End of an Era – I Got New Shoes (or: No Mo’ Crocs)

Most of you know that my signature footwear for the last few years has been a pair (several, actually) of orange Crocs. Yes, they’re ugly. I wasn’t making a fashion statement, because I have no fashion. They were comfy, yes, but not everyone knew the real reason I wore them (along with white socks): they were my “RSS Evangelism Shoes”. People would hear that and say “what’s RSS?” and I’d say “I’m glad you asked!” πŸ™‚

 I’ve always like quirky, distinctive shoes. The white-and-orange of the universal RSS feed icon is just the latest riff on the theme.

 But all good things must come to an end.

 There have been fervent opponents to my footwear. Cami Kaos even staged a shoe intervention last time I was on Strange Love Live. Cami, and everyone else who hated my Crocs will be thrilled to know that I have new shoes:

Converse All-Stars, in white and orange. Natch.
You see, it was always more about the white-and-orange than it was about wearing plastic foam clogs. The RSS Shoes have evolved. πŸ™‚
I still have the Crocs, and I’ll likely wear them from time to time (they’re GREAT to fly in). But I thought at least a few of you would be pleased with my new kicks. And I’m sure you’ll find something new to harrass me about. πŸ™‚
The best part is, I can still tell people “look for the guy in the bright orange shoes” to pick me out of a crowd.

Posted via email by way of Josh Bancroft’s Posterous


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-30

  • Amazing how difficult the little things are when you only have the effective e use of one arm. Takes some getting used to. #
  • 1min 22s of Gabe Laughing Hysterically #
  • Anyone know what time the Thunderbirds are flying today? We’re at a nearby park to watch. #oregonairshow #
  • @chrispirillo Cool! Even though I live nearby, I’ve never been to see the Spruce Goose. And the Oregon Airshow has the Thunderbirds tmrw! in reply to chrispirillo #
  • Attention! Attention! I bought new shoes tonight. They are *not* Crocs. That’s all I’m at liberty to say right now. End transmission. #
  • @camikaos I feel like I should still wear the Crocs just for you next week. That’d be OK, right? πŸ˜‰ in reply to camikaos #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-29

  • Oh, crap. Parallels 3 is incompatible with Snow Leopard. And I haven’t upgraded to 4 yet. That’s going to delay me… #
  • Here’s Apple’s official list of software that’s not compatible with Snow Leopard (“janky”, via @ejacqui): #
  • @jrnoded I run Windows under Parallels as infrequently as I possible can, and then, only because I need Outlook for work. in reply to jrnoded #
  • @SharonG Those incompatible Apple apps are really old. That’s like Microsoft saying that Office 97 isn’t supported on Windows 7. πŸ™‚ in reply to SharonG #
  • @SharonG But you use a relatively recent version of Keynote, don’t you? πŸ˜‰ in reply to SharonG #
  • Line for Snow Leopard at Pioneer Place Apple Store (at 12:30PM): #
  • Actually, that line is just for people buying Macs, iPhones, and iPods. The Sbow Leopard line is much shorter. Wow. :-O #
  • Woop! That was fast! πŸ™‚ #
  • @lunarobverse it’s a very thin box. in reply to lunarobverse #
  • Oh man. I was hurrying for the train, and tripped on the stairs at the mall. I think I messed up my arm. Trying not to faint/vomit. πŸ™ #
  • Elbow hurts. Stiffening up. This isn’t good… πŸ™ #
  • At home, icing my elbow. Debating a trip to urgent care for x-rays. Feel so stupid… #
  • @betsywhim I’m looking for an app that will diagnose whether my elbow’s broken or not. πŸ˜‰ in reply to betsywhim #
  • RT @rachelbancroft: We have an egg! Don’t know which hen laid it. In the middle of the chicken run. but we are so excited! #backyardchickens #
  • @marusin I’m in. πŸ™‚ in reply to marusin #
  • I got Snow Leopard. And I think I broke my elbow. #
  • Thanks for all the well wishes. I’m at the urgent care, getting checked out. If I get a cast, will you all sign it? πŸ™‚ #
  • Oh, BTW, I #blamedrewscancer for me tripping up the stairs today and wrecking my elbow. #
  • @kristinwolff Any color you want. πŸ™‚ in reply to kristinwolff #
  • @Jerry_Makare There’s gotta be some geeky way of doing it. I’m thinking I’ll print out tweets and glue them on. πŸ™‚ in reply to Jerry_Makare #
  • Dr. says elbow’s just a strain, no bony injury. So that’s good. Aleve and ice a few times a day for me! πŸ™‚ #
  • Now I’m kind of bummed that I won’t have a cast or anything for you all to sign. That could’ve been fun. πŸ™‚ #
  • Impressive Accuracy from Yelp Monocle AR on iPhone #
  • @AndruEdwards Have you tried iShowU? No idea if it works under 10.6 but I’ve always found it useful. #
  • I just became the mayor of Sonic Drive-In – Hillsboro on @foursquare! #
  • I’m assuming all the explosion-like noises outside are part of the night airshow at Hillsboro airport, and not actual bombs. Right? Right?!? #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-28

