Les Miserables

If you haven’t seen Les Miserables yet, you really must. The performances are amazing, and I have no doubt that there will be more than one Oscar awarded for the film.

What struck me most while watching the movie was how powerful the story of redemption showed through. Jean Valjean is a convicted thief, and when we first see him the officer Javert is telling him what a failure he is, and how a criminal will always be a criminal. Javert’s world view has no room for redemption or people who can change. Continue reading Les Miserables

Acid Test

Let’s learn some business terms, shall we? The Acid Test is a ratio used to determine if a company has enough short-term assets to cover its immediate liabilities without selling off its inventory. It is a useful ratio to know if you are looking at investing in a business. You can figure out the acid test ratio by this simple equation (Cash + Accounts Receivable +Short-term Investments)/Current Liabilities. Pretty simple, huh?

Another useful ratio is the Current Ratio. The current ratio measures liquidity of a business. The equation for this one is simpler: Current Assets/Current Liabilities.

There, don’t you feel smarter now? Two and a half years ago I would have thought that the acid test was something you did to see if someone was high on LSD. I would have guessed that a current ratio was something that measured electricity. I had no idea what they were, or how they were used. I didn’t even know they existed. I was ignorant of their existence. Continue reading Acid Test

Make Sure Your Degree Counts!

I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Western Governors University. God willing, in the next week I will receive my Masters in Business Administration degree from them as well. I honestly cannot say enough good about WGU. I found WGU when I was looking into another online school. I have friends who attended the other school. Not only did their degrees cost significantly more than mine, they had nothing but trouble with the school. Now, the other school may lose its accreditation. If you want to go back to school, either to better your job prospects, or like me, to just fulfill a lifelong goal, WGU is the best way to do it. Continue reading Make Sure Your Degree Counts!

Holding On To Hope

On Saturday, Marcus Lattimore of the South Carolina Gamecockstook a handoff and made a decent little two yard gain. Then it all went horribly wrong.

As he was being tackled, another player came in low and hit Lattimore. Suddenly, his leg didn’t look right. If flopped around sickeningly and hit the turf at an odd angle. Anybody watching the game or the thousands of replays knew immediately that this was going to be bad. Lattimore’s season was over. It was entirely possible that his football career was over. Knees don’t bend like that unless something really bad has happened. His dream had come to an end. Continue reading Holding On To Hope