Friday, April 28, 2006

Take Off Eh!

Today's weather forecast for Atlanta is the type the Chamber of Commerce (assuming they exist) would like to say happens every day. Today the weather is supposed to be sunny, reaching a high of 77 Fahrenheit. These are the days I hate being in an office.... so I've taken the day off from work.

If there is one positive thing to be said for being unattached it's that I am in complete control of my schedule, no one with whom to coordinate, no one with whom to gain approval. All I do is look in the mirror and ask myself if I want to take a paid day off and if I answer "yes" I do.

But I'm Not Completely Free Of Co-Workers
Tonight I'll take part in the company's annual field trip to a Braves game. It just so happens that the Mets are coming to town tonight and scheduled to pitch are John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez so it could be a great game.

Look for me, I'll be the one in the Mets hat drinking a beer and eating a hot dog (Friday is a Meat Day). Let's Go Mets! Let's Go Meats!

You Lika The Beck, No?
If you are a fan of the musical stylings of Beck and live in the Atlanta area it may be of interest to you to know that tickets for his June 15th show at The Tabernacle go on sale tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 10am. Buy tickets old school -- camp out over night at at Tickemaster outlet and be first in line when the register opens; or go ahead and buy tickets new school and keep hitting refresh on The Man's website around 10am.

btw- I wish someone would have tipped me off to the presale that started yesterday. Unfortunately, those tickets appear to be sold out.

And I'll Make You Holla For A Dolla
"Oh crap, he's following through and posting a picture every day now..."

15 Cent

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - free
Current Music - The Film School cd I bought yesterday. btw- according to Film School's website they will be playing at The EARL on May 30th... presale tickets for this show are already on sale.
Website Of The Day - Want to know if Abe Vigoda is alive? Simply go to his website to check his status. Want to know about other celebrities? Then click on over to Dead or Alive? to find out.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - nothing

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Well, I Was In A Half Decent Mood

And then Firefox on my new installation of WinXP just locked up solid causing me to lose all of my text. Argh!

Was I Running Or Swimming?
With anticipation of my running companions bailing last night because of the rain and poor forecast I waited at George's dressed in my non-running clothes, and then Sarah arrived. Sarah wouldn't even think about not running, even if there was a tornado outside (okay, I could be exaggerating here).

Sarah, John, and I suffered through nearly six miles of humidity running a modified version of our 17th Street bridge run. When I made it back to George's it felt more like I had gone swimming instead of running.

And Along The Way
The three of us witnessed an all-to-common auto/biker verbal confrontation about sharing the roads and associated laws. I was going to do some research on pedestrian / cycling laws, but when I try to go to "" I am greeted with a "host not found" error.

Has the state run out of money and can no longer host a site?

Anyone know a better site to find out this information?

Is It Just Me Or Has The Amazing Race Become Boring?
Don't get me wrong, last night I moved MoJo into the "I hate them" category but by and large I am starting to get a real blase (sp. because I am too lazy to look up the accented e html code) attitude toward this season's The Amazing Race. The remaining four teams could all get lost at sea and I am not sure that I would much care. Maybe it's just my current mood...

Proof That I Occasionally Make It OTP
There was this one time back in 2003 that I left my beloved land of ITP and took this picture.

The Big Chicken

As I take more photos this space will routinely show off my talents. Hey, it's my blog cut me some slack.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - cranky
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians -- "So You Think You're In Love" (if you've been reading you know that I am not, or at best I have unreciprocated love)
Website Of The Day - This one goes out to my friends Stacy and Phil with whom I will be watching Survivor tonight... [WARNING: turn down your sound] MooTube (my cow!).

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - ~6 miles of running in last night's soup

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I Need A Vacation

I need a vacation, in part from my life and in part from my city.

Giving Props To Big Orange
The other day whilst shopping in the Home Depot on Ponce I noticed something different. While walking down an aisle I saw a woman writing something onto a board and handing to an employee. After a gesture or two she seemed satisified and walked away (I would have followed but that would be stalking now, wouldn't it) and I walked past the employee. On the employee's apron were affixed the letters DEAF, in those reflective stickers people put on their mailboxes. Oddly, if I had not already purchased reflective tape at the bike store earlier that day I would had been looking for those stickers so that I could cut them up and affix them to my new bike helmet. Not needing to ask him a question I walked past with a slight smile which was quickly returned with a nod.

I think the next time I'm in need of assistance in that Home Depot I'll go on a little journey to see if he is working.

Spring Cleaning, Part I
Last night instead of getting out and exercising I took a night to do nothing but take care of tasks around the house. One of the tasks accomplished was pulling some photos off a old hard drive so that they are not lost forever. Keeping with my current idea of posting some of my shots, here are some of the gems from 2003 that I recovered.

The Bridge To Nowhere

Keep Your Eye On The Finger

It's Hammer Time

Sorry that I didn't have the time or skills to align these all pretty-like.

NPR: Your New Music Station!!!
When I was growing up National Public Radio (and PBS Televsion for that matter) was either "shit for old folks" or educational. Somewhere along the way NPR got hip (perhaps it is run by GRUPS now?). Now that NPR is putting out some podcasts (remember, I rarely listen to the radio), I am finding this out.

Yesterday I subscribed to the "All Songs Considered" podcast. Recent "All Songs Considered" podcasts have had music from Elf Power, Neko Case, Morrissey, Calexico, and Jack White's Raconteurs to name a few. Music for the hip, and not for those who fear breaking one...

This May Come As A Surprise
There is something cool happening in East Atlanta about which I had no clue. Furthermore, it has something to do with one of my favorite hobbies drinking biking.

The other day over at the Drive A Faster Car blog Tessa (who ironically doesn't even own a car) posted that she was unfortunately was a party to a car/bike incident. In her post, she mentioned SOPO Bikes, a bike co-op located right in my own backyard (not literally in my backyard because that would be silly, I thing I would notice people in my backyard). Perhaps if I stepped away from the bar(s) ocassionally and walked the Village I would know these things.

I ride. I live in East Atlanta. I am ready to step forward and contribute. Stay tuned.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - looking for love in all the wrong places or ready to give up, put the bike on the top of the car and drive somewhere far, far away.
Current Music - NPR's "All Songs Considered" podcast from 13-April-2006
Website Of The Day - Once I figure out where I am going I will start studying the Art and Science of Travelling Light at One Bag.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - none, arrrrgh to me!!!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pissing In The Wind

There are days when I feel that phrase best describes my life. Days when a good deed goes for naught. Days when you notice that one of the lightbulbs outside your house you replaced just five days ago because the ones you put in three weeks ago were so bright they probably keep you neighbor awake, has already burned out.

