Last week's late pants points report

I'd like to say I forgot to do this last Friday, but the truth is I couldn't be bothered to go and get my date book, which is where I record all the scores, so I didn't have the numbers to report.  (Also, I didn't want to bother adding them all up, which contributed to my desire to leave it until today.  And I wanted to write the post about leggings.) Last week's score was 283/350, total so far 1633/2000.

That week includes quite a few days of relative high scores compared to my apathy -- it does not include the fact that, on Friday night, I went to sleep fully dressed.  It was kind of an exhausting week.

And while I'm on the topic of my life on the scale of weeks, if this year's Clarion email comes at the same date and time as the one I got in 2010 letting me know I was on the wait-list, it will come, this Friday, during the sociology class I wrote about last Friday.  I have an IFTTT trigger set up to text me whenever I get an email from either Clarion or the Clarion foundation, so I will know as soon as the email arrives.  If it isn't convenient for me to check my email during class, that may be a very un-fun hour.

It's shaping up to be a long, drawn-out week, which sucks, because I'd love for it to be one of those short, punchy ones that goes by so fast you feel like you've wasted part of your life.  Anything to get to Friday, really.  (Oh glob, I really hope the email does come on Friday.)

Pants Points Report (late)

I've missed my Pants Points Reports for the last two weeks, so this is a catch-up post. As of Friday, Feb. 8: 176/350 total to date: 443/1050 -- I did not do well this week.  Depression affects my ability to convince myself to do laundry.

As of Friday, Feb. 15: 319/350 total to date: 862/1400 -- The 19 was the Saturday, when I did laundry.  The rest of the week was all 50's.  I felt a lot better this time.

Pants Points 1.1 final report

Today is the last day of the trial run, version 1.1, of the Pants Points system -- and I think it's been a resounding success.  It continues to be a little bit uncomfortable to talk about the state of my laundry on the internet, but as with most things I figure I probably wouldn't stick to it if I wasn't using the internet to hold me accountable. Final score: 1440/1750.

Now's probably also a good time to update on my other winter break goals: 

  • I have not finished the first draft of the story I'm on.  That said, it's kind of turning into a novella.  I think it's pretty good, so I'm going to finish[1. I mean, even if it sucked I'd finish.  Every story feels like it sucks somewhere in the middle of it, and it's supposed to.  That's what first drafts are for.] then put it on hold for a total rewrite after I've got some distance from the story.  
  • I learned a lot about regular expressions.  Like, now I know what they are, and have used them in a few situations.  I'm pretty sure if I had a big project that regexes would help with, it would be easy to look up some syntax and write them.  Learning code is going to have to get on the list some time soon.
  • I am not finished learning the concepts on the College Algebra CLEP test.  I've been working on it, but I'm struggling with quadratic equations.
  • My finances aren't totally sorted, but they're in a much better place than they were at the start of vacation.
  • My spaces aren't clean.  Maybe neater than they might otherwise be, but definitely not clean.

So, going into this coming semester:

  • Straight A's.  Obviously.
  • Read books from all this year's Clarion authors, in case I get in.
  • Finish learning, take, and ace, the College Algebra CLEP test.
  • Keep up with my responsibilities to the Observer (school paper) and the Community Outreach Group, but don't take on more external commitments.
  • Finish the story I'm working on, figure out what to start on next.  (Probably the rewrite of my first novel.  I'm looking forward to that.)
  • Stay marginally organized.
  • Here's the new set of Pants Points rules:

[table id=4 /]

The Perfect Score bonus is now 7, so the max possible daily score is still 50.  The biggest difference is an adjustment in some of the multipliers.  The version 1.1 rules stand:

  • For a perfect day (all items on the list, clean) the day’s score gets bumped up to 50 points.  The total possible points without this bonus is 37, so that’s a 13 point bonus.
  • The day’s score is locked in the first time I leave the property of wherever I woke up.  (That means if I crash at someone’s house, I need to have a change of clothes with me or I’m not getting points for that day.  It also means I can’t run out to a gas station in a t-shirt and dirty pants, then come home and put on a clean outfit to blog.)

These goals are set 'till the start of Spring Break (the Monday).

Pants Points Report

Total score: 775/850 (This week: 327/350)

As of this way, I think I can say with a certain amount of confidence that the Pants Points system is not working as well as I had hoped.  Neither is the Khan Academy or Regex work, regular blogging, or story work.  I'm still getting the usual flare-ups of vacation depression.

Still, I'm going to stick it out, and probably continue using the system coming into the next semester, because at least it's been motivating me to get my laundry done, and I've been regularly dressed enough to go outside and get the mail.  Plus, as I've mentioned before, it's one less step between me and leaving the house.

I don't have anything left in my bag of tricks to try and make myself happier this winter, but I will try to come up with something for Spring Break.  In the meantime, wish me luck?  There are still like twenty more days of vacation that I'm not super-thrilled about.

Pants Points Report

Current score: 448/550 The system is going along pretty well.  There have been a few not-perfect days -- On one day I couldn't find a clean overshirt, on another I felt awful all day and never put on more than pajamas.

For version 2, I'm considering an update to the multipliers.  For some of the smaller items, which I am more likely to wear if they're not clean, (socks, underwear, t-shirts) I might increase the clean bonus to x3.  This would mean the max score would be 42, and the perfect day bonus would only be 8 points, rather than the current 13.

I will be sticking to the current score table for this whole trial, though.  I'm thinking I will implement a rules update in order to use the system for next semester at school.  (With one run per semester and one run per vacation, I can get 4 trials done a year, meaning I might be able to refine the system to the best possible implementation by next fall.)

Pants Points: report and version update

As I wrote on Tuesday, I've started a new system for forcing myself to get out of bed and put on clothes this vacation.  I'm calling it Pants Points, and this is the first version update. This is the v1 score table.  All iterations of this vacation's Pants Points scorekeeping will use this table -- it may be updated in the future, but to keep this winter's game coherent I'm going to use the same scorekeeping the whole way through.

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Version 1.0 rules:

  • For a perfect day (all items on the list, clean) the day's score gets bumped up to 50 points.  The total possible points without this bonus is 37, so that's a 13 point bonus.

Version 1.1 update:

  • The day's score is locked in the first time I leave the property of wherever I woke up.  (That means if I crash at someone's house, I need to have a change of clothes with me or I'm not getting points for that day.  It also means I can't run out to a gas station in a t-shirt and dirty pants, then come home and put on a clean outfit to blog.)

I'm also adding a page for the Pants Points rules in the Rules section of my pages.  It's unlisted, so it doesn't show up in the drop down menu, but you should be able to find it if you scroll to the bottom of the rules page.  Also, here's a direct link.

Report:

I'm happy to say that my score so far is 150/150, a perfect score up to this point!  It appears that this system has at least the potential to work.