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$100 For a Movie Review? I Was Doing That Anyway!

by Smithee

As part of my 2010 (pronounced “MMX”) goal to publish one entertaining thing a week, I’ve been casting a wide net to find audiences and formats that can showcase my creativity and wit. (Aside: I’m not yet comfortable with self-promotion, so it’s a little awkward to be referring to myself as witty. But earlier in ... Continue reading this article…

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Start the Decade Off Right: Do Something You Love

by Luke Landes

Today, at the beginning of the “10s,” I am thirty-three years old. By the time this decade fades away in the last few hours of December 31, 2019, I’ll be forty-something. (I’d rather not do the math.) Lately, one particular phrase keeps repeating involuntarily in mind: “Life is short. Life is short. Life is short.” ... Continue reading this article…

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Smithee’s Goals for 2010

by Smithee

My one goal from the beginning of 2009 was to do at least one creative thing a week. When I thought of it, it seemed pretty ambitious, then I started writing twice a week for this site, and it was automatically taken care of, so any other creative thing I did was just metaphorical gravy. ... Continue reading this article…

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Two Down, $2,000 to Go

by Smithee

When I was a new college graduate in 1997, I got my father to co-sign on a credit account so I could buy a computer. It was a shining white beautiful Gateway 2000, it probably cost around $2,000 (you kids and your $300 computer deals!), and it came with an interest rate of 26.9 percent. Around ... Continue reading this article…

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Seven Zen Principles to Guide Your Money and Your Life

by Luke Landes

A few years ago, I visited the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Japanese gardens are designed precisely to appear natural, resulting in an interesting collision between nature and man. There is a set of principles or aesthetics that guide the creation of Japanese gardens, including the dry gardens commonly called ... Continue reading this article…

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Back From D.C. (and Blog Roundup)

by Luke Landes

I took a vacation from work this past week to coincide with my girlfriend’s winter break (she’s a teacher). We traveled to Washington, D.C. to see the sights and meet up with some friends. Thanks to the snow, the exhibits were not very crowded. Unfortunately, the weather had a negative effect on our health, and ... Continue reading this article…

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About the Consumerism Commentary Authors

by Luke Landes

All authors can be contacted through email at consumerismcommentary.com. Flexo, chief editor and ownerRead Flexo’s articles / Facebook Profile / @luke_landes / email flexo at this domain name Flexo’s experience with building online communities dates back to 1990, and he has been writing for the web since 1994. In 2003, he began improving his own ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Lessons From Television Fiction: House

by Luke Landes

I have to admit there are are two or three television shows I enjoy watching each week. House is one of those shows. I’m drawn to this show for several reasons. I’m a fan of Hugh Laurie from his Blackadder days, and his American accent is usually very convincing. Also, the show takes place in ... Continue reading this article…

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