Smart people acting dumb

by Becky

We all know people that seem smart in whatever realm they need for their job but not particularly clever overall. This article touches on rationality as a cognitive component separate from intelligence, as well as people relying on gut instinct over evidence. Do you think being rational is a separate skillset from general intelligence?

Why the smartest people can make the dumbest mistakes


Gaming the college financial aid system

by Becky

We frequently discuss here whether the cost of some schools is worth the premium price for those of us who make too much to qualify for much financial aid but not enough to afford exorbitant tuition. Here is an article on how some families have decided to game the system. Your thoughts? How far would you go to make school affordable for your kids?

Parents Are Giving Up Custody of Their Kids to Get Need-Based College Financial Aid
First, parents turn over guardianship of their teenagers to a friend or relative. Then the student declares financial independence to qualify for tuition aid and scholarships.

What’s new in the world of laundry?

by Becky

I’m not posting a link to the product here because I don’t want people doing a search for it to end up here, but I was at Costco this weekend and saw the LG Styler. It is a steam closet for your clothes that would go in your laundry room. You put your clothes in and close the door, and the lovely machine freshens them up for you. There was a contraption in the door to hold slacks and press them. I was enthralled with this thing and am trying to find a justification to buy it. What items make your laundry life easier, other than making other families do it?