Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Apparently Forbes thinks so. It wrote an article about the dangers of sitting in 2015. When I saw the headline I rolled my eyes so hard you might have heard me.
I was reminded of that article this week when I watched John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on Scientific Studies. The video is a snappier, funnier version of Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre. The book is still worth reading, but if you don’t have the time I’ve included my highlights below.
Bad science, click-bait headlines drive me up a wall. Continue reading Getting Attention without Click-Bait
Last week I shared that I’m writing a book to teach recent college graduates how to save money.
Yes, I know that makes me a nerd. What can I say? I find this topic interesting. Plus it’s important. Most people wished they started saving earlier in life. That might even include you. So help a brother out and spread the word.
One thing I definitely did not understand when I started working was how significant taxes are. This topic is particularly timely right now since the IRS tax filing deadline is tomorrow.
It’s easy to find famous quotes on taxes like this one:
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
– Benjamin Franklin
Sure it’s true, but Continue reading Who’s Taking My Money?!
This is a milestone blog post for me. It is officially my 50th blog post. That’s a nice round number and I think that’s worth celebrating by shaking things up.
To that end, I’d like to announce that I’m doing something that is VERY different for me: I’m writing a book!!
I figure there’s no time like the present since I’m unemployed, and I have something to say (in book form, not blog form). Continue reading What the Hell, I’ll Just Write a Book
Can you imagine getting by without a car?
Most people cannot, but I definitely can because I haven’t owned a car for 7 years. People are always surprised when I tell them that, but also are usually awed by it. Owning a car represents freedom and has been a huge part of the American dream for generations. Why would I give up that freedom? It turns out freedom is really convenience. As with almost anything, convenience has its costs. These costs can be hard to find, particularly for car ownership.
I first thought to sell my car in 2008 when I receiving a shockingly high maintenance bill. At the time I was living in Chicago and barely used my car. I didn’t need it to go to work, or meet out friends, or even to visit my parents on holidays. I could use the train for any of those. I drove my car to get groceries and run random errands about once a week. That’s it. So why was it costing $500 a year to repair a car I hardly used?! Continue reading Why You Should Sell Your Car to Lose Weight