Brave New Blog

Whew. It's been a while since I blogged. Astute readers (if there are any readers) might notice that the site looks a little bit different. While the cosmetic changes are pretty minor, behind the scenes I've completely rewritten the software the…

How Necessary Are Those Expenses?

One of the key elements of personal finance is separating "needs" from "wants". Every guide to controlling your budget usually starts with this. However, there's not a lot of guidance in deciding between one and the other. A lot of the reason there's…

The Four Character Group Archetype

I've noticed that when a work of fiction focuses on a group of four characters, the roles those characters play within the group fall into a pattern. It seems to be more or less the same regardless of the gender of the group, although these are…

The One Question Every Prospective College Student Should Be Asking

Apologies for the clickbaity headline. That sort of thing isn't usually my style. I'll cut right to the chase. The question is "What percentage of classes are taught by full-time faculty?". If you're already on board with why this is important and…

Internet Outrage Fatigue Syndrome (IOFS)

The 1980s were a scary time to be a kid. At least that is if you watched the evening news. Every night at 6 and 11 you'd be apprised of a new mortal danger, lurking just around the corner. Sometimes it would even be within your own home. You'll hear…

Never Buy Retail

In light of a particularly aggressive savings plan this year, I've been thinking hard about every purchase I make. In doing so I think I've come up with a good way to tell how likely a particular purchase is to be a waste. For everything you buy…

The Content Singularity

Think back to the time before the Internet, if you're old enough. How did you get entertainment? Typically, you had to drive to a store pay some not insubstantial amount of money, then drive back home and watch your movie or read your book. If you…

New Beginnings

It's been a long time coming, but I think it's finally time for me to shutter GreaterDebater. Suffice it to say, the site never really gained much traction, except maybe among a small, but dedicated group of spammers. I guess the demand for a site…

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