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by Strummer
Thu May 28, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HBO Max
Replies: 38
Views: 2973

Re: HBO Max

My main complain thus far is that there's no separate folder for the Criterion collection within the Classics section of movies. I'm a film connoisseur and this upgrade improves access to some superb films. If you're after the Criterion Collection, do you know about their streaming service ? We don...
by Strummer
Tue May 26, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 148
Views: 14415

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

Ooni Koda pizza oven. Gas rather than wood fired. Bit of a learning curve but great pizza. Now if I could only find bread flour :( I've been pondering the gas-fired Ooni myself. Does it get to the high temperatures you'd normally want from a pizza oven? Any likes/dislikes about it you'd care to pas...
by Strummer
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what point is it necessary to cut down dead trees?
Replies: 46
Views: 2583

Re: At what point is it necessary to cut down dead trees?

If they're not a significant danger to people or property, there's no need to take them down. You might not want to take them completely down in any case — there are a number of species of birds, for example, that benefit from having standing dead trees around for nesting.
by Strummer
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Software for cleaning up old lecture tapes?
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: Software for cleaning up old lecture tapes?

ARoseByAnyOtherName wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:14 pm
Izotope RX is one of the industry standard tools for doing this. Its tools go way beyond just a EQ.
https://www.izotope.com/en/products/rx/ ... tions.html
This could be just the thing. Thanks!

(I'll look at the NCH application, too.)
by Strummer
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Software for cleaning up old lecture tapes?
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Software for cleaning up old lecture tapes?

Hi all, I'm in the process of digitizing tapes of old lectures that were recorded using low-end equipment. (Remember those old cassette recorders with built-in microphones? Yeah, not the best.) Does anyone have any suggestions re: software that can be used for cleaning up the digitized files? Someth...
by Strummer
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 385
Views: 27697

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

Fun thread! A few come to mind, with links to set lists where available: - Elvis Costello has played a number of benefits in San Francisco over the years for a former bandmate of his who has a son with special needs. One year, he reunited with Clover to do all the songs off "My Aim is True ." Anoth...
by Strummer
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 385
Views: 27697

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

desiderium wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:25 am
The Clash, California 1982

Today is International Clash Day. Enjoy.
And people can listen to the official stream on KEXP.org! (Not exactly on topic but definitely actionable…)
by Strummer
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 385
Views: 27697

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

Fun thread! A few come to mind, with links to set lists where available: - Elvis Costello has played a number of benefits in San Francisco over the years for a former bandmate of his who has a son with special needs. One year, he reunited with Clover to do all the songs off "My Aim is True ." Anothe...
by Strummer
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 356
Views: 37968

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

For anyone wondering why you might want to delete Facebook, I highly recommend Christopher Wylie's book about Cambridge Analytica . That recommendation also applies if you want to know how the national dialogue got to the weird place it is today. Social media is a powerful tool, and right now that t...
by Strummer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theory of Economics book recommendation desired
Replies: 29
Views: 2368

Re: Theory of Economics book recommendation desired

The quality of the above books is pretty variable, but they are all general and some of them are quite dated. Few of them give insight into modern economics *research.* I think you should consider books written by economists who are currently research-active and pushing the field forward. For examp...
by Strummer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this a good application for Zoom H6 Recorder
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Is this a good application for Zoom H6 Recorder

Do you think that recording directly to say Garage Band is better sound quality than the Zoom H6 (or similar)? Assuming we are using the same external mics. If you're using the same external mics, I think recording to Garage Band should be pretty much the same as recording to a Zoom. The Zoom and G...
by Strummer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this a good application for Zoom H6 Recorder
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Is this a good application for Zoom H6 Recorder

I have used a Zoom of some variety for about 10 years — I forget the model. As others have noted, the key to a quality recording is the mics, and the issue there is that good mics can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, which may be more than you want or need to spend. The Zoom i...
by Strummer
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RESOLVED: Least expensive place to mass register domains, decide which I want to keep, then transfer
Replies: 24
Views: 2915

