Round Up: Perpetual Motion Edition

by JT McGee

Perpetual motion is an interesting phenomenon. Absolutely impossible in every sense of the word impossible, there are plenty of people still willing to call it real.

Now, the loonies that think they can create it do make some awesome YouTube videos. Here’s an example:

That video and machine is so something I would have made as a kid. I probably would have proudly declared it perpetual motion, even though it isn’t. Anyway, there’s no way to create energy from nothing. But it does make for a better YouTube.

School update: Geology is way harder than expected. So much to memorize. I should have taken chemistry. With the exception of a little memorization, it’s all basic algebra. I can swing that.

Stuff to Read

  1. Find out who your representatives are with this new tool from
  2. Boomer and Echo talk about Snowbirds, which are the Canadians you see littering America’s beautiful coast line every year. Conversely, if Americans flood into Canada, we should be named Humiditybirds. Look how complicated our tax code makes even the most simple of vacations on American coastline. Interesting discussion in the comments.
  3. Darwin talks about how you’re probably wealthier (by income) than you think.
  4. IAm1Percent talks about avoiding non-value added activities.
  5. KrantCents explains how you can market your home.

Stuff I wrote Elsewhere

  1. Winners and Losers from QE3 at Darwin’s Money.
  2. ETFs that Rocketed after QE3 Announcement at ETF Base.
  3. Alpha in Investing at Investor Junkie.
  4. Why the Street Hates Utility Stocks at The College Investor.
  5. ETFs vs. Individual Stocks at 20s Finances.

And just now I realized how much stuff I write. I’ll admit it, I’m just getting my name out there to sell you all life insurance and bloated 12-b1 mutual funds later. (I’m so kidding.) I’m currently looking for real estate guest posts.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Echo September 21, 2012 at 08:41

JT, you’re everywhere on the web these days. Thanks for the mention – do Canadian snowbirds invade your state in the winter?


JT McGee September 21, 2012 at 08:53

The more places the better, right?

Ha! If you end up in my state for a vacation, you’ve really screwed up. I live in “flyover” or “drive through” America. If you ever find yourself driving through Indiana/Kentucky/Illinois on your way south, let me know. We’ll grab a beer so you can drive with a good buzz the rest of the way!


PK September 21, 2012 at 10:42
krantcents September 21, 2012 at 16:29

Thanks for the mention. When I took Geology, it was easy. The students referred to it as “rocks for jocks”. The geology majors went to work for the oil companies, but the survey classes were easy.


JT McGee September 21, 2012 at 17:08

Haha, most of the people in Geology are in there for that reason. He’s super interested in the material – and I tend to really like the guy – but he stated on day one that his goal was to make us geology majors. Should have taken notice then.

Anyway, for the most part, it is exceptionally easy – especially the labs. I have a feeling his tests are his way to compensate for that fact. For instance, I have no idea what rocks at the Grand Canyon were created at the same time as rocks where I live. Quite frankly, I couldn’t care less – but it was a question on a test. Now that I’ve taken his first test, I should have a better idea of what kind of information I should try to retain, even if only for the test.


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