saturday, december 24, 2005
At my house, we make a birthday cake for Jesus.
wednesday, december 21, 2005
Things found while excavating my little sister’s closet:
- One 20-dollar bill, 20 one-dollar bills, and 65 cents in coins.
- Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, due back to the school library in January 2001.
- An eight-foot-long green snake from IKEA, named Alice.
- A retelling of the three little pigs story that I wrote in sixth grade. It involves the pigs as professional architects, and the wolf is eventually scared off by falling down a stinky chimney.
- The colorful t-shirt from this post.
- An excuse to take pictures with the macro button.
monday, december 19, 2005
The current edition of Cheerios boxes really emphasizes their alleged whole grain goodness. How many times each side of a standard box says “Whole Grain”:
Top - 3
Bottom - 1
Front - 6
Side - 1
Other side - 1
Back - 24
The total count comes to 36, including three “whole grain” buttons, two large “Whole Grain” logos, the ingredients list, a couple paragraphs on the back that extoll the benefits of “Whole Grain”, and a few disclaimers about how whole grain might not be the cure for everything.
I think Cheerios might be allied with the vegetarian industrial complex.
wednesday, december 14, 2005
I got a new 15” Powerbook. Yay! The slowness, blurriness, and non-portability of my summer-2001 iMac was getting to me. The new screen is so much brighter; now I’m not sure whether I’ve been adjusting my photos to be too bright. Time to calibrate. Other issues: the battery doesn’t work and they’re sending me a new one. It came with 10.4.2, not 10.4.3. The only extra bundled software I like is OmniGraffle — be prepared for more crazy charts! But the Powerbook is definitely fast, sharp, and portable, and I love it already.
And now for something completely different. This website is a collection of hacked-up old scripts. Instead of writing everything myself, I grab other people’s good work and customize it to death. I like things that don’t use a relational database or web admin interface (right now, Blosxom, UseModWiki, and Photostack) because I like to do everything from my FTP client. A lot of Blosxom users have moved to Wordpress or Movable Type in the past few years, but so what if it’s not being actively developed? I like it! The same goes for UseModWiki and the old version of Photostack that I use. Just so you know.
thursday, december 01, 2005
A year or so ago in Economics class, my partner and I invested an imaginary $81,000 in the stock market. How is our money doing?
The $16,000 divided among Gap, Hershey, and Nike stayed about the same. We chose them because they seemed solid, but I guess they didn’t have much room for growth. Starbucks went down 40% and Red Robin (a burger chain) went up 10% for a combined loss of $2,400 on an $18,600 investment. So, investing in Starbucks was dumb, but Red Robin did fine — the only non-globalized corporation in the bunch.
But of course, I put most of our money in Google and Apple. They’re important companies and I liked them despite their evil tendencies (this is the stock market, after all). The $37,000 I invested in Google grew to $82,800. That was a lot of money in a single company, but it doubled. The $9,700 I put into Apple made a profit of $4,700.
I could be paying for most of college with the $50,500 total profit — a 40% return.