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October, Hello Ebola, Give Blood and #theBestFin4TheWeek

October arrived unexpectedly this week, almost unnoticed. As we have entered the final (calendar) quarter of the year 2014, it may be time to start considering a year-end review of your financial plans.

The best question asked a few weeks ago was, “How long until there is an EBOLA vaccine and cure?”, the answer is, “About 50 infected rich white guys”. Now that the virus has landed in North America, will the speed of finding a cure increase? EBOLA is now on the North American continent, not sure what this means, but it does make for sensational headlines, doesn’t it?

Hong Kong is full of folks demonstrating, let us hope it ends better than previous “democracy” demonstrations in China. We really don’t need another Tank Man, or any of the other events that followed The Memory of Tiananmen 1989 (PBS Link). This site is already “blocked” in China (I have checked), so I don’t think I am in danger of that, however, I do note I get a lot of “illegal access” messages from Shang Hai, and Beijing (must be fans of mine?).

For those DIY Tech folks out there, should you ever break off the pin from your headphones in the jack of your iPad, all you need to fix it is a Q-tip and Krazy Glue. The video is at the bottom of this article (yes, I really did it, and it worked).

Canadian Blood Services, really needs donors, if you haven’t given lately, time to drop by, the blood supply is dangerously low!

My Writings for Week Ending October 3rd

Thanksgiving for Canada is next weekend, and that can mean only 1 thing, bad turkey puns, and lots of talk of Christmas.

This Week’s Finest

MRW a mates accidentally butt dials me, and I'm the topic of their conversation
A Frequent Reader’s Reaction to my Posts

Between Ebola, and Alibaba,  alliteration is making a big comeback for Headline writers.

  • I think that PayPal may have a real battle with iPay (or Apple Pay) but with Paypal splitting from eBay, they may have a better chance of survival.
  • Mark from 2nd Career Search is still looking for some work and tried the County Job Fair last week, didn’t turn out too well unfortunately.
  • I made it to 2200 followers on the Twitter Machine, slowly but surely I move forward in my Social Networking onslaught (the great BCM Siege of Twitter).
  • “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu” -anon, this is true with finances as well as life.
  • Our friend Mark at the Blunt Bean Counter won a Plutus Award, good for him, he took the chance to make a horrible pun, congrats on that too! Best Tax Blog, It’s Bean Four Years in the Making.
  • My continued onslaught with Emojis on Twitter has caused nary a ripple, oh well <img decoding= <img decoding= <img decoding= <img decoding= <img decoding=
  • Michael James pointed out on the Twitter Machine “S&P TSX drops to levels not seen since June. Either panic or calmly stick to your plan. Your choice.”, very true.
  • Given I seem to be harping on Tuition Costs, Money on Trees gives us Forking it Over: Canada’s Highest Tuitions, read it, and maybe rethink where your child will go to school.
  • Now that Costco is moving away from the Amex Card, towards a Mastercard system, Million Dollar Journey asks What is the Best Mastercard for Costco Members?
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel from the Atlantic writes Why I Hope to Die at 75, an interesting point of view on things, that most of us need to think about, and remember the most important part of your retirement planning, Don’t Die Beforehand.
  • Are electric bikes a gateway drug to actual biking? Mr. Money Mustache asks that exact question, and inquiring minds want to know!
  • Money after Graduation has a very interesting piece from Personal Finance Celebrity Preet Banerjee , interesting, except for the constant font changes, why not just put the thing in Comic SS ?
  • We financial writin’ folks are complicated, so when Robb from Boomer & Echo confessed he didn’t follow his own advice in How Behavioural Biases Kept Me From Becoming An Indexer, I was worried that folks might think I did that as well, and then I realized, I did do that, so, well, whatever.
  • An interesting question asked by Michael James, Do Financial Advisors Boost Savings Rates? I thought it should be like if you buy a gym membership or get a personal trainer, it should make things better, but does it?
  • Normally I lament and lampoon numbered lists of things, but Mark from My Own Advisor’s 8 Things I have Discovered About Money still deserves a good read. Yes, Houses are bloody expensive.

The Q-tip iPad Solution

It cost $10 to fix this, Krazy Glue is about $4, and Q-tips are $6, but you get to use the Q-tips later (don’t play around with the Krazy Glue, it is not a toy!)

Q-Tip iPad Fix
The Actual Q-Tip + Krazy Glue iPad fix

A How to Video!

But Krazy Glue does this too!

I miss these ads as well:

Random Thoughts for 2014

Lots of these kinds of Best of articles in 2014. Here is a list of them.

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