The Money Diaries: The 20-something ex-pat taking on the expense of her own apartment

March 22nd, 2010

Today is another post in the Money Diaries series, which is based off New York Magazine’s Sex Diaries. We’ve collected stories from real people about their spending habits over seven days, anonymized them, and posted them here. * * * Today's post is by a 28-year-old woman who lives with her boyfriend in the Netherlands. She has $35k in student loans ...

My $100,000 friend

March 21st, 2010

"I had more spending money in college when I was a student working a part-time job." --A friend who earns over $100,000/year. How does this happen? Factor in the following: Urban living, including going out frequently Expensive apartment Credit card debt from spending on things like going out frequently, shopping, travel Student loans It's a combination of high ...

The psychology of making huge career jumps

March 18th, 2010

Some observations on making huge career jumps, your friends, and your own psychology... It's easy to go through your career taking the same paths others did before you. But small, simple tweaks can make a huge difference in your lifetime. One of my readers, Alexander, writes: "I'm reviewing NIH grant proposals right now and seeing your tweets made me think ...

I’m speaking at SXSW

March 11th, 2010

I'm speaking at SXSW, the big nerd-fest conference. As expected, I'm only staying for the tech part of it, then quickly leaving before the film/music stuff starts. I don't think they would appreciate my taste in Jodeci and Whitney Houston. And I would not appreciate their lack of marketing abilities. If you're around, come check out my talk: What: "...

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Why do we assume that higher house prices = good?

March 09th, 2010

If the price of toothpaste or a burrito dropped 20%, most of us would be thrilled. So why is it considered a catastrophe when housing prices drop? Last week, I asked you to identify the cultural assumption in this screenshot. Here's what I was thinking of: Isn't it funny how "home prices falling" is assumed to be a bad thing? ...

Anyone notice something funny about this text?

March 01st, 2010

Can you spot the cultural assumption in this screenshot from the SF Chronicle? Click for larger image