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June 2005

Busy

by Luke Landes

I apologize for the relative silence. I’ve been busy setting up two new blogs for people who contacted me asking to host for them, in addition to a new brand identity for some of the other random things I do online. This is, of course, on top of work and classwork.

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Today’s Articles and News

by Luke Landes

Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading (or more likely skimming) today. I’ll update throughout the day as I find more interesting articles. * Jeanne Sahadi discovers three individuals’ definitions of rich. * You’re never too old to be an inventive entrepreneur. By “inventive,” I mean “illegal.” Seems the 80-year old was the madam ... Continue reading this article…

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Green Zapped

by Luke Landes

A while back, I opened an account with GreenZap, a supposed alternative to PayPal. At the time, they were offering a nice referral deal: spread the word and get $25 or something. Some were quick to refer others, but I didn’t want to recommend a service that had yet to be proven. JP at MyMoneyBlog ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine’s 50 Smartest Things

by Luke Landes

There’s a new feature on CNN Money from Money Magazine: 50 Smartest Things to Do With Your Money. I’d like to have a look through and evaluate their advice, but that’s going to take a little more time than I can spare while I’m in the office.

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Just Chill

by Luke Landes

Chill, or chillout, is a “new” music genre gaining popularity. Will it save the world or will it just sell more products? CD101.9‘s contest features a Mercedes CLS, obvisouly the most chilled-out of sedans. In reality, chill is just repackaged adult contemporary, which changes its name every once in a while to attempt to appeal ... Continue reading this article…

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Sell Gold, Pay Off Debt

by Luke Landes

Mark Cuban from Blog Maverick believes the country should sell its gold reserves in order to pay down national debt. This plan assumes that the amount of held gold reported actually exists in storage. It’s a safe assumption unless you’re a conspiracy theorist. Fort Knox would be an expensive operation if it was protecting nothing. ... Continue reading this article…

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Monday’s Links

by Luke Landes

These will be updated throughout the day if I find anything interesting online: * What’s the Worst Ad Song Ever? A Slate article takes suggestions from the audience for most cognitively dissonant commercial. * Citigroup loses 3.9 million customers’ information while in transit. Free Wall Street Journal article here. * Jacquelyn Tran had an idea ... Continue reading this article…

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How To Feel Rich

by Luke Landes

Ben Stein has another good article in the New York Times. He tells a story of how his father taught him to feel rich rather than be rich. It’s a nice article with which to begin the work week. I’ll quote: I was on my way to another job. I got to the next stop ... Continue reading this article…

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New Auto Insurance Follow-Up

by Luke Landes

On Saturday, I made a visit to my local AAA branch to finalize my new auto insurance. The company providing my insurance will be Libery Mutual for about $1,500. Geico came back to my with a price several hundred dollars higher, and that might be a blessing considering some of the company’s negative reviews. If ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Links

by Luke Landes

Here’s what’s going on in the media today: * CNN’s Gerri Willis talks about prenuptual agreements in her “5 Tips” column. This might be an issue that people in love don’t want to talk about, but it is important to discuss, especially if there are or will be children in the picture. * My checking ... Continue reading this article…

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If The Gecko Did The Robot

by Luke Landes

Yo. I think your website would be da bomb if you had the gecko do the Robot. Last month, the nine points on my New Jersey Driver’s License fell into obsolescence. It has now been three years since the points were “awarded” to me for various stupid indiscretions. This is good news for my wallet. ... Continue reading this article…

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Account Balances, May 2005

by Luke Landes

Below are my account balances for the end of May, 2005. The balances are displayed next to the two previous months as well as May, 2004 for comparison. I’m slowly making my way, despite May’s net worth being a little lower than April’s. Some notes: * There is a value listed for my 2004 Honda ... Continue reading this article…

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Income and Expenses, May 2005

by Luke Landes

There’s nothing special to report in regards to my income and expenses for May. I still need to curb my spending. I’ve been receiving some income from website design projects and from the Google Adsense ads on this and a few other sites. Keep reading this article to see this month’s income and expenses compared ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting Paid $100,000 to Watch TV and Blog

by Luke Landes

One lucky guy is getting paid $100,000 for one year to be the Vice President of the “Dukes of Hazzard Institute.” This position was created as a contest by Country Music Television to hype The Dukes of Hazzard television show on the Internet. Here’s the original “job posting.” Basically, the job’s responsibilities include watching reruns ... Continue reading this article…

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How To Teach Your Kids About Money

by Luke Landes

Jonathan Clements from the Wall Street Journal offers some advice, or his experiences as an example, for teaching children about money management. (By the way, this article can be accessed for free, unlike most of the Wall Street Journal Online.) The first rule of writing these types of articles is “Know your audience.” And Jonathan ... Continue reading this article…

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