  • @kellyrfeller I would run away, very fast, from someone who calls themselves “Twitterati”, no matter how many followers they have. πŸ™‚ in reply to kellyrfeller #
  • Yay annual fire drill time! πŸ™‚ #
  • They timed this well – we’re across the street from the Hillsboro airport, where the airshow planes are practicing. πŸ™‚ #
  • Autostitch pano of us hanging out in the parking lot during the fire drill: #
  • We need to plan better next time, and have a tailgate party in the parking lot during the next evac drill. πŸ™‚ #
  • @ahockley what else IS there to do during a fire drill but tweet? πŸ™‚ in reply to ahockley #
  • All right, everyone. Fire drill’s over. Back on your heads! πŸ™‚ #
  • Oh, wow. The new backend admin interface they rolled out recently is FANTASTIC. Love it. Great job, guys! πŸ™‚ #
  • @EkaterinaWalter Pleasure to talk to you. Thanks for saying so many nice things about me! πŸ™‚ in reply to EkaterinaWalter #
  • Wanna hear the origin story of @isntv, and how to launch your own live TV station from your cube? Thumb my SXSWi panel: #
  • ZOMG Yelp just brought augmented reality (full blown) to the iPhone 3GS. It’s amazing. πŸ™‚ #
  • Yelp Monocle – Augmented Reality arrives on the iPhone 3GS #
  • Couple more Yelp Monocle augmented reality screenshots #
  • RT @marshallk: Yelp Brings First US-Specific Augmented Reality to iPhone App Store (with my screenshots! πŸ™‚ #
  • Ooh. Spotify for iPhone got approved for the U.S. (but it’s not in the App Store yet). Cool! #
  • Sweet! Oregon Air Guard F-15s practicing right overhead for the airshow this weekend. ?? #
  • RT @marshallk: The Wall Has Fallen: 3 Augmented Reality Apps Now Live in iPhone App Store #
  • @ravenme and @jameskeller are saying that Facebook 3.0 for iPhone is out, but I’m still only seeing 2.5 in the App Store. #
  • It’s like iPhone App Christmas in August today! Yelp Monocle, Spotify gets approved, Facebook 3.0 finally comes out. It’s a trifecta! πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @steverubel: If you want thew new iPhone Facebook app uninstall the old and then just reinstall from the app store. #
  • Deleted and reinstalled Facebook app, got 3.0 (as per @steverubel, @joehewitt, and @ravenme). App Store cache takes a while to catch up. #
  • I misspoke earlier. It’s the Thunderbirds (F-16s) practicing overhead for the airshow, not the Oregon ANG F-15s. We regret the error. #
  • @ahockley Alas, I’m missing the airshow and all other weekend events, as it’s the one weekend @rachelbancroft convinced me to go camping. in reply to ahockley #
  • @turoczy We can has RSS feed for @memePDX? I am intrigued by your ideas, and wish to subscribe to your <strike>newsletter</strike> podcast. in reply to turoczy #
  • @kfinsand You’ve got to shake your iPhone 3 times. Try it fast, slow, long, and short. I had to try several times before I got it to work. in reply to kfinsand #
  • I just unlocked the “Bender” badge on @foursquare! #
  • Error message from the My6Sense iPhone app (which still can’t import my GReader feeds): ” Oh Noes!” πŸ™‚ #
  • Rachel’s Backyard Chickens #
  • Bummer that PicPosterous doesn’t update a blog post after you add new media to an album. That means new stuff only shows on Posterous. #
  • How is there not a Zappos iPhone app? #
  • @grigs @betsywhim I’m not normal. I’m an edge case. An outlier. I compulsively install 3-4 new iPhone apps per *day*. πŸ™‚ #
  • @morganpdx What? You mean normal people don’t do that? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @betsywhim I don’t know if I want to admit exact numbers re: my iPhone app consumption in public… πŸ™‚ in reply to betsywhim #
  • @protherj You can add images one at a time to PicPosterous, or email multiple images. Emailing let’s you add a description, which is nice. in reply to protherj #
  • Whoa – Penny Arcade got a redesign. Looks nice. #
  • We have a reservation for a 2 room cabin at LL Stub Stewart State Park Fri and Sat. We can’t go. Will transfer to you if interested. #
  • Here are the cabin amenities: We’ve paid fees and one night. You can have two nights for the balance, $39. #
  • LMK if you’re interested in the cabin by tomorrow AM. We had to make these reservations 9 months in advance. Our loss your gain! πŸ˜‰ #
  • LL Stub Stewart is a new State Park 31 miles W of Portland. #
  • @protherj Photos, pick an album, hit the box/arrow icon lower right. Touch to select multiple photos. Touch share. You can also copy/paste. in reply to protherj #
  • @protherj You’re welcome. You’ll note that the Posterous album works fine in the iPhone browser. Even video playback works. It’s nice. in reply to protherj #
  • Stub Stewart cabin is spoken for. That was fast. From @rachelbancroft’s mailing list of church friends. Do tweeters not like camping? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @protherj Yeah, I wish Posterous embedded a Flash video player in blog posts, too. And I wish for support. in reply to protherj #
  • @ahockley Hey. Just because it’s a two room cabin with heat, electricity, beds, and a covered porch doesn’t mean it’s not camping. πŸ˜‰ in reply to ahockley #
  • I just told @rachelbancroft that was a porn site, and she should never go there. Think it’ll work? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @rachelbancroft is browsing mid-century modern furniture on Craigslist, and making inappropriate, lusty noises. Should I be worried? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley I’m excited about Snot Leopard because I hope to finally be rid of Outlook and my Windows VM. The speed optimizations are gravy. in reply to ahockley #
  • I’ve tweeted more tonight than I have for a long time (not counting Gnomedex). Somebody stop me! Aaaaah! πŸ™‚ #
  • @ahockley Dude. Everyone in the know calls it Snot Leopard. #seriously in reply to ahockley #
  • @blogan I know! It’s my claim to fame in the Pantheon of Apple history. “Here lies @jabancroft. He coined the phrase Snot Leopard.” πŸ™‚ in reply to blogan #

