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Re: Geneological research for unclaimed property

You probably have thought of this, but can you go to the cemetery where the relative is buried and look on the tombstone, or have someone do it for you? Also, have you contacted the local newspaper to see if there was a published obituary? If there was a qualified disclaimer, it should have been don...
by gatorman
Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geneological research for unclaimed property
Replies: 30
Views: 967

Re: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?

I have this: http://www.amazon.com/Yama-Glass-Stovetop-Coffee-Siphon/dp/B002CVTKW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406156211&sr=8-1&keywords=yama+siphon+coffee+maker&dpPl=1 and find it makes a very fine cup. I think if you look around you can find it for ~$20 less than Amazon's price. Siphon...
by gatorman
Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?
Replies: 41
Views: 2060

Re: Help me select a streaming media device

Thanks for all the opinions, I appreciate all of you taking the time to reply.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me select a streaming media device
Replies: 24
Views: 1694

Re: Help me select a streaming media device

I've about decided to get one (or more). I've read a couple of reviews. It appears there are 4 main choices, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast. From what I have read, Roku appears to support the largest number of viewing options. None of them cost a lot, but I have an aversion to...
by gatorman
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me select a streaming media device
Replies: 24
Views: 1694

Help me select a streaming media device

I've about decided to get one (or more). I've read a couple of reviews. It appears there are 4 main choices, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast. From what I have read, Roku appears to support the largest number of viewing options. None of them cost a lot, but I have an aversion to ...
by gatorman
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me select a streaming media device
Replies: 24
Views: 1694

Re: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel

His early SF: Slan, Null-A, Weapon Shops of Isher, War Against the Rull , Voyage of the Space Beagle remain to my mind some of the most gripping SF ever written. My personal favourites are the 2 'I Claudius' riffs: Empire of the Atom and Wizard of Linn . I could probably still quote you whole chunk...
by gatorman
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel
Replies: 28
Views: 1883

Re: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel

So I re-read the book and I thought it was a decent piece of SF. I liked the protagonist's name in the context of the main theme of the book, " Gosseyn = Go sane." I remember though that Professor S.I. Hayakawa was a proponent of general semantics, even wrote one of the main texts on the s...
by gatorman
Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel
Replies: 28
Views: 1883

Re: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel

nisiprius wrote:Very disturbing: I've read "The World of Null-A" several times, once as a kid, once within just the past couple of years... and didn't recognize it from that description! Oh, well.


Maybe the problem isn't you, maybe it's the description. . .
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel
Replies: 28
Views: 1883

Re: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel

Perhaps this one? "The World of Null-A" by A. E. van Vogt. Ahh yes. One of the harder of AEVV's works for me- pretty sure I never finished it. AEVV had Alzheimer's. Unfortunately this means many of his later works are rewrites or cut and paste jobs from earlier works. Makes finding the 't...
by gatorman
Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel
Replies: 28
Views: 1883

Re: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel

Raymond wrote:Perhaps this one?

"The World of Null-A" by A. E. van Vogt.


That's it! Thanks very much!
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel
Replies: 28
Views: 1883

Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel

A good friend of mine raises timber on an island off the coast of Australia. We have been corresponding about his plan to replant his land with giant redwoods after he harvests the timber currently growing. For some reason our discussion of giant redwoods brought to mind a science fiction novel I re...
by gatorman
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Title/Author of Science Fiction Novel
Replies: 28
Views: 1883

Re: Hints on Tri-Tip

I like the taste of tri-tip, and it can be juicy if not overcooked, but I've never found it to be a particularly tender cut. Even sliced thin on the slant, still pretty tough. So I've basically given up on it and buy a nice sirloin instead. I grew up in California, lived one summer in the Santa Mari...
by gatorman
Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hints on Tri-Tip [Cooking]
Replies: 28
Views: 1839

