Friday, May 12, 2006

Being Adventurous With My Finances

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

too adventurous

One of Boston Gal Jane Dough’s loyal fans sent her a mind-bending question that I’ve just got to answer for myself. But first, the question…

Sum up your personal finance philosophy in one word.

(Yeah, it’s not a question as much as it is a command. But I shall obey nonetheless!)

Jane Dough chose the word “defensive,” and she gave a great explanation of just what it means to be defensive in one’s financial life. By not only keeping an eye on her own economic situation but also learning from the mistakes of those around her, Jane Dough has crafted her decisions to help ensure she has a safe and secure financial future.

My turn to answer the question. Without hesitation, I would choose the word “adventurous” to define my personal finance outlook. I’m ready to learn new things, explore uncharted territory, and take calculated risks with the goal of expanding my understanding of and experience with my finances. At the same time, “adventurous” does not imply “reckless,” so there is still an element of caution thrown in that helps me to know when I’m in a situation over my head and I need to ask for help or try another option.

I hope you’re all enjoying the Blog Marathon so far. It’s just my latest personal finance adventure, and I know I’ve learned a lot over the last 20 hours. Here I come down the home stretch!

Ask Punny Money: Free Internet Radio?

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: , ,

la la la la la, free internet radio

Real People, Real Finances poses a question I already had on my topic list, so I’ll bump it up to now since it’s something very relevant to this Blog Marathon.

Looking for a list of free Internet music stations (to help you stay awake as well) preferably no commercials. Know of any good ones?

Why yes I do! And while there are plenty of internet radio stations out there to choose from, I’ve only ever found it necessary to go with two of them:

Pandora. I’ve been a huge fan of Pandora.com since day one because it helped me to identify new artists and types of music I had never even heard of before. The way the site works is that you create personalized stations based on artists or songs you enjoy, and Pandora fills the station with music containing similar vocal and instrumental qualities. It goes far beyond simply returning other songs from your favorite genres; it instead analyzes the components of each song or artist and matches it to other songs containing those components in its vast database. You may find yourself listening to artists you didn’t think you’d like, but you can skip songs and provide automated feedback to help improve the results returned to you. Pandora’s gotten me through some long days at work.

SHOUTcast. If you’re looking for a more traditional radio experience, then you’ll want to point your browser at SHOUTcast. From the makers of the popular Winamp music software, SHOUTcast allows normal mortals like you and me to start our own internet radio stations to share with the rest of the world. If you’re only looking to listen, don’t worry because you’ll have thousands of stations to choose from; but if you’re ready to share your own tunes, it’s easy to set up your own server for others to hear.

And if your eyes have a spare moment, you can also check out some free internet TV:

wwiTV. With over 3,000 stations in more than 100 countries, wwiTV carries a wide variety of educational, entertainment, and news programming. Some of the stations require the latest versions of your operating system’s media player, but once you have the system requirements fulfilled, you can turn your computer into a TV that’ll put your friend’s 300-channel cable to shame.

Indeed, I will be using music to help me get through the Blog Marathon; but since I’m at home, I’ll probably be relying on my library of anime and J-pop music to fill the room with sound. Sure I don’t understand what they’re saying since it’s in Japanese, but it still makes more sense than some of the music they’re coming out with nowadays.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Welcome to the Punny Money 24-Hour Blog Marathon

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics:

meow

Thank you for stopping by to support the Punny Money 24-Hour Blog Marathon. From now until 6pm EDT tomorrow evening, I’ll be updating the site continuously with all sorts of personal finance information, economic commentary, and hopelessly off-topic but adorable pictures like the one on your right.

Oops, just ran out of adorable pictures. Looks like that’ll be the only one!

But that’s okay because I have plenty of wonderful money-saving tips and fascinating feats of financial fortitude to share with you. Now while I have pre-selected some discussion topics, not a single word of what you’re about to read has been pre-written, so even I don’t know how this will turn out! You can also send in questions you would like to ask or ideas for topics of discussion; if selected, I’ll answer it and include a link to your website.

Also remember that all revenue generated by Punny Money during the 24-Hour Blog Marathon will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. So sit back, grab your keyboard, and keep on checking back here for what is sure to be an internet experience to remember.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Announcing the Punny Money 24-Hour Blog Marathon!

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

open 24 hours

From 6pm EDT this Thursday, May 11th, through the same time on Friday, Punny Money will be hosting its first 24-Hour Blog Marathon. As the name suggests, I’ll be updating this site continuously for 24 straight hours with all sorts of personal finance news and tips. At a minimum, I expect to average one post per hour; but I’m hoping to far exceed that number.

So be sure to join me starting this Thursday evening as I attempt to stave off sleep and bring you the finest in around-the-clock internet programming. At the very least, you can laugh at me if my Hour 16 posts start looking like this:

Foo! Maka laka woo cookie chicken chicken chicken. Something something, postcard flippy pocky globglob chumba honana. Personal finana sasasasa!!!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Punny Money 24-Hour Blog Marathon

WTF?
WTF indeed. Don’t ask me what has possessed me to do something as crazy as this. All I know is that I have the day off on Friday; but instead of using it to catch up on my knitting and pottery, I’ll be investing my time in helping to make the world a better place.

Wouldn’t your time be better used to help feed the homeless or teach a child how to read?
Wow, I feel like garbage now. Thanks a lot…

Hahaha, just kidding. But seriously, shouldn’t you do something like donate your blog revenue from the marathon to a worthy cause?
That’s a fantastic idea! I’m glad I thought of it! (Ahem, I thought of it.)

All advertising, referral, and other revenue earned by Punny Money during the 24-hour marathon period will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

It’s been a little over two years since my own mom died of breast cancer, so I can’t think of a worthier cause as we approach Mother’s Day this weekend.

What can I do to help?
If you’d like to support the marathon, simply visit Punny Money throughout the day, read and enjoy the articles, and feel free to join in with comments of your own. You can also send in suggestions for discussion topics right now. If I pick your topic, I’ll be sure to link back to you.