boat dreams

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.

thinking of becoming mostly-vegan

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?).

first run with my iPod + Nike Sport Kit

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!):

How to create a minimalistic OS X desktop

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:

Sweet!

how gay

ghey adj. dis­agree­able. This Inter­net slang term devel­oped in the 2000s as a vari­ant of the pejo­ra­tive usage of “gay”. It retains the deri­sive sense while leav­ing out any overt link to the homo­sex­u­al mean­ings of “gay”.

from ghey.com

it

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

software updates: flock and mytunesrss

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.