Weekly Rochester Events #469 Starting Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Running Barefoot and Glass
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:36 am (add a comment)

Yesterday I went out for a run and mixed between water-shoes and bare feet depending on whether the pavement was snow-covered or not, respectively. Due to the minor thaw I was even able to get out onto the canal path. It was around 25°F outside. I decided to run barefoot through the snow-covered sidewalk on the last 100 yards down the street. Naturally my feet got extra cold but I'm trying to get increased circulation and I figure the way to do that is to train my feet that they need it — not so bad that I get frostbite, but enough that it's uncomfortable.

Anyway, this morning I got a sharp pain my toe. I figured I'd stepped on something yesterday, although it could have been around the house or any time since yesterday morning. It looked like a sliver of some kind so I dug around and cleaned it out. When I finally got it, I realized it was a tiny piece of glass. I was so excited: I finally got cut on glass! It's usually the first thing anybody says when I say I run barefoot on pavement, "aren't you afraid of glass?" Well usually I don't run through it — I pay attention to the ground when I run. But I guess in the winter I can't see it under the snow so I might get a cut now and then.

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Friday, December 28th, 2007

How Far is Too Far for Cheaper Gas?
by Jason Olshefsky at 2:38 pm (1 comment)

I was thinking about how people travel to a distant gas station to get gas that's cheaper. I mostly thought of it as a waste of time, especially with the 10-gallon tank in the Civic. If I filled it all the way, a 5 cent difference in gas price would net me all of 50 cents. So if I'd be willing to cross the street, but not cross town — driving the distance isn't free.

So what's the break-even point? Well let's say the price of the cheapest fuel we can get without going out of our way is P0. Further, let's assume we fill up about the same amount — like if we run similar errands each week, we might need to buy half a tank each week. Let's call that volume of fuel V0, so we pay C0: P0 * V0. So now we see fuel at a cheaper price, P1, elsewhere. But it'll use more fuel to get there, so we'll have to now buy a volume of V1 instead, costing C1: P1 * V1. How far out of our way should we go to still save money?

The break-even point is when the two costs are the same:

C0 = C1

which is also

V0P0 = V1P1

but we want to talk about distance. The ratio of the the distance traveled to the volume of fuel used is your fuel efficiency or "gas mileage" in miles-per-gallon:

E = D/V

we can rearrange that so

V = D/E

and substitute above so

P0(D0/E0) = P1(D1/E1)

Now, if we make a broad assumption that the efficiency is about the same — that your gas mileage is the same whether you go to one place or another — then we get:

P0(D0/E) = P1(D1/E)

and we can eliminate the efficiency factor on both sides leaving

P0D0 = P1D1

So let's say that P1 is some percentage cheaper and that D1 is some distance further:

P1 = ( 1 – cheaper ) P0

D1 = ( 1 + further ) D0

And then substitute P1 and D1 to get:

P0D0 = ( 1 – cheaper ) P0 ( 1 + further ) D0

And now we can cancel out P0 and D0 from both sides:

1 = ( 1 – cheaper )( 1 + further )

But what we want to know is how much further we can go — for now as a percentage of how far we usually go before filling up. So we get:

1 + further = 1 / ( 1 – cheaper )

or, deriving some more:

further = 1 / ( 1 – cheaper ) – 1
further = 1 / ( 1 – cheaper ) – ( 1 – cheaper ) / ( 1 – cheaper )
further = ( 1 – ( 1 – cheaper ) ) / ( 1 – cheaper )
further = cheaper / ( 1 – cheaper )

So in other words, we'd need to travel less than (further) percent further to come out ahead which is the percentage cheaper divided by 100% – the percentage cheaper.

To bring this back to the real world, let's start with the fact that most cars today can go 300-600 miles per tank. So it's not unusual to get about 200 miles on a half of a tank. Now let's say we find gas that's 5 cents cheaper than other gas at $3.25 — about 1.5% cheaper. The percent difference is then (1.5%)/(1-1.5%) = 1.5%/98.5% = 1.52%. So if we filled the tank halfway, the cheaper gas would need to be 1.52% * 200 miles = 3 miles out of the way. That's "out of the way" so if it's a separate trip, it's only 1.5 miles each way.

And that's just to break even.

Alternatively, what if you could get gas at 10% off — something like $3.00 instead of $3.33. Then it's a distance difference of 10%/90% = 11%. If you had to get close to a full tank and you could get 400 miles, then you'd still save money up to 44 miles out of the way.

