Adulting 101 Part 2: Tax-Advantaged Retirement Accounts

So, long story short for our previous post about taxes: the government wants to take your money. Sounds about right. The nature of the government however, is that they want its citizens to have certain behaviors. One of those behaviors is saving for retirement, because a bunch of poor, old, sick people is a huge […]

Money and Models Epilogue: In Defense of Capital One Cafes

The whole point of a business is to make money. This series will give a basic crash course in the language of business (accounting), and how various business models work.   Capital One Cafes   Corporations are evil and baby boomers have poisoned the economy, blah blah blah. Today, we’re going to talk about coffee […]

Money and Models Part 4: How Credit Cards Make Money

The whole point of a business is to make money. This series will give a basic crash course in the language of business (accounting), and how various business models work. How Credit Cards Make Money When I was a kid, I thought credit cards were pieces of plastic with infinite money. My hopes were dashed […]

Money and Models Part 2: How Franchises Make Money

The whole point of a business is to make money. This series will give a basic crash course in the language of business (accounting), and how various business models work.   How Franchises Make Money   The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the amount of Waffle Houses operational to decide how screwed you are when […]

[WP] The World has been at war for over 40 years…

[WP] The World has been at war for over 40 years. Automated machines are still carrying out the manufacture and deployment of weapons. The automated turrets defend against the bombers whose pilots died long ago. And the cities they target, are no more than ash. The war continues, with no humans left As the bomber […]

Soonish and Nanotech Part 10: Brain-Computer Interfaces

This is a 10-part series on emerging technologies from the book “Soonish”, and how nanotechnology can be applied to improve the problem.   Brain-Computer Interfaces   All your feelings, sensations, and decisions take place because your brain sends electrical signals that cause these phenomena. These electrical signals are guided by specific rules. When you think […]