Monday, April 14, 2014

BTN 2.0 15/52

So closer to when I'm meant to do this.

Wealth
Net Cash: -$97.55
Jobs applied for: 0

Health
Weight: 95 kg

Life
Bike riding: 389 km
Books read: 1
Look Who's Back. Hitler reappearing in modern day Germany and gets mistaken for an Ali G type character actor makes for an amusing book.
Movies see: 1
Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Enjoyable film. I will have to go back and rewatch the last few episodes of Agents of Shield as the events there now make some more sense given the context, although it does raise some questions as to what exactly their plan for season 2 is.
Games played: 4. 2x Hanabi, 1x Lords of Waterdeep, and some online poker.

BTN 2.0 14/52

A very late posting. Life is feeling a bit shit of late, and sometimes this project feels more like a cataloging of failures than a measuring of progress and so contributing to that feeling of life being shit. Anyway, better late than never.

Wealth
Net Cash: $0.60
Jobs applied for: 0

Health
Weight: 95 kg

Life
Bike Riding: 452 km

That's all I've got.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

BTN 2.0 13/52

Of late I've been feeling really shit about life in general. It shows up in the stats.

Wealth
Net cash: -$58.06
back buying lunch, and splashing out on a trackpad since I've been missing one since I upgraded my computer.
Jobs applied for: 0
Rejections received: 1
I heard back from the Senate about the reseach officer position. It was not a positive response.

Health
Calories: ?
I didn't track anything at all last week. It would have been a very high number
Weight: 96 kg
Fitocracy points: 0

Life
Bike riding: 329 km
Books read: 0
Games played: 1. My 100% win rate at Manhattan Project has dropped to 66.6%

Simplegoal Summary
Mon20%
Tues0%
Wed0%
Thur0%
Fri%
Sat10%
Sun0%

Monday, March 24, 2014

BTN 2.0 12/52

Wealth
Net Cash: $249.90
Jobs Applied for: 0

Health
Net Calories: -1422 Calories
Taking lunch to work seems to have helped with the diet as well as the cash flow
Weight: 94 kg
Fitocracy points: 496

Life
Bike riding: 354 km
Books read: 0
Movies seen: 1
I saw 300: Rise of an Empire. Visually impressive, but even with my limited knowledge of history I found the claims they were fighting for freedom and democracy a bit over the top, when you consider Athenian democracy didn't quite match the ideals they were espousing (Athens was good for its day, but still treated women as non entities and slaves were a key part of the economy, and Sparta never had a navy to come riding to the rescue in).
Games played: 4 1 online game of Lords of Waterdeep and 3 games of Race for the Galaxy

Simplegoal Summary
Mon30%
Tues56%
Wed56%
Thur44%
Fri44%
Sat40%
Sun30%

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BTN 2.0 11/52

I really don't know what to say about last week.

Wealth
Net Cash: $239.30
Not sure what I did so well last week.
Jobs applied for: 0

Health
Net Calories: 1608 Calories
Weight: 04 kg
Fitocracy points: 0
Bouts of incapacitating despair: 2
It was not a fun weekend

Life
Bike riding: 388 km
Books read: 1
I've reread Harry Potter and the Methods or Rationality which I figure is long enough to count as a book.
Games played: 5. 4x Pairs, 1x The Speicherstadt. Both were new games.

Simplegoal Summary
Mon40%
Tues44%
Wed44%
Thur44%
Fri44%
Sat20%
Sun40%

Tshirts
10/3/14DAAS Club from my first year in uni
11/3/14Lions
12/3/14grey long sleeved shirt bought in Korea
13/3/14I'm in PAIN Vice-Presidential shirt (foreshadowing)
14/3/142nd grey long sleeved shirt bought in Korea

I've now run out of tshirts that meet my standards of structural integrity, lack of stains, and desire to be seen in public wearing. Thus the tshirt posting will now end. I'm going to do some sort of cull of my collection, as I think the fact that I got to the middle of March without doubling up suggests I have more tshirts than I really need (by way of contrast, I have 2 pairs of jeans)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BTN 2.0 10/52

A week with a major outlier.

