07.18.06

Dinner is served..

Posted in Mobile Posts at 8:20 pm by divinity


Cheap, healthy, colorful and delicious thanks to my grandfather’s simple
dressing recipe.

Google-Earthing the North Korean Military

Posted in News at 3:13 pm by divinity

Open Source » Blog Archive » Google-Earthing the North Korean Military

Ordinary geeks using Google Earth to keep tabs on North Korea.  Kind of surreal to zoom in and see this kind of stuff.

The Age of the Web Hermit

Posted in Geek, Personal News at 8:18 am by divinity

bit-tech.net | The Age of the Web Hermit

Scary or exciting?  The sheer vastness of the amount of information on the Internet has always thrilled me.  Instant knowledge whenever you need it.  (Granted it needs to be taken with a grain of salt sometime)  I find myself falling back to a web hermit every now and then.  Especially lately since I’m on a hardcore budget.  For the cost of my internet connection I have access to income generating work, entertainment, friends (in text form), and education.  However, after a few days of this I do find the need for actual human contact and get out of the house.  I do have a bone to pick with people that contrast the online world with “real life.”  For some of us the internet and computers are so interwoven into our lives that there is no distinction, it is “real life.”  The internet is not just a game but rather a source of income, a passion, social community, and more.  Granted, I don’t fully understand those that spend hours playing video games, but I do understand that part of it is community and hanging out with your friends.  There’s a big social aspect to some of the MMORPGs, but at the same time it pulls you away from other social circles.  In the end it’s all about balance.  You have to figure out when to turn on and turn off.  I’ll probably go home this evening and spend 6-7 hours working on websites, but come this weekend, I’ll be looking for a good reason to get out of the house.  Perhaps I’ll run around the city with some friends doing sf0 tasks. 🙂

07.17.06

I assure you we’re open

Posted in Fun Stuff, Personal News, sf0 at 8:51 pm by divinity


Quote Or Scene Performance

With Clerks 2 coming out soon, we had to pay homage to the original black and white low-budget film responsible for Kevin Smith’s success. Plus we couldn’t find much of anything else in CVS at midnight other than shoe polish. Bird made a call to Matt, in search of a sheet, he had one he was willing to donate to the cause, so we ran and picked him up and went to a nearby playground to make the sign and spend way too much time spitting out lines from Clerks

Security rolled by somewhere around 1am to check things out. He was told that it was a “school project” and that we’d be gone in 10 minutes. He was cool with that and rolled on his way.

Once the sign was dry, it was time to find a Quickstop. Bird knew of a Kwik Mart (close enough) and off we went. It was as if the place was made for us. We pulled into the parking lot, hung the sign with clips that were already there, and snapped some pictures. After the Kwik Mart we decided we ought to hit as many places as we could with the sign: Circuit City, Cub Foods, Microcenter, and EB Games made the list as we drove around. There were a few weird looks and one cabbie asked what it was for, we told him it was “for a movie”

With this task, I’d like to welcome the new Chicago sf0 crew, hopefully with our powers combined we can compete with the MPLS and SF crew before I defect to SF. 🙂

“What smells like shoe polish?”

Click here for all of the pictures via flickr

‘Bridge Troll’ Arrested After Confrontation With Deputy

Posted in News, sf0 at 9:50 am by divinity

This sounds like an SF0 task gone bad…

TheDenverChannel.com – News – ‘Bridge Troll’ Arrested After Confrontation With Deputy

HP Announces Tiny Wireless Memory Chip

Posted in Geek, News at 9:48 am by divinity

Hewlett-Packard researchers have developed a memory chip with wireless networking capabilities that is roughly the same size as a grain of rice, the company said Monday.

Prototypes of the Memory Spot chip developed by HP Labs contain 256 kilobits to 4 megabits of memory and can transfer data wirelessly at speeds up to 10Mbps. There are eight bits in a byte. This amount of storage allows the chips to hold a short video clip, digital pictures or “dozens of pages” of text, HP said, adding that the chips do not require a battery.

