A Good Night Of Nerditude

I rather enjoyed last night’s iOS Developers Meetup. I learned a thing or two, and I kinda felt like I belonged — even though I realize that my knowledge base is probably middle-of-the-road when compared to those in attendance. I decided to play the loner last night and skip the post-meeting meal/drinks, decided to skip making my first trip to the Food Truck Park, and headed back to Candler Park to eat at Fellini’s instead.

Today’s Personal Project
Laundry, packing, writing tomorrow’s blog because I might be on a plane to New York when you read this space tomorrow.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Recall a smell or taste that has a happy personal memory for you.

Smell and taste trigger our earliest and strongest memories! When you re-live a happy memory, it can actually make you feel happy, thanks to the tight link that our brains create between emotions and memory. And quieting the mind to let memories surface also creates the same effects as meditation: you’ll likely reduce your blood pressure and take deeper breaths.

I’m thinking back to the last person I could identify as my “girlfriend.” I loved the way she smelled.

Aren’t you glad that I didn’t pick a taste now? ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, one taste, which is germane to my trip this week… About a dozen years ago I joined my friend Suzanna (btw, does anyone have contact information in Oklahoma for her?) on a trip to New York City to visit her friend Erin. Amongst the many fun things we did on that trip one night we ate at one of Mario Batali’s restaurants, Babbo, I believe. At Babbo I ate one of the best meals of my life. I ordered a hanger steak and it was to die for…

Rush Delivery
My two Rush CDs — “Hemispheres,” “Permanent Waves” — arrived yesterday. After a failed attempt to rip them using my laptop at the office, upload them to my Drobox folder, have Hazel automatically recognize them and add them to the “Automatically Add To iTunes” folder so that iTunes would import them, and then have iTunes add them to my iTunes Match account, I performed a much more manual import last night. What, you don’t have a “CD rip -> Dropbox -> Hazel -> Add to iTunes folder -> iTunes Match” workflow?

ITP Flickr Pic
The final shot of the Twilight Criterium that I will post here.
If you want more, visit my Flickr page.

Odd story however. Via Flickr I received a message from a guy who claims to be one of the riders in the shot I posted on Monday; in the message he requested a copy of the shot. Having no reason to doubt his authenticity I told him to send me an email address to which I can email a copy of that shot, as well as one in which he is the sharpest (in focus) rider.

Maybe I Need To Look At The Problem From The Other Direction
In yesterday’s “Personal Project” I mentioned trying to figure out how to import Garmin Connect data into MapMyRide. A quick Google search has resulted in many queries and solutions for going the other direction (MapMyRide->Garmin) but none in the direction I desire.

If I get some time today I may try to continue tackling this problem — or decide to collect all of my data in Garmin Connect instead.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – bummed about my poor workout today
Current Music – silence, though I might change that in a second…
Website Of The Day – While I rarely mention listening to the Judge John Hodgman podcast, I like many of the podcasts put out by Maximum Fun.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 207.8 pounds this morning. Rats!

Foot Mileage – ~47.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 32
Carnivorous Meals – 21
Pancakes Eaten – 2

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

August Goals
– Eat no fewer than forty-five vegetarian meals
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Take unused electronics to recycling center
– Post at least ten new photos during the month (let’s try this again)
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Ride no fewer than 150 miles (might be hard given the amount of travel scheduled this month)
– Walk (or run) no fewer than 75 miles
– Do no fewer than 750 sit-ups
– Do no fewer than 300 push-ups

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

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) — Arthur Miller
  9. Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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22 Responses to A Good Night Of Nerditude

  1. Martha says:

    So Home ร‚ยป My Workouts ร‚ยป Import Workouts ร‚ยป doesn’t work? I have never tried to upload anything to MapMyRun, for Training Peaks it’s a two step process.

    I had to install the TP Device Agent first. I download my Garmin to the Device Agent, then I have to save the workout to TP.

    I started my bike shopping last night and quickly realized I need to up my budget. I would have loved to try some bikes out but they did not have any in my size. ๐Ÿ™

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I didn’t get far enough to actually try an import. When I got home it was past 9:30pm and then I talked to my mother on a phone for awhile.

    I don’t know what you seek in a bike, but my new bike cost “only” $1700 and I love it. (Which begs the question “Why don’t I ride more?).

  3. Jenka says:

    I meant to ask you on Facebook, Martha: why are you getting a new bike? I thought you already had one. Just curious.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Jenka, I may have met a coworker of yours last night. Does the name Peter Hornsby ring a bell?

  5. Martha says:

    I do have a bike, but I’ve sort of ‘outgrown’ it. It’s a low-end, aluminum bike with 105 components, heavy…I want to move up to a carbon frame, etc. My current bike has been fine for shorter rides, but now that I’m going longer, I notice it doesn’t really ‘fit’ me. If I get a good bike, with a good fit, I really think it will help my riding some.

    There were three bikes at Atlanta Cycling I would have liked to try a Cannondale, Trek and Scott but like I said, they didn’t have any bikes in my size. So then we went to Poduim MS, since it was on the way home, made an appointment for a bike fitting for Friday.

