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May 6, 2008

Lifehacker and Micropayments

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Life Hacker

Here is a cool little blog that boasts tips and tricks for “getting things done.” Actually, there is nothing little about this blog at all, it’s one of the most visited on the net.

Take a look at this excerpt from an article I found particularly helpful called Tackle Your Debt with Micropayments:

In short, pay what you can afford, and then scrape together whatever else you can during the month and send in multiple, smaller payments… Believe it or not, [a friend] got to the point where he was sending Citibank an extra $5 each and every day via online billpay. By making a game out of finding an extra $5/day, he managed to stay motivated and slay the debt beast well ahead of schedule.

That is the gist of what they do over at Life Hacker. A lot of the advice is tech/computer oriented, but there is some other good stuff like how to organize your laundry system so that you don’t have clothes all over you floor.

April 25, 2008

Article: Ethan Albright

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maddenEthan Albright: Letter to John Madden

I hope you’re ready to piss your pants.

Here is an article that was passed on to me and that I have since passed on to a few of my friends, but now that I have this outlet I think this is something that everyone needs to see.

Most of you are probably familiar with the Madden NFL Football video games. If not, all you really need to know that in the games, every player in the NFL is assigned point values to their different skills from 1-99. Categories include speed, strength, agility, awareness, tackling, etc. All of these individual ratings combine to give the player an overall rating from 1-99. Obviously, you have your Peyton Manning’s and your Tom Brady’s who are 99 overall. Then you have your aging stars like Ray Lewis or young up and comers like Vernon Davis who are in the low 90s. Then you have solid starters that aren’t necessarily going to wow anyone, like Alex Smith, who are in the 80s. Then you have third stringers in the 70s. Then you have free agents that no one wants, or players who play only special teams that are in the 60s. Then you have Ethan Albright.

For one reason or another, Albright received the lowest overall rating of any player in the NFL in Madden 2007. The link above is his (fictional) letter to John Madden in response this travesty. Enjoy.

April 17, 2008

Ryan Holiday and the Perfect Paper

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spartanOn the Spartans and the Perfect Paper

Here is an article written by a guy named Ryan Holiday on how to write the perfect paper, regardless of what subject or course you’re taking. He uses the ancient Spartan battle strategies as an analogy for how your paper should be laid out, which helps you visualize the bigger picture before you start writing.

He then goes on to give a very specific outline of how a good paper should come together, and I’ve got to say, it’s damn good. If this doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will:

Essentially, the format requires just six original sentences and the rest is nothing more but reiteration and support.

Ryan Holiday is another one of the Rudius Media writers (in fact, he works for the company). He’s a college aged kid who’s extremely well read and wise beyond his years; you might find some of his other blog entries interesting or motivational. If you like what he wrote about the perfect paper, check out the rest of his blog.

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