Another From The Collection Of Paulie [eatl/ga]
What I was really looking for when taking pictures last weekend was something that had "In Case Of Emergency Break Glass" written on it. This is the closest thing that I could find...

I really like this shot and if I had aimed a smidgeon to the left I would love this shot.

Spirits To Raise My Mood
My Taco Mac Passport list is growing. If you look to the bottom of the right hand galley you'll see that last night I reached beer number twenty-two!

In other Taco Mac related news Meet The Hashers once again finished second. However, thanks to an accumulation of $80 in house cash from previous efforts my meal (a basket of fries) and two beers wound up costing me a mere $2.64. Who says that useless knowlege is worth nothing?

Music To Raise My Spirits
Tuesday, how far from Friday you reside but I still love you because you promise me new music. Today's offerings have quite a few that interest me as well.

Last week I mentioned picking up an advanced copy of The Rakes' "Capture/Release" cd. I enjoy it very much, and if you are a fan of stripped-down older-school rock/punk so will you.

A lot of the kids today are listening to The Streets. Frankly, I don't really get them; to me each song (of those I've heard on the radio) sounds like the previous one. Whether I like them or not The Streets have a new release called "The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living."

The Secret Machines have a new release today that I know nothing about.

Bruce Springsteen releases album number seven hundred and nineteen today and it's called "We Shall Overcome -- The Seeger Sessions." I'm not sure if this refers to Bob Seeger or Pete Seeger and it doesn't make much difference to me because I haven't been a big Boss fan since "The River."

For my money I'm going with a band (once?) associated with the Elephant 6 Recording Company (and as a side note if you dig info about Elephant 6 you should be reading Optical Atlas) -- Elf Power.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - useless
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Belle & Sebastian -- "Another Sunny Day" (Sirius is trying to make me happy whether I want it or not!)
Website Of The Day - Every day is a Punny Day at Bad Puns.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - none

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Monday, April 24, 2006

It's Gone, It's Atta Here

And now I wish I had actually changed blogging software this weekend. I've been trying to get this post up for over two hours...

I Was Captured By Robots!!!
On Friday night I went to The EARL to see Captured! By Robots with my friends Stacy and Phil. Oddly (at least to me) this was their virgin voyage to The EARL.

I have to say that I had a really fun time. Captured! By Robots is an act which must be seen to be believed. Their (his) music, which consisted mostly of 80s cover songs, left a little to be desired, but the visual was well worth it. I'd have pictures to share if I fought my way closer to the stage.

By night's end I was, um trashed. I realized this the next day when I woke up on the bed in my guest bedroom. I have never slept in my guest bedroom before. Additionally the lights in my master bedroom and bathroom were on so I must have walked through them in order to get to the guest bedroom. Good Times. Good Times.

However I Was Not A Fir-Ju Welled Or Luceroed
I was planning to go to Lenny's on Saturday night to see A Fir-Ju Well, and back to The Earl to see Lucero in Sunday night. However on both ocassions I was too pooped to go out. Rats!

Cargone Magazine?
The Magazine Death Pool blog is reporting that Cargo magazine has called it quits.

You may not be able to tell from my appearance, but I was a dedicated reader of Cargo. For the unititiated Cargo was one of those Maxim-like magazines which highlighted what the upcoming trends in fashion and electronics are.

Sometimes Taking Pictures Can Be Educational
I learned something this weekend. According to the Marta employee who flagged me down it is illegal to take pictures inside a Marta station. It's something to do with 9/11, terrorism, the fact that we should no longer have civil liberties, and Big Brother.

Although this really doesn't bother me too much because there is not a whole shitload to snap inside Marta stations I was disappointed that I could not take a picture of the architectual details inside the Five Points station. Luckily I got an unexpected shot on the escalator I was taking to get to the place I wanted to shoot. Here it is; because I didn't update my blogging software this weekend you should click it for a better view.

Going Up!

Pretty cool if I do say so myself.

Patio A Go-Go
Leaving the Inman Park Marta Station on Saturday I noticed that The Patio has once again gone out of business. This is too bad because I really liked their pizza and always thought that it was a great place to take a date (back in the Olden Days when I had those).

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - merely bothered
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Of Montreal -- "Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Game"
Website Of The Day - Are you into trendwatching? Trendwatching is an entire website dedicated to identifying emerging consumer trends.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - biking, 50 miles on Sunday

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Friday, April 21, 2006

Flashing Friday

Don't worry, today's music won't be "Jumpin' Jack Flash", today's website will not be and I promise that there will be no nude pictures of me nor flashing text.

Flash Back
I first considered moving to Atlanta some time in 1993/1994. It was Atlanta, GA or Austin, TX where ever I found a job first. Back in those days we computer geeks communicated used the technologies of the times -- email and USENET (anybody remember USENET?).

It was through a USENET group that I inquired about Atlanta bars, music venues and bands. It was through USENET that I was informed about the LaBrea Stompers. (somewhere on a 3 1/2" floppy I probably have a copy of that posting). When I moved to Atlanta in January of 1995 I kept an eye on the Creative Loafing looking for LaBrea Stompers show. Sadly, I came to the conclusion that the LaBrea Stompers had already ceased to exist by that time.

With time to kill yesterday I visited a local Goodwill store and much to my surprise I found this

The disc is in very bad shape (but I successfully ripped it to mp3s last night) and cost my a whopping $2.75.

So after twelve years of hearing a name of a band recommended to me I am now able to listen to them. My conclusion? Not bad, definitely influenced by David Barbe (who produced and engineered the disc), which is a good thing in my book; it was well worth the $2.75 gamble.

Flash Forward
Tonight I'll be back at one of my favorite haunts, The EARL to see Captured! By Robots. I have no idea exactly what I am in for tonight. I, or should I say PodBop, downloaded a couple of songs from Captured! By Robots the other night but I've not found the time to listen to them. Sometimes I think it's better off to be completely surprised.

Flash In The Pan
Also purchased from Goodwill yesterday was a book called "Vegetarian Pasta." And you thought I was bullshitting about that vegetarian thing especially because I ate meat yesterday, didn't you?

Is it just me or does anyone else believe that producing a cookbook that contains no (color) pictures is a really dumb idea? Of course you now know that "Vegetarian Pasta" has loads of pictures that make each dish look delicious (but not Starting this Sunday I am going to try something that I have never done before, making each entree in the book in the order that it appears in the book. Yes, I am crazy enough to try and do it...

