Got An Extra One Thousand Dollars?

Have an extra thousand dollars on hand? If so, don’t underestimate the value of those few dollars; even if you’re already invested or saving on a regular basis. A $1000 bucks can get you a session with a financial adviser who can go over your finances and recommend a course of action. Typically, this will include a portfolio review, a budget and cash flow analysis, a look at your insurance policies as well as your retirement savings plan.thousand dollars

However, you should seek out an adviser who has a flat fee or rates of less than $200 per hour. The process should take no more than three to four hours. Attend that meeting with clear and precise objectives and take along a list of your assets and liabilities. The financial adviser may need them to construct a personal plan for you. You don’t want to waste your time or money – so be prepared.

A second option, for that one thousand dollars is a getaway or weekend vacation to some island in the Caribbean. The fall and winter months are the perfect time to take off to places like the North Carolina outer banks, the British Isle or Bermuda. This is the time when prices are at their lowest and the “fewer than a thousand dollar deals” are plentiful. In order to find the best ones, you might visit sites like gotobermuda.com or travel.com – there you may be able to pick up on fall specials and free night deals.

A third option for that thousand dollars, hire someone to unclutter your parents’ house, because it’s bursting at the seams with clutter and old memories – decades of it! You been trying for years to get them to get rid of some of that stuff, but to no avail – so save your breath, don’t go crazy.  Hire a professional organizer (find one at napo.net) for them. Mom and Dad may listen more to an outsider when it comes tossing out that stuff.

Have them focus on the basement, garage, and living room.  Stuff may be piled up there.  This should run you somewhere in the range of Five Hundred to one Thousand dollars.

Finally, live out a dream and go play in a fantasy world – try one of those adult camps, which cost in the neighborhood of one thousand dollar, which includes airfare: “the four-day Adult Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala. ($650); the Culinary Institute of America’s two-day Wine Lovers Boot Camp in St. Helena, Calif. ($895); or the one-day World Poker Tournament camp in Vegas ($895).”

Panning For Gold

Have you ever ask yourself why a huge number of folks have gold and silver fever? Perhaps it’s because they realize that our government has too much debt and it’s getting more and more difficult to pay it off. Not only that, but inflation is high while the various world currencies are losing value on a daily basis. Debt is so massive that it’s nearly impossible to expect payment in many circumstances.

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Today, banks must have huge amount of money in order to remain competitive. And yes, you too must have more money today to survive that you did five years ago because of high prices. How do you cover yourself against inflation? The answer is simply – you do so with precious metals. There are many reasons, but most importantly:

• You protect your purchasing power as inflation rise with gold or silver
• You are protected if and when banks collapse
• You are protected when currencies are devaluated
• You will be better protected if there is an economic crisis in other developed nations
• You are protected against any outrageous actions by our government or if it stop printing paper money
• Owning precious metal today is trendy and less risky than paper money

Perhaps these are the reasons that so many have now taking up the hobby of panning for gold in the state of California. Go north to south and you will find individuals panning for this precious metal because as the story goes, the state of California contains 70% more now than it did one hundred and fifty years ago.

Moreover, this year is said to be especially good for finding this metal because of all the heavy rains last winter. In many instances, the rain waters dislodged trees and boulders – some releasing pockets of the precious mineral.

However, if you decide to try panning you might want to check with the local Forest Service and then bring along a friend who is experienced.  If not, take lessons on  gold panning because the task is said to require a lot of finesse.

The Passenger Drone

Ehang Inc., a Chinese based company has introduced the first drone that’s capable of supporting a passenger known as “Ehang 184.” The company unveiled the new gadget during the CES Technology show in Las Vegas earlier this month. The new machine resembles a small helicopter, but unlike a helicopter it  weighs only 440 pounds and just 18 feet long –  has four double propellers like most other drones.  It is powered by electricity and can be charged in just two hours.

Amazingly enough, this new gadget can carry as much as 220 pounds and fly for more than 20 minutes.  It has a cabin that an individual can fit into, air conditioning, even a light for reading.  When the propellers are folded upward the machine can fit into a regular street parking space.drone

Since the US government recently starting implementing new guidelines for these gadgets, those built for passengers are certain to be well scrutinized.  The Ehang184 can fly as high as 1000-1650 feet; w/maximum altitude of 11,500 feet and at a maximum speed of 63 miles an hour.

The Ehang 184 uses such smart intelligence that those piloting it only have to give a couple of commands; one for take-off and one for landing both powered by a single click to a Microsoft surface tablet; there are other manual controls. The new drone has been tested dozens of times inside China in forest areas, and with a passenger inside.

