On Job Of The Day: Holiday Dog Sitter

... I’d need to book 20 nights’ worth of dogs (or 10 nights’ worth of two dogs). I suggest the eventual movie be titled "20 Nights of Dogs".

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm 1

On Who Is the Wealthiest Woman in Each State?

@Katni : Frighteningly, I suspected who she was because of ... I'm sorry, but it's true ... her husband. (He made his money by founding a multi-level marketing company and enjoys spending it on Mitt Romney and anti-LGBT causes.) Use that name in good health, is all I'm saying.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm 1

On How Taylor Swift Does Money

@garli : Oh, agreed, the speaker-as-microphone trick isn't practical (actually, it's only really ever used for recording kick drums), but when has that ever stopped a good secret agent? Maybe we can start Ms. Smith with two cans and a string. She could end up as the Robert Hooke of pop music!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm 0

On How Taylor Swift Does Money

@garli : Also, I don't believe one can turn on a phone remotely, but a targeted attack can make it appear that the phone is turned off while it remains on, to allow geolocation or recording through the microphone. This has been reported as a technique that the NSA does use, so it looks like Ms. Swift is 2 for 2 (maybe 1.5 for 2?) : http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/06/technology/security/nsa-turn-on-phone/

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:54 am 0

On How Taylor Swift Does Money

@garli : Well, considering that a speaker is basically a microphone in reverse, she's basically correct. Plug the cable from your speaker into a mic in, and voila, it's a microphone. A very crappy microphone without auxiliary power, but still.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:52 am 0

On Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

@Trilby : Perhaps it's time to look into a discount brokerage. Unless you have a ton of money (and even then), I'm of the opinion that active money management is just going to cost you. Those annual fees and commissions can be absolutely brutal.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:43 am 0

On Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

@ThatJenn, @Meaghano : Being able to check your investments every day is the devil. Don't do it; your caveman-brain response will drive you nuts and distract you from the fact that you're in this for the long term, not for day-to-day gains or losses. Of course, easier said than done. Perhaps it's time to develop an investment portal that only reports quarterly earnings.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:41 am 0

On Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

@Aequorea Victoria, @ccq : Yes! Scrape together a little extra cash that you won't miss for the next 10 or 15 years, and stick it in an index ETF. "Sell when the trumpets are sounding and buy when there's blood in the streets" is still good advice.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:38 am 0

On Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

@ECW : Your advice is correct. I'd also add this : don't check your brokerage account balances more than once every couple of months (heck, let's say more than two or three times a year). As a human, your brain is wired to weight losses more heavily than gains, so the day-to-day losses will drive you absolutely crazy even though they are more than balanced out by the long-term gains. You're in it for the long haul. Stick your money in whatever index exchange-traded fund strikes your fancy (not mutual funds! Save yourself those fees!) and just let. It. Sit. There. Be tough.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:36 am 1

On Twin Peaks: Fire Blog With Me

@LookUponMyWorks, @Punk-assBookJockey : Seconded. If anything, considering that it aired in 1991, it's mostly surprising how casual the show is re. Duchovny's character.

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 9:40 am 0