My wife, the geek

Newly acquired and already making great use of it.

My wife is a geek.  A Mac geek, an Illustrator geek, and now a Photographer geek.   In light of this, she’s decided to start a blog of sorts. She is also putting together a web page at piera.ca where she will show off her photos.

Her reasoning for blogging is simple.  To track her journey from novice to professional.  To gain assistance in this journey.  To gain exposure.  To learn.

To get her to blog, and to also get me to start blogging more often, we made an agreement.  The agreement was simple.  Every time she posted something to her blog, I’d have to post something to my blog.  Every time I post something to my blog, she has to post something to hers.  It’s back and forth, and since we are fairly competitive between ourselves (in a loving caring way that only those in love can replicate), it should help.

Anyways, the picture is of my newly acquired tea set.  Well, except for the mug, which we’ve had a set of for some time (which goes with our plates).  Anyways, the free flowing tea cup on the right allows you to mix the tea leaves with the water freely, and when it’s done steeping, you simply place it on top of the mug, and the water drains out the bottom, minus the tea leaves.  It makes for some wonderful tea.

The water heater in the center there is also nice.  It’s not too big, but just the right size.  It heats water real quick.  All together, my tea drinking days are in full force.

The Next Mac mini from Apple

Making a prediction here.  The next Mac mini’s will be really small.  Think, Macbook Air small.  Just sit and think for a moment.  Put in an SSD drive, remove the super drive, and you have a really small, tightly compact computer.    I imagine you could cut the size in half.  Just a bit larger than the 2nd generation AppleTV.

I’d love this.  An ultra small desktop computer that I can bring with me? A portable development server.  I don’t think this is unreasonable, what with Apple’s push toward making everything smaller.  SSD drives are getting cheaper, and they have that market locked tight.  With a move away from super drives, I can foresee removing them from the Mac minis.  You could always buy the external if needed, but I imagine they’ll suggest you won’t.  After all, media you get from iTunes, and Apps you get from Apple’s App Store for Mac.

So yeah, that’s my prediction.

Exhausted and Chili

Completely and utterly exhausted.  Between work and home, I’m beat.  Big projects, team members leaving, and just so much to do.  Luckily, I still had the chance to make some veggie chili tonight.  It will be good for the upcoming weekend and week.  Makes for a nice hearty meal, and it’s easy to make.

  • 1 Can of Black Beans
  • 1 Can of Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can of White Kidney Beans
  • 2 Small Yellow Onions
  • 1 Can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Can of Corn
  • Chili Powder and Cumin to taste
  • Salt and Pepper of course

Just put some oil in a pot, brown the chopped onions, dump everything else in, and let it simmer for 20+ minutes.  It will smell good.  You can season and spice it up if you want.  Throw in some bell peppers and celery as well.  I love adding the corn, but you don’t have to.  But boy does it taste good.  The chili powder and cumin are what really do it for me.

Eclipse Color Themes

I recently stumbled on a new website, Eclipse Color Themes, and I’ve been enjoying browsing through the various themes. My favorite so far is the Gedit Original Oblivion by Sepehr Lajevardi. What really makes this theme stand out is that variables passed into a method are underlined. This lets you easily see with a glance where these variables are being used.

The colors are also enjoyable, and care was taken to ensure that every aspect was accounted for. I highly recommend it.