I have been a little facetious this week with my readers, with my posts on Wednesday and Thursday, but it has been a bit of an eye opener in terms of what people read and how they read it. This is the same reason that e-mails are very dangerous for subtle humor, because you never get the nuances from the writer of the point they are actually trying to make (I much prefer face to face and phone conversations over e-mails). I was thinking of accepting a guest post by Mr. Obvious however, we shall see if his copy is up to my normal writing standards.
With Gasoline prices slowly dropping (however, I expect a spike in the coming week for the long weekends that are coming), inflation may slow a little, but everything does seem to be more expensive these days.
The postal strike also continues, with back to work legislation due before parliament recesses for the summer, but if the strike went on long enough, would it make Canada Post effectively irrelevant in terms of a service? I think both sides in the strike may be breathing a sigh of relief with the government intervention (although the Union and the NDP would never admit to that either). My guess is other than for Christmas Cards and 1 or 2 bills, I could live withou the postal service (and I have a super mailbox, so my level of service is attrocious in terms of postal services anyhow).
For those in Quebec enjoy La Fete Nationale, I note the web site is only in French, wonder what that is saying?
Interesting to see that the WinkleVi have given up their appeal of their settlement from their lawsuit against Mark Zukerburg. Maybe they decided to take their money and run (given the possible decline of Facebook). The best gauge for any social media is teenaged girls, and the one I converse with no longer uses The Facebook she uses Tumblr (so do I now too).
Given my odd themes this week, I was expecting a little more reaction, but I have given up trying to figure out what folks think is controversial or interesting:
- On Saturday I found an interesting comedic view on debt with The Magic Number for Debt and in the video there is a valid discussion of the threshold where you no longer worry about your debt.
- Sunday we had the standard Oldies but Goodies but also Happy Father’s Day where I post the twitter OBG posts I did for the week as well (in case you missed them)
- I had a look at some of the new electronic wallet technology coming with Monetary Technology Leaps, which may be coming a lot faster than we think.
- My wife went to a conference and came back with More tales of Indescretion, which was entertaining.
- I was not sure I was clear enough in my post Top 5 reasons you are in debt, if anyone is still unsure of my point, drop me a note and I’ll drop by with a sledge hammer to ensure you get the point.
- My brain wandered away with Saving money by saving gas, not really too on topic, but trying to get across how some posts in the blogosphere do seem to be purposely simple.
I actually enjoy all comments (even the ones that question my sanity), and will try to respond to most comments, so please feel free to comment away. For you spammers who continue to inundate me with your drivel, keep it up as well.
Given the turmoil going on in the markets these past few weeks, the financial blogosphere is atwitter with many interesting questions and posts about it:
- Ellen Roseman warns Smartphone Owners hit with Data Roaming Fees not to expect much help from their mobile data carrier at home (they just pile on and help out the gougers).
- Michael James is trying to Make Sense of Credit Card Insurance Claims, which might give him a very bad headache (worse than drinking a case of Labatt 50)
- Echo of Boomer and Echo tells us How to Add Gold to Your Portfolio, which might be a good idea, I have no idea.
- Canadian Capitalist has a chuckle at some “smart folk” with Mensa’s Poor Investment Record, just because you are smart doesn’t mean you will always pick winners in the stock world.
- Given my post yesterday about saving Gas, I should have checked with My Own Advisor first, with his post I get Free Gas do You?
- Larry MacDonald gives us 20 reasons for ending the Canada Post monopoly, not the least of which silly strikes like this might not be quite so important?
- Given we are about to get a Royal Visit in Ottawa Million Dollar Journey’s post How Much Does the Queen Make? Seems quite topical too. Don’t ask that question in Quebec today, you’ll get lynched.
- Preet asks Do you know a Royal Financial Train Wreck? I have met a few in my life, but they weren’t trains, they were more like ox carts falling off a cliff.
- Gail Vaz-Oxlade gives us advice about Parenting on a Budget: Today and Tomorrow. It was Gail’s birthday last week as well!
Carnivals this Week
I will be hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance this Monday, but I also have articles in other Carnivals, so go have a read of these as well:
- Stupid Cents hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance #314: Rock Your Life Edition which included my post cheque writing to the extreme
- Tom over at Canadian Finance Blog hosted The Canadian Finance Carnival #41 that included Better Employment Numbers for May 2011
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Author: Anonymous (attributed to Mr. Obvious)
Thanks for the mention! Have a great weekend!
Thanks for the mention. I’m proud to say I’ve never drank 50.
maudit tete carre!!
Next you’ll say you haven’t smoked a Du Maurier…
Thanks for the mention! The postal strike hasn’t really affected us, other than missing a few magazines everything else is done online.
Have a great weekend, sir!
It’s been a long time since I drank a 50. Thanks for the mention.
or a Laurentide… Sam prends un Cinqante