Link Dump: Tiny Apartment, Kindle eBook Sharing, Stripper Loans, Seasonal Sales, Law School Bait

Today, I find myself staring at a bunch of links that are mildly interesting, but nothing that inspires much additional research or spewing of opinion. Maybe I’m just tired and cranky. In any case, I think they are worthy of sharing.

Tiny Transformer Apartment
A fellow in Hong Kong has created an apartment with sliding walls that transforms what is basically one big room into many – a bathroom, kitchen, living room, or a bedroom simply appears with a bit of pushing. Quite cool in only 344 sq. ft. It’s easiest to watch the video to really understand it.

Lendle, eBookFling, BookLending
Apparently you can lend eBooks on Amazon Kindle now, but it’s not really built for easy sharing. If a publisher allows their eBooks to be sharable, you can lend out each book only once to another user for 14 days. If enough Kindle users sign up with a regular stream of books, it might actually be useful.

Mortgage Brokers Argue Over No-Doc Stated Income Loan For Stripper
Read the thread of emails from the bottom up. An exotic dancer in North Carolina applies for a stated income loan (no income or bank statements) based on an income of $140,000 a year. An excellent example of the keen underwriting skills shown across our great land in 2007.

Calendar of deals: What’s on sale when
Consumer Reports provides a general guide to what items tend to go on sale at the same time each year. For May, we’re looking at athletic apparel, camping gear, and lawn mowers.

Law Students Lose the Grant Game as Schools Win
The NY Times reports that some law schools are awarding more merit scholarships in order to attract better students. The catch is that the scholarships require you to be on the top third of the class, which if you give enough scholarships means some are guaranteed to promptly lose those scholarships and get hit with the full bill. Lesson to prospective law students: read the fine print.


  1. I’m loving those NYTimes articles about what a trap/scam law school is. I know too many people who graduated with some lame/expensive liberal arts degree who ended up in law school as there was nowhere else to go. 5 years out, and half aren’t even in any law-related field (but still have the debt!) True, a couple are raking it in, but them’s some terrible odds.

    Lifehacker does a good “Best time of year to buy X” infographic every year, check it out:

  2. Broken Link says:

    Consumer Reports link is broken

  3. My sister buys a ton of books on Kindle and then loans them to us. What a deal. We get books for free on our iPad2 and don’t have the hassle of having to either donate or store the books upon finishing them.

  4. bgdc:

    i hope you do realize that what you and your sister are doing is illegal!

  5. Fixed the Consumer Reports link. Took a while, they must have just updated their site, even Google had the old link.

    @Gloria – Um… lending in Kindle is legal on a limited basis… see the links above.

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