I Have Found the Holy Grail

And it is books. Yes, quite simply books. A phenomenon I’ve had contact with for years but have never fully utilized. The various methods towards success and fruition. The answers to the worlds problems. They’re all in books. Yes, it’s dumb to have such a revelation at the age of 25, but sometimes you need … Read more

June 15th Tax Estimate Due

If I hadn’t been browsing the personal finance blogs today, I probably wouldn’t have realized that I owed a tax payment to the IRS. I was laid off from work earlier this year in January, and before that point, I had paid the majority of my taxes through my W-4 withholding. After I became an … Read more

Documentary Review: Super Size Me

Year: 2005 Runtime: 100 min Rating: PG-13 Summary: Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonalds fast food for 30 days. He also provides commentary about the fast food industry in general and how it is affecting the American public. Likes: The effect of fast food on Morgan Spurlock’s kidneys and liver was something that interested me. … Read more

RIP Microsoft Money

It was this week that I learned that Microsoft had officially discontinued it’s personal financial management software, known to many of us as Microsoft Money. I had been an avid user of this project since the day I received my first paycheck in August of 2000 and opened my first savings account. Getting paid wasn’t … Read more

Kidney Failure

It was only a small amount of protein in my urine, but enough to make my doctor worried. He’s ordered a number of tests on me and provided a strict diet and exercise schedule. Having faced my own mortality before, I almost didn’t know how to react. At first I didn’t think it was a … Read more

Movie Review: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Rating: R Year: 2005 Runtime: 110 mins Summary: An elegant and informative depiction of Enron’s rise and fall.  The film describes in detail how, with a combination of a weak moral compass and accounting fraud, Enron became ground zero for the greatest corporate crime of the century. Likes: The movie used the phrase “Useful Idiots” … Read more

Roger Federer

This morning, I watched on NBC as Roger Federer became the sixth man in tennis history to complete a career grand slam, winning the French Open over fellow countryman Robin Soderling.  As a side note, I’m definitely more of a Nadal fan, but I can’t help but feel that Federer really deserved this championship.  It’s … Read more

Unemployment: Feeding Frenzy

One of the best things about being unemployed (especially in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression) is being able to take advantage of all the free food offers without feeling shameful.  Below is a list of the free food offers I’ve taken advantage of during my own personal economic recession. Denny’s Free Grand … Read more