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I left Yahoo! a few weeks after this video was shot in June 2010 (I had announced my departure date before meeting Chris). After getting to know each other through this speaking event, Chris and I decided to join forces last summer. I’ve been working full-time (perhaps better described as “all-the-time”) on CM.com ever since.
If you want the sordid details of my work background, find them here.
Thanks for starting this post, Poet. And thanks to those who are sharing their stories – this is very useful information for us here at CM.com.
We’re working behind the scenes on a number of improvements to the site. Understanding how our active members found their way here and became engaged with the material will help us make sure we remain focused on this site’s “true north” during this process.
When we’re a bit further along in our planning, I’ll share specifics and ask for your feedback. But in the meantime, please keep the contributions to this thread coming!
Those interested in my own story of finding my way to this site can watch me explain it here (I start talking at 1m:14s). This is from way back in the dark ages (almost a year ago!), before Chris and I partnered up:
Hear you loud and clear on this, G211.
Improvements for search – as well as a number of other important elements of the site – are very much actively in the works. The scope of these enhancements is quite substantial, so they won’t be rolling out for several months yet.
I hope you can be patient with us as we work through the summer to get them ready for release to the CM.com community. If you can, I think you’ll like the results.
Mad World (Gary Jules version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4
Its the End of the World As We Know It (REM):
We're on A Road To Nowhere (Talking Heads): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWtCittJyr0
Running on Empty (Jackson Browne): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJYRtOPUonA
Safety Dance (Men Without Hats): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7movKfyTBII
Fun exercise. I could do this all day….
I’ve just read this thread, nathlavallee38. Putting the wheels in motion to address…
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Agreed that you don’t want to polish numismatic coins – since they are collectables, any slight wear or abrasions will reduce their value. But using cleaner to remove tarnish from bullion (bars, coins, rounds) should not pose any problems, IMO.
If you clean with care and infrequently, any concern about reducing the weight of your bullion is unwarranted.
While tarnish/condition shouldn’t play a role in determining price, I have seen dealers use it to demand a discount when sellers come in the door (not large, but still). Something to keep in mind, especially if you think you may ever sell your bullion privately to a new buyer, who may place a higher premuim to how bullion “looks”.
Coin shops frequently use e*Z*est coin cleaner. I’ve used it to great success cleaning up tarnished silver coins and bars.
Most coin shops sell it for around $5, or you can order it off of Amazon:
Given its spot-on usefulness, this post has been promoted to the What Should I Do? featured module on the CM.com home page. Feel free to add to the discussion in the comments there.
Again, great work, Rob.
Google has set up a service to help those concerned find information on the status of missing friends/family:
If you are in Japan and have Web access, please enter yourself into the tool so anyone concerned about you knows your status and can coordinate with you, if needed.
Apparently this service was used to some success in the recent Christchurch, NZ earthquake afermath.