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by Koogie
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Finally got around to reading World War Z by Max Brooks. Quite a bit different than the film. Quite good, in fact. He famously copied the format of Studs Terkels book The Good War, which was a collection of oral stories about WW2. This is crafted as the same sort of thing but some time after a ficti...
by Koogie
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Lethal White by "Robert Galbraith," i.e., J. K. Rowling. The fourth book in the excellent series of detective novels. The series centers around the fairly well-worn trope of the unlikely male-female duo who can't decide whether they're colleagues or friends or soulmates, but I think Rowling does it...
by Koogie
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Just finished Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey. Told by an unnamed (the closest we get is his nickname from boot camp) soldier in the galactic war against the alien Ryph. The one time he hesitated in his duty ends up with him seriously injured and a decorated hero. Asked what posting he wants, he just wants...
by Koogie
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I've started Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of J. K. Rowlings. I read the previous three novels in the series. This one started quite well, although you may be somewhat at sea if you haven't read the previous novel. I'm now a third the way into it and am wondering if some of the goin...
by Koogie
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105221

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Bodyguard on BBC1. Staring Keeley Hawes and "Robb Stark" (lol)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7493974/vi ... v_vi_aiv_1

Pretty decent so far. The first episode in particular.
by Koogie
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105221

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

MichaelRpdx wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:55 am
We've just started into season two of A Very Secret Service. French farce set in the inner workings of their secret service in the early 1950s. Very spoofy.
+1 Watched Season 1 and have 2 queued up.
by Koogie
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes An intelligent, well-researched international thriller with vividly written scenes. (Some suspension of disbelief is needed.) Most of the thriller-type action takes place on the Aegean coast of Turkey, in an atmospheric setting with historic ruins and mansions along clif...
by Koogie
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Do I need to start with book 1 to understand what's going with this Dresden series? If not, which book should I start with. If I need to trudge through a few books to get the really great parts, I may not make it. He's a wizard. And a detective. Who lives in Chicago. That's about all you need to kn...
by Koogie
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Just finished reading and enjoyed, The Privateer Tales (an 11 Book Series to date) by Jamie McFarlane. Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1) is a free download at the Kindle store. I enjoyed the book and quickly moved on to another and another in the set. The story line in the early books compa...
by Koogie
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

For all my tech/sci fi nerds, please read Robin Sloane's Sourdough or Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour book store. I read Penumbra on vacation last week. It was good although I thought the difference between the premise and the resolution was a little bit of a bait and switch. Still, sharp writing, good humo...
by Koogie
Wed May 16, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planned Summer trip to the Finger Lakes. Suggestions?
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Planned Summer trip to the Finger Lakes. Suggestions?

Cooperstown is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame; and is a lovely little town. It's also the ancestral home of James Fenimore Cooper. Haven't been there in long time now; but remember it as a very lovely place. It's a little more built up now but not much. I second that as an alternate. Fun walkabl...
by Koogie
Sun May 13, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you buy in Asian food stores?
Replies: 98
Views: 9048

Re: What do you buy in Asian food stores?

If by "asian" you are including Indian/Bangla stores:
- fresh garam masala. they have such a high turnover in spices and spices need to be fresh.
- fresh paneer. DW loves paneer.
- better quality basmati rice.
- fresh chapatis.
by Koogie
Sun May 06, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?
Replies: 151
Views: 12699

Re: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?

Currently working on two. Not so sure I will finish one of them. The Butchering Art. ~ Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine ~ Lindsey Fitzharris. ""In The Butchering Art , the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery a...
by Koogie
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105221

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Been very much enjoying a Spanish Netflix series called El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time). It's a Spanish time travel show that would appeal to history buffs and Dr. Who fans. Not rocket science but pretty good light sci-fi. """The Ministry of Time is the best kept secret of the Spanis...
by Koogie
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I am watching the latest season of The Expanse tv show based on the novels in that series. On a recommendation I read the novella "The Churn" that is by the same two authors, writing under the one pen name (James S.A. Corey) It is set on the vastly overpopulated and polluted Earth of The Expanse tim...
by Koogie
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Avengers: Infinity War It was .... something. Every bit the spectacle you assume it would be and probably the best use of CGI ever made. The acting was as good as it ever was. Marvel has always had a knack for choosing good actors to inhabit their characters. I won't discuss the plot at all. Very en...
by Koogie
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need Help to FIRE in Thailand
Replies: 28
Views: 3962

Re: Need Help to FIRE in Thailand

Nothing useful to add but you might like this guys blog. He is a member of another forum I am on and he early retired from the US to Thailand a while ago. And he writes well.

https://fourletternerd.wordpress.com/
by Koogie
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How old are you and how much do you save for retirement a year
Replies: 244
Views: 32991

