Looking for an awesome, free film? During the writers’ strike downtime, Joss Whedon went outside the mainstream (since they were striking against the big studios, not everyone) and created a hilarious(?) musical film called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillon (from Firefly & Buffy & apparently Desperate Housewives), and Felicia Day.

This film is available for free on DrHorrible.com through the end of tonight (Sunday night). Then it’ll be available for a small price. If you have a quirky sense of humor and/or enjoy spontaneous, silly singing, this is your type of film. (couple sexual jokes, archvillainy, a little violence…so not for small kids, maybe PG-13?)

This has also been the week of single steps. The single step personal finance challenge is always open and I’ll keep adding people to the list if they send a trackback or pingback. So far, here’s everyone who participated (including me!). Great place to find inspiration and encouragement.

Will you be next? Take a single step to improve your financial situation/organization. Simple or complex, whatever you feel you can do now.

Here are some great reads from the last week. If you missed them, check them out today!

Really frugal? Cath Lawson tells us how to give an everlasting gift that costs nothing. Ok, I’ll tell you that it’s a compliment, but go over there for her tips on the best ways to compliment. I recently received a compliment from my supervisor which made my whole week. Gave me a lot of confidence.

If you’re looking for a new job, check out the resource list that Laura from Green Panda Treehouse put together. Forty links, all with great job-hunt info.

Dough Roller has put together some suggestions on turning gift cards into cash. Several great alternatives, depending on how much flexibility you want with the money and how much of it you want to preserve. You may not be able to get the entire $50 for your gift card unless you accept a $50 card someone else doesn’t want, but you do. Most of the time I get cards to somewhere I actually shop…but I’ll keep this on hand for when I don’t.

Plonkee explains why running a sprinkler this summer is a bad idea. I hadn’t realized how much it’ll cost—if you run a sprinkler or are thinking of it, definitely check this out!

Patrick answers the question how many retirement accounts can you have?

And speaking of retirement, Gibble’s 401(k) has been losing money. But should he cash it out for something safer like cash?

I forgot to add earlier that there’s a contest going on at Your Money Relationship for a $50 Walmart gift card. If that sounds interesting, pop over and check out the top of his sidebar for more information.

And finally little tidbit (ok, a dramatically well-executed article) that Dough Roller wrote for the bloggers or writers amont us on SEO copywriting. Have you ever searched for a term only to find yourself on a site which provides little or no information and is stuffed so full of keywords that it’s lost all writing style? Well, that’s what good SEO copywriting isn’t. DR goes over some simple methods (headers, title, etc) and addresses how often/where you really need to use those keywords. It’s work, but not the same inane drudgery of keyword stuffing.


Patrick July 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

Sounds like an interesting movie. 🙂

Thanks for the mention.

Looby July 20, 2008 at 11:53 am

I watched this on Friday when the last part came out, so entertaining- loved Nathan Fillion as cheesy Captain Hammer. I had to ring my brother so we could share commentary from one continent to another (thank heavens for skype!).

Your Sister July 20, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Ok, note to self: check your blog BEFORE sending you a recommendation! I seriously just told you to go watch this, oh, a minute ago…

Stephanie July 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm

oh man, I just watched Act III. I was looking forward to it since I watched Act II a few days ago.
I was NOT expecting the ending…

Ryan McLean July 20, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Sounds like an interesting movie. Don’t know if I can be bothered though.
I saw the Dark Knight the other day at it was AMAZING! Now that is a movie that is worth your money

Cath Lawson July 20, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Hi Mrs M – Thank you for the link to my compliments post. And I’m glad you received a compliment this week. It does make you feel much more confident doesn’t it?

When I saw the link coming in, i was thinking, who on earth is Dr Horrible. I’ll definitely be checking out that film. Thanks.

pete @ biblemoneymatters July 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

After seeing the reference to Joss Whedon, et. all, I had a quick pang of sorrow for his late show – firefly. Man, I miss that show. Maybe I’ll have to watch some episodes tonight – or watch the movie again.. (*single tear runs down my cheek)

Melissa July 22, 2008 at 9:44 am

I watched Dr. Horrible last week; it was great! Well, the ending was unexpected but I thought the whole thing was really well done. I hope they do something more with the story…especially if Whedon is going to be behind it! Makes me excited for his new show (coming out this fall, I think!)

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