Jul 222014
 

Tweet Because I am the opposite of cool, I used to spend more hours than I’d care to admit watching Star Trek. Oh lord, I can’t believe I admitted that to the whole internet. That sound you hear? That’s my girlfriend frantically packing her bags so she can leave forever. Can’t say I blame her. Time for an impromptu ranking of my favorite Treks? Don’t mind if I do. The Original Series – Shatner is kind of annoying, and the special effects are lame. Grade: B- The Next Generation – Read More [...]

Jul 142014
 

Tweet I turned 31 a couple of weeks ago, meaning I’ve officially completed 30 trips around the sun. I’d like to say those 30 trips were glorious and filled with more life lessons than a decade of manning the patent office with Einstein, but they weren’t. Hell, I probably squandered a whole half dozen of those trips on stupid crap like video games, golf, and learning how to juggle. It took far more hours that I’d care to admit to learn how to throw 3 balls at the same time. Most of my Read More [...]

Jul 132014
 

Tweet I got a review copy of something called Travel Hacking for Canadians, written by friend of the blog Steven Zussino. I find he usually does pretty good work, so I knew he’d be sending me over something decent. After a few days, I finally got the chance to sit down and have a look at it. I figured I’d spend about 20 minutes giving it the once over, and letting you guys know what I thought. That was two hours ago. Hot damn, that’s a meaty book. Zussino covers Read More [...]

Jul 102014
 

Tweet It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to read words from somebody much more pleasant than your’s truly, Vanessa. She talks about millennials and boomerang children, because if there’s one thing the internet doesn’t have enough of, it’s hand wringing about the young people. (credit) One of my favourite things about my new job is that I get to talk to Korean people all day long and see their points of view on various things. This week I sat in on a conversation class ran by my American colleague and Read More [...]

Jul 092014
 

Tweet Yesterday, we talked a little about how high interest loans weren’t the worst thing in the world, provided people use those loans for things that are smart, and not just smokes and pixie sticks. I’M ONTO YOU, BIG SUGAR. It was a pretty awesome post, IMO, and you all probably swooned a little after reading it. Well, you’d better have a fainting couch nearby, because your ass is gonna be sprawled out on it by the time you’re done eyeballin’ these words. So let’s assume you have a killer Read More [...]

Jul 082014
 

Tweet You know how people with crummy credit end up paying more to finance most anything, like a car or a house? There are all sorts of subprime lenders specializing in lending to both kinds of borrowers. Take, for example, Carfinco (TSX:CFN), a Canadian subprime auto lender who is willing to give money to most anyone the dealership rejects. In exchange for lending you a few thousand bucks needed to buy some wheels, they’re going to charge you a pretty high interest rate. Okay, really high. Like 2-3%… a month. At Read More [...]

Jul 032014
 

Tweet It’s Vanessa’s Thursday post, about a certain country you might be sick of hearing about. Sorry in advance, but not really.  Hello! As you’re reading this, I’ll either be in the air somewhere, or in San Francisco, eager to land in Seoul after the longest flight I’ve ever taken on the biggest plane that I can imagine. Despite moving my entire apartment, sorting through a TON of stuff, packing and repacking my suitcase to a disgustingly tiny 50lbs, someone here at the popular Financial Uproar blog insists that I write a Thursday Read More [...]

Jun 242014
 

Tweet Because I am my own favorite person, allow myself to quote… myself, from yesterday’s post: There’s a certain subset of people who believe that time spent watching TV, or pissing around on the internet, or whatever, is a huge waste of time. These people believe that any time not spent being productive is time wasted. I’m not sure there’s a group of people I pity more than the relentlessly busy. What a terrible existence, having to prove yourself all the time. This week, I’m in the process of moving all Read More [...]

Jun 232014
 

Tweet In life, there are certain things that we do, or skills that we learn, which are essentially a waste of time. Our pleasure doesn’t come from the increased utility of knowing a certain thing, but rather pointing out to people just how enlightened or smart we are just because we know something. Essentially, it’s the intellectual version of comparing penis sizes. Have you ever met a person who will freely admit something they learned was a waste of time? I can think of a few, but for the most part, Read More [...]

Jun 202014
 

Tweet I should probably tread lightly with this post, because I know literally nothing about whether fashion is an investment. I am dependent on the advice of women when I buy clothes. I used to go find the hottest salesgirl I could and go ask her for advice, but then I’d end up with a pile of crap to try on when I went in looking for a pair of jeans. So instead I take a certain somebody who writes Thursday’s posts. She’s cheap. It works out well. Like every straight Read More [...]