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iPoll Explores the Best Ways to Live like a Gazillionaire

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By now, the sting of tax day should be fading to a distant memory. Either you know you have a refund coming your way or you owe the government something. Hopefully it is the former. When those refund checks start rolling out, there are plenty of merchants who spruce up their showrooms. In fact, this is the busiest time of year for car dealerships. We just can’t seem to sit tight with those checks burning a hole in our pockets!

At the other end of the tax spectrum are the millionaires, billionaires, and gazillionaires. These are the folks who don’t worry about tax day; they have enough money to hire a team of lawyers who will help prevent them from having to pay enormous taxes. Is that fair? Technically, they are breaking the law as much as they are using loopholes. That leaves them with piles of money. We’re talking “Scrooge-McDuck-dive-into-a-pool-of-gold-coins” kind of money. Could these folks really spend all that dough in a lifetime? Probably not, but that’s not going to keep them from trying. Here’s how you can live like a gazillionaire:

 

Personal Flying

Private jet: truly the only way to fly. Image Source: Flickr user: Moaksey

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Written by Rick B.

April 17th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Heartbleed Bug: We’ve Got Your Back

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If you follow internet trending (as you should) then two things might have caught your attention this week. First, it was Tax Day for America. Blah! Second, something called the Heartbleed Bug threatened to end civilization as we know it. At least that’s the impression from the headlines like these:

“Heartbleed Is About To Get Worse, And It Will Slow The Internet To A Crawl” – Washington Post

“Attackers Could Use Heartbleed Chaos To Steal Enterprise Data” – Remondmag

“Heartbleed: 95% Of Detection Tools ‘Flawed’, Claim Researchers” – The Guardian

“Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing” – Wired

My first reaction was to unplug everything and head to my Y2K bunker. Luckily, I still have a few cases of 1999 vintage Spam down there. Then I read the poster hanging in my bunker: “Keep Calm and Carry On Web Surfing.” So, I plugged back in and rebooted everything. Here’s what I discovered: iPoll is safe. After that, it was pretty much “business as usual.” Priorities.

 

Various Spam Products

Resisting the urge to sing, "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam." Image Source: flickr user Luca Conti

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April 17th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

iPoll Takes You to the Most Expensive Places in Which to Live

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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? Many find that they are just fine where they are, but that doesn’t mean one can’t dream of a new place to live. After shaking off the sting of paying taxes, we can now turn our attention towards making even more money. Let’s explore where some of the priciest real estate is. Of course, to live in these expensive cities you really need to earn some serious bank. We’re talking Powerball kind of pay. After all, if you’re going to dream, then dream big.

Here are the most expensive places to live in America:

1.    New York City

When it comes to expensive living, New York City has held the top spot for many years. Not sure if that constitutes bragging rights or not. In a city with a population of over eight million, the average rent for an apartment is $3,783. What do you get for that kind of dough? Not much space I’m afraid, but it’s New York, where the cost of living is 125% above the national average.

 

NYC skyline

If you can make it here, yada, yada, yada. Image Source: Flickr user Anthony Quintano

 

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Written by Rick B.

April 16th, 2014 at 12:31 am

iPoll Presents: A Brief History of Taxes

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Typically, in order to be able to pay for items, money is required. Yes, you may find some folks here and there who have set up a barter system for goods and services. However, if you have no skills or goods to offer then you need to reach into your wallet. And unfortunately, goods and services will do you no good when it comes to that most dreaded thing of all. Yes, I’m talking about taxes. All those roads, schools, bridges, tunnels (and everything else) don’t pay for themselves. In order to keep the country humming, the federal and state governments collect taxes. If there is one thing we all share, it’s the displeasure with dealing with taxes, but unless you have a time machine, there is really no way to avoid the April 15 Tax Day Deadline. However, it hasn’t always been like this.

American History

Where declarations were made, signatures collected, and history was made. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Westerved

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Written by Rick B.

April 15th, 2014 at 1:38 am

iPoll Presents the Best Films of the ’60s

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When compiling “best of” lists, there may be an inclination on the part of the writer to try and impress the potential reader by following the critic’s picks. Often, those picks will line up with the writer’s choices; I’m not going down that road, though. The following list of 1960′s films is simply based on my humble opinions. Just like Mad Men is a quintessential ’60s-era series, these films capture some of the best work to come out of this decade. They’re the kind of films you get drawn into if you are playing channel roulette. From personal experience, these films have caused many late night viewing sessions. (Note to self: Don’t turn on TCM after midnight). Let’s see if this list would match your list:

Psycho

If you see this house, keep walking! Image Source: Flickr user Cliff

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Written by Rick B.

