Sunday, September 16, 2007

Finance Blogs I Read

In my blogroll over in the sidebar, I have several finance blogs listed. I read their posts via Bloglines, usually all at the same time. So I have a fairly poor handle on which blog is which.

Thus this post, describing each one briefly. If I get confused about how they're distinct, I can come back to this post and remind myself. :)

Get Rich Slowly
Written by JD. He writes about his personal experiences with his finances. Readers sometimes write in with questions, which JD answers himself then asks others to give their own opinions in the comments. JD also reviews finance magazines and books.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Written by Ramit Sethi, also the co-founder of PBwiki. He interviews finance-related people. He also occasionally does surveys of his readers, then analyzes the results.
Money Smart Life
Written by Ben. This guy is one of the reasons I got myself an American Express Blue Cash credit card.
My Two Dollars
Written by David. He has good, practical tips from his personal experience.
The Simple Dollar
Written by Trent Hamm. In April 2006, he experienced what he calls "a complete financial meltdown." After he educated himself on personal finance and got his stuff in order, he started his blog. Trent sometimes writes book reviews, ending each with a "Buy or Don't Buy" conclusion, which is quite helpful.
Well Heeled
Written by "Wanda". She seems the least hard-core of the bunch, but she's still a good source for seeing what someone more like me is going through. (She says of herself, "On the plus side, I’ve started saving for retirement and I don’t carry a balance on my credit card. On the minus side, I love dining out and generally have a hard time abiding by a budget.") Her blog is more of a description of her financial journeys than the advice-oriented blogs discussed above.


Saturday, September 8, 2007

OED! Woot!

When I went to Cal Poly, I had free access to the OED (that is, Oxford English Dictionary, to all you layfolk ;)). But when I graduated, I lost access via my Cal Poly login credentials. Sad panda.

But lo! The Seattle public library also has free access to the OED. Huzzah!

Yes, I am such a language weenie linguistics-phile that renewed access to the OED warrants a blog post. :)


Friday, September 7, 2007

Visiting Family & Obopay

I'm stopping by my apartment to pick up some last-minute almost-forgotten items, then I'm driving down to the SeaTac airport. I'm visiting my family this weekend (the Squirts will both be back from college for the weekend), then doing a big meet-n-greet with the Obopay folks down in Redwood City.

So that's what I'm up to for the next couple days. :)


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Robert Frost Meets xkcd

I've always liked Robert Frost. So when the most excellent web comic xkcd spoofed Frost's "Fire and Ice," I just had to share. For those who don't know the poem, I've quoted it below:

  1. Some say the world will end in fire,
  2. Some say in ice.
  3. From what I’ve tasted of desire
  4. I hold with those who favor fire.
  5. But if it had to perish twice,
  6. I think I know enough of hate
  7. To know that for destruction ice
  8. Is also great
  9. And would suffice.