Brain Bites – Issue 16

Brain Bites – Issue 16

Brain Bites by YPG Blog

Brain Bites are “now and then” morsels regarding trends, statistics, and interesting ephemera in personal economics.

These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future.  Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind!  Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 16

The future ain’t what it used to be.

The future ain’t what it used to be.

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Think back to yourself a decade ago, compared with the person you are now.  Recall how different you were then and how much you’ve changed.

Now imagine yourself in 10 years.  Most of us see our future selves as little changed from the person we are today.  Continue reading The future ain’t what it used to be.

Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness?

We’re on a “treadmill of consumption,” continually buying more and more stuff.  Yet, even as our incomes rise, we don’t seem to get any happier.

So, future tycoons, will having more money increase your happiness?  Or are you simply speeding up the treadmill?  Continue reading Can money buy happiness?

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

When ancient Greeks had to make everyday decisions, they consulted the gods by drawing lots, casting dice, and interpreting dreams.

For matters of utmost importance, however, they sought the words of the gods directly from the mouth of an oracle.  Continue reading You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

Up, up, and away!

Up, up, and away!

Up, up, and away!

Many incoming freshmen are shocked to find out how expensive college textbooks can be, especially if you’re taking a full course load.

Textbooks have officially reached the stratosphere at $400 (new) and $300 (used) for a chemistry course book.  Continue reading Up, up, and away!

Brain Bites – Issue 15

Brain Bites – Issue 15

Brain Bites by YPG Blog

Brain Bites are “now and then” morsels regarding trends, statistics, and interesting ephemera in personal economics.

These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future.  Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind!  Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 15

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

At one time Europeans thought that all swans were white.  The phrase “black swan” derives from a common 16th century English expression as a statement of impossibility.

Then in 1697, Dutch explorers discovered large numbers of black swans in Western Australia.  Continue reading Fine feathered friends.

The limits of friendship.

The limits of friendship.

The limits of friendship.

Nowadays, much of our lifestyle experience plays out on the Internet.  People represent themselves on-line, often by a profile, along with their social links.

Many revel in the number of connections they have.  More is always better, or so it seems.  Continue reading The limits of friendship.

The doctor will see you now.

The doctor will see you now.

The doctor will see you now.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top two causes of death are heart disease & cancer (in 2013, 611,000 and 585,000 deaths respectively).

What’s the #3 killer today?  The answer may surprise you… Continue reading The doctor will see you now.