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Get Me off Medicaid!

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One man’s journey to get off Medicaid after he was enrolled by mistake.

9 Successful Kickstarters That Actually Exist

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Written By: Nick von Keller2.27.15 Anyone who’s participated in crowdfunding knows that a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign hitting its goal is no guarantee you’ll see the finished project anytime soon. Ambitious, creative people with very little experience in business or large scale manufacturing being handed a boatload of money is not a particularly surprising recipe […]

The 7 Most Useless USB Accessories

Fundue: The Fondue for Idiots

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Written By: Nick von Keller2.18.15 You’ve got a printer, a speaker set, a scanner, an external hard drive – but you can’t shake that sinking feeling that you’re wasting those last few USB ports on your computer. Well it’s time to put them to use, as long as the word “use” is defined very broadly. […]

How Much Do Pets Cost?

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Written By: Nick von Keller2.17.15 Here’s my question: how much does it cost to be a pet owner? Not just how much does a pet cost, but how much does it cost to own pets for your entire life? And, while we’re at it, can we quantify the benefits of pet ownership and see how […]

The Best and Worst “Of The Month” Clubs

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Written By: Nick von Keller2.09.15 “Of The Month” clubs embody everything that is right and wrong about humanity, much like my extended family or all you can eat sushi. Here is my curated list of curated monthly clubs, showcasing all that I both revile and treasure of their existence: THE DISGUSTING: Cheesecake of the Month […]

The Anxiety of Airline Price Predictors

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Written By: Nick von Keller2.02.15 Perhaps you’ve seen it already, the tiny Richter Scale in the upper left of your search results when you’re hunting for flights on Kayak.com (because everyone enjoys seeing a plummeting line when they’re thinking about air travel). That, my friends, is a price predictor, or a flight forecasting tool if […]

8 Unusual Ways To Keep Warm as the Blizzard Engulfs Everything You Hold Dear

The icy hand of death cares not for your car.

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Written By: Nick von Keller1.27.15 I live in Los Angeles where it’s 72 and sunny almost every day, and all I have to put up with in return is traffic, the constant fear of earthquakes, and the even more constant fear of being invited to an improv show. But for the rest of you poor […]

You Should Bank With Charles Schwab

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Photo by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.

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Written By: Nick von Keller1.23.15 My bank is better than your bank. Let me explain. Several years ago a friend recommended I close my Wells Fargo account and instead use Charles Schwab for my primary checking account. I said, “Please stop referring to yourself as my friend, and is this the same Charles Schwab who […]

Cheap Movie Tickets, AKA My Journey To The Bottom

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Written By: Nick von Keller1.20.15 We all have our addictions – coffee, Candy Crush, meth. For me, it’s going to the movies. I wake up in the morning and I feel that itch. I need sticky floors and dated CG intro videos and people who say the seat beside them is taken when everybody knows […]

Cheap Items You Should Never Travel Without

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Written By: Nick von Keller1.15.15 I’ve done my fair share of international travel, which is a snottier sounding phrase than I intended, but here are a few inexpensive items I always find room for in my suitcase: Plug Adapter While hair dryers and curling irons require bulky voltage converters to work overseas, your lifeline gadgets […]

6 Things You Will Never Be Able To Afford

Think you can afford this meat pie? You are thinking incorrectly.

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Written By: Nick von Keller1.08.15 It’s important to have goals in life. I still remember the inspirational poster that hung in my high school gym – “Shoot For The Moon, If You Miss You’ll Land Amongst.” The rest of the poster was cut off by a field hockey net, but I can only assume it […]

When Can You Ignore The Expiration Date?

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Written By: Nick von Keller1.02.15 Here’s a dirty little secret – expiration dates are baloney (including the expiration dates on baloney). They exist primarily to protect the reputation of the food and have very little to do with food safety. Companies use expiration dates to ensure their products taste as fresh as possible, and possibly […]

To Steal or Not to Steal: The Ethics of Piracy

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Written By: Nick von Keller12.18.14 For a change of pace, I decided to write about something that actually matters to me, so I apologize in advance for the lack of jokes.  To make up for it, here’s one: What did the Zen Buddhist say to the hotdog vendor? Make me one with everything.  Now on […]

First Class Sucks

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Written By: Nick von Keller12.03.14 I don’t think many people consider me a man of class. I use a sniff test to determine my shirts’ cleanliness. I’ve been known to buy $10 supermarket cakes and lick off the icing. Once I even went to Tampa. So it came as quite a surprise when, on a […]

Pet Insurance Explained

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Written By: Nick von Keller10.27.14 People love their pets. A lot. Here in Los Angeles, for example, the spectrum runs from “My pet has its own Instagram account” to “My pet models for its own line of silk-screen couture.” And with the money people are willing to shell out for doggie sunglasses and kitty fire […]

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