Tuesday Tech: Shopping Smart for Social Good

We’re all conscious that our spending goes to support corporate donations at some point. We don’t always know how that works. So, if I shop at Walmart, I’m supporting… what? And my North Face jacket means… what? The always-wonderful Sunlight Foundation is trying to make it easier for you. All it takes is a bookmark on the browser you use (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, et cetera) and you can click the bookmark whenever you’re on your bank’s website. The tool …

This holiday, send a card to show you care

I spent a good portion of my Thanksgiving weekend signing my name to 30 some Christmas cards, adorned with two adorable sleeping Labrador Retrievers. Since I own a yellow Lab, and consider myself an animal supporter, I purchase my holiday cards through the American Kennel Club. It’s my hope that the donation will continue to encourage responsible dog ownership. In addition to the cards, the AKC provides return address labels and cute holiday stickers to dress up the envelope. But …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Tuesday, November 30

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we feel entitled to start thinking about snow. This gorgeous house is in Switzerland. Morning coffee, anyone? More snow-bound architecture here. Medicare payment cut to doctors postponed again – this time for 30 days: “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and the panel’s top Republican, Charles Grassley of Iowa, say they are working on a 12-month postponement that would give them time to devise a new system for paying doctors. It is estimated that …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Monday, November 29

(Sunrise, Deptford, UK. Via.) “Age discrimination is for real. It’s illegal for employers to discriminate based on age, but any older job-seeker knows it’s a fact of life.” “Snowbirds” – a bit heavy this year: “After a disastrous summer tourism season and a slower-than-normal fall, Northern and Midwestern visitors known as “snowbirds” already are flocking along the Gulf for the winter, filling up condominium parking lots and campgrounds with cars and RVs from states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.” Not …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Wednesday, November 24

(“A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling.” Via.) My worst nightmare: “An elderly woman has survived being trapped in her bathroom in Paris for 20 days, after the door lock jammed.” Your thoughtful read of the day: …

Tuesday Tech: Internet in the Backcountry

(via Adam Blomberg) For many of us who live in cities, it gets easy to forget just how much of the country is rural – no big cities, away from the highways, far from the airports, and with really spotty Internet access available. Broadband access, with all the data, information, and personal connections it can provide you, is fast becoming a critical need of the 21st century – and one not available through telcos in much of the US. It’s …