Re: Least expensive place to mass register domains, decide which I want to keep, then transfer

I'll second the recommendation of NameCheap. I will add that I would avoid GoDaddy — they relentlessly try to upsell services that you don't need.
by Strummer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 921
Views: 81153

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

My question for owners: does the novelty of the crazy acceleration wear off? I was hoping for red lights so I could stomp on it! It never got old after a half-week rental. After 18,000+ miles on our Model 3, I can say the acceleration does not get old. The performance version wasn't available when ...
by Strummer
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking Cities, potential for retirees
Replies: 102
Views: 11393

Re: Walking Cities, potential for retirees

StealthRabbit wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:30 pm
Have you considered international destinations?
Some countries accept USA FIRE 'medical coverage refugees'. Offering available HC options for those under age 65.
StealthRabbit, could you expand on this a little? Thanks!
by Strummer
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: hybrid or plug-in electric car
Replies: 106
Views: 10320

Re: hybrid or plug-in electric car

In case the OP is still monitoring this thread, here's a list of all the long-range EVs currently available. From your description of your auto use, any of these should suit you from a range perspective.
by Strummer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Now that we know we're just digital prey, tell me about ad blockers and other apps and which ones are best
Replies: 35
Views: 4178

Re: Now that we know we're just digital prey, tell me about ad blockers and other apps and which ones are best

DuckDuckGo offers a search engine that doesn't track you and still provides performance on par with Google. Additionally, they offer a privacy plugin which disables tracking. I recommend it highly.
by Strummer
Mon May 06, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 insurance rates in California
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Tesla Model 3 insurance rates in California

I understand that auto insurance rates can vary widely due to the driver's age, location, driving record, and the specifics of the coverage. This means even discussing this topic is an invitation to inadvertently compare apples to oranges. That said… We've had our Model 3 for over a year now and I'm...
by Strummer
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3
Replies: 286
Views: 23965

Re: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3

BTW, in case anyone wants to read the actual Tesla release regarding the company's Q1 numbers — as opposed to, say, cherry-picked facts designed to validate a worst-case scenario — here's the link . To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the company's death are greatly exaggerated. The Tesla release ...
by Strummer
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3
Replies: 286
Views: 23965

Re: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3

BTW, in case anyone wants to read the actual Tesla release regarding the company's Q1 numbers — as opposed to, say, cherry-picked facts designed to validate a worst-case scenario — here's the link . To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the company's death are greatly exaggerated. The Tesla release ...
by Strummer
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3
Replies: 286
Views: 23965

Re: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3

My absence has flummoxed the group here... apologies. It's just a great driving experience. The interface is great, the sound system is great, the power is great, the filtration is great(Ohio diesels have been ruining my great days). It's hard to explain but it's a low stress car to drive. No extra...
by Strummer
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to see a concert! Ideas?
Replies: 50
Views: 3231

Re: Want to see a concert! Ideas?

This is such a weird question to me. Music is among the most intimate forms of self-expression. A singer's body is literally their instrument; their voice is so integral to them that "finding your voice" has become a metaphor for discovering one's uniqueness and agency. Asking "want to see a concert...
by Strummer
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3
Replies: 286
Views: 23965

Re: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3

Our one-year anniversary with our Model 3 is coming up shortly. Over 16,000 miles, thanks in part to a 3,000+ mile road trip through Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada, and I still smile every time I get behind the wheel.

Enjoy your new wheels, all!
by Strummer
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent hiking/trekking clothing?
Replies: 50
Views: 2643

Re: Decent hiking/trekking clothing?

Looks like today is my day to recommend Uniqlo — first the sock thread, now here. If you're looking for thermal/layering clothes, these are effective and inexpensive. (The link is to men's clothes — they have women's, too.)
by Strummer
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Weed Torch?
Replies: 27
Views: 2884

Re: Propane Weed Torch?

