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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: 4977

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: 630

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: 95
Views: 6189

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: 5009

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: 116
Views: 10493

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: 37
Views: 3453

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: 6179

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: 3192

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: 3192

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: 5236

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: 5236

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: 3582

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: 1117

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: 198
Views: 27723

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: 2121

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: 3651

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: 8567

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: 4111

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: 5176

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: 7809

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: 7640

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: 15602

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: 2242

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: 1336
Views: 274776

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: 1945

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: 87
Views: 8191

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: 2388

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: 238
Views: 17201

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: 994

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: 3614

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: 2108

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: 978

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: 390

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: 6000

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: 1971

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...
by gatorking
Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401k limit is per job or per year?
Replies: 9
Views: 1303

Re: 401k limit is per job or per year?

Per year. And it is usually up to you to make sure you don't exceed the limit.
by gatorking
Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: creepy LinkedIn
Replies: 30
Views: 5662

Re: creepy LinkedIn

According to an article on Zdnet: "Remember that unless you explicitly log out of each social networking platform every time you finish using it, you remain implicitly logged on to it at all times whilst your PC is on." http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-linkedins-people-we-may-know-feature-...
by gatorking
Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worst financial book you have read (or will admit you have read)
Replies: 94
Views: 10306

Re: Worst financial book you have read (or will admit you have read)

The worst "financial" book I read has to be Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyasaki.
by gatorking
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon getting too smart?
Replies: 35
Views: 5197

Re: Amazon getting too smart?

Getting? They've been doing this sort of thing for a long time. I never noticed it before. It is amazing to me that they actually predict which authors to deny me the used paperbacks. There is another used bookseller called abebooks.com that I am going to try. On the particular book I ordered with ...
by gatorking
Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fish in the refrigerator
Replies: 25
Views: 3327

Re: Fish in the refrigerator

Don't put it in a transparent container. Maybe the sight is enough to help this person "recall" the odor.
by gatorking
Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Bicycles
Replies: 14
Views: 1568

Re: Electric Bicycles

I want to buy this one but I'm not cool enough: http://www.yikebike.com/
by gatorking
Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: yobria's easyallocator.org website?
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: yobria's easyallocator.org website?

"If it weren't for color printers, and man's need to find patterns where there are none, investment advisers would be a whole lot poorer." - yobria Nick was about better investing through noise reduction, an excellent message and contributor. I miss him. Thanks for posting this. I just ma...
by gatorking
Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard's new Personal Advisor Services
Replies: 56
Views: 10173

Re: Vanguard's new Personal Advisor Services

Sounds like Rick Ferri is not very happy with them either. I am a little surprised by this since he seems to be of the opinion that advisers who charge 1% are charging too much. http://www.forbes.com/2010/09/09/high-fee-index-fund-advisor-hypocrisy-personal-finance-indexer-ferri.html From the link B...
by gatorking
Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any solo retired RVer's out there?
Replies: 90
Views: 13308

Re: Any solo retired RVer's out there?

If the VW westfalia appeals to you, look at the Mercedes Benz Marco Polo.
https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/merced ... ven-video/
by gatorking
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you keep your to do list?
Replies: 60
Views: 5974

Re: Where do you keep your to do list?

Interesting read: A brief history of the to-do list.
http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2015/05 ... o-do-list/
by gatorking
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you keep your to do list?
Replies: 60
Views: 5974

Re: Where do you keep your to do list?

I use Outlook mainly because I like the option of flagging an email so it gets added under "tasks".
by gatorking
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice Needed - Has Anyone Chosen Work Life Balance over Extra Money?
Replies: 101
Views: 11897

Re: Advice Needed - Has Anyone Chosen Work Life Balance over Extra Money?

Don't underestimate the 1 hr reduction in commute. And being only 15 min from home may give you a different kind of flexibility that you don't have with the current job.
by gatorking
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for Boston trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1655

Re: Advice for Boston trip

USS Constitution is in dry dock for restoration. Tours are limited.
http://www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitors.asp
by gatorking
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for Boston trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1655

Re: Advice for Boston trip

Boston Garden and Boston Common: swan boats, make way for ducklings, frog pond (especially if temps are in the 90s).
Boston Tea Party (http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/)
Ferry to Georges Island (http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-islands/) - Might use up too much of your time.
by gatorking
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to pay $150 In Taxes On $150000 Income
Replies: 37
Views: 7324

Re: How to pay $150 In Taxes On $150000 Income

I wonder if he's making a mistake by not using some Roth vehicles. He's not even filling out his 10% bracket now, but when he withdraws all that cash at retirement, he'll wind up paying in the 25% bracket. It looks good now, but I think there is a long-term mistake. I think he plans on Roth convers...

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