Re: How old are you and how much do you save for retirement a year

44 years old and already semi-retired. Don't save anything per se, beyond maxing our TFSAs (Roth IRA) every year ($5500 p/p at current limits). Still make enough in salary to cover our spending every year so I allow the dividends, interest and cap gains to accumulate untouched in our current nest eg...
by Koogie
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

You both might enjoy this book. “The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession.” Adam Leith Gollner https://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/books/review/Roach-t.html I read it about 10 years ago and remember enjoying it. They made a lightly related documentary of the same name, ...
by Koogie
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Been re-watching a bunch of my favorites from years gone by. Casablanca, African Queen, Lost Horizon, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc.. One that I hadn't seen in over 30 years was The Wages of Fear. From the online description: "In a decrepit village in South America, four men are hired to transport an...
by Koogie
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?
Replies: 48
Views: 4535

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?

Also reminds me of several I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I have tried a few expensive ones over the last couple of years while on holiday that are produced by "craft" distillers. All aged in used bourbon barrels since they are small companies and the barrels are so cheap to get. The best one ta...
by Koogie
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 20% of US population are millionaires !!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: 20% of US population are millionaires !!!

randomizer wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Amazing to think somebody would throw a party for something like this. Will they also hold an I event if the market crashes and they go below $1m again?
Nothing in there to say they were invested in the market, I don't think. Maybe they reached a million dollars in CDs...
by Koogie
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Day Hiking Trails Do You Recommend?
Replies: 44
Views: 3952

Re: Which Day Hiking Trails Do You Recommend?

Since there seems to be few geographical restrictions, here are a couple. Pembrokeshire Coast Path - 186 miles around the south coast of Wales. Did it in my twenties. You can end every night in a BnB as well, if you wish. Or around the back doorstep of a pub too... Bruce Trail - 250 mile trail acros...
by Koogie
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?
Replies: 48
Views: 4535

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?

My kind of thread..... :) A friend got me into good dark rums and weaned me off bourbon. Generally we follow a few rules (with exceptions): - "mainland" rums are better than island rums - black or dark rums are superior to amber or white/silver - aging in bourbon barrels (or sherry or brandy) is a c...
by Koogie
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I agree that it probably had flaws. But I was smitten with the film's brilliant weaving of tragedy and comedy, humanity and villainy, historical backdrop and liberties taken with the history--that I was unable to be critical. The Death of Stalin is banned in Russia and several other former Soviet r...
by Koogie
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105221

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

well, count put me down as a non human. I love sci-fi and really wanted to like this show. I watched the first 3 episodes of season 1..didn't enjoy any. I jumped to the San Junipero episode and just don't get how this can be "emotional". My wife is a real softy and she agreed that it just wasn't go...
by Koogie
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Death of Stalin Yesterday I have attended an advanced showing of the film followed by a discussion with the director Armando Iannucci. This is a fantastic film, the best one I've seen in years. Victoria I did enjoy it but wouldn't say it was flawless. As a farce about the struggle for power in ...
by Koogie
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 148
Views: 14290

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

Elija Craig Small Batch 94 Proof is a great value that sells for around $30 per bottle. It's a smoother style (not bland) made from a blend of 8 year and 12 year old barrels. Not quite as good as their old 12 year old, but still a great deal. VinhoVerde Apropos of nothing, Vinho Verde has become ju...
by Koogie
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Just finished Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald. ...... The sequel was just published and I have it on hold at the library. I have read it isn't as good as the first book but that isn't normally a surprise. They have also apparently both been optioned for a tv series. Again, pretty normal these days. ...
by Koogie
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laughter is the Best Medicine - What makes you Laugh?
Replies: 105
Views: 7376

Re: Laughter is the Best Medicine - What makes you Laugh?

gotester2000 wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:04 am
Mr.Bean !!!
Blackadder (also Rowan Atkinson).

Series 2,3 and 4.
by Koogie
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14658

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

No need or desire to ever go back to: Brussels, Manchester, Hamburg. I could actually name about another dozen industrial cities in the UK and Germany. But, that's not really fair as they are places where people live and work and aren't really there to "amuse" outsiders anyway. FWIW, glad to see Ant...
by Koogie
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105221

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I’m really shocked at this, Archer is one of my favorite shows ever. It’s incredibly clever and well written. I love all the obscure references (I use google at least once an episode). What was it about the show that turned you off so much? Agreed. Archer is a great spoof. Bond for immature adults....
by Koogie
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

