Friday, May 12, 2006

Community service

I worked for a long time today. I shouldn't say too much, because the situation is kinda unique. In brief, I hung out with a guy who used to move and mentored a formerly meth/heroin/crack-addicted woman. Interesting day..

After I woke up at 4 AM, I did some searching for a good personal finance program. I need to watch every single thing I pay, and track where the money is going monthly. I need to get in control of my spending.

I found a lot of things. Most weren't good. The two very simple downloadable programs I could use are Simple Money and Home Bookkeeping. Neither are free. HBk is better; you can transfer values from one account to another. I'll have an account for my petty cash and categorize where that's going. I need to watch how much I spend on marijuana.

I've decided to use a strangely well-designed but abandoned project at over at www.fncentral.com. It's completely unsupported; the email addresses don't work, but it's the best designed web-based accounting program I've found. Its dates end at 2005.The other promising one I found at www.mvelopes.com costs money but looks much better.

So much to do with so little time. I feel bad...sorta sad...in a few days I probably won't see one of the girls I appreciate and like the most for a long time...

Best album I've heard in a while: Nada Surf's "Let Go".

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Humans rarely stop and just think

I was thinking of this today as I reflected on the fact that I'd switched the brand of psyllium fiber I've been using, and I'd been trying to accustom myself to the difference every day. It's so much stronger in taste but lighter in texture.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The greedy government

The cover article on US News & World Report this past week was "The Spy Next Door". The government is increasingly using citizens and cops to spy on regular people. It pisses me off.

On a related note, I found out today that the government only needs "probable cause" to seize your assets in connection with drug use/manufacturing/trafficking. Check this site out:

http://256.com/gray/presume/5.html

Astounding. Check the earlier parts too. The government tries to grab up whatever it can. It's bullshit.