A few words on the economic crisis at hand

I've just got to say what I'm about to say, because it's gnawing at me from inside, and I need to have it out. I'm not going to pretend I'm some economic guru, and I'll use plain words. My thinking on economics is simple. I understand tangible products. If an economy makes stuff I can [...]

Cigna increases premiums while CEO gets more pay

Our medical insurance policy is with Cigna. We're on the Open Access Plus plan. After I renewed my Cigna policy recently, I got our new insurance cards, and noticed that the premiums and copays increased as follows: PCP Visit ($20 vs $15) Specialist ($40 vs $30) Hospital ER ($100 vs $50) Urgent Care ($50 vs [...]

Ways in which companies waste money and energy

I want to focus in on a few specific ways in which companies waste money and energy. I see the following things happen daily in the workplace. They're not specific to any company. Chances are that if you visit any American company, they're probably doing at least one of these things. Lights are left on [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-07

16 Bit Versus 8 Bit Mode http://tinyurl.com/2snass # Is Silverlight 2 catching up with Flash? http://tinyurl.com/362kcc # BlueArc's Titan is Flexing Petabytes http://tinyurl.com/3a357r # About a company that really knows how to leave a mess http://tinyurl.com/3cxwhn # California court threatens homeschoolers http://tinyurl.com/3abrco # Ziff Davis Media Files For Bankruptcy Protection http://tinyurl.com/28eocr # Where a Dollar [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-09-19

A bit of a health theme to this edition of condensed knowledge: A new CPR technique was discovered. It's called OAC-CPR (Only rhythmic Abdominal Compression). As its name implies, you only press on the abdomen, eliminating the risk of broken ribs, mouth-to-mouth, and fatigue from pushing so hard. Definitely worth looking into this! Prozac found [...]

Get smart about money in 135 minutes

Two easy steps are involved with this: Take 90 minutes to watch Dave Ramsey's video entitled "Dumping Debt". It was posted to YouTube in 10-minute segments. Here they are: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 - Part 8 - Part 9. [...]

Great ads

I liked the Volkswagen "Unpimp your ride" commercials instantly when they came out. I've always liked clean lines and elegant cars. I think "pimped" cars are in truly bad taste. The mods are almost always done for the wrong reasons, and usually only to show off in garish fashion. The poor cars end up looking [...]

The US has a negative bank balance of what?!

Stumbled onto this entry on Vinnie Lauria's blog, listing the bank balances of various world countries. At the bottom of the list... the US of A. Our bank balance: $ -829,100,000,000. Say what?! Yes, according to the CIA, so it's got to be true. How about the US Budget? How's that? Well, according to this [...]