A cofounder, Chief Financial Officer Shang Hsiao said “the company hopes to sell the device for $200,000 to $300,000 beginning this year but acknowledged it occupies a legal “grey area.” “The whole world never had something like this before,” he said relative to the drone.    (AP Photo/John Locher)

Oculus Creates Rift in Fan Base

Virtual reality has been the stuff of science fiction for decades. Many people have dreamt of the concept for many years, but so far that is all it has been—a dream. At least, it was a dream. That’s right, as of Wednesday January 6, 2016; the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been available for pre-order. But at what price does the Rift go for? The headset can be yours for only $599 USD, but that’s not including shipping and handling.

Many enthusiasts of the Oculus Rift were surprised when the price was announced, especially when the prototypes had cost nearly half of that price, at $350. The announcement caused a rift (for lack of a better word) in the fan base. Some defended the price point, stating that it was only fair since the Oculus Rift was new technology that was not oculusavailable to consumers anywhere else. Others were against the price. They referred to a claim from the founder, Palmer Luckey about the headset. During the prototype stage of development, when the Oculus Rift developer kit cost $350, the company put out a statement saying that the finished product would be “roughly that $350 ballpark.”

On Wednesday, when the price was announced, Luckey apologized for the earlier statement on Reddit, stating:

“In a September interview, during the Oculus Connect developer conference, I made the infamous “roughly in that $350 ballpark, but it will cost more than that” quote. As an explanation, not an excuse: during that time, many outlets were repeating the “Rift is $1500!” line, and I was frustrated by how many people thought that was the price of the headset itself. My answer was ill-prepared, and mentally, I was contrasting $349 with $1500, not our internal estimate that hovered close to $599 – that is why I said it was in roughly the same ballpark.”

The Oculus Rift may cost more than some originally anticipated, but it still exists. The stuff of sci-fi is here. For some, this will mean a few more months of saving up for the headset. Hopefully, the experience of the Oculus Rift will be worth the price of admission.

Photo Credit: oculus.com

CES Annual Technology Tradeshow

At the 49th Annual CES Technology Tradeshow this year, customers are getting a glimpse into the future.  There are newcomers introducing new gadgets, ideas, products and technologies that we haven’t dreamt of.   The next great technology stars and future millionaires are making their big debut at this year’s tradeshow.

“With 2.4 million square feet of space and so many categories from robotics to 3D printing to drones and driverless cars, there is a lot going on,” Gary Shapiro, chief executive of the Consumer Technology Association told ABC News.

In Las Vegas, the 49th Annual CES Technology Tradeshow officially opened on January 6th and runs through the 9th, but the ABC news team did some preliminary checks on the latest technologies before the event kicked-off.

If you’re wondering what the talk will be about at the end of the week about this technology tradeshow? Here is one of the biggest game changers that have been unveiled as of date.  It’s called the Spün and is scheduled to launch this summer.  It could be great for those watching their diet or those who just want to eat healthier.  If you check the tech news throughout the week you’ll see other ideas, products and unconventional gadgets that could become every day habits in our lives well into the future.technology-tradeshow

More on the Spün – “By taking a picture, it identifies the food on your plate and then you start eating,” Rayan Najeeb, one of the co-founders of Spün, told ABC News.

Article & Photo Credits:  Aylesse Newcomb, ABC News

At a price of only $75, an individual would get “a smart handle with three attachments (for a spoon or fork) and then two recyclable heads that can also be used.” All working in conjunction with an app that lets the individual who is eating know what the caloric contents are in each bite, including how much protein, fats and carbohydrates are in their meal. In addition, Najeeb said “it can also act as a pacer to let you know if you have room for dessert.”  Yes, I believe this year’s  technology tradeshow will be one of the best ever.

Inside Feud – Trump vs Samuel Jackson

“In the January issue of Rhapsody magazine, prolific actor Samuel L. Jackson spoke about golfing with Donald Trump. The “Hateful Eight” star said the two weren’t “buddies” or “friends,” but that they had played together.

When asked who was the better golfer, the “Pulp Fiction” star said, “Oh, I am, for sure. I don’t cheat.”

 

Seems that was all the GTY_trump_jackson_jef_160106_12x5_1600ammunition Trump was looking for. The Republican presidential candidate fired back on Twitter on Tuesday, writing, “I don’t know @Samuel L Jackson, to best of my knowledge haven’t played golf w/him & think he does too many TV commercials—boring. Not a fan.”

Jackson, 67, confirmed he knew the front runner during an interview earlier in the week with ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers,” saying, “I have golfed with Trump a few times.” But he added that the front runner does not have his vote.

Anthony Anderson who is  star of “Blackish” responded that he was with the two of them when they played the game and wrote, “C’mon @realDonaldTrump you played Golf with @SamuelLJackson and me as well. We also had lunch together! shrimp and hot dogs. sound familiar?”

Credit: Michael Rothman – ABC News

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