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by gatorking
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda maintenance schedule?
Replies: 49
Views: 3002

Re: Honda maintenance schedule?

A little googling led me to this website. I don't know how accurate the information here is so use with caution.
http://www.driverside.com/service-sched ... id=4112266
Pick your model by clicking on the Change Car button.
by gatorking
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?
Replies: 22
Views: 1341

Re: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?

Nissan brags about their zero gravity seats. You could ask on a Nissan forum whether they help.
http://www.nissanusa.com/blog/zero-gravity-seats
by gatorking
Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book - Criticism of behavioral economics.
Replies: 18
Views: 1863

Re: Book - Criticism of behavioral economics.

Gerd_Gigerenzer is a pretty vocal critic of Kahneman and Tversky.
by gatorking
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can this roast beef be saved?
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Can this roast beef be saved?

Try a pressure cooker if you have one.
by gatorking
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 283
Views: 34680

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

I received my cards in the mail this week - the Amex and Visa cards were replaced with Visa signature cards. I'm guessing I don't need two of them. Should I cancel one or just not activate it?
by gatorking
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a new mattress. Memory foam?
Replies: 53
Views: 3361

Re: I need a new mattress. Memory foam?

fandango wrote:We have had a memory foam mattress for almost 20 years.

Time for us to buy another.

Best one I have seen so far is by Casper.


Just for you:
https://www.sleepsherpa.com/casper-vs-l ... ss-review/
https://www.sleepsherpa.com/nest-alexan ... ur-slayer/
by gatorking
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top 9"+ Tablets for cheap
Replies: 17
Views: 1899

Re: Top 9"+ Tablets for cheap

Amazon Fire is not native Android. The appstore does not have Google apps like Youtube. There are workarounds but be aware of this issue.
by gatorking
Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity mobile application
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Re: Fidelity mobile application

One year is too long. If you are using their mobile app you probably want instant gratification anyway. :D
by gatorking
Tue May 31, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Zeros for College?
Replies: 10
Views: 2257

Re: Zeros for College?

I don't understand why you think the discount is the value that matters most to you. I would be interested in the yield since this helps me compare it to other bonds and CDs. What I got from the fidelity website is this: 100 - price you pay for the bond is the discount. So, looking at a STRIP maturi...
by gatorking
Thu May 19, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: day trip or 2day trips from Boston
Replies: 25
Views: 1462

Re: day trip or 2day trips from Boston

Lots of information in these two threads:
viewtopic.php?t=157608
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=186775
by gatorking
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for post retirement career
Replies: 53
Views: 3331

Re: Advice for post retirement career

Switch to a private/charter school?
by gatorking
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a quick 3 day trip to Boston
Replies: 33
Views: 2351

Re: Planning a quick 3 day trip to Boston

Some very good info in this thread:
viewtopic.php?t=157608
by gatorking
Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1788
Views: 427734

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "How Adam Smith can change your life: an unexpected guide to human nature and happiness" by Russ Roberts Highly recommend it. This is not a book about "The Wealth of Nations" but about a lesser known work - "The Theory of Moral Sentiments". Recently I ha...
by gatorking
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One sentence financial rule
Replies: 22
Views: 3140

Re: One sentence financial rule

MarkBarb wrote:How about "Understand what you are doing and why rather than putting a lot of faith in a few aphorisms."

What if the subject is so complex that understanding is not possible, especially for an average person?
by gatorking
Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One sentence financial rule
Replies: 22
Views: 3140

One sentence financial rule

List from Motley Fool:
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2 ... rules.aspx
This was posted a couple of years ago but just came to my attention today. Any you would like to add to this?
by gatorking
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 6400

Re: Hope everyone is well

People in the south love stocking up on bread, milk, and eggs for some reason. Why someone would want to buy three of the most perishable items in existence during a snow storm and potential power outage is beyond my understanding. An irresistible urge to make French toast maybe. The Atlantic is po...
by gatorking
Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirement book by Teresa Ghilarducci
Replies: 1
Views: 699

Retirement book by Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci, who's work has been discussed on these forums before is out with a book titled "How to retire with enough money : and how to know what enough is". Has anyone read this? What are your opinions?
by gatorking
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 185
Views: 17951

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Foyles War
Collision
by gatorking
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How has your Salary performed against inflation?
Replies: 59
Views: 5823

Re: How has your Salary performed against inflation?