I got Snow Leopard. And I think I broke my elbow.

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Stopped by the Apple Store at Pioneer Place downtown, to pick up Snot Leopard, and to check out the festivities. There was a line about 25 deep, but what surprised me was it was the line for people buying Macs, iPhones, and iPods. The Snow Leopard line only had one guy in it, and moved fast.

The highlight of the day came as I was leaving the mall. I saw my train coming, and was hurrying to catch it. I tripped on the stairs and faceplanted, hard. I landed mostly on my left hand/elbow. Pain. I think I was in mild shock on the train (yes, I made it) – almost fainted, felt like I was going to plurk, cold sweat, etc

Nothing was obviously broken, and I could move it ok, but as the day has progressed, it has stiffened up and swolen. I’ve iced it, but I think I’m going to gave to break down and go have it looked at.

All of which means I’m not installing and playing with Snow Leopard yet, and that hurts more than my elbow! πŸ™‚

Posted via email by way of Josh Bancroft’s Posterous

Update: Dr. says elbow’s just a strain, no bony injury. So that’s good. Aleve and ice packs a few times a day for me! πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-27

  • I’m in an unsubscribing, unfollowing kind of mood today. Not mad, but trying to clean stuff up. Time for an Attention Purge! πŸ™‚ #
  • @marshallk made me blog about augmented reality (been thinking about it a *lot*): #
  • New funny site: – “Cars in Compromising Positions” (seems to be from the Cheesburger folks) #
  • I’m thinking I might have to join in the Apple Store fun for Snot Leopard launch on Friday… #
  • @teleken No. I said “Snot Leopard” and I meant “Snot Leopard”. πŸ™‚ (actually, it’s an inside joke from a typo I made long ago…) in reply to teleken #
  • “Have a Smart – Know the Betterβ„’” #