Flash Envy
Since jumping into the Nikon D50 digital SLR world back in January I have been accessorizing (pretty hard for a straight man to do I might add). I've got a telephoto lens on order, and have been trying to decide if my next purchase will be one of these

The cost is ridiculous, but can be justified that it is an awesome shoe-mounted flash that can be used off-camera through the use of a cable, and can participate function as a master or slave flash for those advanced photos that I will probably never take.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - even more frustrated
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Sebadoh -- "Ocean"
Website Of The Day - Ooops, I left this out in the first revision. Go play with some pretty colors with the Colr Pickr.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - nothing

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cross Town Traffic

A (Not So) Funny Thing Happened On My Way To George's
Traffic Near Perimeter Mall. Fucking. Sucked!!!! The thought of spending sixty to ninety minutes getting aggravated behind the wheel of my car seemed obsurd. The solution? Turn the car around and go to Target and Taco Mac to wait out the traffic. Oh sure I could have changed into my running clothes and gone for a run up near work (which is what I should have done) but making three more advances toward my passport seemed like more fun.

Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Seems to be a constant theme recently. I'm just saying. I hope that it changes real soon. I'm just saying.

And You Thought I Was Joking, Part I
"Why don't you register ''?" It was a drunken suggestion to me at the last APWBWGTTD when Brian (aka Bobafred) gave me a name tag with "EATL" written on it.

Yesterday I decided to test the GoDaddy waters by registering for the next three years. GoDaddy's registration fee is cheap and a little googling will reap a slew of discount codes.

Secretly I am also testing GoDaddy's service for future endeavors.

And You Thought I Was Joking, Part II
With any luck I'll be starting to get my shit together for a Word Press conversion this weekend. All the cool kids are doing it and I'm nothing if not envious of the cool kids.

Speaking Of The Cool Kids
The newest cool kid on the block (holy shit, she converted to Word Press yesterday and her site looks fucking awesome!) posted a link to what could be a fantastic new service called LaLa. LaLa is a cd trading service on which you post the cds you are willing to part with and list the ones you are seeking. Users will mail cds to one another for a $1 fee (and believe it or not $0.20 of that dollar goes to the artist). Sounds pretty cool to me.

Unfortunately the site is currently in private beta, but if I can figure out how to do an invite I'll post here.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - frustrated
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Gomez -- "How We Operate"
Website Of The Day - Yet another music-related site, Music Strands. Seriously, I never get tired about finding new music / music recommendation services.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - nothing, thwarted by traffic and lack of gumption

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Beer Is A Vegetable

It must be, because I know vegetarians who drink it...

The Return Of The 5/7ths Vegetarian
As I struggled to run last night it became abundantly clear that my current weight-loss plans were inadequate. From now until I weigh under 195 pounds I am reimplementing my 5/7ths vegetarian status.

What is a 5/7ths vegetarian you ask? Well in my world a 5/7ths vegetarian is a person who eats only vegetarian food five of the seven days of the week (for me it will most likely be Sunday through Thursday) and can eat meat on the other two days if they wish.

Hogwash you say? Perhaps for you, but not for me. Newer readers of this space might not have read my previous posts which mentioned that at one time I was a man of 245 pounds (a 42" waist for those of you playing at home) and it was this eating regiment (it's not a diet mind you) combined with a work out routine allowed me to drop over sixty pounds. For a decade I was able to manage my weight successfully, but an injury a few years ago combined with a lowered self-esteem brought about the eating and slacking patterns that have gotten me where I am today.

Abundantly Musical
Yesterday I was like a kid in a candy store (candy is vegetarian, right?) while I perused the used cd selections at Decatur CD. One of the benefits of going to a used cd store is that sometimes you see promo / advance cds in the bin and yesterday was no exception.

For a mere $6 each I bought promo cds from The Rakes ("All Too Human") and Grandaddy ("Just Like The Fambly Cat"). Also in the used bin I found The Flaming Lips' "At War With The Mystics" and We Are Scientists' "With Love And Squalor." Yippee!!!

As an further unpaid endorsement for Decatur CD they are having a used cd sale from Thursday (4/20) to Sunday (4/23) during which all used cds $8 and up will be 25% off. Aw fuck, why wait, go today!

It's a busy day for me today, so that is all I can give ya...

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - meh
Current Music - listening to Leo Laporte's "KFI the Tech Guy" podcast
Website Of The Day - I'll be trolling around the VegWeb for a while to reacquaint myself with vegetarian recipes.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - running and walking, 6 miles

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I'm On The Edge And Ready To Leap

Back To The Mac For Trivia And Passport Progression
Last night I made it past my thirteenth beer toward obtaining my Taco Mac Passport. By consuming beer number thirteen I was rewarded with a t-shirt.

Now that my Monday night photography class has ended I was free to return to Meet The Hashers for Team Trivia at Taco Mac. My speciality has always been sports so I was a little more than disappointed when I missed two of the three sports questions asked last evening (Janet Evans? How could I forget Janet Evans?). My lack of knowledge dragged us down to a second-place finish which was good for $30 in bar cash. Meh!

Sticking To 'The Man'
Last night before trivia I got a wee little bit of sweet revenge upon The Man. The other night I noticed that Gomez is scheduled to play the Variety Playhouse on May 4th. I was puzzled why I hadn't noticed this when I was looking through the ticket offerings on their website on Friday. It turns out that pre-sale for Variety's website is closed, at least according to the person I spoke with at the phone number shown on their website. I thought that I would succumb to buying a ticket from The Man, where the cost of the show would be $22.50 (ticket), $6.50ish (convenience charge), $3.50ish (processing fee) for a total of about $33.50. Feeling reamed I decided that it might be worth my while to visit Variety's box office before lining the fat pockets of The Man. I am so glad that I did! By visiting the box office (which is not far from my normal travel path) I saved $9.00; my cost was $22.50 (ticket), $1.00 (processing fee because I paid using a credit card).

Score one for Paulie!

Okay Word Pressers...
I am looking to take off the training wheels and make the leap from Blogger to something else, most likely Word Press. Two questions
  • What will I gain by making the leap?
  • Who is hosting your site and why did you choose them?
The more replies I get, the faster I will get off my arse to take action.

CD Pick Of The Week
It's Tuesday, that must mean it's time for me to pick a new release as my CD Pick of the Week.

Let's see... Okay there it is.... This week's pick goes to the Drive By Truckers and their release of "A Blessing and a Curse."

As a person who grew up despising "Southern Rock" thanks Lynyrd Skynyrd (or was it .38 Special?) it took me a long time to come around to enjoying the genre. Every once in awhile I'd dip my toes back into the alt-country / southern rock waters; there was Lone Justice in the 80's, and then Jason and the Scorchers in the 80's and 90's. For the naughts I have taken to Drive By Truckers. If you are not a fan of the Truckers I suggest that you see them live before you come to your final conclusion.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - unsure
Current Music - listening to Adam Curry's "Daily Source Code" podcast
Website Of The Day - Who knew that a browser would become so popular that people would make movies about it? Check our user-submitted videos which espouse the virtues of Firefox at Firefox Flicks.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - nothing

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Monday, April 17, 2006

I Made It!!!