Diminishing Returns of Fuel Efficiency

I found this: http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/sober-look/diminishing-returns-fuel-efficiency on the net, which I found to be quite informative as to the savings (losses) one might achieve by switching to a more (less) fuel efficient vehicle. I share it with you as it may help to inform yo...
by gatorman
Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Diminishing Returns of Fuel Efficiency
Replies: 11
Views: 1422

Re: Your Favorite Appetizer Recipe

I saw the thread title and opened the thread specifically to mention ABT's only to find it in the OP! They are seriously addictive. I use chorizo instead of little smokies and sometimes go without any meat on the inside. Cream cheese is essential too. I put a generous amount of BBQ sauce on the out...
by gatorman
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite Appetizer Recipe
Replies: 9
Views: 1075

Your Favorite Appetizer Recipe

Last weekend I made a batch of ABTs, my favorite appetizer (recipe follows) and they were great as usual. But I feel the need for some variety, change, growth, in the appetizer arena. So, if you have a favorite appetizer, post your recipe here so we can all make and enjoy it. gatorman ABTs 10 jalape...
by gatorman
Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite Appetizer Recipe
Replies: 9
Views: 1075

Re: Smokers [for cooking]

From this discussion, I take it the smokers are primarily intended for cooking large cuts of meat or poultry and the charcoal or gas grills are for the hamburgers, hot dogs, and steak. (correct me if I am wrong). The idea of a smoker certainly appeals to me- let things slowly cook for an hour or so...
by gatorman
Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smokers [for cooking]
Replies: 47
Views: 4478

Re: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?

My main hobby is photography. I spent about $5k getting set up, but now spend very little, maybe $2-300 per year. But, if Nikon introduces a replacement for the D300S this fall, that may change, at least for this year. I think I'd probably buy the new body, but I wouldn't anticipate many other chang...
by gatorman
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?
Replies: 77
Views: 6944

Re: Do you deviate from the owner's manual?

The engine in my Honda Pilot doesn't knock when I use regular gas, so that is what I use. I don't pay attention to the octane rating on the pump, as it all seems to work fine. if I got a load of gas that knocked, I'd probably cross that oil company off my list. I usually fill up at Sam's Club (Murph...
by gatorman
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you deviate from the owner's manual?
Replies: 35
Views: 3146

Re: Smokers [for cooking]

I think you will be very happy with the Joe, but if you intend to do any cooking for large groups, you might consider paying a little extra and get the Big Joe as your initial purchase. The single geatest disadvantage of the kamado style cookers is that they really can't handle a lot of food. That ...
by gatorman
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smokers [for cooking]
Replies: 47
Views: 4478

Re: Smokers [for cooking]

My wife purchased a 14" Weber Smokey Mountain for my birthday earlier this year and I absolutely love it. We've done a few pork shoulders, five or six whole chickens, and chicken wings on it and everything turns out phenomenal. Granted, you sometimes have to babysit it a bit to maintain a cons...
by gatorman
Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smokers [for cooking]
Replies: 47
Views: 4478

Re: Smokers [for cooking]

Anyone have any experience with a Kamado Joe? The more I look at them, the more I want one as I absolutely love smoked meat and would love to condense down to a single unit as opposed to a separate grill and smoker. I can get one delivered for free, without tax, for $849 via wayfair.com which is ap...
by gatorman
Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smokers [for cooking]
Replies: 47
Views: 4478

Re: Smokers [for cooking]

I used to have a Large Big Green Egg. It was a great grill, but didn't quite have the capacity I needed. I replaced it with a Vision Classic kamado I bought at Sam's Club. It has a two level cooking grate, so is capable of holding more meat, which is great for large parties. But even with the 2 leve...
by gatorman
Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smokers [for cooking]
Replies: 47
Views: 4478

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Crime and Punishment , a quasi re-read for me as I had previously read the Constance Garnett translation in the early '90s, when I seem to recall that it took me a couple of months to plod my way through. This time around I went with the Pevear/Volokhonsky edition. I'm not sure if it's the translat...
by gatorman
Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Best Battery Charging Strategy