April 11th, 2014 at 5:09 am

iPoll Throwback Thursday: From Bell Bottoms to Tie-Dye, Fashion of the ’60s

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As they say, “Everything old is new again.” I’m not exactly sure who “they” are, but I would certainly like to meet them. They seem to know a lot about everything… but I digress. Along with great writing and acting, Mad Men has also treated us to some great fashion. The costume designers have managed to accurately capture the ’60s with all their wardrobe selections. Now those retro designs are making their way back into today’s fashionista circles. Are you ready for a throwback to ’60s fashion? Here’s what you should be looking for:

 

Leopard Hat

In the early '60s, the pillbox hat was a must. Image Source: Flickr user Little Miss B

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Written by Rick B.

April 10th, 2014 at 4:55 am

iPoll’s Music Flashback: Grooving to ’60s Tunes

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Let’s stipulate that as decades go, the ’60s were one wild ride. The creators of Mad Men know this and it’s why they chose to set their series during those turbulent times. Many look at this era as if we were napping through most of the ’50s only to be jolted awake in the following decade. The list of seminal moments from this time that forever changed us is a long one. Music is something that can take us back to certain moments and periods in time, and the music that came from this particular decade certainly affected how we listened and approached music to come in later years. Rock and roll wasn’t that old when the calendars switched over to 1960. Here are some of the iconic albums of the ’60s that you should add to your playlists. These can provide the perfect soundtrack for your Mad Men viewing party.

The Beatles

You can’t really single out a single album from the Beatles. You have to include them all. When the lads from Liverpool crossed the pond, they literally took America by storm. Interestingly enough, most of their dedicated followers were already fans. They knew the early singles by heart. That first tour, kicked off on the Ed Sullivan Show, cemented their status as a force to be reckoned with. Want to trace the evolution of music in the ’60s? Start with Please Please Me, then go to Meet the Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night, to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. That is some music library.

The Beatles Story

How many Beatles albums do you have on your playlist? Image Source: Flickr user Elliot Brown

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Written by Rick B.

April 9th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

iPoll Round-Up: The Best Mad Men Episodes (So Far)

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Before the season four premiere of Game of Thrones, I went back to watch the last episode of the last season. I was sure glad I did. First impression: “I’ve been away from Westeros for far too long.” Second impression: “I forgot that happened.” It was wise to get caught up. Now, I plan on doing the same thing with the return of Mad Men. Fans of the show know that Mad Men started at the beginning of the 1960s and is now approaching the end of that turbulent decade. Using the ’60s as a backdrop has provided fertile ground for the writers to create some amazing stories. How can you pick just one? You can’t. However, if you want to get ready for the beginning of the end of Mad Men you should catch up with these great episodes.

The Gypsy And The Hobo (Season 3, Episode 11)

Right out of the gate, you knew that Don Draper was not your typical “hero.” He cheats on his wife and carries a dark secret that he has kept from everyone. It’s that kind of character complexity that draws us to him and this series. Simply put, the Don Draper who everyone deals with in the office is not the real Don Draper. In this episode, someone finds out Don’s secret and how he handles that gives us a unique glimpse of what makes Don Draper tick.

Man Men

How Don Draper gets to be a dapper Don. Image Source: Flickr user Angela N.

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Written by Rick B.

April 8th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Get Your 60s Groove On with iPoll Rewards

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To every season, there is a turn. For television series, that means we have to say good-bye to a favorite show. Next up on the chopping block will be Mad Men. Instead of being cancelled, the creators have decided to go out while they are still on top. Got to give them props for that. Of course, this means all eyes will be on Mad Men as they begin the final countdown to series end. It also means we’ll be feeling nostalgic for the ’60s once again. Thanks to your iPoll rewards, you won’t have a problem getting your ’60s groove on. There are many ways you can explore your nostalgic urges from the films, TV, books, music, and clothes of the era. First, however, you should go on a few Mobile Missions to build up your iPoll rewards bank.

Mad Men

Are you ready to binge watch Mad Men? Image Source: Flickr user Chris Gladis

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Written by Rick B.

April 7th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

iPoll Fills Your Bookshelf: Must-Read Fantasy Novels

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According to box office figures, fantasy films are big business. Consider the top five fantasy films and what they made:

•    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $381,011,219
•    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King: $377,845,905
•    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: $342,551,365
•    Alice in Wonderland: $334,191,110
•    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: $317,575,550

The rest of the top ten is filled in with more Harry Potty and Tolkien. Add it all up, and you’re talking several billions. What is fascinating is that the vast majority of fantasy films and television series started out as novels. Are you up on your fantasy must-reads? Let’s stipulate that you should have already read the Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Lord Of The Rings series. Of those, Game Of Thrones is still considered “active,” which is good news for the fans. If you’re looking to add to your epic fantasy book series, might we suggest the following tomes:

 

Harry Potter Set

Where a master wizard goes to read. Image Source: Flickr user Karen Roe

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Written by Rick B.

April 4th, 2014 at 10:00 pm