No, not the ITP Estate (yet), the Hopper Transfers app that I’ve been working on for two (effen) years. Last night Apple approved the app for sale (whew) and it is supposed to be available on January 17th — not that anyone will have the hardware with which it can communicate, because that is also supposed to be released on January 17th. Nobody understood why I didn’t think that it was critical to release the app the very same day as the only version of the hardware with which it can communicate. Seriously, how many people are going to buy a new satellite receiver, go home, install it, record programming, and then feel the need to copy it to their iPad that day?
Anyway, unless DISH cancels the project in the eleventh hour or they get sued into oblivion by the content providers that they continually piss off, it appears that I will be a published iOS developer (finally!) on the 17th,.
Today’s Personal Project
Look into to my finances. New year, new goals, and this year, new commitments.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Share the title of an imaginary book about the past 12 months of your life.
Taking stock of what we’ve done over the past year gives us a long view, pulling us out of the present moment and giving us the chance to really reflect on a portion of our lives. Writing it in a title format forces you choose the most descriptive words, the ones that focus on the highlights of your year. This challenge may even help you think about what you might do in the next 12 months â€“ and what the sequel’s title might be!
“I’m Not Supposed to be Here Today.”
I Have So Much I Have To Spread It Around
I walked into Delta Community Credit Union with the intent of depositing some checks my mother has sent me (why, I never know because of the two of us she needs the money more than I do. I guess that comes along with being “the baby” even at 47). I thought I was prepared, for I had signed the checks and written my bank account number on each (geez, in this day of identity theft I cannot believe we still have to do this. Hmmm, I wonder if DCCU has an app that I can use to take a photo of a check to deposit it…), all I needed to do was fill out a deposit slip. As I entered the line to wait for a teller I realized my blunder, I’d not written my Delta Community Credit Union account number, but rather my Wells Fargo account number on each check. D’Oh!
So as I started to exit the bank I informed my coworker of my gaff and the pretty woman behind the receptionist desk said “Oh, wrong institution?” I smiled and quickly replied “Yeah, it stinks to have so much money that you have to spread it around.”
There was a part of me that wanted to return to the receptionist’s desk and introduce myself, but I kept on walking out of the building instead. If I made an impression she will remember me the next time I go to the credit union.
Good Mexican, Good Meeting
Last night I met my RPS friends for “Mexican and Motivation” as I called it. The dinner at El Zarepe was good, I had a pork burrito with mole sauce, rice and beans (and water!?!?).
The Roswell Photographic Society has moved their meeting site to some Adult Recreational Center to which I had never previously been, so I followed the convoy to the meeting. The change in meeting nights as well as venue are the reasons that I stopped attending the monthly meetings.
As I mentioned yesterday Craig Tanner was the presenter. More of a motivation (photography) speaker than a technical one, it’s always a great way to start the year. What I learned last night was that Tanner suffered from depression (perhaps not clinical) in 2012 and really pulled back, not teaching any of the workshops he is known for in Savannah. For a man who seemingly has overcome so much (including a near-death experience after a surgery some years ago) this was a bit eye-opening for me. What may be even stranger was that Tanner started to find his photographic passion using Instagram on an iPhone. I walked out feeling energized to start shooting again.
ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing, I have yet to receive my new card reader.
George’s Or Sliders, I’m Not Sure Which I Want Tonight
This being Wednesday, even though it’s not the Third Wednesday, I may find myself at George’s Bar tonight. I will be getting a haircut across the street, and may see fit to darken George’s doorway. However, this being Wednesday, also means that it’s Slider Night at The Shed, and I may want to sit at the bar and chat up whoever is working whilst I eat a couple of sliders and drink a little beer (I think beer is more appropriate than red wine for sliders, but that might just be closed-minded thinking. HAHAHA, I was mistyping “thinking” and the spell checker suggested “think gin”. No, gin would not be something that I consume tonight).
The Shed may win out because
a) I will be styling and profiling with a new haircut and may wish to strut my stuff there
b) I really like The Shed’s sliders
c) if all goes to plan I will be at George’s next Wednesday
Weekend Head’s Up
ITP-Reader Martha: There is an electronics recycling day this Saturday in Old Fourth Ward (see today’s Website of the Day). I am planning on taking some stuff up there after meeting my Flickr friends for breakfast at The Majestic. If you wish to drop some stuff off at my house for me to take (no TVs because they charge $10 each to recycle those) please do so. And, if I am home I will reward you with your percolator. 🙂
ITP-Reader Bob: I plan to be in attendance on Saturday, but I may not be willing or able to ride. If I were to only wish to attend the celebration portion of the day at what time should I arrive?
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – relieved, tired
Current Music – listening to a Jason Lytle concert recorded for a KEXP podcast
Website Of The Day – Keep Atlanta Beautiful. I’m trying.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking again starting next week
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 13
Carnivorous Meals – 11
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– lose five pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 100 miles
– read at least one book
– dissolve Sharpened Stone, LLC
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog
2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least on 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate
2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– 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)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013