Investing a Dollar; Cupcakes Are Out; Our Digital Expenses

Some stories we didn’t get to today:

• From the Morning News: “Two dozen people—a JP Morgan associate, a sex worker, a pastor, a living statue, a marine, ‘the World’s First Publicly Traded Person,’ and many more—tell us the best way to invest a single dollar.”

• Have you heard? Cupcakes are out. From Brokelyn, an essay from an unemployed former Crumbs employee: “We didn’t all love it there, but there were certainly memories to be had of favorite customers, orders and co-workers. The language of Crumbs will be one I will never forget- Devil’s Food, the Squiggle (which customers mistakenly called The Hostess), Signature size versus classic, a tastepack featuring 12 mini cupcakes that could be yours for only $19.95, hearing “How big is 7′?” without laughing.”

• And from the New York Times: “Molly Wood audits her digital expenses, from cloud storage to streaming movies, and finds ways to trim her monthly bills.”

Here Is Your Open Thread

In the Texas Tribune, a brief look at some foster kids who made it to college.

Talking About What You Make With Those You Work With

Mike: So this Jill Abramson news has got me thinking about where I’ve worked previously and how much I knew about what my colleagues made. I often knew! But that’s probably rare.

If We Gave Oprah a Car

Mike: Omg, I want to give a car to Oprah.

How Are You Spending Thanksgiving, And What Will You Spend?

We rounded up a bunch of our pals from around the Internet and asked them how they’re spending their Thanksgivings.

Open Thread

Who is the highest paid active public employee in your state? Answer: Probably an athletic coach of some kind.

Open Thread

This week in “Room for Debate”: Sweatshops.

Open Thread


We’re pausing for a bit and waiting for more information about what’s happening in Boston. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled program in the morning.

A Thread That is Open

Time to go for a walk.

A Thread That Is Open

Is the “praise sandwich” the best way to give criticism?

Mr. Harford knows the problem well. He calls it the “praise sandwich,” where we stuff the bad stuff between two slices of compliments. But people often hear only the praise.

“We say, ‘That was a great piece of work, there was just a small problem,’ ” Mr. Harford said. “What we tend to hear is, ‘That was a great piece of work.’ ”

The better way, Ms. Ching said, is to be straightforward.

Photo: katinalynn

A Thread That Is Open

Julie Weiss has run 52 marathons in 52 weeks and raised more than $179,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (her father died in 2010 from the disease).