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My attempt at CARE's Live Below The Line -- eating for $1.50/person -- was something of a failure yesterday: they served pizza at work after the all-hands meeting, and dinner was the crock-pot pot roast that wasn't ready in time for dinner Sunday. (Though when I ran the numbers on the pot roast it came out to about $1/serving, and I had $.50 worth of cottage cheese in the morning, so what I actually spent was $1.50... :)

I'll do better today. I miss my coffee.

I did more work on the netbook, deleting its now-useless recovery partition (1.4GB!), and quite a bit of music work in the evening. That included the last bits of editing from last month's rehearsal, and working out the chords on one song. As of now there's only one song that needs any formatting work at all.

One of the things that happened at yesterday's all-hands meeting was getting a patent bonus, for US Patent #8,006,094. Trustworthy timestamps and certifiable clocks using logs linked by cryptographic hashes. This is number 23.

It doesn't mean I'm in favor of software patents. Far from it.

A couple of interesting links. Take a look at the charts in "It's the Inequality, Stupid". And on a lighter note, Zombies: The Safer Terrorists.

1017 Mo
  * up 6:45; W=196.4; drugs, nose, teeth, laundry, exercise, light
  @ Live Below The Line eat for $1.50/person.
    Breakfast:  cottage cheese: $.50.  I'll have coffee at work
  @ Daily Kos: Bank Transfer Day - November 5th 
  @ Zombies: The Safer Terrorists (wcg)
      The trick to doing a good 'live fire' simulation is to ensure that people
    not participating don't panic.  That can lead to lawsuits or even friendly
    fire. 
  @ ICANN rescues time zone database • The Register osewalrus 
  * archive and delete barnard's recovery partition, freeing up 1.4 GiB.
    expand root to 5.3GB; /x to 9.9GB.  That'll work.
  & Unexpected all-hands meeting in our Menlo Park office - hopefully these
    will become more regular in the future; they used to be weekly.  Got a
    patent issuance check -- this appears to be number 23.
    @ US Patent # 8,006,094. Trustworthy timestamps and certifiable clocks
      using logs linked by cryptographic hashes 
  @ Community Portal - UniversalEditButton.org
    The universal edit button is made visible to people browsing the web by a
    two step process: 
    * Website announces the availability of an edit page using the html  tag.
    * Web browsers notice this tag and present an edit button in their location field.
  @ It's the Inequality, Stupid | Mother Jones (ysabetwordsmith) 
  * tgl: started pulling together scratch tracks for the Conflikt concert
  * tgl: formatting/scripting tweaks, chord work

Date: 2011-10-18 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowanf.livejournal.com
$1.50 in the US? Hmm. Not sure it is really equivalent but I salute the effort.

Date: 2011-10-18 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Nowhere near equivalent -- prices are much higher here. $1.50 is on the hairy edge of what's possible, or maybe a little over the edge; $5 would probably be more realistic.

Still, it's an interesting challenge, and I can manage it for a day.

Date: 2011-10-19 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jilara.livejournal.com
Hey, I lived for months with the $1.50 budget for most of the week, occasionally blowing it on $3-4 days. Of course, it's a lot easier if you're buying poverty groceries for several people. That said, I can't say that I enjoyed the experience. Hot dogs as a major protein source gets real old, real fast.

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