I have a new laptop with lithium-ion batteries. I usually leave it connected to the charger, but was wondering whether that practice might cause the battery to degrade faster than using it without the charger connected and just recharging when the battery reaches a certain level of discharge? Any th...
by gatorman
Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Battery Charging Strategy
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: chicken marinade recipes

My favorite is a "bacon marinade"! :) Sprinkle chicken (whole, halves, or parts) with black pepper. You can also use other spices you might like. Wrap with bacon, fastening with toothpicks as needed. I prefer to use halves, and only cover the skin side, and also loop bacon around drumstic...
by gatorman
Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: chicken marinade recipes
Replies: 32
Views: 1765

Re: chicken marinade recipes

Have you ever tried Cornell chicken? Here is a link: http://amazingribs.com/recipes/chicken_turkey_duck/cornell_chicken.html very crispy skin, but I'd add some sriracha and garlic to the mix to give it more flavor. There are lots of other recipes on the Amazing Ribs site if you are looking for good ...
by gatorman
Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: chicken marinade recipes
Replies: 32
Views: 1765

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

When I was young, I read some books by Edgar Rice Burroughs about John Carter of Mars. A number of them are available as free downloads on the Kindle. You might be disappointed though, I found them to be almost unreadable. Burroughs' characters' dialogues are tedious to read, almost painful, and hi...
by gatorman
Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re:

Tommy Emmanuel. Amazing (see on youtube). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZNJf-h7F8s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lbvSBNLLoo&feature=related ^^^^^^ Him. Simply an amazing guitarist. Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENJuNCkPfx0&feature=kp gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 187
Views: 18883

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Snowball, Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. This is an interesting book. It goes into detail of WBs upbringing, his dysfunctional relationship with his mother, his father's political career, his early business ventures and how he made his first billion, and many billions t...
by gatorman
Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Mrs. F- - The First American- The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Brands. Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/First-American-Times-Benjamin-Franklin-ebook/dp/B003M68TI4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1401613893&sr=8-7&keywords=benjamin+franklin It is quite long, but will give you a lot ...
by gatorman
Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Gatorman I am flattered that you should ask-- genuinely. I do not know Chandler the way I know Heinlein ;-). http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/raymond-chandler/ I don't really know his short fiction (when the novels took off and with the decline of dimestore 'pulp' mystery magazines like a lot of...
by gatorman
Sat May 31, 2014 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re: Vacationing in Seaside Florida?

Seaside was conceived by the architect Andres Duany. More about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9s_Duany His ideas concerning development involve bringing back concepts long abandoned in American practice, residences above businesses, businesses mixed into residential areas, rear fac...
by gatorman
Sat May 31, 2014 6:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacationing in Seaside Florida?
Replies: 13
Views: 1341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Question for Valuethinker- What's the best of Raymond Chandler? The worst? I've not read any of his books, but I'm thinking of giving him a try.
Thanks,
Gatorman
by gatorman
Sat May 31, 2014 5:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Snowball, Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. This is an interesting book. It goes into detail of WBs upbringing, his dysfunctional relationship with his mother, his father's political career, his early business ventures and how he made his first billion, and many billions t...
by gatorman
Sat May 31, 2014 5:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re: Inside Grilling

I recently saw this:

https://www.buymindenanytimegrill.com/?MID=3346159

which might work for you.
by gatorman
Wed May 28, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inside Grilling
Replies: 40
Views: 3067

Re: New Desktop Computers for My Business.

I've been out of pocket for a few days so this is somewhat tardy, but I want to thank those who posted for their suggestions and let you know I appreciate the information. Thank you! gatorman Jackpot! There was this interview with Lee Child (Jack Reacher) and he said President Clinton had dropped h...
by gatorman
Thu May 08, 2014 10:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Desktop Computers for My Business.
Replies: 23
Views: 1775

Re: New Desktop Computers for My Business.

