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Numberscruncher: My Fitbit Addiction

I’m one of those people with a Fitbit addiction. I am obsessed with getting my 10,000 steps in. I love it, even if it lulled me into...

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Numberscruncher: Economics for Fake Billionaires — Currency Valuation Edition

Vanity Fair reports that America’s favorite short-fingered vulgarian doesn’t know whether a strong dollar is the good thing to...

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Numberscruncher: Save Money with “Pogue’s Basics: Money”

In December, a client – a major financial institution – asked me to write a post on ways that someone could save $18,000 in the...

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Numberscruncher: Of Course, Mitt Romney Lies!

It’s a given: Mitt Romney has issues with the truth. I think it’s cultural. People in business learn to lie, and in the...

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Numberscruncher: Who Built What, When?

The 2012 Republican Convention’s theme for Tuesday, August 28 is “We Built It,” a riff on an unfortunate comment by...

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Numberscruncher: Billy Ray Cyrus Regrets

It’s really hard to say what’s right and wrong when raising kids. There is so much that’s weird and random about life...

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Numberscruncher: Kickstart My Record

Musicians and writers used to be able to rely on record companies and publishers for advances, but those are smaller and harder for mere...

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Numberscruncher: The Long Tail and The Big Head

The shift to electronic media not only means that fewer CDs and paperbacks will end up in thrift shops, but it also means that we can...

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Numberscruncher: Burn This Koran

Nothing makes clear the sorry state of civics education in the United States than all of the kerfuffle over mosques and Korans. Here’s...

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Numberscruncher: Music, Books, and Liz Phair

I admit it. I’m one of the people who loved Liz Phair in the early days and who is confused by the choices she has made. It’s an old...

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Numberscruncher: Mass, Class, and the Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the great sports turnaround stories. Yeah, they won the Stanley Cup, and we’re all happy about that...

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Numberscruncher: Mothers, Moms, Politics, and Palin

Although I have given birth, I don’t particularly like being identified as a mother. Even worse, I hate being called “a mom” by...

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Numberscruncher: The Blagojevich Family Clothing Budget

People who give personal finance advice tend to give the same advice over and over. That’s because it works. And one of the most basic...

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Numberscruncher: WaMu Scandal’s Legacy Is a Terrible Song Parody

Whenever there’s a corporate scandal, there is going to be an example of ridiculous excess. You can count on it. This time, the excess...

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Numberscruncher: Poland, Plane Crashes, and Risk

Over the weekend, the president of Poland died in a plane crash that also killed many of the top officials of the Polish government, in a...

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Numberscruncher: The Real Problem With the American Diet

I am tired of all discussions about diet and exercise. Part of the problem for me is that the math is so incredibly imprecise. We are told...

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Numberscruncher: Viacom Sues YouTube

A video that always makes me happy, and violates Viacom’s copyright: kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/vgMgLjMghuk"...

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Numberscruncher: Neither Families Nor States Manage Their Budgets Well

Let’s just come right out and say it: most families do not do as good a job as they could with their finances.  So why do we hold them...

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Numberscruncher: The Costs of Daylight Savings Time

Sick of springing forward and falling back? Ann Logue breaks down the numbers and says Daylight Savings Time is worse than just an...

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Numberscruncher: The Recovery, Jobs or No Jobs

The March issue of The Atlantic has a thoroughly depressing article about how employment might not pick up when the economy recovers. As if...

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Numberscruncher: Earthquakes

On Saturday, another devastating earthquake hit, in Chile, and that gives us another chance to look at some of the numbers associated with...

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Numberscruncher: Cheap Trick Takes On Nielsen SoundScan

Cheap Trick, the pride of Rockford, has a new CD out called The Latest. It’s been released through Tunecore , a service that makes it...

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Numberscruncher: Wither the European Union?

Abraham Lincoln was born 201 years ago last week. He was America’s greatest president because he took charge in a time of crisis, a civil...

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Numberscruncher: Who Wants to Be a Small-Town Arts Entrepreneur?

This country is full of gorgeous old houses in places where the cost of living is negligible. For $149,000, you can have a five-bedroom...

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Numberscruncher: Making Money on Elections

February 2 is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney and Election Day in Illinois. We have a lot of hot contests here in the state because our...

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Numberscruncher: Getting Value from Intellectual Property

Sita Sings the Blues is a great, sad movie about a breakup. The creator, Nina Paley, mixes animation styles and narrators, using the story...

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Numberscruncher: Haiti, Foreign Aid, and Foreign Trade

Americans like to stress about our current account deficit. Even if they do not know the terms of the amounts, they worry about the fact...

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Numberscruncher: “American Idol” and the Stock Market

John Maynard Keynes, the eminent economist who is back in style, described the stock market as a beauty contest. He asked the readers of...

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Numberscruncher: Who Needs the Radio?

When I was a kid, I had to listen to whatever the DJ picked. One of the odder decade-end lists was Nielsen’s list of the most-played...

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Numberscruncher: Taxes Around the World

Americans have a unique phobia about taxes. Years ago, politicians told us that we could have more stuff by paying less money, and we liked...