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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Media Blackout: The Wrap-Up

My self-imposed Media Blackout is officially over. Overall, I’m really pleased with the results. Productivity went way up, and while I don’t think this is all due to the Blackout, it was a factor. Some stats: Important news stories I missed out on: None that I can find. I knew about the new trillion $ [...]

A Loaf of Bread Cost What?

Ever wondered how much your house would have cost in 1880? 1900? 1930? Now you can find out, with this handy dandy Inflation Calculator. I only wish I had found this resource a year ago. I’ve been limping along by assuming the dollar was worth about ten times its current value in 1928; turns out [...]

News Free Week

My day begins in a fairly predictable way. Get up, feed the cats. Check e-mail. Check Facebook. Then dive into a few of my favorite news sites and spend the next hour there. Check back a few times during the day in case something interesting has happened. All in all, I probably spend at least [...]

Well In-Formed

When I was five I had my first surgery, to correct a bad case of lazy eye. In the waiting room beforehand, I badgered my mom constantly: “Could I die? People die in surgery, right? Is there any chance — I mean any chance — I could die?” And my poor mom, finally at her [...]

Nuts and Bolts

Ok, gang, it’s official: I are a corporation. Setting up a corporation for yourself sounds fraught with complication, in the I-don’t-even-want-to-deal-with-it-let’s-just-forget-this-whole-thing kind of way. But once I started looking into it, it was really remarkably easy. Step One: I searched for, and found, a good URL. This is harder than it sounds. Every single word [...]

Pineapple Stir Fry

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a couple of weeks now, ever since my friend Becky asked for it. It’s my go-to stir fry: easy, flexible, and (I think) delish. The critical elements are the pineapple, soy sauce, and cornstarch; everything else can be adjusted to suit your family’s taste. Ingredients: 1 pepper [...]

The Truth About Working at Home

For many people, especially creative types, working at home is the holy grail. No stress! Flexible hours! Comfy p.j.’s! And it is, indeed, fantastic. But lest the picture seem overly rosy, I offer you a few sobering facts: 1. You will find yourself wearing the same shirt for two or three days in a row. [...]