Wow, it’s been a while, sorry folks. If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to lately, it has mostly involved encouraging my garden to grow and planning for my upcoming wedding!
Here’s something I planted earlier this year. It’s a Cherokee Purple. Isn’t he a beaut? I soon hope to post a photo of his transformation into a delicious, edible, ripe tomato. If I’m really lucky, I’ll also have the chance to show off what delectable dish he becomes…until then, we just have to let the sun and rain do their jobs.
Today is a very special day. Not only is it Friday, but it’s also the Friday before July 4th (translate: 4-day weekend for me), and is the day my iPad2 case arrived! To be exact, my “iPad Extreme Sleeve™ 2” arrived. It sounds high tech, because it is high tech. It’s made of a lightweight, foamy kind of material that, when impacted, hardens on a molecular level and protects what’s inside. Crazeballs. I’ve tested it out with my iPad2 and it fits
like a glove like an iPad2 case should fit: Perfectly snug.
Some quick back story: John “Champion Boyfriend” Kennedy got me an iPad2 for my birthday with the green Apple Smart Cover. I’m highly skilled at dropping things, so the next day I bought a protective film for the screen and a pink Speck Smartshell for the back. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m extremely talented at dropping things. So I also wanted to buy an iPad2 carrying case to be triple protected. Oh my gawd, there are a lot of iPad2 cases on the market. I put a lot of thought and research into it, but after watching this video from the team at G-Force, I just wasn’t going to be happy with any other product.
Here’s the thing: I guess G-Form only just started making these sleeves, so they weren’t ready to ship them out when the iPad2 came out. So they took pre-orders and kept in touch with customers through comments on their website. The sleeves were meant to ship out on June 15th, but due to a delay in shipping, G-Form wasn’t going to be able to send them out for about another week. To make up for this delay, G-Form sent out an email to me and other pre-ordering customers explaining the situation and offering a free additional item from their website up to $39.99 value. Whatever item I chose, they would ship with my iPad2 sleeve, so it would be like getting two presents at once!
G-Form has a whole product line devoted to skate boarders and bike riders, so the iPad2 sleeve was kind of a departure for them (although they also make a 1st generation iPad sleeve and laptop sleeves). So choosing a free gift was a bit difficult at first, but then I remembered that I ride a road bike! But nothing in the road bike product category was anywhere close to $39.99. I thought about it for a hot minute, and then sent G-Form this email (at about 12:45am, still wired on caffeine from the all-nighter I was pulling to get my project finished on time for class):
“Hello Awesome People of the G-Form Gift Team,
I’m ordering the iPad 2 sleeve, and got your free gift email. I would like my free gift to be a pair of your swanky Brake Hood Over-Grips.
But wait! That’s not all! Since you are offering a free gift up to $39.99, and the brake hood over-grips are only $9.99, would it also be possible to get a Saddle Gel Kit? Combined, that only makes $24.98! That’s a steal for both of us! It’s a win-win! Pretty please with a cherry on top? My bike pants could really use the extra company. They don’t really get along with my bike seat. Same story with my bike gloves and handlebars – all I want to do is go for a ride, you know? But instead, all I get is drama, drama, drama. Such a pain in my arse. Literally.
Can’t wait to see my iPad2 sleeve by the way, I am SUPER excited about it!
G-Form products #FTW
I never hear back from G-Form (They were doubtlessly too busy coming up with new awesome extreme products), but I’ve been wondering since that day what might turn up when UPS came to my door. Today I got the package, and check it out – I got the iPad2 sleeve, the brake hood over-grips, AND the saddle gel kit! What a sweet deal!
G-Form didn’t have to reward my greediness by sending me both free gifts, but they did, and I really appreciate it. And because of that, I’m already deciding what else I can buy from them (I have a snowboarding brother). Oh, did I mention that G-Form is also charitable in other ways too? Last month the company raised over $120,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Pretty cool stuff.
My iPad2 and its sleeve
iPad2 inside Extreme Sleeve
Snug as a bug - iPad2 fits perfectly!
So if you have an iPad2 or a laptop that needs protecting, I would seriously recommend checking out G-Form’s iPad Extreme Sleeve™ 2 (also their website has much better pictures). It’s an effective, innovative product, and now I can finally leave the house with my iPad2!
