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- 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 ...
- 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.