I made it through Lent. And here I thought that it would be hard to go forty days without having sex with other partners, but I made it. Over the last six weeks everytime somebody told me "Go fuck yourself", I'd think "Okay, at least I didn't give that up for Lent".

Today's "Word of the Day" is "choler." According to the definition it means "anger." WTF? This is a situation where I think we could trim the English language a bit. We already have a word that means "anger", and that word is "anger." "Choler" is now redunant and therefore should be stricken from the language. You'd rather keep "choler?" Okay, then lets get rid of "anger."

Seating For One
On Saturday night I damned the torpedoes and went to see the play "Permanent Collection" at the Horizon Theatre solo.

If you enjoy drama, especially those with racial tensions, then I highly recommend the play (which closes April 30th I believe). It's a story of a small privately-owned art gallery which hires an African American director upon the death of the art collection's owner. The tension builds when the new director attempts to change part of the permanent collection against the directive of the will, and wishes of a long-term employee of the gallery. I won't spoil the whole play here, instead I will instruct you to go and support local theater, even if you have to do it all by your lonesome.

Gone And Soon To Be Forgotten
An Atlanta institution closed over the weekend. The Varsity? Nope. Mary Mac's Tea Room? Nope. It was the The Home Store Futon Gallery in Little 5 Points. Oh sure, that might not mean much to you but it has been a constant companion (albeit in two locations) in Little 5 Points during my eleven year residency in Atlanta. When The Point closed, the futon place was there. When Bridgetown Grill closed, the futon place was there. I never thought that Atlanta would turn their collective nose up to futons, but I guess that I was wrong.

How I'd Like To Be Remembered, Part 1
I've received my commissioned caricature in email the other day. Here it is. What do you think?

Yeah, I know that it's no longer accurate since it is of bearded Paulie, but I think that it's kinda cool.

Turning Water Into Wine? No, Turning Running Into Walking
There are days that I am relieved when push myself to go running even when I don't feel like doing it. Then there are days like yesterday. With the warmer weather I planned to do a lot of exercise. On Saturday I allowed myself avoid running or biking and substitute yardwork in its place. On Sunday I convinced myself that a morning run would do me good. With water bottle in hand I headed out for what was to be a five to seven mile jaunt. After five minutes I knew that this effort would be less than fruitful, but I pushed on. After twelve minutes my legs were bitching, my chest was pounding, and my mind shut it all off. While I did manage to walk a total of four miles, had I known that my attempt at running was going to be so shitty I would have traded the water bottle in for my camera and done a photo stroll instead.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - cholery, yes I made it up.
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Of Montreal -- "Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Game"
Website Of The Day - Found Magazine is a cool site which posts images and stories about the things that they find.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - walking, 4 miles on Sunday

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Friday, April 14, 2006

Based On A True Story

Yup, I'm A Grup
My friend Stacey sent me a link to an article from New Yorker magazine which talks about Grups (a contraction of "Grown Ups"). Tell me if this sounds like anyone you (may or may not) know
It is a story about 40-year-old men and women who look, talk, act, and dress like people who are 22 years old. It’s not about a fad but about a phenomenon that looks to be permanent. It’s about the hedge-fund guy in Park Slope with the chunky square glasses, brown rock T-shirt, slight paunch, expensive jeans, Puma sneakers, and shoulder-slung messenger bag, with two kids squirming over his lap like itchy chimps at the Tea Lounge on Sunday morning.
I think I see someone like this, minus the "expensive" part of the jeans and children, every day I look in the mirror.

And Me Without My Camera
After last night's Thrashers game I headed out to meet up with the Atlanta Bloggers. It was nearly 10pm, but there was still a core of "cool kids", and a couple of non-blogging types, hanging out and drinking. Our corner of 97 Estoria was like a paparazzi convention and I forgot to bring either of the two cameras I own. If you want to see pictures of at least a part of last night's festivities, click thy mouse on this (link provided by stolen from Dave of the Daily Dose of Dave blog)

Would You Give Up Your Cell Phone Number For $300?
This is my newest dilemma. With a handful of months left on my current Sprint contract I am currently thinking about jumping ship to Cingular. If I do I might also make the Blackberry plunge by getting this beauty, the 8700c.

If I switch through a Cingular store the phone will cost me $300+tax (with a two-year contract). However, if I switch through Amazon I can get the same phone for free (with a comparable contract), but I believe that I have to give up my current cell number.

I hate changing cell numbers. It's not like I have a bevy of contacts (oh the self-deprication, when will it stop?!) but it is still a royal pain in the ass to get the message out when my number changes.

From The Fingers Of Bob Mould
A few weeks ago I blogged about seeing Bob Mould twice. Yesterday I surfed over to Bob's Blog to read it. While there I saw (a subsequently stole) this section of his April 3rd entry about his recent tour.
Wednesday and Thursday, Atlanta. Eddie's Attic is a great music room, lots of history, an attentive crew, and two packed shows. Thursday night, my voice gave out, a combination of strain and allergies. I managed to get through the show, but it was a tough one. I was able to visit some long time friends while in Atlanta. I almost moved to Atlanta three times, so I'm very familiar with the town. Visited two usual stops: Outwrite Books and Ansley Mall. To get to the gym at the (predominantly gay) mall, you walk by Starbucks. Think that combination draws a crowd?
I find it amusing to other people's impressions of our city or neighborhoods.

Making A Case For Live Music
On Good Friday it's back to the Variety Playhouse to see Neko Case. I've yet to purchase her new cd so I probably won't know most of the songs she performs tonight, but that's okay since she is rather easy on the eyes, her voice is spectacular, and it's a night out with friends. What more could a Grup ask for? Well, one thing springs to mind immediately, but I gave that up for Lent.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - been caught stealin'
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The New Pornographers -- "Sing Me Spanish Techno"
Website Of The Day - Let's try tying the knot in a different way today. Ian's Shoelace Site has an astonishing amount (sixteen to be exact) of ways to tie your shoelaces.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - none

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Cat Gut Your Tongue?

It's been very quiet in the comment section recently. Is everything okay? :)

Want To See My 7"?
My what a dirty mind you have!

After completing my day at the Career Fair I swung by Criminal Records to pick up the new Built To Spill cd. On Tuesday Criminal sent out their weekly email and announced that they were giving away limited number of Built To Spill 7" records with the purchase of the new cd. According to the guy behind the counter I received the last of the records. Whew! Timing is everything. Now if I can only find a turntable on which to play it.

