Red Bull Class Action Settlement

Red Bull has settled a lawsuit alleging that their marketing and labeling misrepresents both the functionality and safety of Red Bull beverages. The Settlement Class includes all persons who made at least one purchase of Red Bull products in the … [Read the rest]

Eat Anything You Want, Just Cook It Yourself

Want to learn how to eat well without the need for fad diets or deprivation? This short video narrated by Michael Pollan does a nice job of explaining his simple "just cook" rule: Found via Farnam Street. Also see my book review of The … [Read the rest]

Money Magazine Best Credit Card Rankings 2014


The October 2014 issue of Money Magazine features their annual rankings of the "Best Credit Cards". Here's a condensed list of their top picks for various categories. I've written about most of them, and in those cases I'm linking to that post which … [Read the rest]

Backup Hard Drives: Expect Failure and Plan Accordingly


In the past month, both of my Western Digital 1 TB external backup hard drives have failed on me. This was pretty disconcerting considering I bought two of them specifically so they could be redundant backups. I was a bit lazy and barely had … [Read the rest]

Everyone’s So Busy. Where Does All The Time Go?

In the provocatively-titled article How Everything We Tell Ourselves About How Busy We Are Is A Lie, the writer interviews the director of the Americans’ Use of Time Project and takes data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey ( … [Read the rest]

Feel Like You’re Always Eating Out? You’re Not Alone.


Here are some charts illustrating a couple of interesting food trends in the US. Americans are spending a smaller percentage of their income on food than ever. From America's Shrinking Grocery Bill: In 1984, the average U.S. household spent … [Read the rest]

Baby Gear Reviews: Baby Bottles and Accessories (Part 3)


Here is Part 3 of my series on baby gear, organized in the order of Amazon’s Baby Registry. The entire multi-part series can be found with the Baby Gear tag here. This time I'll talk about our experiences with baby bottles. Our first baby was c … [Read the rest]

Pro Travel Tips: Never Ask If They Speak English


I've been getting back into podcasts while driving, and have been catching up on the Alton Brown podcast. In the Samantha Brown episode, she shared a good tip about international travel and language barriers that I've never read in a guidebook: … [Read the rest]

Discover Card 5% Back At Lowe’s, Shell Gas, or Walgreens


Discover It and Discover More cardholders may be able to get 5% cashback at your choice of one of the following stores: Applebee's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, Olive Garden, Shell, or Walgreens from now until November 30th, 2014. Subject to a cap of … [Read the rest]

Math Skills + Social Skills = Higher Earnings $$$


Here's one for the tiger moms and overachiever parents. From a recent post on the Harvard Business Review blog: A recent paper from UCSB found that the return on being good at math has gone up over the last few decades, as has the return on … [Read the rest]

5% Cash Back Credit Cards: Rotating Categories Update 2014


4th quarter activation now open for all cards. Holiday shopping is the theme, but I'm buying Amazon gift cards at the end to use over the next few months. The cards below offer a hefty 5% cash back on certain categories that rotate each quarter. With … [Read the rest]

Anthony Bourdain Quality of Life Quote

Good background and interview with writer/chef/professional traveler Anthony Bourdain in this Fast Company article. His TV show Parts Unknown is one of the few that I watch and the new season starts again soon. I especially enjoyed and am aligned … [Read the rest]