As Spring descends upon us, we enter the land of the rising Mexican Sun.
Here is a link that might be useful: Link To Part XV of this thread.
Meantime, I was not teasing you! I was showing you what all your new beloved toy you're planning to get can do!
Bbbbbut we can't buy it in Canada Plllog. End of April, then another wait for 3G.
"...you can NEVER unquestionably follow anyone in this world. No politician, no leader of a Church, no employer, Law enforcement agencies, businesses, family member etc. Doing so only leads to possible distortion of reality."
That is an excellent quote for the Solly file.
Whenever these things pop up, they are always based on the personality of the leader. People are drawn to this leader who claims to have the answer to a better (life, investment plan, world or fill in the blank) and it's really only that they have the ability to draw people and influence them to give money.
Your list of things you can take away is good and seems you're not out much in terms of money or time.
Now for some of the other points. Lupus is an autoimmune condition and it's entirely possible to see improvements with changes in lifestyle. The claim may not have been totally made up, but best to do a variety of research on a subject before buying into a similar claim.
You may remember my rather lengthy objections to the idea that lifestyle changes can cure cancer. Cancer takes many forms and there are numerous treatments. The most dramatic are the recent treatments based on genetic research.
Plllog so eloquently pointed out that lifestyle changes can improve chances of beating cancer or any other serious illness. With that though, the real treatment is in modern medicine which trumps ancient ritual in the case of cancer.
Well said, Steff!!
Absolutely about the cancer: Yoga helps the patient tolerate the treatment and might even help the treatment to work, but it doesn't treat the disease directly.
It is a shame about the pad unavailability, but it's coming. Meantime you have a preview. Can't you buy one on your next trip to Wegman's? Or do you need an actual Canadian model for it to work right. In the Journal, they said that the sales weren't as stellar as expected. I wonder if that's the glitz wearing off, if people are waiting for 3G or photo models, or if they're waiting for apps. The Kindle has some advantages in that it's supposed to be easier on the eyes for reading text. Not so much like looking into a light source. But otherwise, an iPad doesn't cost that much more, and will run Kindle as well as everything else.
I think it's a real step toward paperlessness. I want a voice command, blue-tooth headset, blue-tooth print, unit. With a phone and a camera. Until then, no. Don't need it.
Well said Stef!
Say, I've noticed we've all got school Folders now. Soon we'll be doing a high school reunion and singing "Schools Out For The Summer".
We'll let the Voodoo faith healers with their " We Believe" be to themselves. And bring on the miracles of modern science, but no GMO's please.
Plllog- photo models?
BRRRRR;;;;; bbbut it's 4C out there. -1 tonight!
Mother Nature is a Spring Party Pooper.
LOL!! Not pinup girls in bikinis, Solman!! Elevate your mind. I mean an ipad with a built in camera.
You spent too much time in school, Sol. Alice didn't put a "the" in School's Out.
School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces
Guess what I was fondling last night?
Here is a link that might be useful: Fondling
The web site? Or did you actually get one?
Plllog- I was all over it with my hands last night at the Apple Store in Buffalo.
Blazing fast- compared to iPhone. Very, very well built. Dare I say that maybe a little overkill? The resulting penalty being extra weight.
Now as I stood there, echos of your words, Vis-vis portable traveling device, began to emerge when I picked up the iPhone right beside the Pad.
I imagined both while on the go and naturally the iPhone's small and sleek "travel light" had a nicer ring to it--pardon the pun.
1. Respectable cell phone
2. eMail access
3. On demand web access
4. Portability without nuisance
Considering I don't have #1, and 2-4 can be done on iPhone, the Pad seemed doomed. Or I end up with iPad+iPhone and see redundancy.
Yes, the larger device is a better web experience but the purpose of Travel for me is not to sit and surf the Web, which you can do at home, it is to immerse, enjoy, experience, interact. Last night at Chipotle, a girl sitting beside me was so immersed into her iPhone she never even looked at her Burrito while eating! Totally oblivious to the environment. I don't want to become a new gen, self-absorbed phone addict.
Not sure why Jobs left that off. Skype chats need that for the full experience. I have seen teardown of the Pad's insides and yes there's a hole for a Webcam. So, it's coming. Maybe Steve's waiting for one of his Suppliers leading edge cams to be released and weren't ready in time for the Pad's launch.
I went to one of my frequented sites and couldn't see it because of the lack of Flash support. My Macbook no problem. So, that put a question on a "better web experience".
A shame that I can't run my Accounting program on it. And that's really where all the Biz is run from, so for "working" mobile, means I'm back to a macbook.
Maybe it's too big?
In a brief note, DigiTimes reports that Apple appears to planning to launch a smaller version of the iPad as soon as the first quarter of next year, bringing a sub-$400 price tag to a device carrying a display of 5-7 inches.
Apple is reportedly scheduling a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad that is expected to launch as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo.
Kuo, citing talks with upstream component sources, said Apple's smaller-size iPad will be priced below US$400 and will target the highly-portable mobile device market and consumers that focus mainly on reading and do not have a high demand for text input.
Reports of a tablet of that general size have been floating around for some time now, with an analyst claiming in August 2009 that Apple had developed a prototype carrying a 6-inch screen. A subsequent report claimed that Apple might be the cause of a major shortage of 7-inch touchscreens in the supplier market. Finally, in late December, a report surfaced claiming that Apple would be introducing a 7-inch tablet the following month.
While many of these reports indicated that a 6- to 7-inch device could be coming as part of, if not as the entirety of, Apple's tablet launch, the iPad debuted with a larger 9.7-inch screen in line with most other reports. Today's report reveals, however, that rumors of a tablet between that of the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad sizes are not dead and that we may hear more in the future.
iPhone 4.0 is a month from release with rumored likely:
"Another SDK release from Apple means more hints to uncover about their future plans. Today's iPhone OS 4 release was no exception, though the hints it reveals seem to be familiar. The iPad SDK first revealed tons of evidence that Apple had, in fact, been working on support for video conferencing iChat as well as support for a front-facing camera.
While the iPad didn't implement these features, it seems likely that the next iPhone will. A report from John Gruber last week claimed that the next generation iPhone would carry the following features:
- A4-family CPU system-on-a-chip same chip as iPad
- 960x640 double-resolution display
- second front facing camera
- 3rd party multitasking in iPhone 4
3rd party multitasking came true during today's keynote, and SDK 4 evidence continues to contain references to "front facing" cameras.
The above news on the new June iPhone sounds like my ticket.
Any thoughts? Would you want to carry the Pad to Asia if you also had the iPhone? That's another bag etc.
I think the iPhone sounds like your ticket, especially the 4.0. And especially if you don't have to bring along the MacBook.
Re the camera hole in the works for the iPad, it's possible that they're waiting for the better camera, as you say, but Apple are also notorious for charging the market. First no 3G, no camera. Then 3G, no camera. Then 3G, camera. Then 3G, camera, Skype camera. And like that.
If the new iPhone is as you say it might convince me to trade up. Especially since I'll be coming up on replacement in my contract, I think, and I can give my old one to my brother.
The smaller iPad sounds like a good idea. There was a Kindle thread in kitchens--I think it started as a goof meant for another forum, but it had legs. A lot of Kindle people liked the smaller, paperback book, size, that was easier to tote around.
I think the iPad might be good for my folks at home instead of another desktop, but I wouldn't want to be carrying it around.
For on the go 'net access, the iphone is great -- IF you have 3G coverage. It's easy to Google something. If you check a map it'll put a pin in where you are and where your destination is. Great for checking e-mail. A bit slow on things like GW, but okay. There's a lot of scrolling and maneuvering. There are short cut apps for some popular web destinations that have pluses and minuses. I use Yahoo calendar, and the Yahoo app is okay for checking what's on it, but for adding an entry I'd rather use the web page. The Wikipedia app is better, but sometimes it's worth checkig the real page too. The Amazon app is worthwhile, however. I used it when I was cold, and curled up in bed, and was able to find slippers and order them without frustration.
Again, the maneuvering around the web on the iPhone is what takes the real time, though there is a major loading difference between broadband and 3G. Wi-fi should be faster but I'm rarely in a place to use it. If you're using hot spots in public places you should also look into security for your personal information. You should also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off when you're not actively using them. There are some security apps but I don't know how good they are.
The iPad is supposed to be able to run Windows office documents. I don't know if you'd find it would run something compatible with your accounting software or not. The iPhone has at some apps that do the same thing. There are also ways to poke in documents using Wi-Fi.
It sounds like you need to check out the software capabilities of each. Also figure out if there's a way to have web access to some of the functions you might need travelling. Does your company have remote access? You might be able to do it from an iPhone, let alone an iPad. Would something like Mobile Me or one of the other on the road service work with your accounting needs? And security needs?
