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Lifehacker: Top 10 How To Videos

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Lifehacker has a great post for the MacGyver in you. My personal favorite on the list: using a sheet of paper to open a bottle of beer. If you can’t convert that skill into a free beer with your buddies, you’ve really lost it.

Here’s a list of the rest:

  • Buy a car without getting screwed
  • Seal chips without a clip
  • Get eight watch batteries from a AA
  • Fold a t-shirt in two motions perfectly (and fast)
  • Suck less at Photoshop
  • Upgrade or replace your MacBook’s memory
  • Pick a lock with a bump key
  • Boost your Wi-Fi signal with tinfoil parabolas
  • Turn a $5 flashlight into a $95 torch

All certainly useful, but less likely to earn you a free beer.

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August 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm

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It’s like Amsterdam…

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… only worse.

For those that have ever been to Amsterdam, you notice the stairs are all rediculously steep because properties are very narrow. This would be worse.

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August 13, 2008 at 9:31 am

Flickr Photo Friday

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Today’s photos come from Flickr user Eole’s set “Patterns in the city.” Here’s a preview:

Used under a Creative Commons License. "Road lights" by Eole (via Flickr).

Used under a Creative Commons License. "Road lights" by Eole (via Flickr).

Happy Friday!

Written by walonline

August 8, 2008 at 9:37 am

Friday Photos

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Follow the link to Boston.com’s Big Picture. On the other end are a neat collection of pictures that document the spectical that is the recently past 2008 Tour de France.

Neat stuff.

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August 1, 2008 at 12:54 am

One Question

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Can you buy expansion packs?

Constructable Drinking Straw.

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July 30, 2008 at 11:54 am

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Irony?

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An interesting bit from the Freakanomics blog at the NY Times, which pointed out some of the companies mentioned in the book Good to Great:

[…] I began reading the book on the very same day that one of the eleven “good to great” companies, Fannie Mae, made the headlines of the business pages. It looks like Fannie Mae is going to need to be bailed out by the federal government. If you had bought Fannie Mae stock around the time Good to Great was published, you would have lost over 80 percent of your initial investment.

Another one of the “good to great” companies is Circuit City. You would have lost your shirt investing in Circuit City as well, which is also down 80 percent or more. Best Buy has cleaned Circuit City’s clock for the last seven or eight years.

It seems the lesson that should be drawn from this is twofold: the stock price does not necessarily reflect a good (if high/rising) or bad (if low/falling) company and it depends on which time period is observed. Maybe Good to Great needs a second volume for co’s dealing successfully with this period. Maybe these companies indicate a systemic problem.

At the base of it, Fannie Mae (details on the scandal are near the bottom of the Wikipedia entry) should have been cut from the book when the company’s leadership (Raines, Howard and Spencer) were accused of 101 counts of manipulating earnings for the sake of their bonuses. Surrounding this was also a $6.3 billion earning restatement.

Also, this may be a lesson that serves to discourage people from buying best-seller management books.

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July 29, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Always Read It…

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Even if it takes a few cups of java noir.

Here’s one of the most recent “Indexed” from Jessica Hagy:

Thought you had a fixed rate, didn't you?

Thought you had a fixed rate, didn't you?

Its important to note this so simply (and for a second time this week): know what your security is.

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July 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm

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