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The essence of Ryoan-ji: the Rock Garden.

22 Days in Japan, Day 16: Zen and the Art of Staring at Rocks

Day 16? Already? Six days left. Normally, my goal each day is just to see as much as possible. But today I’ve got a different goal: to be enlightened. I’m referring to Ryoan-ji, of course.

Haha: get your Amazon gift cards at Best Buy!

Punk’d: Get your Amazon gift cards – at Best Buy

I haven’t been a serious shopper at Best Buy for a long, long time. The last time I went there to buy something (not including the time I stopped by to pick up a free man-shaped USB hub), George Bush was still president. That was the Golden Age of Best Buy, a time when clearance items flowed like cheap wine at rock-bottom prices, and the employees were blissfully ignorant.

Time to visit Todai-ji.

22 Days in Japan, Day 15: Nara

I wake up a little after 10 o’clock on Day 15. I’m still in Kyoto, still in a ryokan called IchiEnSou. Unfortunately, it looks like everyone else left already.

Dominion: Engaging and infinitely replayable.

Dominion is this decade’s Magic: The Gathering

I am not, admittedly, a huge board or card gamer. My collection consists of two different versions of Scrabble, a fifteen-year old Jenga set, and a Battle of the Sexes board game that was “left” at my house just before the owner moved to another state.

It's Amazon EC2 to the rescue!

Gaming Amazon EC2 to get more web hosting for less

Like countless others, my web sites are running under Amazon EC2, the cloud-based web service. It has been, at least for anything above the free “micro” tier, rock solid. But the costs are certainly not the cheapest cloud hosting around. How do you get around that?

The Fidelity Investment Rewards credit card offers 2% cash back on everything.

The Fidelity Investment Rewards Credit Card Gives You 2% on All Purchases. The End

The world of 2% cash back credit cards is pretty small. The king of the hill used to be the Charles Schwab Invest First Visa, which offered a 2% cash back reward automatically deposited into a brokerage account. Unfortunately, late last year that card went the way of the dinosaurs.

A river separates downtown Kyoto and rustic Gion.

22 Days in Japan, Day 14: Kyoto, Kiyomizu, and Kesha

The day starts out like any other day, with me eating the same orange juice and pastry combo that I’ve been having since Day One (minus that one day I accidentally bought a curry donut). But it ends on a much higher note.

Personal Finance2/21/2011

ThankYou Rewards Now Has $100 Gift Cards for 10,000 Points

Citi’s ThankYou Network rewards program is currently selling $100 gift cards for 10,000. This is huge, particularly if you have a Citi Forward credit card for the possible 5% redemption opportunity, but any card that uses the ThankYou program can benefit as well.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: A Mini-Review

11 Years Later: A Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review

11 years. Not 11 years of development, but 11 long years nonetheless, for a sequel to one of the most groundbreaking 2D fighting game in the history of fighting games.

This is your brain on arbitrage.

The Art of the Arbitrage (or, selling stuff for more than you paid for it)

One month before the Playstation 3 was released, I was lying on a blanket, camped out in front of a Toys ‘R Us. Excluding bathroom breaks, I’d be in the same spot for the next eighteen hours. But those eighteen hours would also net me more than 1500 dollars in profit. It was the start of my six-month stint as a full-time game console arbitrageur.

Don't let your website migration turn into this.

Things to Remember When Migrating a Website

After undergoing a multi-site migration only to watch things crash and burn, I’ve come up with a checklist of what to remember when migrating a website.


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