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August 27, 2014

"Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings"

I can certainly relate.

THE amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. 

This sounds like excellent advice:

For people thinking about beginning the task, here are some ideas from Kimberly McMahon, of Let’s Move..

■ Write some organizing time on your calendar.

■ Set a timer to get started.

■ Start small, even if it’s matching up a cup with a saucer.

■ Get a friend to help.

■ Fill a trash bag once a week.

■ Call and book a donation pickup for the next day.

August 25, 2014

"Brandolini’s law"

"The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." (Via Cafe Hayek.)

August 24, 2014

"The Most Expensive Homes For Sale In Every State"

From $2.6 million in North Dakota to $135 million in--where else?--California.

August 22, 2014

"The Unauthorized Rules Of How To Dress At Goldman Sachs"

Noted comedian, "GSElevator," tells you all you need to know about how to dress at GS.

August 10, 2014

"What You Need to Know About the Coming Jellyfish Apocalypse"

When I lived in South Floriad, jellyfish were considered nasty. They still, mostly, are

August 08, 2014

"7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to"

A fine list. Give it to a high school student you love.

"21 Things You Should Always Haggle For"

Haggling never seems to work for me as described in advice articles like this one, but your mileage may vary.

August 07, 2014

"These Photoshopped Portraits Show How People Define Beauty In 19 Different Countries"

If the results are not due to just the idiosyncracies of the selected Photoshoppers, this is very interesting.

August 04, 2014

Pro tip: be careful using UPS

I ordered an unusual gift for my daughters. According to the UPS website, the package left Portugal on the evening of 6/25. It left Koeln, Germany on the evening of 6/26. It arrived in Louisville, KY on 6/27 and also in the city I live on 6/27.

The website then showed a day for scheduled delivery, but it didn't arrive. That was repeated twice more. There was no indication of failed delivery either on the website or via a note on our door or via phone call or e-mail to us. On 7/16 the website stated, "Scheduled delivery information is not available at this time. Please check back later." It had stated that for at least three days.

So on 7/17 I called UPS. I was informed the package was in Hong Kong.

The UPS supervisor characterized this as "highly unusual".

After that, other than a phone call from UPS asking me had I gotten the package--no--I've had no further contact with them about the shipment.

The shipper, without any fuss, offered to reship the package, free, via DHL. It arrived in a few days just fine.

August 03, 2014

"This Is The $20 Billion Future Of Manhattan's West Side"

How Hudson Yards will look.

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