Plllog-you saved the best for last.
iPhone ---Remote access mobilMe---accounting program on host macbook!
I'll look into that.
I am impressed how Steve has made an iPad version of iWork so you have the equivalent of Office., taiored for Mac, for $10. Wow.
Maybe Quickbooks or someone will want into the iBookstore and create a smaller iPad version.
Well documented on the Apple planned obsolescence cycle. With a one year new model interval, it's tough to wait for the missing feature. Quite remarkable that Apple is able to wait one full year to release a new model and still not lose ground. The iPhone is just so far ahead of the competition. Or as my Apple Specialist put it last night, "still the best phone on the planet."
Check the iTunes store. The iWorks thing is to compete with the 3rd party apps already available for iPhone. I think there's already a Quickbooks compatible. Intuit has an online option you can access with an iPhone app. When you said accounting, I thought you meant the Peachtree kind or something proprietary. I'm sure there's something you can use.
If there's an app you can use without being on the net that would be the best. Something you could bluetooth to a printer if you need to print orders or something.
I think the 3GS has full voice command, but that was a serious flaw in the iPhone. I could make any call with my Jawbone and my old LG. The voice command in the software upgrade on the 3G isn't worth it. It's more dangerous trying to set it up while driving than just dialling. Especially since most of my calls while driving are on my frequent calls list. But then, it also depends on my having the bluetooth on, which I usually don't to conserve battery as well as for security. It works really well with my Garmin, though, and was great when I was on my road trip and my friend called to cancel while I was on the mountain. I could voice answer through the Garmin.
I'm not impressed with the phone calling part of the 3G, bluetooth aside. It's okay. Not great. But as a mobile data platform, it's terrific.
BTW, it's expensive, but you can download a TomTom app, to use your iPhone as a navigation device.
Oh, and there is an app for accepting credit cards, and another for reading bar codes. There are all kinds of mobile business apps. Check it out!
Plllog- Thanks! You're quite the Senorita Technica. Glad you like the boy toys.
Say, I came so close to hitting the jackpot with an App but it was just missing one thing- inventory accounting :( Thanks for the leads.
I emailed the developers and they said they were working on it. The Quickbooks option is slightly doomed since they have not supported a Canadian version for years. We have a different tax structure Federal + Provincial which prevents us from buying the US version.
Stef- Are you still on that Yoga mat? We're getting worried. Or maybe you're tending the new sprouting Garden.
OK Kitchenistas a.k.a Fashionable Kitchen Connoisseurs with fine taste. We've got a little choice to make. I was about to order the Panel door for the Miele but there seems to be two 18 inch Dishwasher options. Integrated and Fully Integrated. Difference being that the Integrated still has the exposed control panel and no handle. Any preferences?
If Fully Integrated, I could get the same matching IKEA wall Oven handle.
Here is a link that might be useful: Hello Miele
I actually prefer seeing the controls if the controls are well designed, but I'm in the minority. Some people want to really hide the DW. I think it still looks like a dishwasher when it's panelled. It's just a prettier color. My old DW (not panelled) had a red light for working and a green light for done, which was a really excellent feature. And there were lights that showed where in the cycle it was. You could see the status from across the room. I really liked that.
It's just a matter of looks, plus where you like your buttons. Choose what you really like.
...what boy toys? I admit to passing interest in cars and baseball, but the latter mostly because of the men who've schooled me in the subject. I don't turn on the game when I'm alone.
Re accounting, maybe they'll have the app upgrade by the time the new iPhone is out. I'm surprised about Quickbooks. It's been a long long time since I used it, and I do think at the time they had a Canada edition. I guess you don't have a big enough population or something. How sad! I'm surprised the accounting part would be that different, but I guess the tax stuff is all integrated now. I mean books are books. Set up journals. For every debit there's a credit. Chose FIFO or LIFO. Etc. I guess I have too simplistic a view, but when it gets more complex, companies usually get a more complex program. I can't even remember the name of the one we use, but it's intense and scary.
I can't even remember the name of the one we use, but it's intense and scary.
LOL!! Plllog that qualifies for your folder. Love the "scary". Is he related to 'creepy" from my former corner?
So, you like the being exposed huh? OK, off to a Miele showroom to grasp the look/s maybe.
THIS JUST IN!!
Talked to Quikbooks online and this could be the ticket! YIPEEEE;;;;;
It's entirely online. Get this, entering sales via iPhone or iPad. All your data is up there somewhere in Cyberspace. They have automatically backed up copies for online access. Yes that means:
1. No computer required
2. Access from anywhere in the world via 3G or Internet
It's too good to be true. Just registered for the trial and we only need to send them our data file to get started.
Only downside, you pay Monthly for the service whereas buying actual software is a one time buy. I guess freedom has a price. Also means you don't need employees to enter daily accounting tasks and you truly have total control even while away.
Plllog- You could have really made the day... year. FIESTA!
Stef- Please get ready to go to your favorite S.A. Mexican Restaurant, we're taking Plllog out for fresh squeezed lime Margaritas. Whoops, she doesn't do acid. Correction Frozen Strawberry.
So far I'm really impressed by the iPad, but will it blend? That is the question.
Here is a link that might be useful: Will It Blend?
Standing in a store and wondering if you're getting the best price?
Yup. There's an App for that.
Red Laser- iPhone commercial
The commercial first features Safari, showing the mobile web browser accessing the iPhone-formatted version of ProductWiki to research various espresso machines before the narrator uses the Messages application to send MMS messages to his wife's sister for opinions on color. After settling on a model, the narrator scans the barcode on the item using RedLaser ($1.99) to run a price check for other stores. Finding another store with a cheaper price, the narrator is linked directly to the Maps application for directions.
Here is a link that might be useful: Red Laser
Pffffttt!! Frozen strawberry margaritas are disgusting!! Tequila doesn't pair well with sweet. I'll take mine by the normal recipe from Rosarito, though blended is fine, and frozen is acceptable. Margaritas are nice! Thanks for the drink. (It's mounds of vinegar I don't like.)
Oh, my!!! Tears are streaming!! That's the funniest danged video I've seen in a coon's age!!
Here I am trying to make Sol productive and he's out researching whether it'll blend!!
I'm so glad the Intuit online service looks like a winner for data collection. It would still be worth having an entry point and look up DB on your iPhone for when you're out of reach of a network, but you can probably figure out a way to do it in a basic text format or something.
Glad you like the Blend test Plllog.
And really glad to hear the disgust for Strawberry. Yyyyyuck indeed. It should be banned to serve as a Margarita.
If/when this Quikbooks thing works, it effectively means I'm free to go abroad without any concern of employees for data and order entry.
My new phone company VONAGE (I LOVE you) sends me an email of all voicemail recording phone messages which I listen to via actual MP3 audio playback.
So, I get the message anywhere in the world via email, enter and invoice the customer's order in iPhone, email it to our local Canadian Distribution Whse, and shazam everything is done. Total control and no compromise in efficiency. It's just as good as if I was in Canada fulfilling the same order.
No longer will I be chained to my jail cell, like a Cave Man. I'm free to roam... in ROME!
Plllog, just think our NEW iPhone 4.0's are being churned out somewhere in China right now, as we speak. Double res screen, front facing camera, blazing fast CPU. Nice. That phone holds the future of my biz, in my palm, literally. See I'm trying to be productive for you :)
I think you're gonna likee likee.
Here is a link that might be useful: Plllog's Gift
Did you mention Fiesta? Fiesta begins this week for two weeks of fun throughout the city.
The most impressive part to me are the dresses for the Royal Court. Twenty six dresses with trains exquisitely stitched and embroidered by hand using high quality materials and old world techniques. They make a completely new set for a different theme each year. Each one is literally jaw dropping.
It's tradition to wear cowboy boots or silly shoes so the crowd yells "shoes, shoes" to get the princesses to show their feet.
You can see one of the dresses in the link below.
Here is a link that might be useful: Fiesta
Sigh. Solman, I tried to like my gift, but it crashed my browser including a picture I'd been working on :(
But I'm really happy for your giddy joy!! See! You shouldn't have pooh-poohed my iPhone so readily! We get to detach you from drudgery. Even if this exact configuration doesn't work, something will! And you'll be free!
Oh, STEFF!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!! How come I didn't know about this until now!! This is wonderful!
LOL!! No wonder your ears perked up when you heard FIESTA.
Wow, looks like this thing is pretty big and fun. Steff we're gonna need you out on the streets for some photos please. I can't wait to see the hoopla.
I haven't been to many Fiesta events lately, but there are a lot of photos and videos out there.