The trap, though, is that it's still not a lot of money. Like if you went 10 miles away, you'd have to get 420 miles of gas at $3.00 instead of 400 miles-worth at $3.33. If you were driving a truck that got 15 miles-per-gallon, that's 28 gallons at $3 or $84 versus 26.7 gallons at $3.33 or $88.91 so you'd save all of $4.91.

But at least now you have a way to figure it out.

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Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Otto Hauser, Ben McConnell, and Jim Colby at Boulder Coffee
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:30 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I headed to Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) to check out the show. When we got there Jim Colby was playing — he played acoustic guitar and generally sounded good although I couldn't seem to immerse myself in his lyrics. Next was Otto Hauser and Ben McConnell. They set up like "dueling drummers" and played off one another. It seemed experimental and improvisational so I liked it a lot. I also found that I stayed interested despite that it was, well, just a couple guys playing drums.

The only thing to taint the evening, though, was that Boulder kept the house music on while the DJ's were playing between sets. Ali and I were between the two rooms so it made for a disorienting amalgam of music. I guess it was kind of interesting sometimes and annoying other times.

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Monday, December 31st, 2007

New Year's Eve 2007
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

So for New Year's Eve, Ali and I got together and had wine, pizza, and plans. We played a few games of 1980's Trivial Pursuit she got me for Christmas (both of which she won) then took a nap around 11 and didn't get up until morning in 2008. All that really matters anyway is that we had a good time with one another.

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The play Tea at Five returns to Rochester on the stage of Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. It runs through January 27. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick Electric OrganicMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing the restored 1945 version of The Big Sleep starting at 8 p.m. As the Eastman House calendar puts, it, "forget the convoluted plot co-scripted by William Faulkner—just revel in the thick film noir atmosphere and watch the sexy sparks fly between the two leads!" [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The rocking rockabilly of Krypton 88MySpace link will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Tonight and every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Center at Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Movie Makers Club [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

Over at The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) starting around 5 p.m. is Debbie Kendrick and The Mo' Mo' Betta Bluez BandMySpace link. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is the closing reception for their Re: Member and will feature music by Deciduous vs. Conifer, excellent poetic minimalism from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link, and great motley folk from Baby Shivers BoutiqueMySpace link from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [all ages]

Dr. Jeffrey Allen Tucker will be at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 7 p.m. to discuss Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and other African American folk literature. [source: Baobab website]

Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is A Televised RealityMySpace link, and The Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

Over at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 8 p.m. is The Artisan Jazz Trio. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) at 8 p.m. is the opening night performance of Moonlight and Magnolias which runs through January 26. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cabaret starting at 8 p.m. in which a singer gets "caught up in the glitz and decadence of interwar Germany." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is Juxtapose starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the opening reception for Elsewhere at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) — their first juried show of works outside their immediate members including Jason Olshefsky. [source: Image City Photography Gallery flyer]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is A-Ko, M. C. HomelessMySpace link, Paulie ThinkMySpace link, and P. T. BurnemMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing the epic Lawrence of Arabia starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Grime Time, Andy SmashMySpace link, and The BrüdMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Betty's Sing-a-Long is regularly scheduled at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") starting around 10 but since September, 2007 people have reported they were closed.

Today at 2 p.m. is a What's Up Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) with Sydney Greaves discussing Adoration of the Magi. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sons of the Desert starting at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, I gather this is regarded as Laurel & Hardy's best film. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

Tonight's Game Night in The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) features the card game euchre. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Totall Recall starting at 8 p.m. Maybe you're like me and just want to see Arnie's eyes pop out like a Muppet or that chick with 3 boobs, but the Eastman House has an interesting tidbit about the movie's historical significance: it "was also the last great special-effects epic before the age of computer-generated imagery." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is John MosseyMySpace link, and Electric OrganicMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Casa de Lava starting at 8 p.m. In it, a woman "returns a comatose migrant laborer back to his seemingly cholera-plagued colonial village home in the Cape Verde Islands, yet the remaining villagers deny knowing the corpse-like man." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Sarah JohnsonMySpace link, noise-based loops and haunting voices from City Harvest BlackMySpace link, Foot and Mouth DiseaseMySpace link, and big, fat, loud drum-and-bass/noise from Tuurd starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Every Wednesday starting at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Ride for bicyclists. [source: RocBike website]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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