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by lightheir
Sat May 28, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]
Replies: 32
Views: 1837

Re: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]

Are there BHs who find they don't enjoy too many things? Apart from my work, the only things I like are traveling, reading, investing and sex. Not into food/restaurants or sports (doing or watching). My current boyfriend says I am the only person he knows who doesn't have any hobbies, so I am follo...
by lightheir
Sat May 28, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]
Replies: 32
Views: 1837

Re: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]

Play and study chess. Super low cost, pretty much limitless free and super high quality learning resources online, and can be both low-tech and hi-tech, and spans generations. Never goes obsolete - any serious competitive video gamer would be amazed if they decided to give it a serious look - they'd...
by lightheir
Wed May 25, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zenni Optical
Replies: 29
Views: 1817

Re: Zenni Optical

I have had excellent results with 4 pairs of Zenni glasses. My current pair is now 5 years old (!) and not a single scratch on it despite daily use. They're so inexpensive that just follow the 'fit' recommendations and hope for the best. All of mine fit totally perfectly, but of course, if your face...
by lightheir
Wed May 25, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running in new pair of shoes
Replies: 41
Views: 2214

Re: Running in new pair of shoes

There is no performance advantage to running in new shoes. For something like a 10k, you might want to consider racing flats - but you should do some training runs and maybe shorter races in them first, if you go that route. To some extent cushioning on a shoe absorbs energy and slows you down but ...
by lightheir
Mon May 23, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running in new pair of shoes
Replies: 41
Views: 2214

Re: Running in new pair of shoes

Longtime (20+ year) pretty serious runner here. Definitely try out your shoes at least once, if not a few times before race day. Just to avoid unexpected blisters or other malfunctions. For BUYING new shoes (not the OP who already has shoes), modern shoes are good enough that they really should feel...
by lightheir
Sat May 21, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age did you reach 100K networth?
Replies: 299
Views: 48358

Re: What age did you reach 100K networth?

Man I feel poor! I just started saving and will pry no be 100k until I am 35. Sad thing is I started working at 16, paid for college, got a severance package from the company I worked for through college meant for senior employers I just was in that category at 21. Didn't work for a year or so whil...
by lightheir
Fri May 20, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Listening to tunes while exercising
Replies: 29
Views: 2255

Re: Listening to tunes while exercising

... It comes out at my butt, ... This is right up there with the discussion of horse semen as an investment as phrases I never expected to see on this site [taken out of context to make it sound more shocking] OP: I have a friend that is really excited about these: https://www.getkanoa.com/?gclid=C...
by lightheir
Tue May 17, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elliptical trainer
Replies: 43
Views: 1957

Re: Elliptical trainer

I don't believe that it's necessarily true that if you buy pricey exercise equipment, it's absolutely doomed to become a pricey clothes hanger. I'm one of those that has a treadmill etc., and I use the heck out of it, for years. Totally worth it for me. HOWEVER, if you have NOT been regularly using ...
by lightheir
Sun May 15, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups
Replies: 26
Views: 2824

Re: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups

I've been using Crashplan for a couple of years to backup all my photos and other data to another computer and to the cloud. Very happy with it. If you have a lot of photos be prepared for that first backup to the cloud to take a very long time. Weeks or months. It's not so bad once you get everyth...
by lightheir
Sun May 15, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups
Replies: 26
Views: 2824

Re: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups

Does anyone out there have a recommendation regarding a cloud storage solution for photo backups? I have a Mac and use time machine but I am getting anxious about the risk that I could lose all my photos. I used to synch my photos to an external drive and store the drive off-site but I am not disci...
by lightheir
Fri May 06, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 53
Views: 3037

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

OP here - ironically, despite the excellent recs given above with apps, I ended up just going to a photo store near my workplace and having it done there. It was surprisingly hard to find a pure white wall and to get a photo with no shadows with my cell phone! Ok, I didn't exactly make a heroic effo...
by lightheir
Thu May 05, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild
Replies: 84
Views: 10301

Re: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild

LA is a good place for exotic car watching. I recall one afternoon in a near-budget type chinese food restaurant in west LA at around 3PM, where I was the only patron in the house, a Bugatti Veyron and some other superexotic sports car (not Lambo or Ferrari, even more exclusive than that) pulled up ...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Way of Landscaping?
Replies: 42
Views: 3727

Re: BH Way of Landscaping?

