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June 2009

Microsoft Excel for Poets

A few days ago Dave, Andrew, Janelle and I were discussing books that we would each be inclined and/or qualified to write. In light of my recent adventures with poetry, Andrew observed that I was uniquely poised to write the reference book Microsoft Excel for Poets. I’m sure such a book has not previously been […]

Catching Rain

According to the New York Times today, it’s now legal to catch and use rainwater in Colorado on land that you own. But you still need a permit or you risk being fined. Incidentally, that is still not the case in Utah. In Utah collecting rainwater is still illegal.

My First Attempt at Poetry

I just purchased Hamlet a couple of days ago and am inviting people over to watch it this week. I’ve seen excerpts from a number of film versions of Hamlet and seen a couple all the way through. From everything I’ve seen so far, the one I like the best is the Kenneth Branagh version […]

Poker Totals

Here are the totals for Poker, as of the last time we played. Each total is the net amount gained (or lost), taking into account the payout for each game. The percent return shows the average percent return each player has earned overall. The list is in descending order of wealth. First Name Balance   % […]

Debt Elimination Update

So I’ve already updated the Debt Elimination Calculator (and yes, I do realize it has only been a couple hours). The new version is version 2.2.1 and can be downloaded here or from the original post (the links in each point to the same file). Features added for version 2.2.1: The spreadsheet now calculates the information (time […]

Budgeting & Debt Elimination

I taught combined Priesthood and Relief Society a week ago on budgeting and debt elimination. I’ve had a number of requests for my budget template and debt elimination calculator. So I decided to put all of the materials here. Here are the two handouts that were used in class. I wrote the first one and […]

Drag Racing

I went to a drag race for the first time last Friday. It was surprisingly fun, in large part because of who I was with: Dave, Andrew, and Janelle. It was in many ways precisely how I expected it to be: loud, smokey, smelly, and monotonous. Even with all of that, though, it was really […]

Bold and Italics in Google Chat

I just learned something really cool about Google Chat: you can make things bold or italic. I’ve wanted to do that so many times: This text is *bold* => This textis bold This text is _in italics_ => This text is in italics This text is -struck out-. => This text is struck out. This […]