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SuperFreakonomics by: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, is the follow-up to the highly successful Freakonomics, and easily one of the more entertaining books that I have read in a long, long time. I missed the Freakonomics bandwagon when it rolled through town several years ago and I’ve been kicking myself for that after I finished the first few pages of SuperFreakonomics. I will say that I am not an economist, and this is not an econ book that you would find in most collage econ classes (maybe for an extra credit assignment or something). This book is an entertaining, yet harrowing and intense read – it sheds some new light on some of the issues that are facing the world today and gave me a different perspective on things that I thought that I fully understood, yet apparently, I didn’t.
Some random examples of the serious and not so serious variety include:

The book opens with a chapter on Chicago prostitutes working with a pimp is financially more rewarding than a prostitute working alone. Additionally, high-end escorts have less actual sex the higher their rate is. Of course, I’m not a prostitute but I’m all about working less and making more.  Other topics that the book covers includes:

  • Lower birthrates in India when cable TV was introduced because of the autonomy of women.
  • Nobel Prize winners and baseball Hall of Famers live longer, as do annuity buyers because of incentive to collect more.
  • A child born in south-east Uganda and Michigan born in certain months are more likely to have issues due to the large Muslim population and Ramadan.

In the last chapter, Capuchin monkeys can be taught to use money, to not only “buy” food, but they will also pay a premium for food that they like more. In a bit of an unexpected turn, the last chapter circles back around to the first – with the first documented case of monkey prostitution.

This of course, is only a small glimpse into the book – everything mentioned above is fully explained in detail in the book. Even if the thought of monkey prostitution creeps you out, give a few chapters a whirl, I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed.

What Would Google Do?

If you’re only going to read two business books this year, this should be one of them.  The other should be Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk (more on that later).  What Would Google Do? is Jeff Jarvis’ analysis of what Google – one of the fastest growing and most powerful companies in the world of new media – did to get to where it is today.  It’s not just about what Google did and why though, Jarvis gives plenty of other real world examples of other companies that have used some of the Google techniques in their own business  plan to help them gain momentum and standout against the competition.

I only have two brief criticisms of the book. At times, the book might not seem to have direction – it’s organized, but could benefit from some re-orginzation. Additionally, it would have been nice if the author would have included a list of all of the websites listed in the book in one easy to use location. These are two very minor faults in a book that could change the way that you do business for the better. If nothing else, this book will open your eyes with real world examples of what Google and anyone who wants to be successful would do.

Happy New Year! 2010 Redux.

So I’m an idiot.  This may not come as news I know…  At the beginning of the year I relaunched this site and blog and somewhere between then and now I managed to hose the entire thing.  I’ve started setting things back up again and thankfully found this post in the Google cache so I’m reposting it.  Hopefully I won’t hose it again, and if I do, I’ll have plenty of backups to restore everything back to normal.  So without further adieu, here’s the post redux…

I figured that since I’ve neglected my domain name for far too long (several years now actually) it’s about time that I dust it off and clear out the cobwebs for the new year. After all, it doesn’t make much sense paying for a domain and hosting when most of the time it goes unused. Not to mention that there are several other Andrew Money’s in the world that might be able to make better use of the space.

To start the year off right, I’ve started the obligatory list of resolutions and things that I would like to do this year. As I revamp the site, I might move the list over into a nifty permeant list somewhere where I can track progress, edit and link to items as I complete them, etc. for now it’s here. So without further adieu my list of resolutions for 2010 (in no particular order):

  1. Revamp this site (as well as my other domains).
  2. Fully rehab my knee – at least to the point that I can walk at least 2.5 miles.
  3. Submit six new iPhone apps to the app store (for myself or other companies).
  4. Reconnect with friends and family more via Facebook.
  5. Tweet more (average at least 2x a day).
  6. Blog more (average at least 4 posts a week).
  7. Read more (average at least a book a month).
  8. Weigh less.
  9. Convert my spare bedroom into my office/man cave.
  10. Put my shop to work and build something out of wood (possibly to go with #9).
  11. Organize, organize, organize.
  12. Downsize, downsize, downsize.
  13. Donate what I can to Goodwill.
  14. Sell what I don’t need via eBay.
  15. Finish installing the other half of my irrigation system in the spring – the first half saved me a ton of water and the plants loved it.
  16. Recycle more.
  17. Convert any of my old VHS’s to DVD (home movies, camp movies, etc.).
  18. Scan my old camp and Philmont photos.
  19. Prune and update all of my contacts.
  20. Love more

Here’s to a great 2010 – enjoy the ride!

Second iPhone App Approved

Received approval email from Apple that my second iPhone app is approved- it’s not showing up in the store yet but will be soon. Stay Tuned!

Free iPhone App Codes

It’s Free Codes Friday! iPhone users, if you want a free copy of my BMI calculator, send me a msg and I’ll get you a code.

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