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11 Types of Friends You Absolutely Must Have

Some of us have a few close friends, while others seem to have dozens but may or may not be tight with everyone. As I thought about it more, I realized that we all need a core group of important people in our lives.


11 Types of Friends You Absolutely Must Have


A friend you can call at 3 AM who tells you "it's okay, I was up anyhow" even if they weren't.A friend that is a much better cook than youA friend that can diagnose the weird sound your car is making and tell you whether or not you actually need a mechanic.A friend that can do the same with your computer.A friend that owns a circular saw, an electric screwdriver, a nail gun, a hot glue gun, an extension cord, hedge clippers and leaves their garage unlocked.A friend who doesn't judge you when you tell them about your strange sex dreamA friend who likes black jelly beans and the pretzels in Chex mix.A friend who doesn't mind when you take a swig from their Gatorade/beer/Coke.A friend who knows how to fix it…

Sunfyre's Google Glass Fundraiser (a.k.a. shameless begging)

Well, Google Glass went on sale today for a limited time to the general public.

Unfortunately, I can't exactly spare $1500 right now.… Commence shameless begging!

I try not to play the "help the disabled guy" card.  It goes against my nature. But in this case, I figured I'd make an exception (at least this is how I'm rationalizing it in my own head).

Google Glass has amazing potential for people like me. I can't use my arms or legs any longer. I use my voice recognition software to type, design websites, write articles and marketing plans for clients.

In the era of smart phones, they aren't very friendly to people like me. Most of them can't be navigated with a mouse, and even Apple's Siri doesn't do a great job with voice activation. First, you have to press a button just to get her attention.

but with this device, which connects through my android phone, I'd be able to read email and navigate my basic telephone functions with wearable g…

Equal Pay for Women (Paycheck Fairness Act): an open letter to Sen. Toomey

Sen. Toomey,

Respectfully, I'd like to know exactly why our party chose to vote against S. 2199 (Paycheck Fairness Act).

This bill has broad support, in my opinion, among Republican voters. Yet, every single Republican voted against it in a clearly organized efforts.

I've read the text of the bill, and saw nothing alarming.

Could you please explain why the Republicans have chosen to take a stand against this bill?

I have 11-year-old children, twins, a son and a daughter.

While their talents lie in different areas, I would hope both would be paid equally for equal contributions, but today this isn't the case.

I believe, while there are legitimate reasons for a gender gap in pay rates, that the gap is skewed toward men, particularly in service and labor jobs where women make equal contribution.

The bill does take into account differences in experience and education.

To the voters, this seems like another example of partisan politics gone awry. If there are legitimate reason…

Scrap Tires

I'm a bit of a treehugger.  I try not to go into flaming environmental rage, but I make a conscience effort to do little things in my company and personal life to be a little greener.  The sheer magnitude of damage we create as humans makes saving the Earth a bit of an overwhelming task.

But it helps to put in perspective how waste adds up over time.  For example, below is a picture of tires.  Luckily these tires are being kept at a recycling center in Germany ready to be ground into bits and mixed into concrete.  The Europeans have done a better job than us when it comes to re-using waste.  These tires will be material for road asphalt and construction materials someday.

It's not a perfect solution.  Burning them destroys the rubber, but damages the air.  Re-using them keeps them out of landfills temporarily, but eventually everything ends up in the trash.  Until we figure out how to make tires out of bamboo or hemp, they will continue in some form for a thousand years or s…