Monday, June 28, 2010


Hi, everyone!


I will be leaving for a much-needed and long overdue vacation the morning of July 2nd and I will not return until the 14th.  While I’m gone, I will have limited internet access, so I’m unlikely to blog. 


I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th and I hope to meet many of you in Las Vegas at OCON

Friday, June 25, 2010

How to Streamline Email with Gmail

For those of you with hundreds, or even thousands, of messages in your in box…


An excerpt:

First of all, MakeUseOf is clearly the place to turn when you need help with your Gmail account. Two of my favorite MUO articles that focus on streamlining Gmail are Angelina’s awesome list of ways to use Gmail as a multitasking tool; and I also really enjoyed Ann Smarty’s article with some examples of how to use Gmail filters to improve your productivity. In this article, I’m going to share three powerful ways that you can get your Inbox to organize itself, rather than spending hours trying to repair the effects of your laziness in one sitting.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Objectivist Round Up Posted

Each week, Objectivist bloggers have a round up of great posts.  Head on over to Trey’s blog and check it out!

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Scary Side of Home Ownership

There are many examples that prove why government should not be involved in the economy, but surely the housing market bubble bursting is one of the finest.  This WSJ article is interesting, and scary!

To examine the eye-popping dimensions of the housing bust, New York Federal Reserve Bank economists calculate the fraction of families who actually have equity in the house they own. In San Diego, for instance, the home ownership rate had fallen to 55% last year from a peak of 63%. But by late last year, the fraction of households with equity in their homes was between 35% and 39%. In hard-hit Las Vegas, nearly 59% of households own their homes, but only 15% to 19% of households own a home in which they have any equity left.

For many, the American dream of home ownership turned into a nightmare of debt and foreclosure. Some people should rent.

Yes, the government can change (and ruin) our idea of the American Dream, but we are allowing them to get away with it.

Good Post on Leptin

Mark’s Daily Apple has an interesting blog post on leptin.  Here’s the intro, but click through for the good stuff.


Just about every physiological process occurring under the hood can be attributed to one hormone or another. Hormones are like software programs, directing our bodily processes, modulating our reactions to foods, and guiding energy metabolism and balance. We don’t consciously control our hormonal responses – that is, we don’t think to ourselves, “Hmm, let’s get some testosterone flowing,” or “Insulin: release!” But we can heavily influence our hormonal responses through the things we do, the stress we undergo, the foods we eat, the weights we lift, and the sleep we get.


Perhaps all those times someone said they were fat due to a hormonal or glandular problem, they were right!

Public Pianos in New York

How fun is this idea?!


"Consider them keys to the city. Anyone who gets a sudden itch to tickle the ivories will be able to play free public pianos in 50 places throughout New York City, from the Coney Island boardwalk to the Metropolitan Museum.


I love hearing unexpected live music when I’m outside.  There was a saxophone player on the sidewalk near the Galleria Mall in Houston frequently and I used to love to stop and listen, then toss some change or a dollar or two into his case. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Free Speech Threatened

Our government is beyond out of control.  They’re nearly in total control!  Free speech is the last straw.  What will you do about it?  Will you speak up?


Paul Hsieh has an excellent article that every American should read over at PJ Media.

“We’re from the government and we’ll have to revoke your blogging license if you keep spreading too much ‘misinformation.’”


Recently, independent journalism and blogging have come under attack on multiple fronts. Congress is considering anew DISCLOSE Act that could force bloggers to file reports with the government stating whether their political speech was coordinated with efforts by corporations or labor unions — whereas traditional news media such as newspapers, magazines, and TV/radio would be exempt.

Be sure to read the article in its entirety.  It’s too important to pass up.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pharmaceutical Companies Pull Out of Greece

I hope the Greeks like chicken because they’re coming home to roost in ever-increasing numbers.  Yet another drug company has pulled out of Greece.  Good for them!  No individual, group or company should ever be forced into slavery by governments!