Jules Rabin

Clever Gadgets: What Will They Think Of Next?

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Clever Gadgets: What Will They Think Of Next?

FOOTLOOSE AND... Are you in a devil-may-care mood? Perhaps even willing to spend limited bucks on a quirky new invention that could make you the envy of the neighborhood? Take a look-see at some of the latest, “advanced” and probably unnecessary gadgets available. For example, there is the Phillips Hue Connected Bulb Kit. This novel threesome of LED bulbs will more...

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Have You Planned Your Financial Future?

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Have You Planned Your Financial Future?

FOOTLOOSE AND... Shocking as it may seem I recently heard a statistic, on the radio, that claimed 36 percent of our population had no financial plan on how to handle retirement. Let’s hope that is an exaggeration. But, if you have Social Security, you should be knowledgeable about its workings to plan your future. Now, in 2014, for a worker who retires at full more...

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NASA’s Spacecraft Is Getting Close To Pluto

By at August 15, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

NASA’s Spacecraft Is Getting Close To Pluto

FOOTLOOSE AND...  If Congress ever gets back to doing some work, one of the financial requests to be acted upon is that by NASA for $ 17.5 billion for the New Horizons mission, which is sending a spacecraft to Pluto. You know about Pluto, right? It’s that downgraded planet sometimes called “the icy, little dwarf” of the space world. If you recoil over the more...

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Professional Sports Remains Very Lucrative

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Professional Sports Remains Very Lucrative

FOOTLOOSE AND... In the past, this column has advised parents (tongue-in-cheek) to steer their offspring toward professional sports rather than science, medicine or the law. The recent victory of young Rory McIlroy at the British Open Golf Championship kind of proves the point. McIlroy, just 25, shot an impressive 271 to capture the crown by two strokes over Segio more...

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Annoyed With Politics? Enjoy Political Humor!

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Annoyed With Politics? Enjoy Political Humor!

FOOTLOOSE AND... It’s time for a different look at politics... Politics to the left of us… politics to the right of us… We might as well relax and smile at these political aphorisms from both sides of the aisle: The problem with political jokes is they get elected... We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office... Politicians more...

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We Owe Visionary Rollin King Debt Of Gratitude

By at July 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

We Owe Visionary Rollin King Debt Of Gratitude

FOOTLOOSE AND... Rollin King died at age 83 recently and virtually no one in particular cared. I asked the first 18 people I met, after reading the King obituary, and there was nary a recognition. King was the key idea man and innovator who, along with Herbert Kelleher, came up with the concept that developed into Southwest Airlines, the first airline to pioneer more...

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Tony Gwynn Was In A Class By Himself

By at June 27, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Tony Gwynn Was In A Class By Himself

FOOTLOOSE AND... If you were lucky enough to watch a television “career review” piece or read a major newspaper which took the space to detail Tony Gwynn’s fabulous baseball years after his untimely death at age 54 last week, you probably noticed some of the highlights I am going to review. If baseball is only partially your thing, soak in these facts… only more...

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Payments To Docs Will Soon Be An Open Book

By at June 20, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Payments To Docs Will Soon Be An Open Book

FOOTLOOSE AND...  The murky world of “payoffs” to doctors from drug and medical device companies will soon become transparent. The Physicians Payment Sunshine Act, part of the new Affordable Care Act, mandates that all drug and medical device companies reveal details of their financial relationships with doctors and teaching hospitals. How pervasive is this more...

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Now There’s A Mini Pacemaker… What’s Next?

By at May 16, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Now There’s A Mini Pacemaker… What’s Next?

FOOTLOOSE AND... I read the story, I processed it intellectually, yet still found it hard to believe. Already in use, a miniature, self-contained wireless device, the approximate size of a quarter, that does all the work of a standard pacemaker. It is inserted into the heart without surgery! In one recent case detailed in the media, the "Nanostim" was routed into the more...

Jules Rabin

How Well Will You Do On My Quirky Quiz?

By at May 9, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

How Well Will You Do On My Quirky Quiz?

FOOTLOOSE AND… You never know what is awaiting you in your e-mail. This morning, a “quiz for special know-it-alls” arrived, and for fun, let’s share some of it: 1. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward? 2. What fruit has its seeds on the outside? 3. What are the three English words that start with “dw”? 4. Can you more...

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