Tag: Annie Logue

currency

Current Events, Numberscruncher

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...

Current Events, Numberscruncher

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...

Current Events, Numberscruncher

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...

Music, Popdose Lists

The Popdose 100: The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Much like our 100 Greatest Covers post last year, this was a collaborative effort for the Popdose staff.  Although our list of nominees...

Music, Popdose Lists

The Popdose 100: The Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

Look, Ma! We can count to a hundred!...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: Industrial Movies and the Ford Rouge Tour

Troy McClure made the industrial film a legend. In his brief life, Troy narrated such films as “Lead Paint: Delicious but...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: The Graceland Mansion Tour

Memphis has a lot of attractions for music fans, all of which seem to exist to help people fill up a weekend and spend lots of money. Only...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: The Motown Tour

Berry Gordy, Jr. served in Korea, returned to Detroit, got a job at Ford, and started writing songs for his friend Jackie Wilson. Gordy...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher, Popdose

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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Consumerism

Consumerism: Austintown and Fitch

It seems strange that the purveyors of sexy clothes for relatively upmarket teenagers would want to be associated with a relatively...

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Numberscruncher

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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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Valgeir Sigurdsson, “Draumalandid (Dreamland)”

Draumalandid is part of a full-on multimedia expose of Alcoa’s aluminum smelters in Reydarfjordur, Iceland. The company’s first plant...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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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Music

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Twenty%Tippers

One day last September, the mail included a hand-addressed envelope with a New York City postmark and a return address that turned out to...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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: 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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Current Events, Numberscruncher

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...