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Mon, Apr. 8th, 2013, 09:59 pm

I have heard about people having problems if they haven't posted recently, so I'll just say - I'm here.  I still read, though not every day, and even though I rarely post.

So... hello!

Thu, Feb. 3rd, 2011, 07:40 pm

Organize House Step 1: Organize Yarn

.... because hey.  Why not start out doing something you enjoy?

Also I'm participating in a knitting challenge and it is getting the creative juices flowing...  nice feeling after doing almost no knitting for a year.

Sat, Jan. 1st, 2011, 01:12 pm

2010 in review, since I don't post much.  Below a cut cause it's long.

Onward to the survey!Collapse )

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2010, 05:08 pm
Writer's Block: Unplugged

For how much money would you be willing to spend a whole week away from the Internet, TV, and mobile phones? Would you suffer withdrawal pains?

Seriously?  I mean, if I wasn't allowed to touch any of those things at all, I wouldn't be able to go to work, so I'd need my weekly compensation.  That's it.  I probably wouldn't do it for no other reason than money without a decent sum in the offering, but it's not about withdrawal, it's about the pointlessness of it. 

I would miss my online friends (especially my WoW buddies), but they'd still be there after a week.  Other than that, pop on some music, read a book, whatever.... no big deal.

Mon, Nov. 1st, 2010, 05:57 pm

In other news we had a blood drive today at work... I really should start planning to donate at the end of the drive and go right home after, because I'm useless for a few hours after those things.

Fri, Jan. 29th, 2010, 03:10 pm

This made me giggle.  Warning: contains swear words and potential unfortunate Truths about Beloved Fantasy Series.

In other news.  Hi!  I'm alive.  Still unemployed.  Still looking.  Studying for GRE on Monday.  That's about it!

Wed, Oct. 7th, 2009, 10:24 pm

We are moving, we are packing, we are loading... it is going to be a late night.

On a separate note, I just accidentally typed ,,, instead of ... and I think maybe that should also be a punctuation mark :P

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2009, 11:29 am
Interview! Nervous!

Not me, Kyle.  He's en route as we speak.  Interview is at 2pm (EST).

Prayers appreciated.

Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009, 07:09 pm

The roommate has a new game in which one character is consistently referred to as "boobie-lady."  It is just about killing me with laughter over here.

Wed, May. 27th, 2009, 09:43 am
More on the climate change bill...

Via this post on Environmental Economics...  Texas commissioned a study on the economic impacts of the bill as it stands at the moment.  It's all there for you to read, but the basics of their conclusions are presented succinctly in the executive summary.  This study doesn't include any costs from upgrades to systems that might be required, or other costs that might cause power to rise (here in Louisville, LG&E wants to raise rates to help pay for the work done in the wind storm and ice storm...).

In their reference case, the price of natural gas remains steady, as does the amount of available renewable energy.  At this rate, carbon allowances will cost $40-60 per ton, passing on an average cost of approximately $27/month to the customer (obviously, this scales with energy use).

If the cost of natural gas rises, and there's no new renewable energy, well, they don't give a customer number, but since the increase in wholesale power costs is about 2x the one at $27/mo, I don't think an estimate of $45/month would be too far out of line.  ($64/month would of course be 2x exactly, but I'm trying to be conservative.)

Since increased cost results in less demand (to a certain point), if demand is reduced by 10%, they predict $17/month.

Also, keep in mind through all this that natural gas releases less carbon dioxide than coal burning does.  If you live in a coal burning region, your costs are likely to be higher.

Never having owned a house, I don't know what kind of electric bills a homeowner expects.  I do know that my electric bill (which includes air conditioning but not heat), for a three bedroom apartment running a giant TV, consoles, and 3-4 computers, as well as an electric stove/range, has been between $42 and $62 (average $56) in the past 4 months, the only time I have records for here with me at work.  It is higher in the summer because of the A/C.  Using those average numbers for the sake of argument (although as an apt., not a house, we'd probably be a little lower), that averages out to a 53% rise in the cost of energy for us, with a range between 27% and 107%... or in dollars, $59-$107 with an average of $86, an average increase of $1028 over the course of a year.

I know that's very rough math, and I'm probably overestimating our share, but still!  That's a not-inconsiderable chunk of change.

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