Safari, finally… thanks to AdBlock


Apple - Safari
For the past several years, I’ve been bound to Firefox for it’s better functionality and security over Internet Explorer. When I switched to Apple, Safari was still untested and unproven, so I continued to use Firefox.

I almost switched over a year ago, but then I found out Firefox had an extension called AdBlock (no explanation required).

I hate ads − Continue reading

Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze

Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Okay, I admit, I actually enjoy cooking with my wife. I think it’s because it gives us a chance to try new things and experiment but also that we’re creating something that will hopefully inspire and satisfy us.

Over the weekend, we had to come up with a dessert that hopefully everyone would love that would feed about 10 people. FoodNetwork.com and Giada De Laurentiis rarely disappoint (despite her apparent compulsion to say all Italian culinary words like ‘mozzarella’ with an mildly over-powered Italian accent) and this was no exception.

Not only is the recipe ridiculously easy, but it was one of those ‘feel free to lick the extra batter off the spoon’ type recipes. It makes 48 easily with some batter left over. Creamy, sweet, and tart. Great for spring!

I’ve included the link here for your convenience:

Food Network: Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze

If you try it, let me know what you think!

There are a lot of bad apples out there…

AAPL - Market Close - 05/12/2008The economy is stagnant, debt is out of control, gas prices are at record highs, and… hey wait, how come Wall Street is doing so well but my portfolio stinks like steamy compost?!

Believe the myth it’s a rocky time to invest? Rubbish!

Sure your mutual funds may not be performing as well, but then again, they rarely keep pace with market growth over the long-term. They’re designed to minimize risk and hopefully present a return on investment, irrespective of whether that return if mediocre. But why bother with details? It’s only the quality of life you’re planning for when you’ll no longer be generating income!

The truth is, there are a lot of bad apples out there. You just need to look at the image to see that. Sure, AT&T is up 52 cents. Starbucks even squeaked out an 18 cent gain on the day. Impressed? You shouldn’t be.

Telecom is an over-saturated highly competitive market. Starbucks is perceived as over saturated and operationally under performing, which is true in my opinion. Google is believed to be somewhat plateaued with meager ad revenue and too many unknowns on the horizon for confident agressive growth investing. Though it’s worth mentioning that Google typically does not disappoint. Forecast for these stocks? Mediocre gains over the long haul, just like your mutual funds.

Say Mike, we know you’re an Apple fanboy, but what makes you so impressed with their stock? Continue reading

This is why we pay taxes?

No Parking...

Seriously, this explains so much as to why we can never balance the budget, provide excellent (and useful, I might add) services, and cut taxes.

A couple of quick questions…

  1. Who is concerned about properly parallel parking and disembarking their vehicle during a flood?
  2. Who, after an area has flooded, is concerned about making sure their vehicle is properly parallel parked in an obvious flood zone?
  3. What tow service advertises that they operate, not just during, but literally “in high tide”.
  4. The graphic is misleading, there is no graphic depiction of flooding or the risks implied therein. If I was illiterate, I would not see the imminent danger.
  5. “Flood Emergency Zone” – Is there a sign, or map, indicating the boundaries of said zone? Is there a Flood Non-Emergency Zone better suited for parking? If so, should we drive around the flood zone desperately trying to find it?

Finally, to no one’s surprise, as if the sign was not already completely useless — the money was spent, the sign was made… and it has yet to be removed from it’s plastic protective wrap (i.e. it has never been installed.)

In conclusion, this is why the line-item veto is strategically important to reducing government largesse.