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May 21, 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, May 21, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we present the best posts we found in the best of the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals!

Having literally reviewed hundreds of blog carnivals since the inception of OMM, we've developed a pretty good sense of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to what makes a good blog carnival. So believe us when we say that the Carnival of HR this week is simply awful.

It's not haiku-awful, or special-event-themed-awful, or even auto-pilot-awful, but rather awful in the sense that stumbling upon some random individual's Facebook post describing the house party they had last night might be awful. Lots of inside "here's this person I know and how they relate to me" type stuff, with absolutely no reason provided that would justify clicking through the links to the posts contributed to the carnival by these same people.

It's kind of like watching the opening credits of the most recent season of Saturday Night Live, where you see all these images of apparently-talented people being mildly amused while at some sort of party out on the town, but with the unsettling realization that it's really unlikely that you'll be entertained by anything that follows if you keep watching.

In one sense, that's good, because we now have defined a new level of bad for blog carnivals. More appropriately, it's bad, because the host didn't provide any real reason for us to click through any of the carnival's links, so the carnival itself didn't make the cut.

Thank goodness for all the other blog carnivals that had their acts together this week! The best posts we found in the week that was await you below!...

On the Moneyed Midways for May 21, 2010
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Tracking Your Personal Net Worth Digerati Life The Silicon Valley Blogger considers a New York Times' article on the obsession some people have developed for tracking their net worth as the measure for their financial health and considers a number of sites that have benefited from it. Along the way, she celebrates her 4 millionth site visit and explains why so many personal finance bloggers prefer to be anonymous (we totally understand!) Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Personal Finance Is Simplicity Overrated in Investing? The Oblivious Investor Mike Piper weighs the pros and cons of keeping one's investment portfolio simple, finding that in some cases, it pays more to go with greater complexity.
Best of Money Is Retirement Like a Beer Commercial with White Hairs? Single Mom, Rich Mom JacqJolie wonders why we expect retirement will be like what the ads for mutual funds or senior vacation packages suggest, when we don't expect that the parties we go to will be like what we see in beer commercials….
Cavalcade of Risk Anti-depressants and Fiscal Stimulus? Healthcare Economist Jason Shafrin compares what studies into anti-depressants are now revealing with government stimulus programs - they might originally have been intended for short term use, but over time, they become permanent fixtures, failing to cure the conditions for which they were prescribed. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Festival of Frugality My Six Favorite Ways to Keep Expenses to a Minimum Frugal Babe If you want to keep from spending lots of money unnecessarily over time, the Frugal Babe suggests: driving an old car, get the cheapest housing you can, don't shop for entertainment, cook at home from scratch, buy secondhand and don't give in to buying the things your kids "want!"
Festival of Stocks Buy Sell or Hold Bridgewater Systems (TSX: BWC) with Daniel Lee of M Partners Investing Thesis Arjun Rudra interviews Daniel Lee, who provides the skinny on Canadian tech company Bridgewater Systems, which has found a unique market niche in the world of networks and smart phones.
Money Hackers Carnival 5 Crazy Ideas That Resulted in Million Dollar Paydays Len Penzo dot Com Len Penzo reviews unlikely product ideas that turned out to be real profit makers, including: the Million Dollar Homepage, AntennaBalls, FitDeck, Lucky Break Wishbones and Doggles!

OMM's Running Index for 2010

Presented in reverse chronological order....

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