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Google Losing its Memory?

I just read Tim Bray's post, Google Memory Loss:

I think Google has stopped indexing the older parts of the Web. I think I can prove it. Google's competition is doing better. ...
They searched for exact strings from a 2006 post of theirs, and got no results, while searching on Bing and DuckDuckGo the post did come up. Since I also have posts from back then which get basically no traffic I wanted to see if I saw the same thing. Unfortunately I didn't. more...
Dividing Tasks

One of the ways marriage [1] can make things easier is by allowing you to divide jobs, freeing each other up for other things. For example, here are some things each of us are responsible for:

  • Jeff: Lily's bedtime
  • Julia: Anna's bedtime
  • Both: cooking
  • Jeff: fixing house things
  • Jeff: stocking non-perishable food
  • Jeff: tidying after the kids are asleep
  • Julia: laundry
  • Julia: organization for kids stuff
  • Julia: kids clothes
  • Both: general parenting, childcare
  • Jeff: finances, taxes
  • Julia: finding long-term childcare, coordinating with au pair
  • Both: full time work

The traditional way to handle this is with a gendered breakdown: each person has a gender role, tasks are male or female. This has some advantages: more...

Contra Dance Admission Survey

I looked over all the dances I have listed on trycontra.com to see what the range of prices dances are charging is. [1] I got prices for 287 dances: more...

December 2017 Time Tracking

Julia and I track our time every so often (June 2017, 2015, 2011) in order to figure out whether we're dividing things fairly and whether we're spending our time the way we want to. This time we did two weeks, 12/2 through 12/15, and I think they were pretty representative:

  • No work travel.
  • I had one evening gig and one evening rehearsal.
  • Neither of us was laid off.
Here's a chart:

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2017 Donations

Each year Julia and I need to decide where we're giving. Here's what we've been thinking about this year: more...

BIDA Attendance

In late 2016 several organizers noticed that attendance at their dances had been down, and I ran the numbers for BIDA. At the time I didn't see much. Rerunning the numbers now, however, it does look like attendance is down:

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