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- Monday, February 15, 2021:
Data Day: Percent Changes Over a Decade (Feb 2011 - Feb 2021)
Take Home Income: +24.34%
Hours Worked: -%25%
Mortgage: No Change
Power Bill: +47.44%
Internet Bill: +35.03%
Water Bill: +80.24%
HOA Fees: +46.89%
House Insurance: +24.91%
Car Insurance: +45.99%
URI! Zone Hosting: -11.66% IN THE CLOUD
Lunch at Popeyes: +7.8%
Number of Hondas: No Change
Number of Cats: -50%
Number of Kids: +100%
Number of Wives: No Change ...
- Monday, November 16, 2020:
Quarantine Data Day
Today is Day 249 of our quarantine. We get groceries from Giant pickup and the outdoor farmer's market in Sterling, supplemented with early morning runs to Safeway for fresh bagels and hard-to-find Coke Zero. We don't eat out quite as much as the early days of quarantine, maybe once or twice a week now.
Maia spends two hours per week in her community center class with 2-3 other masked students. Depending on whether Virginia implodes in the coming weeks, we're thinking about expanding that up to six hours in December so Rebecca can be "off" for a little more each week.
Rebecca has started working again sporadically. The past few weeks have been a couple evenings a week seeing a few patients in an...
- Monday, September 28, 2020:
Quarantine Data Day
Today we're on Day 200 of self-quarantine, having spent 54.8% of the year away from gross people.
I think we have adapted quite well, adjusting socially to have one family at a time for dinner on our screen porch or doing activities that mostly involve the forest. We've taken two vacations (complete with pre- and post- quarantines) as a pod, taking advantage of the available rental stock on VRBO and other sites.
We've switched almost exclusively to grocery pre-order and pickup, although I still make a weekly early morning trip to Safeway for their soft, soft bagels and Coke Zero (surprisingly, there is still a Coke Zero shortage because production has switched to basic Coke to avoid any shortages ...
- Monday, July 20, 2020:
Quarantine Data Day
On this, my 130th day of quarantine, I have now spent 35.6% of 2020 in a very low energy orbit in and around my house (not unlike subatomic particles chilled to near 0 degrees Kelvin).
I've shopped at Giant 24 times, Safeway 8 times, Costco 2 times, and Wegmans 0 times (roughly once every 4 days). Out of those 33 trips, I've only seen non-homeopathic disinfectant wipes in stock 3 times.
I've made 135 git commits to my new web development project.
I've amassed 13 days 9 hours 28 minutes of play time on my new Elder Scrolls Online character.
I've spent $585.83 on Amazon purchases. However, the first place winner in my company's Advent of Code compe...
- Friday, May 01, 2020:
Data Day: A Representative Day in Self-Quarantine
- Friday, November 22, 2019:
Data Day: Websites I Visit On a Daily Basis
- 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 Stats
I kept rigorous logs of the hours I worked while full-time, 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 poker, soccer, ...