Monthly Archives: June 2006

gas ripoff

Sure, gas prices are high. But that’s not the point of this post. The point is that when I filled up the Jeep this morning, the guy in front of me was filling his Suburban. He put in 20.2 gallons at a price of $2.969 per gallon. A calculator claims that this is $59.9738 worth of gas. The pump claimed that this was $60.00 dollars worth of gas.

The guy who pumped the gas called the manager out to discuss the issue. I needed to get to work, so I didn’t stand around to hear how things worked out, but it was an interesting problem. In retrospect, I wish I had stayed to hear it out. Now obviously, the problem was just that with gas prices so high, and with a being able to drink 20 gallons of fuel at one sitting, you’re bound to expose round-off error, right?

Well, yes and no. The pump claims accuracy to tenths of a gallon. That means that, if it was just a matter of the pump being well on it’s way to 20.3 gallons from 20.2, then it should be no more than 1/3 of a buck (.2969 dollars) off of “accurate”. (which it is)

In other words? Gas costs too much.

Gamefest recap

So Gamefest VII was this past weekend and I think I’m finally recoverred enough to write about it. It was a good gamefest. It was looking like it was going to be smaller than in the past (and some notable past attendees were missing) but it turned out to be one of the largest gamefests to date. I think our peak was either 14 or 15 gamers. In other words, gamefest lives on another year. Warcraft III hero/tower maps and Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory were the two staple games for this year.

Gamefest is growing in other ways as well. It makes me happy to see that gamefest is becoming a family event, in a way. All the couples having children is a beautiful thing to see. It makes me feel forlorne, in a way. Time is marching on, people are living life, chilren are born. Someday, these little children that are coming with us to gamefest will be the ones going to their own yearly gatherings, wondering about what makes life tick.

It’s a girl!

For those of you who haven’t heard, Melissa and I found out a week ago today that the little child we’re expecting is a girl. She was even kind enough to do some acrobatics for us while we were watching her on the ultrasound monitor.

I can’t wait to meet this little girl. So exciting!


I just read a really excellent review of the third XMen movie. It’s fairly spot on, and brings up a lot of film critic sorts of arguments that I would never think of on my own. Also, linking this review saves me from complaining about the movie myself. šŸ˜›