My base salary has more than doubled since starting to work in 2000 but the number is quite meaningless since but it involved one move from low COL city to high COL city and another move from a company with better benefits and 401k match to one with worse match and benefits.
by gatorking
Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 283
Views: 34680

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

When you charge something that has a warranty with it, say an iPhone, I was under the impression that using the AMEX card extended the warranty feature by an additional year. I don't believe that the Apple warranty itself is extended, I believe AMEX itself is the one making the additional year warr...
by gatorking
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Excel function to return latest price
Replies: 38
Views: 5243

Re: Excel function to return latest price

I use the add-in from this site in Excel 2007. Other versions are supported as well.
http://parago.de/pmstockquoteexceladdin/
by gatorking
Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which other 'must-read' websites and blogs do YOU read?
Replies: 42
Views: 6833

Re: Which other 'must-read' websites and blogs do YOU read?

curiosity.com
http://www.farnamstreetblog.com
aeon.co (not .com)
bigthink.com
qz.com
theatlantic.com
by gatorking
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best noise cancelling headphones?
Replies: 47
Views: 4343

Re: Best noise cancelling headphones?

Also, if you just want sound reduction without any audio, e.g. while sleeping, then foam ear plugs are the way to go.
by gatorking
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best noise cancelling headphones?
Replies: 47
Views: 4343

Re: Best noise cancelling headphones?

The Bose never worked for me, too big and bulky. I went with the Shure SE215, they are in the ear buds, very compact, come with a variety of tips to fit every ear, and are $90. The cables are very rugged, the are detachable if they need replacement, and there are no batteries to replace or switches...
by gatorking
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?
Replies: 29
Views: 5720

Re: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?

62 consecutive 1% drops will take you from 100 to 50. 62 consecutive 1% increases will take you from 50 to 100. The problem is that you are thinking in terms of arithmetic series instead of geometric series. Incorrect. 62 1% drops will take 100 down to 53.6 62 1% increases will grow it back to 99.4...
by gatorking
Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?
Replies: 29
Views: 5720

Re: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?

62 consecutive 1% drops will take you from 100 to 50. 62 consecutive 1% increases will take you from 50 to 100. The problem is that you are thinking in terms of arithmetic series instead of geometric series.
by gatorking
Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 4165

Re: Which Roku?

The roku 3 remote allows you to plug in headphones for private listening.
by gatorking
Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jason Zweig interview: Writing, Risk, and Why Historical Perspectives Matter
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

Jason Zweig interview: Writing, Risk, and Why Historical Perspectives Matter

https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2015/10/jason-zweig-knowledge-project/ "In this episode we talk about a host of things, including what his day looks like; why he adds a philosophical and historical view to his columns; the relentless flow of news; his new book The Devil’s Financial Dictionary;...
by gatorking
Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any books really change your outlook on life?
Replies: 205
Views: 30987

Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

"Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger" by Peter Bevelin
by gatorking
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone tried to buy a new VW?
Replies: 14
Views: 2268

Re: Has anyone tried to buy a new VW?

Truecar provides graphs of sales. You could start there.
by gatorking
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jim Simons and Renaissance Technologies
Replies: 52
Views: 4334

Re: Jim Simons and Renaissance Technologies

And they know how to look out for their employees ... and themselves.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... ement-plan
by gatorking
Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another new two comma club member
Replies: 60
Views: 9142

Re: Another new two comma club member

As long you cross the threshold an odd number of times ....
by gatorking
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.
Replies: 65
Views: 4985

Re: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.

This is a great site for home goods recommendations.
http://thesweethome.com/
by gatorking
Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your car buying strategy?
Replies: 84
Views: 5823

Re: What is your car buying strategy?

If you want to do minimum work you could use the Costco car buying service.
by gatorking
Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the point of a Flagship Representative?
Replies: 69
Views: 8858

Re: What is the point of a Flagship Representative?

So Flagship is like the red carpet that only business and first class passengers are allowed to walk on while heading to the same gate as everyone else?
by gatorking
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering moving to Oregon
Replies: 71
Views: 8676

Re: Considering moving to Oregon

In the Boston area some gas stations have attendants that will always pump the gas for you; most don't. I try and frequent the former, especially in winter. :happy
by gatorking
Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VW stock goes from 170 to almost 100 and falling, good time to buy?
Replies: 169
Views: 17171

Re: VW stock goes from 170 to almost 100 and falling, good time to buy?

