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- Monday, August 26, 2019:
Data Day: Tolls
A breakdown of the $6300 we've blown on EZPass roads since 2006.
- Wednesday, February 20, 2019:
12 of 12 Fallout
Here are all of the Washington Post front page headlines captured in my 12 of 12 photos between 2006 and 2018. It's hurricanes and Trump all the way down!
February 12, 2010 : Blizzard rakes weary region
December 12, 2010 : In higher education, lessons in equality
March 12, 2011 : Japan reeling after 8.9 earthquake
November 12, 2012 : At a loss in Red America
July 12, 2013 : 'The world has left us behind'
September 12, 2013 : US arms reach rebels
November 12, 2013 : Wreckage stands in way of fast ...
- Monday, January 28, 2019:
Data Day: Evolution of the Annual Office Party
or, at least, the ones I actually went to
2010 : Small conference room at the Sheraton Premiere. Ugly Sweater Contest is the main feature. Cash bar. 3 people dancing. We win AN IPOD...docking station. We then went out and bought an iPod.
2011 : Mock casino setting in Reston Town Center. Everyone gets a company fleece not quite thick enough to use as a washcloth.
2012 : Small conference room at the Dulles Hilton with a Wild West theme. Free drinks and emceed entertainment.
2012 : Following a merger, the company rents out the entire Air & Space annex in Chantilly. Free sushi and plenty of corp...
- Monday, January 21, 2019:
Data Day: 3 Years of Monthly Finances
The chart shows my income and expenses (omitting all investments) throughout my brief stint at the commercial startup, as well as the Great Stay-At-Home-Dad Experiment.
2018 was the first year with a net negative change -- I ended the year down $15.80 from where I started, which isn't half bad when I spent most of that time hiking through the woods trying to get Maia to nap.
My goal for 2019 is to get back in the black in spite of my new major expenses (Netflix fee hikes, HOT lane charges taking Maia to Grandma's house during rush hour, and generous support to the burgeoning local brewery industry).
- Monday, December 17, 2018:
Amazon Prime Math Day
With Christmas approaching, here is a useful guide for estimating when your Amazon packages will arrive, based on Amazon's new interpretation of "Free Two-Day Shipping" and their amazingly efficient Amazon Logistics (AMZL) delivery contractors.
- Monday, October 29, 2018:
Data Day: BU's Halloween Costumes
- Monday, August 06, 2018:
Data Day: The Technology Timeline For My Career
- Wednesday, July 18, 2018:
Data Day: Maia's First Year
Social Smiling : 2 months
Foot Grabbing : 3 months
First Laughs : 3 months
First Solid Food : 4.5 months
Sitting Up : 5.5 months
Clapping : 6 months
First Airplane Flight : 8.5 months
First Teeth : 8.5 months
Crawling : 9 months
Drinking Through a Straw : 9.5 months
Cruising : 10 months
First Word In Context ("Dada") : 10.5 months
Upwards Stair Mobility : 11 months
- Monday, June 11, 2018:
Data Day: Cloud Hosting Costs
The URI! Zone has been running IN THE CLOUD for just over three years now , so I thought I would compute the costs to see if I'm really getting my money's worth. The answer isn't completely cut and dried, as I do a lot more with the flexibility offered by the cloud, spinning up new servers on the fly to work on Sparkour or taking over hosting duties for the Paravia Wiki . Still, I'm very satisfied with what I've gotten for the amount I've paid.
In the olden days, I was spending $240 a year on the "complete" hosting package for the URI! Zone. I could login to my space on the shared server and upload files but not much else. When I moved into AWS, I added a 3rd server (Web/App/DB instead ...
- Monday, February 19, 2018:
Data Day: Subjects in My Instagram Posts
If you would like to see additional pictures of babies and cats (all of which eventually end up in my Google Photos albums at the end of the month), you can follow me on Instagram. My username is the very clever "brian.uri".
- Monday, November 06, 2017:
Data Day: Overwatch Level Over Time
One's account level in the game of Overwatch has no bearing on skill, but it does show the world how much time you've wasted invested playing video games. By charting my Overwatch level over the months since the game was released, I can see how my different jobs and offspring have affected my play time.
Conclusion : Children have a more detrimental effect on video game play time than any job.
- Monday, October 02, 2017:
Data Day: How Much Sleep Dad Gets
I kept track of my total hours of sleep (starting when Maia was 1 week old) to see if there was any proof to the popular adage about "never sleeping again".