I've been out of pocket for a few days so this is somewhat tardy, but I want to thank those who posted for their suggestions and let you know I appreciate the information. Thank you!
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed May 07, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Desktop Computers for My Business.
Replies: 23
Views: 1775

New Desktop Computers for My Business.

I need to replace a couple of the dektop computers in my business and I don't want to spend a lot of money doing so. At the same time, I want machines that will be durable and trouble free as well as ones which will not be too quickly obsoleted. One machine will be used primarily for word processing...
by gatorman
Thu May 01, 2014 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Desktop Computers for My Business.
Replies: 23
Views: 1775

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera, or, Thrilling Adventures While Taking Moving Pictures , by "Victor Appleton" (the Stratemyer syndicate ). I probably won't finish it. I'd never actually read a Tom Swift story, before, and it definitely has a strange fascination to it. I "love" t...
by gatorman
Thu May 01, 2014 11:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This is a very interesting novel. The author adopts the omniscent point of view for the narrator, yet at times the narrator professes to not know why the characters act as they do, which is a twist I've not seen elsewhere. I wish that I could read Russian, I'm sure ...
by gatorman
Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3102
Views: 998994

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Absolutely insane to be using a 10 year old laptop. You can get a beast of a laptop for $350. I know, but despite its many flaws it worked well enough to meet my needs, so I kept it and didn't worry about its inferiority to newer models as it did all I needed to do, so wasn't functionally obsolesce...
by gatorman
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 3026

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Well, it's a rare person that needs an i5 for the jobs you seem to want to do, but if that's what you want, that's what you want. But why pay $1340 when you can pay $803 ? Your link doesn't seem to be working. The processor I'm going to get is the lowest performance processor (at least in terms of ...
by gatorman
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 3026

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

KyleAAA wrote:If you're going to splurge on a sSD, you probably don't need 8gb of RAM. Lenovos are solid.


The extra 4Gb is only an $80 upgrade, so I thought I'd get it just because it might come in handy in the future as software demand for memory only seems to go up as time passes.
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 3026

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Photos are photos. RAW, PNG, JPG, etc. are all pretty much universal file types readable by basically anything. Possibly your computer guy meant that the Nikon software you use to organize these files on your Windows computer won't work on a Mac, and he might be right. But you could almost certainl...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 3026

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

The photos I'm going to move onto the new laptop were saved using Nikon's software on a Windows based machine. My computer guy tells me they won't transfer over to an Apple machine, so I was thinking of sticking with a Windows OS. I don't know enough about it to tell if he is right or wrong, but I ...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 3026

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Since you didn't prohibit outright I'll be first to say it: the MacBook Air is great. You'd have to buy a VGA dongle, but at the price and specs you are considering, it is a fantastic computer and very durable. Open Office and LR are both available for Mac. The photos I'm going to move onto the new...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 3026

Thinking About a New Laptop

The motherboard in the Dell Latitude laptop I've had since '04 bit the dust. My wife's Dell Inspiron also bit the dust so we are sans laptops. I am thinking of replacing mine with a Lenovo Thinkpad. I won't buy another Dell. I need a VGA output so I don't have to buy a dongle for it as I would proba...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 3026

Re: E Reader Software

DSInvestor wrote:I think Adobe Digital Editions can open epub files and it's free.


That worked fine, no message from ESET. Thank you very much!
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E Reader Software
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Buying new binoculars

Ram- I think mine are 8x42s, not 8x48s, but if they made an 8x48 at that time, I'd probably have purchased them just to get more light gathering power.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying new binoculars
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

E Reader Software

I downloaded a book in epub format and, of course, couldn't open it. So I went on the internet looking for free epub reader software and found some on cnet. When I went to download it I got a warning message from my virus protection software (ESET), so cancelled the download. It probably is ok and i...
by gatorman
Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E Reader Software
Replies: 2
Views: 260
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