The Olympics have already started, even though the “Opening Ceremonies” are today. Should be interesting to see how this all works, but I am still puzzled as to why the Soshi Olympic Stadium seems to resemble the Big Owe in Montreal? A leaning mast and a bowl stadium is so avant garde now? Lots of interesting stories of corruption, and things not being built on time and such, which also sounds a lot like the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal as well, interesting the parallels.
The Super Bowl game was a yawner, which no one seemed to think would happen, but I remember some real crappy games in the 80’s and 90’s so not a big surprise, for me. When I miss the first score of the game because I was chatting with Mrs. C8j, you know the game is going to be a snoozer. On the positive side, there was one of Michael James’ favorite plays where the Denver centre did indeed, SNAP IT OVER HIS HEAD!!!™
Bill Nye has been in the news a lot these days, but this week he debated noted creationist Ken Ham. Now I must preface this with the statement that I am a Church going Anglican, but I find the creationist argument flawed at best (completely nutty in it’s worst interpretations). I believe in God, yet I also think the Bible is an interesting story written by many different folks, and then revised in the 1500’s, it is important, but I don’t view it as the “Dummies Guide to All Things”™, either. I will include the debate video from NPR at the end of this post.
My hunt for a quieter laptop computer continues. I have an HP furnace currently, that overheats and runs its fans constantly, so if anyone has any suggestions for a quiet laptop computer (or Tablet/Keyboard combination), feel free to chime in here.
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Not a great deal of Olympic chat out there just yet, but some other interesting topics mentioned this week:
- Who says that Popular Science is boring? A High-Tech Bra That Unhooks Only For ‘True Love’ is an interesting concept that I want to know more about!
- How about a handbag that stops you from spending? Introducing the iBag, a concept for now, but I’d like to get one, myself. Demo video after the Creationism debate.
- Mark at the Blunt Bean Counter gives us How Much Money do I Need to Retire? Heck if I Know or Anyone Else Does! – Part 1 a very interesting topic.
- But how do you Work Out Your Retirement Magic Number ? Michael James gives it a try, he seems to differ from Mark.
- Given Homer Simpson owns the Denver Broncos, if they had won would he have retired from the Power Plant?
- Ellen Roseman tweeted about how Group Purchase sites are not covered under by The Gift Card Laws in Ontario, loverly.
- Robb from Boomer & Echo points out that TD e-Series Funds: Not Just For Beginners, and that simple does not mean stupid, in terms of Index Funds at least.
- You are never married to one bank or trading company and the Canadian Capitalist brings us How to Painlessly Transfer your Account from one Broker to Another useful advice.
- In U.S. Colleges NCAA Athletes play in Indentured Servitude but that may be changing College football players want to join union
- If you watch closely in the next few weeks you will see the massive celebrations I will be having for my 2500th post !
- Anybody need a free copy of TurboTax? Mark from My Own Advisor gives us 2013 Tax Tips and TurboTax Canada giveaway.
- The Huffington Post reported TD Bank CEO Ed Clark: Soaring Debt Loads Making Canada’s Economy ‘Fragile’, no kidding?
- Second Career Search takes an interesting philosophical tact The Rich Need to Reduce Income Inequality
- Evidently during the Super Bowl if you Ordered a Pizza from Papa John’s and used the Phrase, “Peyton“, your pizza was delivered to your door, and then a Seahawk Defensive back appears, steals it and eats it in front of you.
- Luke Landes writes about The Cost of Raising a Child With Autism , and as you can guess it is not cheap, and just think about having to save for when you are not around.
- Let’s stuff the ballot box at Top Canadian Finance Blogs Poll 2014 vote for ME THE Canadian Personal Finance Site
- What is the future of television? Netflix and the future of television.by Ken Auletta in the New Yorker gives us an interesting view on that.
- A really interesting animation on Bill Gates on Vaccines: An RSA Animation well worth watching (I included that after the high tech handbag too).
Creationism vs. Evolution
A “Smart” Handbag?
Vaccination What is it Good For?
Watch this and learn from Bill Gates
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