The data seems to disprove the hypothesis, as I slept a total of 631 hours at an average of 8.08 hours per day . Generally, this is lumped into about 7 contiguous hours during the night shift, followed by a floor nap of up to an hour somewhere around 3 PM (when Maia permits).
When I was a double-income-no-kids working stiff, I averaged about 6.5 hours of sleep per night, usually going to bed around 10:30 and waking up around 5 AM. So, I'm actually getting more sleep as a dad!
- Monday, March 20, 2017:
Data Day: When I Sleep
My sleep schedule has been pretty predictable since I was a kid. Before college, I would wake up with my dad at 5:42 AM and had a bedtime that slowly grew to 10 PM by the time I was a senior. In college, I would stay up super late partying in my room alone until midnight, and often got a full 8 hours of sleep -- I never once pulled an all-nighter. Finally, since joining the workforce, I have kept my wake-up time pretty consistently around 5:30 AM with a nice, early 10 PM bedtime.
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016:
Data Day: FGM / Novetta Stats
I kept rigorous logs of the hours I worked while full-time at Novetta, right down to the specific time I started each day (between 5:30 and 6:30 AM throughout the years). From the data, here's how many hours I worked overtime or used as paid time off over the past 13 years:
Among the highlights that I remember:
When I was hired full-time after grad school, there was no work to do for the first few weeks, so I spent the days learning how to create Warcraft 3 custom maps. I then spent 4 months doing a project with the Vignette Content Management System which was ultimately scrapped because it was an inappropriate abomination for the intended use case.
I used to play poke...
- Friday, May 13, 2016:
Data Day: Gassing Up My Car
Here are some mildly interesting statistics about gasoline, drawn from the 90 times I've filled up my gas tank since I purchased my car in May 2012.
The average gas mileage for my 2012 Honda Accord is 21.71 MPG. The worst was 15.87 (during the winter) and the best was 30.1 (on a trip to Blacksburg for the MV Practice Field opening). Honda advertises 20 city / 30 highway for this model so I'm normal.
The price of gas has ranged from $1.80/gallon to $3.87/gallon with the average at $3.11.
I generally go 285 miles or 16 days between fill-ups. Once, I made it 39 whole days without filling up, but that's because we were in Canada and then we drove Rebecca's car to the beach f...
- Thursday, March 31, 2016:
End-of-the-Month Highlights Day
New photos have been added to the Life, 2016 album.
Released a new open-source project on Super Tuesday, 3/1.
Enjoyed a hint of snow on H 3/3.
Went to the Smiths for Bonchon and Settlers of Catan on S 3/5.
Performed invasive surgery on my Dad's computer, obliterated by a Windows 10 install, on M 3/7.
Went to the Lowrys for meats around the outdoor fireplace on S 3/12.
Did our taxes and ended up owing very little on S 3/13.
Hosted a wild St. Patrick's Day party on S 3/19.
Porch Burger Night with Michelle on S 3/26.
- Friday, February 19, 2016:
Data Day: Real Estate Assessment
Loudoun County real estate assessments continue to tick back up, but don't get too comfortable. Financial trends often mimic patterns found in the natural world and it looks like we're long overdue for another decline, if the Matterhorn can be trusted:
- Friday, January 22, 2016:
Data Day: 7 Years of Monthly Finances
The chart does not include the billions that Rebecca makes as a Physical Therapist Assistant, nor the trillions she spends on yoga and yogurt pops.
Of the money I've taken home over the past 7 years, 40% has gone into savings, 20% has gone towards the fixed mortgage (which now has about 5 - 7 years left on it), and 40% has been spent on bills, taxes, Netflix, and computer games.
Come year's end, there has never been a year where I spent more than I took home.
Although my salary has gone up every year, take-home pay just barely has a positive slope, thanks to those wonderful tax bracket thresholds.
Data is fun!
- Friday, January 15, 2016:
Data Day: 2015 Treadmill Stats
We've owned a treadmill for four years now, and it's my preferred and only form of exercise. I can get healthy in the comfort of my basement, and don't feel like I've wasted my life if I watch a TV show that turns out to be less than stellar. Here are some stats on how much I ran last year (compared to 2014 ).
Total Exercise Sessions: 218 sessions in 365 days
Total Time on Treadmill: 143 hours (The complete Friends series is 83 hours 40 minutes)
Total Distance Travled: 595 miles (like walking from my house to Bangor, Maine in a straight line)
Speed Range: 3 MPH - 10 MPH
- Friday, January 08, 2016:
Data Day: The Age of Things in My Living Room