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The Vine

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Update: 10/8, 4:15 PM
October 8, 2008 · 5 Comments

Sorry for the service interruption, y'all — Bluehost had to replace some hardware. Things should run okay now, though.
Current total is $38,700, which is awesome. Let's drive through to 40K and pick up that 5K …

The Vine: October 8, 2008
October 8, 2008 · 34 Comments

Dear Sars,
Four years ago, I moved into an apartment with my cousin, signing a month-to-month agreement.The rent was $1000, $500 each, plus utilities that we also split evenly.
In February 2007, my cousin started dating a …

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
October 8, 2008 · 20 Comments
<I>Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan</I>

It's a surprisingly boring movie — too long, too many broody discussions about confronting death.It lacks tension, and the campiness that gives the duller episodes of TOS a shot in the arm isn't consistent here.Yes, …

Update: 10/7, 12:30 PM
October 7, 2008 · 24 Comments

$36,400-ish right now; awesome work, my friends. Keep pushing; only $330 left on the poetry challenge (don't forget, a forwarded receipt enters you for a mini-prize, described below), and it's not far to 40K, which …

Update: 10/5, 6 PM
October 5, 2008 · 10 Comments

Good progress over the weekend; $33,500-ish as of this writing is pretty darn awesome. Thanks so much for keeping it going.
I apologize for not getting my act together sooner on the weekend mini-prize, but Sunday …

Update: 10/3, 5:30 PM
October 3, 2008 · 8 Comments

Right now: 29K.
(I can type the word "awesome" so quickly now, you wouldn't believe.)
So, on pace to hit 30K shortly. And at 40K, we get a matching burst of synchronicity from $ and …

The Vine: October 3, 2008
October 3, 2008 · 57 Comments
The Vine: October 3, 2008

Hi, Sars –
I am desperately hoping that some of your amazing readers will have suggestions regarding decent, flavorful, non-alcoholic beer.If not, it's going to be a long 9 months.For both me and my husband.
If …

Short-Term Drive
October 2, 2008 · 26 Comments

So, for starters: as of this writing, 22K+. It's my lucky number, 22, so I hope we can make some luck for the following projects that are set to expire in the next couple of …

Update: 10/2, 5:30 PM
October 2, 2008 · 15 Comments

1. Go read all the nice comments from participating teachers here — I don't know who tipped them, but it's nice to have them here. Welcome, guys! Thanks for everything you do.
2. Readers: thanks for …

Update: 10/1, 3 PM
October 1, 2008 · 62 Comments

1. A few of you have asked how you can be sure you donated to the TN Challenge and not just willy-nilly. Well, whatever you donated to, it's still awesome, but if you entered the …