Monday, September 29, 2008

 

Solitaire, iPod Touch, Chickens

I finally gave in and ordered an iPod Touch. I had lunch with my friend, Bob, and he graciously offered to use his Apple employee discount. I had been holding out for a while because I like to buy used things instead of new for a bunch of reasons. But the deals on used iPod Touches (That sounds a little creepy) were not-so-good. So soon I'll be the owner of a brand new one with a warranty and everything.

I've got my solitaire game working, but need to add all the user-interface goodness. Well, most of it. Like preferences, statistics etc. Mainly a way for the player to switch between the games. There's all this indirection in how you can set up things that's frustrating. I just want to lay out a screen and tell it to display a la Palm OS. I'm not so sure I want to layout a screen, create a navigation controller, a view controller and a monkey controller as well as connect all the things graphically. It's weird.

One of our chickens laid an egg.

ONE OF OUR CHICKENS LAID AN EGG!

It was small, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't planted by a "funny" neighbor. But that was it, that was days ago and no more eggs. I don't know what it costs to take care of chickens for 6 months but that's how much that egg cost us. Kind of similar to our four-plant tomato farm. We ended up having more than one tomato, but at first that one was the $50 (not including time, water or fertilizer) tomato. I think we're up to a three tomato yield now though, so hey we're under $17/tomato. Nice. Next year we'll find a sunnier spot. Or grow them on the roof.


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