ByteStyle Ep. 1: New Media, Best/Worst of the Web, Get Cash for old Gadgets

I just posted the first episode of my new tech/politics/news podcast, and would LOVE some feedback. In this episode: the Media Revolution (ditch your cable!), trade your gadgets for cash, and my picks for Best and Worst of the web. My goal is to bring some attention to emerging technologies, startups, news, and tools that support the creation of a new media marketplace, preserve a free and open internet, and generally show ways we can use technology to live better. ...more

Layoffs, Recession, and Downsizing, Oh My!

I have to admit, until very recently, my family and I haven’t really felt the pull of the Recessional undertow. We cut back spending at Christmas and what not, but that was all in the “just in case” mentality. Turns out that might have been a smart move on my part. Very rapidly, the company that I have worked for the last five years of my life has taken a significant downturn in sales and profits, so much so that the rumor mill of layoffs began a few weeks ago. And things have intensified, to the point that I am very sure SOMETHING will be ...more

George Bush Grows Up

I just saw outgoing President G.W. Bush giving his last press conference. Surprise, surprise.  He didn't suck. ...more

Tight Times at Home? It Could Be So Much Worse.

In this time of tightening budgets, many people are looking to save money, not spend it– and only on the things that are truly necessary. It should be no surprise that charities and other non-profit organizations are feeling the financial crisis as well. Ironically, these are the times when they need support the most. More people need help, and there is less money to help them with. ...more

Lilly Ledbetter’s Courageous Acts Pump Up Your Pocketbook

Hey, Women: Want to earn a cool half million? That’s about what the average woman loses over a career lifetime due to gender inequities in pay for the same jobs as men. ...more

All Experts, off the stage, please!

I watched part of the Oprah show the other day and turned it off in disgust. The show was about trying to hold on to, or find spirituality (not religion, spirituality as a sense of peace and wholeness) when your world is falling apart. She had the usual panel of experts that she insisted on interrupting and talking over as usual. I respect Oprah's accomplishments, I really do, but sometimes I think she needs to find something else to do besides host a talk show.  It's irksome when one of her experts gives his or her viewpoint on an issue and then Oprah follows with, "What Dr. ...more

Getting your unemployment benefits - readers help each other online

Over at Workforce Developments I blog about work, employment and job training. With the recent economic downturn, I've been blogging more about unemployment. To help readers I recently compiled a state-by-state list of links to information about the unemployment extension. ...more

Living Nicely: The Three R's

Years ago, the “three r’s” were “readin, ‘ritin, and ‘rithmetic,”…well I still read, write, and try to do the math, but nothing seems to add up in these trying economic days!  But the r’s practiced and preached more often now are the rudiments of “green-living”- Recycle, Reduce, Reuse! I myself am a practicioner of the four R’s:  Recycle, Reuse, Restore–RESELL! I consider the last my contribution to free enterprise and my bank account. And its my belief that if we all tried this more often the landfills wouldn’t be so “filled” and our economy wouldn’t be ...more

The Price of Pumpkins

I have no idea how much a decent sized pumpkin costs. We bought five pumpkins of various types and sizes from a pumpkin patch and we spent $20ish dollars on them. Maybe a little more, maybe a little less - I don't really remember (which is probably why I'm always more "broke" than I think I should be, right?) ...more

and if so I'll update you on prices. But I remember last year everything was from about 7 for ...more