It's a great tool for a specific job. I use ours to kill weed seedlings in the decomposed granite paths in our garden. The trick is getting them when they're small and they don't have the energy to re-grow leaves after the initial torching. It's not a useful tool for taking out, say, a weed in a 4" ...
by Strummer
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model Y
Replies: 233
Views: 22392

Re: Tesla Model Y

At the present moment, I think there is a particular fork in the "I'd like to drive an electric car" road, and it depends on whether you want an electric as your only car or as a second car. If it's a second car and you have a reasonable commute (say, 50 miles or less round trip), I think the smarte...
by Strummer
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model Y
Replies: 233
Views: 22392

Re: Tesla Model Y

The Model Y will never happen. Never. Happen. Tesla is plunging toward bankruptcy; it's inevitable. The only thing that can stop it is to sell itself to another automaker, but it's current valuation remains ridiculous. My short position looks better than ever. I wish that Tesla would have remained ...
by Strummer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Maker 2019
Replies: 106
Views: 8136

Re: Espresso Maker 2019

The OP has returned to chime back in. Thank you for all the responses, and detailed insight on espresso. I find it a most enjoyable beverage, but reading the range of opinions, I'm left wondering what kind of investment is required for the "espresso curious". If you're at the "espresso curious" sta...
by Strummer
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Maker 2019
Replies: 106
Views: 8136

Re: Espresso Maker 2019

The OP has returned to chime back in. Thank you for all the responses, and detailed insight on espresso. I find it a most enjoyable beverage, but reading the range of opinions, I'm left wondering what kind of investment is required for the "espresso curious". If you're at the "espresso curious" sta...
by Strummer
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3
Replies: 286
Views: 23965

Re: Talk me in/out of $35k Tesla Model 3

We love our Model 3, full stop. It's a great car. I have no reservations about Tesla's continued existence because the company would be bought out by a competitor long before it would have a chance to fail. That said, if you're interested in an EV, the new Hyundai looks pretty solid on paper, will g...
by Strummer
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Northern California places for vacation rental
Replies: 6
Views: 777

Re: Northern California places for vacation rental

If you're looking to save some money, you might look into Vallejo. It's about 20 minutes from Napa and there's a direct ferry that takes you to San Francisco in an hour. There are lots of good options on airbnb. It's a former naval shipyard town and is quite diverse ethnically, which makes for some ...
by Strummer
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice jeans for work with lowest average cost of ownership
Replies: 107
Views: 8381

Re: Nice jeans for work with lowest average cost of ownership

I wear Carhartt jeans for several reasons: - The fabric is much heavier than most jeans made now. It reminds me of how all jeans were made in the 70s, when you'd wear a pair forever and finally, after wearing holes in the knees, chop them off mid-thigh and wear them as cutoffs. Now, jeans are made a...
by Strummer
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stoic philisopher of Rome: Epictetus
Replies: 39
Views: 3125

Re: Stoic philisopher of Rome: Epictetus

Rodney Crowell wrote a song about Epictetus, for whatever it's worth.
by Strummer
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Chrome ad-blocker
Replies: 66
Views: 5246

Re: Recommend Chrome ad-blocker

I found another addon: DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Any users of it here? I'm interested to know if it ads any benefit on top of uBlock Origin? or how it compares to Privacy Badger? I'm using DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials and find it to be quite effective. It passes the OP's CNET test and I haven'...
by Strummer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a Tesla?
Replies: 123
Views: 7120

Re: Should I buy a Tesla?

In my opinion, they can get away with that sales model for now. Once other manufacturers catch up on the technology and the competition becomes fierce, they won’t be able to compete unless they change their business model. Think about it, why do people buy Tesla? Fantastic driving car, electric, se...
by Strummer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 255
Views: 22489

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

I'm thrilled with my Tesla Model 3.

