I have been incredibly busy the past few days and I need to grab some serious sack time. So here’s what’s on my radar screen.
♦ – I read about Chase Jarvis’ new iPhone app yesterday on Scott Kelby’s blog and I have to say that I am now more ticked than ever that Apple did not release the new iPod Touch with a camera. It’s true that you could use Chase’s app, called Best Camera, without a built in camera by selecting images from the library but where’s the fun in that? If you haven’t checked out the app yet and you own an iPhone, you really need to head on over to iTunes and see what all the fuss is about. It’s that good. The app is going for $2.99, which I think is a real bargain but I am a little confused about the +12 rating for Mature/Suggestive Themes???
♦ – Being the procrastinator that I am, I just made my travel arrangements to Las Vegas for Photoshop World. I think it has something to do with fear of committing my money. Anyway, I was pleased to find that I could still get a decent price for a non-stop flight. I am a United guy and was able to get my flights for under $400. I know a lot of you don’t dig United but being 6’5″ makes me a huge fan of their Economy Plus seating. I’ll take 5 extra inches of legroom over an extra bag of peanuts any day. As for hotel, I am staying off strip so I was able to get a pretty good price on my lodging. It’s hard to complain about a decent hotel with internet access and free breakfast for under $45 a night. That certainly makes the 10 minute drive to the Mandalay Bay well worth it. Besides, parking is free at the Mandalay so I can take my affordable rental car instead of paying the crazy taxi fares in Vegas. You can rent a car for less than what you would end up paying for 2 taxi rides a day. And here’s something that a lot of folks don’t know. Valet parking at most hotels is FREE. Just tip the fast running attendants a couple of bucks and you are all set for curb-side drop off and pick-up.
♦ – While I am on the subject of Photoshop World I wanted to remind those of you that are going about the Neon in Your Neighborhood contest that was sponsored by Peachpit. The contest closed today but the images can be found on Flickr and the winners will be selected soon. I can’t wait to join you at the Vegas Boneyard Museum for some early morning photography and fun.
♦ – Finally today, I would like to thank those of you that responded by comment and email to my questions about using a Netbook as a travel machine and leaving my MacBook at home to do the heavy lifting. After some encouraging thoughts from others, I have made the plunge and purchased the Acer Aspire One Netbook. The things that sold me on it were the 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM, the 11.2 inch screen, and the incredible 8 hours of battery life (of which I will be happy to get just 6), all for under $330.00. I am going to load it with Lightroom and should be toting it around Photoshop World. I will let you know what my impressions are when I get back.
That’s it for today. The weekend is all down hill from here.