This story is incredible. The Daily, a news source created in February, 2011 for tablet devices, recently published an article on military service dogs, titled Hound to Death. It’s a particularly well-timed story, because there was at least one military dog with the Navy SEAL squad that took out Osama bin Laden on May 1st, 2011.
Service dog retrofitted with titanium canine teeth
These dogs are retrofitted with titanium canine teeth (think about that next time you’re being chased down the street by Sparky), which increases their chompability on targets like Bin Laden. I read another article from The Telegraph about U.S. police dogs that discussed how expensive each titanium tooth is ($600 to $2,000). If a dog has deteriorating teeth, but is already a highly trained military service dog, it makes sense to retrofit the canine with new titanium teeth – it’s far less expensive than having to fully train another dog. Plus, for years now, humans have been receiving similar titanium screws and porcelain crowns during regular dental procedures. I am a huge dog lover and I care about animal rights, and I think these titanium teeth are pretty awesome. It’s like giving a dog supercanine powers! You guys might not agree with me, so feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.
Unlike humans, the need to cover a dog’s titanium tooth implant with an aesthetically pleasing porcelain crown is pretty much nonexistent. These dogs could give a rat’s ass about winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual woof woof. No. These dogs are trained to wear oxygen masks and jump out of helicopters. These dogs want to work, they enjoy their work, and they’re
good outstanding at the tasks they do for their squads or units. It’s insane how highly trained and sociable they are. Read The Daily article above and see what I mean. It has great photos too.
Ride Happy - A blog by Lisa Jacobs
I was scanning through my Recent News feed on Facebook, and noticed a blog post from Lisa Jacobs, a fellow Pembroke high school alumni of mine. I checked out her blog, “Ride Happy” and it’s awesome!
Since graduating from uni in Australia, Lisa has apparently taken to professional road cycling like most fish take to water. Her latest blog postings are about a pro-riding tour/competition thing she’s currently doing in New Zealand. Check it out if you’re interested in all things cycling and/or Lord Of The Rings.
What else did I find particularly awesome about Lisa’s blog? Her mum has a section called “Lisa’s Mum Writes Back“, where Lisa’s blog readers can email her mum and ask for advice. It’s GENIUS! I might have to start doing something similar.
Ok, I have to get back to studying for my midterms next week.
Bird For Sale. Price: ?
Did you know that Twitter is currently in potential takeover talks with Facebook and Google. Do you care? Check out this article from Paul Carr at The Guardian for a fantastic summary.
Personally, I care about this. I would be sad if Twitter was taken over. Although I don’t use Twitter as frequently as some people, I like its simplistic structure, and that it’s an independent alternative to other major social networking platforms. As Carr mentions in his article – a Google takeover might spark a merger of Twitter and Google Buzz. *CRINGE!*. Alternately, if Facebook took over, would Twitter become boring too?
Facebook doesn’t have the Google-like reputation of taking over other companies. So is Facebook really interested in this potential deal? Or is Twitter just stirring up gossip to inflate its self-importance? There are so many unanswered questions!
Why do these online companies need to merge at all? Why can’t Twitter just “pull a craigslist” and stay true to itself? It must be for the money. It always comes down to money. Right? Carr’s article states that Twitter has made an estimated $360M to date. Not too shabby for a service that doesn’t allow advertising on its site. Perhaps a takeover will mean the introduction of sponsored tweets and embedded ads. *Blogger shudders*.
But with a variety of analytical and tracking software available these days, the return on investment for a company who uses Twitter is becoming easier and easier to identify. Perhaps a Twitter takeover has been inevitable for some time. Then again, these companies are just in talks, which could lead to nothing. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose.
My dog Arri has had her back paw in a splint for over a week now. Click here for the back story. Yesterday I took her back to Fountain City Animal Hospital (aka: best vet in Knoxville) for a pawlet check and a redressing. Check out the new fabulous colors she’s sporting!
Arri's polkadot cast
Home for less than 3 minutes and already relaxing
Needless to say, she’s doing very well and doesn’t seem to notice the cast at all. Must be comfy!