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paint
got paints, happy to have outlet for visual expression

i got some paints for christmas and started painting. i’m happy to have an available outlet for visual expression.



workout regularly
i've been doing this but i dont want to take it off the list b/c it's ongoing

I was playing tennis early in the summer with some friends. The problem was that I had a hard time finding an appropriate friend to play with. My current friends weren’t any good at tennis. I’m nothing special but I need people who’ve played before. I guess next year I’ll have to find a better tennis partner(s). I want to start sailing. Besides that, other sports that work for me are walking and backpacking. Also, I’ve found recently that for excercise I’ve been having a good time jogging to the lake and doing pushups, pullups, and situps along the way. That’s not a sport exactly but it does give me a straight forward and reliable method of excercise. I feel 100% afterwards. And the solitary style helps me focus. Sport is fun but if it doesn’t achieve the goal of physical excercise then it’s going to be extra. I suppose if I had a good tennis partner I wouldn’t have to jog and could play tennis and stick to just the pushup, pullup, situp, etc in addition. Ok, this is really just a diary I guess. Good luck.



find a sport that I am finally happy with
Tennis, etc

I was playing tennis early in the summer with some friends. The problem was that I had a hard time finding an appropriate friend to play with. My current friends weren’t any good at tennis. I’m nothing special but I need people who’ve played before. I guess next year I’ll have to find a better tennis partner(s). I want to start sailing. Besides that, other sports that work for me are walking and backpacking. Also, I’ve found recently that for excercise I’ve been having a good time jogging to the lake and doing pushups, pullups, and situps along the way. That’s not a sport exactly but it does give me a straight forward and reliable method of excercise. I feel 100% afterwards. And the solitary style helps me focus. Sport is fun but if it doesn’t achieve the goal of physical excercise then it’s going to be extra. I suppose if I had a good tennis partner I wouldn’t have to jog and could play tennis and stick to just the pushup, pullup, situp, etc in addition. Ok, this is really just a diary I guess. Good luck.



have conversations late into the night with fascinating people
Untitled

so, yeah, now it’s time to get up early and go to bed early. good luck



wake up at 7am every day
yeah, now it's time to move it to 6am

ok, 7 is a breaze once you give up drinking and going out etc. i’ve been going to bed early and getting up early. i’m ready now to take it a step further and get up at 6am. i’m updating my list. good luck.



Find yerba mate
yerba mate and info

If you’re looking for yerba mate, I recommend http://www.yerbaguru.com



make a film (read all 2 entries…)
time for editing software

Has anyone heard of / tried any open source video editing software. I found http://www.jahshaka.org/ from a google search but haven’t heard anything else about it. Anyone have a suggestion for a decent program? I don’t need insane functionality yet, just basic editing capability. I made a really short simple film and want to edit the sceens and merge them into one film. I don’t want to actually change it much, just cut and splice mainly. I would prefer to use something that works on Linux.



Watch Heimat 1, 2 and 3
Cleveland Cinematheque is staring Heimat 3 today!

I want to see this but have missed the majority of the previous ones. I got the first one at the library but haven’t finished it yet. I would probably skip the screening if I could just get the DVD (I know it sounds pathetic but it’s a large commitment). With that said, ideally I would like to get all 3 on DVD and just slowly watch them one episode at a time. But since 3 is rather new and is hard to get ahold of (neither libraries, netflix, nor video stores have it and I don’t want to buy it) I may just go ahead and sit through the whole thing over the next few weekends here at the Cleveland Cinematheque. What do you recommend?



Drink less coffee and more tea
Every day a new drink...

I’ve been making whatever I feel like and it’s helped me get off having the same thing every day. And yes, that includes coffee. It’s just that there are so many ways to brew coffee, so many kinds of tea, so many wonderful things to experience that I see no need to settle on anything. So I’ve been just making whatever sounds good at the moment, whether it’s espresso, cappuccino, green tea, english tea, russian tea, yerba mate, press-pot coffee, drip, etc. Since I’ve been switching it up, I no longer have to have coffee. Now, I can have a day of only tea or mate and feel great. Not having the same thing everyday makes all of the drinks special and worth savoring for what they are! I choose to exclude nothing – a place for everything, everything in it’s place! If you have the same thing every day, how will you know if you really like it or if you’re just addicted to it. I guess this could be applied to a lot of things.



fix my porch
almost done and then winter came...

Well, I’ll crank up the project again when the weather permits.



learn to pack yerba matte
Packing a Yerba Mate Gourd

There are different packing strategies. My favorite is to fill the gourd 2/3 to 3/4 full with yerba. Tilt the gourd and insert the bombilla so that the bombilla goes all the way to the bottom. Now, cap the mouth of the gourd with your hand (keeping the bombilla in place with same hand) so that nothing can come out of the gourd. With your hand covering the gourd, turn the gourd upside down and shake it. Shaking it upside down causes the powder to sift down (i.e. towards the mouth of the gourd). Carefully turn the gourd upright and remove your hand from the mouth. You should see some more powder now at the top. This helps lessen the powder from going up the bombilla. Now, the bombilla should be at the bottom and the majority of powder should be at the top. You are now ready to add your water.

