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Re: Mail order gift basket

I used to use Harry & David a lot, but for the past couple of years have switched over to Wine Country Gift Baskets.

Both are good. Easy and quick to order online. No problems with delivery.

WCGB seems to be a bit cheaper though.
by JupiterJones
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mail order gift basket
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Your favorite classic toys for kids

SOMA! The game is called the Soma Cube. And it's apparently off patent, as you can find all kinds of versions from different manufacturers, mostly wooden. Interesting! We had what was basically a 2D version of the same game. The commercial version we had was called "Pythagoras": http://ww...
by JupiterJones
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 3864

Re: Winter Coat

Funny, I just bought a new winter coat yesterday, and I am similarly long of arm. Got it at Target. Their store brand. 20% off. Fits great and is quite warm. (Although it's more of a "fashion" coat and probably not the sort of thing you'd want to go wood chopping or ice fishing in.) I thou...
by JupiterJones
Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Coat
Replies: 51
Views: 4368

Re: Your favorite classic toys for kids

Here's another Hoot Nanny simulator, FWIW:

http://akatz712.freehostia.com/Browser_ ... canvas.htm

Me? I was a Lego kid, through and through. We're talking old-school Lego, even before minifigs, when the "Lego People" looked like this.

Oh, and does anyone remember Whee-Lo?
by JupiterJones
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 3864

Re: Viking River Cruises

Thanks for the update!

I love it when posters follow-up on things like that. :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking River Cruises
Replies: 31
Views: 4552

Re: War on Debt

In regards to financial peace university. I would love to do the course, but my wife is not religious by any means. I will check the local churches and see if one offers it and see if she is willing to go. My fear is that she won't go because she may think its religious indoctrination and not an ac...
by JupiterJones
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: War on Debt
Replies: 247
Views: 25483

Re: Travelling Companions or small groups

Back when I was single, I traveled solo all the time. Loved it! I and I alone set the pace and itinerary. Plus, when you get last-minute tickets for shows/plays, you often get better seats when it's just one ticket. :D But if I ever were to do a tour, and if I was going to Europe, I'd go with Rick S...
by JupiterJones
Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travelling Companions or small groups
Replies: 32
Views: 2400

Re: War on Debt

What is against us: 1. Umm... a lot of debt. There is history behind some of it, but it's not due to a frivolous lifestyle; however, that is not the point. Its the past and there is no point rehashing crap that can't be undone. Agreed. But there is value in analyzing what you could've done better i...
by JupiterJones
Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: War on Debt
Replies: 247
Views: 25483

Re: Dish Network and CNN

They pulled that same nonsense awhile back when they were having a dispute with AMC.

Luckily, they figured everything out before the next season of "Mad Men" started, but it still left a bitter taste in my mouth that contributed to my decision to get rid of them. :annoyed
by JupiterJones
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dish Network and CNN
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: That stress-relieving thing you do at work

You're assuming we all have office doors to shut No, I was only assuming that the OP had an office door to shut. :D But since you mention it, it is worth pointing out that mindfulness can be cultivated and maintained even in situations that aren't quite ideal for so-called "formal" mindfu...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: That stress-relieving thing you do at work
Replies: 45
Views: 2869

Re: "Why Bother With Bonds" -- A Gem

staythecourse wrote:The only quibble is that bogleheads forum is not "arguably" the best, but is simply the BEST!! :D


Must've been a typo. He probably meant to write that the Bogleheads forum "has the best arguments." :P
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why Bother With Bonds" -- A Gem
Replies: 29
Views: 6896

Re: testing cell phone coverage with discarded cell phones

Watty wrote:Sprint and Virgin Mobile are on the same network so going to Sprint would be the same.


Same for Ting, FWIW.
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: testing cell phone coverage with discarded cell phones
Replies: 13
Views: 819

Re: Anyone consider retiring to Vancouver, Washington?

Go here: http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/vacationplanner/compare Plug in your current location along with either Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR. You'll see exactly what sort of differences to expect. For example, when I compare Portland to where I live (Nashville), I find that Nashville is a lo...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone consider retiring to Vancouver, Washington?
Replies: 45
Views: 4424

Re: "Why Bother With Bonds" -- A Gem

Love this one: "There are currently a lot of people that think rates are so low that there is nowhere to move but up. They have thought this for six years now."