I'm Smiling But Won't Reveal Why
When I returned home from George's last evening it was late and I was in no condition to stay up and watch The Amazing Race. Thanks to the Internet I accidentally saw who got ousted on last night's episode. I won't completely spoil the surprise but I will say that I am smiling from ear-to-ear and can't wait to see how it all went down.

'Tis To Be My Last Thrashing Of The Season
Have you ever had one of those nights where you think "Man, there is nothing to do!"? Have you ever had one of those nights where you think "Holy shit there are just too many things from which to choose!"? Tonight is one of the latter for me.

Tonight's options included seeing if the gang wanted to get together to watch Survivor, use a free (non-Turner voucher *ahem*) ticket to the Thrashers game, going to Smith's Olde Bar to see National Grain, or hanging with the ATLbloggers for their monthly drinkfest.

I have chosen the Thrashers option, and with any luck I'll be up for swinging by 97 Estoria to see if any of the drunken bloggers are still there after the game.

Have You Tried Google Search?
I think this search technology from Google must still be in beta because the results I have been getting back from it have been rather lame lately.

I mentioned yesterday that when I searched for "P'Cheen" the other day Google failed to return their website I rationalized this because I thought that perhaps I confused Google by adding the apostrophe.

This morning I searched for "97 Estoria Atlanta". Google Maps found it, but provided no link to their website. Further, none of the links returned on the first page of results contained the link to I find this strange that the obvious answer was not the very first link, or at least one of the first ten.

Perhaps it's time for Google to return to "dancing with the date that brung ya" before we internet users find a new search engine to use. It will never happen you say? Anyone out there remember Gopher, AltaVista, Excite, HotBot, Lycos to name a few?

And Finally, A Real Happy Birth Day Shoutout
Because I got the lowdown after my blog got published on the Information SuperHighway (like how I make this nonsense sound all official like?) I was unable to include this yesterday.

Happy True Birthday (belated) to Charles, the newest non-commenter to the InsideThePerimeter posse. Born in the late hours of Tuesday night my friends Mike and Sandy have successfully produced their first child. I hear mother and son are fine, but father can't wait for Lent to end so that he can once again drink beer. Rock on you two, I am really happy for you.

Next on the clock.... Stacey and Andy.

As for me it appears that my lot in life is to be "Uncle" Paulie. Just don't ask me to change diapers because those things are nasty!

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - whooped
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Sufjan Stevens -- "The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts"
Website Of The Day - For those of us who think that we'll never find anyone to marry predicting the length of a marriage based solely on an engagement photo seems like fun. If you are as twisted as me you can play along at Wedding Betting.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - running, 4.5 miles

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Galleria Schmalleria

Your roving blogger is once again on the move. Today I am collecting resumes at the Georgia Tech Alumni Career Fair at the Cobb Galleria (which sounds scary but is actually ITP).

Mea Culpa
Yesterday it was pointed out to me that P'cheen has a website. I was surprised to hear this since Google did return this site when I searched for "P'Cheen" and none of the websites that had reviews of P'Cheen referenced their website.

Eighteen Signs That Your City Ain't That Cool
Yesterday MTV announced that Real World 18 (yikes!) will take place in Denver. Atlanta has yet to host a Real World series because apparently we don't have the characteristics (diversity, activities, energy, nightlife) necessary to be a "Real World" city.

FWIW, here are the cities which have hosted "Real World"

Season 17: Key WestSeason 8: Hawaii
Season 16: AustinSeason 7: Seattle
Season 15: PhiladelphiaSeason 6: Boston
Season 14: San DiegoSeason 5: Miami
Season 13: ParisSeason 4: London
Season 12: Las VegasSeason 3: San Francisco
Season 11: ChicagoSeason 2: Los Angeles
Season 10: Back to NYSeason 1: New York
Season 9: New Orleans
What's after Denver? Charlotte, North Carolina?

Hoping To Be In The Running
My "gym" bag is packed with running clothes with all intent on doing a Wednesday run at George's Bar tonight. The weather is suppose to be perfect, but after being on my feet all day I am not sure how into running I will be.

A Quick Pic To Fill The Space
This is a slightly distorted view of color cube model I own; click on it for a more accurate view.

Color Cube #1

I particularly like this photo is because as you can see it looks like it is standing on point but it's not really...

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - decent
Current Music - none
Website Of The Day - Trying to figure out more ways to piss away the day? If you have a Mac you can always try using the Democracy Internet TV Player to watch some videos.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - um, I failed

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

My Name Is Paulie And I Have A Problem

Oh to have but one would certainly be nice...

If You Don't Hear From Me, Fear Not
Yesterday after lunch I walked over to the mall and stopped into EB Games to ask about the upcoming release of Kingdom Hearts 2.

Much to my surprise the game was released two weeks ago and I didn't know! You'll have to understand a few things about me to appreciate the enormity of this reaction. Grab a cup of coffee (preferrably served to you by Ellen at Joe's in East Atlanta like mine has been today) and relax.

A wee little bit more than two years ago my last relationship ended with the words "I'm sorry I can't marry you, I'm moving out." For a few months I kept my mind occupied by doing chores around the house (hmmm, must remember to finish some of those), drinking, and hashing. It was then I rediscovered my love of video games (probably the reason for my stunted social skills that has hampered my ability to meet girls/women over the past twenty-five years) when I purchased a Playstation 2.

I played the original Kingdom Hearts day and night, night and day, at a volume intended for those half my age (I was 38 then). "Engulfed" is the best way to describe my addiction. After investing hours of my life playing Kingdom Hearts I finished the game. An odd sense of pride and accomplishment emerged from a soul that was essentially empty. And then I waited for the release of Kingdom Hearts 2. At every gaming convention there were teasers put out by Square Enix, the game's maker, and the assurance that the game would be coming out "soon."

For some reason I had it in my head that April 15th was the day Kingdom Hearts 2 was to be release in the United States. The date obviously stuck in my head because of income taxes and the thought that the pain of taxes would be eased by Kingdom Hearts 2. And then yesterday I found out that it's been out for two weeks.

So starting tonight I will be guiding Sora Roxas and a cast of Disney characters through a maze of virtual worlds. I realize most of you are shaking your heads in disbelief, but it's true. I promise not to provide game updates and not to complain too loudly when the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 continues to be delayed...

Double Dose Of Donald?
After getting home from my last Digital 101 photography class (I passed!) I made the tough decision to wait one more day before starting Kingdom Hearts 2. Afterall, there was an episode of The Apprentice to watch. I'm not sure what's happening next Monday, but NBC decided to make me really happy by doubling up on The Don last night because there will be no showing of The Apprentice next week. Through the magic of the DVR I was able to catch both episodes in about an hour and forty-five minutes. Sweet. I won't play spoiler today in case you weren't able to watch. I will say that it is starting to get intersting watching these people jockey for position.

