Stuff all over the place: Did you know people spend $17 billion a year on storage facilities? Holy cow! And the stuff we keep in our homes makes us frustrated. So we waste money acquiring things and then we get stressed out over the things we have and the space it takes up. One of my biggest pet peeves are people that clutter their garages with garbage and then leave their expensive cars sitting in the driveway. I own quite a bit of stuff, but these days I hate acquiring new things unless they’re special to me. But everyone has stuff they can throw out, including me. Best quote from the article: “the more you have, the more you have to have to take care of the things you have.”
Why Taxpayers Subsidize Farmers: We all know about the corn crop disaster in the midwest thanks to the incredible drought. What hasn’t been discussed is how that can be good for corn farmers nonetheless. This practice needs to stop
France and Business: If you think Obama is a socialist, don’t move to France. They are going to do all sorts of things like make it too expensive to lay off workers and taxing the rich at 75%. Will be interesting to see if they’re able to pull it off. My guess would be no.
Formality is bad for business: Mark Zuckerberg is famous for being a casually dressed CEO. Most executives look the part of what you think of when I just said “executive”. But is that killing the way we do business? Some think so. And as someone who prefers casual workplaces I can say I’d be much happier. Can’t say for sure if I’d be better at my job though.
Do we need algebra? I actually do use algebra at least a few times a week. Sometimes it’s for something simple and other times it’s to program an algorithm to do quite a bit of math for me. What I hated was high school geometry. But is forcing everyone to learn algebra doing more harm than good? This is a part of a bigger debate about forcing all students through the same hoops of education. I’d much prefer some kind of statistical reasoning course, and even basic programming to some of that math I had to do in high school.
Death to PowerPoint: Need I say more? It has its place. But all too often it’s used as a crutch.
Let’s make sure we get tax reform right: This comes from one of the best blogs you’ve never heard of: “Capital Gains and Games”. This post forms the basis of how I feel about government and taxes. Each party has their own vision, but a functional government will decide the role of government and then craft a tax policy around it. All we have today is partisan bickering about a piece of spending here and there. We aren’t going to get where we need to be this way.