Wealth
Net Cash: -$1394.53
My old computer's decline reached the point of no return, so I forked out for a new computer. I got a Mac Mini and a decent sized flat screen monitor. And rather than max out my credit card doing so, I did something I never thought I'd do and got a GE creditline account and put the computer on an interest free loan (although there will still be some monthly charges). The reason I didn't think I'd ever do that is that I used to work for GE and saw some of the strife people got into with the things, and that I dislike easy credit. I also note that they've really loosened their lending criteria. When I was there to be approved for more than $2600 you needed to provide them with some proof of your residence (a bill or bank statement), and for more than $4300 you needed to show some payslips. I got approved for a limit of $7000 no questions asked. Once I receive the documentation I will be looking to get that limit reduced (when putting in the application I was worried I wouldn't get approved for the $1100 or so I needed for the computer I wanted, so I guess someone else thinks my financial situation is better than I do). Sensibly I didn't do what I saw so many people do while working there when they got approved which was to spend more than they planned to just because the option was there.

Jobs Applied for: 0

Health:
Net Calories: 392 Calories
Weight: 95 kg
Fitocracy points: 210

Life
Bike riding: 402 km
Books read: 1
I finished Mirror of Her Dreams at last
Games played: 13 Magic: The Gathering x8, Hannibal, Dominion x2, Go First Dice, The Speicherstadt

Simplegoal Summary
Mon60%
Tues33%
Wed33%
Thur44%
Fri56%
Sat40%
Sun50%

Tshirts
3/3/14Perth Observatory shirt, gift from my aunt
4/3/14Hobbiton shirt, souvenir from Mum's New Zealand trip
5/3/14German Army shirt, bought to be part of a halloween costume
6/3/14Venezia, bought in Venice in 2003
7/3/14Dangerous Words and later Universitat Firenze
8/3/14Dracula shirt, bought in Romania during my Eurotrip
9/3/14Bungle Bungle shirt, possibly a gift from my aunt

Monday, March 03, 2014

BTN 2.0 9/52

A bit better week than normal all round.

Wealth
Net Cash: $29.69
I was expecting this to be higher due to the amount of overtime I did last week, but then I went and paid for my flights for bordercon and there it went.
Jobs applied for: 2
I got motivated early in the week, unfortunately it didn't stick.

Health
Net Calories: 314 Calories
Helped by the weekend where I ate less and did some serious exercise.
Weight: 94 kg
Fitocracy points: 1227
Fitocracy level: 18
It's been quite a while since I leveled up.

Life
Bike riding: 431 km
Books read: 0
about a hundred pages of The Mirror of Her Dreams to go
Games played: 8. 1x Glory to Rome, 2x Civilization + expansions (I'm now on a 4 game winning streak of Civ) 5x Magic: The Gathering

Simplegoal Summary
Mon100%
Tues89%
Wed78%
Thur56%
Fri67%
Sat60%
Sun60%

Tshirts
24/2/14Socrates quote, bought in Athens
25/2/14Fremantle Prison Musuem, gift from my aunt
26/2/14Blue Sun, a must for Firefly fans
27/2/14Checkered shirt, feels very country to me
28/2/14Generic plain dark blue shirt
1/3/14Dragons and Flowers red Hawaiian shirt, bought while at uni
2/3/14High School senior year shirt, which still fits

Sunday, February 23, 2014

BTN 2.0 8/52


A lot of work this week means I didn't do all the other stuff I'm trying to do. At least the bank account will be happy.

Wealth
Net Cash: $468.72
Overtime + monthly bonus - bike seat repair made for a pretty good result.
Jobs applied for: 0

Health
Net Calories: 5344 Calories
Very bad. I shouldn't eat entire chocolate blocks as a snack
Weight: 95 kg
Fitocracy points: 373

Life
Bike Riding: 332 km
Books read: 1
I finished The Mirror of Her Dreams, and am now onto A Man Rides Through
Games played: 4. Glory to Rome, Lords of Waterdeep, Hanabi (with the deluxe tiles), and Kardinal and Konig

