Thursday, August 28, 2014

a fragment followed me in here

Quick shut the door behind you. Those fragments have gotten nasty over the summer.
If you have fragments buzzing your head, dump them into a post and link up over at Mrs. 4444s blog in the woods.

buzz me

Consumers stockpiling cash - These words were used in a recent stock market article I perused. Oh sure people have been known to stockpile stuff. Doesn’t the word imply that the item being piling up is a stock of something? Like a stockpile of crackers, peanuts or beer (Tony Bennett singing My Favorite Things just popped up in my head. Too early for Christmas?). If you have a stockpile of dollars and coins you should probably invest it. The stockpile should be called an investment. The article specifically called out checking accounts. Unlike before the great recession of 2008, those accounts now offer about zilch in interest. That being the case I guess the term investment is not very accurate. However, if you’re holding extra cash for emergency funds then call it a buffer/insurance for possible emergencies. That sounds like good planning not stockpiling. Do you think stockpiling is the best term to use?

Ok, writing even a short fragment about savings and investments is boring. No wonder people find investing difficult. Bored out of their minds they lose interest (both types).

some days I just want to

Has this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge run its course yet? It has been reported that our granddaughter has been giving ice bucket challenges to her stuff animals. I asked her (not yet 3 yrs old) about the ice bucket challenge the other day.  She proceeded to grab a little cup and pretending it has ice water, tipped it on her head, and laughed.

Record amounts of donations for a great cause and many refreshed cooled off people, but you know how these overdone fads get to be annoying. Remember that Korean star with his dance song, Gangnam Style? Or the Harlem Shake? (there were no set moves in that right?)

I confess that after practice and a few drinks I enjoyed trying the Macarena.

Another pic from our recent road trip

Hairs on my keyboard, smudges on my screen. Could that be the start of an urban cowboy song? I still use a keyboard with real keys that move.  Tapping screen keys just doesn't do it.  If I was older I would probably long for the click-clack of a typewriter.

No matter how hot and humid it becomes, I remind myself it is still room temperature in my house.

my ship coming in

The other day Unknown Mami of San Fran blog fame mentioned the use of Getty Images. They sell their images for $$$, but you can embed a selection of them. So I tried out their free non-commercial embed feature.

A few shots, photoshop and magic!

Now what type of job does this pretty lady have?  Nice European looking office.  Oh I know, she is a model.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Writing my boring stockpiling fragment put me in a Tony Bennett mood. I’ll leave this clip here so I can listen to Tony while I read your comments.  There will be comments right?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

previously on Mars

When I founded the Lisleman Institute for Better Posting I toyed around with the idea of starting a space rumor group. (BTW when you toy with ideas you get to keep them unlike the shared toys in the playground.)

This space picture from Mars when combined with previous odd martian pictures would support a great rumor. There could be a martian up there that is littering Mars. Looks someone tossed a chewed leg from a their last BBQ on the ground over there. Such a low life.

Months ago it was a tossed jelly donut. (my first report on this)

All this litter will bring out the martian rats.

The rumor mill never stops turning.

Circular Notice (best kind of notice don’t you think?): This is to advise you that, unless otherwise expressly indicated, personal advice contained in this post is not intended to be used.

Monday, August 25, 2014

small changes

ch ch changes - remember David Bowie?

Oh look out you rock-n-rollers.

Our recent trip presented us with an unexpected change. Just a minor thing really. On the bathroom scale of problems it was nothing but a small annoyance.

We have been living on a low budget. Actually we have a high amount of time and low amount of cash. We have been stretching out the life of our car. So we agreed to rent a car for our recent trip through three nearby states. We made use of our AARP discount.

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I decided to work with a local office of a major rental brand. The office (really just a counter in the lobby of big hotel) was very convenient. Due to its limited size, I discovered the car selection on the day of my reservation was just one car. The other car would have been an upgrade. My selection of ONE was a new (new is good) Fiat 500L. The good news was gas mileage was low to mid 30’s mpg. I’ve never driven any of these Italian cars before.

Practice makes perfect - they say. We have done many road trips over the years.  In preparation for our road trip I packed about 15 CDs of my favorite mixes. She-who-guides-the-way went to our library and checked out a few audio books on CD.  We were prepared in the audio sense.

Recall ten or twenty years ago it was very common to have a cassette player included in your car options? Overtime the cassette option disappeared and the CD player replaced it. Guess what? The CD player has been replaced. Holy smartphone that I don’t own.

Our rental had a nice “media” player with a large touch screen. I just assumed there was a CD slot somewhere in it. There wasn’t. The CD was replaced by choice of audio jack, SD memory slot or USB connector. Fortunately, we had brought along an I-pad and its USB cord. The media player controls worked well with the I-pad. We now have more music loaded into our I-pad.

I would never buy a Fiat 500L. While there were a number of good things, the dislikes outweighed the likes.

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