This one too: "The noise comes from people who have something to sell."
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why Bother With Bonds" -- A Gem
Replies: 29
Views: 6896

Re: That stress-relieving thing you do at work

3) google "3 good things" - simple, easy, and shown to be better than prozac Oh yeah, that's another good strategy. Cultivating gratitude is a proven way to increase happiness and resiliency. "Three good things" is probably the easiest technique to start with. I've heard of one ...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: That stress-relieving thing you do at work
Replies: 45
Views: 2869

Re: That stress-relieving thing you do at work

Mindfulness Meditation. Seriously. Shut the office door. Set a timer for five minutes (I use an app on my phone called "Insight Timer"). Do a simple breathing meditation, guiding your attention non-judgmentally back to your breath each time your mind wanders--which it will. Here's a good b...
by JupiterJones
Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: That stress-relieving thing you do at work
Replies: 45
Views: 2869

Re: Winery to visit in North Willamette (OR)/McMinnville are

Thanks again, everyone. Here's a follow-up from the trip: Stayed in Dundee at the Black Walnut Inn for a couple of nights. Beautiful views and good breakfasts! Wineries visited, all in the Dundee Hills AVA, none requiring reservations: ⋅ Sokol Blosser -- Very cool new tasting room. Friendl...
by JupiterJones
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winery to visit in North Willamette (OR)/McMinnville area?
Replies: 20
Views: 2004

Re: Planning first trip to Oregon and Seattle - advice sough

Cannon Beach- We love the Ocean Lodge, right on the beach with beautiful views of Haystack Rock. It's especially beautiful on a stormy day. Just wanted to say that we recently went on a NW Oregon trip. I remembered this thread (although I wasn't the OP) and ScubaBlue's recommendation of the Ocean L...
by JupiterJones
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning first trip to Oregon and Seattle - advice sought!
Replies: 43
Views: 2667

Re: Vegas Vacation!

Oh, and here are a few of my favorite Vegas things that are less universal. That is, while I'd recommend Lotus of Siam to just about anyone, these require an appreciation of kitsch that, admittedly, not everyone shares with me: Battista's Hole-in-the-Wall. Not the best Italian food by any stretch of...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegas Vacation!
Replies: 50
Views: 3933

Re: Vegas Vacation!

My first recommendation would be to subscribe to the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter (already mentioned above). Good tips and info, and the coupon book they give out each year is the best around. As in "pays for the subscription" good. Second, as mentioned, Lotus of Siam is a must-visit if yo...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegas Vacation!
Replies: 50
Views: 3933

Re: When can I afford to buy a home?

At this point I'm leaning towards no. I'm having trouble imagining in what scenario I could afford a home before I turn 30 (i'm currently 22). My parents bought their first home when they were 25. Their parents bought their first home when they were 23. And I bought my first home when I was 30. I h...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When can I afford to buy a home?
Replies: 21
Views: 2566

Re: Wine - how to keep it from not spoiling?

My suggestions in order: ⋅ Drink more wine ⋅ Switch to a good (3-liter size) boxed wine ⋅ Put it in the fridge and reduce the air in whatever container you store it in, by: ⋅ Using a smaller container, or... ⋅ Dumping glass beads into the bottle to d...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine - how to keep it from not spoiling?
Replies: 57
Views: 3014

Re: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?

I'm having difficulty understanding why a market drop is good because it provides an opportunity to buy more stock at lower prices. It's like saying I don't mind if a large chunk of my nestegg just got chopped off so I could add a little piece back at a lower price. But nothing has been "chopp...
by JupiterJones
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:56 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?
Replies: 461
Views: 34336

Re: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?

How can one not care? It's hard-earned money. Because it isn't hard-earned money. Your hard-earned money has already been spent. The number that is dropping today is merely the current prices of various stocks. But unless you're being forced to sell today, so what? What the value is at some random ...
by JupiterJones
Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?
Replies: 461
Views: 34336

Re: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like

island wrote:Oh brother, lighten up


Ah yes, one of the Coen brother's best.
by JupiterJones
Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like
Replies: 150
Views: 9103

Re: Live Speakers You Enjoyed

ivyhedge wrote:Feynman - obviously it has been a long time but he made quite an impression


That must've been something.

