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The Long Tail

by Luke Landes

I used the term “Long Tail” when referring to the shape of the curve when I wrote about the most prolific commentators on Consumerism Commentary. However, there are more interesting applications of the Long Tail idea. In fact, there is a Long Tail Blog (there’s a blog for everything these days). The Long Tail is ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month’s Bottom Line

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the things affecting my personal bottom line this month: * Income: I worked a smaller-than-average amount of overtime this month, so there won’t be much to talk about. The equivalent of my overtime pay before taxes is transferred to my Emigrant Direct savings account. * More income: I did some freelance ... Continue reading this article…

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Wall Street Journal Offers Some Free Content

by Luke Landes

Many years ago, as a reader of The Motley Fool, I came across a community of people who repeatedly jump from one 0 percent APR credit card offer to another 0 percent offer. It sounds like a good way to maintain a credit card balance without paying interest, if you don’t slip up and miss a payment. ... Continue reading this article…

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Mapping Gas Station Locations and Prices

by Luke Landes

Cheap Gas is a marriage between Google Maps and Gasbuddy, the database of gas prices by city. If you select a city from the list available on Cheap Gas, you will be provided with a map with the station locations highlighted. The city choices should be sufficient for most people, but many stations aren’t listed. ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcasting the Newspapers

by Luke Landes

Thanks for the comments on my previous post on whether MBA degrees are worthwhile. I enjoy hearing the varied opinions. Keep it coming! An article in today’s Wall Street Journal Online reports on how some newspapers have begun providing podcasts of their headlines. Perhaps since the print media was so far behind the blogging wave, ... Continue reading this article…

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More From Around The Web

by Luke Landes

This is a weblog, so here is another log of some items from the web: If SAHMs (stay-at-home moms) received a salary for their work, they’d earn $131,471 according to Salary.com. That figure was determined by using average salaries for the jobs that SAHMs do, such as cook, day care, and CEO, including overtime. For ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Interesting Items

by Luke Landes

The Federal Reserve Bank raised rates to 3.0 percent. Will ING Direct, Emigrant Direct, and other high-yield internet savings banks follow? Seven rules for negotiation. Here is some good advice for negotiating anything, such as raises, car prices, and hostages. I wish I had read this when I first accepted my current position at this company. ... Continue reading this article…

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Car Prices Going Up?

by Luke Landes

While doing research for an article for Business Week, Amey Stone has come to the conclusion that car prices are on the way up. Incentives are running out, and makers can’t squeeze any more savings out of their operational processes. She makes an interesting point in an entry on her weblog, Well Spent: … 10 ... Continue reading this article…

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