I can balance my checkbook and maintain a budget and generally understand what happens to my money when I put in the bank. Generally. Maybe they taught all the crazy stock market, FED rate type stuff in college economics. I myself was too busy partying and taking classes like “The Alexander Technique” and “Documentarians and Their Work” to bother with practical stuff like Economics.

I mean no offense to the 1 in 1,000,000th person who’s heard of the Alexander Technique and reads my blog. Honestly, I learned a lot from that class and am still trying to improve my posture with it. I’ve also made a delightful past time of watching documentaries. What I’m saying here is that there is a reason I had to go to grad school. My liberal arts education where they allowed me to run my own show at 20 meant that I got a very expensive piece of paper and no additional marketable skills or competencies. Except writing, and please do not judge my writing by this blog.

Anyhoo, I find the whole of this current economic crisis a tad…okay, a ton baffling. All I see are meaningless number jumping up and down and big, BIG companies falling down. I mean, I don’t know what all AIG does, but they used to handle my retirement account until I rolled it over a few years ago. That makes me nervous, because I have no way of knowing if the people who are currently handling my money are about to pack it in. And banks are no better, TD Banknorth now owes the state of Vermont a tidy bit of cash for doing shady stuff. Makes me want to just take all my money out of everywhere and stick it in a jar. But then, if we all did that, we’d have a depression. Oh…wait…

So, thank goodness someone can explain stuff to me like I’m in high school again. I haveĀ  love affair with the blog I’ve Paid for this Twice Already… and she pulled together a nice list of other people’s blog posts that explain some of the crap we’re seeing in the news. Here’s a link to the Sunday Link Love – Holy Economy Edition

Good luck to everyone who’s just trying to get through it. I know I am!

So, I recalled that the 23 Things mania had stemmed from some sort of techie universe thing that was many more things. So I poked around and did some back tracking until I discovered that it was 43 things…and more, the 43 things was not finite. It’s a social networking site for goal setting, and folksonomy, and won awards and things. Here’s the scoop in case you’re looking for something to fill the void that finishing the 23 Things will leave:

The Official 43 Things Site

Wikipedia on 43 Things

An Example of Someone’s 43 Things

I haven’t started any of this, or really spent much time on it, but I think I might and I’ll continue to blog how that goes.

Google Docs has been on my personal to-do list for a while…that and iGoogle, sigh. Just this week I got my first invite as a Google Docs collaborator for a meeting agenda. Suspiciously, this agenda was written by another 23 Things participant…I’ve got my eye on you, Mary! So, I got my first chance to edit a collaborative document and so far so good! The only objection I have to it is the part where you share the doc. It’s really confusing. For instance, I wanted to send my updates for this agenda to all the contributors and add a couple more contributors, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how! Perhaps if I bothered to do a tutorial, or read some instructions. There seems to be a trend emerging where I won’t “stop and ask for directions.” That’s no good.

That first part there was written in Google Docs and posted to my blog from that application. It was a snap to set it up. Oddly enough, it didn’t post to my blog immediately. It was listed as scheduled in my post manager. I wonder when it would have posted, as it is 6:42 and it said it was scheduled for 5:42. I’ll have to investigate this further and I’m sure it has something to do with mismatched time zones.

I’m finding that the collaborative element of Google Docs is much like a Wiki, and I think this is where a lot of 2.0 confusion comes from. So many of these tools overlap, it’s difficult to know when to choose which one. When would it be better to choose Google Docs over PBWiki? I guess you’d have to play with both of them more to answer this question, but who has time for that. Sometimes you just want to know “this is the tool to use, learn this one and go.”