In this video you can see the girls show off their cowboy boots in the parade.
Here's a link to last year's gowns. 2010 photos must not be out yet. I have heard that in 2008 there was a train in the shape of a chandelier. Gowns from previous years are displayed in various venues around town and they are mesmerizing.
Here is a link that might be useful: More photos
I really love these and one is trimmed in ermine. Since there are 100 years of gowns I'll stop here. There are links on the page to info about the gowns and the ladies who make them.
Here is a link that might be useful: 2008 Gowns
Steff, thanks for the links!! The gowns are exquisite!!!
It's too bad the courts are so monocultural, though. The Rose Court in Pasadena has been very mixed for some time, as is the organization. I somehow had the misapprehension that Fiesta was a Mexican cultural thing. Oh, well. My mistake. I guess I was subconsciously influenced by Santa Barbara's Fiesta (officially "Old Spanish Days" but known as "Fiesta Days") which includes all the cultures of early settlement, and has many many participants of Spanish, Mexican and Native American heritage.
Those trains are something else, however! Gorgeous work!
The Fiesta San Antonio Commission is made up of many different organizations and Fiesta touches on all the cultures represented in our area and some that require a real jump in imagination. For example, a Mardi Gras style event to celebrate Cajun culture and New Orleans.
There are a number of organizations with their own royalty and they all participate in the parades so the Hispanic culture is definitely represented. It is somewhat controversial, though. The original Battle of Flowers parade celebrated the victory of Texas over Mexico in 1836. The Order of the Alamo court is decidedly anglo. The other controversy is that the dresses cost in the range of $25,000 each.
One of my favorites is the Rey Feo, the Ugly King or the People's King. He is a successful hispanic business person and raises money for scholarships. He usually works the crowd with Miss Charro, a stunning and accomplished young lady in a fabulous costume who rides horseback in the parades.
During the Order of the Alamo coronation event there's another very popular event called Cornyation which is a total spoof. It's always sold out and the performers are in drag and raise money for gay and lesbian community projects.
So yes, there's room for everyone in Fiesta San Antonio.
Okay, I get it, now! Thanks for the clarifications! Although $25K sounds astounding, to me it seems a reasonable amount for the size and scope of the work. Possibly even a bargain. The dresses seem to be the Fiesta equivalent of a Tounament of Roses float, the very cheapest of which is the same price.
LOL, I have often thought the gowns looked like parade floats on their own.
We may be updating the master bath instead of the kitchen for a while. There's a leak under the shower and any repair would only be temporary. The whole room needs a complete makeover anyway.
Solly, the blend test is funny. I've heard several folks have made that sort of video and can't imagine doing that myself. It's all new to me anyway because we pretty much exited the world of new tech when we retired.
Well, now the yoga mat is under the WII Balance Board so I guess that is pretty techie. The WII keeps track of my progress and I can get a really good workout. Not bad for a LOL! (That doesn't refer to laughing in this context)
Hi all, just popping by to say 'hey'. :)
Solman, my hubby is seriously thinking of the iphone. We've never been mac fans, but he's got a couple of friends who have them, and he's leaning in that direction.
So sorry to read of your recent disappointment. As you say, it's better to find out sooner rather than later. Belief is not necessarily a bad thing ... I think it can be a wonderful thing - provided the thing we're believing in is trustworthy. Scrutiny and testing are always something to be engaged in. ((hugs)) for you.
Any update pics on your kitchen?
plllog - I snuck over and read parts of your thread on the (Sedar?) meal you hosted in your new kitchen. It looks so wonderful! Congrats on seeing the near completion of such a lovely, welcoming, and functional space!!
I think it was you that asked about my bike - It's a Suzuki Boulevard C50T. Not a huge bike, but plenty of power for me. :o)
Steff, thanks for the links on your Fiesta! It looks like such fun!. Those gowns are really something, eh? (Some days I'd love to go back in time when I was young and experience the thrill that playing dress-up used to bring.) I really, really wanna do some traveling once we aren't working folks anymore. I'd love to do a tour of NA and see lots of these kinds of celebrations.
The Calgary 'do' is called the 'Stampede' (link below). I think I've mentioned it here before (please forgive if I'm repeating myself here.) It is a fun time that many folks from all over the world have come to see.
Update on our own renos, we finished the tiling this past weekend in front of the front and patio doors. My DH hopes to get a good start on flooring this coming weekend. I'm tired and *so* very ready to be done with renovating.
Here is a link that might be useful: Calgary Stampede Info
Hey, Missy!!! (waving wildly~~~~~~)
I really detest Macs (though Mindstorm will tell you it's the interface I detest, not the hardware which is good with Unix, or something like that). I love my iPhone. Just beware what it does to your computer. You really do need a computer with a fast USB plug (Apple promoted then abandoned firewire), and an internet connection to get the most out of it, though you might be able to get the bigger apps that don't come over 3G using Wi-Fi without the computer. If you're not using iTunes, however, you have to install crud like Bonjour services that make ghost links and stuff like that. And the interface from Windows to iTunes works best on a a clean bootup. But if you can put up with all that, and have good 3G coverage, it's a great little device! :)
Thanks for remember my question about your bike. I know nothing about the subject, other than having listened to Harley riders, back before it they were "cool" for the non-biker set, arguing the merits of Motto Guzzi vs. Ducati. I think they thought Italian bikes were cool. I know they thought Japanese were uncool. I think your Japanese bike is very cool, though it looks more like a cowgirl bike than a crotch rocket.
We know about the Stampede down here! Or, at least, the rodeo part. I have friends who used to go up for it every year, and one had a buckle. :) What all else goes on besides the rodeo?
Congrats on the tiling!!! And good luck with the flooring.
Is that Missy I just saw zooming by on a Honkin Suzi?
"Although $25K sounds astounding, to me it seems a reasonable amount for the size and scope of the work. Possibly even a bargain."
OMG Stef, did you hear that! Now those are the words of a serious High Maintenance chick. Don't let Amy hear that---please!
Howdy there Missy! Good to hear from you. Renovation does get tiresome but the results are fun and I know you will benefit from the extra light.
Of course we've heard of Calgary Stampede. Growing up in Houston we would hear that our Rodeo was great, "but" Calgary is better. The same thing at Cheyenne Frontier Days when we lived there.
Solman - Just heard the news that Apple plans to delay international release of Ipad because the domestic demand is so high.
ROTFL!!! Solman, those are the words of someone who knows what textile work costs, what the materials cost, etc., and also knows what rose parade floats cost. I probably am a bit high maintenance, but also very realistic.
"I think your Japanese bike is very cool, though it looks more like a cowgirl bike than a crotch rocket.
Plllog-C'mon open up your folder please.
Steff-that Fiesta sounds... complex but very interesting indeed.
I was at a festival in Guerrero, Mexico years ago and there were people literally just throwing fire crackers everywhere. It was the most dangerous festival moments I ever witnessed. One went off on a girl's neck right beside me. I was told many have lost eyes etc. Now that's scary.
ROTL!!! "crotch rocket"
I'm still in hysteria over that one. I mean, I could never have come up with a doosie like that.
It's very Jack Kerouacish.
Must be the Pacific Ocean Air.
Off to solve a math equation... back shortly with the results.
The culture here is complex because each element is distinct and not as blended as we would like. San Antonio was a city in Mexico until the settlers who arrived in the early 19th century from the north decided they would rather be independent of Mexico. They fought a war and became a separate nation in 1836 and then a state in 1845.
The dresses might seem expensive until you learn more details. They are made to couture standards and covered in crystals instead of glass beads. In person they are as finely made as any museum piece I've seen anywhere in the world.
They keep a pretty good watch on Fiesta revelers here. The throwing of firecrackers seems limited to backyards where someone does occasionally lose an eye or appendage and even a house or two. There a special laws that are in effect only during Fiesta that ramp up enforcement of drinking and driving and disorderly conduct, etc.
Stef- Yes I can see they are truly exquisite. I just wanted to tease our Pacific Mermaid. I saw some Museum pieces of the Royal families dresses in London. No doubt those were pricey. I'm also REALLY fond of the Carnival "Outfits" of Brazil ;)
Solly The Scientist. The character formerly known as solman.
OK Stef, hope you're on the Wii doing the Dog Pose as you're reading this.
I was in this special mood today, to mix it up a little while getting physical.
So first thing I did was crack open a box of Creamy Chocolate Fudge Orgain-organic ready to drink meal replacement. Now why on earth would I do something like that? Because I don't have a Kitchen :( No just kidding. I hadn't had lunch yet, wanted to go for a 7km run but didn't have the time to make some pasta etc. to get my calories for the much needed energy. Then I remembered my little find from Wegman's in Buffalo that was tucked behind at the back of the fridge. So, I gulped it down, 11 oz, and noted the calorie count is 255. Then I went to a calorie counter online and figured out how many calories I would burn in 25 minutes = 167 . Not bad so far.
