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What We’re Reading: July 30 – Aug. 5

Game theory and the debt ceiling, phantom vibrations, and a very narrow house

The debt ceiling negotiations are finally over and no one is happy. An article in Bloomberg/Business Week contends that according to game theory, it could not have ended any other way.

Fast Company explores the growing dependence we have with our mobile devices and the way we use them. Is it biological? And is there a growing backlash among the younger generation to the constant checking for messages and googling an answer when conversation stalls?

Robert Krulwich from NPR always has interesting stories to tell. This week he writes about a man who is building what could be the world’s narrowest house, wedged between two buildings in Poland. At its widest point it’s four feet across. At its narrowest, it’s just 28 inches, that’s the width of a front door. Click on the link for photos and more.

Having worked in a commercial real estate office, I can think of several agents who could have used the advice presented by CareerBuilder via CNN in Some Ways Not to Piss Off Your Coworkers. Speakerphone use was rampant. Not everyone wanted to know about your hot date last night or how sweet your new boat is.

Automated bill payment can keep you from racking up late charges, but it also can be a way for providers to sneak in extra fees or dings hoping you don’t notice. Yahoo Finance gives us 5 bills not to automate. Really it’s 5 bills not to automate and then forget. If you are careful to read your statement each month or make sure you know what a normal charge should be, you’ll be fine.

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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