this is going to sound crazy but I just signed up for a triathlon. No, I didn't come up with this one on my own. Kate and Megan decided a few months ago to do this and encouraged me to get my own team together. Yes, team, it's a relay triathlon so I only have to do one part. It's also whats called a sprint triathlon so my portion the running is only a 5K. I'm pretty sure I can handle that. Although let's be honest I'm probably in the worst shape of my life. The last 4 year I've watched my metabolism start it's slow grind to a more a mature halt. The 9 to 12 hours a day i spend behind a computer hasn't slowed this process. Neither has my long time love affair with burritos. The real stinger in this story is the fact the the other two guys in the relay are effing pro's. The bike portion is being completed by my coworker Graham who commonly goes on a nightly ride of 30m miles around central park. The swimmer on the team is a friend of Megan's that swims 2 miles a day. My only credentials are hacking dell netbooks and having the 3D modeling know how to build a Fiat 500. Not helping.| comment
What's our team name you ask? We will be called The Japanese Danger Duo.... (Duo stands for danger). Yes I understand that there are three of us. No, none of the members on the team are japanese. hence the humor.... trust me on this one. I've been asking Kate what their team name is so far no official name has been chosen. What's their line up? Well Megan will take the first (and what I think may be the most difficult leg) the swim. Kate will be doing the bike portion, and Sarah will most likely lap me on the run.
This weekend the real training begins if it's not raining, and maybe even if it is. I will test myself on a 5K lap around prospect park. I figure if I use this as my bench mark training ground even and outwardly skinny yet increasingly flabby guy like myself can at least have a good showing at this my first triathlon. I've posted a picture of roughly what I may look like on the big day.
so I think this might have gone too far. I'v been all about this netMacNbook mainly because it's flawless. i mean check this out the SD card reader on the side even works. Now, I've only had it for 2 days but I think that buttFUZZ and Kate are wondering what has happened to me. This morning when I opened it up before heading to work I found this little note. Kate's says it's not from her and that's not buttFUZZ's hand writing. The netbook in-fact loves me? Yes, I think so. Alright I'll say it, it's not too soon..... I love you to netMacNbook.| comment
Hello everybody! today I'm typing to you from my new dellnetmacbook. That's right against all my better instincts i went and did it. Some of you may remember a few months ago i posted a link to gizmodo that showed you how to take a Dell 10v netbook and install Mac OSX on it. Essentially turing it into a mini macbook. Believe it or not it works great. Before I Hakintoshed it i turned it on running Windows XP and it was slow and unresponsive. After installing OSX it's like a whole new machine. It runs fast and without problem. Even the little webcam works for ichat, Crazy. So lets break it down cheapest MacBook $999, Dell 10V $300, that's right I win. The idea behind this little guy is to get the blog going again.. let's hope it works for me.| comment
You've probably been wondering what happened to me after my last post back in january. Well I've taken on alittle hobby project. When Kate and i were in italy we saw these cool little old Fiat 500 cars everywhere we went. so I thought I'd take a shot at trying to 3D model one. with most of my experiance being in plastic bottles a car is a whole new challenge. Anyway I'll post my progress as i go. The test render here is from about a week ago and alot of work on the back of the car has been done since.
Lastly, this weekend we went out and finally got Kate a proper keyboard. If you hadn't heard Kate has played piano pretty much her entire life and always used a real and beautiful piano. Keyboards have really come along way. This one sounds great and the keys are weighted and it really feels as if your playing a real piano. next time your by try to get her to play for you she's busy shaking the rust off now.
So I don't know if you heard...... but last week Apple announced it's new nugget of golden magic called the iPad. Is it just me or are we all getting a bit tired of Apple proclaiming how they are yet again "changing the world"? Don't get me wrong I'm a Apple fan but the chosen by god attitude is feeling well worn. Although I feel as if they may be doing it again...... just slower.| comment
After seeing the announcement of the iPad I was initially disappointed and quick to proclaim this device to be the stinker of Apple's long barely tarnished track record. After a day of thinking about how stupid it was.... suddenly it dawned on me, my tiny brain just wasn't thinking future. For the computer industry to continue to grow 2 things had to happen. 1: the computer mouse must die. 2: with the death of the mouse the "desktop" metaphor must also die!!!
These 2 things are really one in the same. With the future being Multi-touch (like the iPhone) the mouse is an out of date tool that is only going to hold technology back. The Desktop Metaphor (which the user never really understood) created the mouse and is also holding back multi-touch. You can't add a touch interface to a system that was designed to be used with a mouse. Thus it makes total sense to make the iPad nothing more than a bigger more powerful iPhone. It's an interface that millions of people have already learned and are comfortable with (which is the biggest issue with creating any kind of software). Over the next few months and years I think we will see the laptop you may be reading this on slowly be replaced by a multi-touch device similar but more powerful than the iPad. With this change we will see the current Operating System and the iPhone OS slowly merge into a entirely new system. Mac OS X and Windows 7 haven't really changed in years. They've gotten prettier and more stable but the innovation in the concept is over. The other major PC makers have ignored the signs in the hopes that just making smaller more mobile versions of the same technology would be the next big thing. The next big thing has been on it's way for a few years and with out slowly educating the consumer how to use this new system it would fail.
I realize that HP has introduced several different touch multi-touch computers but have failed to make a full and compelling transition to a all new interface. Using the multi-touch feature as a novelty rather than a real user interface tool.
So we'll have to see if developers are able to make applications that are compatible with how our hands work. The last 25 years have seen us collectively struggle not only to learn how to use a computer but fight to make a mouse do what would be so easily done if only we could just reach out and touch it.
(I realize this is with out a doubt the nerdiest post I've ever written. I just wanted to put down this idea in writing to see if it comes true. It seems as if it will.)
Hey happy new year everyone........ yes I know I'm a little late to the party on this one, but then again I haven't recived any complaints. I'm writting tonight for two reasons:| comment
1. I'm with COCO!!! I haven't heard Jay Leno say anything funny in years. watching him is like chewing cardboard and staring at a freshly painted white wall. To have the gaul to take the Tonight Show back after moving on is not only embarressing it's disgusting. I cant tell you why this has struck such a nerve with both kate and i but it has. I wanted to take the time to share that dport7.com is officially WITH COCO! Check out the video below of Jimmy Kimmel on Jay's 10 at 10.... Oh man does he let Jay have it. Best part you ask? Jay gets mad..
via The Insider
2. Kate and I got a new couch... Yes I know we already had one but his new one has been a dream for years. why you ask? Because it's a sectional so two people can nap a once. take it from me dreams can come true. come on by and try it out with us.
hey as you know you should make sure and DONATE to HAITI relief.. it's right out of iTunes and completely easy.
Hey everyone, Merry Christmas from the dport7 staff. Kate and I have already been on quite a ride this holiday season. We had a last minute trip rescheduling that put us in Defiance Ohio for some family matters. That only after fighting our way out of NYC after 10 inches of snow fell and our flight was cancelled. After our stay in Defiance and having a quick little Christmas we rushed back to Dayton to fly to Denver CO for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I've included a few shots from the trip so far. A winter morning outside the Diehl compound, Kate's new kitties sweatshirt from the Defiance Christmas, Rocket Cat from the Rybicki compound, and the best Holiday Album possibly ever.| comment
Hey everybody! So The wedding photos are up and your probably in a few of the shots.| comment
Check them out and enjoy!!! We are getting a DVD of everything so soon they will be up on my flickr probably Kate's too so you can enjoy them without passwords.
username: Kate and Paul
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!! The entire dport7 staff hopes you had enough to eat and had fun around the table with whoever you celebrated. We were in Brooklyn this year with our friend BVA. As you may know he is a bit of a food enthusiast so i feel as if we lucked out with his turkey making skills.. Exceptional! Kate got especially into the holiday and made 2 pies (one apple one pumpkin) a killer bowl of mashed potato's with bacon and garlic. A really delightful corn casserole that just flat out surprised me with flavor. Then to top it off her special brie and puff pastry starter... If that's not enough Kate's friend Greta joined us with a thanksgiving favorite making a fantastic green bean casserole. We ate ourselves stupid especially me. I've forgotten how tired all that food makes you. Anyway we had a great time Thanks guys!!! Posted some plate shots below enjoy!| comment
Friday we went to see the Fantastic Mr. Fox!!!!! Yes it was indeed fantastic. It was nice to get a break from the same old holiday movie. It was beautifully done and very funny. It certainly has the usually Wes Anderson touches. He loves for a movie to be set up like a book and this is no exception. Like all of his movies it has a Rolling Stones song. I don't think anyone can denie the magic and charm that comes along with the pain staking process of stop motion animation.If you get a chance go see it. If you don't they'll stop making movies like this and it will be all your fault.... yeah!
So on friday our friend BVA took us to a Knick's game for my birthday. Thanks MAN!... Kate was feeling a little down after a tough day at work so i got her the Knick's magic margarita. I know you can't tell from the iPhone pic but the mug lit up and flashed in a circle pattern... Who ever said money can't buy you happiness never had one of these and was a idiot..| comment
On an completely unrelated note... Hey Meredith Vieira STOP hanging out with the chimp lady!!!!!! Or at least do it on your own time.... Listen, I feel as sorry for that lady as anyone but once is enough!!! I'm not saying you seem to have a weird fascination with it...... but I am!!
I'm 29 today.| comment
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