I finally finished “the Stand” a novel by Stephen King, but I listened to the audio book, and it was 48 hours long (I am not kidding, click here to see it on Audible), but I am glad I listened to it. I am in a Stephen King mood right now, and I have always wanted to finish this book (never got passed the first 1/3 before), but now I can check that book off the list. Yes, I am bragging that I listened to a book.
Happy Canada Day
There have been many funny jokes written about the latest alleged incident at the World Cup of Football, where Uruguayan striker Suarez allegedly took a bite out of an Italian opponent in their previous game this week. I have seen a lot of weird sports things in my life, and this just adds to the list. We have seen biting in Hockey, but mostly players biting each others fingers and such, a shoulder bite is a much more interesting occurrence.
The Banks have their rules and their ways of doing things, but hitting an injured soldier with a $7K penalty while selling his home (that he could no longer afford due to his injuries), is a bit of a nightmare scenario. The unfortunate part is I am sure if someone in the head office, say in the media relations side of things, had heard of this earlier, they would have done something about it, but having it come out in the Media now paints the Bank as being heartless and uncaring. Funny how decisions at the local level can harm the reputation of an entire firm? (but not really).
My Writings for Week Ending June 27th
Canada day this weekend, and most folks with sense (who are allowed to take vacation) are taking Monday off as well, thus creating an awesome 4 day weekend:
- Yes, I think the Red Flags are up, and I write about them with Who said Inflation ? CPI Up in Canada, with Gas prices now a little out of control, we may see less economic stimulation from the Bank of Canada (soon).
- The Electricity Quandary is a two-pronged discussion of the new “Smart Thermostats” that Ontario Hydro is pushing and a discussion of the future of the Electricity Grid in North America.
- I have a massive archive of posts, so I am going back through many of them, so Thursdays looks to be Throwback Thursdays for a while, and with that I brought you, A Financial Plan B (revisited), do you have a Plan B yet?
- I also appeared in this weeks Carnival of Risks #211 over at Workers’ Comp Insider, well worth a read if you are paranoid about lightning (like I am).
- You do realize I have an odd sense of humor with Joke of the Day: Chickmunks .
This Week’s Finest
An extremely long weekend ahead for those that can take Monday off, and luckily gas prices are at record highs (said he sarcastically):
- It has been a year since the tragic death of Rowan Stringer playing rugby, and there are new findings that have been published about second impact syndrome, if your child plays a contact sport, you need to read and understand this.
- A good rule in life is, “Just because you have $20, doesn’t mean you have to SPEND $20″, and Michael James expands on that with RRIF withdrawal rates do not have to rule your life.
- You know technology is main stream when the NY Times writes about it, and glad to see the piece of A Breakdown of the Raspberry Pi, shows some of the nifty things being done with it.
- I am simple soul, and I keep hearing about Market-Linked GICs, but I don’t understand them, however Moneysense (and Pat Bolland in specific) writes about Market-Linked GICs: Have your stock cake and eat it too, the title should really have added a question mark, I think I understand them better.
- You on Pope Francis’ twitter feed? You should be, he says some interesting stuff (and I am not Catholic), like this, “How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.”, note no mention of eating fish on Friday or women wearing hats in Church.
- Time says that Sting (the singer, not the wrestler) will not let his kids walk in his fields of gold, nice Dad
- Mark from 2nd Career Search points out that there is lots of good stuff on the Interweb even a Free MIT or Harvard Education if you want it. The interweb is good for something other than Porn? Whodathunkit?
- If you read my Twitter feed this week you would have learned that my favorite Basic (programming language) game was HMRABI.
- Kerry at Squawkfox tries to figure out why an “Over the Air” TV Antenna has got to be so expensive with Is Dollarama’s $3 HDTV Antenna worth it. That works great in the GTA, but in the frozen outback of Ottawa, you need some amplification for your antenna to get the best response.
- Barry from Money We Have is still on a vacation kick so he explains to us Europe Food Costs, How I Ate Everything, hope he didn’t eat it all, think of the children!
- Someone sent me two cans of Canadian Cider by mail, because I use their Social Media Tool (Klout), to paraphrase Yakov Smirnoff, “What a country!”. Who knew you could mail cider?
- Jason over at For Funds Sake asks a very good question we should all ask (especially when buying big-ticket items) How Many Hours Did THAT cost ? That might slow down your purchasing speed.
- How could a single hyphen destroy an $80M rocket? Read this Gizmodo piece on The Typo That Destroyed a NASA Rocket, hard to understand these days, but back then, it was all paper and pencil!
- It is the summer time, have you Given Blood lately? Someone you know or love might need it, it is in you to give.
- If you are on the hunt for a good Equity ETF with an international flavour Mark from My Own Advisor has for you Top International Equity ETFs for YOUR portfolio.
- Mark the Blunt Bean Counter wanted to know Inheritance: Are you a loving child - a Waiter or a Hoverer ? I am more of a Vulture, much like on that 70′s T-Shirt of the two Vultures on a branch, one saying, “Patience HELL! I’m gonna go KILL something!”
Seinfeld on Technology
If there is one thing that Jerry Seinfeld knows, it is technology, and here he is helping out Wired with some new rules about how to be stylish with technology.
The National Film Board, a National Treasure
You do realize pretty much every National Film Board short and such is on-line waiting for you to watch? Even Oscar-winning ones, like this:
The Cat Came Back by Cordell Barker, National Film Board of Canada
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