If I save more money, will I kill our economy? - "Money still talks, apparently. I just happen to believe it speaks loudest when people are in control of it." This topic made me think a little about alternative stimulus. What if interest on CDs was made tax-free while requiring banks to de-lever gradually? It may not have made a huge difference, but it may have created willing investors (depositors) in the banks' survival.
Certainly, savings could be used for emergencies and would help float people in bad times.
I went back for a little physical therapy today, after logging slightly more miles this January than last January. I've run two strong races (including a personal record in a 5k) in the last two months, so I'm pretty sure that
snowice shoveling was a major factor in my sacroiliac injury flaring up again. The high mileage (60 miles in a week) didn't help, but I'm pretty sure that I would have gotten by fine without shoveling ice (and sliding on it).
On the positive side, this injury has "inspired" me to put up with the small muscle exercises that will help keep me healthy in the long run. I don't deal with these exercises well. I prefer hard but simple (running, pushups, sit-ups) exercises over complex (yoga poses, figure four stretches, and all of these exercises).
I did manage 2 sets of 25 situps, and 270 pushups (10x25 + 1x20).
I always thought it interesting that our big lottery pools at work always ended with a seemingly predictable sequence of numbers.
So, for those of you interested in math/statistics enough to care about truly "random" numbers, but not good enough at math to not play the lottery, you can make your Powerball picks here:
RANDOM.ORG - Lottery Quick Pick.
[Note: I don't *really* believe that lottery quick picks aren't sufficiently random.]
I think I've just invented a new Twitter game.
Reference a song that will get stuck in people's heads until they expel the demons by listening to the song, or replacing the song with another "catchy" song. When you're caught by a "stuck song", you have to either pass that song on, or replacement song.
Global recession - where did all the money go? | Business | guardian.co.uk. -- This is an interesting look that takes each layer of the financial system and draws it as a proportionally sized circle, then demonstrates the unstable upside-down pyramid, juxtaposed with the "bailouts".
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics.
WinDirStat reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views:
- The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size,
- The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away,
- The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.
The graphical representation is clickable, and if you click directory trees, they highlight on the graph as well. The graph showed me that I have a 2 GB text file (shown in the green highlight) in My Documents as well as a 12.2 GB zip file (the largest blue block).
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