On a semirelated note just for kicks, I've had a pair of small rabbits move into my backyard.

I've been surprised at what a decent job they've been doing 'mowing' my lawn! Ok, they do leave large uneven patches of too-tall uneaten grass, but the areas they eat look really neat and manicured!
by lightheir
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to buy a home safe - advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 3535

Re: Want to buy a home safe - advice?

A lot of home safes end up going unused: they're too much trouble. So perhaps "pretotype" the safe: get a generic lockable cabinet and pretend it's your safe for a while. You may figure out there's actually a better spot, or that you need two smaller safes rather than one big one. -- Also...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to buy a home safe - advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 3535

Want to buy a home safe - advice?

I'm planning on buying a home safe to store jewelry, documents, and other things. I'm thinking something that's heavy enough to be difficult to steal - not just a small hotel-sized safe. I don't have any metal bars I can fix it to either, so it'll have to be heavy duty enough to stand on its own. I'...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 53
Views: 3037

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

So a passport lasts 10 years. That's $1.20 per year for the picture and 4 minutes driving time per year if you use the photo guy. Or you could spend hours reviewing our advice on what you should do and maybe pay a buck at the drugstore. I know what I'd do. Hello photo guy. :D True, but given that i...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 53
Views: 3037

Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

It's time for me to renew my passport. I was hoping to DIY the passport photo using my cellphone camera and ordering the color print from Shutterfly or some drugstore service (I don't have a color printer) - there seems to be some phone apps and even websites that 'optimize' the size/picture for you...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody use a Motorola Moto X smartphone?
Replies: 17
Views: 1540

Re: Anybody use a Motorola Moto X smartphone?

I have the 2015 MotoX (the 2nd gen, but not the '3rd' gen PURE most-recent models.) I use it on Republic wireless where it is one of the only phone choices available to choose from. It's an awesome phone. Does everything, well. Big enough to be useful for web browsing, not so big that it doesn't fit...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Booster
Replies: 22
Views: 1546

Re: Wifi Booster

My netgear extender works great and was easy to setup.

It's a lot more reliable than my powerline was (used to drop signal all the time on the powerline, not sure why.)
by lightheir
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for kid's graduate school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3673

Re: Paying for kid's graduate school?

video games until 4 in the morning, etc, Sound like my son, as he heads to college this fall. These weeks, just wondering how to make them responsible ??? without impacting too much on their education. I played tons of video games growing up, too. Didn't badly affect me whatsoever. I think it's ine...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for kid's graduate school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3673

Re: Paying for kid's graduate school?

As you long as you truly can afford it (not compromising on retirement included), and your kid sounds like a reliable person in terms of committing and completing (which it does sound like he is), I would definitely pay for it. Sure, some would consider it a 'luxury' to be able to foot this bill for...
by lightheir
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4594

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

Linux has passed its heyday. We are moving into a world of non-OS centric software and apps, and your operating system will matter less and less. I'd argue that the rise of Android has pushed Linux into the background, and will continue to do so since Android is best positioned to conquer both mobi...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4594

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

And to further push the OP away from consumer-level use of Linux (not dev-level): I learned a lot of Linux initially to take advantage of the fabled "shell-level control" you have with Linux, meaning a power Linux user can accomplish complex file manipulation, often in batches, with a sing...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4594

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

Thanks for all the thoughtful replies. Seems that this topic spurs just as much interest as it always has. On the one hand there is the view that Linux is past it heyday, but there are others who are quite happily using it and see no imminent decline. Considering all your comments, and the cost of ...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4594

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

I'd still argue that despite the inclusion of the kernel, the fundamental approach to the phone or computer is dramatically different between Android vs Linux. They're very, very different for the user in execution.
by lightheir
Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Booster
Replies: 22
Views: 1546