  6. Steve says:

    Jenka, one bike is never enough!!

    Paulie, do I read you right that the rider found his pic on your blog? Wonder what that google search argument was?

    Martha, just remember they aren’t selling speed- it still comes down to the engine.

    Yesterday, Brownie Ain’t Stayin took the water dish down to his spot (nothing new about that) but then he took the carcass of a small mole, which he likely found floating in the pool, and put it on top of the metal dish (like a reflector oven). We can’t make this stuff up. Monday, he caught a ball a couple times, then got bored/tired and set the ball on top of the dish. That dog is wierd.

    Looks like I’m on my own Saturday, as Debbie is off to a horse show. Who’s riding and where?


  7. Martha says:

    True Steve, but good gear with a good fit is helpful. At least I walked away from the bike with the Di2 system. A $1700 bike wouldn’t be much of an upgrade from what I have right now.

    Most dogs are werid…Nibbles ‘hides’ under the bed, the problem is she only hides her head. I guess if she can’t see us, we shouldn’t be able to see her. I could go on and on with all the weird stuff that little dog does.

    I have a brick on the schedule for Saturday, 2 hour ride, 30 min run. I need to get an early start and can’t really drag it out since I’m working at the Summer Shade Festival that afternoon. I have a 2 hour trail run Sunday, if anyone is interested.

  8. Martha says:

    Oh, and don’t even get me started on the cat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. He found the photo on Flickr. I’ve been tagging these shots with “litespeedbmw” which is how I am assuming he found the shot.

    I’ll be in New York on Saturday — possibly making my first trip to CitiField to see a Mets game!

  10. Steve says:

    Our cats seem completely normal… Brownie and Tony (the new barn cat) play “chase me up a tree”, and he and Farley will go nose to nose- I haven’t got a picture of that yet. Tate R. Tot seems to be spending the night at the top of the stairs and when I go out to feed the horses, he comes with me. He also does not use the litter box- he just goes outside like a dog.

  11. Steve, the Day Spa is starting to sound more like a zoo than a farm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Barb says:

    Not sure what the ride plan is for Saturday, I’m single. but, I plan to do some sort of ride.
    Sunday Allan & I will ride, but since he is working Saturday, I have learned not to make a “real” plan, or he will get NO sleep at the firehouse.

    Felicia may get stuck here, that tropical storm Isaac is making it tough for her to fly back to the islands.
    So, I don’t know when she’s leaving. shes suppose to try to leave friday morning.

    and Martha – just get good components, and if Allan has anything to say about it, don’t get anything that has parts that are too specific to only that bike, getting replacement parts can be tough if it is anything “unusual”.

  13. And I must admit that if you are riding at a level where a $1700 bike isn’t good enough then there is no way that I’ll ever be able to keep up with you. I bow in your general direction…

  14. Steve says:

    Yeah, with all due respect Martha, except for a better fit, I don’t really think you need to go hog-wild. Many times, I’ve seen riders on the latest and greatest get dropped like a stone by someone riding early 90’s steel.

    It all comes down to the motor.

  15. Martha says:

    Don’t get me wrong, my bike is ‘good enough’ but if I want to keep doing distance rides, I need a bike that fits better than what I have. I got very ‘uncomfortable’ during the 70 mile ride last weekend (so much so I didn’t think I would be able to run the next day). Plus I don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to buying a bike because of my size, for example, if I want a carbon frame under 2K, Atlanta Cycle only has two possible options for me, and one has lower grade components than what I already have.

    I’m planning on keeping this bike for awhile, so I want to get something that I can continue to use if I get more serious in my riding.

  16. Steve says:

    Well then, in the words of the late Johnny Cochran, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”!!

  17. Barb says:

    Carbon is good, that is what I’ve got. But – I do have to say, as long as it fits, & you have a saddle that fits, you will be fine. Spend away, get what you want.
    and – I know I’ll never be able to keep up with you…….. cheap bike or exensive bike.

  18. Gotcha Martha. I am the average height for an American male so finding things that fit is rarely a problem. Now if I could only get back to closer to my proper waist size…

    What about motor bike, Barb? ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jenka says:

    Paulie, I haven’t been getting email notifications for a couple weeks now. I just have to keep checking back to see if there are new comments!

    Peter Hornsby works in the library, I know *of* him through David, but I don’t think I’ve met him in person. You met him at your Nerd Fest last night, I assume?

    Martha, that’s RIGHT you need to get an early start on Saturday. We’ve got work to do (I mean, “beer to pour”) (I mean, “beer to drink”) at the festival!

  20. Yeah, that plugin seems to be broken. Unfortunately I didn’t write it, so I have to wait for the author to make updates.

    Peter presented at the iOS Developer Meetup last night. We chatted before the meeting, and he mentioned he worked in the Emory Library System.

  21. Martha says:

    So I just got home and had to try uploading my Garmin to Map My Run

    Home ร‚ยป My Workouts ร‚ยป Import Workouts ร‚ยป is all you need to do (well you might have to download a plug-in)

    Very easy.

  22. Suzanna says:

    I remember your reaction to the hanger steak at Babbo well! That was an amazing meal. Have a great trip to NYC.

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