New Features: Tags & Tag Cloud

I just upgraded Keith’s Amusing Musings to support tagging and also added a fancy tag cloud for visualizing the tags as they are added to posts.

Check out my new tag cloud by clicking the “Tag Cloud” link under Pages in the navigation bar to the left or just click here.

The categories (to the left) are pretty rigid but handy for grouping broadly related posts. Tagging will provide me more flexibility to attach more detailed keywords to each post. You, my readers, get more flexibility by being able to filter posts that share one or more tags.

You can do this filtering by grouping together tags in the URL using the following syntax:[TAG]


For example:

  • All posts marked with the Saving tag (view)
  • All posts marked with the Humor tag (view)
  • All posts marked with both the Investing and Retirement tags (view)

You will also notice a few of the recent posts now have “Tags” at the end which you can click on to see related posts.

[tags]tag cloud, tagging, blog update[/tags]

Things it Takes 50 Years to Learn

This list was sent around at work a week ago. I think a few of them are funny, others poignant, so I am sharing with you:

Things it takes most of us 50 years to learn

  1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.
  2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe Daylight Saving Time.
  3. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
  4. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
  5. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.
  6. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”
  7. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
  8. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”
  9. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.
  10. If there really is a God who created the entire universe and he decides to deliver a message to humanity, he will NOT use as his messenger a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle or in some cases, really bad make-up too.
  11. You should not confuse your career with your life.
  12. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter/janitor, is not a nice person.
  13. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
  14. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

Nerd Alert: The Obligatory Gas Mileage Chart

TB makes fun of me for religiously tracking the gas mileage of my 1997 Mazda 626. I have been doing it fairly consistently, using Microsoft Excel, since mid-2004. She thinks only nerds track such meaningless information so, in her honor, I post my car’s mileage calculations.

Keith's gas mileage
Mileage Definitions
  • The row highlighted yellow indicates a roadtrip with extended driving over a relatively short period of time which skews the price per day average of that entry.
  • The rows highlighted green were periods when we were on vacation which also skews the price per day averages, just in the opposite direction.
  • The double-lines indicate points when I changed from 89 to 87 octane fuel (and back). I explain this later.
  • The heavy, dotted-line signifies the move from our previous home which reduced my one-way commute from 17 to 5 miles.
  • I subtracted the days I was out of the country from Aug-Sep from the 7/26/2006 entry.
  • The 9/13/2006 entry is missing values because I am unable to supply the “Miles” and “Days” data until my next fill-up.

I have excluded the “yellow” and “green” anomalies from the analysis which follows.

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