Questioning the Expert

I try to not be the type of geek that looks down on non-techie people. I try very hard. However, sometimes when I’m asked for my input (ie. “How do we do X?”) and I give an answer I’m constantly questioned about the validity of my answer. Read on for more …

In the end I’m forced to spend time either a.) explaining the answer in detail or b.) forwarding all of the research that I did earlier to find the answer on to the individual so they too can find the answer (which kindof invalidates having me in the first place).

My question is why people do that. Why do people question people they recognize to be experts? Human nature? Curiosity? Who knows.

What I do know is that I don’t question my dad’s authority when it comes to building houses, afterall he has 30 years of experience in that field. I also don’t question my mother who cuts my hair, again she has 30 years of experience in the field. But, I admit, I do sometimes question their actions in their fields of expertise. So I guess I’m not better than the non-techies at times …

Credit Cards and Investing

I’ve read some great articles on today. The first is an article about investing with under $1000.00. The other, which was of great interest to me, was how to get out of credit card debt. Thanks to the early years of college I’ve got some debt laying around that I need to get rid of. I’m taking some of these tips to heart and hopefully I can rid myself of credit cards for life (they should raise the minimum age from 18 to 45 in my opinion).

Damn Hangnails

I have one of the worst hangnails right now. I’ve come accross a site that offers this tip for curing hangnails: It is often the result of frequent exposure to water or it could be a lack of Vitamin B and C in the diet. Don’t pull it off; trim it carefully. While this is no help to my current situation, I do know how to fix them in the future. A side note: those white spots on your fingernails apperently are caused by a lack of zinc – not, as previously thought, caused by telling a white lie. Whew!

Flatulence Cured!

Everyone gets gas from time to time. Anyone that has eaten at Taco Bell after a night at the bar will attest to that. Evidently there is hope. According to the story from Indian scientists have used radiation to “knock out” the guilty chemicals that cause flatulence. I say they rush deliver this technology to Taco Bell, Gianni’s, and the entire country of Mexico.

Tip Jars

I’ve been noticing a growing trend – Tip Jars. It seems like all the weblogs I visit now has them. Does this bother me? Not really – I think it’s pretty cool actually. The amount of time, effort, and money that it takes to maintain a consistently interesting weblog is enormous. You’ll probably never see a tip jar on this site, but that’s only because I have a good job and I’m not interesting enough to tip.

Identification Numbers

Holding true to the old saying “You learn something new everyday” I have officially learned something today. I was trolling the comments of this poll over at Slashdot when I ran accross this thread. It talks about how Social Security Numbers (SSN) are strictly regulated and that you DON’T have to give them out to everybody (including the phone company). I did a little investigating and found this statement to be true. The second post in that thread gives you “bogus” SSN’s that you can use – something I just might start using. Although I’m not sure what Ameritech will say when I call up and request to change my SSN …

Everquest and other oddities

I’m a religous news fanatic. I read, Yahoo! News, and Slashdot on a daily basis (some many times a day). I’m going to start sharing some of the interesting stuff I find. Read on for more …

First off is this story about the economy of EverQuest. It talks about how the per capita income of the fantasy land in EverQuest is roughly $2,200.00 a year per person, which would put it at 77th in the world if it were a real country (right behind Russia for Pete’s sake!).

Being somewhat of an Economics enthusiast (if there is such a thing as one) I find this both intriguing and amazing at the same time. It opens up whole new doors – for instance could I make “Miesterland” and start selling access, etc. to make my own country? Can countries exist without borders? Can countries exist without any central government (as some would argue EverQuest does)? It’s mind blowing.

In other news the bible is set to become more politically correct. Phrases, such as the “Sons of God”, will be replaced with PC terms, such as “Sons and Daughters of God.” I’m not an extremely religous man, in fact I hate organized religion, but I find this to be a GOOD thing. This means that the church is finally agreeing in some compacity to join the rest of us in the 21st century. It’s a small concession, but who knows maybe they’ll finally admit they fscked up during World War II…