Monday, December 28, 2009

Solar Powered Alarm "Clock"

I thought it would be fun to make a solar powered alarm "clock" for a Christmas White Elephant exchange. It's not really a clock because it can't tell time but it works!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

MPG for my Yaris

I'ved tracked the MPG of my Yaris for the past year :)

(A) Spikes like this one typically happened when I drive home
(B) Lowest MPG occurred during the dead of winter

Friday, August 28, 2009

5-year cancer survival rate

"Cancer survival in five continents: a worldwide population-based study (CONCORD)"
The Lancet Oncology, Volume 9, Issue 8, Aug 2008 Pages 730-756

I was watching a town hall meeting by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and he used some of the stats in the paper to show that "Government-Run Care Means Lower Survival Rates for Cancer"
Not a surprise that he failed to mention the survival rates for Breast cancer (women), Colorectum cancer (women and men) are essentially the same between US and Cuba, haha...awesome...I would also bet you that the error bar on his graph would be HUGE! (but that's another discussion)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

You are what you watch

They say you are what you eat. Maybe you are also what you watch...that is the types of commercials you watch.

Ever since I was a kid, I enjoyed watching evening news. I was pretty loyal to ABC World News Tonight because it had best reception. I only recently started exploring the other evening news channels. Now I am definitely gravitating more towards NBC. That made me wonder if different evening news channels target different audiences. What better way to gauge this difference than by their commercials!

I spent the past six nights watching the three major evening news channels (ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News). Because they air at the same time, I could only watch one a night. I documented the type, company sponsor, and duration of each commercial during the 30 minute news segments. I know a N=6 is not enough to geek out with stats and I also know that some of the classifications are subjective. So instead of making correlations and associations, here are some trends :)

Average Minutes of Commercials Per a 30 Minute News Segment
Observation: There are slightly more commercials on ABC (though not by much).

Average Commercial Minutes Per a 30 Minute Segment Spent Specifically Targeting Either Women (W) or Men (M)
Subjective, I know. But I did my best using the gender of the actors and the overall tone and message of the commerical in this classification. I also did not include commericals that I thought targeted both genders.
Observation: ABC seems to spend more time targeting women.

Average Commercial Minutes Per a 30 Minute Segment Based on Ad Type
Observations: Commercials for "Drugs" and "Vitamins/Supplements" definitely top the chart. NBC seems to spend more time on drug ads and ads promoting shows on their own network. ABC seems to have the most diverse distribution of commercial times.

Total Number of Commercials and Total Air Time By Company
Observations: Activia, Centrum, Red Lobster, and TLC (a calcium supplement) tops the charts with the most sheer number of commercials. However, when it comes to actual air time, the winners are often ones that are infrequently shown, such as Lipator, Cialis, a hospital, and surprising AARP. But when these commercials are shown, they stay on for a whole 60 seconds!

Conclusion: I definitely don't need all the drug and network commercials offered by NBC. Perhaps I should stick with ABC. ABC has more commercials diversity but seems to focus more on females. By process of elimination, I should watch more CBS since it does a better job targetting me, especially with all the food commercials, haha. Or maybe I should just hold off and wait a few decades for these commercials to be more applicable to me.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Weather in Newport, RI

Before moving up to Newport, RI, I was told by everyone that I was going to enjoy the amazing weather here! But since moving up here in June, it has been constantly raining and surprising cold! So I wanted to see just how the temperatures for this June compared to the average temperatures for June. (I used the data from

Yup, definitely some random crazy cold weather this year. But hey, all this cold and rainy has definitely motivated me to stay inside and work longer hours, haha. I heard it is going to get nicer in July...maybe?...Anywho, it's good to have things to look forward to :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Starbucks in Arlington

Inspired by the following YouTube video,

I wanted to see just how many Starbucks there are in Arlington.

In the GoogleMap below, I mapped all the Starbucks (SB) location in Arlington.

14 in "North" Arlington, 8 in "South" Arlington
All are in very close proximity to a metro...

So how does Arlington compare to some other citys?
Through the use of the and wikipedia, I have aggregated the following Starbucks/person and Starbucks/sq mile ratios...and the winner is DC for the most Starbucks per person, just edging out Manhattan!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Good Bye Xanga

I have been talking about starting a new site to blog about my random thoughts (hence the blog name) for a while now and I figure now is as good a time as any.

This site may seem like a random collection of thoughts, projects, observations. And you are right, it is. I hope the entries can be random, nerdy, and interesting :)

I actually have a xanga site ( but I haven't updated it since September 2008. I hope I can be more consistent and more focused with this blog, so Good Bye Xanga, Hello Blogspot!