:mrgreen: <- Me, jealous
by JupiterJones
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Live Speakers You Enjoyed
Replies: 12
Views: 720

Re: Live Speakers You Enjoyed

Two talks I've attended stand out: Historian and author David McCullough . He talked about history (naturally), but also about the importance of teaching it and learning from it. Conductor Benjamin Zander . This TED talk is not exactly the same one he gave when I saw him, but there's a lot of overla...
by JupiterJones
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Live Speakers You Enjoyed
Replies: 12
Views: 720

Re: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like

Amazing how many of my favorite movies are showing up on this thread. :D There have been a few critic's darlings that I wasn't really a fan of lately, such as Winter's Bone , Beasts of the Southern Wild , and The Hurt Locker . But I wouldn't say I hated them or anything. I appreciated what they were...
by JupiterJones
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like
Replies: 150
Views: 9103

Re: Are you a "maximizer" or a "satisficer"?

I find the term "satisficer" remarkably irritating. Is there no way to express the same concept using real, adult-sounding words? I tried to think of one, but after a couple minutes I figured "satisficer" is fine and gets the job done. ;-) If the term was good enough for Herbert...
by JupiterJones
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a "maximizer" or a "satisficer"?
Replies: 52
Views: 3347

Re: Android Apps for Toddlers

If anyone has any movie recommendations too that would be great. Something with a lot of music and no princesses would be ideal. Does it have to be animated? Because Google Play has some classic live-action, kid-friendly musicals, such as The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Chitty Chitty Bang Ban...
by JupiterJones
Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android Apps for Toddlers
Replies: 17
Views: 1023

Re: Dave Ramsey says asset allocation does not work

Do many of you have his radio shows given prominent time in your states? Yup. He's all over the place. But then, the guy lives here , so maybe I'm not the best example to use. :D I've driven by his "Financial Peace Plaza" many a time. It's right across from a mall, interestingly enough.
by JupiterJones
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Ramsey says asset allocation does not work
Replies: 86
Views: 7586

Re: Android Apps for Toddlers

celia wrote:Is this how you planned to raise your kids? How about soothing music to put her/you to sleep?



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by JupiterJones
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android Apps for Toddlers
Replies: 17
Views: 1023

Re: Just looking for a nudge

Just look at any chart of, say, the S&P 500. I like this one , although the range on Yahoo!'s chart is a better. Look at different spans of time. Zoom in to different spots. Lots of "all time" and "long term" highs there, eh? What do you think a potential investor at any of t...
by JupiterJones
Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Just looking for a nudge
Replies: 11
Views: 957

Re: Dave Ramsey says asset allocation does not work

For the record, I'm not a huge fan of Dave Ramsey, but his advice for getting out of debt is pretty solid. I don't agree. The advice to "get out of debt" is so ubiquitous, old, and obvious that it should be free. Anyone who sells the idea or takes credit for it is a charlatan. To be fair,...
by JupiterJones
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Ramsey says asset allocation does not work
Replies: 86
Views: 7586

Re: headphones for running

Not a good idea wearing headphones when walking or running. http://www.rrca.org/education-advocacy/rrca-general-running-safety-tips/ http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/05/ask-a-best-doc-dont-run-with-headphones.html The first link is merely speculation ("Your ears may help you avoid dan...
by JupiterJones
Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: headphones for running
Replies: 40
Views: 1701

Re: headphones for running

A recent thread here on this topic may be of interest:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=144853

I'll reiterate my recommendation of custom-molded in-ear monitors for those willing to cough up the required dough for 'em.
by JupiterJones
Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: headphones for running
Replies: 40
Views: 1701

Re: What did you always wish for but never got?

Oh yeah, and a Green Machine. Never got one of those either. #FirstWorldProblems

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by JupiterJones
Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 5437

Re: What should one pay for a student cello?