Next experiment, empty my orthotics from my jogging shoes and run without them!
Final experiment. 10 and 1. Last night I was at The Running Room, on the hunt for a new pair of running shoes -Asics? and the girl asked me how long I run for. My answer, the absolute bare minimum for cardio-25 minutes. When I told her that the last 10 minutes are as painful as being slave to the Romans, she said "Have you heard about 10 and 1?" I guess a well known running regiment that lets you relax for one minute after every 10 minutes of running.
So, that was the next experiment. But it gets even better. I thought how can Solly the mad Scientist have his cake-I mean meal replacement-and enjoy it too? I also remembered that "someone" was trying to make me more productive and I'd have to come up with something pretty impressive to make her happy.
So here's what happened. I put on the attire, laced up the naked shoes, set the timer to 0:00 and GO; through the streets, along the canal, and at 10 minutes I suddenly stopped in front of a Grey Building with a red sign that read CIBC. What on earth was I thinking? Bank deposit! I took today's Biz. deposits with me to drop into the ATM and precisely one minute later was back on the run. Coming back home, I could honestly see how the one minute break allowed my body to rest and recharge and I had the Usain Bolt (perhaps a bit of a stretch in analogy here LOL!!) kick all the way to the finish line!
As for the experiments. The stomach felt good. Hard to believe that this oh so cute little white box of liquid could suffice. The feet felt perfect. That was because my shopping yesterday revealed that my existing shoe was a very aggressive "motion control" shoe for people with severe arch problems and who don't have orthotics. I had mild arch problems and orthotics. So putting orthotics in an already aggressive support shoe was serious overkill and ruins flexibility and forefoot toe off. And finally the 2nd leg of the run was a breeze. All of the above great stuff for anyone excited about running.
And that is Solly The Scientist's newly published findings in the Canadian Journal of Medicine, no relation to the New England Journal of Medicine :)
Here is a link that might be useful: Orgain
How does this sound guys?
Welcome to the Art of 10 and 1, a non profit International Foundation dedicated to the enjoyment of Running. Our various projects enable underprivileged children, worldwide, to have the latest running gear, Olympic level coaching, and contribution to nutritional support programs in their communities.
Your Generous $$ support is a "step" in the right direction :)
It sounds like Solman has overcome recent setbacks to get back in gear. A new charity idea even.
We're doing our part down here in SA. The Haitian National Soccer team arrived here today to train for international competition this spring and summer.
I actually did the Dog pose today and the helpful WII trainer kept challenging me to put more weight on my hands. The WII really does help with form and balance.
Stef! That Wii does sound nice. Considering I'm a techno nut maybe I should spring for one.
Plllog- Are you in on this too?
Just think, like an iPhone, we could synch our workouts at 3 different locations across North America. Correction 4, if Missy joins us. We could be known as the "Wiiistas", no relation to Nicaragua's Sandinistas:) And looking at the bigger picture, we can leverage our group buying power for deeper discounts. Well forget that idea. Wii's are price fixed like Oakley's, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and every other desirable thing in life :(
With the special Canadian touch.
Here is a link that might be useful: Present For Stef
Love the website and the product.
Please check out the website. Very well executed business/product.
Reference: Link at bottom - Orgain gives back.
Very nice. Interesting story about the founder.
Of course the WII price is fixed, but it's pretty reasonable if you use it. It's also on ebay for less.
Orgain looks like a good product and a great story. Love those containers. I've been seeing those more and more. I'll have to look for it.
Thanks for the lululemon link. I really like that store, we have one here and they have yoga classes in the store. Did not know about the Canada connection.
Since I work out at home I mostly buy my gear from the clearance rack at TJMaxx.
Well done Stef. TjMaxx and Marshalls are oh so GREAT!!!
"If" you have the patience and are lucky to find what you want, it's a steal.
I picked up some bed sheets at Marshalls on the weekend. 500 thread count Egyptian Cotton- complete set for $39.00. Seemed like a steal. Not that I know the price of sheets, I just demand the best. And I love Egyptian Cotton dress shirts. Whoops did I say high maintenance?
LOL! Solman, I didn't coin the phrase "crotch rocket", but the sentence is mine. You can put that one in the folder.
I've occasionally thought about Wii. I have always hated running, even as a child. Probably the rubbery ligaments that gave me nearly perfect turnout without stretching. But I could (and have) danced all day long. Right now I can't because I have a nerve issue in my foot. What I can't do is "workout" consistently. I can dance. I can do class (dance exercises). But much as I try to work weights and do Pilates I just get too bored. So I was thinking if there were Wii games that are more mentally engaging I might do them. Or maybe ride the stationary while playing something. We'll see.
But, oh, Solly, don't let yourself be taken in by promotional blather. You don't like being taken in. Here's a really good explanation of what thread count. I'm sure your sheets are very nice. Just don't fall for the puffery.
Thanks Plllog. Nice link and very good info.
I had a feeling that the thread count sales pitch was questionable. Last Summer I got a 400 thread count fitted sheet that never really felt that good in comparison to some Sateen sheets of about 300 count I bought 5 years ago. As the article explains, it's the finish, the fibre quality, and yarn size. This precisely explains what I felt:
In a quality product, the incremental comfort value of thread counts over 300 is very little. A 300 thread count can feel far superior to a 1000 thread count.
To top it off, I noticed local Flea Markets with vendors selling "Hotel" brand 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets. I eventually found out from a worker acquaintance that they were also just Chinese fakes of ordinary packaged sheets.
Always buyer beware.
"But much as I try to work weights and do Pilates I just get too bored."
Plllog I think we can all relate to THAT. Weights and running are fairly mind numbing for me too. But a dancer huh? Nice. As in Salsa? That is an AMAZING workout. I have seen unbelievable Cubans, male and female, Salseros and I have always secretly dreamed of being able to move like that. I want to go to one of the famed Salsa schools in Havana one day, soon.
The moral of the story seems to be that fitness through other mediums is enjoyable. Fitness as just a means to an end is quite dull. Unless you're really into it. The dance is very fitness intensive but it is primarily music, movement, rhythm and the fitness is just part of the picture.
Maybe you like my new theory. Purpose based fitness. I've practiced this for years. To escape the "boredom" of exercising, you trick yourself into doing it indirectly. For example, yesterday I was going to the ATM but I had to run 10 minutes to get there and another 10 minutes to get back. At the Mall, I always park at the absolute end of the parking lot and at the wrong end of the mall from where my destination shop is. Now you are doing purpose driven exercise which feels easier since you're accomplishing something else.
The best ever story I have of this is "my best friend's girlfriend". She had a Boyfriend, who was an amazing athlete, and whenever they went out he would always leave first and meet her there. As in put on his running shoes and go-and yes eventually he would arrive at the Mall or restaurant, cinema, etc. Amazing. His name was Ron Brown and yes he was from LA.
Here is a link that might be useful: My Best Friends Girlfriend
Whoops forgot Plllog- but just wanted to say sorry to hear about your poor foot. I hope it wasn't a result of that wild night in San Juan. Like is it serious and can it heal back to normal I hope? To be held back in life from one's passions is such a shame. Your love for dance is wonderful and hopefully not a fading art. I used to tap dance, not quite like Sammy Davis Jr. LOL!!
Stef- I've never been able to figure out why Yoga is so girly. In all my classes, I'm usually the only male, which is not a bad thing :) Ironic considering the world's top Yogi's are always men.
Just thinking out loud here about the yoga. Some of those moves are easier for a woman unless you've been doing them all your life. My sixteen year old nephew can lift his leg over his 6'2" head because he started Karate and Kung Fu as a pre-schooler.
Purpose based fitness is the best. Park away from the door, take the stairs, walk to the bank. Lately I've found I need more workouts too. Never mentioned this, but I had surgery a few months ago and literally could not do anything for six weeks. Then it took a while to resume "normal" activities. You all helped me a lot with all the fun we have here on this thread. The wireless laptop is my nomination for favorite tech invention. I'm doing great so don't worry, but can't seem to get rid of the weight gain that happened when I was off my feet for so long.
I also use an elliptical trainer while watching TV. It is less stress on the body than running but you do need to watch TV or something.
Oh oh, I made a boo boo! The little story was about my "best friend's Sister". Her boyfriend was the Superman from LA.
That song was just so inside me.
Stef- that's really sweet. Thanks for the kind words. It's so nice to have fun with such nice people.
And really happy for you that you're well from the surgery.
