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It's good to be prepared

November 23rd, 2010 at 12:36 pm

This morning, as I got into the car to leave for work, I noticed that my glasses was feeling particularly loose. I took it off to examine it, and realized that a screw was missing and one of the lenses was about to fall out.

I put it down on the passenger seat, grabbed my spare pair out of the glove compartment, put it on, and continued on to work.

Sounds rather uneventful, right? Right. And that was exactly the point. Years ago, I had foreseen how I could be screwed without a working pair of glasses. So, when I had an afternoon free, I got myself an eye exam and paid for an extra pair of glasses. And to make sure that I would always have access to it, I stored it the car, where it stayed for all these years... until today.

I like being prepared, and it's always nice when something you spent time and money on actually pays off.

Now to look for the missing screw when I get home.

Facebook integration

November 17th, 2010 at 06:29 am

Mighty slick addition on here!

Facebook is everywhere nowadays. I also heard a rumor that they're starting "Fmail" soon; something to compete with Google's Gmail. If free email and Facebook integration sounds interesting to you, get ready to click fast and snap up your own Fmail name!

I'm haven't blogged recently, but that's mostly because not much is going on to begin with. However, I'm still thinking hard about my personal finances. Everyday, in fact.

More and more, I think it's really sinking in how my biggest financial obstacle is simply a place to live. The rest, I can work out SOMETHING, but not housing.

For a single bachelor, it has dawned on me that, really, my best bet is probably just to rent an apartment somewhere. Yes, it's hardly the ideal solution, but in terms of total cost, it seems to come out cheaper than buying. Again, that's for a single bachelor who is not afraid to limit himself to just a bathroom and a bedroom somewhere.

Still, I can't help but wonder if there are not any other alternative options out there?

Oh, and for fun, here are some quirky, tall but thin buildings.

snapgoods.com

November 3rd, 2010 at 09:02 am

I'm not a part of this, but I do want to pass on this interesting and provocative idea.

Basically, people sign on this website and loan each other stuff for a price. In other words, if you have stuff but you don't use it all the time, you can loan it out and make a little bit of money. Conversely, if you need something only occasionally, and wish you could just rent it instead of paying full price to buy it, you can do so with a site like this.

Again though, I'm not a part of this, and haven't tried this out myself. So, I can't be sure how well this works, and how it compares with some retail shops that offer similar goods and services. Still, it's an interesting idea.