$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.


Cool URL

April 14, 2006

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I don't know what you would do with it, but a great way to take advantage of the old saw "When pigs fly" would be to get the domain "airbornepigs.com" which is currently available.


Wal-Mart

April 14, 2006

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Just watched "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices". I haven't really shopped at Wal-Mart in a long time. Generally speaking I wasn't a fan of the way they do business. After seeing the documentary, I'll do my best never to shop there again and encourage others to boycott it as well. The film obviously has an agenda, but it doesn't go off into a raving rant. It does throw a lot of info at you. Some of which I had an idea about, but to see raw numbers really puts it in perspective. The movie itself could have been put together a lot better, but it's well worth seeing. I'm a good capitalist and have no problem with a company that looks for new and improved ways to make money, but not when the price of innovation is suppression of workers and destruction of communities. I don't know if I would classify Wal-Mart as "Evil", but after seeing the film, you would be hard pressed to convince me that they aren't really shitty and a disgusting example of greed.


Hearts and Minds

April 05, 2006

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I'm watching "All the Presidents Men" about the Watergate break-in. There is a quote in the movie about Nixon's chief council that talks about a cartoon on his wall that reads: "When you got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow" Makes me wonder if this was an unspoken part of the military's "Hearts and Minds" campaign in Iraq.


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