I was complaining about our Dial-up modem here at my rent’s home when my father said:

Dad: “your mother does a lot of shopping online. and really, I don’t want to speed that process up.”

to which my mother responded by firing off their Discover card number and expiration date by memory.

something I want to try…

I think I’m going to try looking at my personal life (financial, physical, health, and social) as if it were a business, in an attempt to make my life more healthy and wholesome.

I’m going to try it for a couple weeks and see how it goes.

For example, if MikeD was a company there would be NO excuse as to why I haven’t had my cholesterol checked, lots o’ people would be fired because financial records are lacking, and if someone were to open the fridge they would immediately know that I have inventory issues.

This idea really appeals to me.


As many of you know, I’m a fan of Steven Landsburg’s economics. He regularly has articles in MSN SLate and today a new one appeared.

What I Like About Scrooge – In praise of misers. By Steven E. Landsburg

It starts off a bit off target, if you ask me, but upon reaching the end I was once again impressed by his general concepts and teaching ability.

For the first time in a long time, I’m actually interested in learning more about economics. Does anyone have any good economics books that they can suggest? I’ve read Landsburg’s “the armchair economist” and I give it 3 stars. But I’m looking for a more theoretical economics book.

Any suggestions? Nonfiction please.



Check out the new section on the menu bar. It’s as many rock show performances as I could get my hands on. I recommend only opening those links if:
a) you have a high speed connection
b) you have Quicktime
c) you have a good sense of humor


Jordan’s Furniture

I recently visited the brand new JORDANS FURNITURE store located in Reading Massachusetts with my lovely girlfriend Jill.


Not only is there an entire town inside made out of jelly beans, but there’s a huge water fountain system that’s choreographed to operate with music. It’s stunning. not to mention the Trapeze school that they operate there.
Did I say trapeze school? yes. yes I did.

They also have a huge IMAX theater, but when Jill and I showed up all of the shows in the following 5 hrs had already sold out.

All these glorious side shows are made even better by the fact that Jordan’s is an awesome furniture store. I may very well go there to furnish my new home.

I need to go there again soon.

Also, Jonabad’s recent gallery posting has made me realize how much I miss that crazy Texan.