linklings, august 21 edition

Here we go, links of the weekend…

First up is one of the best articles I’ve read over at Zen Habits in a while. I read a lot of articles like this one – it’s become a bit of a ridiculous obsession of mine, since I don’t really plan on becoming an entrepreneur any time soon – but this one struck a chord: The Get-Started-Now Guide to Becoming Self-Employed. I’m also working my way through the audiobook version of Leo’s The Power of Less (and incidentally, pick up the book, not the audiobook – the production quality of the audiobook leaves something to be desired).

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Protect Your Brand Identity: I worry about my brand. Brip Blap’s a highly-sought-after nom de plume, after all. Seriously, I do intend to protect it – these are some good tips.

Friends and Family as a Form of Insurance: I agree – I consider my family a form of investment. I don’t think it’s agreat idea; they might suffer economic hardship as well as I, but I still always count on familial support.

Your Home Is Not An Investment: Never has been, never will be.

Mining the Miners: A Different Way To Make Money: Great way to approach the money-making problem; there’s doing it and then there’s mining it.

Angies List Contractor Service Follow Up: I think I’ve got to sign up for this Angie’s List thing.

Rent vs Mortgage: Calculating Tangible and Intangible Costs and a followup, The Value of Establishing a Permanent Residence: I guess here’s the point – having lived in a home for almost 5 years, then moving into a rental and searching for our next home, renting sucks. If you have the assets, owning is preferable from a mental point of view. We’d like to be in our own home and ceasing to worry about the temporary nature of our residence.

A few more links:

“My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.” Patricia in Joe Versus the Volcano