Google questions

Q:  should you buy a house in good school district if you have no school age children

A:  Not necessarily.  On the one hand, houses in good school districts tend to retain their value better.  On the other hand, you get to pay higher property taxes for that privilege.  Finally, if you’re in a bad school zone and the district decides to switch up on you, you gain… but if you’re in a good school zone and the rug gets pulled out from under you, you lose.

Q:  do better schhol systems lead to higher property values

A:  Yes.

Q:  what is the word for folding socks together

A:  Round these parts we call it, “folding socks together”

Q:  can untenured agents get promoted state department

A:  We have no idea.

Q:  college professors get paind 12 months>?

A:  College professors generally only get pained 9 months unless they’re teaching summer school classes.  The other 3 months are for research, glorious research.

Q:  would you marry for money or love

A:  Love!

Q:  anyone use intopic media to replace adsense

A:  Probably, but not us.

Q:  do you want another kid

A:  Not after this one.

Q:  do lecturers get paid over summer

A:  Generally only if they are teaching summer classes.

Q:  what can i do for a living when a 9-5 makes me want to die

A:  If you figure that out, please let #2 know– she would very much like to make a living not doing 9-5.

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20 Responses to “Google questions”

  1. Kellen Says:

    I believe the searcher looking for answers about sock folding was looking for the answer “BALLIN’!”

  2. Cloud Says:

    RE: non 9 to 5 livings: if some of the contractors I work with are at all representative, one feasible approach is to get really good at computer programming and then work the hours you want from whatever location you want. One of our guys even takes October-December basically off every year. We work around this because he is such an awesome programmer.

    In general, I tend to agree with Cal Newport that the best way to have control over your work life is to get really, really good at something, so that you can basically dictate the terms of your employment. I’m not sure whether it would work with every skill- I, for instance, haven’t really gotten there as a project manager (although I think I may be getting close)- but I’ve certainly see it work with a wide range of technical skills. You’ll probably have to put in some years working in a more conventional style first, though, to build up a reputation.

    • rented life Says:

      hmmm…I’ll have to figure out what that skill is, as I don’t care for 9-5 either.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      If only there was something I was better than other people at!

      • Cloud Says:

        Cal Newport would say that the answer to that is deliberate practice! He had an interesting post awhile back picking apart the idea that some people are just naturally talented- he used musicians, and he basically argued that the great ones practice “better” than the average ones. I’ll try to dig it up later.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Isn’t it a combination of talent + hours worked (according to the Malcolm Gladwell book)? And doesn’t practice take time?

      • Cloud Says:

        Yes practice takes time, but his argument is that not all practice is equal. I can’t find the post I was thinking about with the musicians, but here is his post about the talent vs. practice issue:
        calnewport.com/blog/2011/12/02/is-talent-underrated-making-sense-of-a-recent-attack-on-practice/

        Personally, the strategy I’m considering is to pick something I’m already reasonably good at (whether that is natural talent or the result of prior practice is irrelevant at this point) and then purposefully practice to get great at it- or at least good enough that I can dictate my schedule. I’m not there yet, and I’m not even sure I’m in the right field to do it. This is the subject of much walk-time musing for me!

      • Cloud Says:

        Found it! Here is the article about the different ways elite music students vs. average music students practice:
        http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/11/11/if-youre-busy-youre-doing-something-wrong-the-surprisingly-relaxed-lives-of-elite-achievers/

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        hm, that’s kind of different than the Boice research which suggests stretching things out

  3. Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

    If you’re a well-funded faculty member in a medical school, you have minimal classroom and administrative duties and can set your own schedule. You do have to work pretty hard, but you totally make your own hours. And if you’re an efficient reader/writer, you don’t have to work that many hours.

  4. Holly@ClubThrifty Says:

    What to do for a living when your 9-5 makes you want to die? Please let me know when you find the answer to that question!!!

    • femmefrugality Says:

      I’d say figure out what you love and start doing that 9-5. Or get really good at something you hate but is really specialized so that you only have to work a few hours a week and get paid a ton of money for your time. Similar to those contractors mentioned above.

      • Cloud Says:

        Ah, my contractors have the best of both worlds. They love programming, get paid >$100/hour to do it, and can dictate their schedule. I often wonder why I didn’t stay straight techie and went into management. Technically, I make more money, but I have way less freedom.

        BUT- they are really, really good programmers. That’s the key.


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