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by beowulf
Tue May 01, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Must See in South Dakota
Replies: 58
Views: 4558

Re: Must See in South Dakota

Hill City is a pretty little town and features a great dinosaur museum (Hill City Institute) founded by the people who discovered Sue, the tyrannosaurus rex, now at the Field Museum in Chicago. There's an interesting story about the ownership of the skeleton, described in the documentary Dinosaur 13...
by beowulf
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 158
Views: 25476

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Dinosaur 13. It has two aspects; one, the discovery and excavation of what was the largest (at the time) T-Rex skeleton ever found, and the subsequent dispute over the ownership of the specimen; and two, what was perhaps prosecutorial and judicial overreach in the dispute.
by beowulf
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Top 10 Books
Replies: 64
Views: 12328

Re: Your Top 10 Books

Just have three. (1) The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. Picture book for children (and adults), a tale of independence and unconditional love. (2) The Swallows and Amazon series, by Arthur Ransome. Tops (IMO) in the category of Children Having Wonderful Adventure...
by beowulf
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning to create iPhone apps
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Learning to create iPhone apps

USA Today had an article about a teenage app development camp in Silicon Valley at http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013 ... s/2681077/. I think they use lua as the programming language.
by beowulf
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Had a flat car tire, changed it, what now?
Replies: 49
Views: 5700

Re: Had a flat car tire, changed it, what now?

Buy and carry a full-size spare and an X-shape lug wrench (to allow you to remove the nuts tightened with an air wrench).
by beowulf
Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding/eradicating a "funky" smell from our Prius
Replies: 20
Views: 10649

Re: Finding/eradicating a "funky" smell from our Prius

I had a similar problem with a Jeep Cherokee. It turned out that the spare tire, which was kept inside the car, had dry rot.
by beowulf
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Newspaper 7 days a week to 3 days a week.
Replies: 40
Views: 3272

Re: Newspaper 7 days a week to 3 days a week.

I agree that there's nothing like a local paper newspaper with breakfast. My local paper has also gone from 7 to 3 days. I've tried to replace it with the NYT online. The Christian Science Monitor has good international reporting, and a good online presence, and many of its foreign correspondents ha...
by beowulf
Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Source for Book reviews?
Replies: 12
Views: 1381

Re: Source for Book reviews?

http://www.goodreads.com is a possibility, and a couple of MIT seniors just started up a site that suggests books (and other things) based on your interests; article about it here: http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/06/tipflare-netflix-recs-for-everythang/?utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+techcrunch/s...
by beowulf
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1493805

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished The Last Place on Earth by Roland Huntford, nonfiction description of the "race" of Amundsen and Scott to the South Pole; debunks idea that Scott was heroic. Also Shackleton by the same author. Amazing story of endurance: party went from wrecked ship to ice floes, to deserted Antarctic...
by beowulf
Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 12 Hour Plane Ride - Help me Find a Book!
Replies: 52
Views: 6740

I enjoyed two Bill Bryson books, A Walk in the Woods (humorous account of an Appalachian Trail hike), and Neither Here Nor There (his travels abroad).
by beowulf
Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What commercials make you NOT want to buy their product?
Replies: 127
Views: 13540

Capital One's "What's in Your Wallet."
by beowulf
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science: The Atlantic
Replies: 27
Views: 4527

In his book Good Calories, Bad Calories , Gary Taubes convinces me, at least, of the scarcity of rigorous science in the field of obesity research: "The institutionalized vigilance, 'this unending exchange of critical judgment,' is nowhere to be found in the study of nutrition, chronic disease, and ...
by beowulf
Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The bed bug problem
Replies: 31
Views: 5685

NPR's "Fresh Air" program recently featured an interview on bedbugs with a professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky. (There's a podcast of the interview at the NPR Fresh Air site; I think it was September 8 or 9). He said that his personal precautions when traveling were to strip the be...
by beowulf
Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best light weight goose down jackets
Replies: 32
Views: 21453

Western Mountaineering makes very lightweight down jackets, but they caution that because of how light the outer fabric is, they can be torn more easily than other jackets. I have a Patagonia down sweater that I really like. The suggested gear list for the lightweight backpacking course offered by t...
by beowulf
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for good whole grain wheat bread
Replies: 63
Views: 9415

Ezekiel bread is pretty good. We get it at Whole Food.
by beowulf
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The bed bug problem
Replies: 31
Views: 5685

I wonder if Propoxur is what the exterminating companies use on bed bugs.

Is it available in stores for your average paranoid consumer like me to buy?
by beowulf
Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The bed bug problem
Replies: 31
Views: 5685

The bed bug problem

Bed bugs are again a big problem. The papers write about them http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/us/22bedbug.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=bed%20bugs&st=cse , and web sites are devoted to them http://bedbugregistry.com/ . Two or three law offices in the Met Life building in New York have them, as do the Manhatt...
by beowulf
Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SEC Yield vs APR
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Thanks, Chuck. I misunderstood the SEC Yield.
by beowulf
Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SEC Yield vs APR
Replies: 4
Views: 921

SEC Yield vs APR

Vanguard's Prime Money Market fund currently has an SEC Yield of 13 basis points. A bank is offering a one year CD with a 1.30% APR. Assuming the Vanguard Prime SEC Yield remains the same for a year, and assuming the monthly Vanguard Prime distribution is reinvested in the Prime account, which is th...
by beowulf
Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: very good default homepage (starting page) ????
Replies: 45
Views: 6016