More Pictures?
I'm not ready to inflict a daily photo on you yet, but from time to time I am going to dump a photo I've taken into this space. This will eventually get me to redesign this site (read "pay somebody to help me migrate to a new blogging service and design") because the landscape photos taken with my Nikon and uploaded to Flickr don't play nicely with this template.

This is a statue which stands outside Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center. There is actually a better picture of this (imho) if you go to my Flickr account (my account is InsideThePerimeter in case you have to ask) and look for photos tagged with "woodruffarts".

CD Pick Of The Week
Although Metacritic lists twelve CDs dropping today including releases from Calexico, Eagles of Death Metal, and Pretty Girls Make Graves, it's the release of "You In Reverse" from Built To Spill that gets my nod.

Built To Spill has been around for quite some time and if the name sounds even more familiar than you think it should it's probably because I mentioned their concert cancellation recently. Luckily for me the concert has been rescheduled for later in the year and I am hopeful that Camper van Beethoven will once again be enlisted as the opening act.

As for the album, I find it to be quite entertaining. I was able to listen to it in its entirety (and so can you) thanks to the folks over at AOL Music; follow this link (unfortunately it requires the use of Internet Explorer) to give it a free listen.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - vacant
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Badly Drawn Boy -- "Disillusion"
Website Of The Day - Pixsy is YAW2.0S ("yet another Web 2.0 site") whose goal is to allow you to search for pictures and videos on the InterWeb based on keywords/tags. I've not used the site extensively and have had limited success using it. As always, your mileage may vary.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - ...and on Monday Paulie rested

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Monday, April 10, 2006

Stuck On The Connector: P'cheen Keen

Let me get this off my chest first, if you are going to open a business in the 2000s you should have a fucking website!!! I don't know if webdesigners are that slow or if it's cool not to have a site these days, but lately I have been thwarted often when trying to get a weblink for new businesses in Atlanta. In this piece you will see nfws which means that I have searched for a website, but have found no fucking web site.

P'cheen Keen
On Saturday evening my friends Stacey (preggers), Andy (her husband the culprit) and I went to see Wanda Sykes at the Tabernacle (nfws). After the show we were feeling a bit peckish and decided to grab a bite to eat and a beverage.

P'cheen is a relatively new bar / restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward (Highland Av) which was once known for housing Roman Lily Cafe and the original location of Jake's Ice Cream. In recent days this section is mostly recognized as the home of Zuma Sushi (nfws).

P'cheen (Gaelic for "moonshine") is a small space which uses every inch effectively. There are ample tables for diners, a sit-down bar, and a small window space which (much to my surprise) was big enough for two turntables and a microphone DJ.

I originally planned to order the fish and chips (which Stacey ordered), but was lured away when I decided that I wanted an appetizer of pomme frites with three dipping sauces and a panini consisting of Merguez lamb sausage, bleu cheese, caramelized onions and jalapeno marinara with a side of onion rings as my entree. I highly recommend ordering either, or even both! The fries were delicious, slender and wilted when picked up; some might say that they needed to be fried again, I disagree. The dipping sauces provided were a mustard based sauce, a sweet and spicy sauce, and a slightly chutney-flavored sauce (this is the best that I can do to describe these sauces since it was late, dark inside, and my palette is not that sofisticated). The panini was fantastic, even with the strong flavors of the bleu cheese, onions, and marinara I could taste the delicious sausage.

As I mentioned, Stacey ordered the fish and chips with sides of British chips and mushy peas. I managed to get a taste of the peas which I found to be as tasty as peas can be. Stacey said that the fish was good, but that the chips were a bit too large to be cooked properly.

If I remember correctly, Andy ordered the shepard's pie. It appeared tasty, but I am rarely a fan of shepard's pie so I don't see myself ordering it any time soon.

My only disappointment of the evening was that my first choice of beer, Asheville North Carolina's Highland Brewery's Gaelic Ale was out of stock. This is not an unusual occurrance for me however. Instead, I drank a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Overall I had a wonderful time at P'cheen and can see myself inventing an excuse to go back soon.

The Ugly Truth

I'm not sure how my iPod knew that I was singing Matthew Sweet's "The Ugly Truth" and the played it as the first song when I set it to play in shuffle mode, but it did. Given that I have 5752 songs loaded onto my iPod there was a 0.017% chance of this happening.

iPod Update
A quick read of Apple's help has allowed me to authorize my computer to upload purchased music to my iPod (who knew that it was as easy as playing the song?)

So, as you can see from this photo (click it for a better view)

Proof That I Make Good On Bets

I've "paid off" my bet.

Supporting The Arts: Part I
I am in for two for three. Huh? On Friday I purchased two three-play subscriptions for the Hertz Theater (at the Woodruff Arts Center). The purchase of two tickets takes me back to my Optomistic Days, back to the days when I would assume that I would have a date for these sort of events. So for those of you planning to put me on your 2007 Dead Pool, you may want to hold off.... at least for now.

[note: This section was originally written on Friday. As of today my outlook is not quite as rosy.]

Supporting The Arts: Part II
Today I will be purchasing a ticket for Saturday night's performance of the play "Permanent Collection" at the Horizon Theatre. Anyone interested in joining me should send me an email on the Paulie Hotline (see that gmail address over under "Holla At Me") so we can hook up for a pre-show beverage.

[update @11:25am - ticket has been purchased]

Looks Like You Can Call Me Shaggy
I've just found out that the person who cuts my hair is in Moscow, and I have no clue how long she will be there. Currently I am about a week past due for getting a haircut. What to do? Go to a new place? Helmet Hairworx, a highly recommended place, just opened a second location, this one within walking distance from ITP Central. Or should I show loyalty and wait for Jessica to return? This would be my normal decision, but I've *just* started going there so no real bonding has occurred. What to do?

Camera Obscura
This weekend has taught me that becoming a professional photographer is not my lot in life. Even with my "fancy" Nikon D50 my images leave much to be desired. I've come to the conclusion that it is that indian and not the arrow, but I refuse to give up. There were a few shots that made me smile, this would be one

And Finally, For Those Reading Before 10am
Tickets for the Arctic Monkeys show to take place on June 10th go on sale today at 10am. Unfortunately they are playing at The Coca-Cola Roxy, so I think the only way to secure tickets is through The Man.

[update @10:03am - In addition to the $22 ticket, The Man wants over $10 in fees. Fuck Them!]

