Ok this entry is going to be highly disjointed. Just like my life at the
moment. My schedule is so tight right now.
Wlofie threw me this link about the housing bubble. I like that it sums up the arguments for and against its existence. She does have good advice for buying in the face of the possibility of a bubble, but she left out one thing. If you find a home in a less aggressive neighborhood where the price has risen at or below that of inflation, theoretically, that house should be bubble proof, since it wasn't inflated in the first place.
I love all the "Switch" parodies. Here's my favorite so far.
At work, we keep getting blasted for
not offering multiple FTP logins per account. But we just can't. It's a
security and configuration thang. So I have to remind people that they do have
other options. As an example, here's one of
In Sweden, they don't have any such thing as a certified marriage certificate.
That's because their beaureaucratic system is far more highly evolved than ours
is. Rather than keep multiple copies of every scrap of paper that signifies any
even in people's lives, they just amend the tax register. If you get married, the official sends the
appropriate data to the tax department, and they add it to your record. You get
divorced, same thing. You die, same thing.
If you need certified documentation of any of these life events, you ask them to
send you a copy, and they do that. One paper. Hallelujah. Imagine if counties
and states in the US started adopting this sort of policy. Can you imagine how
much budgetary savings that could result in, not having to grow and maintain
these kinds of archives? In a time when tax revenue is dropping sharply, and
budgets dropping with it, I think it would be a very wise move. And your
typical US county contains far fewer folks than the nation of Sweden - I am
sure the size of the task is manageable.
This guy makes a lot of sense in a lot of ways. I agree with
almost this entire article, except for one thing. It should be a UN-led
coalition of countries that take care of the Gap states, not the US. It's a
world responsibility that needs to be shared. This also combats imperialism and
paves the way for a loosely federated world government, and I'm all for that.
We've all seen parodies of DNS error messages. Here's my current
The delightful Mrs.
Marley sent me a link to another person's journal entry about 1000 Blank
White Cards. That was interesting, but the killer find was in the comments of
that entry, wherein someone recommended a game called Eat Poop You Cat. No, the
game involves neither eating, nor poop, nor a cat. See the links at the bottom
of the page for further hilarity. I hurt myself laughing.
In the wake of last night's crisis, some stuff has got to go. I am making arrangements for a Ryder van and a Public Storage unit. I'm also putting off college to the fall semester. That hurts, but it's necessary. *sigh*
(This entry a full week in the making.)