Google News.
by beowulf
Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sunglasses
Replies: 109
Views: 21407

Most sunglasses have labels that state they provide 100% or 98% protection against UVA/UVB. My concern is how can you verify that–especially since it seems to have come out recently that there's no standard by which sunscreens are measured, and many sunscreen claims are just hype: http://www.ewg.org...
by beowulf
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Beware processing fees on credit card as a cash advance
Replies: 28
Views: 4342

Many thanks, sscritic.
by beowulf
Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Beware processing fees on credit card as a cash advance
Replies: 28
Views: 4342

Does anyone have an online version of the Bank of America disclosure statement, like the Citi disclosure that sscritic posted above? I can't locate one online. I did come across someone who said that the B of A disclosure statement says that a payment to a governmental agency is treated as a cash ad...
by beowulf
Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Cash Advance Alternative–What's the Catch?
Replies: 9
Views: 2298

With respect to the credit card cash advance, I understood that the scam–that is, procedure–that credit card companies used was that when you got a cash advance, it became due as soon as you got the advance. Since you obviously wouldn't be paying it instantly (or else why would you have sought a cas...
by beowulf
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Cash Advance Alternative–What's the Catch?
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Oops. I seem to have posted my original post twice. Don't know how to delete one of these. Sorry.
by beowulf
Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Cash Advance Alternative–What's the Catch?
Replies: 9
Views: 2298

Credit Card Cash Advance Alternative–What's the Catch?

I just talked with my credit card company about redeeming some air travel miles. After that, the customer rep volunteered that if I ever needed a cash advance from them, he had a tip. He said that if I went to a bank or ATM and got the cash advance, the credit card company would immediately have to ...
by beowulf
Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Cash Advance Alternative–What's the Catch?
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Credit Card Cash Advance Alternative–What's the Catch?

I just talked with my credit card company about redeeming some air travel miles. After that, the customer rep volunteered that if I ever needed a cash advance from them, he had a tip. He said that if I went to a bank or ATM and got the cash advance, the credit card company would immediately have to ...
by beowulf
Wed May 19, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yield Curve Indicates Coming Rise in Corporate Earnings?
Replies: 14
Views: 2330

Thanks. I haven't read it all yet, but I wondered if there was one organization whose yield curve measurement is considered the standard, e.g., the Federal Reserve, the NY Federal reserve, or some other entity. Is it online? On a slightly different topic, is the VIX, measuring market volatility, pub...
by beowulf
Tue May 18, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yield Curve Indicates Coming Rise in Corporate Earnings?
Replies: 14
Views: 2330

Thanks for the referral to the other thread.
by beowulf
Tue May 18, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yield Curve Indicates Coming Rise in Corporate Earnings?
Replies: 14
Views: 2330

Yield Curve Indicates Coming Rise in Corporate Earnings?

I recently attended a lecture by a business school professor, who described the yield curve as prophetic with respect to corporate earnings and the rise or decline of the stock market. If I heard him right, he said that in the fall of 2000 we had an inverted yield curve; the spread of interest rates...
by beowulf
Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: World's 50 Best Restaurants
Replies: 53
Views: 8004

The New York Times has a good article on New Orleans restaurants to visit during the JazzFest this weekend:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/dinin ... wanted=all
by beowulf
Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Eyeglasses Online
Replies: 45
Views: 11021

I'm going to check on the legality of a doc withholding that info here, but meanwhile, I just went to Sam's Club to get some things, and while I was there, decided to ask if the eye department would check my pupillary index. They said sure, and did it in a flash.

Thanks for that suggestion, too.
by beowulf
Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Eyeglasses Online
Replies: 45
Views: 11021

Thanks very much for all the help.

Not only did I learn how to measure the pupillary distance, but learned of a great new site, Content for Reprint.

Thanks for both.
by beowulf
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Eyeglasses Online
Replies: 45
Views: 11021

How do you extract your pupilary distance from eye doctor?

I was planning to get some glasses online from Eye Glasses to Go, but when I asked my eye doctor to add the pupilary distance to my prescription, he said that he couldn't, and that I'd have to get that from the place I buy my glasses (meaning it would need to be a local store where I would go in per...
by beowulf
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strange Leak in Ceiling
Replies: 24
Views: 14035

I had the same experience as bearwolf, and so did my brother. Attic air conditioner condensation drip rather than water pipe leak.
by beowulf
Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: IU: Rick Ferri: Managing The Biggest Risk Of All
Replies: 20
Views: 4637

Adrian,

I'm a newcomer here, and wondered if you you write out for me in words the meaning of your shorthand

"Maximum Tolerable Loss x 2 = Equity Allocation < 50% "

Thanks.
by beowulf
Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good entry-level DSLR?
Replies: 51
Views: 8030

I know you asked about DSLRs, but I have another suggestion. I asked the same question you did, addressing it to the outdoor writer/photographer at the local paper. He said the paper supplies them all with Canons, which he loves. But he said that when he backpacks, goes fishing, etc., he doesn't lik...
by beowulf
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inflation protection - no guarantees
Replies: 27
Views: 3564

Adrian,

In your post above, you refer to your 50/50 mix of TIPS, short term bonds and CDs.

Are your short term bonds treasuries or corporate?

(Apologies. I'm sure you've talked about this in the past, but I can't find it.)

Thanks
by beowulf
Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Grammar Books?
Replies: 49
Views: 6086

Favorite Grammar Books

A good, fun and practical guide to grammar and style is Edward Good's "A Grammar Book for You and I. . . Oops, Me!".