Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Earn more or spend less?

Our financial planner, Tom Fisher, has a great blog post up about whether it makes more sense to strive to earn more or to work on spending less. The conclusion, as one might expect, is "it depends," but the more important message is that this is something that can be thought of and analyzed rationally:

In my opinion, most people never stop to figure out what they have to give up in order to earn more money. Often, we just find a way to make more (take a second job, work more hours, look for a new job, etc.) instead of actually figuring out how that will affect our lives. Our brains are not very good at connecting soft questions – like getting what we want – with quantitative ones. Surely it’s better, though, to do this kind of analysis first and better understand the consequences of the choices that we’re making for our lives.


He also provides a simple example of the type of analysis that someone can do to figure out the trade-offs for himself.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Raising political money, geek style

What happens when a computer geek decides to run for state rep. (in Kansas) against a right-wing incumbent and needs to find a lot of donors? Apparently, something like this.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Evernote

I'm trying out Evernote, a hybrid desktop/online note taking product whose new and improved version just came out of beta testing. It seems like a good product, though I already have one significant gripe. One of the key features is that you can take a photo of something like a whiteboard or a page of notes and send it to Evernote, and the software will scan it for text, making it searchable. Very cool. Except that, while it becomes searchable, you never get direct access to the text, so there's no way to copy and paste, edit, etc. This is a key feature in most OCR software, and has been a feature of Microsoft's OneNote (which does much of what Evernote does, minus the killer synchronization between computers/web) for a long time. C'mon, Evernote, get with the program!

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

14 Questions for McCain & Obama

The group at Sciencedebate 2008 put together a set of 14 community-generated questions for McCain and Obama regarding their views on science and technology policy. As an Obama supporter, I'm planning to e-mail the Obama campaign to encourage it to respond publicly to these questions. I hope more people will do the same with their candidate of choice, or with both for those who are undecided.

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