MoonOrb wrote:
Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:09 pm
I can unfortunately report that last night we watched American Assassin, which I cannot recommend at all. I feel dumber for having watched it. I didn't expect it to be good going in, but yet it failed to clear the hurdle of my low expectations by quite a lot.
+1 in every respect.
by Koogie
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Justice League. It wasn't as terribly terrible as it was made out to be. Or perhaps my expectations were so very low that it was a mild improvement. Certainly it was better than the dreck that was Batman vs Superman. Perhaps on about the same level as the first Superman, which reached the lofty hei...
by Koogie
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

robolove wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:38 pm
Start Wars - The last Jedi.
Disappointed. I fell asleep for about 10 minutes.
+1 At least half of it was just a remake of The Empire Strikes Back. Why can't these people come up with any new plot ideas ?
Overly long as well and with some badly thought out scenes involving Leia.
by Koogie
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Done gone and did it [Retire]
Replies: 80
Views: 9440

Re: Done gone and did it [Retire]

Congrats. I haven't been here long but you seem like a nice fella and it's good that nice things sometimes happen to nice people.

To a great 2018 for you and yours.

:beer
by Koogie
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The African Queen , available on Netflix. A classic, stars Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, well worth watching again. ""Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above"" DW favorite movie and I am a big Bogart fan. Hmm.. now our courtship is starting to make more sense.. :P
by Koogie
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Was talked into watching Kingsman 2 despite having hated Kingsman 1.

I am now 2 for 2.

Dreck. Utter dreck.
by Koogie
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Predestination, with Ethan Hawke, a sort of noirish time travel flick based on a Heinlein short story. I liked it in a keep-my-expectations-low kind of way. A great little time travel movie. That is one I recommend to people when they want a sci-fi movie they haven't heard of that isn't all robots ...
by Koogie
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Just finished Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald. It is a "hard-ish" sci-fi novel set on the moon in the not to distant future. Mankind has settled the moon for commercial purposes (resource extraction mostly) and it has developed its own economy and society, which is dominated by a handful of powerful ...
by Koogie
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3891
Views: 1089154

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Atomic Blonde. w/ Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan. Pretty decent female version of Bourne/Bond set in 1989 Berlin. Great soundtrack, great set design, great action, good acting. Was a little overlong and the twist ending was frankly poorly designed. Overall was a worthwhil...
by Koogie
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I keep the Condo or rent to Canadians?
Replies: 12
Views: 1670

Re: Should I keep the Condo or rent to Canadians?

celia wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:44 pm
Why limit yourself to one nationality? These services are used by people worldwide, even Americans, like me!
I was just addressing the OPs request.
by Koogie
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I keep the Condo or rent to Canadians?
Replies: 12
Views: 1670

Re: Should I keep the Condo or rent to Canadians?

Have you considered using one of the online services and limiting the option to long term only (month or more) ? VRBO, Homeaway, Airbnb, etc...

We are Canadian and spend most of February every year on SSI in Georgia. Found it initially through Airbnb.
by Koogie
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Harry Dresden novels. I started number 1 2 months ago and know have completed all 15. Harry dresden/detective/practicing wizzard. The Dresden Files Just finished the first Dresden Files novel, Storm Front, by Jim Butcher. Pretty decent. Sort of a mix of crime noir and supernatural fantasy. A bit fl...
by Koogie
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 573
Views: 226422

Re: TV show recommendations?

There is a Star Trek spoof show on called "The Orville" Created by and starring Seth Macfarlane (Family Guy). I have watched three shows so far and it isn't terrible. In fact, it is enjoyable in a goofy way (if you like his brand of humor). If I had to choose based on what I have seen so far, I woul...
by Koogie
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 148
Views: 14290

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

A wise man once said "Life is to short to drink cheap booze"

I'll spend $10 more to get a better quality booze I like and economize elsewhere.
by Koogie
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 573
Views: 226422

Re: TV show recommendations?

I saw it too and didn't like it. Funnily the spaceship/computers/displays seemed so much more advanced than in the original series, though it was set ten years earlier. Maybe in the future tech will move backwards. +1 I watched the first two. Cringe worthy writing in spots. The acting quality varie...
by Koogie
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 148
Views: 14290

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

My "everyday" bourbon is Woodford Reserve. Probably followed by Makers Mark or Knob Creek. I am also no stranger to Mr. Beams black. A few years ago a friend got me into dark and premium rums as well. They are my tipple of choice now as I try the different styles, regions and "terroirs" to borrow a ...
by Koogie
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just back from holiday and read a few books in the RV we rented to tour Northeastern Ontario. The King of Shanghai - Ian Hamilton. Book 7 in the Ava Lee series. She is a lesbian Chinese-Canadian accountant that specializes in collecting bad debts and breaking noses. Hamilton has reached the formulai...
by Koogie
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47438

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Just back from a vacation and read "The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth" an anthology of short stories set in the Emberverse milieu created by S.M. Stirling. While a fan of Stirling, I was never much into the Emberverse as I thought the founding event (death of energy dense technology) was jus...