According to one savvy reader of The Consumerist, if fellows crunch the numbers and start shaving old school, they can rack up quite a savings. Hundreds of dollars a year, in fact. Many guys marvel at the appalling cost of cartridges that seem calculatingly designed for planned obsolescence.
There are hobbyist sites devoted to the discussion and manufacture of retro hardware, soaps, and brushes.
So in addition to the financial savings, you get to join the fraternity of every guy you’ve seen in a Western, war movie, or Mad Men’s Don Draper.
I’m interested in both factors, but think I may go through more than $160 a year in bandaids.
According to a report released Monday by the University of New South Wales, science has now proven that bookmarks only have a 3% success rate in keeping ones place in their book.
“Every person that reads or loves someone who reads should pay attention to this study and it’s implications” stated head researcher Dr. James P. Unked. “The loss of an anchor, a way to mark your place in the world can be devastating and lead to aimlessly flipping through pages, missing key passages and wasted time rereading the same paragraph.”
Technological advancements in the form of eReaders and audio books have done little to alleviate this problem. “In fact,” reports Dr Unked, “they dramatically complicate the issue by adding the inevitable layer of computer illiteracy.”
There is no simple solution to this potentially disastrous situation. Experts have several suggestions including writing down the page number you stopped reading at, asking your spouse or significant other to remember your last page number, or gluing the bookmark to the page. However, the best solution is to simply read the book in one sitting; be sure to stock up on snack items and clear your schedule before tackling large volumes such as War and Peace.
The complete report is available here.
It is that time of year when newspapers and discussions of full of budgets, budgets, budgets! Want to look them over? Here are the links to the governmental recommended budgets currently being discussed and voted on by our elected representatives:
●United States of America
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2012
●State of Iowa
Summary of FY2010 and FY2013 Budget and Governor’s Recommendations
●Scott County of Iowa
Scott County, IA Budget & Financials for 2012
●City of Davenport
City Administrator of Davenport’s Recommended Budget FY2012
Print copies available for viewing at all three Davenport Public Library Locations
Need contact information for your local governmental officials? Call, email or text the Davenport Public Library Reference Department:
Text: Start a text message with DPLKNOWS and send it to 66746.
or In-person: the reference desk is staffed during all library hours
Have you caught it yet?
We finally received the 1040 Instructions at the Davenport Public libraries, for which the phone has been ringing nearly continuously.
Due to 11th-hour filibustering at the end of the legislative session, the IRS had to edit/print paper tax publications and reprogram the computer processing systems. Do not expect leniency on getting your return in, however. E-filing will begin in mid to late February and the deadline stands at April 18th.
If you didn’t receive a print publication in the mail this year, it may be because you didn’t paper file last year. The cost-cutting measure saved millions of dollars in postage and paper stock, albeit with some confusion.
Outside of the IRS office, libraries are the only place where you can get forms if for some reason you still haven’t attempted filing online. Though a slower and typically less-accurate process, some people prefer the paper method.
Courtesy of savvy shortcut website for modern living, Lifehacker, here are the top ways to stay warm this winter for less dough. Some involve constructing genius DIY doohickeys, others tweaks on classics.
I like the machine that cycles absorbed solar heat through 180 empty cans of your favorite beverage. Well, I’d let someone else actually “make” the device.
And powered longjohns? Interesting and doable, but I’ll leave that one to the experts.
Here’s our next tip for help in finding your next great read!
EarlyWord is the place to go to keep up with the latest in book news – what’s moving up the bestseller lists, award nominees and winners, forthcoming books with buzz, what book is being made into a movie. The emphasis is on connecting libraries to the publishing world, so you’ll also find reports on books that are showing a lot of reserves at a cross-section of libraries across the country, but this blog is packed with interesting and helpful information for any book lover.
The co-founders of EarlyWord – Nora Rawlinson and Fred Ciporen – each have strong ties to both the publishing and library worlds, but the tone of this blog is far from stuffy or academic. There’s a lot of humor and opinions but no snobbishness. Frequent postings – often 2 to 3 a day – keep things lively and current. With the end of the year approaching there has been a lot of information on award winners and “best of the year” lists with links to reviews for the big winners.
There are also links galore to all things book-related – publisher catalogs, book awards of all kinds, lists of “best” books from various publications, best seller lists, coming soon and previews, movies based on books (both finished films and those in various stages of production) including links to trailers for these movies. The “Consumer Media, Book Coverage” section will point you to that book you heard about on NPR last night, or the author Jon Stewart talked to last week.
Count on EarlyWord to entertain and inform – and to steer you to some great new books.
Awww, my stomach. Just rehearsing. But normally that’s the morning-after lament of the serially psychotic that go after doorbuster sales. In case you’ve been a devotee of online bargains using great portals like fatwallet.com, you’ll notice there was a steep uptick in the amount of great posted deals starting a couple weeks ago. The reason for this being, retailers depend heavily on this time of year to bring their ledgers into the black and have a strong 4th quarter. They need more time. As far as they’re concerned, it started the day after Halloween.
Here is an excellent write-up the Argus did, hitting all of the key points with a few tips.
So if they’re bumping Black Friday up, does that mean we can engorge our stomachs a month early as well?
If you’re willing to get a jump on chili season before the hooded sweatshirts come out, you can save a mint due to the glut of local tomatoes. Just walk into any break room across this great land of ours and nab the bag of tomatoes labeled “TAKE…PLEASE!” Cut them up and dump them into a pot on top of browned meat of your choice and an onion. Add half a bag of dried beans you soaked overnight.
Congratulations, you’re eating for a week for no money and didn’t get carpal tunnel opening a dozen tin cans.
It turns out that second only to Christmas, computer manufacturers depend bigtime on back-to-school demand to fuel the sales of computers. Well, according to major player Intel, the kids (or cash-strapped moms and dads) didn’t want near as many as anticipated and they are stuck with a surplus on their hands. If you’re willing to wait a month or so, this soft demand might mean an excellent deal if you were on the fence about a purchase.
Sure they give you a sweet deal on a phone when you buy one. They’re not counting on you being a big-picture person. Over the life of the contract, each one of those little amenities or extra services really add up. There’s a huge markup, additionally on those accessories, i.e. junky headsets that make you look like a pretentious fool or schizophrenic in a public place and only cost 30 cents to make…
Or in this case, charging dock. Not only does this free one you can make yourself look sweeter, it stays on the outlet and off the floor/countertop.
Anyone have a shampoo bottle?