VW stocks are crashing... I think itll crash a lot more before it stabilizes. My question is ... think it maybe a good idea to buy when it bottoms out? Risk wise, is it possible itll bankrupt after all the penalties, fines, recalls and reputation damage? If not, then it seems like it would be a goo...
by gatorking
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can you recommend a good waterproof men's winter boot
Replies: 37
Views: 2600

Re: can you recommend a good waterproof men's winter boot

My wife and I use Kamik boots. Made in Canada.
by gatorking
Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1788
Views: 427734

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard Thaler
Makes for a great companion to Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, but much more applied.
by gatorking
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garmin maps for Italy?
Replies: 18
Views: 2412

Re: Garmin maps for Italy?

I use Mapfactor on my android phone. You can download maps before the trip and use it in offline mode.
by gatorking
Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carry on luggage
Replies: 96
Views: 11086

Re: Carry on luggage

I have found LL bean zip top tote bags to work best for me.
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/37037?fe ... ppxs&dds=y
by gatorking
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Architectural Shingles VS Metal Roof
Replies: 30
Views: 2790

Re: Architectural Shingles VS Metal Roof

EddyB wrote:What is the relevant climate and exposure? Is $9k a meaningful or trivial percentage of the value of the home?


9k is 9k, whether it is 3% of the home value or 25% is irrelevant. You are obviously falling for the "percentage fallacy".
http://lesswrong.com/lw/1i/its_the_same_five_dollars/
by gatorking
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College Admission Time, What parents need to be aware and how to be helpful
Replies: 284
Views: 27485

Re: College Admission Time, What parents need to be aware and how to be helpful

I saw this post today and thought it was appropriate for this conversation: http://www.thecollegesolution.com/the-benefits-of-a-less-selective-college/ Also, within the post is a link to a free book from on college admissions: http://www.morrisschooldistrict.org/cms/lib02/NJ01001914/Centricity/Domai...
by gatorking
Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture Pads for moving
Replies: 12
Views: 1152

Re: Furniture Pads for moving

And don't forget the huge rubber bands: http://www.amazon.com/44-Rubber-Bands-M ... B0055181OQ
by gatorking
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on a cheap commuter car
Replies: 43
Views: 3994

Re: Recommendations on a cheap commuter car

Even though ESC became mandatory in 2013, many makes and models had them standard even earlier. e.g. all 2010 Toyotas had ESC as standard. You can search for ESC equipped models here: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/safety-features
by gatorking
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Donate $300,000 in traditional IRA to charity
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: Donate $300,000 in traditional IRA to charity

I use the Fidelity Charitable Gift fund but I have never donated from an IRA and don't know how that works. This would be an easy option if your IRA is with Fidelity. Vanguard has a similar fund if your IRA is with them.
by gatorking
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking car insurance alternatives in MA
Replies: 18
Views: 1115

Re: Seeking car insurance alternatives in MA

I have been quite happy with Progressive.
by gatorking
Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buddhism book? Dhammapada - Satipatthana Sutta
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Re: Buddhism book? Dhammapada - Satipatthana Sutta

I have read and re-read the ones by Eknath Easwaran. https://www.nilgiripress.org/store/cart1.php?m=product_detail&p=201 and https://www.nilgiripress.org/store/cart1.php?m=product_detail&p=5 Currently working my way through this: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/dhp.intro.than....
by gatorking
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The " Corolla" investment....
Replies: 51
Views: 6513

Re: The " Corolla" investment....

My 1997 Corolla has only 130k miles on it. The exhaust needs fixing and engine mounts need to be replaced. Other than that it runs great. Only major repair was a transmission rebuild that cost $600.
by gatorking
Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Layout: Where to put Dining Table?
Replies: 23
Views: 2257

Re: House Layout: Where to put Dining Table?

Nobody has mentioned it, but I would switch the dining room and living room. I wondered about that too but it appears there is no door from the kitchen to the current living room. That would be a pain. Also, no way to get to the family room except through the kitchen. I would not want guests to hav...

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