Well, last night I went by the apple store and picked up an iPad. Initial impressions are favorable.

In recent months, I had thought about picking up an iPod Touch, mainly for the apps and mobile experience. Around Christmas, I had also considered a Kindle. Also, my MacBook Pro was starting to have seemingly age related issues, so I had been eyeing a net book of some kind.

When I first got my laptop, I was using it as a desktop replacement. But as time has worn on, it seems to get slower and slower. Recently, I had mainly been using it for web, notes, and email, and using a desktop for my work. As a result, a net book seemed adequate for what I needed.

When the iPad was announced, several people I know seemed underwhelmed. I on the other hand was quite excited. Here was an item that potentially could be used instead of 2 or 3 items on my wish list. Reading about the Kindle for Tablets software, and then Evernote’s plans for iPad made it even more compelling.

That left me with one remaining question and a dilemma. The question: would the onscreen keyboard be useable enough or would I have to get a hardware keyboard. (The iPhone keyboard kind of gets on my nerves, which is why I’ve stuck with my Android phone.). After reading a few reviews this week, I was happy to see that people thought the virtual keyboard was quite usable for more than casual use. Then it came down to a dilemma: get one now, or wait for the 3G model at the end of the month. Since I’ve got wifi access 95% of the places I go, and since I already have a portable 3G access point, I started thinking I would skip the internal 3G. And when I noticed that there is already one, and probably soon 2 4G networks in town, I started thinking the cost benefit wasn’t there. Not to mention I was getting impatient.

So last night I went to the Galleria. They were running low on iPads, and only had the 64G model. That was fine, as I had a lot of data to carry around and had planned on the 32G model anyway.

I didn’t open the box until 11 pm, and by the time I updated my laptop to the latest iTunes, downloaded music, photos, and a few free apps, it was 4 am by the time I went to bed.

But here I am In the afternoon and I haven’t cracked open my laptop yet this morning. Just have a few items to sort out. But otherwise I’ve surfing, listening to music, and now twittering (using AOL Lifestream) and posting to my blog (using the WordPress client) for the first time in months.


A collection of links from my various contacts and other things I find interesting.  Citation where remembered 😉

Google Latitude

Lawrence Marshall dealership closes (Hempstead TX)

Where Innovation Lives by @timoreilly

Selfish Adults ‘Damage Childhood’ via @MarkLittlewood via @timoreilly

Danger of being over- and under-qualified via @brooksbayne

AT&T cuts cable, cell data down (in Texas); I know my mom & wife had issues with their iPhones… w00t!

Mashup of Houston data via @marc1919

Info on RSS-Data via @davewiner (from 2003); relevant to open data(bases)?

No new deals via @reasonmag

TED-related links:

DBpedia vs Freebase (Tim Berners Lee was promoting the former) via @timoreilly; his presentation

Science data: Google vs Amazon (via @timoreilly again)

Knowledge is Power Program (college prep schools focused on underserved communities)

Losing FTW

After my dad went on disability a few years ago, I decided to take care of myself a little better, and especially to lose some weight. I got a physical for the first time in years. And I started eating a lot healthier. Over the next couple of years, I lost over 50 lbs and became a little more (and sometimes a lot more) active. I kept the weight off, and I felt years younger.

Then last spring, I got a lot busier. I didn’t sleep as regularly. I stopped all walking. (Which had already tapered off around the time our daughter was born.) I started eating a lot more poorly.

So here I am, at the beginning of 2009, almost 20 pounds heavier than I was a year ago. Ugh! I’m not getting any younger, and I’m feeling the weight, even though I’m not nearly as heavy as I was 4 years ago. So, in commemoration of Groundhog Day, I’m starting a new stage of healthfulness. Like before, my goal is slow & steady. Eating right, a little activity. Nothing drastic. Just consistency. Every day.

Happy Chriskwanzukkahmadan

Saying “Happy Holidays” just seems so… impersonal.  So, I decided to be more specific. Initially, I just wished people Happy Chriskwanzukkah.  Now, this year, I’ve been wishing people Happy Chriskwanzukkahmadan.  Now, I think I’m missing some things.  So maybe next year it’ll be Chrikwanzukkahmadanivus?

Or maybe I’ll start wishing people Happy Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…  (Seen way too much Mary Poppins recently.)


My bologna has a first name… it’s Mechanically Separated Turkey. My bologna has a second name, it’s water.

Oh wait, that’s the ingredient list.

But I’m intrigued. Mechanically separated turkey? That sounds deliciously… gruesome. Do they mechanically separate the turkey while it’s still alive? Because that would be so cool. Kind of like a horcrux in Harry Potter. You could only make one by killing a person. This is the same thing. Except substitute turkey for a person, and instead of a magical object that contains part of your soul, you have a meat product that we feed to children. Otherwise, same thing.

I wonder… maybe bologna does have magical powers… I’ll have to check that out.