Stef- I cut this out just for you. Americas` Darling Sarah Palin is coming to town here. Article:
"Big bucks, You Betcha
Palin sets rules of engagement for Hamilton fundraiser"
No jeans... no cameras... no recording devices...a rumored $100,000 speaking fee.
"No cameras or recording devices either to record possible slip-ups by the former Governor who has sometimes suffered from foot in mouth disease". And no member of the media is allowed to ask direct questions. "If you are in breach you will be removed immediately"
Are they really serious?
Oh well, regardless of all the restrictions, Obama has NOTHING to worry about in 2012.
Sorry- I forgot to read the last line of the article:
She has reportedly raked in $12,000,000 since last July for her speaking engagements and contracts.
What could anyone possibly gain from listening to this ..... ?
I agree, plllog - much more of a cowgirl cruiser than a crotch rocket. :o) I rode a 'sportier' bike for part of my bike course - they would be fun for sure, but I am happy going slower on my cruiser, enjoying the scenery. Way back in the dark ages (in my past life as a biker chick with the Harley crowd) Japanese bikes were considered VERY uncool - now I just don't care lol
((Steff)) so glad your foot's doing better. I've been thinking of getting an eliptical machine, but wasn't sure if they are really that much better than a treadmill. I often watch home decorating shows while 'treading'. It sure helps the time pass better.
Solman, I LOLed at you thinking being the only man in a course isn't a bad thing. My oldest son took a dance course at Univ for the same reason. He figured it was a GREAT way to meet girls. :o)
Thanks for the link to the info on thread count, plllog. That's been confusing me for awhile! :o)
Missy-I forgot to thank you for the nice Hugs;;; Funny, the guy who introduced me to the Art of Living was copied on the same letter as posted here and they absolutely deny any such thing. I received some rather bitter mails thereafter questioning my mental sanity etc. Funny thing is we/you all "perfectly sane" bunch also saw Cult written all over it. So, yes I still do the Yoga part but my wallet is kept sealed and have zero motivation to attend the "activities" since they're all geared to $$ "giving".
LOL!!! on your Son's "dance courses." The question is, was the class a success?
Studio dance, Solman. Ballet, tap, jazz, belly dance, contemporary. And folk for social dancing. I do better if I know where my partner is going. :) I killed my knee a long time ago, and have never really gotten back into dancing shape. Now I put on dance class videos and do them at home when I feel like I'm not challenging myself enough.
I used to walk in the neighborhood. I'd walk to the store or whatever. Seriously injurious to my health. Too much pollen and too much pollution. My doctor called it asthma. I never had asthma before. I used to jump up and down ladders for my work and haul cases of books around. Recently, especially with the restrictions of the kitchen remodel, I've lost a lot of tone. I don't understand the people who think cast iron pots are too heavy. Since I started cooking again, my bigger ones feel heavy, which to me means all the more reason to use them. Weight lifting!
I always get such a hoot listening to you sticks dwellers who think that there's a choice where you park!! Around here, if you find a parking space you take it. The first place you look is the place you've learned there's more likely to be a space. If you want to do three circuits of the mall to get your walking in, no problem, but it has nothing to do with the parking. That's limited by angels and fairies and doled out according to their whims.
Lots of guys do yoga here. Back when I was in studio dance we had a few guys. Guy guys (i.e., not all that arty-dancy) as well as serious dancers. They, of course, knew the secret. They could be grabbing at other men playing football, or they could be in a room full of nearly naked, sweaty, stretching, nubile women, who would like nothing better than to be lifted by their hips or pubic bones. There was a stigma to dance back then, but for the guys who danced the rewards were boundless. Marriages ensued.
So Missy, did your son meet girls? :)
Re Sarah Pallin, I think it's great she can cash in. She got dragged through the muck and it really was a failure on the part of her party to put her in the position she was in as a nominee, so good for her for making the best of it and getting something out of it. I think what she says is generally foolish, but if people want to pay to hear foolishness, it's their dime (or 10K). I wish her a long career as a speaker. And I think it's fine that she got to narrate the TV series about Alaska too. I find her voice irritating, but she's from Alaska, which makes her an alternative choice than some random voice over actor. Just please, keep her out of national office? Baseball would have been so well served if G.W. Bush had been made commissioner.
Solman, you've just found the final proof that it's a cult--the insults from the believers that you're not falling into step, want out, question them, etc. The peer pressure to shut up and just do what you're told, never question, and you're a bad person if you make a different chioice is total cultish. An ordinary religion member would argue with you about your assumptions, give you the "real" story, and ask you to come back more and learn more (without paying anything) so that you could see that they were nothing like the letter you had.
Missy- your son's dance class results has really got us in a heightened state of curiosity. :)
Plllog- that means you must know Alicia Alonso, world renowned Cuban Ballerina. I only know because I was leaving Cuba one day and needed to buy a girl's Gift in the airport and she had a signature Perfume that I ended up buying.
I am familiar with the name, yes. There was also a perfume called Pavlova. My mother always wondered (being that she was still doing my laundry, including leotards, tights, and sweaters) why anyone would want to smell like a ballarina, and would laugh uproariously when the ads came on. And I was more of a tapper. Ballet was just for class technique (ballerinas smell worse, not just from the extended sweating in polyester, but layers of old crushed rosin as well).
BTW, Steff, I'm so glad that being part of our silliness helped your healing (and that you are healing well)! (See Solman--you had healing going on right here!)
Plllog- Does that mean we're all professional healers?
The Art of Healing. (we've got to protect this new product)
A non profit organization dedicated to the betterment of members of the UCMKF. Your generous donation will help the desperately needed renovation projects throughout North America :)
Wait a second, can we turn this into a money making racket? The proceeds will help with Steff's Induction, Missy's new floor (can't wait to see what you pick), my little Miele DW, and well Plllog you've got everything in that sexy tiled space; so maybe just a tub of Vanilla Hagen Daas for you. Correction many a tubettes of Hagen Daaz.
But...I don't even like Hagen Daas!
Anyway, we're not a cult. No scamming people please. Just honest, free (ad supported) fun!
Ooops I almost missed this one. Folder material indeed.
They, of course, knew the secret. They could be grabbing at other men playing football, or they could be in a room full of nearly naked, sweaty, stretching, nubile women, who would like nothing better than to be lifted by their hips or pubic bones. There was a stigma to dance back then, but for the guys who danced the rewards were boundless.
Not to mention, class registration motivation for Solly. Actually I love dancing Bachata, Merengue, and find Salsa a challenge. The latin dances are very sensual. I learned Bachata in the Dominican and pray that I haven't lost it after 5 years of not practicing.
Which is another sore point. Here in TO, there is a vast Latin community BUT all the nightclubs are laden with violence as in stabbings, fighting etc. And that is a channel I don't tune into. Shame really. I love Latin America, but can never understand why the culture is so ridden with violence and the element of danger. I guess it's the Machismo mentality that causes it. Surprising that women accept it. Nevertheless, my mantra comes from my poor fallen idol MJ, "I'm a lover, not a fighter".
The link is from Richie Ortega who was the MJ of Bachata in the Dom. Rep.
Here is a link that might be useful: Bachata
Stef- Sounds like you like dancing too. I guess the Country and Western scene must be really vibrant in Texas huh? Country always sounds so fun.
Missy I know in Alberta, country is also popular right?
, espied in CF Conv., for Solly.
Try that again... Present
ROTL!! Aww thanks Plllog-You're a sweetie and so is that Kitten!
But I'm allergic to cats :(
So am I. The present was the cute vid, not the kitty. That's somebody else's kitty.
Yes Yes. I've been showing it to friends. A serious LOL!!! It's amazing how stimulated the kitten is by the iPad. HOW did you dig that little gem up Plllog?
By the way, in today's paper, iPad introduction in Canada pushed to May 30 due to frenzied Americans demand. Rest of the world must wait even longer.
LOL!! I told you above. It was in the cooking forum.
Re news, could be. Or could be they're not doing as well as they thought and are pouring on the effort for the 3G. ;)
I'm in love with... Ryza!
Not infatuation. It's true love.
Here is a link that might be useful: Ryza
Pratesi "Raso Border Jacquard"
Price $1,499 Queen Set
White woven stripe sheet set with beige striped border
100% Egyptian cotton
760 thread count
Woven with single-ply yarns
Single-ply sheets are woven with long staple cotton fibers for superior levels of quality, durability, and softness; these ultra fine yarns of cotton are silky, soft, and lustrous
Elastic on top and bottom of fitted sheets for proper fit
15in pocket on each fitted sheet will fit up to a 17in mattress
Made in Italy
Here is a link that might be useful: Sweet Dreams
$2,699 per set.
$1,499 was the special price!
