Freebie picks of the week

I’ve come across some website gems which I’d like to share with everyone.

  1. Open Yale Courses – Lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses are made available to the public free of charge via the internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.
  2. Finetune – In addition to its web-based player,  Finetune has a fantasic desktop application which enables Mac and PC users to listen to both Finetune and iTunes playlists, as well as search by name for favorite artists as well as get a custom radio station of their work.  I’m hooked on the David Cook radio channel.  =)
  3. Cookstr – Starting this month,  a new website will showcase the recipes of star chefs like Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, as well as those of less-well-known but highly regarded cookbook writers.  According to the NYTimes,  visitors to Cookstr can search for recipes using a wide range of parameters, from the more obvious — ingredients, season, occasion — to more specialized criteria, like lactose-free, kid-friendly or requires-only-one-pot-to-cook. The site will start with 2,500 recipes, most likely to increase to 10,000 within a year.   Go and sign up to their newsletter now. 
  4. Hulu –  Hulu offers shows from nbc, Fox, pbs and other channels, including free full episodes of SNL, The Daily Show, The Office and other hits the TiVo-less masses often miss, plus films like Ghostbusters, The Fifth Element and Lost in Translation.  Note, Hulu’s video library currently can only be streamed from within the United States.

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Midweek Reading & Freebies

 Here are some great articles from here and around the world.



  • Anatomy of a Marriage (BusinessWorld)
  • 10 Secrets To Help Your Children Handle This Financial Crisis (iVillage).  Key takeaway:  Reduce stress as a family.  “Whatever happens,  we’re together.  When all is said and done that really is what matters most.”
  • The Next Meltdown: Credit-Card Debt (BusinessWeek)
  • The New Age of Frugality (BusinessWeek):  “I can’t help the economy…I’ve got to help myself”.


  • Those With a Sense of History May Find It’s Time to Invest (NYTimes).  Key takeaway:  “Investors with a stomach for risk and a long time horizon should consider following Warren Buffet….we will perceive this (time) as being a great value-buying opportunity… the most important securities are being given away”.
  • Wall Street’s Big Bounce: Don’t Start Cheering Yet (Time).  “Wild swings to the upside may feel great, but they’re still wild swings”. 


  • The Next Meltdown: Credit-Card Debt (BusinessWeek)
  • Poor Countries Face A Different Kind of Crisis (Time).  “In many developing countries, the most urgent crisis is not what is happening in financial markets but what has happened in commodity markets.”


  • Live Frugal, Stop Complaining, and Be Happy (RatherBeShopping).
  • Your Happiness Project:  Don’t Follow the Stock Market too closely (TheHappinessProject)
  • Great Tips For Bargain Christmas Gift Giving (from the Gift Therapist)
  • Strategies to Deal with Unhappy Events (TheHappinessProject)
  • Seth Godin asks Is Effort a Myth? (SethGodin)  “While luck may be more appealing than effort, you don’t get to choose luck. Effort, on the other hand, is totally available, all the time.”

and finally…. 


Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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