Sunday, May 30, 2010

PokerSlut Tour XVIII HORSE

Grab your beer, drag your laptop to the backyard, fire up FTP and ride that HORSE!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Retro Camera

I was checking out some vintage looking pictures that a friend has posted on her blog wishing I could do that.  Turns out she was using an app for her iPhone.  Well, as you know, I don't iPhone but I thought the Android App store might having something similar.  That's where I found Retro Camera.

Retro Camera is an Android app that mimics photos taken with one of four different camera types: The Bärbl, Little Orange Box, Xolaroid, or Pinhole Camera.  The effects of each are unique and very attractive.  All but the Bärbl let you choose between color or black and white.

That picture of Bebe on the trail was taken using the Bärbl camera.

I think the Bärbl is my favorite of the four types but not by much.  They all have their appeal.  Here is a test I did with the same subject matter just different changing the camera type.


Little Orange Box - Color

Little Orange Box - Black & White

Xolaroid - Color

Xolaroid - Black & White

Pinhole - Color

Pinhole - Black & White

They each have their own charm and personality.  I'm hoping to catch some moments with my boys this summer using the Retro Camera.  Our upcoming vacation to Oregon should provide me with lots of opportunities to use application.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Big Butt Bike

I finally reached that point in my adulthood where I have to have a Big Butt Bike.  Yes, I HAVE to have a Big Butt Bike.  And I am clearly not the only one.

I hit up the local bike shop and found a plethora (yeah, I said it) of Big Butt Bikes. 

I fell hard for a 2009 Globe 03 that I could have made a good deal on but it was the wrong size for my long chubby legs.   The only other option in the store that I liked was a 2010 Globe 05.  I swear it looked like an Eddie Bauer edition: the frame was a beautiful brownish green while the seat and hand grips were tan.  Ooh la la.

I rode it around the parking lot making sure I tried every gear.  Wearing a black top on a steamy midwestern day was not the best idea.  I was sweating all over myself in no time at all.

I had promised to have our older mountain bike taken in to be tuned up before my oldest son graduated to riding it so I asked the salesman if he could work me a deal on the 05 model while I ran home to get the mountain bike.  I dropped the mountain bike off but the owner was still out so would need to wait longer to find out final pricing on the Big Butt Bike.

The younger son had a clarinet lesson later that afternoon and I would be near enough to drop him off and run back to the bike shop to negotiate the sale in time to pick my son up from his lesson.  In the mean time I was jonesing for that new bike. 

I did cut a deal with the bike shop!  Woooooooooot!  And I got a kickstand and bottle holder thrown in too!  I have dubbed her: Bebe.  Get it? BB!?!? Big Butt???  Sigh, do I have to explain everything to you people?

My goal is to hit the local bike trail with one or both of my sons most days this summer.  We'll see how that works out.  The oldest is thrilled to have graduated to one of the adult bikes.  I still need to adjust the seat on '97's bike for the younger boy.  Once '99 has a bike that actually fits him he will hopefully enjoy riding more than he does now.  Even with all the swimming he does he whines about his legs hurting when he goes on long rides.

If you see me goofing off online just tell me to grab Bebe and hit the trail - my butt sure needs it.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

You've got Mail?

For the first time in many years I have mailed a payment.

I went to the credit union this morning to have a bonded check drawn to pay for my new laptop - I received notice yesterday that my new screaming machine would soon be at the supplier!!!!  Woooohoooo!

I carefully placed the check into the enveloped that I painstakingly addressed to the seller's business.  I drove to the post office - I don't dare trust it to the rural carrier that delivers my home mail. 

As I tossed my business sized envelope into the cart nearly overflowing with mail I started to wonder how it could possibly NOT get lost in that avalanche of mail.  Seriously, I worried for its safety.  I almost grabbed it back in favor of Priority Shipping.

How soon we forget that we used to pay all of our bills this way.  It was a monthly or even weekly ritual for most everybody to send off their mortgage payment, car payment, utility bills - all manner of bills were paid this way.  What fools we were!

Now I have everything drafted automatically from my account.  What a huge relief.  I never have to worry about late fees or a missed payment.  It is all taken care of for me.

Granted, my feelings might be tainted by my wholly unnatural and, some would say, unhealthy desire to have my new laptop AS SOON AS FRIGGIN POSSIBLE, tyvm.  My payment is now in the hands of the USPS.  I'm at the mercy of the government.  I only hope that some poor retched soul doesn't decide to go postal before my payment gets to its destination. 

This has nothing to do with my friend, Not Zerb, getting his machine before me.  Nothing at all.  Nevermind that I placed my order over a month ago.  I patiently waited for all the people ahead of me to get their orders.  He just strolls over to ebay after his current laptop's video card goes belly up, places an order (pays more than me :P) and now all he has to do is wait. 

I sure hope somebody goes all postal with HIS DELIVERY. 

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Sunday, May 02, 2010