I hope Amy has her eyes closed and ears sealed...tight.
:D Yes, but those are the perfect sheets, right? The ones that they handle with gloves and inspect for even infinitesimal flaws? If I had a laundress worthy of those sheets I could be tempted. Of course, if I had such a laundress, their price would be of little consequence. :)
Question: Why drink a fortified drink when you could find something with the nutrients already in? Research shows that vitamins and minerals gained naturally from foods are better utilized by the body than supplements.
Why drink a fortified drink when you could find something with the nutrients already in?
Bbbut Plllog, because I didn't want women's breasts and things all over my body, permanently that is :), and I still need my manhood... you know for those opportune moments!
Here is a link that might be useful: Gender Satisfaction
I forgot to add how all this started. During our Yoga classes, we discussed nutrition. Regarding milk, drinking was not advised for adults especially.
1. Adults have difficulty assimilating milk into our bodies, hence the vast array of "lactose free" milks now available.
2. Milk is full of antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones.-->unless you buy organic and unless you live in Canada where growth hormones are illegal.
3. Milk contains puss/blood. Ewww. Because the milking cows are producing ten times their natural output of milk, their udder bags are stretched beyond reason, and are full of lesions which mean blood/puss in the milk.
4. Drinking milk is unnatural. Man is the only living species on earth that drinks the milk of another creature. Every other living creature only drinks the milk of their own species.
The powerful Dairy Councils have sexy ads saying otherwise. Milk makes you BEAUTIFUL!
So, the teacher then talked about alternatives, the most obvious being SOY. But emphasis was put on but not for men. Men shouldn't be drinking SOY milk she said with a wink and smile. Silly me I didn't ask why, but now I know ;) It makes men impotent and contains female estrogens :(
Interestingly, Ayurveda also recommends against men drinking SOY milk.
And that ladies and gentlemen is how I ended up at Ryza's house.
I remember from my Vegan readings that the absolute most perfect food combination is Rice and Beans. That's Brown rice and beans. This combination is perfect in proteins, amino acids, vitamins, carbohydrates etc.
So courting my new flame Ryza seemed quite logical, whole grain, etc.
Also, in drinking milk, I can only drink Skim. Anything higher in fat gives me phlegm.
Back to darling SOYA.
Ten years ago, I attended a Lecture on SOYA at the University of Toronto. A top notch presentation put on by leading advocates in many areas of nutrition, farming, medicine etc. The purpose was to explain what exactly was happening behind "The Great SOYA Boom" and why people should be aware of what is actually going on and beware of the "healthy soya claims".
Good old Monsanto was planting the "seeds to success", literally, in possibly the most carefully orchestrated creation of a new industry in the history of food. The thing I remembered most from that, today, is that SOYA cannot actually be absorbed by the human body unless it is in the fermented form. Think Soya sauce and Miso.
I found a good article here that outlines a lot of what the Lecture said.
Here is a link that might be useful: The Real Truth Behind SOY
The next iPhone (test model) was accidentally found at a bar near Apple HQ over the weekend. I wonder how THAT guys job is doing this morning.
Anyways, it's beautiful and I will actually pre-order when I can. What I love most is the slight tweak in form factor. As you even said, it was not the greatest in being a phone phone. I never like it's non candy bar form factor. I like long and thin. The new iPhone is slightly taller and slightly narrower. Well done Steve. All the other improvements are pure gravy.
Here is a link that might be useful: Plllog's Early Birthday Gift Teaser
Very cool!!! Excellent birthday present!!
So I get it now on the rice drink. As usual, I'll caution you about believing all that yawping pro and con, but I do get it if you're just looking for a milk substitute. You didn't say that!! Also check out almond milk. But if you want rice and beans, you need to eat rice and beans. Good thing you like all things Mexican!
Never tried fortified rice beverage, but I do have a friend who loves almond milk. That soy article reminds me of so many claims out there. It's possible you don't get the benefit you think, but no harm really. Every company seeks new markets for products.
Nice sheets. Try looking at your local TJX store for good quality sheets. I recently found an excellent quality Italian made, Egyptian cotton sheet set on clearance. They were probably overlooked because they were still expensive relative to other sheets on the rack.
No no Plllog! You can't have have your present yet. You have to wait until June 8 or thereabouts. Ouch;;;; did you hear that? That was Steve whipping the ... out of the worker who left the "test" iPhone 4G in that bar on the weekend. HUGE PR blunder for the most secretive company on earth. I hope "that guy" is dismissed on the spot.
Thanks Stef. The Rice milk by Ryza is REALLY delicious. I should be getting a cut on the free PR! RICE DREAM was the pioneer in rice beverages and most likely is still the market leader but I chose Ryza because it was 100% Brown rice whereas RICE DREAM is mixed Brown and White rice. Funny you mentioned the Almond milk, I had it in my hand last night but put it back. Next time, I promise, and will report back.
I'll check the TJ Maxx tip out if I should be so lucky to score. I just looked at the label of my best 7 year old sheets-Wamsutta Elite- and yes Made In Italy! They were no more than 300 count but still exquisite. It seems Italian and Swiss yarns are, and somehow always will be, the best in the world.
In case there was ANY doubt about the authenticity of the iPhone "catch" this weekend.
Tadumm the WORLD has seen the iPhone before the launch!
I wonder if the Apple employee who lost it is even still alive-poor soul :(
Here is a link that might be useful: Hello iPhone 4G, we LOVE you... even before birth!
The guy who lost the phone is still at work and since it's been a few weeks he probably will keep his job. There's a lot of buzz about the possibility of an intentional leak as marketing ploy.
Is anyone surprised that Apple is working on an update?
Here is a link that might be useful: Apple guy
I see the makings here of a box office Hit for the other Steven.
C'mon Spielberg start scouring the manuscripts.
Steff, I agree that this sounds like a controlled leak. If this report is right, Random Drunk guy insisted that someone who is capable of cracking open an iPhone and knowing what it should look like inside take it (as well as being a guy who wouldn't give it to the bartender for the lost and found, or just drop it by the nearby Apple office.
Actually, the leak is a good thing. It piques interest, sure, but the only thing that hadn't been previously mentioned "publicly" really is the looks. The slightly smaller screen, for instance, which a lot of gamers might not like--especially, what happens to all the old apps? This preps them for what's coming and primes them to anticipate the differences.
In fact, can't you just see them sitting on their hands waiting and waiting for weeks for it to show up on Gizmodo??
John Cox has a less ingenuous take on it.
Oh Oh, our Pacific Dolphin needs tending to.
Plllog- please have your bags packed for the LAX Airport shuttle arriving in 45 minutes.
Stef and I will meet you upon your arrival tomorrow morning.
Here is a link that might be useful: Plllog's Quick Escape
Aww, more rain there. It'll quit soon and then you won't have a drop of rain for five months.
Out here in the sticks we have a nice day. The rain over the weekend washed away the pollen that's been a problem.
The plot thickens on the phone caper. I had wondered why the guy kept the phone without trying the contacts list.
Missy - You probably get a similar workout from the treadmill. I've lately become really bored with home improvement shows and haven't found a good substitute. The Wii is a nice addition to the routine. It's fun for me, but probably would seem too easy for someone more serious about yoga.
You can watch the video and vote.
I chose "much better"
Here is a link that might be useful: Vote
Sigh. I liked the curved back much better. It made it easy to hold. Those sharp sides are going to be nasty. They needed those corners for the extras, I guess. Sigh.
More rain today.
But Steff, you're right about the pollen. It was much easier to breathe during the night last night. :)
Shame one you Plllog. You should've taken the shuttle last night. Present conditions on Koh Kood - Sunny and 35 low 25!
Pssst don't worry about the sides. Actually, I think the lost prototype was just that. Why? Because all current Apple product is seamless unibody. Steve would not allow for seams in design. So the production 4G may be more refined. I agree that the rounded edges are nice BUT present iPhone has poor battery life and it's too WIDE. I said it the day it first appeared in 2007. This one is a nicer, slimmer form factor and will have great battery life. That's all for the good.
I'm not so sure about the "controlled leak" theory. A return Demand letter from Apple Senior Exec, immediate data wipe, all suggest THAT lost phone was pretty important to them. Also, the iPhone is "still the best phone on the planet" (Apple store Employee) so does Apple really need controlled leaks to create buying interest? The whole world will be tuned in on June 8 to see it regardless.
My theory is that the lost phone is a "mule", actual innards and size with a yet to be revealed final production casing.
Solman! I didn't get the invitation until after the plane left, and it takes longer than that for a girl to get ready for a trip to Cambodia!
Good point about the phone...though the leak makes me think the basic case design is set pending blog chatter.
