Archives for August 2011
If this isn’t the coolest thing since sliced bread…
Add some solar power to the top of a water bottle and voilà, you have yourself a lantern. FastSolar technology allows for up to 8 hours of light time and the one liter bottle could also double as a waterproof container for your wallet or cellphone.
Using an entire apartment building, artist Kevin Cooley created a visual art masterpiece using 100 analog television sets. This…
The creative side of the human mind never ceases to amaze me. Thank you, Kevin, for this wonderful piece of art!
When it comes to the National Football League, every player is good at what he does. There’s not a huge difference between a top-flight QB and the worst starter in the league, so all teams are looking for an edge. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Raheem Morris, that edge is technological. The Tampa Bay Bucs are the first team in the NFL to use iPads as playbooks.
“It’s crazy how much technology has changed the game,” said Bucs second-year safety Cody Grimm in the St. Petersburg Times. “Back in the day, I think probably the whole team had to sit down with a projector and a reel, and watch the film together. They’d have the whole offense in the same meeting room. Now we all have our own iPad. Stuff that we used to come in here to see, we can sit on our couch at home and have access to it 24-7. It’s awesome. It’s convenient. It’s fast.”
Most importantly, it’s safe. If a player loses his iPad 2, or if the player gets traded, the team can wipe his iPad with the push of a button. It makes me wonder if they can wipe them remotely, too, just in case the playbook is in Denver and the team’s in Florida. I figure you’ll see more teams move to this as the technology becomes more accepted. After all, the ability to study the playbook from any Starbucks has to be a benefit.
The problem for me when there is bad economic news is it feels sometimes as if it’s ALL we talk about when it comes to finance web pages. Mortgage rates are down, but no one is buying. The real estate market has been in a slump for four years now. Home owners are in upside down so can’t afford to move.
While month after month of bad news has finally turned into years, another writer admits to sticking her head in the sand. BripBlap guest writer Emily talks about lessons this economic downturn has taught her,
I stopped reading the news after I found each day’s trending articles were upsetting me so much that I couldn’t focus on my own work. And although I am the daughter of a financial planner and have had a lifelong interest in money and investment, I have simply stopped paying any attention to the recent stream of bad news about our economy. I don’t feel particularly mature for this attitude, but sticking my fingers in my ears and singing “la la la” seems to be working for me.
Click through and read Emily’s good advice on what to do besides sticking your head in the sand.
If you don’t think animals have feelings, think again. From The Doree Chronicles,
The dog of slain Marine Jon Tumilson refused to leave his side during the Navy SEAL’s funeral earlier this week in Rockford, Iowa. The heartbreaking photo taken by his cousin, Lisa Pembleton, shows Tumilson’s dog Hawkeye lying by the casket.
Our sympathy to Mr. Tumilson’s family and friends. And his pup.
Following the terrible weather that has whipped the East Coast of the U.S., it’s a good time to have a discussion with your insurance agent about what is covered – and more importantly – what is not covered. Typically flooding and earthquakes are not covered. However you might be surprised what else isn’t,
In some cases, damage by extreme weather may not be covered. If you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, damage from these types of weather may not be covered. The same is true of areas that are prone to hurricanes. Some policies cover damage from tornadoes and high winds, but these are not usually policies in areas where these types of extreme weather are common.
Read the whole post by Miranda Marquit at Far from Broke to learn more. And again, call your agent to find out if any of your belongings are at risk or if there are events that could negate your ability to rebuild.
After the nation was transfixed this past weekend watching to see where Hurricane Irene came ashore and watching as friends from North Carolina to Washington, DC to New York to New Hampshire and Vermont braced for the strong winds and heavy rain, we now breathe a sigh of relief that it is over. There were several deaths associated with the hurricane and a lot of flooding.
So what can you do to help those who were affected by the storm? According to the Modest Needs.com, requests for help generally come in two forms:
First, there are those persons who, on a shoestring budget, had no choice but to go out and buy supplies that they would not normally have needed to purchase – everything from extra food to generators – and, as a result, will have difficulty paying a regular bill next month. Secondly, we have applications from people whose homes and cars were damaged by the storm and who now much pay insurance deductibles in order to complete necessary repairs.
If you wish to donate, follow through to this link to learn more. It’s a good organization that does good things for good people.
When it comes to trends, there’s nothing trendier than the daily deal. Since Groupon came out, and Living Social got a huge funding bump from Amazon, everyone decided that it was time to jump on the deals game. Enter Facebook, which started beta-testing a deals-centric website called, of all things, Deals. Facebook Deals had a small staff selling coupons for businesses (and selling the deal concept to businesses), and they also worked with other, smaller deals websites to publish them to a wider audience.
Well, unfortunately for Facebook, it’s not that easy. Facebook Deals is closing up after four months, and Facebook is leaving the coupon business to the professionals… for now, anyway.
“It is surprising that Facebook ended their deals product after just four months,” said Vinicius Vacanti, co-founder of Yipit.com, which aggregates daily deals and tracks the industry. “On the other hand, Facebook Deals had been an underwhelming product and experience.” He added, “I don’t believe this means daily deals are not a viable business. It more suggests that large media and tech companies can’t just ‘turn on’ daily deals and expect them to work. It has to be more thoughtfully integrated into their existing product.”
Coupons are going to be a big thing going forward, but I imagine Facebook is going to expand into that business the Microsoft way, by buying up a smaller deals website or five and then merging and expanding them all.