Debunking That Stupid Federal/Household Budget Graphic

If you’ve been on Facebook/Twitter/The Internet lately, you’ve likely seen this graphic, which purports to make it easy to understand why the US is in fiscal trouble. Of course, that graphic doesn’t tell the whole story, and is, quite frankly, idiotic. But I’ll continue the metaphor since people love thinking this is so simple. AContinue reading “Debunking That Stupid Federal/Household Budget Graphic”

Jon Stewart Goes to Bat for Chinese Foxconn Workers

I’m really glad to see this issue is starting to hit the mainstream. The things that make our lives so privileged often come at too high a cost for those who work in the factories that make them. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The DailyContinue reading “Jon Stewart Goes to Bat for Chinese Foxconn Workers”

Chinese XBox 360 Workers Threaten Suicide

Stories like this make me want to move forward with Shop Conscious, a pet project I’ve been mulling for 2 years now: According to reports, dozens of workers at a Chinese factory that assembles Xbox 360 consoles threatened to jump off a dormitory roof. The rooftop protest began on Jan 2, following plans to closeContinue reading “Chinese XBox 360 Workers Threaten Suicide”

Pinterest’s Signal to Noise Problem

When my mom is an early adopter of something, I tend to think it’s important. She’s been raving about Pinterest for many months now and as of this writing has pinned 1,990 items on the site. (Here she is, if you’re curious). My sister and a few other friends – mostly women – are alsoContinue reading “Pinterest’s Signal to Noise Problem”

Making It Count – My Goals for 2012

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. That’s pretty much a guarantee that I’ll forget about them before the end of January. But I am a very aggressive goal-setter, so I tend to pick a Big Theme for the year and develop a set of goals surroundingContinue reading “Making It Count – My Goals for 2012”