Archive for February, 2010
This article illustrates exactly the sort of dangers there are in detailing your travel plans or even personal information (like your birthday) in a public place. Fortunately, we’ve got a house sitter the entire time we’re in India and vigilant neighbors who are also retirees with nothing better to do than watch our house. Not to mention our three vicious guard cats. They will scratch you to death if you look at them funny. Also, we have a pit bull … he’s totally got rabies, too. And a komodo dragon. Their bites are toxic to humans.
Mumbai is a amazing mix of elements: rural and urban, natural and developed, East and West, often in the same block. Seeing the auto-rickshaws drive by this Gold’s Gym in the middle of a densely set of trees really brought that all home to me. A couple blocks away, there was a cow hanging out in front of a flower store.
Last minute checklist:
- House sitting arranged? Check.
- Baby furniture acquired? Check.
- Baby clothes and diapers ready? Check.
- Camera? Check.
- Blog posts pre-written and scheduled to run during the inevitable crazy period where I won’t be able to write for a while? Wait, what? Uh, oh…
Now that fatherhood is just about to happen, I find myself looking at life completely differently. Like, last night was the last figure drawing session that I went to before I’m a dad. Monday was the last meeting with my team at work that I’ll have before I’m a dad. Last Thursday was probably the last burrito that I’ll have before I’m a dad… Okay, now it’s just getting silly.
But it does make me wonder when I’ll ever have time to do some of these kinds of things again. I keep on hearing all these horror stories about how new parents’ entire existences are devoted to serving the new food-to-poop converter that has entered into their lives. Then my friends with kids assure me that this phase of parenthood is only temporary … it just feels like forever.
I’m going to go a bit out on a limb here, but I don’t think Apple’s going to have any problems selling these things.
How do I create a custom ringtone for my iPhone?
Raring for Ringtones
Ah, finally, an iPhone related question. Well, there are already a few good guides out there to do this and here is the basic process:
- create a sound file
- export it from iTunes as an “.m4a” file (AAC Encoder)
- delete the sound file from iTunes
- rename the exported file’s extension to “.m4r”
- double-click the “.m4r” file to bring it into iTunes
- sync your iPhone
The one detail that you might need is that if you don’t see a “Create AAC Version” item when you right-click on the original sound file, that means you have to set your preferences. Go to “iTunes -> Preferences …” and in the “General” tab, look for the “Import Settings…” button. Then set “Import Using:” to “AAC Encoder”.
Just for fun, here’s a ringtone of me saying, “Ring Ring”. Enjoy!