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Using Credit Cards Means Buying Two Products Instead Of One

Americans are in the habit of using credit cards to buy almost everything that’s for sale these days, but they don’t often know a lot about the cost of using them. I was reminded of this when I saw a tweet from a hockey writer today:

How is it legal for a gas station to charge different prices for cash and credit? What a sham.
@jessespector
Jesse Spector

Now, I’m not 100 percent certain that Jesse was in a place where gas was cheaper when purchased with cash. It could’ve been the other way around – that is, a place where cash was more expensive. But I doubt it. (Continued)

Finally, An Attractive Online Writing Portfolio

Jason Kirk writing portfolio at Contently

Contently allows me to present my writing portfolio in an attractive graphic format, sortable by publisher, with tracking of comments and social shares

I’ve been creating content on the internet for the better part of a decade now. It keeps me busy. I’m almost embarrassed to say that even though I write so much, until recently I’ve neglected putting together a proper online writing portfolio. (Continued)

Fantasy Hockey Is Back at Fantasy Sports Live

The return of the NHL this weekend means the return of fantasy hockey. I’ve gotten in on the action with a couple of groups over at Yahoo – one locally with my wife and some old friends, and two with hockey bloggers from the FanSided network - but those are strictly for fun. Fantasy Sports Live is where I’ll be playing my fantasy hockey for cash. (Continued)

Do Your Research

As those of you who know me are well aware, I’m a pretty big Nashville Predators fan. (Even when they’re not playing because of another lockout – but that’s a matter for another day.) I’m lucky that one of the best NHL blogs out there, On The Forecheck, happens to be focused on the Preds. I read it most days to keep up with what’s going on in all things Nashville hockey. The guy behind OTF, Dirk Hoag, recently started up another site, Working The Net, which focuses mostly on SEO and social media. A few weeks back he put up a post about a blogger outreach program run by Firehouse Subs and how it stood out from the crowd of emails a blogger often gets from people wanting him (or her) to hawk their product. He also offered a $10 gift card to Firehouse to a random commenter and then picked my comment, so I have a nice lunch awaiting me the next time I’m out and about.

That post came to mind today when I got a lazy email release at my personal address from a PR flack with a Washington, D.C. cell phone number publicizing a photo-op where local middle class families would thank our local congressman, who was just re-elected in a landslide, for “protecting” them. (Continued)

I Voted Yesterday…I Think

I don’t have any inside knowledge regarding what goes on in today’s American schools, but when I was growing up in the 1980s and ‘90s I was taught that there’s no more precious right in this republic than the right to vote. (Continued)