Starting tomorrow I’ll be out of here for the remainder of the week. Of course it’s supposed to rain tomorrow and Thursday where I will be staying. I could have accepted this more graciously had this travel occurred over the summer when it rained nearly every goddamn day, but we’ve had nearly perfect weather recently so it’s harder for me to take.
To try and make the best of the situation I am packing “books” (read “audio books and loading up my Kindle and Comixology apps”) in order to entertain myself, hopefully on long walks. I’ll also be bringing my cameras in hopes of finding photographs that I can take and share with you all.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Share your favorite healthy seasonal snack.
Seasonal foods let us make use of nature’s amazing bounty, and what better place to enjoy them than in snacks? By sharing your snack idea, you may inspire someone to skip a less-than-healthy snack treat and go for something that’s both natural and delicious. You may also pick up some ideas yourself.
Are salted pumpkin seeds healthy? I’m being serious.
At Least I Got A Free Meal Out Of The Deal
Last night’s “Hack Night” was a bit of a bust. I got to the office in which it was held about fifteen minutes before the starting time to find about about six other programmers there. I was led to a station where I could work and started my own project. What little interaction I had with other developers was helping the create Evernote notes using the knowledge that I had gained the night before.
In the end my app kinda sucked, though in true hacker spirit I got something partially working that I could demonstrate to the group assembled. I found that I was nervous presenting, this is a skill I should work on improving.
At least I got a free meal out of the deal. The event organizer ordered Chinese food and there was a smorgasbord of food from which I could pick and eat. Oh, and I also had a free beer.
Score One-Half For Paulie
You may have read in yesterday’s comments my lament about informing Paste Magazine about a grammatical error I found within their article about Sufjan Stevens correcting Mylie Cyrus’ grammar.
In the original “printing” of the article the Paste writer wrote “In less than 300 words…” to which I tweeted to them that they should consider using “fewer” rather than “less” since “300 words is a ‘countable’ noun.” For shits and giggles I returned to the article last night and saw that it now reads “In under than 300 words…”. Even if the sentence was not changes because of my tweet I’ll take partial-credit and still believe that the sentence should contain the word “fewer.”
ITP Flickr Pic
I have nothing.
I’m A MARTAnority
Now that I have started taking the train more frequently (we’ll see how long this lasts) I’ve come to once again realize what a minority it is to be caucasian on MARTA. Sure, I understand that it’s much easier to drive, that MARTA goes virtually nowhere, MARTA is not always the most efficient or cost-effective option, and I realize that I am once again in a job that is not conveniently located near a MARTA train station that I too will stop riding, but it still kinda surprises me.
Taking A Night Off?
I was going to attend the monthly meet up of Atlanta’s iOS developers. I may still but as of now I will be satisfied going out, eating a nice casual dinner, and returning home to gather all of the items I will need for my journey.
Today’s Personal Project
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – alright I suppose
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Have I mentioned Podcast Thing before? (sure I could search my own site, but that’d require effort on my behalf) Podcast Thing is a podcast recommendation site that also tells you which episode to start with for each franchise.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 215 pounds (October 14)
Foot Mileage – ~10.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 14
Carnivorous Meals – 21
Marta Rides To Work – 5
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to replace my malfunctioning faucets
– submit to important documents, neither of which I can talk about at this time
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
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 one 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
- Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) — by Sean Wells
- 60 Mountain Lion Tips — by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy — by Douglas Adams
- Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness — by CC Chapman
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love — by Cal Newport
- Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life — by Steve Martin
- Who Am I: A Memoir — by Pete Townshend