Think before you oppose an idea

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road”

— Voltaire

Recount the times where you said someone’s idea was bad. Are those idea really bad or was it threatening your current way of doing things? Some ideas could lead to great outcomes if you hadn’t slam and discourage its owner.

Mac users steered to pricier hotels

So if you’re a Mac user to get the more expensive hotels. Very smart. I am honored to be perceived as the more affluent.

On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels

Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.’s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.

The Orbitz effort, which is in its early stages, demonstrates how tracking people’s online activities can use even seemingly innocuous information—in this case, the fact that customers are visiting Orbitz.com from a Mac—to start predicting their tastes and spending habits.

This is one site I will avoid shopping. Sorry, I’m a bloody cheapskate.

Define your terms

What do you think of Voltaire’s quote?

“If you wish to converse with me, define your terms”

— Voltaire

My take is, yes, you should define the terms, it does help in the discussion. But it still doesn’t stop terms from being redefined in the middle of the discussion. Presumably, as discussion continues, in the long run, there should be sufficient consensus in the terms to both parties. However that is hardly in my case.

Stop receiving paper bills

Get sent bills? If you are discipline enough to pay your bills online every month, consider getting electronic bills instead. And why?

  1. You save on paper and do your part on conservation, making Earth a better place
  2. You no longer to open envelopes which takes up time and your bills often comes with additional advertisements that is thicker than the  bill itself
  3. You never have to feel compelled to file them because electronic bills are archived online already

So just get rid of paper bills altogether. It makes you more free since you have lesser to do. You can dedicate your time on the littles things you plan to do but didn’t, such as in my case getting a wardrobe. Doing little things an hour a day will get you closer to what you envision.

The bonus is having to deal with lesser physical items. If you still get paper bills, consider throwing away the less important ones after you paid the bill. As much as possible, file as little as possible. This reduces unnecessary worries.