Thursday, September 30, 2010

Part 3: Nobody told me we were doing a part three!

Saving money is definitely one of my passion's in life. I can't say very many things make me tingle quite like looking at my Ralph's receipt and seeing this line: "Total: $111.90 Saved: $99.00"

Patience is really the key for me. Everything goes on sale eventually, and most things can be preserved in some fashion or another. Recently Campbell's Chunky Soup was on sale at around half-off and this stuff lasts awhile - I bought 30 cans.

Hamburger Helper on sale, 10/$10? "30 boxes please, I've got my own bags."

Retailer weekly's are a critical element of my success. Pretty much any grocer that posts one of these also hosts it online and since I don't have a mailbox and I don't plan on waiting for my neighbor to pass his used ads onto me, I go surfing. Last week it was whole chickens on sale, roughly half-off again - two please.

I actually make my own laundry soap and I'm due to make another batch this week. It's super cheap at around 25 cents per gallon to make. I buy the ingredients in bulk online since nobody around here carries what I need. In fact, I have all of tomorrow off from my jobs so I will be making a batch or two and posting the recipe and pics for all!

I'm out for today everyone, I'm going to go see Bran Nue Dae tonight in about an hour so I need to get ready. G'night!

-- The only constant is change --

Bloggy Mcblog: Robot Unicorn Attack

Bloggy Mcblog: Robot Unicorn Attack: "Easily the best 2D flash game ever made. Give it a try below."

I haven't been this sidetracked in a long time. This game is truly epic.

-- The only constant is change --

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Part 2: It's not a suggestion, it's an order.

Yesterday I started talking about saving money and today will continue with this discussion!

My big find this week (got my J senses tingling hardcore!) was on I've noticed in the past they have a way you can subscribe to order items you use on a regular basis. For my house it's razor blades. I don't shave but my wife does and goes through a blade every week or so. In-case you didn't notice, these things are damn expensive - often times $2-$4 per cartridge in grocery stores! Well...

Check 'em

This doesn't look like how I wanted...

Anyway, I just bought these cartridges yesterday and by subscribing I saved 15% plus I got free shipping. It ended up pricing out around $1.40 per cartridge!!1! Everyone should check this subscription stuff out, you never know what you might find!

Edit: A side note is that the price I quoted above per cartridge was true at time of publishing, it seems the price of these blades has gone up now! Sorry for any unintended deception!

-- The only constant is change --

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Part 1: Don't spend more than you have to...

As you may have noticed, I only transcribed a small amount of this post before I was so tired I had to sleep. Finishing it up now. If you didn't notice this change, ignore my warning! :D

Hey everyone! I’m writing this at work today. They put me in guest services where I have access to the computer all night. I tried rambling for a bit and discovered I wanted to talk about saving money today!

First of all, I recently bought tons of new clothes. Prior to this spending spree, I hadn't really bought much clothing wise in almost five years! Well my wife got a new job and needed to look for some new stuff so we went to the local Goodwill.

Not only does GWI employ those who might have trouble finding work otherwise, they benefit the community AND you can find amazing deals there! I ended up buying 5 pairs of pants, 4 ties, 2 vests, a new pair of shoes (with wooden soles!) all for less than $50. If you need anything you should really check your local Goodwill stores, you never know what you might find.

Keeping in theme, do you check out any sites for daily deals? A lot of sites have sales that are good for one day only and I have found some amazing purchases in the past. I'm a big fan of and their sub-domains: Shirt.Woot and Wine.Woot mainly. I once found a vacuum for a family member that retailed for over $500 for only $249 ($5 shipping on everything except shirts, which have free shipping!) Shirt.Woot features a variety of unique shirts that range from artistic to humorous and change every week. Wine.Woot sells wines and wine accessories at awesome prices as well as all kinds of other stuff (I got wine filled chocolates around Valentine's day one year). They also have Kids.Woot and Deals.Woot, something more akin to a toy store and a deal aggregator, respectively.

Lengthy post this is turning into, eh? And quite the testimonial. I've decided to split this post up and finish it off tomorrow, lest I hear cries of tl;dr and need to comfort myself. Thanks for tuning in everyone, talk to you again soon!

-- The only constant is change --

Monday, September 27, 2010

A meager day in the thoughtful realm.

Today was a long day, I worked a full shift and had a meeting outside in the blazing sun afterwards, so I was beat when I got home. To tell you the truth, I think I slept most of the evening! So with that said, I don't have much to talk about today, so this is gonna be a shorter and maybe more personal post than normal.

I went ahead and made a fractal which came out really nice! There's a heart in the middle you can bawww your eyes out over if you like. You can check it over here.

I watched Reservoir Dogs for the first time ever last night. It was good! I don't have much to say other than I'm a Tarantino fan and it definitely felt like a movie he made.

Also, I'm gonna leave this here. It's a game over at called Amorphous Plus. If you haven't played it, try it out! The goal is simple - swing your oversized sword to splat the wild glooples that swarm you. It has tons of achievements to try and unlock too. I've spent a LOT of time playing this in the past, so I hope you enjoy it as well.

