I am long overdue for a Web Favorites Roundup and I was tagged by I’ve Paid for This Twice Already for this book meme currently running around the Internet. I happen to have two books nearby, both of which I have recently finished reading:

The rules for the book meme are as follows – grab the nearest book that has at least 123 pages, open it to page 123, count down 5 sentences, then type the next three sentences here.

Since The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class only has 112 pages I will go with The Richest Man in Babylon. By the way, I highly recommend both of these books and I will be publishing reviews soon.

So here are the 3 sentences following the first 5 sentences from page 123 of The Richest Man in Babylon.

I’ll kill ‘em. Then Megiddo spoke up, ‘It doesn’t make sense to me to talk of masters beating willing, hard-working slaves to death. masters like good slaves and treat them well.’

Wow! I bet those 3 sentences have you wondering what is going on. Well, they are part of the long story of how a man went from being a slave (because he was in debt) and worked his way to becoming to the richest man in Babylon.

Now it’s my job to tag 5 other bloggers to participate in the book meme. Hopefully I’m not double tagging anyone, but I’m too lazy to make sure I’m not.  :)

Weekly Web Favorites

The possible Microsoft takeover of Yahoo has been big news lately. Personally, I have serious doubts that it will turn out to be a success, but I would love to see a stronger competitor to Google so I am cautiously optimistic. Web Worker Daily published an excellent roundup of that covers just about every angle of this deal. Also see this excellent table of all of the overlapping services Yahoo and Microsoft currently have (big reason why I think this merger wouldn’t go well).

The proposed economic stimulus package has been big news lately too. Early Retirement Extreme digs in deeply below the surface with an excellent analysis of the problems that need to be solved in our economy and why this stimulus package won’t get the job done. Also, since I’m not going to say no to the money, I really enjoyed reading the details about the current proposed stimulus plans by Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

While those big picture news stories are great to follow, I like to have something practical to work on too. See this post at Being Frugal about how to make some homemade cleaning products. I think this is a good way to save some money and reduce the clutter in your cabinets by not buying lots of expensive cleaning products. Probably better for the environment too….if you are one of THOSE people.  :)

How about one more link for good measure. If you haven’t read the famous Abraham Lincoln letter to his lazy brother, be sure to check this great breakdown by The Frugal Dad. It really is a must read.