Archive of October 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you've eaten. 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. 4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.In my case, there's also strike and bold. That being because some of these things I've eaten, but wouldn't again because I don't eat land animals
1.So that's 57/100. Certainly not extensive, but much better than Allan's 37! ;) October 12, 2008 @ 12:27 am | Category: Brainwork
Venison2. Nettle tea 3. Huevos rancheros 4. Steak tartare5. Crocodile6. Black pudding7. Cheese fondue 8. Carp 9. Borscht 10. Baba ghanoush 11. Calamari 12. Pho 13. PB&J sandwich 14. Aloo gobi 15. Hot dog from a street cart16. Epoisses 17. Black truffle 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 19. Steamed pork buns20. Pistachio ice cream 21. Heirloom tomatoes 22. Fresh wild berries 23. Foie gras24. Rice and beans 25. Brawn, or head cheese26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper 27. Dulce de leche 28. Oysters 29. Baklava 30. Bagna cauda 31. Wasabi peas 32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl 33. Salted lassi 34. Sauerkraut 35. Root beer float 36. Cognac with a fat cigar37. Clotted cream tea 38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O 39. Gumbo 40. Oxtail41. Curried goat 42. Whole insects 43. Phaal 44. Goat's milk 46. Fugu 47. Chickentikka masala 48. Eel 49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut 50. Sea urchin 51. Prickly pear 52. Umeboshi 53. Abalone 54. Paneer 55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal56. Spaetzle 57. Dirty gin martini 58. Beer above 8% ABV 59. Poutine 60. Carob chips 61. S'mores 62. Sweetbreads63. Kaolin 64. Currywurst65. Durian66. Frogs' legs67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake 68. Haggis69. Fried plantain 70. Chitterlings, or andouillette71. Gazpacho 72. Caviar and blini 73. Louche absinthe 74. Gjetost, or brunost 75. Roadkill76. Baijiu 77. Hostess Fruit Pie 78. Snail 79. Lapsang souchong 80. Bellini 81. Tom yum 82. Eggs Benedict 83. Pocky 84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. 85. Kobe beef86. Hare87. Goulash 88. Flowers 89. Horse90. Criollo chocolate 91. Spam92. Soft shell crab 93. Rose harissa 94. Catfish 95. Mole poblano 96. Bagel and lox 97. Lobster Thermidor 98. Polenta 99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee 100. Snake
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This setup worked pretty well as I had few meeting that weren't regularly scheduled. Thus I could accept the invites on our Exchange Server, but then put them on my Google Calendar with alerts to my phone. Similarly, I rarely had a need to write anything other than a short email reply. But with my recent move to Engineering Manager - Portal I quickly ran into problems keeping up with email and meetings during the day. As such, it was time for a new more full featured phone. And until very recently it would have meant a Samsung Blackjack 2. I could have had one of these long ago, but I liked the small size of the RAZR and I was getting by with it. But at my boss's insistence, I needed to upgrade.
I explained why I still had the RAZR and liked it, but realized it was time for me to reluctantly move to a Blackjack. At this point he told me I could now get an iPhone instead if I wanted. Thus I embarked upon a mission to talk to a few of the people I knew who had been beta testing their use for the company. And it didn't take long to learn that it was definitely the way to go unless you do a lot of texting. The Blackjack's hardware keyboard makes it pretty good for texting. But my texting needs aren't great as they are largely incoming reminders. Thus, I opted to join the iPhone Cult as I generally call it. And?
I have to say, after two days I really can't say enough good things about my new iPhone! And although I have loaded some music on it, at this point I haven't had a chance to try it as an iPod. But that's alright, that's not the primary reason I have it. But I can say this thing is far more than a phone, it's a palm sized computer. The mail and calendar issues I had have been wiped out. This means no more double calendar maintenance and likely far less Google Calendar use. Actually this is unfortunate, because I certainly like it better than Exchange. Although it's not nearly as bad as Outlook which I still only use on a limited basis because I hate it! (For desktop email I use Thunderbird.)
Anyhow, the iPhone has proven it's a very powerful tool that is going to help me a great deal. I still need to work on refining and/or changing My Organizational System (GTD) as I need to rethink some of the things I'm currently doing. Largely that's because the iPhone should allow me to do more work that I could with the RAZR. Thus some of the tools I've been connecting to might not be the best. Offhand, one thing that I'm contemplating is moving from Sandy to Remember The Milk as they offer an iPhone app in their Pro version. The other negative now to using Sandy is that Jott went premium for access to Sandy. I don't use it enough to justify the cost so I've quit using it.
So I'm now contemplating how to maximize my new tool to make both my personal and professional lives more manageable. So I guess I'm in the cult now, although I don't see myself hanging on Steve's every word at the next Apple dog and pony show. ;) October 11, 2008 @ 11:33 pm | Category: Brainwork