Thanks for tuning in everyone, sorry I couldn't provide much more today. G'night!

-- The only constant is change --

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I realize my goals as a blogger today.

The more I write, the more I realize I'm not a very good writer. At least not yet!

I've always dabbled with writing and I feel I have a decent grasp of the English language, but damn I overuse commas sometimes. I've grown to have a great affection for the works of The Oatmeal. I've been following his web comics for some time now and his comics about grammar always get me more than any other.

So, I take his lessons to heart (Check out the rest of his site too!) as I trundle on, using this blog as my playground and experimental lab. Hopefully my grammar and punctuation won't put you off as we continue this journey of exploration and literation.

Also, I hope to gain experience as a blog writer in particular. I have several subjects I'd love to write about in more detail, but I'm still testing the waters! It feels wrong to dedicate myself to writing about one topic when I still don't know how to format blog posts correctly and such. Maybe I'll end up writing a blog about blog writing? I'm sure it's been done over and over before, but why can't I throw my two cents in?

If you've got some feedback on my words please leave some feedback! If anyone ever thinks they've learned all they can then they truly have; for the rest of us the learning never ends.

-- The only constant is change --

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Optical illusions and 3D photography (Facebook too)

Got to sleep in today, a nice change for once. I went ahead and started surfing the internet immediately of course. I was having difficulty finding things to chat about to start, but then this showed up! I've always loved optical illusions and finding this sent me stumbling in another direction, finding this website's article about 3D photography! I've seen it before but never quite with this level of presentation. There are also several links at the end of the article leading to other resources on how to create your own 3D images. If you are adept at all with photography and feel like trying the techniques out leave a comment and link to your image, I'd love to check it out!

On a side note I've got my Facebook page up now! Check it out here! I need friends so add me or I'll be forever alone. Thanks for reading everyone!

-- The only constant is change --

Friday, September 24, 2010

Off work, Twitter, lots to do.

Hey everybody, another beautiful day out there! At least where I am here in the Valley, north of Los Angeles. I went ahead and signed up with Twitter today, you guys can follow me here if you're looking for smaller outbursts of random energy throughout the day. I'm also considering setting up a Facebook today or tomorrow.

If you hadn't noticed I've put up a profile pic. It's a fractal! I simply adore them and their randomness seems to fit well with my personality and the theme of the blog. I'm considering rendering a new one everyday and posting them online to share their beauty.

As it is, I've got a busy day ahead of me. I had insomnia last night so I spent about ten minutes coming up with a list of things to do today, mainly cleaning house, yard and car. I'm trying to expand my online presence so I might be dipping into that as well. Stay tuned as I continue exploring this brave new world!

If you love fractals like I do, check out Apophysis, this freeware program for Windows you can use to generate your own fractals. Hopefully as time goes by I'll be posting more killer software you can use for fun or practical purposes. Have a great day!

-- The only constant is change --

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A daily diary and a movie review.

So today I haven't had much time to go rambling around the internet, so I'll describe my day a bit. I was off work at 9am this morning so I thought, "I'll go home and take a nap!" Brilliant. Ended up waking up at 4pm and only because my wife was hungry and wanted me to make food. Fast forward a few hours later and I went out to see Takers.

Takers was, interesting to say the least. I didn't have high hopes for it, but I must say it exceeded my expectations. The characters were interesting but the plot was droll and a total rip-off from the Italian Job. The lighting and cinematography were kind of strange and I didn't like them. Of course, taste is a matter of opinion and nobody is right or wrong about this sort of thing. It was an enjoyable action/drama and not a terrible way to blow a couple hours of the night.

As it is, I'm relaxing now and getting ready for bed (those last 6 hours of consciousness have been grueling). Hopefully in the coming days I'll be expanding upon my ideas for the blog and I'll be writing longer, more interesting posts as time goes by. It's all uphill from here!

-- The only constant is change --

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chimpanzees and solar arrays, oh my!

Hello everyone!

So apparently a group of chimpanzees in Bossou, Guinea have learnt how to successfully identify and disarm snare traps set by human hunters. These traps aren't intended to ensnare chimps but snare-induced injuries to chimps occur all across Africa - the rate of these injuries is significantly lower in this group in Guinea! For more info you can read the whole article here.

In other news some researchers at MIT have discovered that certain molecules can assemble themselves into tiny solar arrays and disassemble again on a whim; apparently for as many cycles as are necessary. The whole article (and the complex terms I have no desire to research meanings to) is very interesting, you never know what scientists and engineers will come up with next!

I'll be back with more to share as I discover it!

-- The only constant is change --

Monday, September 20, 2010

The beginning of the end?

All things that begin must eventually end; so let this post signal the beginning of something awesome that will last until it cannot any longer.

If you were a fan of Pokemon growing up, or are still... here's a fun little infograph from the folks at Kotaku

I was always a fan of Pokemon. But then, a while back, I found this floating around on the intertubes

It's a rather lengthy and perhaps overanalytical look at the Pokemon TV series and plays with the idea that maybe Ash's reality isn't quite what we always thought it was.

Hope you enjoy this bit of randomness. See you around!

-- The only constant is change --