Simplegoal Summary
Mon50%
Tues44%
Wed67%
Thur44%
Fri44%
Sat70%
Sun50%

Tshirts
17/2/14llama hats, souvenir from my grandmother
18/2/14Buffy the Vampire Slayer, bought while at uni
19/2/14I'm in PAIN, UQ physics club tshirt
20/2/14Tintin in Tibet, souvenir from my sister
21/2/14SPQR, bought in Rome during my eurotrip
22/2/14Plain grey shirt, uncertain providence
23/2/14New York City, souvenir from my sister

Sunday, February 16, 2014

BTN 2.0 7/52

An overall good week, but efforts in some areas meant others weren't done

Wealth
Net Cash: $226.45
A bit of overtime last week, but once again work messed up my payslip. I only got paid for 3 out of 4 hours of overtime I did last Sunday because while I did 12 hours I'm only meant to be able to work up to 11 hours of work in a day so I couldn't have worked that last hour and didn't need to be paid for it. It should be in my pay for this week.
Jobs applied for: 0
This is one of the areas I didn't do anything in this week.

Health
Calories: 3438 Calories over target
Weight: 94 kg
The previous two items are quite likely related
Fitocracy points: 1891
Strength training unfortunately doesn't burn much in the way of calories

Life
Bike Riding: 497 km
Hit a nice round number with the odometer reading 90,000 km when I checked after getting home tonight. The odometer reading when I got the bike was 46,465 km so I've almost got the majority of the riding on it now. Give it another month or so and I'll be there.
Books read: 0
Mordant's need obviously isn't as engaging as I remember it being when I read it back in high school.
Games played: 14. 1x To Court the King, 2x 7 Wonders, 1x Shadow Hunters, 4x Magic: The Gathering, 4x Race for the Galaxy (two with the original expansions, 2 with the Alien Artifacts expansion), 2x The Manhattan Project
Movies watched: 1 Robocop
One of the really strong points of the original I felt was the reclaiming of Robocop's humanity, in that neither Murphy nor his friends or family knew that he was Robocop and this rediscovery was the core journey of the movie. In the new one everyone is aware it's Alex Murphy, including Murphy, which removes that whole emotional arc of the movie and just leaves you with working stiff gets screwed over by corporate scumbags, which isn't enough to hold a movie by itself.

Simplegoal Summary
Mon70%
Tues67%
Wed56%
Thur44%
Fri56%
Sat60%
Sun40%

Tshirts
10/2/14Optimus Prime bought during my first trip in Melbourne due to a cancelled flight
11/2/14Bright Orange Hawaiian shirt bought from Lowes during my uni days
12/2/14Mehmet the Conquerer, bought in Istanbul during my Eurotrip
13/2/14Fresh Jive, unknown providence
14/2/14Geek and Sundry, a cool youtube channel run by Felicia Day
15/2/14Science It Works, Bitches! number 2
16/2/14JPho 2002 from when I was a volunteer tutor for the Junior Physics Olympiad program at UQ

Monday, February 10, 2014

BTN 2.0 6/52

A less than good week.

Wealth
Net Cash: -$433.72
$520 for new tyres and brakes on the bike were a big ticket item. I did some overtime during the week, so next week should be well into the black.
Jobs applied for: 0

Health
Net Calories: 837 Calories
I thought it would be higher
Weight: 92 kg
Fitocracy points: 0

Life
Bike riding: 601 km
regular commuting plus rides on both days off make for a hefty total
Books read: 0
Still working through Mirror of her Dreams
Games played: 14. 10x Magic: The Gathering, 3x Eminent Domain with expansion, 1x Lords of Waterdeep
Funerals attended: 1
A friend from university lost her battle with cancer early in the week

Simplegoal Summary
Mon67%
Tues56%
Wed22%
Thur11%
Fri44%
Sat60%
Sun40%

Tshirts
3/2/14Chile, souvenir from Mum's recent cruise
4/2/14My second PAXAUS enforcer shirt
5/2/14Mother of Dragons from Teefury
6/2/14Vitruvian Homer, bought in Pisa during my eurotrip
7/2/14Fiat Lux, bought in DC in 2002
8/2/14Maroon dress shirt, bought for work in Japan
9/2/14Man/Nature Yin/Yang, souvenir from Mum's first Canada trip

