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The Genius of Weird Al Yankovic

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For those who haven't been disconnected from the world over the last couple of weeks, "Weird" Al Yankovic has been busy promoting his new album Mandatory Fun. It's an ingenious promotional campaign where he put out new videos every day for over over a week.

Personally, the last thing I remember from him is Amish Paradise. That was nearly twenty years ago and it has been thirty years from his heyday in the 1980s. Everything is cyclical and Weird Al is showing that he still has some cheese on his fastball (to evoke my favorite Eckersleyism... hopefully the "weird" and you can see why he's been successful.

I've been racking my brain for hours trying to come up with anyone who has done it better. I can't think of anyone who has one of these:

Weird Al being weird - via The Atlantic

This has got me thinking about the value of being an expert versus being good in a lot of little things. I find it very difficult to focus on one or two things. I know this may not surprise anyone given my previous cheese tangent, but sometimes I feel like I have a little ADD, switching from one thing to the next. I think I see more value in getting somewhat proficient in a new skill than trying to squeeze the last ounce of perfection in a current skill such as blogging.

I've often wondered about how this translates to my blogging in general. Regular readers know that I usually don't take time to find an image and put it into article. In fact, and I hate to admit it, but I don't proofread many of articles. While it's easy to just say it's "Lazy being lazy", it's really because I've got a lot of other things going on. These other "things" often contribute to the very thing that I think get people to read my articles. For example, looking for investment properties is not quick or easy. However, having been there and done it, I can confirm it is a lot of work... but it also can deliver a large amount of "relatively" passive income.

To bring this back to Weird Al, I wonder if he's continually practicing his music to play better polka. My hunch is that he isn't. I'm sure he's continually trying to write better parodies and honing his craft there. I'd love to ask if he's trying to squeeze the last ounce of comedic genius out of his brain or if he's learning new skills because that's of interest to him. My hunch there is that it is the former.

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Posted on July 23, 2014.

Making Money in the Sharing Economy

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You may have heard the term sharing economy over the last few years. It can mean a lot of different things to different people, but I’ve come to use as a set-up start-up companies that allow you to rent resources that you aren’t currently using to others. Perhaps one of the most popular examples of […]

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Income Growth

Last updated on July 18, 2014.

Is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited A Good Deal?

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Amazon has just announced a new service, Kindle Unlimited.  For $10 per month, you get access to 600,000 books and 2000 audio books.  Is this a good deal? Well, first of all, in classic Amazon style, there’s a free 30 day trial.  Give it a spin and if you don’t like it, just cancel. What’s included […]

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Entertainment, Spending

Last updated on July 20, 2014.

WorldVentures and MLM Lawsuits

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Earlier this week I was alerted by my friend Amthrax about MLM company, WorldVentures, threatening a blogger. The target of the threat was Stephanie Yoder who writes a travel blog called Twenty-Something Travel. She was approached by an independent distributor for WorldVentures and wrote an article giving her opinion of it: WorldVentures: This is NOT […]

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MLM

Last updated on July 15, 2014.

Should You Leave Money to Your Kids?

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Let’s pretend for a minute that you are a rich celebrity with millions and millions of dollars. Would you leave the money to your children? Sting says he won’t in this article. Specifically Sting says: “I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. […]

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Kids, Money Management

Last updated on July 11, 2014.

Cable TV Boxes: The Sneaky Power Hog

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One of the most surprising things I’ve learned in the past few years is that cable boxes require a ton of electricity. (That statement came out sadder than I intended it to.) I was reminded of this recently by a great story in the LA Times. The small boxes can use as much as $8 […]

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Last updated on July 9, 2014.

Dehydrating Food Revisited

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Last week, I was in my basement digging for something and I came across my food dehydrator. If you have some kind of freaky memory, you may remember that I wrote Dehydrating Fruit for Fun… and Profit? last year. My conclusion was that it was a little bit of fun, and not that much profit. […]

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Food, Spending

Last updated on July 10, 2014.

Weird –> Rich + Happy

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When I was growing up, everyone strove to be “normal.” If you weren’t “normal”, you got beat-up or you didn’t get to hang out with the cool kids. It seems like being different is much more popular today. How else could you explain Lady Gaga’s success? Or maybe I feel it is more popular because […]

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Psychology

Last updated on July 11, 2014.

Is WakeUpNow a Scam?

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A few weeks ago, I had someone ask me what I thought about the MLM, WakeUpNow. Actually, Bill Kutras asked me about it in August of 2012. Two months earlier Russell Birtwistle tried to sell me on how it was “going to be a billion dollar company quickly.” I wasn’t very interested in looking at […]

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MLM

Posted on July 11, 2014.

How To Survive a Market Correction

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Sometimes when I read a title or headline of an article in a financial magazine, I think about what I’d write if tasked to write the article. The August 2014 of Kiplinger’s Magazine has a title across the top that says, “How To Survive a Stock Market Downturn.” My reaction was to write the second […]

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Last updated on July 7, 2014.

 
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