On Your Friendship Is Above My Pay Grade

If they're demanding gifts tied to the cost of a plate, they're not actually friends. Friends are understanding about these things.

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 10:23 am 0

On Twitter "Makes More Money Than Expected" But Still Loses $3B in Value

Love Twitter to death, and gamergate is important, but real talk about the media bubble most Billfold readers (including me) live in: in three days, Andy Baio's scripts found 300,000 tweets related to gamergate. During the Super Bowl this year, Twitter saw spikes of 300,000 tweets a minute. I can't find numbers for Ferguson, but I'd bet good money it is closer to gamergate than the Super Bowl. So no, there weren't any major events on Twitter in the past few months :/

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:29 am 0

On Water As Privilege

My friend John (who writes about water for a New Mexico paper) had a great blog post about this the other day that I really recommend for anyone who reads this piece. Key quote: "The implication of the Porterville story is that most home water users aren’t running out. I think that’s an equally important story. * What went wrong in Porterville that isn’t happening elsewhere, and what have other communities done right? * What is the role of poverty in the Porterville case, and the other communities that find themselves on the verge of water supply troubles? * What has happened in urban and suburban California that has kept the big water supply systems from running out?" He also links to some other pieces that have focused on these questions. This isn't to say that this isn't a question of privilege; as John points out, poverty is at least as important here as "the drought". But other human factors come into play as well.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On It's a Good Time to Go to Law School? Really?

No lawyer I've talked to (including hiring partners) expects anything to get better any time soon. There are still hordes of unemployed lawyers out there, and the law schools are still doing everything they can to pump up their short-term employment numbers.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:23 am 0

On What Cake Are You Wearing?

Topper pic here, BTW: http://imgur.com/T5BanMH

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm 0

On What Cake Are You Wearing?

I'm not a super-frugal person by nature or nurture, but wedding stories always make me feel like I'm Scrooge - in a good way. My mother-in-law made our cake, and sends us a small cake made from the same recipe every year on our anniversary. Decorative topper was made from Lego by my mother. We feel like we had about the best wedding cake ever, and total cost was zero. We did cheat by only having to feed ~ 40, but still...

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:34 am 1

On Update on the Rolling Jubilee :/

@dham you can be transparent (i.e., keep records) while still decentralizing decision-making. All it requires is, you know, keeping records. You can also, importantly, decentralize decision-making while still having checks and balances - record-keeping to allow after-the-fact review; requiring multiple signers, but not making either of them be president; any number of distributed internet voting/selection techniques; etc. It's entirely possible this was just a naive lack of thinking-it-through, of course (a common Occupy trait!) but you given that the entire movement is grounded in a critique of non-transparency and non-accountability of those with money you'd think common sense would have prevailed... (And I say all this as someone deeply sympathetic to the goals of the movement. I'm just pretty skeptical of lots of the methods.)

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 10:25 am 0

On A Person With $100K in a Trust Fund

Waiting now for the $1M and $10M installments.

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:59 am 1

On The Happiness Workshop

I can't speak to this one, but I do find it funny that it is widely accepted that in sports, coaches/coaching can improve performance; but nowhere else in life. I mean, why couldn't a happiness coach work? I want one...

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 12:35 am 0

On Do You Have a Uniform?

I wish I thought I could get away with this.

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 12:33 am 0