Sunday Morning Fish Wrap: Back from Hiatus

The Fish Wrap: an occasional grouping of interesting links, mostly centered around finance topics, largely from personal finance blogs. A carnival of sorts, this time nicely arranged by topics, and curated with inconsistent editorial standards.

Pressure Vessels, 304 stainless steel material, fabrication shop, S. Korea

Pressure Vessels, 304 stainless steel material, fabrication shop, S. Korea (*)


As the title, says, back in the swing of things. The blog went silent from May until November. Such is transient world of blogs, here for a year or two, and poof! A few readers emailed to ask, wha’ happened? Ordinary enough reason: the hours spent writing posts are, after all, exactly that: hours. There’s only so much free time to go around.

Although there are some side benefits to disciplined writing (exercising that idea muscle and toning up that creative side), the odd dollar or two from advertising and affiliate income doesn’t make up for opportunity costs elsewhere. These past few months, certain opportunities from the day gig paid far better. Extensive and heavier than normal travel to the usual fun destinations in the Far East, Europe and South America took up the time that the blog would have had. Simple enough.


From around the finblogosphere

Riffing a bit on a ganja theme, College Investor is high on cannabis stocks. Here’s one from earlier this year on the best way to get your um, medicinal fix.

Financial Diffraction takes on a difficult topic, with “Where Are The Women in Science?“. Good question.  Me, I work for an engineering company, and can attest to the fact that the female engineers are a distinct minority.  Although, curiously, not in the R&D geek gallery.  There, it’s about 50/50.  Females are also better represented in new hires .  And, Number One Son’s Robotics club at high school has a good mix of male and female nerds.   Still, two soft anecdotal data points do not a trendline make.

Worthwhile advice from Jim CollinsCase Study 6: Helping an Ill and Elderly Parent“.  We’ll all get there eventually, either with our parents or with ourselves.

Bread is the staff of life, and who hasn’t thought at least once of a breadmaker making a perfect Christmas gift? Such are the thoughts over at The Money Principle. Complete with a by-the-numbers cost breakdown.

Krantcents, with “Classic Cars, Muscle Cars and Antiques Cars Are Good Investments!” makes the case for plunking down a few shekels on a hot set of wheels. Not much to argue against there.

Wish I'd never sold it...

Wish I’d never sold it…


From the 101C WayBack Machine



Here’s a few investing posts readers may have missed. A distinct possibility, considering that the blog was on hiatus from May to November.

BDCs… They’re Not Underwear. But They Do Pay Dividends.

Why Air Products and Not G.E.? A Heart Warming Dividend Story…


On the Bookshelf

Your definitive resource for building trebuchets, potato cannons, match rockets and tennis ball mortars. Basically, a long list of cool stuff you can build in the garage to launch other stuff in the backyard and into your cranky neighbor’s yard, and maybe even break a window or two if you’re not careful. Your Mom might be tempted to yell out, “You’ll put an eye out with that thing!” Don’t listen to her. Build a working trebuchet, and guaranteed you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.



“To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.” ~ Conan the Barbarian.
Office politics is a dirty business. If you can get out of the cubicle farm and go out on your own, fine. If you’re in it for the long haul, working for the man, might as well NOT bring a knife to a gun fight. Learn to goad, insult, cripple and humiliate your foes; motivate your troops to run up that hill and take the bullet for you; and eventually, emerge triumphant to the well-deserved spoils of victory. All bloodless and metaphorical, of course, and funny to boot.




Honorable Mentions

Weekly Roundup at the Amateur Financier

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie over at Wealth Gospel

Carnival of Wealth, Wristwatch Edition, over at Control Your Cash

Carnival of Financial Independence, 41st Edition, hosted by Pauline over at Reach Financial Independence

Thanks for dropping in, folks. As we’ve seen from the long break, consistent content here at 101C is unpredictable as signing up at; as unreliable as a GM vehicle; and as entertaining as a dog’s breakfast of TMZ headlines. Email subscriptions are about as good a way to keep in touch as any, assuming Mail Chimp isn’t busy coming up with cute automated rejoinders when something doesn’t work. (damn monkey primate) Twitter is also swell. Top right-hand corner of the page, and take your click.

(*) having something to do with the day job

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  1. Say, great to see you back in the saddle 101C. I confess to being a tad worried about your abrupt dissapearance.

    Glad to know it was for beneficial reasons.

    Writing my blog is hours of work as well and I confess I never would have done it were I still in a full-time job. On the other hand, with the ad revenue now flowing in, I’m making a good 23-24 cents an hour from it!

    Thanks for the link!
    jlcollinsnh recently posted..Case Study #5: Zero to 2.6 million in 25 years

  2. Welcome back! (I missed you and I know this is not coming out right but…:)). Thanks for mentioning us and will be seeing you around.
    maria@moneyprinciple recently posted..Debt is not just for Christmas!

  3. Thanks for the link. I think that things are definitely better than they were twenty years ago, but at the same time, the disparity, especially in academia doesn’t add up.
    Alicia recently posted..Where are the Women in Science?

  4. Thanks for the links, I am in good company.
    krantcents recently posted..Being Rich or Poor Is a Choice!

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