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - fair
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Arctic Monkeys -- "A Certain Romance"
Website Of The Day - There haven't been too many constants in my adult life, my love of beer would be one -- so Here's To Beer.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - running, 5 miles on Friday; running, 7.5 miles on Sunday

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Friday, April 07, 2006

A Half-Minded Half-Blog For A Half-Workday

Today you won't even get 80% (and this will be the last time I beat the 80% dead horse). This afternoon some good friends of mine will be getting married and I am fortunate enough to take a half-day off from work to attend their wedding. Don't expect to see pictures of me diving to catch the garter, however. The last time I caught one my date also caught the bouquet and never went out with me again.

Hooters Air Is Deflating
With great sadness I must admit that I will probably never fly Hooters Air. I heard the news that they are starting to cancel flights to selected cities; Scranton and Orlando have already been scratched, and Allentown, Ft. Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach, Newark, St. Petersburg join them in ten days.

And it seemed like such a well-planned business.

Here's A Great Way To Lose Customers
Yesterday I stopped by a Wolf Camera store to pick up a few items. I waited patiently for one of the two clerks to assist me, one was on the phone while the other was helping a customer out with a camera purchase. However, when the second guy left the camera peruser to answer a ringing phone, without even acknowledging my existence, I had enough. I quickly put the shit in my hand back onto the shelves and walked out.

This attitude is a symptom of a larger problem (IMHO). In retail I believe you should assist those who take the time to come to your store before those who call. In a similar vein in an office environment I think it is rude to answer a phone when someone is your office/cubicle speaking with you.

Don't even get me started on those people who answer their cell phone and leave a meeting...

Sometimes I Think Flickr Should Be Called Shitr
I visit Flickr a lot. For me it has almost become more of a social network than a photo storage site.

I am no Ansel Adams, this I will freely admit. When I post photos to Flickr, especially those I make public, I try to make sure that they meet a minimum amount of standards. I also admit that a few of my photos on Flickr are complete crap but they were put there soley for the purpose of having a place to store photos for this blog.

All I ask is that if you are going to make crappy photos public, at least name them and give a little story behind the shot.

Tour de Fox
To kick my Saturday off right I am going to go on The Atlanta Preservation Center's Fox Theatre tour which will be given by my friend Glenn. I've taken this tour before and think it's pretty neat. This time I'll have camera in tow (assuming that I am allowed to take pictures inside). You can rest assured that only the finest of the shots will make it to my Flickr account.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - dressed to the eights
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Clap Your Hands Say Yeah -- "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood"
Website Of The Day - Maybe I should jump the Flickr ship and try something new and different like BubbleShare.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - nothing

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Relatively Speaking

My Theory Of Relativity
I believe that Einstein had relativity only partially figured out. The reason I think this is because I've never heard temperature included into his theory.

When I woke up yesterday my house felt chilly. Upon looking at the thermostat I noticed that it read 67 degrees. Yesterday 67 felt chilly, while two weeks ago 67 would have been nice and toasty. In a few weeks my house will probably not see 67 again until Fall, and it will be a welcome temperature again.

One temperature. Three different times of year. Three different reactions to this one temperature. Paulie's Theory of Relativity. Take that, Einstein!

Oh, So That's What It Means
Yesterday's "Word of the Day" from was "cum" (I shit you not)
cum: with; along with; combined with.
Huh, you learn something new everyday. :)

Do Wut?
I've mocked Atlanta's "Every Day Is An Opening Day" slogan (see my post from the other day) as well as the previously announced slogan from Brand Atlanta, "Opportunity, Optimism, and Openness."

Yesterday I heard of another slogan which I believe outdoes ours. The state of Washington has sunk money into branding itself in an effort to increase tourism. The outcome of this effort is the slogan "SayWa". Yes, their new slogan is "SayWa".

The Hassles of DRM
In case you are not up to date on your acronym dictionary, DRM is an acronym for Digital Rights Management. Perhaps the two most prevalent DRMs in use today for music are Microsoft's WMA and Apple's "Fair Play". These DRMs do one thing that make life annoying, they restrict the use of the digital content that you purchase.

Today this little piece of the Internets was suppose to contain a picture of my iPod showing the inclusion of Kenny Roger's "Love Or Something Like It", the penalty for losing my Survivor bet on Week 1. This morning I logged onto Apple's iTunes Music Store and purchased the song which was then downloaded to my computer, the one that I used to sync my iTunes library. When I updated my iPod I was greeted with the following message.

WTF Apple?

For those of you who don't want to click through to read the message it says
"Some of the songs on the iTunes music library, including the song "Love or Something Like It", were not copy to the iPod "IPOD" because you are not authorized to play them on this computer"
Huh? First, a month or so ago I reset my iPod to its factory settings a few months ago (hence its generic name of "IPOD") using this computer. Second, why would Apple's iTunes Music Store let me purchase a song and download it to a computer on which it is not authorized to be played?

Thanks for nothing DRM.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - fair
Current Music - listening to Leo Laporte's "KFI the Tech Guy" podcast
Website Of The Day - Relatively speaking English is a bizarre language. The Spelling Society has posted some poems which highlight this bizarreness.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - walking, approximately 5 miles

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

All Your 80% Are Belong To Us

A Is For Apple
Every once in a while I have issues with Firefox. The most common issue occurs when I begin to type a URL and Firefox suggests URLs that I have used in the past. Most of the time my desired URL is in the list so I click on it. However, sometimes Firefox ignores my click and tries to connect to a website named whatever I had typed.

Last night this occurred when I had typed only the letter 'a' into Firefox. Little did I know that this would take me to Apple's website. I no longer have to type 80% of Apple's name. Sweet.

Hey! Where Was My Amazing Race?
It's rare when I spend the majority of the evening home (just look at my "WALK IN MY FOOTSTEPS" section). After eating a nice dinner at La Casita with my friend Glenn I strolled home for an evening of Internets and RealiTV. For this TV season my week usually has a nice RealiTV patternHow did I ever manage without my Dish DVR?

However last night there was no The Amazing Race; it has been moved to Wednesdays. WTF CBS? Why fuck with the tv schedule now?

[UPDATE @9:35am]: I just swiped this from today's USA Today
•Amazing switch.The Amazing Race hit a season-low 9.2 million viewers Tuesday, finishing third in the 10 p.m. ET/PT hour, which explains why CBS quickly moved it to 8 ET/PT Wednesdays beginning tonight. No such luck for Monday exiles Out of Practice and Courting Alex, which were benched.
Road Rules
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed a growing trend of people ignoring all traffic rules? I'm as guilty as the next person when it comes to speeding, but all other rules I try to follow, including using that little lever known as the "turn signal." Seriously, people no longer are willing to drive an extra block and turn around when they realize that they are about to miss their turn; instead they'll jump across lanes to "make it." Red lights and turn arrows have become mere "suggestions" in this town. And people are more than willing to block an intersection just so that they don't have to sit through another traffic signal's cycle.

