Unexpectedly Intriguing!
December 8, 2006

We've been celebrating our two-year anniversary this week here at Political Calculations, which only partially accounts for our mad tool-posting spree! On Monday, we translated what Amazon.com's ranks mean in terms of number of books sold. On Tuesday, we posted our tool for figuring out how much time you could chop off your loans if you upped your regular payment.

Then, on Wednesday, we put very nearly the entire history of the S&P 500 at your fingertips - everything from the average index value for each month in the stock market index's history through June 2006 to the inflation-adjusted rate of return between any two dates! Big deal? You bet! Here's how Uncle Jack described it:

How would you like to compare any time span for the market with two clicks and get the answers you need with the third click? Sound too easy? Political Calculations has created the coolest, easiest to use tool, and your one stop free blog shop for S&P 500 data dating all the way back to 1926.

Better ad copy than we could ever write! The only alteration we would make would be to change "1926" to "1871". Surprise!

Yesterday, we took advantage of some of our rare spare time and took on the scourge of malaria! We posted two tools in one post that might help public health officials and private relief efforts better direct and target malaria control efforts in the regions of the world where the condition is endemic. Is it possible that we just did more for the impoverished peoples who must cope with the disease than Jeffrey Sachs and/or Angelina Jolie combined? We'll see....

We really have no idea what we're going to take on from one day to the next around here!

And here we are on Friday, all the stuff we did earlier this week means that we're going to push our regular weekly review of the best business, career, management and money-related blog carnivals off to Saturday, because we could use a day off before going back to our regular routine. See you tomorrow!

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