Archive for April, 2006

The Dog Park

Loki’s been visiting dog parks around the area for the last couple of weeks. There are about 4 of them that are within an acceptable drive’s distance away. There is one in Ann Arbor that has had the most dogs so far. When we went last Monday, there were about 20 dogs all running around chasing each other and playing keep away with sticks and jumping in the water. It was amazing to me at first to see so many dogs getting along and playing together. Very cool.

More pictures from the park are here.

How Much Water I Use

I became curious today as to how much water I use in a day. So, I tried to calculate it. These are estimates only and don’t include a lot of things.

  • Showers @ 2.5 gallons per minute * 10 minutes = 25 gallons
  • Drinking @ 16 oz a glass * 6 glasses = 1.5 gallons
  • Toilet flushes @ 4 gallons per flush * 2 flushes = 8 gallons
  • Urinal flushes @ .4 gallons per flush * 4 flushes = 1.6 gallons

For a total of 36.1 gallons. Wow.

My shower says 3 gallons per minute max, and I don’t think I’m maxing it. And I have an older toilet that still uses a lot of water at home (5 gallons I think instead of <2 like the newer ones) and newer toilets at work (I think) so I took a weighted average.

Gas Map

This map is cool: USA National Gas Temperature Map. I wonder how often it gets updated.

And speaking of gas, prune juice is amazing. Want a recipe for a good time? Drink a glass of prune juice. Wait 10 minutes. Have fun!

Edit: Wow, speaking of gas. I was just browsing old posts while working on the site, and I saw this one: Gas Prices. I wonder what my 1999 self would say now.


I’m not sure how it happened, but somewhere along the way I came under the impression that the movie Hostel was supposed to be good. Maybe it was the fact that Cylindria wanted to see it. Or maybe it was the fact that I saw huge displays of it in Wal-Mart and other stores. Regardless of how it happened, it was wrong. Hostel sucks. Very, very little of is scary or suspenseful. The gory parts are cheesy and stupid. The sex and nudity is nice. Maybe my expectations were too high (for reasons I can’t figure out), but I was very disappointed. See Saw, instead.


We bought a Dyson. The DC14 Animal. It’s very nice. It’s definitely better than the old Hoover we had before, but we’re not sure if it’s really that much better than a nice vacuum by Eureka or Hoover or anything else that costs half as much. It seems to work really well on the carpet. Embarrassing anything we have that vacuums the same spot before it. There are so far two things that I don’t like about it, though.

The attachments that come with the Animal are kind of disappointing, or at least the one we were the most excited about. It has a little mini vacuum that you put on the attachment hose that is described as being good for pet hair on furniture. I am so far of the opinion that it sucks. If you apply even a medium amount of pressure, the brush stops spinning. Even when it is spinning, it doesn’t work well.

The other thing I don’t like is that the closest the front of the vacuum gets to the wall when pushed against it is about an inch or so. You have to either vacuum along the wall or pull the attachment hose off and use that (which is easy, thankfully).

We got it at Bed, Bath and Beyond, which apparently lets you return stuff at any time after you buy it. It might be worth getting the non-Animal one without the silly attachments and save $100 or so. Also, if you want something that works really well at getting dog hair off of furniture, you should get this Evercare Mitt. It’s awesome. Maybe I’m just spoiled by it, and that’s why the Dyson thing sucks.

Edit: I was vacuuming yesterday, and I remembered that I also like the fact that there is no smell when you vacuum. You don’t get that vacuuming smell in the air. You know what I mean.


This is apparently my *shiver* MySpace page: I still don’t really get MySpace. To me, it just seems like a place where I can go to click on strangers’ faces and get 12 songs playing at the same time.

Would anyone care to explain it to me?

Gummi Bears? or Okie Dokie Dukie?

I was sitting with Cylindria (remember her?) last night and she asked me a question about something and I responded with, “Okie Dokie Dukie.” And then I went on to ask her if she knew the show that was from, but she didn’t and just gave me funny looks. Just try to picture me saying stuff like this, “They were bears and they would drink this juice that made them super bears and they would jump all over the place because the juice made them bouncy and stuff. They were called gummy bears or something. Some kind of bear. I don’t know. Do you know what I’m talking about? With the super bear juice stuff? Anyway, there was some guy on that show that would say, ‘Okie Dokie Dukie.’ Yeah, that was sweet. What a good show.” and all the while I’m waving my arms around and making bouncing bear motions. Well, she had no idea what I was talking about. I think she stopped listening about half way through.

But, now you know what I was talking about! The Gummi Bears!

So I Guess I Want To Write

I’ve wanted to write several things recently but haven’t because I think I had it in my mind that I would switch to WordPress before I started writing (per this post). So, now it’s switched. We’ll see if I still want to write anything after I can.