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by d0gerz
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2864

Re: Harry Bosch:the Amazon Series vs the novels

In terms of the TV show I like the connections to other shows that I've seen and liked. Jamie Hector (Jay Edgar) and Lance Reddick (Chief Irving) are of course stalwarts from The Wire . I first saw Titus Welliver play the DA in Season 1/2 of The Good Wife . A lot of actors from The Wire played recur...
by d0gerz
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2864

Re: Harry Bosch:the Amazon Series vs the novels

I'm a huge fan of both the show and the novels. I saw the TV series (Season 1) first and then picked up the books. I like it much better that way because then who the characters are has already been defined for you. Going from books to TV is a recipe for disappointment imo. I'm trying to read the bo...
by d0gerz
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Currently reading Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. As with the earlier Sapiens this is a fascinating book. He starts off by saying how humans over the last 200 or so years have largely solved the problems of famine, plague, and war, something that they were unable to do s...
by d0gerz
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Sonatine - Japanese gangster movie from 1993. I liked it, it's not non-stop action yet still you feel as if at any moment something's about to happen.
by d0gerz
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Exclusion for living abroad using Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) questions
Replies: 38
Views: 1526

Re: Tax Exclusion for living abroad using Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) questions

This is true actually. You can see it in the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA). They ask if you have told the country you are living in that you are not a resident. If you have, you can't claim the FEIE. This means if you claim to your country of residence that it's not your tax home, that you ar...
by d0gerz
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Exclusion for living abroad using Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) questions
Replies: 38
Views: 1526

Re: Tax Exclusion for living abroad using Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) questions

CodeMaster wrote:Also, do you lose any priviledges? Such as retirement savings or anything like that?
You won't be able to contribute to an IRA, unless:
a) you have some income earned in the US, or
b) you have foreign earned income above the FEIE limit.

Good information on the wiki here.
by d0gerz
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Under the Midnight Sun by Japanese mystery writer Keigo Higashino. Translated into English by Alexander O. Smith, who's the translator of most of his books. This book was originally published as a serial in a monthly magazine over a period of 2 years, which you can kind of tell by the structure. It...
by d0gerz
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Though what I'm interested in knowing is how he remained injury-free to be able to run 6+ miles every day. I tried running 1-2 miles a day and ended up with tendinitis after a couple of months! There are a lot of variables between individuals. It's been a long time since I read the book, but Muraka...
by d0gerz
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning I finished reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such ...
by d0gerz
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Fascinating book on the history of homo sapiens as a species. Focuses on three revolutions in history, the Cognitive Revolution, the Agricultural Revolution, and the Scientific Revolution. The first of these is what truly set homo sapiens ...
by d0gerz
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2318
Views: 420815

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

It depends on whether or not the offer has the 24 month language restricting you to one bonus per 24 months on any personal AA card. If not, then she can receive both offers. You'll have to read the fine print. None of the 65k offers have the 24 month language, or so I've read. Also beware d0gerz y...
by d0gerz
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

Thanks for all the advice. My unit, the LG I linked to above, has been installed and so far so good. I had to cut the window panel to size so that it would fit. Let me just say I am in complete awe of folks who can build their own windows or install a split AC on their own, etc. For me just figuring...
by d0gerz
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2318
Views: 420815

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

It depends on whether or not the offer has the 24 month language restricting you to one bonus per 24 months on any personal AA card. If not, then she can receive both offers. You'll have to read the fine print. None of the 65k offers have the 24 month language, or so I've read. Also beware d0gerz y...
by d0gerz
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2318
Views: 420815

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

A week or so ago my wife received a mailer from Citi/AA for the AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard offer for 65,000 miles after $4k in spending within the first 4 months. Today she received another mailer from Citi. The offer is identical to the previous one but they have different invitation num...
by d0gerz
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2318
Views: 420815

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Question about Chase's 5/24 rule: I was 4/24 so applied for the Chase Ink Business Preferred Card (and got approved!). I applied as sole proprietor and used my SS# for tax ID. Will this application move me to 5/24 meaning I can no longer apply for Chase cards subject to 5/24? Or will it not count s...
by d0gerz
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you say when you cancel an account that you only opened for bonus?
Replies: 64
Views: 5643

Re: What do you say when you cancel an account that you only opened for bonus?

