miller

June Goals
– Post at least ten new photos during the month
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Not to get sick for the entire month (may be a moot point as of today)
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than ten days
Watch all of the classes in the 2011 Winter semester of Stanford’s CS193P (iOS Development) course

2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5?), a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Eat more pancakes
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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3 Responses to Uncertainty

  1. Barb says:

    There is a hula hooping game on thw Wii Fit – Allan was alwaya better at it than me. Which reminds me, I ought to turn on that Wii, its been a while.

    We rode over to & up Kennesaw Mtn last night, that is ia nice 20 mile after work ride. that 1.5 mile climb didn’t suck quite as much as it has in the past, so I’m thinking hte week of BRAG helped with my climbing. It still wasn’t fun, but it wasn’t as bad as the last time.

    I talked to my brother last night, he said the 85 mile day we are riding at RAGBRAI is rumored to be one of the hardest days they’ve ever had – it has 3500 feet of climbing. I told him I’m not scared, 3500 ft of climbing over 85 miles isn’t that bad, he needs to come to GA. 😉

    Sunday morning 0830 we are riding 68 up the Bud plant way, starting at the Sosabee Cycling Park. Let me know if you want to join us. Hopefully Allan will get some sleep Saturday night at the firehouse, as there will be no time for a nap.

  2. Sunday sounds like fun Barb, but I won’t be able to make it as I’ll be visiting my mother.

    I need to get riding again, though the weather forecast for Florida has all but convinced me that I’ll be leaving BlackJack at home for this trip. At least my mother’s part of Florida is flat, so I should be able to get out for a walk or two.

  3. Steve says:

    This very late report from Nationals. An easy day to warm up with- little kids on the short road course. Tomorrow- time trial day, with lots of UCI bike checks. First rider off at 0800, last one off at after 5:00 the evening. Good crew of fun folks. I have a 2beer beer penalty to pay to various staff for either screwups on my part or being rescued from my screwup. Good day of racing- no body died.


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