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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.

May 4, 2008

Blog: Shrink Talk

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Shrink Talk

For all you Psych majors out there, here is a really good read (and another Rudius Media author).

Shrink Talk is written by a therapist named Dr. Rob, and he discusses pretty much every aspect of therapy you can possibly imagine. He’s got some great stories about patients, some advice for aspiring psychologists, anecdotes about the field, Q&A sessions, and more.

Maybe I just like it because I’m a Psych major myself, but he really presents the material well. This isn’t like reading a textbook on abnormal psych, and it’s not like reading the blog of some funny dude that happens to work in mental health. He discusses real issues and gives real, solid information, but it never comes across as stuffy or uptight. Some of the stories will really entertain you.

Like I said, it’s a great read, especially for Psych majors. Check it out.

May 1, 2008

Blog: One Red Paperclip

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One Red Paperclip

This is awesome! I heard about this story a long time ago and forgot about it until just now when I stumbled upon the official website/blog.

The basic story is that this guy started with a single red paperclip. His goal was to keep trading it for better and better things until he eventually acquired “a house, or an island, or a house in the islands.” The crazy thing is that he actually did it. It only took him 14 trades too. Ridiculous.

Click the link above and then click one of the items pictured below the title. Clicking each item will give you the story of how he traded for it. Not so much great writing here, just a ridiculously awesome story. Like so many other great ideas, you only think of it once someone else does it. Damnit.

April 28, 2008

Blog: Blog Maverick

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Mark Cuban: Blog Maverick

Here is the personal blog of Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. I have heard a lot of people talk about this one, but I hesitated to look at it because I figured it would be almost exclusively about basketball and that didn’t particularly appeal to me. While he does talk about the NBA at times, this is definitely a site that non basketball fans (or even non sports fans, for that matter) can get something out of.

Mark Cuban has a lot of interesting things to say; probably because he is an interesting guy. He is a self-made billionaire. He is the owner of an NBA team. He is the chairman of an HD cable network. He is an eccentric personality; always yelling at referees and making fun of NBA officials in the press. He is an extremely clever and intelligent guy, and his blog follows suit.

There are some really good posts about the cable industry, about the internet and how it has evolved, about international business, about basketball, about advertising and the entertainment industry. You name it and he probably knows more about it than most people and has probably made millions of dollars through investing in it.

It’s a lot different than the other blogs I have been linking to, in that you won’t get a ton of humor out of it probably. But it will give you insights into large-scale things that you might not know anything about. I know I enjoy it, maybe some of you will too.

April 24, 2008

Blog: Fail Blog

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Fail Blog

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You fail at life”? That’s what this blog is devoted to; people, animals, and random objects that just fail. There isn’t too much I can say about this one; there is no writing to speak of on this site and no reading to be done. All there is is pictures (of people failing) with the word FAIL plastered on top. It’s great. The pictures are funny on their own, but somehow become funnier once you read the FAIL. Some examples:

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April 23, 2008

Blog: PostSecret

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Everyone has heard of PostSecret by now, probably because of the best-selling books. They collect postcards that people mail in to them, and the idea is for people to anonymously admit their deepest, ugliest secrets. Sometimes they’re happy or uplifting but some of them are incredibly dark. Reading these can be very moving at times, but at others they’ll make you laugh (“The best part of him breaking up with me? Now I don’t have to shave my pubes.”).

I was glad to learn that I don’t have to buy a big hardcover book now every time I want to browse through some of their submissions. It’s all online now (including information on live events they host around the country), and from the looks of it they update the site pretty often with new postcards and emails.

Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to send them something.

April 22, 2008

Blog: Anonymous Lawyer

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lawyerAnonymous Lawyer

This one is a little older but definitely still worth mentioning.

Anonymous Lawyer was started by Jeremy Blachman during his second year at Harvard Law School. He began writing blog entries in the voice of a powerful hiring partner at a multi-million dollar law firm. The Anonymous Lawyer character is everything you expect a hotshot lawyer to be; arrogant, soulless, malicious, ambitious, and, more surprisingly, funny.

The site gained such a strong following (particularly with law students and people working in the legal world) that Blachman was offered the opportunity to publish a book based on the blog. The book is all original material with a thorough plotline (although still written in blog-entry form). I just started reading the book a few days ago, and so far I’m really enjoying it (even though I know nothing about law firms and lawyers).

The website itself has slowed down significantly since the book hit shelves, with Blachman’s last post being an apology for what has been somewhat of a hiatus. The archives, however, go back several years and there is a lot of good reading to be done there. Anonymous Lawyer might not be for everyone, but I definitely recommend that you give it a shot.

April 21, 2008

Blog: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (The Movie)

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You have probably heard of Tucker Max in some capacity. He is an internet legend and a New York Times Best Selling author.

You’ve probably read some of his stories about getting wasted, having sex, and everything else having to do with drunken-shenanigans. These stories used to get passed around the internet like wildfire.

I had never heard of him through the internet. One day, about two years ago, I was walking around a Barnes and Noble and I saw his book, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, sitting on the Best Sellers table. The cover caught my eye and I started reading. Not five minutes later, I was keeled over laughing with tears in my eyes in the middle of the bookstore. No joke. People were staring at me. Of course, I immediately bought the book and became a fan.

He has more stories on his website, and he has a second book coming out in the fall. Most people know all of this already so that’s not really what the post is about (but if you haven’t read anything by him, you NEED to).

Recently, he has undertaken the project of making a movie based on some of the stories in his book. He wrote the script with a friend, and is overseeing all major decisions in the movie making process rather than shipping it off to a big studio to deal with. The blog I’ve linked to above is his play-by-play account of making an independent film, from day one all the way to opening night. If you have ever been curious about how casting works, how the writers and producers and directors come together, and all the other nuances of film-making that no one ever talks about, this is the blog for you. Very interesting stuff, and it can be funny at times because, well, it’s Tucker Max. Check it out!

April 18, 2008

Blog: Stuff White People Like

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This is a pretty popular one already, and you may have heard of it. If you haven’t, this is the “hot” blog right now. Everyone is talking about it, and for good reason. It’s hilarious.

The blog is “devoted to stuff that white people like.” Topics include The Idea of Soccer, Music Piracy, Knowing What’s Best for Poor People, and Asian Fusion Restaurants. Also, there are lots of pictures like this one of white people out doing recycling drives and other white people activities.

If you enjoy some good, clean racial humor, you will laugh your ass off here. Check out the full list of stuff white people like.

*** There are some good knock offs of this site due to its enormous popularity. One of the better ones: Stuff Educated Black People Like. ***

April 16, 2008

Blog: Garfield Minus Garfield

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Garfield Minus Garfield

Who knew that you could have so much fun with comic strips?

After yesterday’s Marmaduke Explained, I thought Garfield Minus Garfield would be a good follow up. Very simple premise here; remove Garfield the cat from the Garfield cartoons and watch all hell break loose. Usually John ends up looking like he belongs in psychiatric care. The one I posted above made me laugh out loud when I read it… while I was sitting in my house alone. That’s quality humor.

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