Inadvertent blogging break

Somewhere between helping a friend drywall his studio, texturing our hallway and priming the walls of the eventual bedroom, I haven’t blogged. Oy. And I probably won’t blog the rest of the weekend, given that in the next couple of hours there are half a dozen people descending on the house to help us paint. … Read more

The Rule of 72, 114, and 144

Sure as I am that really this is just ridiculously simple math, to a non-mathlete like me this is nothing short of magical: Link: AllFinancialMatters � Blog Archive � The Rule of 72, 114, and 144. Most people are familiar with the Rule of 72, the simple formula that can be used to estimate how … Read more

The long tail is real

I just got an email about one of the very first posts at Antsaint – from September 28, 2004. It was from one of the folks at, one of the best sites out there for e-commerce and outdoor gear. I had, and still have, a lot of nice things to say about their site … Read more

Tim Ferris – The 4 Hour Work Week – An Interview

Naturally, this sounds fascinating. A 4-hour work week? "How does one achieve such a thing?" one might ask. Let’s see what Mr. Ferris says: Link: Tim Ferris – The 4 Hour Work Week – An Interview. "Tim’s got a long list of accomplishments to his name – he’s a successful entrepreneur, he’s a Princeton guest … Read more

Springfield park hits the picnic heights

One of the many great things about the Eugene/Springfield area is all the wee parks that are just tucked away here and there. This week, the Register-Guard’s Team Best talks about a couple of them — particularly, Willamette Heights Park: Link: Springfield park hits the picnic heights – The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA. OK. Don’t … Read more

Frugality, insurance & finance round-up

From Eugene’s The Register-Guard and various personal finance and frugality blogs: Consumption trap ensnares many ‘struggling’ couples Some papers worth pitching How can I find info on health insurance? ( and are cited as good starting points) Saving and Investing: Getting Started ∞ Get Rich Slowly Common Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them … Read more

Shuttle offers Portland option

Flying from Eugene isn’t always the easiest thing to do, and offhand this new Eugene-Corvallis-Portland shuttle service seems like a good idea. However, at $59 per person, one way, it may also be cost-prohibitive. For the additional $240 it would cost 2 people to take the 4-hour trip, it may also just be worth it … Read more

Tom Sawyer & The Gathering: All-American program is all-enjoyable

Jodie and I went to Saturday night’s performance of the ballet version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Though skeptical at first — how in the world could Mark Twain be adapted to ballet? — I enjoyed it a great deal. The adaptation was well-done, especially in casting and overall choreography. Now a real challenge … Read more

Big crop expected for cherry growers

Get out the cherry recipes… or at least a bowl for the pits! It’s looking like it’s going to be a great year for cherries: Big crop expected for cherry growers – The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA. "Growers are estimating the 2007 crop at between 140,000 and 150,000 tons for the five-state region that includes … Read more

May 5: Great day to pig out on carnitas

Jodie and I, and a fair few of our friends, come to think of it, are big fans of some of the places mentioned here. In addition to Lonches and Las Brasas, it looks like we’ve a few more places to sample for some excellent grub, especially the carnita. Tonight, however, we opted for fish … Read more

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