Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

FiLife Begins at Conception?

Contrary to popular belief, I haven't joined a cult. Rather, I've been working with an awesome squad at Dow Jones and IAC to create a new site,, that will cater to the finance needs of twenty- and thirtysomethings. As much as people love to dive into the wallets of Gen Y and Gen Xers, not enough people are out there giving objective, clear advice on how to navigate through the gobbilty gook. As far as I know, this is the first site of its kind out there.

Our site is pretty bare bones right now, but here's the URL: My first post can be seen here and click here to get on the e-mailing list. The blog component will stay, but the real madness launches in the fall. Bookmark and obsessively check accordingly. And if you're feeling really bold, leave a comment!

FiLife is short for "Financial Life," as in we're going to rock yours. If you have better idears for site or the url, please let me know! Honesty hurts sometimes, but sucking at helping people with their financial foibles is even worse.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Dollar Bills: A Flickr Tribute

Everyone is whining about the subprime mortgage crisis, the stock market's volatility and the decline of the dollar, but I thought why not celebrate the cool things that the dollar can do.

Here are some Flickr morsels:

Thursday, August 16, 2007

10 Things I Learned This Week

Here's what I've learned:

- You can watch HBO's rad new show "The Flight of the Conchords" for free online.
- How to solve a Rubix cube.
- Sweating is actually pretty awesome.
- Nothing you read in the papers is true. Really.
- I can make lots of things by myself rather than buy them.
- Small change = paying bills.
- Even when (not if) you win the Nobel Prize, people still ain't gonna give you any respect.
- Bottled water sucks.
- So does Wal-Mart (no new news there).
- Reasons why I ain't rich.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Chinese Approach to the Internet

I'm lucky that I didn't get sent off to one of these camps while I was in China.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Meanwhile in America...

So I've been back in the U.S. for a month and half now and horribly neglecting this blog because I've been busy at a new job (details to follow), restarting an old one, visiting family back in Oregon, moving into a new place and catching up with friends back in the city.

I wish that I could write some lengthy, eloquent post that pinpointed exactly how China transformed me as a person, how life in the states will never be the same, how the bridge between China and Chinatown seems a little more accessible, blah blah blah, but the truth is that I'm still perplexed by it all. Almost as weird as my time in China are my conversations with people now that I'm back: "You ran out of cabs?" or "There was smoke all the time?" or "So you're fluent in Chinese now, right?"

Gah. Glad to be back in New York, but there is that occasional pang for the land I left. Sigh.