Mar. 9th, 2010

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I just had to have maintenance done on my truck, and it was super-tight moneywise, so I took $400 cash from my paycheck and put the rest of the balance on my credit card.

Except looking now, I gave them the wrong card, and it went on my debit card instead, and I just barely avoided having my monthly car payment rejected for lack of funds. (Instead I now I have an empty savings account. :() I am officially going to spend the next two weeks until payday spending no money whatsoever. It'll totally be a fun experiment in Doing Things Because You Have No Other Choice.

Actually, I've wanted to do something similar because I'm at that point where my budgeted income and my budgeted expenses are just too close, and I need to find other ways to cut spending. I've read a couple articles recently about people's no-spending experiments, so this is as good a time as any to give it a try. Right after I buy myself some lunch, because I forgot to pack something. OMG, I fail already! *weeps gently*
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Oh, movie trailers. They have you pegged, I'm afraid.



I think that was the best movie I've seen all year, and it wasn't even a movie.

In other news (by which I mean "links I got off reddit"), here's a Newfoundland language guide to use of "b'y". I know exactly one of you who will be interested, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be useful when I sneak into Canada and need to fool the Mounties into believing I'm a native. (Note to Mounties: I am not actually planning on sneaking into Canada. There is no need to arrest me. Kthxbai. (Kthxb'y?)

Some science-types at MIT have figured out how to turn polyethylene, a common insulator, into a conductor. ARE YOU KIDDING ME, SCIENCE? Smart people are awesome.

Here's another excellent reason to pass healthcare reform: apparently Rush Limbaugh will leave the country if we do. Hopefully we won't have to pay any other nations to take him. I'm not sure exactly where he thinks he'd go that would make him happy, but apparently he's planning on Costa Rica. Where they have socialized health care. Yeeeeeeeeeeah.

In other news, there's now a "sustainable" Formula 1 racing car, which apparently is made out of stuff like carrots and potato starch. And it's fueled by chocolate, which makes me weep for all the chocolate that could've been eaten by me instead. (Okay, it's not actually fueled by chocolate. If I'm understanding the article correctly, the fuels are derived from oil-based waste products from chocolate factories. Which if the factories are Hershey, means that there's no actual chocolate involved anyway.)

And finally, here's a deeply awesome new kind of Martian-explorer robot: the Tumbleweed rover.

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