Thursday, December 20, 2007


I am fortunate to work with a great group of people that I can also consider as friends. One of those people gave me these gifts today. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out how the jelly bean dispenser works. As for the bunny, it's clear that my friend knows me pretty well.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Words and Rice

A little squirrel told me about this site:


It's a fun game and it is for a good cause. I just tried it this morning and reached level 43 and donated roughly 3000 grains of rice. I was curious about how much rice equaled a single serving so I did some searching on the net. This article seemed reasonable and concluded that 10,340 grains of rice was contained in 1 cup, but I found some other information that contradicted this. So, I did the only thing I could and counted some grains for myself.

I counted the number of grains of Kroger brand Long Grain Brown Rice that would fill one of my teaspoons, I then counted the number of teaspoons required to fill 1/4 cup.

~300 grains per teaspoon
9 teaspoons per 1/4 cup

So, that's just about 10,800 grains per cup. It turns out that the article is really close to what I counted, so I feel comfortable with the number. For the Kroger rice that equals roughly 640 calories. That's not too bad. You could probably donate enough rice to provide for the total calorie requirements of a single child with 25,000 grains per day.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

It's Snoopy!

We like to decorate around the office for holidays. This year for Christmas we split into teams and turned it into a contest. I won't name names, but an opposing team spent literally hours of time to turn the entrance to our office into a winter wonderland. My team, consisting of me, Rich, Grant and Mary decided that we wouldn't go to such extreme lengths. Instead, we focused on tradition and simplicity... Peanuts. Obviously, we should win.