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Spread Firefox has collected donations from over 8,000 people as of today, October 27th, 2004.  Each of those donations is worth at least $10 (the student level) but I imagine most are at the $30 individual level.  If you do the math, we’re talking around $240k for the Mozilla Project.  While I don’t use firefox as my primary browser, I am now jumping to it instead of IE when I can’t use Opera, and the novelty of being in the New York Times for $10 seemed woth it to me, so I did cough up the student donation.  There’s still 2 days to get your name in the Firefox launch ad in the NYT.  Its too late to donate early, but you can still donate often.

First cache of the year.

Went up East Rattlesnake with Mike and Leasa.  wandered around trying to find the first and second stage of the multi.  Found the cache with the aid of head lamps and walked down the mountain after dark.  This was my first time up East Rattlesnake, but I think I like west better.  I removed track points involved in finding the cache, so as not to give it away, but here’s our track overlayed over aerial and topo maps.  Almost forgot, I found 3 ticks and Mike found one.  That brings my geocaching parasite total to 6, which means that I’m averaging 2 ticks per cache.

Fox Park Expedition #2

I headed out in the woods again with the intention of marking down some trail intersections.  I forgot my maps from the previous expedition however and so I didn’t do much other then retread routes I’ve already been on.  The successes for the day are taking a 5 minute average on the large boulders we’ve always called “Devils Peak” and bringing 2 discarded beer cans, a piece of plastic and an empty glass Nestea bottle out of the woods with me.  People are pigs.  Click here [.tiff] for maps of expeditions one (pink) and two (purple).

Total distance today: About 1.7 km.

Fox Park Survey #1

Monday after work I decided to go take an initial survey of the (unmapped as far as I know) trails behind Fox Park.  My goal was to put together enough of a map that I can get around and know where I am in relation to everything else.  My end goal for this project is to put together a complete map of all the trails.  I spend about and hour and a half walking around and went a smidge of 2 kilometers.  The mapped the data using QuakeMap and I’m posting it for all to see.  I think on my next trip I’m going to try to get an accurate waypoint for some (all?) of the intersections and interesting features as well as hauling out some more trash (did I forget to mention that I pulled out about 4 empty malt liquor bottles and numerous empty cans?).  Anyone want to join me?  I was thinking of going Sunday Morning.  Click here for the map.

Wickwas Challenge – Attempt #1

I ran out to this geocache after dropping Jenny off at work.  Took to Mazda off-roading to get an optimum parking spot and I’m probably lucky that I didn’t bottom out or pop a tire.  I followed a trail about 350m before finding myself face to face with a brand-spanking-new no trespassing sign blocking my way.  Being a law abiding citizen, I turned tail back to my car and emailed the Cache owner.  Maybe I should’ve posted to the cache page requesting archive as I’m pretty sure I was in the right spot, but I didn’t.  Still haven’t heard back from the dude a week later.

A homeowner can save money by having a home warranty plan on their homes electrical system, said Lisa Kappes, vice president of communications at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“We recommend consumers shop around and check for different warranties as some are more expensive than others,” Kappes said. “If there is a warranty available, go for it.”

To keep costs down, many contractors will use a few different manufacturers of warranties, Kappes said.

What is the difference between home warranties and warranty plans?

According to companies like First American, home warranties are a collection of policies that protect your home’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The homeowner typically pays a small fee to have those warranties in place, but is protected from major losses should an issue occur. A warranty plan, on the other hand, is a contractual agreement that protects the homeowner from major problems if the company underwrites the warranty.

Some homeowners purchase a home warranty and add the necessary paperwork to it for homeowners association (HOA) approval, Kappes said. However, some homeowners do not make use of an HOA’s approval and simply purchase a home warranty from a single company. “We are not in the business of insuring anything other than what we sell,” said Kappes, who added that he is unaware of any company that offers home warranty coverage. In an effort to help homeowners know about the different types of warranties, the company also offers a section on its Web site detailing the terms of various warranty plans, including the most common ones. Many of the policies are available to homeowners that have a homeowner’s association (HOA) and/or homeowner’s insurance policy in place. The policy owners can select the service they want from one of three companies to provide them the service. The plans are offered as a warranty plan, a service plan, and as a liability plan. A warranty plan protects a homeowner against warranty claim disputes. The term warranty means the homeowner’s policy that covers claims will also provide the owner with a policy covering their personal liability for damages. The service plan does not offer any benefits, but covers the cost of an outside professional’s time and effort while performing the work for the owner. The liability plan covers the homeowner for their responsibility in damages caused by their personal property while it is in the owner’s care. Owners who use the services are required to select one of the three plans. The HOA or homeowner’s insurance policy can be used to cover homeowners that are not currently using their plan. The homeowners can choose a plan from a list of options, or use an existing HOA policy. Some of the plans offered by the service provider are:

Policy : A basic liability plan for homeowners.

A basic liability plan for homeowners. Plan 1 : Includes a basic liability plan, liability for damages, homeowners association dues, homeowners association premiums, homeowners insurance coverage and optional features such as personal liability for damages, home improvement contributions.

Online shopping can be convenient, cost-effective and safe. Here’s how it works.

The process:

1. Pick a store to shop from.

2. Find a product you want to buy.

3. Check the price.

4. Pay the price.

5. Check out. Make sure you use any coupons codes you have, if you don’t have any, you can visit the Raise website to get some.

The only time it’s complicated is when you choose a store that doesn’t sell everything you want.

You can buy generic goods as well as brand-name items.

Shopping online for food:

•Food is a convenient way to find healthy, low-cost options at the supermarket. Online food stores help you avoid shopping for food at the supermarket by showing you the cheapest prices at the time of ordering. Some supermarkets offer the cheapest delivery service, others charge a delivery fee. As well, some supermarkets have deals on food online. If you live in an area with a large supermarket chain, chances are that you’ll find one online.

•Online food retailers help you avoid eating out when there’s a price disparity. If you order food online, you’ll receive it even if you’ve already eaten out at the time of ordering. 4.3 You can find foods at discounted prices and have them ready-to-go before you go out. If you’re looking for something, say, a frozen meal that’s about to go bad, you can get it without leaving home. If the time comes when you’re ready to eat, you can pick it up from the nearest store.

•You can track the food that you’re eating. In addition to tracking your purchases, you can track what’s going into your body. You can do this by ordering a nutritionist-designed meal tracker such as a FitBit or an Accu-Chek. 5.2 Food tracking is a great way to make better, healthier choices. Tracking your purchases can help you make healthier choices, even when you don’t have time to cook. You can set up automatic payments that automatically send you a meal when you’ve finished your grocery shopping or your shopping list is completed. 5.3 Tracking your food purchases, along with tracking other activities like sleeping, exercising, and resting helps you determine what you should eat and when you should eat it. 5.4 If you want to learn more about food tracking, you can check out a free online book called Meal Trackers by Mary Schiavo.