I can relate...
I still feel like this sometimes:
And if I feel like this sometimes, I have to imagine my friends can relate too. Seeing as how my friends believe I'm 49 and just happen to look 24.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. --H.L. Mencken
I still feel like this sometimes:
Here are some amusing sites I ran across this summer:
Probably my favorite NYT correction ever:
As soon as I figure out who my employer is, I will be opening a Roth IRA account with Vanguard. (Don't laugh at me. They require it for the paperwork, and I really don't know who is officially my employer. The structure of my fellowship is so byzantine that I can't tell if I'm employed by (a) the US Navy, (b) the DoD in general, (c) the American Society for Engineering Education which is paid to administer the program, or (d) self-employed as a contractor, though I'm pretty sure I'd know if it were that one. This is ridiculous.) For those of you wondering what a Roth IRA is, I refer you to this series over at Get Rich Slowly (he's got links at the bottom to the rest of the series).
"I have a motto: 'in channel-locks we trust...' Just place the joint [of the pliers] right behind the knuckle and squeeze until you hear a sickening crunch. *kersnap* That was a sickening crunch."
I recently realized that I have a stable enough financial position that I should think about saving for retirement. This also made me realize that my relatively loosely structured finances need to be tightened up. A lot. Up until now we just had a sort of spending plan - don't spend more than X dollars on groceries in a week, total up monthly expenses and ensure that they were less than Y% of net income, etc. and the rest just goes into the savings account.
If anyone else is thinking (like me) that they need to get a better handle on their finances, learn how to budget, or just find ways to be a bit more frugal, here are some of the more useful personal finance sites I've found:
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Beyond the fact that he actually explains what the crap is going on during cooking, he also has a ridiculous sense of humor. I was watching Good Eats this evening, and while he was sampling the fajitas he had just prepared the following disclaimer appeared: "Professional eater on a closed course. Do not try without a napkin."
Teacher career suicide:
Imagine, you and your kid are watching what's supposed to be a DVD retrospective of the past school year. The video shows children sharing stories, clapping, then ... sex. And not just sex, but sex involving your kid's fifth grade teacher.
"It goes from my son, straight to her on the couch," recalled "Joe," a parent who wished to remain anonymous. "My son's reaction was, 'Dad, is that Ms. Defanti?'"
Yes, it was.
I have always been of the opinion that saving money for the future is important. Really important. And just recently my wife and I have finally managed to build our savings up to the point where just letting it sit in a savings account feels a bit silly when I know there must be some way to get more than the piddling yields a savings account (or even a CD) can provide. Unfortunately my knowledge of investing was limited to something along the lines of "I hear people invest in stocks." I have recently begun to attempt to remedy this.
Ken has some thoughts for today, over at Popehat. Check it out.
1) I'm simultaneously surprised and unsurprised that this exists: Buy a Chainmail Bikini!?!?
A man's decomposing body inside a minivan covered in parking tickets went undiscovered for weeks because the vehicle's windows were apparently tinted and ticketing officers don't normally search cars, police said Friday.8) Agreed: