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Most active topic: Scientifically Tested Techniques to Increase Your Tips
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 Forum: News & Announcements   Topic: Show me the funny!

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:54 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 8952


I have to agree with 144mph. To me, the story was enjoyable, but long, and I just wanted to know how someone felt at the end of it all. Some sort of resolution or zen wisdom. :)

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: car journal

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 2:41 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 25712


I have a little theory about car marketing. Ever notice how car companies use their names? For example, compare a '99 Corolla and an '06 Corolla. Compare their power, available features, and roominess. I haven't done a scientific analysis, but my suspicion is that a '99 Corolla is actually comparab...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: what browser

Posted: Fri May 18, 2007 8:34 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 7044


I use Firefox at home, and IE at work (since I haven't bothered to ask the IT guy whether it's ok to install Firefox myself). JD, I don't think your main heading bar on your blog is working correctly in Firefox. It looks like it's the same color as the background of your site, making the links hard ...

 Forum: News & Announcements   Topic: Is there a phpBB expert in our midst? I need a tip.

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 5:18 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 6729


I just did a google search on "phpbb signature nofollow". Quite a few of the top hits were related to why phpbb is set up this way (and most other forum software as well). Part of it is to discourage spam. Bots make forum ID's and profile pages with links in them back to their own sites, a...

 Forum: News & Announcements   Topic: GRS Group Writing Project

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 5:00 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 12214


Topic suggestion: Which fictional character do YOU think was the most financially competent? Oh that's easy. Edmund Dantes! Sure, he spent a lot, but everything he bought was for the largest goal he had. Though, I suppose that means he didn't have a very diversified portfolio. Everything was tied u...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Cable and Internet Rates - What do you pay?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 4:55 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 16367


We're paying about $90 after taxes/fees during a 1-year promotional plan for Cable/Internet. We've got most of the movie tier stuff like HBO, Showtime, etc., and a DVR. They gave us one that is HD compatible, so I think we ended up getting HD for free. The DVR has certainly changed the way I watch T...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Just Getting Started

Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 10:31 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 3192


Considering you're doing well with the consumer debt, I would focus first on beefing up that emergency fund. With two vehicles (one brand new) with insurance, a child, and a D.C. mortgage, you would have very little time to fix things up in the event of an emergency where you are.

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Scientifically Tested Techniques to Increase Your Tips

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:53 am 

Replies: 30
Views: 22016


We've always been big tippers (base rate of 20% of the total , even the tax, and round up to the next dollar, plus adjustments for better service) but now that we're watching our finances, the automatic big tip is out the window. We now give 15% of the total before tax, adjusting higher for better ...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Job Hunting: Avoiding spam filters - Yahoo Mail or GMail?

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:49 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 6095


I think compared to Yahoo, GMail still has a small userbase (even with the prevalence of Google the search engine, people haven't found the need to sign up for their email service). So, it's likely to not be as bad of a problem with spam. Plus, the design of the GMail signup system was more secure f...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: free video games

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:38 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 7419


If you're truly old-school you'll try the Trogdor adventure game. ;)

 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Keys to Creativity

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:36 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 10350


I think there needs to be a 10th attitude or quality. Sales. Anyone can have an idea or be creative in one manner or another. It's recognition that determines how far you go. If you can't sell that creativity, it doesn't matter. Since creativeness is subjective, you need to find yourself in a positi...

 Forum: News & Announcements   Topic: GRS Group Writing Project

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:30 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 12214


How about: The Best Deal You've Ever Gotten Post whatever the best thing for the least amount of cost, or percentage, or savings, etc. that you've ever gotten (relative to your daily spending/saving), and how that helped you out in a certain situation or enabled you to do something else with the mon...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Scientifically Tested Techniques to Increase Your Tips

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:27 am 

Replies: 30
Views: 22016


I'm a fairly bad tipper in general, I admit. The usual range I tend to give out is a little above 10% to about 15%, depending on the service. I base it on the following: My wife and I hardly ever have complex ordering. We don't hang around for an extra 30 minutes (taking up time for the server and t...

 Forum: Personal Development   Topic: Keys to Creativity

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 1:57 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 10350


JD, I'm skeptical of this list, because I don't know of objective measurements for any of these. Anybody can believe they are "curious". In fact, we would probably describe most dogs as curious too, but does that help their creativity? Are we talking about an absolute measurement here or ...
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