On a much more modest note, I bought one of these shiatsu foot massagers recently and my wife and I are both very pleased with it. It turns out having a few foot massages a week really improves your well being!
by Strummer
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Antique Dealers-Baby Sterling Silver Items
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: Antique Dealers-Baby Sterling Silver Items

The scrap price would be a minimum value but there's always a chance they could go for more, particularly if they were produced by a noted maker. Look for maker's marks or hallmarks to help determine the origin of each piece. British silver would typically have hallmarks for an assay office and year...
by Strummer
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 921
Views: 81153

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

I experienced my first use of a public charging station yesterday. My office park has several Chargepoint Level 2 chargers available. I signed up for a Chargepoint account ahead of time and requested an RFID tag from them which came in the mail last week. The chargers near me cost $1.25/hr for the ...
by Strummer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 921
Views: 81153

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

A .15 per share loss for Q3? LOL, no. Adjusted earnings were $2.90 per share, per figures released this afternoon.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/24/tesla-e ... -2018.html

OP, your decision is looking pretty solid, at least as far as the future of the company goes.
by Strummer
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross-country trip via Amtrak
Replies: 58
Views: 6866

Re: Cross-country trip via Amtrak

My wife and I have done SF to Chicago and SF to Portland and loved them both. We got roomettes each time (meals are included in those fees, plus a few other amenities I'll mention later) and flew back on both trips. (I think flying in one direction is the way to go unless you have the ability to do ...
by Strummer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 131
Views: 15597

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

ebotrd wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:20 am
Well done, Strummer!
I'm extremely grateful for this late find.
You're welcome! Glad it helped you.

Enjoy the car! We're loving ours.
by Strummer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 131
Views: 15597

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

Tesla is now letting Model 3 buyers purchase a "mid-range" battery with a range of 260 miles at a starting, pre-incentive price of $45K.

Details here: https://3.tesla.com/model3/design?#battery
by Strummer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far
Replies: 80
Views: 13266

Re: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far

1. Was it worth the money? For us, yes. For others, who knows? I've mentioned before here that we're in the "early adopters pay a premium" phase of electric cars, and that's certainly true of the Model 3. Three years from now, there will be more to choose from and prices should be lower, although th...
by Strummer
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of ownership of buying Model 3
Replies: 55
Views: 4830

Re: Cost of ownership of buying Model 3 vs keeping my M235i.

Volvos have 0 maintenance costs for 30k miles. Want to say BMW is 40k. Advantage gas?:) You're not going to change the oil in a Volvo for 30K miles or a Beemer for 40K? Let me know how that works out for you. ;-) (I'm not talking about costs — I'm talking about the actual maintenance work that is r...
by Strummer
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of ownership of buying Model 3
Replies: 55
Views: 4830

Re: Cost of ownership of buying Model 3 vs keeping my M235i.

A couple thoughts from a Model 3 owner: - Get quotes on the insurance from multiple companies. I did and had to switch away from Mercury to Costco/Ameriprise, but I'm saving almost $1,000 per year. Rates seem to vary widely on Teslas at the moment. - Electric cars require less maintenance than gas-p...
by Strummer
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I dont know how to spend money
Replies: 39
Views: 5748

Re: I dont know how to spend money

My question for the OP is this: What do you think that money will buy you? Frugality is great, I agree, but if you think you're missing out on life because you're being too frugal, there's a pretty good chance that is actually what is happening. You have to ask yourself some new questions: What do y...
by Strummer
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 131
Views: 15597

Re: 2016 vs 2018 or 2018 Volt (Model 3?)--compare and help me decide?

I've got about 3,500 miles on my Model 3 now and I couldn't be more delighted with it. That said, the EV market is going to change rapidly in the next few years. It's like any other tech product — early adopters pay the most. I remember when a 10 megabyte hard drive cost upwards of $1,000, and when ...
by Strummer
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 630
Views: 90065

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2004 Prius, bought new, now at 235K. We've averaged 45 MPG over that time, so compared to a vehicle with a 25 MPG average, we've used over 4,200 fewer gallons of gas. At an average price of $2.25 per gallon (SF Bay Area) over that time — I'm just guessing on that price — that would be a savings of o...