Re: Wifi Booster

Powerlines are a good option and relatively inexpensive, but in some houses and circuits they can be a bit glitchy. Mine ceases to work at least 20% of the time when I'm trying to get signal to my garage. I use this highly rater 'wifi extender' http://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-ra...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4594

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

Linux has passed its heyday. We are moving into a world of non-OS centric software and apps, and your operating system will matter less and less. I'd argue that the rise of Android has pushed Linux into the background, and will continue to do so since Android is best positioned to conquer both mobil...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Smart TV - integrated with Roku
Replies: 8
Views: 824

Re: New Smart TV - integrated with Roku

I have the 32 inch version of this TCL with Roku, and it's great. The wifi connectivity is excellent - I was worried it would be a lousy wifi antenna as I have the TV in my garage for a treadmill where reception is poor enough that my laptop has problems grabbing a signal, but the TV has no problems...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?
Replies: 42
Views: 3412

Re: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?

The best method to advance your critical thinking is the study of the maths and sciences. The reason for this is: - Quantifiable right/wrong answers in most of the core aspects of these fields, esp at the earlier levels. - Highly studied, highly established field, with numerous professionals having...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?
Replies: 42
Views: 3412

Re: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?

The best method to advance your critical thinking is the study of the maths and sciences. The reason for this is: - Quantifiable right/wrong answers in most of the core aspects of these fields, esp at the earlier levels. - Highly studied, highly established field, with numerous professionals having ...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strategy Games
Replies: 31
Views: 6234

Re: Strategy Games

Chess is hands down the best, most durable, and flexible board game. Play it casually or study it seriously. Play online or on a board Tons of amazing learning resources if you want to improve Never obsolete Has a truly rich and deep chess literary history that you can enjoy for a lifetime. And play...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't understand nutrition and exercise
Replies: 340
Views: 26033

Re: Don't understand nutrition and exercise

People aren't looking for a way to lose weight, they're looking for a way to rationalize staying fat. That is, unfortunately, my opinion as well - based on what I have seen and experienced. That definitely a gross oversimplification. For some (most), your metabolism slows as you get older, and your...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't understand nutrition and exercise
Replies: 340
Views: 26033

Re: Don't understand nutrition and exercise

It took me way too many years to realize that almost everything I like to eat I shouldn't eat. The food that I have no cravings for, protein and veg, are the things I should eat. A common assumption is that you have to like your food. I find this attitude harmful. Consider the most important criter...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well, I caved [bought new car]
Replies: 38
Views: 5122

Re: Well, I caved [bought new car]

It depends on the exact model and sometimes the trim level whether a car shouldn't even be considered used. Price a new, 1,2,3 year old Civic. Ask the salesman why the new one is cheaper than all the used ones. Same, even more so with a Wrangler. Now....go look at a Ford Focus. A new one, a last mo...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well, I caved [bought new car]
Replies: 38
Views: 5122

Re: Well, I caved [bought new car]

For the in-demand used car models, I don't think you save much at all by buying a used car unless you happen to be very lucky and/or spend an inordinate amount of time scouring classifieds. The market is pretty well established now with pricing that accounts for the lost opportunity costs in time sp...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't understand nutrition and exercise
Replies: 340
Views: 26033

Re: Don't understand nutrition and exercise

OP - just do this. Guaranteed success http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-rock-dwayne-johnson-diet/ In my experience, if you train heavy, you can eat pretty much whatever you want within reason. It's not just training heavy, it's doing a total of 2.5 hours of workouts 6 days a week on a strict ...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Value TV purchase
Replies: 38
Views: 3175

Re: Best Value TV purchase

TCL Roku is great. The Roku interface is well regarded as the best in the market, and the prices are so rock bottom that you can't possibly go any lower. I bought a 32" (my first TV in 10+ years!) this past winter and I've been shocked with how easy the setup with, how good the picture, and how...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 91
Views: 7063