Sunday, February 02, 2014

BTN 2.0 5/52

Not too much detail this week

Wealth
Net Cash: -$60.02
Splurged a little on a Magic: The Gathering pre release event, but had fun so worth it.
Jobs Applied For: 0

Health
Weight: 93 kg
Net Calories: 606 Calories
A big cut in intake, helped by a few lean days.
Fitocracy points: 0

Life
Bike Riding: 397 km
Books read: 0
Working my way through The Mirror of her Dreams
Games played: 12. 10 x Magic, 1x Small World, 1x Lords of Waterdeep

Simplegoal Summary
Mon44%
Tues56%
Wed75%
Thur50%
Fri50%
Sat78%
Sun78%

Tshirts
27/1/14Black Cat, bought in Paris during my Eurotrip
28/1/14Transformers logo
29/1/14Turkish Flag, a souvenir from my aunt's trip there
30/1/14Kalishnakov, bought in Moscow during my Eurotrip
31/1/14Lightning Bolt City, Xmas gift from my sister
1/2/14Moon Dragon, bought in Okinawa
2/2/14More Transformers

Sunday, January 26, 2014

BTN 2.0 4/52

A modest week.

Wealth
Net Cash: $66.46
I'd like to say that work stuffing up my paycheck made a difference, but because they've not increased the rate I get for when I handle the outbound stuff in line with the base pay rate, the stuff up they made only cost me 60 cents. But since it's the third stuff up in 2 months, I hassled them to fix it up anyway.
Jobs applied for: 1
I'm managing to be a bit more consistent, which is good. Lets see if I can keep it up.

Health
Net Calories: 3446 Calories
Weight: 94kg
Down a little. This peaked at over 97 when I gave blood on Thursday, but that was probably a short term thing based on the fact I'd drunk about 1.5L of water in the hours before hand.
Fitocracy points: 56

Life
Bike riding: 371 km
Books read: 1 What Money Can't Buy
Games played: 0

Simplegoal Summary
Mon78%
Tues56%
Wed75%
Thur50%
Fri63%
Sat38%
Sun56%

Tshirts
Jan 20Space Pandas, Xmas gift from my sister
Jan 21The Day Planner from Teefury
Jan 22PaxAus Enforcer shirt
Jan 23 The Bugle, gift from my sister, (You should listen to The Bugle)
Jan 24Plain grey, unknown origin
Jan 25 Mr Deity, a cool web series
Jan 26 Vitruvian Man, bought in Florence

Sunday, January 19, 2014

BTN 2.0 3/52

This week was a bit off. A different schedule at work messed up some of the routines I'd been getting into. I'm back on stupid early starts next week so should do better.

Wealth
Net Cash: $309.94
Monthly bonus and some frugal living.
Jobs applied for: 0
Still working on the application for the Senate job I mentioned last week. It closes on Wednesday. May I just say I hate selection criteria.

Health
Weight: 95kg
Calories: 4145 Calories
These two together make sense. Too many big lunches.
Fitocracy points: 10
It was too dark when I got home for the after work dog walks.

Life
Bike riding: 372km
Books read: I finished Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett's most recently novel. While reading it I realised just how much Pratchett's style and the types of stories he tells has changed over the years.  I also finished The Algebraist by Iain M Banks, which I interrupted to read Raising Steam. I'm now reading What Money Can't Buy.
Games played: 4. 2x Lords of Waterdeep online, and 2x Civilization with the latest expansion Warfare and Wisdom. I won both games of Civ, which was my first victories in 7 plays (I thought I'd played it more than that. Maybe it seems like more because it takes so long). Both games were very close, with multiple people capable of meeting their victory condition in the final turn and turn order and game phase order worked in my favor.

Simplegoal Summary
Mon78%
Tues44%
Wed50%
Thur50%
Fri50%
Sat50%
Sun67%

Tshirts
Jan 13Plain Green, bought after an motorbike accident so I had something to wear home
Jan 14Dark Grey, left behind by the previous tenant of my flat in South Korea
Jan 15Captain Hammer
Jan 16 Spicks and Specks Finale Tour, bought at a live show in Brisbane
Jan 17Free Sushi, a christmas present from my sister in 2012
Jan 18 11th of Hearts from Teefury
Jan 19 Stayed at home in my pajamas all day so no shirt

Sunday, January 12, 2014

BTN 2.0 2/52

A better week in most regards this week.

