I finally took the plunge, and installed linux on my mac using Parallels. Look at my sweet new desktop — how sexy is that?
I made a decision this morning to save up for both scuba-diving and sailing lessons. The basic courses, I figure would put me about $1000 in the hole (a feasible amount to save up for, I think).
This decision, along with my desire to ultimately live a minimalistic life, has coalesced this afternoon into serious considerations of living on a sailboat. This has been a fleeting romantic notion before, but after a concrete commitment to learn how to sail, this seems like something actually possible. Invest in a modest but roomy sailboat (maybe something in the $20,000 range?), dump almost everything I own, and dock up, with occasional trips to devil-may-care. I figure I could even drag my cats along (so long as I buy them tiny little lifejackets).
How amazing would that life be? My heart has been — literally — drumming all afternoon with the thought. As utterly crazy as this sounds, I think this is something I really want. The biggest challenge to this plan, I think, would be finding a career/job in a city near the ocean.
Wish me luck.
Primarily due to this woman’s blog Have you ever seen such beautiful food? Apart from the moral reasons for adopting such a lifestyle (which, though compelling, have thus far not overcome my ardent love of cheese), these elegant recipes have appealed to my aesthetic sense, which has, for the bulk of my adult life, been drawn to simplicity. And here you have one of the simplest diets: healthy, uncomplicated, unpretentious and unprocessed food.
So, I’ll try this for a while (though I say “mostly” vegan because any all-or-nothing type of diet will set me up for disaster once I inevitably fall off the wagon). I invested in a rice-cooker and pressure-cooker, and look forward to being that much more healthy (as soon as I stop doing stupid stuff like eating an obscene amount of cashews as a snack. What was I thinking?).
Yesterday I received my iPod+Nike Sport Kit, along with the shoes. Ecstatic, my long-awaited package prompted a newly-inspired effort to run more consistently — so I just took it out for a test run/walk. For my 32 minute run:
- miles: 2.37
- average pace: 13′30″
- calories burned: 285
Here’s the screenshot of my nikeplus.com-synced workout (click for a bigger version). (And see that steep dip at the end? Bastard hills!):
For those of you that like na-da on your desktop (like me), here is how you can tweak OS X so that neither icons, dock, or menubar gets in the way of a squeaky-clean desktop:
- Hide the dock: You can easily do this by adjusting your system settings. Once in system preferences, click on “Dock”, then check “Automatically hide and show the Dock”. There goes your dock! To find it again, just hover your mouse near the bottom of the screen (or side of the screen, if that is where your dock lives), and it will pop up again.
- Hide your icons: I use TinkerTool for this (a nice piece of freeware that lets you tweak all kinds of hidden settings). Once you acquire and run this software, click on “Finder” from the top menu, then check “Disable Desktop Features”. Now your icons are gone. (Unfortunately, your finder keyboard shortcuts are gone, too. This doesn’t bother me so much, so I live with the trade-off.)
- Hide your menubar: Download menufela (from ninjakitten), another piece of freeware whose simple purpose is to hide your menubar. Install and activate it.
Now your desktop should look something like this:
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“Most of my life,” she says,“I’ve been in search of IT. And I thought IT came inside a big box with a bow on top carefully marked and labeled and numbered. I brushed away all the ‘incidental’ discoveries like cobwebs. But now everything counts. Now I search for traces of miracles…and I find them everywhere.”
– Monique Duval
MyTunesRSS: They have just released version 2.0.1 which includes some nice new features (including a browse feature, whose absence I complained about in a previous post). It seems, however, that you are now required to include a password for your server. So, if you want to browse my music collection, you’ll have to enter the following password: kl20f4
Flock: I was very excited about Flock when they first released it, but stopped using it after it proved to be a bit pokey. They have since released a new version (the OS X version is now a universal binary), and it is fast: zippier than Safari, and way faster than Firefox. Flock rocks.
Sexy wallpaper. I would have appreciated a slightly bigger resolution, but I suppose one can’t complain. Click on the picture below for a close-up of the center picture. To download the wallpaper go here.