You can go on line at Shar Music and find beginner half size cello outfits for between $600 and $1000. Heck, Shar has full-sized (4/4) beginner cellos for under $600. Mathematically, that would be worth buying even if you think you'd only rent for one year. (Musically, I can't vouch for the quality...
by JupiterJones
Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What should one pay for a student cello?
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: What did you always wish for but never got?

For some reason I remember really wanting a strobe light (I was big into disco as a kid), but my mom thought they were bad for your eyes and wouldn't let me have one. 8-)
by JupiterJones
Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 5437

Re: Southwest Airlines Engulfing, Reversal Candle Signals Do

It's time to play... <Audience shouts along with announcer> TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OR FIGURE-SKATING!!! Yes, the game where YOU get to guess if these actual terms are used in technical analysis or figure skating! Let's get started: ⋅ Turning Point ⋅ Twizzle ⋅ Swing Target &...
by JupiterJones
Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Southwest Airlines Engulfing, Reversal Candle Signals Downsi
Replies: 55
Views: 3545

Re: Macbook Air; how much RAM?

I always figured that Apple's soldered-RAM decision, much like the "get rid of the optical drive" and "make the battery non-easily-replaceable on the iPhone" decisions, was a merely a design tradeoff to get a thinner, lighter, prettier, and maybe even slightly cheaper product tha...
by JupiterJones
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air; how much RAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 3362

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Keep It Simple wrote:Forgot to ask...has anyone seen "No Country For Old Men"? Is it any good?


Yes, and yes.
by JupiterJones
Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 218
Views: 17191

Re: Macbook Air; how much RAM?

mlipps wrote:You'd be crazy to spend over $1,000 just for the name brand.


I agree wholeheartedly.

But since there are more things the OP will get for the extra money than just name brand, I don't really see how that's a relevant point.
by JupiterJones
Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air; how much RAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 3362

Re: Macbook Air; how much RAM?

You might be able to get by with 4GB now, but it gets harder and harder as years go by and each new version of your favorite application will have higher and higher RAM requirements. That, coupled with the fact that you essentially cannot upgrade RAM in a MacBook Air, leads me to strongly recommend ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air; how much RAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 3362

Re: Good hobby for a bright/obsessive 9 year old?

⋅  Lego Mindstorms -- Combines Legos with robotics and computer programming. ⋅ Chess isn't a bad idea, but if you're looking for something a bit more off-the-beaten-path, look into Scrabble or maybe even Go . ⋅ A bit of musical talent and enjoys dance? Drum/percussion ...
by JupiterJones
Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good hobby for a bright/obsessive 9 year old?
Replies: 73
Views: 3306

Re: The Great Courses.com

A third vote for Dr. Greenberg. Our standard pre-road-trip ritual is a visit to the library to pick up one of his Great Courses. They never disappoint. I think the last one we listened to was his Tchaikovsky course. I'm a big fan of MOOCs and have taken them from Coursera, EdX, Udacity, etc. I think...
by JupiterJones
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Courses.com
Replies: 23
Views: 2318

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last movie seen in a theater: Boyhood . I'll add to the existing glowing recommendations. Not a perfect movie (Linklater's "Before" triology is better, IMHO), but an astounding work that, in a just world, will at least get a Best-Director nomination. Worth seeing in the theaters, where you...
by JupiterJones
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 218
Views: 17191

Re: Programming and Database Classes

3. For MVC you need a course on something like software architecture If the OP is a good self-learner, I highly recommend the book "Head First Design Patterns". And if the OP has a Mac, Apple has tons of videos and other learning resources on Objective-C/Cocoa programming, which is MVC ou...
by JupiterJones
Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Programming and Database Classes
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: Best nose hair trimmer (is this okay to ask?)

I just snort Nair.
by JupiterJones
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best nose hair trimmer (is this okay to ask?)
Replies: 36
Views: 2847

Re: Seeking New Mobile Service Provider

Try Ting.

No contract. Pretty good coverage. And you might be able to bring your old Sprint phone to the deal (depending on which EVO model it is.)

[OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek]
by JupiterJones
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking New Mobile Service Provider
Replies: 5
Views: 525
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