Another day in paradise

Art all around

I’ve gotta say, I’m feeling a bit nervous at the moment. Anyone ever that pit of the stomach, solid, inescapable tension that you just can’t shake? I kind feel that way for the first few weeks of my studio classes but to be perfectly honest, when it’s all said and done, I love it.  I’m in my Sculpture Class right now. First project? Sheet metal. I have never worked with sheet metal in my life, nor have I ever used the big scary machines that go along with working with the medium. Now, I’m far from timid around a shop. My dad is a carpenter and I’ve grown up around saws and all sorts of power/hand tools – for WOOD. Why this feels so different to me I’m not certain. I think it’s the fact that I really respect my teacher and if there’s one thing I hate, it’s making…

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Apple Announces New iPhones and Release Date for iOS7


Screen shot 2013-09-11 at 7.36.50 AMYesterday Apple announced it’s newest phone, but as rumors had predicted, there wasn’t just one… there were two.

One is an upgrade to the iPhone 5 and this phone includes a home button that acts as a fingerprint sensor.

The other is a cheaper version of the iPhone 5, with plastic cases in a variety of colors.

If you are interested in getting a new phone, you can click on this link to compare the models now available, including prices and features: Compare iPhone models

Other news is that we now know the release date for the new operating system. It will be ready for downloading on September 18.

I think that iOS7 is MUCH bigger news than the new phones.

You will be able to download iOS7 if you have any of the following devices: an iPhone 4 or later, the iPad 2 or later, 5th generation iPod touch…

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‘Cross diary 30: I plan my racing season

accidento bizarro

So. This summer I’ve been Trying A Bit Harder, riding a (little) bit further and getting ever-so-slightly faster (downhill, at least). I’ve had 2-3 weeks of, er, tapering, due to a sudden bout of CBA*. But ‘cross season has started, so like all Proper Athletes, I’m formulating a structured, methodical plan of attack.

While I may have been busy PODIUMING over the summer, my sights are set somewhat more realistically for ‘cross. Last year, I was a newbie. My goals for the season were:

  1. Learn to remount (and, crucially, do it in an actual race);
  2. Come not-last at least once.

Avid readers will recall that I met both these goals, overhauling a 73-year-old in the final yards of one race and only getting my shorts caught on my saddle during one other. Therefore, throughout the season I set myself new, ongoing goals, including the following:

Rooty singletrack

  1. Overtake someone;

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