Genealogists are notoriously clannish. The community is small and very supportive of each other. After all, you find your best information by pooling information, by looking in someone's attic, or by unearthing that treasured bit of family history in some local archive. Ancestry knows this. They gambled on it heavily in March, 2009 when they set up an Expert for Hire program. Simply put, Ancestry broke the rules. They turned to their subscribers and offered to put the professionals to work helping the beginners. If you could meet a percentage of qualifications (education, work experience, certifications, teaching, writing, etc), you could claim the title of Expert. [more]
Tech stocks have dropped. Apple, Netflix, Amazon have each lost signifigant amounts recently. Netflix has dropped from a high of 209 to its present 182 over the last 6 weeks. Apple has gone from 348 to 333 in less than a week while posting a better than expected quarterly report and temporarily losing Steve Jobs to illness. The question that I have for my friend Fools is this - Are you buying like mad, being "fearless where others are fearful?" (Is this is just a blip on the screen and the techs will bounce back as quickly as they dropped?) Are you certain that the next dot com bubble is ready to burst and you want to take your money off the table? ( In this case, have you already or are you dumping your tech stocks?) Are you holding on to the stocks that you have and waiting for the rebound? [more]
Yes, I procrastinate. At the top of the list of "things I should have done" is to download some of the great blogs that I have learned from. They are bookmarked, they will be there, so why rush to download them? I have my answer. Older blogs aren't always there when I go back looking for them. One example is GoodVibe4Ever. GoodVibe has moved on as he said he would, but what I didn't expect is that he took his blogs with him. [more]
We are at Martin Luther King Day and Black History month again. This means that we will be hit by the media's selection of black role models. I am not crazy about this. The reason is simple. Once again, I anticipate that my selections for those role models will be ignored. This year, I am listing them myself and sharing them with you. Please add your own favorites. [more]
I have noticed that when my stocks "close on a sell imbalance" or "close on a buy imbalance," they then move the next day to change that. They may go up or down, but they don't stay put. I can put together that there is a cause-effect at work here and that I am missing something, but I just don't understand what. Can some kind-hearted friend Fool out there help me? And please don't send me to Wikipedia...if I could understand Wikipedia, I wouldn't bother you with the question. Besides, Wikipedia always gives me "the facts, ma'am, just the facts" and sometimes that is just enough to get a girl into trouble. I think I probably need the facts and the cautions as well! For that, I need friends! [more]
I was so busy with other things that I didn't notice this! I lost the beanie and moved into positive points! Yippee! Now I have a whole weekend to have a cap without a propeller!
I fully expect that I am about to give the TMF computer a migraine. In retaliation, it is about to declare me spam again. With only two days left for Foolanthropy comments to be added for the Thurgood Marshall Academy, it seems like a good risk to take. If I get shut out as well as snowed in, I will be back as Hanginout - at least until someone can unfreeze me. [more]