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“Our money pit of a house is hurting our marriage.”

Good morning, money nerds! I hope your November is going well. Here at Apex Money, we’ve been collecting more top money stories from around the web. That’s what we do! Here are a few of our recent favorites.

The power of contiguous time. [Signal vs. Noise] — “The value of time compounds when hours touch hours. And when you string a bunch together, without interruption, the compounding really pays off. Interest compounds. Wisdom compounds. Time does too.”

“Our money pit of a house is hurting our marriage.” [Kristin Wong on Forge] — “Two years ago, my husband and I bought our first home and almost immediately regretted it. Our home required so much fixing up (and still does) that it’s become a major added stress in both our lives. We’re so miserable that even though moving wouldn’t be financially advantageous, I think it’s worth it. My husband disagrees…”

The passion economy and the future of work. [Andreesen Horowitz] — “These stories are indicative of a larger trend: call it the ‘creator stack’ or the ‘enterprization of consumer’. Whereas previously, the biggest online labor marketplaces flattened the individuality of workers, new platforms allow anyone to monetize unique skills. Gig work isn’t going anywhere — but there are now more ways to capitalize on creativity. Users can now build audiences at scale and turn their passions into livelihoods, whether that’s playing video games or producing video content. This has huge implications for entrepreneurship and what we’ll think of as a ‘job’ in the future.”

Finally, here’s the most amazing video I saw all week. Speech therapist Christina Hunger decided to test some of her professional knowledge on her dog. She’s been training Stella to “speak” using recordable buttons. Look!

Christina also has a blog to document this experiment.

If you know anything about me, you know I believe animals are far more intelligent than most people credit. As soon as I saw Christina and Stella communicating with these buttons, I had to order a few for my dog.

We’ve had the buttons for 48 hours now. She finds them…curious. But she’s already figured out that if she presses the “treat” button, she gets a treat. I’m going to try this for a month and see if we can’t get Tally to tell us what she wants.

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