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If you haven’t virtually-or-otherwise met the fabulous Carol Sill or Isabella of AlphaBlogs, here they are, teaching my fellow-rookie Craig and me the 101s of blogging (whatever I’m doing right is likely thanks to them):


ps – do either of you happen to know the answer to this:

I know for sure I’ve had a bunch of good incoming links recently (eg., Isabella, when you listed a bunch of your commentors on your blog, recently) but they’re not showing up on my wordpress dashboard as incoming links.

Incoming links = a bit of googlejuice so I’m dismayed by this. Any ideas what’s (not) happening?

MJ (aka ‘urbanista’), Vancouver’s coolest and geekiest (in the best sense of the word) realtor and I have teamed up to create a podcast called SavvyGreen.

The mission is to provide info on living and contributing to a sustainable, affordable, eco-friendly lifestyle in Vancouver.

Have a listen to our first episode!

One way to become eligible to collect employment insurance benefits is to set up a corporation and become its employee. According to the EI Act, in order to qualify as an EI insurable employee of the corporation, you must not control more than 40% of its voting shares. And you must maintain an arm’s length relationship with any shareholder who controls the voting shares of the corporation, which rules out spouses and other family members as controlling shareholders.

Basically, incorporation will enable you to participate in the EI program if you hand over control of your business to someone outside your family and your employment conditions are equivalent to those of any other employee in a similar position.


Have an accounting question? Submit it as a comment so it can be answered in a future “Ask an Accountant” entry.


latte.jpgOK – time for the truth! how did you do?

I definitely did not keep to the plan 100%, but absolutely for sure, ate at home a lot (!) more than I usually would.

What’s shocking is that even eating at home more than usual … there were still quite a few meals out.

What I learned:

1. To build in a pressure – release, ie., to give myself permission to eat out at least once/week. That’s simply acknowledging my ‘real world’.

2. That it requires forethought. I frequently did not have appropriate groceries, and more specifically, I need a lot of grab-and-go stuff. Slow-cooking? Love the concept. Love it. But not in my real world, right now.

3. That it felt a lot better than eating out. Despite the slips, I made a point of eating at home and it felt good. I enjoyed everything about it – liked the food better. Liked being at home better. Liked not spending the money better.

I reckon I saved between $100 – $150. If I got better, that would be at least $200/month = flight to europe and then some, over a year.

Over to my fellow participants! How did you do? Leave a comment, and at the end of the week I’ll draw for the $25.

So Darren Barefoot (a legend in Vancouver) got this great idea on how all of us who acquired any great music … uh….errr… via less than fully legitimate means can pay back the artist (note: not the record company, if you, like him, think they’re evil).

Here’s the deal: you visit his new site, DearRockers, write the artist you’ve offended an “oops! Sorry!” letter, scan and upload the letter to the site, and send the letter with $5. Now that’s what I call entering the party season with good karma!

Axl RoseHere are some hilarious excerpts:

Dear Whitney,
I remember listening to your music and I thought “GOD DAMN, here is a woman that can sing and is going places”. Even though the only place you have gone is to rehab, I still love your music. I would send you $5, but I know that will just go to crack. So instead I am donating $5 to the local orphanage. I figure they can make a lot out of a little. Don’t worry though, I will always love you. Just like your song.

Dear Axl,
There are a lot of musicians I could have sent this money to; people lke Bob Mould or Henry Rollins or Robert Plant, whose music graced the mix tapes of my youth. But I figured out of all of them, you could probably use the money the most.

Dear Billy Joel,
I should tell you that, about a decade ago, I taped some of the songs from your “greatest hits” album off a friend’s tape. The songs “My Life” & “Moving Out” served as the perfect inspirational soundtrack for a 20-year old aspiring actor, just beginning her career in the Big Apple.

So if you’ve ever downloaded, burned a cd, or (any readers old enough?) taped an LP, you know what to do!

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