Monday, March 03, 2008

linky dinks

The Story of Stuff
Interesting, informative and imminently depressing, even when you know the score. But still worth watching. We try to do our part. We try, we try. But in the end, even as lower than average consumers, we are consumers all the same and are contributing to the problem. (We put out a not-quite-full trashcan maybe once every other week -- and usually a bin of recycleables. On the other hand, I'm regularly amazed at how much stuff I see out on the curb on trash day -- veritable mountains of garbage bags, furniture, bicycles, and of course, the TVs, which sit on the curb for weeks yearning for someone to call the hazardous waste pickup people.)

8 Careers to Help Lower Your Stress Meter
From the Yahoo! featured article headlines. (we'll see whether the link sticks around or not; historically, Yahoo has been pretty bad about that.) Also known as, 8 careers, most of which are not really low-stress jobs at all except by comparison if you happen to be stationed in Iraq. Or Afghanistan. Or work in a prison. Also known as, a link-fest to Yahoo's advertising affiliates. (I guess they're really trying to drum up revenues what with that whole Microsoft hostile takeover business...)

I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really.
The secular Sabbath: take some time off, it's good for you.
UPDATE: here's a link to the same article on The Ledger, so you don't have to fight with the NYTimes stupid login page.


Anonymous said...

NONE of those jobs is low-stress. What fruitcake made that distinction?

Tech support? Pre-school teacher? Pastry chef?

Nope. Nope. Nope.

And while massage therapists help reduce my stress, I suspect the work does nothing for their own.

tallasiandude said...


I think the only one I might give a pass to was "financial advisor," and then only if you've picked your clients very carefully.

The careers all map straight over to various degree/certification program finders which I presume are paid links. (Go-go-web-monetization!)

Anonymous said...

People are wacko about their money... and in this economy? Geez. I'm pretty laid back, but I still email my FA at least once a week about something stupid. And the responsibility would give me hives.