When 'they' say that a three-year-old at daycare is going to get you sick, 'they' aren't lying. I've spent the last few weeks getting acquainted the germs of a new generation. Let's try to continue our series on software development in America this week, okay?
Here's some stuff we enjoyed!
Links We Liked!
- Steve from Steveonomics finally posted up his guide on which watches to buy in which budget. Nice to see Nomos in there.
- The WSJ had an interesting article on the shift to contractors from full time workers. It's a real phenomenon and not just a meme - Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz estimate that ~94% of jobs created since 2005 have been 'alternative' [pdf]. Your thoughts? Is it good, bad, or indifferent?
- Political Calculations looks at the number of companies announcing dividend cuts (monthly), which has been elevated for quite some time.
- Todd Schneider looks at 100 million taxi trips in Chicago and... well, you'll have to read the post!
- Our friend Nelson at Financial Uproar looks into how much you could earn while still paying $0 in taxes in retirement in Canada. (He also discussed a time when a purchaser of his likely committed mortgage fraud!)
- Funny About Money asks if you tip counter staff when making your own purchases. Me? Sometimes if I pay with cash, I'll just dump my change. Certainly never 30% on a $15+ purchase, though.
- The NYT calls 'peak Millennial' and claims that cities that have benefited so far from the demographic surge may see a reversal as Millennials hit their child-rearing years. Well, I'm technically a Millennial and I'm married with two kids - but I live in Silicon Valley, which is essentially one big city. You tell me your conclusions from that n=1, and from Millennials in general, deal?
- We sleep on a foam mattress (and sometimes the newborn ends up there at some point in the night), but our friend Sherry at Save. Spend. Splurge. spends her nights on a Japanese futon. Her experience here.
- Limit Texas Hold-Em was a 'solved' game already, with computers able to beat human opponents. Mark another conquest in the drive to the singularity: a no-limit bot beat four top pros in no-limit Texas Hold-em poker.