Pete's Log: ?

Entry #1036, (Life in General)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)

this entry contains several days worth of musings. Normally I'd proofread it before submitting it, but I'm feeling lazy, so if it doesn't make much sense, such is life ...

I saw some news thing about gas prices. They were listing the average price for a gallon of gas in a bunch of different countries. Most of them were well over $4. The average price in the US: $1.70 or something like that. And people are complaining about the high price for gas in the US? Huh?

So this is interesting ... recently I added a new module to my "My Yahoo" page called the "Buzz Index". Basically, it has the top five searches overall, and the five searches that have had the largest increase. Now, I find a certain comfort in the fact that Dragon Ball Z has been sitting constantly at the number one overall spot (other than a brief stay at number two while "Mother's Day" was at number one). But I noticed today that the number one mover was "Sylvia Earle" and out of curiosity, I checked out what this "Sylvia Earle" thing was about and apparently Dr. Sylvia Earle is a noted scientist in the field of oceanography. But it seems odd she'd become such a popular search all of a sudden just for her works in oceanography. Well, turns out, there was a question about her on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" this past sunday. So people apparently are looking her up after having seen her name on the show. I like this Buzz Index thing. It allows me to keep track of what popular culture is up to without actually becoming part of it.

Something in my room is ticking. I'm pretty sure this is a new thing. Must be something in one of the boxes stored in my room right now. It took me a while to realize that the ticking was happening, Mamie's stuff has been here like a week and a half or so.

I signed a new lease with castle point today. It's for a full year, so it's gonna be $25 less a month than it has been, which is nice.

I also went by Rebecca's new office in the new math building today. It's a nice office, and she's even got a window! I'm so jealous. Of course, the view out the window is of the side of a building, but at least she can tell if it's light or dark outside. We chatted for a while about various random things, and in the end, I was left with the image of somebody picking up a cat, pulling it real close to their nose, and sniffing real hard, and that's been cracking me up.

I've completed a bunch of other errands that needed doing before I left town, and I bought a power inverter from radio shack. It converts 12 volt DC to 120 volt AC (60 hz) with a sustainable output of 140 watts, the ability to do 200 watts for 5 minutes, and 400 watts for like .1 seconds. Should be very useful on the trip.

I just renewed my registration for It's kinda hard to believe I've had my own domain name for two years now.

Now I need to do some packing, then tomorrow morning, I'm off. Chances for any entries between today and June 12 or so are low. So enjoy the break. I know I will.