But no to your anti-leak theory. The demand letter proves that the phone really belonged to Apple. Gizmodo said they wouldn't give the phone back without that proof. The lockout/wipe is standard practice when people lose their phones. Remote Wipe is part of MobileMe and sent by the user. You can have it too! Your mule theory makes sense, though.
For the "poor, smelly Backpacker." If they only knew how easy they've got it. SHEESH:;;;
SIGH - Can you imagine if we had this?
Here is a link that might be useful: The Modern Backpacker
What kind of backpacker can afford an iPhone??? That's not some poor, smelly backpacker. That's some rich kid living off Daddy who's reserving his spot at the cool hostels because that's where the hot girls are, not because he needs a break from sleeping on the beach, and a shower.
Plllog that was pretty poetic not to mention dead on.
Say I've got one (actually many) to share but this one's a beauty. On my VERY FIRST backpacking trip I did Greece. Upon arrival at one of the islands, slight problem, NO ACCOMODATION! And there I meet cool Jason from yup, California. We were the cool guys sleeping on the second floor of a construction site, without walls and all. Nice thing was we didn't need an alarm clock because in Greece, the Sun rises at like 5 A.M !
Not quite like that dreamy iPhone ad.
And come to think of it, you discover the best eating places, photo ops etc. en route to looking for Hostels and such, not to mention the local Hotties ;)
No Silly! I've booked you into serious 5 star luxury on Koh Kood so there's no need for "prepping" prior. The Hair, the nails, mud wraps, facials, steam, hot stone, Thai Massage, foot massage for your poor little feet, toes pampering, Sarong, Bikini etc. will all be taken care of when you get there.
You'll completely forget about the nasty digging straps from your second hand backpack in Austria.
[laughs hysterically] I haven't worn a bikini since the '70's. No thanks. Can't stand strangers touching me so all that spa stuff sounds miserable. Just hideous. No wonder I slept past take off time!!
You still get props for offering. I know you thought it was a pleasant, girly thing. I'll take an RV in the Rockies, thanks. We could go see Missy.
[hysterical laughter continues] I'm the same way about spa services. Would not find it relaxing at all.
So looks like our girls are roughies.
Missy-We've rented the RV and were coming to Alberta to visit you.
First stop Moraine Lake - Banff National Park
Here is a link that might be useful: Off To See Missy's Window!
Ladies and Gentlemen we have reached new heights.
The Canadian Dollar is officially worth more than the US- finally! ;;;SIGH.
On your mark
SHOP!---I mean Travel.
Missy- sorry but sudden change of plans. Your country is now too expensive for us folks. So, maybe we WAVE::;;; happily as we pass through Alberta on the way to Alaska!
I'll catch the flying salmon as they leap out of the water! Plllog you can cook them on the Le Cruesets, and Stef we'll leave the table preparation up to you based on your cutie in front of the window at home.
Missy-you can come and visit us for dinner on your honkin Suzi. We'll let the RV Park know we're expecting a Canadian biker chick.
Correction to above:
I'll catch the flying Salmon with my bare hands as they leap out of the water!
Well crap, I was all set to roll out the welcome mat, but alas and alack, I guess y'all are heading North. On the other hand, a road trip sounds fun. :oD
My DH was saying just yesterday we should plan for a longish one this summer. :O)
I'm with ya on the spa thing - never really 'got' it, although a good backrub/massage can be sooooooo wonderful when a person is sore from too much work or play.
On the dance class subject - my son did not meet his GF there, but I do think it helped with his self-confidence level and helped him overcome shyness.
Those sheets look lovely!! Now, I only need to find the spare change lying around haha.
On another note - I think spring is truly here. I took off the flannel sheets and put on the summer sheets (yay). I dug out my clothes line and hung the washing out - love it! There's something so fresh about line dried laundry. :o)
There's a pretty nice RV park in Revelstoke. :) At least there was last time I was up that way. Moraine Lake looks just like your picture, but I'm allergic to Banff, so I'll wait for you in Calgary. :) The salmon sounds interesting, but you better get Steff to cook it. I can eat fish caught that day (otherwise allergic), but haven't a clue how to cook it.
Re catching them, watch the bears. You have to stand in the water and scoop as the go by, flinging them up on the shore.
Wow! Missy, the tides of spring sound lovely!
The voice of the arrival of Spring around here is not the robin redbreast. Nay! It is the voice of Vin Scully calling play by play of the Dodger game on the radio as people work on their cars or in their gardens.
Hmmm. So Plllog, let me get this straight. You want me to get in the mucky, ice cold water, with my spankin new WHITE Brazilian Hawaiana's and Linen Capris, and stand beside some mean, hungry Bear with bad salmon breath?
Then he gives me that look that if I don't scram and get off his turf-fast-I'll be his desert!
I could just see it. Suddenly Missy rolls in, asks you and Stef, where's Solly? Both of you point to the Bear, wide eyed, in there. As in inside his belly :(
So much for Summer Holidays
Correction... Happy Summer Holidays.
GOOD GRIEF!!! Solman, do NOT get in the river with Grizzly B'ars!!!! Just learn to fish from them.
And wear your waders, not your tropicals. have you ever been in the Rockies in the Summer? It's like L.A. in February. Not really white linen area, especially camping. Jeans. Flannels. Waders.
Or forget the bare handed fishing thing--which YOU volunteered for--and just buy some nice fresh caught salmon from the pros.
But, Solly? Those grizzly b'ars? They've never been to a desert. They wouldn't mistake you for a xeriscape. And they'd rather eat salmon in their native habitat.
Oh! Sol! Saw an iPad in use today. Too big and heavy for the woman handling it. Pulling it out of bag, trying to turn it on and pull up the relevant website, etc.
As opposed to when I was in a department store elevator and the three other passengers were doing whatever on their iPhones. One gal had it on top of the the clear vacuform salad box she was taking up to the break room for her lunch, texting, I think. One had bags, etc., but was still navigating. I didn't see what the third was doing. All were in control, and could still hold their other stuff.
Thanks Plllog! Nice 20-20 investigative work. Makes sense. Funny, I mean spooky, how you mentioned it. Last night I was at the Apple Store looking at the Pad again and seemed to walk away from it. As in the thrill has worn off?
My initial impression too- somehow too big and solid and heavyish. See what you did? Then I went over to your little cutie iPhone's-likee likee alot.
Then I went over to the 13" Macbook Pro. Nice.
At the end of those 3, the Pad was #3.
1. Won't take my accounting program *****
2. No Adobe Flash support. Most Internet sites are loaded with Adobe Flash
3. For Travel, the iPhone does it all better and phones and texts.
4. Heavyish and big enough that you need another bag so it's another thing to carry on top of the iPhone.
By the way, the Toronto Star had a huge front page photo article on the iPhone 4G leak. If this was a controlled leak thing, it's certainly getting serious airplay maybe world wide. But I really really like the size form factor. The lost mule has a kind of elegance, more chic, top end Nokia look to it as opposed to a gadget look of past.
Ahah!! You like the Finland thing!
I actually have not been fond of the whole candy bar phone shape. Actually, loved my little Motorola flip phone. Very Star Trek. The current iPhone is also very Star Trek, like a "pad", but not great holding slab to ear. But who does that? No one I know. Some actually use the earphones/mic that comes with it. Most use a bluetooth ear shell. Doesn't matter about the slab thing. The shorter wider shape is easier for small hands to hold, IMO.
Plllog-How's your poor head? Rainy and drizzly and yuck here. Your worst nightmare.
Hope everybody had a nice weekend. I was in a mini funk this weekend.
Lupi in Mexico gave me "the news". With a smile and such good Mexican cheer she said "We reached Mango and Pina!" but we're still trying for your Yellow.
Got Carpenter to drop off all the Kitchen trim- THANK GOD- that was at his place. Lesson #2, never let a Contractor take your work off premises in case of dispute or fallout. I felt almost sick looking at the bad stain job and the thought of stripping it all back to bare wood.
I really have to psyche myself up to get this Kitchen Reno back to the finish line. This Carpenter thing combined with the drywall guy who suddenly disappeared (luckily without pay) seemed to deflate my Kitchen balloon.
Solly's sails need just to be reignited. Even contemplated short exit from Canada to regroup.
P.S. Maybe I should smile after my lucrative Euro currency purchase today at ridiculously low prices. Yayyy!...FINALLY.
Stef-Missy you didn't get eaten by that bad assed Grizzy Bear in our Alaska Trailer Park did you?
A break can be good when things bog down. If your kitchen is functional, focus on something else for a while. Not fun to go through the contractor selection process all over again.
And then there are the tiles. At least they are still working on them and you are on hold with the kitchen.
