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March 04, 2015

"How to survive a disaster"

From the BBC, highlighting the research of John Leach, University of Portsmouth.

So the only reliable way to shortcut this kind of impaired thinking, most survival experts agree, is by preparing for an emergency in advance. . . . Typically, survivors survive not because they are braver or more heroic than anyone else, but because they are better prepared.

Link via Instapundit who observes, "Maybe a little bit of panic is a good thing."

March 03, 2015

"Retirement: When you should take Social Security"

Larry Kotlikoff has co-authored a new book on the subject. I recommend it, especially if you don't know about "declare and suspend" and "spousal benefits"

March 02, 2015

"20 Secret Tips Everyone Who Shops On Amazon Needs To Know"

My family really likes Amazon.

Some more interesting reading on Amazon:

"The myth of Amazon's ebook monopoly, in two screenshots".

"Amazon's Profit Shows How Few People Understand The Way The Company Works".

"Jet.com Could Start The Mother Of All Price Wars".

February 27, 2015

"Who Would Win If A Hippo Fought A Rhino? A Question For The Ages"

I've written it before, I'll write it again: I love the Internet.

February 26, 2015

"Bang for your buck: Best handguns under $500"

You know the saying: the best defense is a good offense.

February 25, 2015

Gadgets I want (if they work)

"We Tested the World's First Automatic Calorie Counter, and It Works!"

"Scanadu Scout™: Imagine a future where you can know yourself best."

"Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil a new kind of battery to power your home".

And a small thing, but I agree with completely: "Wanted: A Better Shower Controller".

 

February 24, 2015

"There are way more young single men than young single women in US cities"

The key to this surprising finding is "young".

February 23, 2015

"12 Reasons Why Dating in LA is Different Than Anywhere Else"

Yet another tribulation of living on the Left Coast.

February 19, 2015

"The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai"

Very interesting, but it sounds easier said than done.

February 18, 2015

"Here Are the Most Expensive L.A. Homes of the Year"

It's pretty and all, but at $8K per square foot, you can have it.

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