Will it fit in a spreadsheet or schematics?

I like spreadsheets. I try to put everything into one. They are poorly made by accounting standards, for sure, but serve well for informational organization.

Every doctor's visit I've ever had? In a spreadsheet. DVD collection? Spreadsheet. I will spreadsheet you before you know it.

Schematics, also. One of my sketch journals is just for drawing plans and ideas for various fortresses and places I'd like to live, all with the peculiar property of being isolated with a wall to keep people out and never have to leave again. There are sketches of things like gravity-based water pumps for electricity, ways to collect rainwater for household use -- that kind of thing. The kind of engineering an art major might come up with, heh.

Years ago, I had a cupcake business, and I recently stumbled across some drawings I'd made back then. Apparently I also made schematics for cupcakes. (Yes, I had several spreadsheets as well.)


Because the structural makeup of a dessert is crucial to get down on paper.

Red Velvet, a weak chocolate cake and 10 lbs of red food dye

Different from Casino Royale.

The joy of citrus.

Everyone wants a cupcake with "shards" in the description.

In practice, people didn't know what the decoration was supposed to be.

This was a pretty good basic chocolate cake, so mom was right.

I thought it was funny. You might be able to pick out a few of them from my old pastry gallery.


  1. "Yer makin' me hungry!"

    Even those of us in your parents' generation can appreciate the utility of spreadsheet software ... right up there with the unfortunately-named "word processor" in terms of usefulness. (That name makes one's writing sound like Cheez-Whiz, a vaguely-edible product of intense "processing.") In the engineering world from which I'm retired, a spreadsheet can be a powerful way of modeling a design to find out what "knobs to turn" (design parameters to vary) to make the thing being designed work better, and to get an estimate of how well it might be expected to work at best. Given the cheapness and availability of computing power, it's easy to evaluate quantities by numerical methods, representing integrals involving analytically-intractable functions, or functions of no known analytical form, like the measured spectral output of a lamp, as Riemann sums. And you don't have to write, and debug, code. Makes life at least easier, and often a pleasure.

    And after retirement? The "checkbook" is a spreadsheet. The household budget likewise. I know my cumulative road cycling for this year totals 1823 miles, thanks to my mileage log spreadsheet -- OCD, anyone? I can see how my 2007 Ford Escape has a mild sinusoidal variation in fuel economy over the year, better in warmer weather, worse in the cold.

    Come to think of it, maybe spreadsheets aren't such a good idea. They seem to be reinforcing some questionable tendencies in myself.


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