Death and Taxes – 2010 edition

Posted on May 3, 2010 | by Alex

Jess Bachman released her latest info-graphic of where our tax dollars (and money borrowed from the Chinese) are being spent.


 
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Book Learnin’

Posted on April 30, 2010 | by Derrick

So, I was told recently that I should read some books.  Not just books in general, mind you, but rather I should read some specific books that will change my life.  “But I’m playing Modern Warfare 2, right now – I don’t have time!”, I exclaim.  But I soon realized that playing my XBox 360 was not a good excuse – at least not to Eric.  Apparently, I have quite a stack that are required reading in order to hang with the cool crowd at Core. 

After a bit of initial resistance, I quickly purchased (I had to, they were staring at me) the Kindle versions of both Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip (edit: and Dan) Heath, and All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin.  I don’t actually have a Kindle, so I will be reading them both on my iPhone.  Yeah, I know.  Anyway.  I just started MTS: WSISAOD, and so far it’s good stuff.  As I flip through my tiny little iPhone pages late at night, I am certainly reading some things that ring true.  It remains to be seen whether my life will, in fact, be changed – but I already feel a little cooler.

Once I make it through these books, I will check back in and give my evaluations.  By then, I may be a different person, so consider this post a tribute to my former self.


 
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      April 30th, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

      Eric Pubentz said:

      Don’t forget that the other author of Made To Stick is Dan Heath, Chip’s brother. I’d normally not point something like this out but Dan and I graduated HS together and I’ve known him a long time, so that omission gets pointed out ;)

      I should also point out that I’m now an electronic book convert. I was skeptical for a while, but now, regardless of price compared to Half-Price Books or the library, there are certain things that are worth buying. I decided to break my normal mold and become an early adopter, and got an iPad. I like the look and feel of the books that Apple sells, but I can’t talk enough about how the Amazon Whispersynch will keep the page I’m on regardless of device. I can read at night on the iPad then pick it up later on the iPhone and it will know what page I’m on. This would go for a PC or a Mac or any other device you use to pick your Kindle back up.

      Anyway, I’m there on ebooks. I’ve run out of excuses to not read now.

      April 30th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

      Derrick said:

      I stand corrected. Sorry, Dan. However, on my iPhone screen, there is only one author’s name listed due to space restrictions, and it’s Chip. Just sayin’.

The Credit Crisis Illustrated

Posted on April 30, 2010 | by Alex

Yesterday I received a forwarded email from a buddy who works for a hedge fund. Gawker’s already picked up on it and posted it on their site (summary below).

It reminded me of the last forwarded email my buddy sent me. It is a brilliantly animated tutorial on the credit crisis that led to my home losing 20% of it’s market value. Check it out here.

In case you’re too busy to read the entire email post on Gawker, here’s your summary. It was an anonymous email written by someone on “the street”. This person reprimands those not in the financial world for complaining about their losing bets (or as some would say, criminal activities) when they created things like credit default swaps. They go on to threaten to mow our lawns and teach our children after flooding the job market when/if Obama puts regulations in place to stop the madness that led to the crash of 18 months ago from happening again. Its comical at times and worth a read at your lunch break.


 
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Over-thinking it

Posted on April 28, 2010 | by Alex

It seems important decisions pop up every day in all walks of life.  In investing, we decide whether to double down on Apple stock and bet big that the iPad will be the second coming.  In business, it’s about how far to push sarcasm and humor in a big pitch full of people you don’t know. In sports, say in football, a player must decide whether to swat the ball away or go for the interception.

It’s common to over-think these important decisions which unfortunately takes focus away from other, equally important questions.  What other stocks are out there to  … Read the rest

Better Deposition Videos in Court: Getting the Best Results from Trial Presentation Software

Posted on April 6, 2010 | by Bryan

INTRODUCTION (to a Four-Part Trilogy)

ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH videotaped deposition testimony has seen the infinite variations in image and sound quality in such video. When you’re dealing with video collected from different sources, shot by different videographers on different dates and in different cities, it’s inevitable: the pictures and the sound will vary from witness to witness.  When you’re presenting video testimony in the courtroom — often as a series of short clips from various witnesses — the differences may be striking, if not downright distracting.

Under normal circumstances, and within a normal quality range, this variation isn’t a  … Read the rest

Life Lesson Learned in 4th Grade

Posted on March 26, 2010 | by Donnie

It was my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Gooden, who first showed me the word “assume” hyphenated. It’s something we’ve all heard before – Never “Assume” because it makes an ASS out of U and ME. After the grade school giggling had subsided, I learned two important lessons that day. First, I would never misspell the word “assume” again. Second, I would never assume something was fact in fear of making an ASS out of U and ME (mostly ME). I was recently reminded of this little nugget while supporting a trial in the rural town of Zapata, TX.  … Read the rest

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