A Bodey in Motion

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Quick Hits: Trusting an online bank. What “organic” means. Legos are impressive.

  • Child's plaything or instrument of pain?I’ve been trying to figure out where I should stick our Emergency Fund to get a little bit better return. I know it isn’t supposed to be an investment, but it is a sizable chuck of change, and I don’t want it to sit an languish at the lowest interest rate possible while we wait for the next crisis. Maybe an online bank is a possibility. Their interest rates tend to be higher, they’re FDIC insured, and you don’t sacrifice accessibility…but my inner Luddite is having trouble with a bank that you can’t physically walk into. Am I being foolish?
  • The trend towards food labeled “organic” is interesting, especially if you actually take time to learn anything about what “organic” means. For example, when a food is labeled “organic,” it doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been treated with pesticides. In fact, it doesn’t even mean that it’s been treated with less pesticides than non-“organic” food, or even less toxic pesticides than non-“organic” food. The truth is, an “organic” label has nothing to do with being healthy, it just means that the grower jumped through all the hoops that are required to be certified as “organic” by the governing bureaucracies, which doesn’t always result in what you’re thinking when you read “organic.” So, maybe you want to research and rethink your decision. You can eat organic (AKA ‘carbon-based’) food without paying the “organic” (AKA ‘bulls**t-based’) prices.

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • Each person who comes to me for financial coaching knows that they need to make some changes. Part of my job is to identify what obstacles they’ve set up that keep them from changing, and teach them to overcome those obstacles as quickly as they can. Dave Ramsey’s team has identified a few of the really common hurdles that we set in our own way. What’s your biggest obstacle?
  • Why should we go above and beyond? Because it’s a privilege. Seth Godin on doing the extra work.
  • If you are serious about the shrinking of individual civil liberties you should look at this chart. On the other hand, if you’re primarily interested in reducing wasteful government spending, you should take a look at this chart. If you have any questions, or want to learn more, you should go here. We can argue over the minutia presented, but the overall message is correct, and it’s time this country made a change.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • The shooting at the Dark Knight Rises premiere happened almost two weeks ago, but I wanted to share one of the stories that I read about that really impressed me. Pierce O’Farrill was shot three times in Aurora, once with each of the shooter’s guns. He was interviewed by a local radio host just three days after the incident, and he had the following things to say: First, he forgives the shooter, and wants to talk to him. Second, he doesn’t think that the shooter should be given the death penalty. Finally, he’s still a staunch proponent of Second Amendment rights, despite what happened to him. Talk about sticking to your values under extreme pressure. Well done, Mr. O’Farrill. I hope more people remember your name than the sociopath who hurt you.
  • You may have noticed, if you’ve gone back through the archives, that a lot of the images I had used previously have been removed. I’ve only kept the pictures I’ve taken personally, or covers of books I’ve reviewed. I liked the other images I’d chosen, but in all honesty I didn’t do a good job of making sure that they were legally alright to use. Recently, that lack of care bit a blogger in the butt big time, and I don’t think it’s responsible of me to risk putting my family in a similar predicament if all six of you start sharing this blog and it becomes wildly popular. I’m already replacing the images removed with equally good works from the public domain or licensed free through Creative Commons, so the loss is only temporary. I would like to say something to the artists and photographers out there, though. Protecting your product doesn’t make you wealthy, growing a dedicated group of supportive followers does. Be careful which you are spending the bulk of your time on.
  • Have you ever looked at your iPhone and said, “Man, I wish I could attach Legos to this thing. That would be so cool!” Well, that day has finally come. Go get yourself a TinkerBrick case. It makes me want to get an iPhone.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

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