It’s been a busy week so I haven’t had much time for blog. That means, fewer interesting stories I’ve come across so no time for introductions or small talk today, let’s get to the links …
- Nice Report on Aggregate Corporate Dividends Paid in the United States – This great overview (PDF) is the sort of thing you should be paying attention to if you want to understand what is going on with the investment climate. Compare the aggregate earnings and dividends to the current quoted valuation, whether they are at cyclical highs or lows, whether the tax system is at historical highs or lows, and try to come up with a rough sense of where we are in the total intrinsic value picture.
- One-Liners – Roughly 7,397 one-liners, insightful observations, zingers, and sayings can be found at this site. One of my favorites: “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”
- OCD and Love – That’s gotta be rough …
- Inflation-Adjusted Cost of University Over Time – This is an interesting chart covering tuition expenses here in the United States.
- Before It Was a Hit Song – This video was filmed in 1971. It shows a young Elton John describing the structure of a new song he had not yet recorded, Tiny Dancer. There was a point where what are now considered classics were not even fully conceived. On that note, if you’ve never seen how quickly he sets lyrics to music, watch this video where he takes an oven manual and turns it into a song in less than two minutes. The difference between the first and second play, once he’s had a chance to process the words, is fantastic.
- Tiny House Movement Documentary – There is an entire movement devoted to tiny houses. Here is a 1 hour and 21 minute documentary available online for free to shows these folks and their homes. It’s fascinating.
- Tiny Houses Not Your Thing? In the Market for a Manor? – Check out Pricey Pads to see the estates, manors, mansions, and penthouses on the market throughout the world.
- Need to Fill that Manor? – In the market for real life items that look like they came out of a video game? M.S. Rau Antiques has you covered … from silver tea camels to candlesticks worth enough to melt down and get you over the border in the event of a catastrophic global war, there are some cool things to divert your attention.
- Watch How Highlighters Are Made – The video may be old, but it’s still cool to watch the process. This should underscore one of the reasons low skill jobs have all but disappeared. Notice how automated the entire process is. It’s all machinery, software, and robotics.
- More Efficient Personal Start Page – Create custom tiles quickly so your Internet start page instantly shows you a grid of your favorite, most popular destinations with Symbaloo or Myfav.es.
- Political Cartoons – If you love political cartoons, get ready to be lost for hours at the largest searchable database on the web …
- Michael Jackson’s Thriller in Mario Paint – It can be done.
Happy reading. I’ll try to be around more this week, I’ve just got some things going on with projects at the businesses that I have to take care of myself. In the meantime, enjoy some Honey Boo Boo.