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April 26, 2006

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There are those times when you just feel good and for me, right now is one of them. After work I went out with a few fellow employees and played 9 holes on the Valley course which was pretty fun. But what really hit the spot was that I splurged and went to Outback and had an excellent dinner of Steak and a baked potatoe with a nice salad. Top that with three whiskey drinks that got me to that point of being really relaxed, but not quite buzzed and I was pretty well set. Then the ride home, the air was perfect having just rained a little so that each breath felt nice and clean and some good tunes. That's a really hard thing to beat.


Solar panels with holograms

April 26, 2006

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I think solar energy makes an incredible amount of sense. The prices aren't there yet, but they are getting closer. Technology Review has a peice up about a company that is starting production of Holographic Solar panels. I haven't figured out yet what a breaking price point is for me, but it's getting closer.


Lost

April 26, 2006

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I missed the first few episodes of Lost when it first started so I haven't watched it. I like seeing things in order and didn't want to jump in at the middle. So, now I've started from the beginning. I'm on like episode 10 now. It's a lot of fun. Not quite Galactica good, but it's way up there.


$45.82

April 25, 2006

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This morning I spent what I'm sure is the most on gas I ever have at any one time. Total was $45.82 for 15.9 gal. It's not as high as other areas I'm sure, but $2.879/gal. + an very drained tank is a punch. Looking back at the fact that I paid $2.33/gal. on March 14 is a shock. Going up 54 cents in 42 days. That needs to end soon.


Word to watch out for

April 21, 2006

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Cascade. I hadn't heard the word in general use in a long time, then heard it twice in the course of an our from two seperate sources. Keep an eye out and see if it's cropping up elsewhere. (I don't count the "C" in CSS or Cascading Style Sheets in this)


Comment Spam

April 20, 2006

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Mutcho spam has been coming in so I'm killing comments for a bit till get time to put something in place to help limit them.


Hybrid Prices

April 16, 2006

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I like the idea of a hybrid car, but they are going to have to do way better on the price before it makes sense from a financial perspective. Using the Toyota web site as an example, they have the following specs listed: Camry CE (base model) Price: $18,270 MPG City: 24 MPG Highway: 33 Camry Hybrid Price: $25,900 MPG City: 40 MPG Highway: 38 So, a price difference of $7630. I drive about 300 miles/week. If you take today price of $2.79/gallon for an average and assume that all my driving is at the "City" milage/gallon consumption I would spend $1,813.50 on gas per year for the Camry CE and $1,088.10/year for the Camry Hybrid. At a difference of $725.40/year it would take about 10 and a half years to break even on the price difference. Of course, most of my driving is actually of the "Highway" type which would result in $1,318.91/year for the Camry CE and $1,145.37 for the Hybrid. A difference of $173.54/year which would take almost 44 years to break even. Of course, I'm not taking tax breaks into the equation, but still. I don't mind paying a reasonable amount more for something that's friendlier to the environment, but over 7 grand is out of the question until I win the lotto.


Interior Door

April 14, 2006

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If you ever wondered what the inside of your car door looks like, it's probably something like this: Inside car door My outside door handle broke off and I was going to fix it, but it appears to be MUCH harder to replace than the interior handle I did a while back. Next step is to figure out how much it would cost at the shop. It's probably worth it to just pay for this one.


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