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? 🙂
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…
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
– 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]
– 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
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
- How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
- Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
- Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Arthur Miller
- Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury