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Dream Racing – Ferrari F430 GT

iPhone 4S Wallpaper

I’ve been looking for an Apple-style wallpaper for my iPhone 4S for a while. I couldn’t find anything that both matched the existing UI and was subtle enough to look like it belonged there, so I made my own. Using the standard Apple pattern and a few round-cornered rectangles, I think it turned out good enough to share.

Edit: I’ve also attached the original with no inlays if you’d like to make your own.

 

Paul is 2 years old today

I used to be a cat person… I blame Garfield for this – his snarky wit and ability to own any situation was, in my youth, something I actually looked up to. Then I got fat because I was lazy and ate lasagna all day, so my parents made me start riding my bike to school. One day the neighbor’s dog nipped at my ankle, made contact, and that pretty much was it for me and dogs. When I was old enough to have real actual role models, the cat thing stuck and the thought of befriending a dog never once crossed my mind.

Looking back, I may have missed out on some good times.

The weirdest thing about my conversion to being a dog person is before I met Paul, I already had a dog by proxy of my girlfriend at the time. Lucy was, make no mistake, her dog. If there was confusion about this the cute green collar and occasional pink sweater would hopefully help dispel any doubt.

I needed another man in the house. That’s when I met Paul, or rather, Paul met me I suppose. We rolled into Homestead to the same breeder Lucy was from, and there he was – twice the size of his two sisters, and therefore half the price for double the cuteness.

Sold.

When Paul was old enough to come home he slept on my lap the entire 45 minute drive from Homestead, like we were both at peace together. He’s been everything I forgot a dog could be: friend, follower, psychologist… you name it, he’s been there, and he still loves falling asleep in my lap in the car. It’s pretty adorable.

So today is Paul’s 2nd birthday. We went on extra long walks, he got a new squirrel, and he’s full of his favorite treats. He really is my best friend; something that I probably would have made fun of or brushed off as weird a few years ago. He’s a cool little dude, and everyday I’m thankful and appreciative for the chain of events that brought my little puppy soulmate and I together.

Love you Paultergeist!

Fun with Siri

If you say “Call me %” where % is your name, Siri will say your name instead of just showing it on screen. This works for any phrase and does not need to be in your address book. Siri currently calls me “Captain Awesome.”

Other fun phrases I found:

  • I’m sleepy.
  • I love you Siri.
  • Tell me a story.
  • How old are you?
  • How old am I?
  • Who is on first?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • When is your birthday?
  • I need to go to the bathroom.
  • What the f*ck, Siri.

I thought these were ironic and clever:

  • Can you wash my dishes?
  • Can you clean my room?
  • I’m drunk.
  • I’m bleeding.
  • Where can I buy drugs?
  • I want to go for a walk.
  • What kind of bear is best?

Since Siri is an external service, the chance exists that any response can or will be tweaked in the future. That’s pretty exciting since more and more clever responses can pop up at any time. If you have any good ones, I’d love to see them in the comments!

Switching to UTC

At the tone the time will be (13:05 – 4). BEEP.

Working at Automattic and on several open source projects means I am often working with people from all over the world at any given time of the day or night. As such, we tend to coordinate our lives around UTC. Between traveling, daylight savings, my absent circadian rhythm, and my shorter than average attention span these days (squirrel!) I’m always a bit worried about missing a meeting that’s happening someplace I am not.

I know that right now I am EDT, UTC -4, which will be UTC -5 come winter. Half of my team is on PDT which is UTC -7, which is -3 more than me. At the end of September I’ll be at WordCamp Lisbon which is UTC (GMT +1 DST) and in October I’ll be in Hungary which is CEST (GMT +2 DST).

This is me going cross-eyed.

I’ve had quite a few exciting changes in the past 2 years. I have a dog; I switched over completely to OS-X; I switched to Dvorak; I switched to the Lion backwards-mouse-thing; I moved to a part of the United States I’ve never had aspirations to live in; I survived a hurricane. Since times they are a changin’ I’m switching all of my clocks over to 24 hour UTC time until I memorize what’s going on where.

If you see me around, please don’t ask me what time it is for the next few weeks, because I will literally have no idea.

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Sean Duffy

I found this email to be hilarious. Copy and pasted, bad grammar et all:

Gooday, I am your group regional Instructor for Gooday,I am your group regional Instructor for Ebay Secret Shopper LLC,. Henceforth. We are looking for a secret shopper and your wage is $200 per assignment. Email me back with the Information below then i can send you the procedures on what you will be doing 01 – Full names: (**last Name first): 02 – Home Address(include Zip): 03 – Phone: 04 – Country: 05 – Age: 06 – Occupation: Regards Sean Duffy

Thank you Sean Duffy, but I respectfully pass.

World Wide WordPress 5k – #wwwp5k

This afternoon Paul the puppy and I laced up our retro Nike Shox and took part in the World Wide WordPress 5k. Our goal for today was neither speed nor endurance, but rather to get our butts off the couch on a Sunday afternoon and explore the neighborhood. These are the results, tracked with RunKeeper Pro:

World Wide WordPress 5k Results

World Wide WordPress 5k Results

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Home Office Clean-up

I ordered two of the Twelve South BackPack’s so that I could hide my Mac Mini and the two 1TB drives I have hooked to it. While I was getting everything situated, I zip tied some cables together and took some shots of the rest of the work bench.

As you can see, my battery backup is still a rats nest that I haven’t really figured out what to do with. I tucked the Verizon Fios router in the bottom drawer of my little shelf under my desk, on top of which is an Airport Extreme that is setup so I get great signal on the patio (if the precipitation ever stops.) I think the end result is better than what I had before, but could use additional cable organization. Would love to hear suggestions on how to hide the giant battery backup and organize the power cables.

For anyone that’s curious, most essential software is sync’ed to the MacBook Air either via MobileMe or DropBox, so things like Skype, Colloquy, keychains, and non-sensitive local development files are always in sync between the two computers.

LunaTik – iPod Nano Watchband – Kickstarter

A few months back I jumped on the iPod-Nano-as-a-watch bandwagon, and have been waiting for a suitable watch band ever since. I tried a few and none of them really felt solid enough for daily wear. I even made my own out of a $6 X-Men wristband from Hot Topic, which lasted an hour until I ripped it taking it off.

Then I saw the LunaTik on Kickstarter. I went for the limited anodized red edition, which came with the awesome (but not quite as awesome) TikTok.

I’ve been wearing it for 10 minutes so far, and it’s as awesome and well constructed as it looks. The band feels really strong and comfortable, and the Nano fits exactly perfectly inside it. Unlike the Transformers watches I had when I was like 7 years old that kept falling off in the Wisconsin leaf-piles, there is no way the Nano is coming out of this thing no matter how sweet of a jump I hit.

Great job Scott and everyone at MINIMAL!