Saw the ipad on display today at the mall. Very nice, fast, and fun. It looks like a good size for working or reading while in a fixed spot. More portable than a laptop, it would still be kinda heavy in the tote bag.
Thanks for the cheer Stef.
Glad you liked the Pad.
Get this. The USA only demand is so great, the Panel Suppliers LG and newly added Samsung cannot meet current demand, let alone outside of USA demand.
Yes it is beautiful and the IPS screen is downright magnificent. Same screens used on high end EIZO Graphics Monitors for two grand. Hard to believe Steve gives you this for $499. What I admire about Jobs is that he could have done a good enough for now release but he went for the outright home run. A product that is so well built of such high components that it will leave all the me too followers shaking with fright. As usual, the Acers, Googles, HP's, Dell wannabees etc. will enter the competition on price. Not so sure that will work either as it seems like the world already thinks the $499 iPad is a steal.
Here is a link that might be useful: Present For Stef The Picker Upper :)
For our ever clever Cali forn i a girl who never foolishly wastes money on silliness.
This stand is .69 cents at Office Depot. Love that set up huh?
And now you can't say that I try to impress the girls by how much I spend on them :)
Advil. Works wonders. And Claritin for the Springness of it all. Thanks for asking.
Oooh! Solly, I love the little plastic gizmo!!! Thanks!!
And yes, clever is more impressive than expensive.
Though I did see a Bugatti go by on a flatbed the other day and it was very cute. Not a tow type. From a Beverly Hills motor transport company that specializes in toting your Bugatti (or even plebian Rolls Royce) from here to there. I suppose I'd be impressed if someone gave me one of those. (It's worth more than my house, land included.) But, of course, then I'd think he was an idiot, and that I'd be more impressed if he gave me a Chevy and a nice piece of real estate.
Love those photos. I really would love to build cabinets that way. So authentic, but inefficient to use and a lot of lost space. Great tile pattern in the last one.
OMG! love the little treatsie from from LA.
Look at that last one!!!! I seriously love it. Hmm lots of White.
Brown doors under sink. Plllog, We're still painting the screen sink doors and screen White right? I know you won't let me have the Brown beams. Mind you there are 3 heavy wood door frames and a massive window frame all in a little 10x10 foot room.
Pssst. OK haven't given up yet.
Just hired one of my summer Students to strip this coming Saturday.
Oh, thank goodness!! Solly hired a stripper.
The last photo was labelled Mexican-German (as in the influences of the people who's kitchen it is). Hence the white.
The reason for the white doors under the sink was to make them blend with the cabinets, and to leave the original woodwork's integrity. The whole should you go rustic pine thing. If you had actual rustic pine doors and wanted to put them under the sink, it would be fine, but that lattice needs painting. You don't have to do the green if you want to wimp out. :)
Yes, that stripper should cheer your mood a bit!
Are we going to start evaluating other tile options yet?
Hi everyone! Steff, I just popped in here to tell you to check your email inbox. :-)
Hasta luego todo el mundo!
Thanks MV. I sent you a message.
Umm yeah I figured that would be a good lift to make my spirits rise.
Plllog I've heard of unorthodox but that German Mexican Kitchen and putting a Hood over a window and the sink offset to face the wall! What were they smoking?
C'est la vie.
Well my old kitchen had the cooktop under the window. I put a hood over it. What they were thinking was let's vent this sucker!!! I know. Been there.
Why the rest of it is the way it is? It is strange. Might be limitations on where they could put plumbing.
Though I did see a Bugatti go by on a flatbed the other day and it was very cute
So Plllog, I see you've got a little weakness in the knees for sexy wheels huh.
From Top Marques in Monaco last weekend. Thanks to Carl.
The White Alfa Romeo "Competitione" below. I believe has my name on it. Amore Italia!!!
I was just thinking the Subject above should have been "Colorful Italian Sports Cars" instead of Colorful Mexican Kitchens.
Just my 2 cents worth. Mind you, 2 cents wouldn't get you too much in those heart throbbing beauties. I mean the pathetic US Dollar, correction the US Cent, isn't even worth a Euro Penny. LOL!!!! (GULP- neither is the $ CDN)
Oh, very cute, Solman!! I like. Check out the tailpipes on that red one! Molto Bene!! No room for groceries, though.
Rain? I sure have been feeling like it was going to rain. Today was nasty foggy. (May gray to the max.) So the teaser for the news said a big storm is coming, but all the weather service sites say low probability of precipitation, some wind, and beautiful weather. Whom to believe?? My head says rain. G'night.
Oh Silly, will you stop with the groceries thing. We don't do those anymore. That's so LA.
We live in Monaco now! The Laundress, the cook etc. can take care of such foolishness. We'll let them use the Benz to pick those up from Carrefour.
First things first, we need to design the new Mediterranean Kitchen for the new Monaco Apt. Love the ocean view!
It will be waiting upon your arrival to Monaco.
Here is a link that might be useful: Bienvenu a Monaco
Oh! I wondered where we were!! That explains the fog. Ocean View comes with fog. And they just admitted that it's really not going to rain here (that's up north) but my head still hurts.
If we have a laundress can we have the sheets?
Hey Stef- I think the Apt. is like Time Share so you and DH can saunter in whenever Pllog's homesick from her funky new Asian tiles.
Me, I'll NEVER leave. Promise.
Here is a link that might be useful: Steff's Packed And Off
Bienvenu a Monaco
Yes, yes, the Alfa. But what about my Bugatti?
And must it be Monaco? All those tennis players!
Couldn't we do Umbria instead? Or Venezia?
Nice is miserable. If you must be on the côte d'azur, I suppose Monaco will do, but wouldn't it be nicer to be in the Dordogne?
You mean those $2,500 ones, sorry only $1,400 on special?
GASP;;;; OK. You know we live like 2 minutes from the Casino? So, bagging those with a quick game of Poker will be like chicken feed.
Just thought of something. Yes, you can take care of ALL the shopping, please.
I'll be over here when you need me on the iPhone 4G.
(seriously, it is my DREAM to play there one day and almost happened in 2007!)
Here is a link that might be useful: Solly's New Home Away From Home
Oh, that's okay! I don't mind about people playing tennis! It's just all the pros who aren't rich enough to live in Dubai cluttering the place.
I'll do the shopping, but, really, I'm thinking the nice chateau in the Dordogne will look better with the sheets.
A resounding YES!.... please, pretty please.
Oh you need convincing do you? Let me roll up my Canali sleeves and get started.
My best friend Carl lives here. Good reason.
My 3 life desires are all here. Beach. Sun. Ocean. Warmth. Beach. Ocean. Sun. Big Mountain behind beach, 24 hour bullet proof security. Did I mention Ocean? It is the entire Cote D'Azur's best beach. It's actually a designated Marine Park and YES millions of stunning colored fish actually tickle you and egg you on to play. Even my mask gets overwhelmed!
Carrefour- The most stunning Supermarket on the face on the earth.
Our whole country is less than 3 square km's! Think of how toned we'll be walking back and forth.
And don't worry about Venezia or Umbria, we can do those on weekends in the Alfa along with Verona!
And Yes, you can have your Bughatti as the second car.
Here is a link that might be useful: Verona
Did I mention Security?
The entire "Country", every cm, is under careful video watch. Complete with databases of records, license plates, you name it. It is the ONLY place in the entire Cote'D Azur where you can leave your camera/wallet on the beach and even when you return, it WILL be there. I left my camera overnight after a packed Sunday afternoon on the beach!!! REALLY.
Now in the scuz pit a.k.a NICE next door, blink and your belongings are HISTORY!
And now with our new Italian metal, "You Betcha" we need a safe home.
Here is a link that might be useful:
But....Solly!!! I don't want to be surveilled all the time! And those red umbrellas clash with my hair.
I vote for Aquitaine.
Dordonge? Chateau. Now that's truly of Big Thinking.
How on earth will I ever find you in there?
Secret tunnels, cellars, towers, I mean isn't it a little "spacious" for 2?
I guess if we do it after about June 8, when the iPhone 4G is reality, we could always text each other to the Dinner Table or should I say to the Dining Hall?
Stef now there's REALLY no problem with you and DH feeling cramped. I mean you could bring the SA neighbourhood if you really want. Depends how well you like "the neighbours".
We could invite Bono (with generous wine incentive) to play for Plllog's Birthday in The Garden. I hope it at least compares to the one at Versailles
Here is a link that might be useful: The Garden
ROTL!!! But I was thinking of your Louis Vuitton and Hermes Bags. The last thing I need is some street serpent from NICE snatching them off your tanned shoulders.
OK, I'll check Aquitaine in the morning. But you do realize I plunked the 250,000 Euro deposit on the Monaco Apt. don't you?