I'm new to this game, just started this year. So far I've closed 2 accounts, both via secure message. "Hi, I'd like to close my account. Thanks."
That's all it took. Avoids having to talk to anyone directly or answer any questions.
by d0gerz
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Actuary Career - Thoughts Please
Replies: 20
Views: 3039

Re: Actuary Career - Thoughts Please

It is a very small profession, I think the last number I remember seeing was about 28,000 in the US. I was at a conference recently where the president of the SOA was speaking. He said current job growth for actuaries is around 4-5% per year while growth in graduates in Actuarial Science is at arou...
by d0gerz
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

Carefully measure the width of the window. If you're lucky, you will be able to fit a 14.2 inch casement window air conditioner. If not, you'll have to go with a portable unit. You may be able to pick one up for cheap at the end of the season. I think lots of people buy them thinking they'll work b...
by d0gerz
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

By "only 1-2 months" do you mean for this cooling season, or because you'll be moving? I'd guess that a portable unit might be easier to sell for a few bucks more than a window unit, or might be more useful someplace else later if you're not going to be in the current place long. jimb Yeah I meant ...
by d0gerz
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

Probably. Not like it is 100 degrees and 90% humidity for 9 months. What about adjacent hallway and/or room? Might that air conditioned space have a fan pull in cooler air from there? So our house doesn't have central air. Adjacent hallway is not air-conditioned. This room is a middle room on the 2...
by d0gerz
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

For portable ACs, does the size of the room determine whether you get a single/dual hose unit. This link (found randomly) suggests that for smaller rooms a single hose unit should be okay. The room in question is quite small, around 110 square feet. What kind of building is it? What part of the cou...
by d0gerz
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

For portable ACs, does the size of the room determine whether you get a single/dual hose unit. This link (found randomly) suggests that for smaller rooms a single hose unit should be okay. The room in question is quite small, around 110 square feet.
by d0gerz
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

One of the bedrooms in our place has really narrow windows, the actual opening is less than 14 inches wide. Does anyone know if any window ACs come for that size? The room isn't big so a 5,000 BTU unit should be sufficient. But searching online all of them seem to have a width of 15 inches and abov...
by d0gerz
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: Air conditioner for narrow windows

http://www.lg-dfs.com/products.aspx Don't know if you own or rent, but maybe a ductless mini-split? Very efficient with inverter variable speed compressors and super quiet. On some models one outdoor condenser can handle several indoor evaporators. Considerable more expensive than window units, but...
by d0gerz
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner for narrow windows
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Air conditioner for narrow windows

One of the bedrooms in our place has really narrow windows, the actual opening is less than 14 inches wide. Does anyone know if any window ACs come for that size? The room isn't big so a 5,000 BTU unit should be sufficient. But searching online all of them seem to have a width of 15 inches and above...
by d0gerz
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2318
Views: 420815

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Question about Chase's 5/24 rule: I was 4/24 so applied for the Chase Ink Business Preferred Card (and got approved!). I applied as sole proprietor and used my SS# for tax ID. Will this application move me to 5/24 meaning I can no longer apply for Chase cards subject to 5/24? Or will it not count si...
by d0gerz
Tue May 30, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

John Wick: Chapter 2 - Sequel to John Wick . Keanu Reeves is an ex-hitman for the mob trying to leave the life behind but can't. Plot is extremely simple, he's out for vengeance. Both movies are extremely violent. Styled after Hong Kong cinema's 'gun-fu' genre i.e. close quarters hand-to-hand comba...
by d0gerz
Wed May 10, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Japan
Replies: 37
Views: 4521

Re: Traveling to Japan

It's been about 5 years since I was there, but others here seemed to have better luck than I did with wifi in Tokyo. 7-11 and a few other places reliably had it, but for example, many of our hotels only had wifi in the lobby but only wired ethernet in the room--but that won't help if you have a pho...
by d0gerz
Wed May 10, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Silence - a film by Martin Scorcese about two Jesuit priests in the 17th century who travel from Portugal to Japan to spread their faith and also search for their missing mentor. Based on true events. It's a long, slow movie.
by d0gerz
Sat May 06, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 309
Views: 46812

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Clothes (especially jeans) from Uniqlo. They don't put any branding/logos on the outside of their clothing, which is great. Have also bought work clothes (pants, dress shirts, suit) from there, and they fit me really well.
by d0gerz
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 572
Views: 214453

Re: TV show recommendations?

Bosch Season 3 came out last week. Blew through it in 3 days. Now have to wait another year for Season 4. It's definitely a slow burn, all 3 seasons so far, but I really like it. Lots of dialogue (or lack thereof at times), less action. I'm also reading a lot of the Michael Connelly books, so fully ...
by d0gerz
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone For Japan?
Replies: 16
Views: 1341

Re: Phone For Japan?