This morning while waiting patiently for an opportunity to make a right on red some guy behind me grew impatient and came around my driver's side in order to make a right-hand turn from the wrong lane. This is my blog so assume that I was completely innocent, but truthfully I was waiting there for no more than thirty seconds watching a stream of traffic pass when he pulled his stunt. Perhaps he was enraged by my heinous act of turning a light on quickly so I could read the fucking clock which does not illuminate in my car...

It's Not Easy Being Green
Simmer down now, this has nothing to do with Muppets. Instead it refers to my confusion with our desire to destroy this planet. When you throw something "away", where is "away?"

This morning at work I witnessed someone prepare a coffee / hot chocolate concoction in a styrofoam cup (issue #1 -- If you work here every day, why not have a ceramic mug that can be reused?). When she poured the coffee into the cup she discovered that it was cold coffee from yesterday. She then poured out the liquid, threw away the styrofoam cup and started the whole process over with a new cup! (issue #2: Was it really necessary to use a second cup? Why in the hell couldn't she have rinsed out the two-minute-old original cup which had touched her lips once and reused it?)

The Streets Are Alive With The Scum Of Pollen
I know, every Atlanta blogger has mentioned the blossoming of the pollen recently. Tonight I'll be braving the pollen, not to mention the traffic, and running through it by meeting up with the six o'clock "B" team at George's. Of course I'll be rewarding myself for this heroic effort with a frosty adult beverage afterwards.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - Not too shabby
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Ted Leo & The Pharmacists -- "Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead".
Website Of The Day - I'm ashamed to admit that I have visited the Reality TV Hall of Shame.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - nothing.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Every Day Is An Opening Day

Whatcha think about my new catchy slogan? It's a bit inaccurate however since yesterday was opening day for the majority of Major League Baseball.

Mission Failed: 80% Complete, Part II
I just couldn't help myself last night. When I got home from my photography class I was so famished and irritable that I had to eat something. Cheese and crackers were my victims. I managed to go from 8pm Sunday night to 9pm Monday night without food (I had allowed myself black coffee and one can of Arizona Iced Tea Monday). Not bad. Not bad.

White Men Can't Dance
If you watched last night's The Apprentice you'll know exactly what I am talking about.

Where do I sign up to be Jewish? Lee, who once again bailed on his team in order to follow his religious beliefs (kudos for him), was apparently immune from being fired for this as well. Why do I think that people who are not on RealiTV shows would get fired by Trump? I could be wrong of course...

Go Gators! NCAA Men's Basketball Champs!!!
Oh you knew that you would see this today, didn't you? What better way to start baseball season than to have your alma mater wrap up their NCAA basketball season as champions.

CD Pick Of The Week
It's a tough week for me to pick a "CD Pick of the Week." Finally! According to Metacritic there are fifteen new CDs from which to pick today. My eyes were drawn immediately to two of the titles, the new Morrissey "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" and the new Flaming Lips "At War With The Mystics".

In honor of my friend Mike I will have to pick the CD from the Flaming Lips. Besides, it's way too sunny outside for me to think about listening to Morrissey today.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - 80% good
Current Music - listening to the "Five Hundy By Midnight" podcast.
Website Of The Day - Need to settle that bet about who won last year's MVP in the American League? Want to know how many career victories Tom Glavine needs to get to 300? My favorite site for baseball stats is Baseball Reference.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - nothing, I had to give the legs a rest.
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Monday, April 03, 2006

Look Who's Fasting

With all of the exercise that I performed this past weekend I still managed to eat and drink enough to make myself feel bloated and disgusting. It's a talent, one I wish that I could lose again. I am going to try and fast today, although I have a feeling that I am not going to make it.

Mission Failed: 80% Complete
Eventhough the weather was 180 degrees different, well not really that different but at least there was no snow, the results at my attempt at completing the fifty-mile ALS ride course (.pdf) up in Suches was the same -- DNF.

For thirty-nine miles I was "in the zone." I rode at will, and with the exception of the saddle sores which arose because of my lack of training, I was having a great time. The first hint of difficulty occurred as mile forty approached, my quadraceps started to cramp. I had been afraid of cramping so I consumed water, Gatorade and fruit the entire ride in an effort to fend it off. Unfortunately the cramping started as the worse part of the course was about to start. The final ten miles of the course climb up Wolf Pen Mountain, down the other side and then two small up-and-downs to the end. I had planned to ride fifty miles and my stubborness would not let me quit.

As I started to climb Wolfpen my quads started to cramp more frequently. In an attempt to quiet them down I got off my bike and walked. This practice occurred three times in total. When cramping occurred when I attempted to mount my bike and clip into the pedal I knew that the pain was too great and bailed -- forty-one miles into the ride.

There was great shame on my behalf for not finishing what I started. I get comfort knowning that it was not an act of God nor a mechanical breakdown that did me in, but rather something in which I am in control of in the future -- the lack of preparation for the ride. I shall return next year, on that you can guarantee.

Sunday, Better Sunday
Even with the loss of an hour's sleep Sunday's gorgeous weather meant that I had to get out and stretch the weary legs. This being a Black Sheep Sunday there was little doubt as to what the exercise of choice would be.

I hopped into the car and drove OTP (yikes!) to a land near a land called Newnan. While most of the trail was unusually easy we were greeted with a shoe-sucking swamp to end the day. My shoes will never be the same and I kind of wish that I had left them outside so that Mother Nature's tricks this morning could start to wash off the mud.

Signs Of The Times
While driving south on Moreland Avenue heading to the hash I saw two interesting signs. Had I more time I would have stopped and taken a picture of each for your pleasure.

The first sign was a handmade sign outside of a closed bar which read "No Traspass." There is really no need for this sign since I didn't want to enter the building when it was open, and I definitely have no desire to enter it now.

The second sign was even more startling. The sign was a re-election billboard for New Orleans' mayor Ray Nagin. The billboard read "Re-elect OUR MAYOR Ray Nagin" and included a headshot of Mayor Nagin. Even considering the high number of New Orleans residents who made their way to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina I find it rather strange to have this billboard in Atlanta. I am also intrigued to find this billboard in a neighborhood inhabited mostly by African-Americans and wonder if the "OUR MAYOR" reference has a subtle, secondary meaning.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - feelin' huge and feeling very hungry already
Current Music - listening to the MacCast podcast
Website Of The Day - Nothing better than a food website when I am trying nott o eat. I present Tomatoes Are Evil.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I've picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as "blogged."

Exercise (b)Log - biking, forty-one miles on Saturday; hashing on Sunday

Paulie [eatl/ga]