MSN asks if investors are ruining the housing market. I say no–around me, if it weren’t for the investors, there would be no housing market to speak of. Let me tell you a story.
When you live in a neighborhood where everyone has a wireless network, you’ll struggle to get adequate coverage in every room of your home. That’s just the nature of wireless networking; we don’t have enough non-overlapping channels to cover everyone. I’ve heard a number of complaints lately that U-Verse isn’t reliable, but I’ve traced that [...]
I saw a mention of this oldie but goodie this week on recognizing good quality furniture. It applies to more than just furniture; the same rules apply to kitchen cabinets and anything else made of wood.
I made my resignation official on Friday. It was a hard decision to make, but I had a nagging feeling, on a couple of fronts, that I didn’t have a lot of choice. But I’ll be OK. I had a new gig lined up long before I handed in my resignation. I’ll make a smooth [...]
I know a family that’s trying to rent a house. All they really want is something that’s a reasonable commute from work, in a safe area, with a fenced yard for their young son to play in, a basement to take cover in during severe storms, and a little bit of room for storage–in a [...]
Wise Bread gives the 10 worst ways to make extra money. The scary thing is, I’ve actually looked into most of these, and tried some.
In Amsterdam, a couple of times a month volunteers meet up in community centers to fix things. Anyone can bring items that don’t work anymore to get it fixed. It reduces waste, people save money, they get to meet their neighbors, and it provides opportunity. Opportunity? Hear me out.
This is a companion piece to Ken Floro’s The Southside Cavaliers vs. Vanishing Tom. I’m trying my best to write in someone else’s style and not get my keyboard (among other things) handed to me. In Ken’s story, I’m Hacker Dave. I accidentally spent my 16th birthday with Vanishing Tom. We both attended a school-sponsored [...]
In the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, a high school principal is resigning amid allegations that she posed as a student and friended 300 students on Facebook. School administrators seem to be obsessed with what goes on on Facebook. I suggest they should be paying more attention to what goes on in their own hallways.
Yahoo! Finance! has! a! first-person! story! about! struggling! on! six! figures! Silliness aside, you might be surprised to hear I–an infamous stingy Scottish miser–am at least a little sympathetic.