• “One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” –Dumbledore, who should start celebrating Hannukah
• The wizarding world does not seem capitalist; in fact, it seems barely post-industrial, perhaps in line with JRR Tolkien’s shire. Everyone is pretty happy even though no one makes it onto Forbes’ Fictional 15. More leaning back, drinking butterbeer, and watching Quidditch for us all.
• 1 Galleon = 17 Sickles = 493 Knuts. This must be mocking the pre-1971 British currency system, where 2 farthings = 1 half-penny, 12 pence = 1 shilling, 5 shillings = 1 Crown, and so on. Decimalization FTW.
• Keep your money safe by hiding it in a locked vault at the bottom of a goblin bank protected by blind dragons. Or the modern equivalent: a CD.
In today’s edition of Convenient Theories for Me, Weekly, Adam Alter at the New Yorker’s Currency blog outlines why ‘thinking positive’ tricks your brain into complacency and keeps you from achieving your dreams:
Fantasizing about having your Jerry Maguire moment? My internet friend Austin Kleon would be the first to tell you to keep your day job. Then again, he quit his own day job a couple years ago to focus on promoting his new book, then write another one. He wrote about the reality of his situation on his blog yesterday, and I appreciated it so much.
I have the cure to financial anxiety
When B. Benson wrote about the money he has spent in an attempt to save money this year, many of us were most struck by his mention of two little words: “slow cooker.” It seems that if there’s anything that gets you guys talking, it’s kitchen appliances (and this is why you are all the best).
There were many helpful tips, tricks, disavowals, and stew recipes, but there was one comment in particular I haven’t been able to shake. It comes from Billfolder Derbel McDillet, and it kills me in the best way possible:
I will admit leaving my slow cooker on in the bathroom when I’m at work because I also have a fear of my dog pulling it down onto himself. It does seem weird to have my bathroom smell like BBQ for a few days, but it’s worth the peace of mind.
I support this wholeheartedly, though I do have a few questions. Primarily: does your hair smell like meat, and where in the bathroom do you put the slow cooker — the floor? the edge of the sink? Ooh, maybe out of the way in the bathtub?
At any rate, the more I think about this, the more genius it becomes. Let us never live in fear of pets coexisting with slow cookers again! Or else let us put doors on our kitchens! Or live in places with big closets! Where all of our coats smell like vegan chili but we will have saved so much money not going to Chipotle! Hooray.
Kim Palmer, author of The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life has found the secret to financial security. Unfortunately, it sounds like a lot of work:
Over at The Cut, Ann Friedman riffs on the possibility of being a powerful, likeable woman. She discusses this through the lens of her likeability inspiration Jenna Lyons, the much-admired president and creative director of J. Crew.
While we were away on holiday hiatus, the New Yorker ran a story that is relevant to our interests (jobs, casual dress, the rich and powerful, using casual dress to trick people into thinking you’re rich and powerful). Called “Why Mark Zuckerberg Gets Away With Hoodies,” Matthew Hutson walks us through recent studies showing that “deliberate nonconformity shows that you can handle some ridicule because you’ve got social capital to burn.” I buy it.
The end of 2013 is upon us, and it’s time for all good, self-loathing people to take stock of their year’s successes and failures. Who better to turn to for inspiration than Christine Quinn, who recently lost the race to become New York City’s next mayor and gives such great interview:
Quinn — who said she prays every morning and night — is still processing her political defeat.
“I’m not done thinking about it,” she admitted. “I’m very, very annoyed and disappointed that my plan wasn’t God’s plan. I really want to know what the reason is. I’m not interested in waiting 10 years and being like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s the reason why it happened!’ I’d like to know now.”
Autostraddle has a great interview with Emily Gould, which is mostly about Emily Books and you should read it. But this is the part that is relevant to us:
Writer and internet person Austin Kleon holds regular office hours over on his blog, and today someone wrote in to ask him for advice about balancing paying the bills and doing creative work.
Something to talk about with your family around the Thanksgiving table, if your family is anything like mine (super Catholic): Pope Francis just issued an 84-page “apostolic exhortation” about the idolatry of money and the new tyranny of unfettered capitalism.
Hi Billfold! I am preparing to go back to working in an office after five (!) years of working from home, and I am a little panicked about lunches. Help me!