Just make sure the water is not more than 80-84 degrees Celsius. And be careful not to burn your mouth with water even that hot. Some people like the water a little cooler. Keep experimenting and refining your technique! For more info, I recommend wikipedia, and for supplies I like yerbaguru.



get an ipod
why? for similar cost you can get...

An internet tablet which also plays music, movies and all sorts of other stuff (Nokia 770). So, you can get a device that does tons of things instead of just playing media files.

Mp3 players are simply part of a fashion statement that will eventually become unfashionable like all fashion statements. Besides, if you just want an mp3 player, why not buy a cheaper one. Ask yourself the following question: how much do you want to spend on the brand name / fashion image and how much do you want to spend on functionality?

And if you do get a mp3 player, you should consider make sure not to play the music too loud for risk of hearing damage (i read an article in the newspaper a few weeks ago about that).



drink yerba mate
I finally found some bombillas and gourds.

yerba mate supplies



go to the cleveland shakespeare festival (read all 2 entries…)
Must see: All's Well That Ends Well

We had to go to the alternate rain location (which was a beautiful huge church nearby) but it was fun anyway. I’ll definately see them again next year – and hopefully outside with a picnic!



go to the cleveland shakespeare festival (read all 2 entries…)
see their schedule of free performances around town

schedule:
http://cleveshakes.org/onstage/calendar.html



Stop using Windows
Not as hard as I thought it would be...

A few weeks ago, I just finally had enough. I reformatted my harddisk and installed a Linux distribution that I had previously downloaded and saved to a CD. The installation was simple and it did online updates at the end. Way overdue. No reason to ever go back.



sail on Lake Erie
I sort of know how to sail, but I need to get serious for this big lake...

I taught myself the basics a few summers ago out on much smaller, safer lake. I was using someone else’s little day sailer (i don’t really know the lingo as I taught myself, trial and error method with a book as reference) with just the one main sail. My ultimate goal is to be able to travel via boat for both long distances and small day trips on the Great Lakes. It seems foolish to buy a boat without knowing much about the larger boats, but it also seems difficult to learn much about the things without having one at my disposal. But wow, there are tons of the things docked up in town. Surely, I can find someone to learn a thing or two from. Maybe I’ll just have to go wonder around where those boats are and ask people their opinion? I’m not much of a joiner, so any club or anything doesn’t really appeal to me. In the meantime, I’ll look for some books about it.



go to New York
NYC is a great time!

You can, believe it or not, find an inexpensive hotel that isn’t bad. Plus, don’t get suckered into paying for transit, taxis, etc. Just arrive in Manhattan and walk. Why take a subway if you’re trying to see the city? Sure, you might take a train if you’re leaving Manhattan, but you probably won’t do that on your first trip. So, just get a plane ticket or drive (if you drive, try to get a hotel with parking either included or partially reimbursed). Snag a free map (free transit maps are great for this) and get a feel for each of the neighborhoods by walking.



floss more
Buy a good VARIETY of exciting floss to make it more interesting

When I started flossing regularly, I was amazed at all the different floss products available. Being an analytical engineer type, I had to understand the pros and cons of each. So, each time I needed floss, I would buy like 3 different kinds to try them out. Experimenting with lots of diffent kinds can add a needed element to an otherwise boring activity. Not only that, but it is probably better for your teeth too if you take advantages of the different styles, each for their own purposes. My personal favorites are the flouridated floss and the Oral-B “ultra floss” that has a rough/puffy surface to help scrub the teeth. And whether the new floss works better or not, if experimenting makes you floss more, than you’ve accomplished your goal!



Stop watching TV
Some ideas to stop watching TV

1.) Download shows via the net. It’s great that you can download them whenever you want and not when they are scheduled. That way, you can be more efficient. Plus, you don’t have to subscribe to cable. Some shows that I like to download [at my convenience] are: Book TV (http://BookTV.org) , Frontline (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/), and for entertainment: John Stewart’s The Daily Show (http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_daily_show/index.jhtml).

2.) You could get a really really really small TV if you have to have it on in the background. Or, you can try getting a radio with TV band. Personally, I have a 12” TV for emergency news and for seldom PBS specials. However, I find that without care, it can be habit-forming. I am debating getting rid of it altogether now that I have a decent internet connection and can watch/listen to most anything that I want. Often times while working on the PC, I will be listening to an archived booktv interview on in the background.

3.) Don’t forget internet radio and non-corporate radio. I find that the corporate channels and stations tend to suck people in to their abbys. Just refuse to be treated like that! Accept nothing more than the best: Non-commercial radio like the 2 main local ones with insanely diverse program selections: 91.1FM (http://wruw.org), and 89.3FM (http://wcsb.org). Since you can find niche internet radio stations serving almost any interest, why settle for less than exactly what you’re looking for?



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