How Much Can Dog Walkers Make? How About $120,000/Year

I don’t know if they found the one dog walker making it work, or if that’s a good example of what most dog walkers/sitters in Orange County earn.

Hendo Hoverboards Is Offering a Working Hoverboard In Exchange for Backing Their Kickstarter at the $10,000 Level

Hoverboards are real, they’ve arrived right on schedule, and they’re currently selling at the $10,000 price point.

Job Of The Day: Holiday Dog Sitter

I got a postcard from DogVacay, tagline “Dog boarding just got awesome!”

On Seattle and Small Apartments

That’s my apartment.

The whole thing.

The Cost of Halloween, Part 1: Costumes

I went to my first Halloween party of the season Saturday night, which meant it was time to put together my Halloween costume.

As you know from earlier postings, this year I’m costuming/cosplaying Julia Wicker from Lev Grossman’s Magicians series. (One of the parties I’m attending is themed “come as your favorite author or book character,” so that’s where I got the idea.)

Julia doesn’t have a specific look to copy, which makes the costume a bit easier. I decided to make the base level of the costume pajamas, because if there’s one thing I know about people who spend all day studying magic and posting to online message boards, it’s that they’re probably doing it in their pajamas.

Since I already own pajamas, that meant I only needed to buy a few additional items:

Binder: $12.99

Glittery letters to spell “Spellbinder” on binder: $5.49

Blue star stickers to simulate Julia’s star tattoos: $2.79

And, of course, the wig.

How Wizards Do Money: Gregory Goyle

There were two types of Hogwarts students: the “well-adjusted” ones, who came rushing out of the Second Wizarding War with blood on their hands and smiles on their faces, ready to start their new lives, and the others.

The Cost of Making My Own Sub Sandwich

As you may have heard earlier this week, I broke up with Jimmy John’s.

“I’ll just make my own delicious sandwiches!” I told myself. “I can be fast! I can be freaky!”

So I went to the grocery store and got the supplies I needed to simulate my favorite Jimmy John’s sandwich, the Number 6 With Pep.


French demi baguette: $0.99

Cucumber: $0.99

Tomato: $0.42

Avocado: $0.99

Sliced provolone cheese: $2.29 (but I only used 1/3 of the package, so technically $0.76)

Sliced hot peppers: $3.99 (but I only used a few slices, so… we’ll say $0.25)

Mayonnaise, salt, pepper: I already had these in the apartment, and I should figure out exactly how much a shake of salt costs, but I’m not going to do that. How about another $0.25 for these three supplies.

Total cost: $4.65

Who Is the Wealthiest Woman in Each State?

Last week, real estate blog Movoto released a series of charts identifying the wealthiest woman in each U.S. state, as well as the wealthiest women in various U.S. regions.

Who are these women? Well, some of the names are immediately recognizable: Laurene Powell Jobs, Elizabeth Koch, and anyone with a “Walton” attached.

But I haven’t ever heard of a lot of these women, and I’m curious if that’s a lack of information on my part or whether you all aren’t familiar with them either.

Movoto answers the unspoken question about whether these ladies earned their cash by putting an asterisk next to each name to denote that funds represent “marital or familial wealth.” The asterisk is interesting because it is another way of erasing women’s contributions to families; clearly your money only counts if you earned it, not if you managed a household or took on a caretaking role. [EDIT: Commenter skstegner notes that I probably misunderstood the "estimated marital or familial wealth" asterisk. It doesn't identify family wealth; it identifies estimated wealth. Big difference.]

The Billfold Book Club: Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘North and South’ (Chapters 1-25)

So… how do you think they’re going to resolve the strike?

A quick summary of where we stand so far:

Margaret Hale, our heroine who is whip-smart but suffers under the classic trope of being “not pretty except for the part where her subtle beauty outshines all of the other girls” (see: Anne Shirley, Elizabeth Bennet, Sara Crewe, most smart young women in classic literature), moves with her family from the south to the north (get it?) after her father gives up his position as pastor because he cannot stand the corruption in the Church of England. (Insert your own joke about King Henry VIII here.)

Mr. Hale needs a job, and takes on the role of tutor to one Mr. Thornton, a self-made man who, with the help of his budget-conscious mother, pulled his family out of poverty and now owns Marlborough Mills, one of the largest factories in town. Milton is, by its nature, a factory town, and Margaret quickly learns that people who work in factories have a hard life, befriending a young woman named Bessy Higgins who is dying of a respiratory illness from “the fluff” that mill workers breathe all day.

The question at the core of this book is whether Mr. Thornton treats his factory workers well enough and compensates them adequately. This is where the book gets interesting.


I’m pretty sure you heard the news, but we’re probably going to get a HBO stand-alone streaming service in 2015.

That means: you can pay for HBO and watch it on your laptop without buying cable.

The Washington Post quotes CEO Richard Plepler speaking at Time Warner’s Investor Day meeting:

“In 2015, we will be beyond the wall and launch a stand alone over-the-top service that will have the potential to produce hundreds of millions of dollars of additional revenues.”