Translating California’s Spanish Place Names

The landscape of our country is dotted with interesting place names.  As a group, Spanish explorers, missionaries, and settlers in particular really left their mark. Even on the state level, their influence is felt from coast to coast: Florida (flowery) Colorado (“colored”, reddish) Montana (montain) Nevada (snowy) And I learned something new: California itself gets … Read more

Push-Ups to Failure

For the past month I’ve been doing a little experiment.  Each day I would do a set of push-ups until I couldn’t do any more.  Push-ups to failure, I called it. On day 1, I only could muster up a mere 27 push ups. By day 30, I was up to 72, a 267% improvement! … Read more

Dating as a Side Hustle? is an online dating website where “generous” suitors pay for dates with “attractive” singles. It’s a business model that really stands out in a crowded space, and is the perfect example of the free market at work. Customers browse the profile of prospective dates and bid cash for the privilege of taking them out … Read more

Safeway Checkout Donations

If you’ve shopped at Safeway any time in the last few years, you’ve probably been asked to make a donation to some charity when you checked out. Some shoppers get really offended by this, but each year Safeway raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and a host of other causes. In 2009, their … Read more

VigLink vs. Skimlinks

VigLink and Skimlinks are two companies that aim to help bloggers and other website owners monetize their content and traffic. They do this by transforming regular outbound links into affiliate links wherever possible. If any sales result from those links, the website owner earns a commission. (Technically, VigLink or Skimlinks earns the commission, which they … Read more

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