Tuesday, February 14, 2006

ORLY?


Too funny not to post... if you've read a World of Warcraft forum in the past month (maybe any internet forum--it's amazing how this stuff spreads and would incidentally be a pretty cool study) you've seen the "o rly?" owl and his brother the "ya rly" owl (as in "oh really?" and "yes really" for those not fluent in 1337, err.... leet speak). Of course you also can't get away from Chuck Norris (wow forum postsers spend the time they're not making new ASCII orly owls browsing http://chucknorrisfacts.com/ for new material).

Isn't internet pop culture fun? :)

Until next time,

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Brown-bagging it

I was sitting here at my desk a moment ago eating lunch and I got the oddest sense of deja'vu. Thinking about it for a second, looking down at my sandwich, yogurt, banana, etc... I realize that I've eaten pretty much this same thing, or mixed and matched pieces of it, since, oh middle school.

Today it's in a plastic bag (I reuse the ones I get grocery shopping) instead of the brown bag I always brought to school and contains:
  • Quaker Chewey Oatmeal Rasin Granola Bar
  • Giant Brand "fruit on the bottom" Peach Yogurt (with oats for topping)
  • Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich (Whole Wheat Bread)
  • Banana
  • Baby Carrots
  • Container of Baked Beans
  • Can of Coke "Zero" (from lunch room fridge--some days its water or OJ, but today Coke sounded good)
Oh, I should note that I pack a lot, but don't eat lunch all at once. I sort of nibble all throughout the day. If I don't then I'm hungry by 3:00 and can't bear to drag myself to the gym after work because all I can think about is getting something to eat :).

Actually looking over my list I see a mix of old and new. Gone are the peanuts and Caprisun that I remember very vividly from high school lunches. Gone are the Nuti-Cookies as well (although right after Christmas I raided our fridge at home did have them again for a while). Gone are the pretzels (although every once in a while I get a bag and have them for a while). I've added random items from my fridge. Leftover pizza or chicken or salmon often gets thrown in there, or canned soup if I've been too lazy to bike to Giant in a while and am running low on stuff (my fridge is almost always pretty empty--when you're living by yourself stuff goes bad if you buy too much food--of course with only a bike carrier and a backpack to take groceries home in I can't buy much regardless).


Two things I'd like to follow up on:
  • Writing this and thinking about the lunches I've packed in the past made me want to keep something of a record of it. I think I'll post again in a month or so to see what's changed (if I can remember!)
  • I definitely inherited some parsimonious genes from my mom :) so besides packing lunch so I get to eat exactly what I want, I also do it to save money. I'd be interested to see how much I spend on food on average per week. I'll check my Quicken data at some point, but as a quick estimate I don't think it's more than $30 (and with prices at the lunch places around here--Panera, COSI, Wrapworks, Chipotle--I'd spend more than that just on five days of lunches).

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Happy e day!

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Staying out late... partying across the country... that's it my dollars are so grounded

If you haven't checked out Where's George you defnitely should. It's a neat website that allows you to enter your US paper money and see where it ends up on its travels after it leaves your wallet. If the bill was already entered into Where's George you can see where it has been as well!

I'm tracking a few bills. You can check em out here:

El'Cashos Numero Uno
Bill Zwei
Currency Unit 11

Unfortunetly none of the bills I've entered had any history and no one has entered anything since. But one of these days!

There was also a recent news story about how Where's George was recently used to model the spread of infectious disease based on the assumption that since paper money is carried around by people, mapping its movements may be a good model of how other things carried by humans (mainly diseases) get carried around. This is especially cool because it's very related to some of the work that Metron does. A number of our projects deal with modeling social networks (in our case for the purpose of detecting terrorist activity).

Oh, and finally, for all you Slash Dot fans out there, aparently the news story above was picked up by so many news media sources that Where's George couldn't handle the load, so of course the slashdotters took credit for it:


And PLEASE stop telling me I've been slashdotted or FARKed. I've been slashdotted and FARKed many times before,

and my servers can handle that piddly load. Just because a site is overwhelmed with traffic

DOES NOT MEAN you slashdotters get to take the credit. The cause of the extreme traffic is that hundreds

of online news outlets, TV, Radio, and print have all picked up this story at the same time.


To see all these stories, please enter "wheresgeorge.com" into news.google.com, or just click here.