Wealth
Net Wealth: $125.98
A boost from getting paid money owed from last weeks pay was partly cancelled by splurging on a few items
Jobs applied for: 1
Graduate Data Scientist for a company that specializes in property valuation. I'm currently working on applying for a Research Officer position for the Australian Senate which looks quite interesting. I'll aim to complete the application by the end of next week as applications close on the 22nd.

Health
Weight: 92 kg
Net Calories: 3609 Calories
I ate more than last week and still lost weight. Not quite sure how that works
Fitocracy points: 239
still just walking the dog and one longer walk to the local shops

Life
Bike riding: 430 km
Books read: 0
I got part way through the Algebraist and then I bought the new Terry Pratchett novel Raising Steam and am churning through that.
Games played: 2 Age of Industry on the USSR map and one online game of Lords of Waterdeep (a very tight game. 4th place (myself) was only 5 points behind the person who won).
Bones painting: Not enough worth photographing.

Simplegoal summary
Mon67%
Tues78%
Wed75%
Thur50%
Fri63%
Sat63%
Sun78%

Tshirts
Jan 6SG1
Jan 7Banff Wars a souvenir from my mother
Jan 8Inspector Spacetime my first Teefury shirt
Jan 9Star Wars photobooth a gift from my sister
Jan 10Optimus Prime playing with himself from Teefury
Jan 11headphones a gift from my aunt
Jan 12Kansai Osaka bought back in Australia, not while I lived there

Sunday, January 05, 2014

BTN 2.0 1/52

With the new year I have decided I'm going to keep doing my weekly write ups, and will endeavour to eliminate some of the slackness that had crept in over the later months of 2013. One new tool I'll be using for this is simplegoal.net which is a tool that lets you set up a questionnaire for each day for you to keep track of what you've done each day. I've set up between 7 and 10 things each day that I'll be trying to do (mostly easy things like keeping track of what I spend, spend some time reading, apply for a job, etc).

Anyway, let's see how the year started

Wealth
Net Wealth: -$62.87
This wasn't helped by the fact that work didn't pay me penalty rates for working Boxing day (with that I'd have been in the black for the week). This is the second mistake they've made with my pay in December, and while the extra money should be in next weeks pay, I will be keeping a close eye on my payslips going forward.
Jobs Applied for: 1
A Graduate Property Finance position. One advantage of Kaplan not awarding me my Postgrad Diploma until almost a year after actually completing the study is that I can legitimately say that I received my qualification in the last 12 months.

Health
Weight: 94 kg
Net Calories: 3539
This is especially bad since I didn't keep track for Monday or Tuesday. I guess that's why I'm back up at 94kg.
Fitocracy points: 505
I've taken the dog I'm dogsitting for a few walks in a nearby park.

Life
Bike riding: 404 km
Books Read: 1 Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett. I've now started on a reread of The Algebraist by Iain M Banks.
Games played: 5 2x Dungeon Roll and 3x Dominion of various mixes of expansions.
Bones painting: I'm doing fine detail work on two figures (the archer and the bard), and have started on a new fighter type figure


Simplegoal summary
Mon63%
Tues25%
Wed50%
Thur50%
Fri63%
Sat71%
Sun100%

Tshirts
Since one of the cornerstones of the internet is doing something mundane a lot and chronicling it, my new project for the first part of the year is that I've decided I'm not going to rewear any of my tshirts until I run out, and take a picture of the shirt and put it up on twitter (#todaystshirt) I figure I should have at least two months worth of shirts. I'll include a rundown here as well
Jan 1: Tardis Shirt a Christmas present from my Aunt
Jan 2: I Believe in Sherlock Holmes bought in Melbourne after PAXAus last year
Jan 3: Daenerys, Queen of Hearts bought at PAXAus
Jan 4: A plain grey tshirt
Jan 5: Science! It Works, Bitches from XKCD