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- Wednesday, June 07, 2023:
Data Day: 5.75 Years of Haircuts
Sep 2017 - May 2023
I've cut my own hair since 2004, having always hated the barbershop experience. I keep a piece of paper with the dates of my last haircut taped to the inside of my medicine cabinet as a reminder for when the next cut should occur. Here is the most recent data before the page filled up:
Average Time Between Haircuts: 21.677 days
Least Time Between Haircuts: 13 days
Most Time Between Haircuts: 35 days
Total Haircuts: 96
Total Money Saved (Assuming $20 Per Cut): $1920
Extrapolated Money Saved Since 2004: $6344&nb...
- Wednesday, March 29, 2023:
Data Day: 13 Years of Annual Finances
With the exception of two years (2018: The Year of Stay-At-Home Dadding and 2022: The Year of Having Two Kids), I've consistently made more than I spent. This is intentional so the graph looks more like a brontosaurus.
Life is definitely more expensive post-pandemic. My grocery bills have spiked from an average of $60 to $100 per trip, and only $10 of that is fresh berries that the kids immediately devour.
I'm looking forward to September of this year, when that boring mortgage line finally goes away for good, freeing up resources to buy a jetski or an exotic reptile.
- Wednesday, February 15, 2023:
Data Day: Real Estate Assessment
The value of my house and land has officially reached new heights (like a bird in a spaceship). The graph now resembles one of those GRE spatial puzzles that asks you to fill in the negative space by folding the positive space in an Origami-like way.
Since linear extrapolation is 100% guaranteed to be correct, I should be living in a million dollar home by the year 2043. At that point, I'll probably sell it and buy Twitter or something.
- Monday, December 05, 2022:
Advent of Code Day
I'm participating our company's Advent of Code competition for the fifth year in a row this year. While looking through my old times, I noticed that I never went to bed without first solving the night's puzzle. Here's a graph of how late after midnight I was up over the years.
The 4:39 spike in 2019 was the worst. You had solve a maze with keys and doors by moving a robot the fewest steps in Part 1. In Part 2, the maze was divided into four isolated quadrants and there were four robots. After solving that monstrosity, I got in the car and drove straight to the office for another day of proposal writing.
I'm currently in 2nd place. You can keep up with my daily progress this month on ...
- Wednesday, July 20, 2022:
Data Day: Mileage on My Honda Accord
I've had my Honda Accord for over 10 years now.
Yesterday's Mileage : 58426 miles
Travel Pre-COVID : 6536 miles/year
Travel Post-COVID : 2834 miles/year
- Wednesday, June 08, 2022:
Data Day: A Typical Summer Weekday
- Wednesday, May 11, 2022:
Random Chart Day: Most Played PC Games on Steam
Alternate Uses of This 1837 Hours
Obtain a 2nd job, working 35 hours per week for a full year.
Watch the extended edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy 161 times.
Walk continuously from Quebec City to Reno, Nevada and back again.
- Wednesday, April 20, 2022:
Random Chart Day: Places I've Lived
- Monday, December 06, 2021:
Data Day: Puzzle Boat Contributions
Our work team finally finished Puzzle Boat 8 at the end of November, 38 days after starting it. Here is a graph of puzzles solved by each teammate, starting with Puzzle Boat 6 where I had no idea what I was doing. I joined the team thinking "I like crossword puzzles, sure!" and then spent the next three months itemizing cats .
As I've said before, I wholeheartedly recommend the puzzles from P&A Magazine -- they're definitely worth the money if you find your typical newspaper puzzles a little too easy.
- Monday, November 22, 2021:
Data Day: Family Letters
Here are all of the letters you need to spell our family's names.
REBECCA prevents this from being a pleasing shape. Had I married a MOIRA, we could have made two perfect bunny ears!
- Friday, July 23, 2021:
Data Day: 80 Days of Sleep Stats
After Ian was born, Maia had some initial trouble accepting that life had changed. This was reflected in a few days where she didn't fall asleep until 4 hours after her bedtime or she woke up with the roosters. I started tracking her sleep times to give us a better feel for how tired she was on any given day.
She actually adapted pretty quickly after a couple rough weeks, but I kept on tracking because data is fun. Here is the number of times that Maia woke up at particular times in the AM:
And here is when she fell asleep (with bedtime typically at 7:30 PM).
- Friday, June 25, 2021:
Data Day: A Typical Day
This chart shows a typical summer day in the life of our family. The red overlay shows who's keeping an eye on Ian at any given time.
- 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 ...