I like stuff.

Friday, March 26, 2010

it's happening again...

phase 1:

Monday, March 22, 2010

March 22

One year later...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Two Talks

Both of these are about an hour long, so I commend you if you can get through either (or both!)

Sunday, March 14, 2010


One of my couch's siblings has gone out on safari. Finding it, I did the double-take of "Who let you out?"

I need to get out more, I'm anthropomorphizing my furniture. Yikes.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


And it's done.

Final report: $3 (coffee) + $5.87 (dinner) = $8.87 ($1.09 remaining)

How'd everyone else fare? For those that dropped out, did you still feel mindful of what you were spending?


So for context of that protest thing last night, I went on google maps. Some obscuring, yes.

The green area is company property. The red area is property of the hotel with the RSOs. I left some streets and other buildings around so you can see how close things are.

Speaking of weird...

I don't know how skewed Amazon's product suggestion algorithm is, but this list would definitely make for an interesting evening.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Things keep getting stranger.

And I likes it that way.

First, after a brief exchange on twitter the other night....
invictus:like a good single 30 something woman, i'm coming home before last call and watching project runway.

I felt compelled to respond:
transiit:Like a good single 30 something man, I'm in my apt. with the lights off reading Chuck Palahniuk with night vision goggles.

Took me a few days to make it happen:

Next, let ol' Unkie Transiit give you kids some advice. By all means, try those clever pick-up lines out as often as possible, just be a bit more selective about it if you're hitting on the ladies at the "Sex Offender" protest.

Finally, I found this quote that I really like. Good old Douglas Adams (as retold by Richard Dawkins)
"If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat. Life is a level of complexity that almost lies outside our vision""


$4 (coffee) + $2.20 (slice o' pizza) + $2.07 (kleenex) + $3.49 (vegetables) = $11.76 ($9.71 remaining)

Thursday, March 11, 2010


$4 (coffee) + $2.16 (lunch) + $11 (dinner) = $17.16 ($21.47 remaining)

Last day may get a bit lean.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


$4 (coffee) + $5.50 (lunch) + $5.80 (smokes) + $7.75 (dinner) = $22.05 ($38.63 remaining)

Almost got kicked out of the coffeehouse today for a Tourette's-like outburst. Wouldn't that be a money saver?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


$4 (coffee) + $7.95 (lunch) + 0.80 (peanuts from vending machine) = $12.75 ($60.68 left)

Monday, March 08, 2010


$4 (coffee) + $3.48 (lunch) + $13.91 (dinner) = $21.39 ($73.43 remaining)

How are others faring?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Young Me/Now Me

Phase 1

Phase 2


Me: $5.18 on groceries.
Thom: $0

(Valerie, Carrie or Paul, want to weigh in?)

Friday, March 05, 2010

All-Cash Challenge #1

My friend Thom and I were talking a while back, and we cooked up this idea. The rules will change in future versions, but the first round should be easy, and I think (even given the short notice), other people can join in easily. Here goes:

1) Figure out a rough budget of what it'd cost to live for a week.
2) Take that money out of the bank as cash.
3) Live for that week avoiding your credit and debit cards, checks, money orders, I.O.U.'s, etc.
4) Write observations as you see fit.
5) If you have to, you can use the credit or debit card, but you must announce you're out of the challenge (public being loosely defined as somewhere others can see it, such as a blog)

Future challenges may up the ante, like more restrictive budgets or longer timespans.

Me, I budgeted $100 for the week. Thom went more austere than that, but more power to him.

Think about joining in, it could be fun.

Challenge #1 will be rolling from March 7, 2010 to March 13, 2010.

Think you can do a week?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010