Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Linkfest: Thesis Edition

It's official -- I have turned in my thesis. YAY!

Except of course, then I get home and see a blog post that would be a PERFECT little nugget of information to include but I can't do anything about it because I've already turned it in. pffft.

There are rumors that postage is going up again in January -- as a WeddingBee blogger points out, this is good motivation to get the thank you cards out in a timely manner! (By the way, our invitations are going out TOMORROW. AAAAAAHHHHH!!!)

Also, passport fees are going up next week. This means that my calculations for how much it'll cost to change my name just shot up by $35. An increase from $75 to $110 is pretty steep!

There's something in this Fake Plastic Fish post that I love: If I were doing an experiment to see if I could live with zero new plastic for a month or a year, I could eliminate a lot more plastic than I actually do...But Fake Plastic Fish is not a temporary experiment.  It's been my life for the last 3 years, actually.  Living with as little plastic as possible is something I'm trying to sustain indefinitely...Working to reduce our plastic consumption and to get companies to change their packaging doesn't mean we have to give up everything we love all at once.  It just means we have to make hard decisions about what things are really important to us and what conveniences are ultimately unnecessary.

There's a fabulous description of trying to get out of those data aggregation sites on WiseBread. The verdict: it's easier to keep information off the web than remove it once it's there. Think twice before making any information about yourself public. Related, LifeHacker recommends using a pseudonym to better control your online reputation.

1 comment:

  1. How long ago was your passport issued? If it was less than a year ago you can get a new one with the name change for free.

    http://travel.state.gov/passport/correcting/ChangeName/ChangeName_851.html

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