Re-buying books

Two books I’ve repurchased after losing (don’t ask me how I can lose a book, because it baffles me, too): The first is Jose Saramago’s The Tale of the Unknown Island. If you aren’t familiar with Saramago (don’t worry, he’s sort of obscure here in the US), he’s a Portugese writer who won the Nobel […]

Mint’s dare

Enjoyed this on the Javelin blog today about Mint and their philosophy: [Aaron] Patzer scoffs at notion that financial institutions and online-banking vendors can keep pace with Mint’s innovation, however. “The thing that I always bank on at Mint is that if you are thought leader and everyone is copying you, then you are by […]

Windows, Mac, Linux

I’m running all three at home now. I’m most satisfied with Ubuntu (Jaunty Jackalope). It’s free, fast (running on a seven-year-old machine like a champ), and provides a pretty big sense of accomplishment. Even enjoying the command line. The Mac is still the fave (I like the juicy iMac screen), but it comes with random […]

On the cheap: Under Stair Closet to Playroom

Before our move to Austin last year, we spent a lot of effort decorating our nursery.  In our new house, we decided to convert our under-stair closet into a playroom. If you’ve got a stairwell with a sharply slanted ceiling, you know what I’m talking about when I say the space as storage is virtually […]

Our first test

For those of us born in the eighties, fear like we’ve only read about in The Grapes of Wrath surrounds us. As once-proud corporations daily whimper either out of existence or into the custody of government, fear spreads. Jobs disappear and what we all hoped in September was a “market correction” proves not to be […]

Budgeting the easy way

I’ve given fair shots to Mint, Quicken Online, and pretty much every other personal finance tool that pops up. But for our regular checking account, a spreadsheet that acts as a register going backward and a budget going forward is our perfect solution. We’ve kept it current for five years running. All deposits are there […]

Interviewed by currencytim; lots of road noise

Last month, my good friend Tim McAlpine flew down to Austin to take a roadtrip with me to surprise DeAndre with his new job, gear, and Prius.  En route to Waco, Tim flipped his recorder on… twice.  We thankfully got the second take. If you want to hear me say some pretty off-the-wall stuff including […]