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Lost Generation – A Brilliant Palindrome

May 14, 2010 | My Ramblings | Videos | No Comments

A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward.  Check out the video, it reads the exact opposite backwards as forward.  Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite. The video is simply brilliant.

The video was created by a 20-year old for the AARP U@50 and won second place.  According to the creator, the video is based on Argentinian Political Advertisement “The Truth” by RECREAR.

How Much TV and Online Videos Do You Watch?

May 5, 2010 | Videos | No Comments

The Economist has released a very interesting video (see below) about how dominant TV is compared to online videos. Yes people are viewing online videos more than ever on sites like YouTube, but TV still dominates even though competition within TV is extremely competitive.

Compare Your Spending and Saving Habits with Bundle.com

May 4, 2010 | Financial Tips | Videos | No Comments

Have you ever wondered how other people handle their finances?  Now there’s a website named Bundle.com to help your find out how other people handle the same decisions so you can learn what works and what doesn’t.   The site gives you statistics of how Americans save and spend their money from big cites to small towns.

Bundle.com compiles data from the U.S. Government, from anonymous and aggregated spending transactions from Citi, and from third party data providers.  See video below.  To test it out, visit Bundle.com.

New US$100 Bill with Advanced Security Features to Prevent Counterfeit

April 28, 2010 | Cool Stuff | Videos | No Comments

Uncle Sam has released images of the upcoming new $100 bill (see pictures above).  The new bill will be released on February 10, 2011 and is the most widely circulated.  The old $100 bill will still be good, but will eventually retire by the new one.  

The new $100 bill shows phrases from the Declaration of Independence and the quill the Founding Fathers used to sign. The rear has a new enlarged vignette of Independence Hall showing the back instead of the front of the building.

New security features have been added to the new $100 bill to prevent counterfeiting which includes:

  • The Blue 3-D Security Ribbon on the front of the new $100 bill contains images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note.
  • The Bell in the Inkwell changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it seem to appear and disappear within the copper inkwell.
  • Portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin
  • Security thread
  • Color-shifting numeral 100

 

What Does Healthcare Reform Mean for Your State?

April 9, 2010 | Healthcare | Videos | No Comments

After decades of back and forth bickering and debate, health reform is now law in the United States, thanks to Barack Obama and all the Democrats who fought hard for this change.

So what does healthcare reform mean for you? It means an end to the worst insurance company abuses, new rules that treat everyone fairly, and more choices and affordable health insurance for millions of Americans.

At My.BarackObama.com/ReformInMyState there is a very interesting video of what Healthcare Reform Means for you. The video highlights how Healthcare Reform will affect your state.  

For example, benefits of healthcare reform in Georgia means:

  • In Georgia alone 222,085 people with pre-existing conditions will not longer be denied coverage
  • Tax credits for 897,000 people
  • Tax cuts for 106,000 small businesses
  • 30,100 families will be saved from bankruptcy in just one year
  • 1.7 uninsured will now be insured
  • More choices and more control over their healthcare

 

You can learn more about benefits reform in your state at My.BarackObama.com/ReformInMyState

Below is a video of supporters of Healthcare Reform.

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Inside The Collapse of the Subprime Mortgage Business

March 15, 2010 | Mortgage Loans | Videos | No Comments

Last night 60 Minutes had a very interesting segment about Michael Lewis who is about to release a book (titled “The Big Short : Inside the Dooms Day Machine“) about a handful of Wall Street outsiders who realized the subprime mortgage business was a house of cards and found a way to bet against it. One outsider made over $700MM.  Michael Lewis also talks about the current situation on Wall Street, the large bonuses still being paid and his predictions for the future of the industry. See videos below.

 

Get a Martin Jetpack for $75,000

March 9, 2010 | My Ramblings | Videos | No Comments

Did you ever think that by 2010 we’d be zipping around with jet packs like The Jetsons?  Well we soon maybe if you can afford $75,000. 

Designer Glenn Martin (of Martin Jetpack) has developed a Kiwi Jetpack starting at $75,000.  It is expected that early orders for sales to private individuals will start late 2010. 

The jetpack runs on premium gas which is much cheaper than jet fuel, has a range of 30 miles at 60 mph with a ceiling of 8,000 ft.   No pilot’s license is required and it comes with a low altitude ballistic parachute.  I would love to try one out!  See video below.

It is expected that early orders for sales to private individuals will start late 2010.