[more @ HP Announces Tiny Wireless Memory Chip]
This just makes me go “wow.”  I’m continuously brought back to the idea of always having a computer on your person.  To be able to tap into the vast amount of knowledge and resources that is the internet would be amazing to have.  I already have a daily taste of it with my sidekick, but even that has its issues with signal and slow loading webpages.  It’s still great to be able to pull up information on just about anything at a moment’s notice though.

07.16.06

Laptop cooler

Posted in Mobile Posts at 12:00 am by divinity


It’s time for a new laptop cooler! The old one was getting a little
beat up, so I cut up a new FedEx box. Lets see how long this one can
last!

07.15.06

What smells like shoe polish?

Posted in Mobile Posts at 4:50 am by divinity

There’s a million fine looking women in the world, dude.

Posted in Mobile Posts at 2:20 am by divinity


But they don’t all bring you lasagna at work. Most of them just cheat
on you

07.13.06

The Rabbit Budget

Posted in Personal News at 8:41 pm by divinity

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard a calling from California. It just seems like the place where I should be, both socially as well as professionally. So, after a visit out there, I decided I’m moving to San Francisco in November. Now I need to be able to afford the move. Meanwhile I need to continue to pay my monthly bills, pay off a ring, and go to Burning Man. That obviously puts me in a tough spot. Can I really save enough money to make it to California? How much do I really need to move to Cali? Well I’m putting it at about $4000. That should cover the deposit and first month’s rent, and then my current salary will be able to afford the monthly rent as long as I shoot for a place around what I’m paying now. How can I get to that goal of $4000 in 4 months? I either have to save a lot of money, make a lot of money, or a combination of both. I currently have two sources of income, my salary from my normal job and the income generated from my websites. How do I balance this out with my bills and still manage to save enough? Hardcore budgeting that I am dubbing the Rabbit Budget. Here’s the rules:

– No new purchases of items

I don’t need any more stuff, I already need to reduce the amount of things in order to make the move.

The only exception to this rule will be items necessary for Burning Man and/or the Move.

– Reduce the number of bills

What do I really need to pay? Rent, Gas, Power, Water, Phone, Credit Cards, Loans, Insurance
Exceptions: bills that allow me to create income, i.e. internet, web hosting, etc.

– Reduce the amount of stuff I own

There are many things I own that I don’t need or use. By selling what I can and giving away what I can’t sell, not only will I reduce the amount of stuff to move and clutter in my life, but I can also supplement my income to some degree.

– Eat in

Eating out used to be the biggest drain on my income. Now that I’m on my own, I can eat what I want and I’m not a picky eater. Cheap meals like rice and beans and vegetables, chili and peanut butter, ramen, cereal, sandwiches, etc. Why pay $6 for one sub at Subway, when I can take that $6 and buy a whole loaf of bread, sandwich meat, lettuce, onions, and make sandwiches for a week?

– Entertainment

Entertainment needs to be put on hold until I make it out to Burning Man and San Francisco. I think Burning Man will be more than enough entertainment, and I always have the internet to pass the time (as well as a lot of work I should be doing anyways).

Exceptions: social outtings, going to the bar, etc. These will have a $20 limit on the evening, with a $40 limit on the week. By placing an envelope for each week with $40 in it, I will keep myself in check.

The next step is figuring out just how little I can live on from day-to-day. I obviously need to eat, and I unfortunately need to put gas in the car to get to work (a little too far to bike, and not so convenient to bus). I don’t need to go out to eat, I don’t need to go see a movie, I don’t need a trip to the ice cream shop, or a new hard drive. There will be plenty of time for that when I get out to San Francisco. So, starting tomorrow, it’s time to start tracking every penny and saving as many of them as I can.

Some of the resources I’ll use:

ChgoNW_SuburbanClassifieds · Chicago’s NW Suburban Classifeds

Anyone out there have any additional suggestions?

ps: if you want to help me follow my dream of making it to California, there’s a handy little donation button to the right. I would be truly grateful. 🙂

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