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Two explanations of the current financial crisis.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

One very long, detailed and interesting:

From the Institute of Government Affairs at UC Davis, via The Edge of the American West.

The other very short, but taking no shortcuts:

The credit crisis as Antarctic expedition from Marketplace on Vimeo

From Marketplace, via Lifehacker.

I can put stuff on amazon (shameless plug)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

And there’s more to come. For now: Steel Images by Adapt – Home & Garden: Home & Garden

nuff said

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Advice that I like

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Financial advice for young adults that makes sense:

part 1

part 2

With one exception: don’t use traditional savings for any more than a couple of thousand dollars. You can get a no-fee online savings account from HSBC, eTrade or ING (mine at HSBC currently yields 3.5% APY – the only downside is it takes about 3 business days to get at the money).


Doesn’t take much

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I have acquired professional-level skills in career counseling, journalism, rose breeding, screenplay writing, and strong amateur-level skills as an actor and play director without ever having taken a course in any of the above.

And how he did it is unbelievably simple for anyone with some time and a lot of self-confidence. For the record, this guy is a top-of-the-field career counsellor and world-class rose breeder.

A promising calendar sync solution?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

All I want is to be able to sync my apple iCal, Outlook 2003/exchange calendar, google calendar, and blackberry. And I want to selectively sync these, since there are home calendar items that don’t need to be seen on my work account, but work items i’d like on my calendar at home. I’ll need to do the same for contacts and todo items as well.

I’ve tried several solutions, including the missing sync, spanning sync, and google mobile sync. None of them do quite what I want.

The best way I have to do it now is to sync iCal with google and blackberry, and blackberry with gcal and iCal. A big happy two way sync triangle. The real bitch of it all is that the categories don’t always come across right, so I find myself adjusting things on each calendar. And none of it makes it’s way to work/outlook on the exchange server there.

I want to enter something once, in any media, and have it show up the same way everywhere else (so that an item placed in my ‘work’ calendar will show up on the work calendar on google calendar, and make it’s way to my outlook calendar at work). What I need is some kind of glue to hold it all together. A web app that will pul all of these calendars, compare differences, and update each as necessary, according to rules I have set.

I just read about a new site called fusecal. It offers to combine many calendars into one place, either to publish on the web or to sync those into your personal calendar. I can import that calendar into most major calendar apps (iCal, yahoo, google, outlook, etc) but I can only pull web calendars. For this to work, I’ll need it to get info from my desktop iCal and outlook as well.

I just found another one called ScheduleWorld. It looks pretty promising. Basically what I described: glue. But…no iCal or blackberry support yet. Damn. I might try it using google calendar as intermediary. But then I am lust using ScheduleWorld to sync Outlook/google, and I might as well find something that does it directly.

And wouldn’t you know that this exists as well: Google Calendar Sync

I just added something to do at work tomorrow. It’s funny. that was a very roundabout way to discover an easy solution, but I learned a lot in the process.

Some environmentally friendly links

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

EcoGeek is a blog dedicated to the geekier side of all things environmentally friendly. Their most recent post: Researchers Extend Lithium Ion Battery Life 10X or, some new in vitro technology that could conceivably yield batteries for cars containing more energy than a tank of gas. What is really cool here is that these cells absorb so much electricity they literally swell when charged.

Nanosolar Is Gunning For Coal via TechCrunch. This company has been around for a lot of years, and they have finally rolled out a commercial solar panel that is cheaper than anything else available ($0.99/Watt…end price is about the same as coal. That’s right. Solar Power is now as cheap as Coal power). This is going to change the world. Seriously. Nanosolar does this with a technology based on carbon nanotubes that basically prints the solar panels out, rather than making them in a process similar to silicon chips like most other commercial solar panels are made. These things are also thinner and longer lasting than conventional solar panels. Yes, I am sold.

And Matt, it’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s that I rarely think to say it.