Dealing with Email

February 10th, 2010

Email is a hassle. My inboxes (I have multiple email addresses) get jammed chock-full of marketing trash, “helpful” advertising from my online billpay, bank accounts, and credit cards. It is a pain in the tuckus.

Using filtering rules (a la Outlook Rules) helps some. But my inboxes still get full.

Plus there is the legal end of things: If you run a business, and conduct business through email, you had better keep those records. For IRS audits (to prove that yes, you do use your computer for business) if nothing else.

So why do my various inboxes total over 2,000 emails today?
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Be Grateful For What You Have

February 8th, 2010

There are people in far worse shape than you.

There are homeless, starving children in Africa whose parents were killed.

Your parents aren’t in jail.

At least your mother/father loves you.

Be grateful for what you have.

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Avatar Movie Review

February 2nd, 2010

Fun: 9
Action: 7
Drama: 6
SF: 9.5
Fantasy: 6
Sex: 6* – see review below
Violence: 7.5
Effects: 10* – see review below
Other: 8* – see review below

I saw this movie at the regular flat screen. S.O. and I are planning to see it in 3D, because the non-3D version is just that good.

Overall: Avatar is great! Go see this movie. It is a landmark in film production, even if the story has been done over several times before. Cameron has done it well. The extremely well-done SF setting pushes this into the category of Must See Movie.

(Fun: How much did I enjoy the movie?
Action: How much engaging action?
Drama: How much did the drama “get” me?
SF: How did this rate as science fiction?
Fantasy: How did this rate as fantasy?
Sex: How much sex was there in the movie?
Effects: How were the special effects?
Other: How did any other parts of the movie, such as the Moral Of The Story, work?)


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Tax Time

January 11th, 2010

It’s that time of year again…

“What?!?” you say. “It’s not April 15!!”

No, it is time to feed Pookah!

Wrong, dear reader. Now, when your tax documents are filling your mailbox, is the BEST time to start doing your taxes.
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Predictions for 2010

January 7th, 2010

Here are my predictions for 2010.

  • Stocks will go higher.
  • Stocks will go lower.
  • Employement will get worse.
  • Employment will get better.
  • There will be at least one more crisis – probably three.

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January 4th, 2010

So, Life of Pookah is over a year old now. It has been an interesting trip. So what’s in store for next year?
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Christmas 2009

December 25th, 2009

To all who are far or near

I hope this day brings you cheer.

Merry Christmas To All!

And to All You Hold Dear!!

Pookah sleeping by the tree

Pookah sleeping by the tree

— From PookahBoss, S.O., Pookah, Dora, and Old Lady Cat

Should and Shouldn’t

December 21st, 2009

Should and Shouldn’t are close relatives of Can’t.

Should and Shouldn’t are those little monsters inside us that whisper FAILURE at us, when we’re most vulnerable.

“I shouldn’t feel this way…”
“I should be up doing X…”
“I shouldn’t rest…”
“I should have done Y instead of…”
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Your First Number – You Have Pets

December 17th, 2009

Your First Number, your Emergency Fund, is the most basic one for your financial success, for too many reasons to list here (though I will return to this subject several times in the future). Your First Number may be different from mine… just like mine is different from the baseline I described in the linked article.

So what if you have pets?
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December 15th, 2009

Pookah-kitty sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry queen of the bush is she
Meow, Pookah-kitty! Meow, Pookah-kitty!
Gay your life must be!

Pookah-kitty sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the kuckaburras she can see
Stop, Pookah-kitty! Stop, Pookah-kitty!
Let those birdies be!

Pookah-kitty sits on a window sill
Getting all the sunshine as she will
Purr, Pookah-kitty! Purr, Pookah-kitty!
Glad you’re here with me!

Pookah-kitty sees the old man nap
Quietly cuddles up on his lap
Sleep, Pookah-kitty! Sleep, Pookah-kitty!
You’re sweet as can be!

(Sung to the tune of _Kookaburra_, by Marion Sinclair)