You can use Hangouts on your phone to dial US/Canada numbers for free from anywhere, so long as you have data. See how: https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/3187125?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en&oco=1 Are you going to get a Japan residence card? Without it as others mentioned you won't be ...
by d0gerz
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World by Lisa Randall. This book is mainly about theoretical particle physics, and reviews suggested it would be accessible to a layperson like me. Disappointingly I grasped maybe 10% tops. Incredi...
by d0gerz
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? by William Poundstone. (The answer is evidently not.) Focuses on tough interview questions asked at tech companies/investment banks etc. Some I couldn't understand even after reading the solution. This is not a quick read! Just started Liar's Poker by Michael...
by d0gerz
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Kubo and the Two Strings. Really enjoyed it. Great story. Actually thought I was watching a dubbed version of a Japanese film, surprised to learn it's an American original.
by d0gerz
Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Japan
Replies: 37
Views: 4521

Re: Traveling to Japan

Wifi availability has gotten a lot better the last 2-3 years, especially as Japan gets ready for Tokyo 2020. But I wouldn't rely on it, free is sometimes the sort that kicks you off the network every 15 minutes, or makes you jump through hoops to get access. I'd recommend taking an unlocked Android/...
by d0gerz
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

jginseattle wrote:Get Out. Inspired satire. The movie is both scary and funny. Highly recommended.

http://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-abou ... es/get-out

Saw it tonight, great movie!
by d0gerz
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: santander bank bonus
Replies: 14
Views: 2334

Re: santander bank bonus

Does the clock on the 90 days for offers such as these start from the date the account is opened or the date you submit the application?

Reason I ask is I applied for the Wells Fargo $250 bonus but offer expires March 3rd, doubt I'll have the account opened before then.
by d0gerz
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton. Focuses on the 40-50 year period (630-680 AD) immediately after the death of Muhammad, exploring the origins of the Shia-Sunni conflict in Islam. Thoroughly researched, extremely compelling read. Now started The Concrete Blonde by Michael Collins, 3rd book in t...
by d0gerz
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton. Focuses on the 40-50 year period (630-680 AD) immediately after the death of Muhammad, exploring the origins of the Shia-Sunni conflict in Islam. Thoroughly researched, extremely compelling read. Now started The Concrete Blonde by Michael Collins, 3rd book in t...
by d0gerz
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mysteries or other books set in contemporary Japan?
Replies: 14
Views: 1194

Re: Mysteries or other books set in contemporary Japan?

Second the vote for The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Also by the same author, Salvation of a Saint.
by d0gerz
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Overlook" by Michael Connelly - the 13th in the Harry Bosch series. I have been glued to this series since early January. All are outstanding, top notch reads. If you love police procedural, look no further. The TV series "Bosch" on Amazon Prime is also excellent. Titus Wel...
by d0gerz
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson. Has elements of fantasy/magic along with hacker culture and Arab Spring themes, set in a fictitious, contemporary Middle East. Have enjoyed it for the most part, though at times the story drags, and perhaps the novel could have been a bit shorter.
by d0gerz
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2318
Views: 420815

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

This week, S&S's promotion is 5X gas points on Sears gift cards. Any gift cards not in the promo get zip. You're certainly right that we would waive the price rollback of the Citi double cash, which we usually use or the extended warranty that I know AMEX does (which I have in the sock drawer)....
by d0gerz
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2318
Views: 420815

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Jack FFR1846: Am curious, per the Stop and Shop T&C, wouldn't Sears gift cards be excluded from gas points? Is it just the case of them not enforcing their own terms or some other special case? Gas Rewards points are not available on purchases of gasoline and other fuels, alcohol, tobacco, money...
by d0gerz
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vietnam
Replies: 31
Views: 3317

Re: Vietnam

It's a big country. Where are you going? Arriving in Saigon. Don't plan to initially spend more than a day or two there. I've been in big cities a lot lately and I think I will want to escape, though if I fall in love with Saigon I could stay longer. Then traveling to Mui Ne (probably by train) to ...
by d0gerz
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vietnam
Replies: 31
Views: 3317

Re: Vietnam

protagonist wrote:I'm going there next week.

Any comments or suggestions?

It's a big country. Where are you going?
by d0gerz
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Finished watching the new Amazon original series Sneaky Pete . Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad is a co-creator and also stars in it. Great show. It's like the classic Paul Newman/Robert Redford movie The Sting (which the show even references directly at one point) but darker, like the TV show Fargo...
by d0gerz
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Have plowed through a couple of TV shows recently: The Man in the High Castle It's 1962. Axis powers have won WWII, the US west of the Rockies is controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, everything to the east is controlled by Nazi Germany. Really intense. First season is a bit of a slow burn, but ...
by d0gerz
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3123
Views: 918097

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Sausage Party. Hilarious, though definitely R-rated. Not at all what I was expecting from an animated movie going in.