The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Netflix Edition

Earlier this week, I made an offhand reference to the fact that my wife and I have watched several entire sci-fi series on Netflix streaming at a roughly three-episodes-a-week pace. Several readers wrote in and asked for what series we had watched, so I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of the series we’ve watched while being Netflix streaming subscribers. The links below go straight to Netflix, so you can add them to your instant queue.

Doctor Who (new seasons one, two, three, and four)
Torchwood
Battlestar Galactica (seasons one, two part one, two part two, three, four part one, and four part two)
Bones (seasons one, two, three, four, and five)
Lost (seasons one, two, three, four, five, and six)
Flashforward

Watching these shows a few times a week serves as our “date night.” We’ll turn off all the lights in the family room, pop some popcorn, and cuddle up on the couch for forty or fifty minutes of non-commercial-interrupted escapism (and usually fifteen minutes of plot and character discussion afterwards as we trudge off to bed).

Are You Jumping On The Self-Employed Bandwagon? While there are some very good points here, I think this article tries to create a dichotomy where there is one. For me, the entire point of dabbling in self-employment/small-scale entrepreneurship is to create new income streams so that if something goes wrong with one of them (like losing your job), you’re not in a disastrous situation. It’s not just a choice between self-employment and not-self-employment. (@ passive income now)

How Much is True Love Worth? This is more interesting for me from the perspective of how much of a person’s life they’re willing to hand off to professionals to solve a specific problem. I could write a whole article on this. (@ consumerism commentary)

Why are Friends and Family Always Asking For Free Service? My perspective is that it’s a “familiarity breeds contempt” situation. In other words, if you don’t know anyone personally who can do the service, it seems arcane and difficult and worth paying for. On the other hand, if your Cousin Eddie can do it, it can’t be anything too special, so why should they pay for it? In fact, why shouldn’t Cousin Eddie just do it? (@ investor junkie)

What Is Your Personal Debt Ceiling? This was a brilliant transformation of a hot political issue into some worthwhile personal finance insight. (@ frugal dad)

How to Be the Most Memorable Person in the Room If you’re at a job fair, an interview, a conference, a convention, a party, or any other situation where it’s beneficial to stand out, these points of advice are for you. (@ erica douglass)

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