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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
14.37 - Goofiness
Last night I dreamt that we had a thermostat calibrated in Celsius. The remarkable thing is that I was able to adjust the settings appropriately. It was at 21°C in the dream, and I moved it up to 23°C because Becca was cold. Later, she was too hot, so I turned it back down to 20°C. So it was at about 70°F and I turned it up to 74°F, then back down to 68°F. Hah! I'm metric like a motherfuckre.

White people have started to all look alike to me. Well, not all alike, but I'm definitely seeing them in classes or groups. Walrus-men, plain/homely chicks (which MA seems to have an overabundance of), hipster dudes 1-3.

How do you deal with e-mail? When I read an e-mail that I will need to act on later, I just mark it unread. I keep thinking there has to be a better solution. I miss being able to flag e-mails with a color in Eudora. I'd switch back, but that would only solve 1/3rd of my problems, since I still use GMail, and Outlook at work. I need a universal solution, dammit.

Making things even worse, I get about 2 livejournal comment notifications a month. The rest are being flagged as spam, maybe? I e-mailed spendocrat but I'm not sure if I used the right address.

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18.01 - I am a gigantic nerd.
I put together an Excel spreadsheet today so that I could graph my commuter expenses depending on how I split my time between riding my motorcycle and the train. I can spend $110/mo. pretax on a monthly commuter rail pass, which costs $151 normally. So I estimated @ a 25% tax bracket, that should be a $27.50 savings. Net cost is therefore $123.50 (assuming I did that right). Now if I ride, my costs are gas + tolls (plus wear and tear, but I'm not counting that). So, of course, the first thing I did was figure out the cost/savings as a function of the price of gas. Just for a warm-up. The real fun lies in what happens if I ride only part of the month.

Now I have to figure out the cost of a mixed commute based on getting 6 days out of a 12 ride pass (round-trip, remember). The 12-ride costs $57. So now I get to play with a larger formula involving a term based on the number of days I take the train and a term based on the number of days I ride. Whoo, multiple variables! So I figure out that based on a fuel economy of about 45 mpg* and a 22-day work month, the sweet spot is about 6 train rides a month (one 12-ride) before the monthly pass is cheaper. Then I need to chart the effect of fuel prices on my savings. Because it turns out the 6 ride rule only works until gas hits $3.35. But I really can't see myself taking the train more than 5 times (one week) in a month. I like the schedular freedom riding gives me (no running to catch the train!) and so long as the free parking gods shine on me, I'm golden.

The net result was a nice 3D graph of cost vs. # of train rides vs. price of gas. No, you can't see it.

Also, of interest to no one but Tom, I'm no longer last on the BZ ladder (for now).

* It's usually right around 50, but I'm allowing for traffic, since my commute is basically all mAssPike.

mood: Helmet - Like I Care

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