As some of you know, I started a curse jar some time ago (Mid-April, I’d guess). The idea was fairly simple: I wanted to swear less (not that I’m cursing like a sailor, but on occasion it becomes rather easy to throw in a few colorful words when they’re not particularly needed). So I decided I’d charge myself a quarter for a typical curse word (your standard a/b/s/d variety) and $.50 for the F-bomb. Now, I wasn’t physically dropping change into a bucket or anything, but I was keeping a tally.. and then whipped up a pretty snazzy OSX widget/API for keeping track:
So that’s hooked up to an API on a home server that’s keeping track of total amount, and that is then also used to display that “Curse Jar” item on the left of this site. Nerd!
The good news: I believe I swear less now, and when I do choose to curse, I usually feel it’s worth the cost to emphasize a point, yada yada.. So that’s good.
The bad news: I’ve already (actually, just now) hit $50. The bulk of these fees I blame on a few unexpected items:
- Frequent misplays at shortstop, especially during softball practice.
- A bout of pretty serious knee pain that lasted at least a week, and resulted in frequent “I will no longer support your weight, but I will activate every pain sensor on this side of your body” performances by both knee joints.
- Construction projects at my house resulting in more “whoever did this before was retarded” discoveries.
- Mario Kart Wii
Oh, one quick thing: I decided at the beginning that quoting items doesn’t count. That’s proven important.