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

I've had personal experience with MDVIP, which is currently sweeping the Nation. My PCP of over 20 years transitioned to this as of 1/1/16, and the charge was/is $1,800 a year. This PCP is not particularly well regarded but I had stayed with him because my health insurance is not accepted by all do...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I do not know how to back up my computer
Replies: 72
Views: 4947

Re: I do not know how to back up my computer

I will post again - Despite what you believe, Crashplan can and will EASILY delete your files, even when you set it to 'never delete.' The moment it sees that a computer is disconnected from it (the most common scenario being upgrading to a new computer with a brand new hard drive, and not wanting t...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bread - The Cost and Convenience
Replies: 94
Views: 9274

Re: Bread - The Cost and Convenience

Seriously, do the "no-knead" bread recipe (NYT Mark Bittman) - it's super easy, hard to screw up, and comes out so well that it's literally better than any bread you'll buy. I'm not exaggerating here either - there's something magical about the 'just-out-of-the-oven" artisinal bread t...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill Accessories
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Treadmill Accessories

I bought a dedicated treadmill tripod stand from Amazon for around $120 that is super sturdy and has a surface that's big enough to hold by laptop or even my 32" LCD TV for the treadmill, while being completely stable. Well worth it for me, as I train pretty hard on mine. The 32" LCD TV is...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?
Replies: 38
Views: 4124

Re: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?

Initial Board certification means someone completed a residency/ fellowship and passed an exam demonstrating esoteric medical knowledge. Maintenance of certification means the physician is being fleeced to pay several hundred dollars a year to a monopolistic organization to maintain a label./quote]...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?
Replies: 38
Views: 4124

Re: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?

Apparently, at least three years ago, it did pass the sniff test. Patients actively involved in their health care do have better outcomes. http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=86 I'd agree that patients who are 'actively involved' in their health have better outcomes. ...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?
Replies: 38
Views: 4124

Re: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?

If you are ABMS (a specialist) certified, you'll also have to prove annually that you are continuing the requirements to remain board certified such as: continuing education, attending chart rounds, performing PQI projects (quality improvements), etc. It's not just about getting an initial certific...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 7064

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

I've learned how to cook on the grill, however, and started making meat, chicken and fish on an All-Clad teflon frying pan on the stove top. I was told that I should try a cast iron frying pan. There is no reason whatsoever to "try" cast iron unless you're having specific problems with yo...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac laptop vs. Windows 7 (or 10) laptop
Replies: 63
Views: 4525

Re: Mac laptop vs. Windows 7 (or 10) laptop

I'm fairly proficient in consumer-use computers. Macs are pricier, but I will say without question that they are rock-solid and absolutely worth the premium. I've owned 4 laptops in the past 6 years, for work and play, all of similar price range (<$1000, including the Mac), and hands down, the best ...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time To Quit My Job?
Replies: 53
Views: 4789

Re: Time To Quit My Job?

Quit your job, grow your business and your industry connections and fame through your business, and then have the option of getting rehired for 2x your current salary if you choose to! :D
by lightheir
Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zenni Eyeglasses
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

Re: Zenni Eyeglasses

I was extremely satisfied with all the Zenni glasses I purchased. I made the dive literally 8 years ago (!!) and fully expected 'throwaway' type glasses since they were <$35, compared to my $450+ frameless glasses that no longer was up to prescription. To my amazement, the glasses were perfectly goo...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need an awesome smartphone?
Replies: 73
Views: 4866

Re: Do I need an awesome smartphone?

We are not getting any smart phones because their displays are so small, tough to read. We have cell phones for phone calls. Our internet interface is via pc with 23 inch display. Not that this is enough of a reason to go full-bore new smartphone, but I will add that I hated my iphone 4s for web/ms...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need an awesome smartphone?
Replies: 73
Views: 4866

Re: Do I need an awesome smartphone?

I also have a Moto G. It does everything I need it to do. No way I'm spending hundreds on a larger/newer phone. Complete waste of money. I can't believe how much money people spend on their phones. Not just the device itself, but the monthly service plans. I have Ting for about $15 per month. Exact...

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