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Best Personal Finance Content: Kiplinger’s and Money Magazine

Best Personal Finance Content: Kiplinger’s and Money Magazine

The web is cluttered with personal finance content, including blogs like thesimpledollar.com and mymoneyblog.com.  My favorite personal finance content, however, can be found at Kiplinger’s and Money.  Kiplinger’s content is divided into “Ahead”, “Investing”, “Money”, “Living”, and “In Every Issue” sections, while Money Magazine includes content on “Start”, ‘Money”, “Launch”, “Plan”, “Home”, “Spend”, and “Invest”. I also like the Wall [...]

The End of Science

The science writer John Horgan published his bestselling book, The End of Science in 1996.  Horgan’s basic claim was that science had achieved all of its fundamental discoveries and that all original scientific work was pretty much finished.   Recently, Horgan revisited his claim with an article in Science and Spirit magazine.

Ruca Malen Malbec and Morellino di Scansano

Ruca Malen Malbec and Morellino di Scansano

Wine is one of the great pleasures of being human and I Iove experimenting and finding new varietals to taste.  Recently I’ve been trying quite a few Malbecs from Argentina and the Ruca Malen Malbec is a fine example at just under $20.00.   Further, I’ve been looking to find nice values from Italy (Barolo will break the bank) and have recently [...]

Neil Stephenson’s Anathem and Federer at the US Open

Sci-Fi writer Neal Stephenson has a new novel out (September 9th) entitled Anathem.  As Jason Kottke mentions there’s a nice summary in the latest Wired Magazine: Set on a planet called Arbe (pronounced “arb”), Anathem documents a civilization split between two cultures: an indulgent Saecular general population (hooked on casinos, shopping in megastores, trashing the environment — sound familiar?) and the [...]

Peter Mayle’s A Year In Provence

Peter Mayle’s A Year In Provence

I recently read Mayle’s A Year In Provence while laying on the beach.  The book is a fantastic read and it especially motivates the reader to eat and live well. The eating and living well philosophy has been mostly foreign to the American lifestyle, but with the green and organic movements in full swing attitudes towards the “good life” have [...]

Classic Italian Salad Dressing or Vinaigrette Recipe

Classic Italian Salad Dressing or Vinaigrette Recipe

Classic Italian Salad Dressing or Vinaigrette Recipe We’re usually a bit more refined here at Scordo and don’t make crude remarks but we stand behind the following claim: folks who purchase bottled salad dressing are as misguided as people who have plastic plants in their home; so, next time you reach for your bottle of Kraft Ranch Dressing just whip [...]

Vacation Guide: Aruba

Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean, just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela (and 12 degrees north of the equator). Aruba has excellent, year round, weather (with little rainfall).  If you’re into the full service hotel experience then consider the Hyatt Regency on Palm Beach (there are also smaller hotels on Eagle Beach)  The Hyatt is a full service hotel with [...]

Super Bugs And How They May Threaten the Human Race

Super Bugs And How They May Threaten the Human Race

The New Yorker ran an excellent piece on the rise of super bacteria and their resistance to antibiotics.  Jerome Groopman argues that hospitals are breeding grounds for “super bugs” and that Doctors have been too quick to prescribe antibiotics (which only help bacteria assimilate and fight off treatments).  Here’s a brilliant description of how a particular bacteria adapts to antibiotics: In April, [...]

Brooks and the Pseudo-Intellectual

Brooks and the Pseudo-Intellectual

I’ve been reading David Brooks since the publication of “Bobos in the Paradise” and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with how he describes American society and our “unique” way of living. Brooks appears on PBS’ Newshour and is also a NY Times Op Ed Columnist.  His latest column is entitled, “Lord of the Memes” and is a must read; here’s an excerpt: But on [...]

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