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by iceport
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Steep Canyon Rangers... This band is capable of some superb original contemporary bluegrass music. Beyond that, they seem to be just a super nice bunch of guys. (When power failed at a festival a few years ago, instead of sliding out of town, they spontaneously started playing unplugged — literally ...
by iceport
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

heartwood wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12 am Today's starts with Norah Jones "Jesus, Etc"
Is that the version she did with Puss N Boots? I have that one and love it!
by iceport
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Same thing I always listen to when spring comes and the weather gets nice out, Grateful Dead. Nothing beats a spring day, windows open and GD turned up loud Agreed! Ha! I'm with you guys! I grew up in a small college town, and one of the rights of Spring I always enjoyed most as a kid was when the ...
by iceport
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Holly Bowling! Holy Moley! Holly Bowling: Morning Dew It probably helps to know the original arrangements that she reinterprets for solo piano. It's not too difficult to re-imagine this post-apocalyptic piece in the context of a global pandemic... For a more upbeat tune reinterpreted: holly bowling ...
by iceport
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

JAZZISCOOL wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:47 am Michael Burks - excellent blues guitar player/vocalist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh--1I-HMVI
Very nice! I had never heard him before.

Another fine blues vocalist that flew under my radar for too long:

Janiva Magness · You Were Never Mine
by iceport
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Stable Value Fund as “bond” allocation
Replies: 32
Views: 2705

Re: Stable Value Fund as “bond” allocation

As an added wrinkle, I am hoping to retire early-ish in the next few years and was hoping to do a Roth conversion ladder. Sounds like I’ll need to decide between maintaining the SVF and selling taxable for income, or converting the SVF and finding another fixed income investment when the time comes...
by iceport
Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live In Japan, 1991 / 2004 Mix)

If you can hang on 'till the Clapton solos you won't be disappointed...

8-)
by iceport
Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: ARE FINANCIAL markets in a bubble? - Jonathan Clements
Replies: 13
Views: 1897

Re: ARE FINANCIAL markets in a bubble? - Jonathan Clements

Drawing on economist Hyman Minsky, Bernstein says there are four conditions necessary for a financial bubble to form: easy credit, exciting new technologies, amnesia about the prior bubble and bust, and the abandonment of old, prudent methods for valuing investments. Well, those may be fine conditi...
by iceport
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Since Leslie West's death at the end of last year, I've rediscovered Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride album. I read in one of the obituaries that West sort of compensated for a lack of speed with a focus on tone. He felt that the tone of his guitar work could be compared to a classical instrument. Th...
by iceport
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tax Loss Harvesting - see forest for the trees
Replies: 55
Views: 2917

Re: Tax Loss Harvesting - see forest for the trees

I feel your pain, TDG. However, I don't believe your conclusion after this experience — that TLH is not worthwhile — is valid. First, as an aside, I'd just like to point out that yours is an *excellent* illustration of the fact that a total market index fund is not substantially identical to an S&am...
by iceport
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

A thoroughly delightful collection of live versions of Steve Winwood's classics — curated by the artist — called "Winwood Greatest Hits Live." https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kv2NKhwZtgjQQC0_UsDRYLz5In9s1jMB4 If you like Winwood and Traffic, this will not disappoint. Many of ...
by iceport
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NO Gift Tax on Gifts >$15k in a Year
Replies: 138
Views: 13182

Re: NO Gift Tax on Gifts >$15k in a Year

And don't forget that State lifetime exclusions may be much lower. My state, it's $1M. I believe that Connecticut is the only state that still has a gift tax. Fifteen states have estate taxes though. In my own state, Washington, you can gift as much as you want before your death, so it's pretty eas...
by iceport
Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Fleetwood Mac — Future Games (1970). Sort of a transition between their earlier blues-based line-ups and the later, more famous mainstream pop line-up. Kind of illustrates how important Christine McVie was to the Fleetwood Mac sound, because her contributions on this album clearly foreshadow much of...
by iceport
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Mr. Bojangles, in memory of Jerry Jeff Walker (songwriter) who passed away on October 23. I always liked that song. +1 +2 Though I learned the tune from David Bromberg, who talked of his time traveling with Jerry Jeff as his guitarist, soon afterwards I was introduced to Jerry Jeff's version and th...
by iceport
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Another album on frequent rotation here is Caitlin Canty's 2018 release, Motel Bouquet. She's a great writer, and an honest and vulnerable singer. The album is also blessed with numerous stand-out musicians, including Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Noam Pikelny on guitars and banjo. Album playlist: htt...
by iceport
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Nicolas wrote: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:05 pm
iceport wrote: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:02 pm I immediately welcomed the new versions enthusiastically, almost without exception.
I did too. He knows how to touch the heart.
Yes, he does. A truly gifted songwriter and composer.
by iceport
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

I checked out your youtube links. Thanks! He still has a good voice. I wonder if the album is from the same performances or from studio recordings. The new arrangements will take getting used to. No, he actually re-created each piece and re-recorded it, using some of the original studio musicians a...
by iceport
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

I've been absolutely blown away by the 50th anniversary re-imagining of the classic Cat Stevens album, Tea for the Tillerman. The original album is such a masterpiece that I still break it out once in a while to enjoy its timeless charms. Yet the completely new version of the album has updated each ...
by iceport
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Of the many excellent recent tributes to Mr. Prine, this is my favorite. https://youtu.be/CFLqYKjOVOk?t=157 Here's another phenomenal interpretation of John Prine's Hello in There — a brand spanking new, lock-down-inspired offering from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. A bit slower, and even more ...
by iceport
Sat May 30, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

I'm making this my Friday afternoon and evening listening events: In the Philadelphia area, University of Pennsylvania WXPN radio 88.5 FM, Funky Friday 4 PM to 7 PM Eastern 🕺 Then, switching to Temple University radio WRTI 90.1 FM. Nouveau Jazz Showcase , every Friday from 6 PM to 10 PM Eastern. 🎵 ...
by iceport
Sat May 30, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

A really sweet version of Blind Faith's Can't Find My Way Home, sung by Rachael Price: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xZxxVlu7BM And as far as sweet covers go, the Travelling McCourys doing a surprisingly inspired version of the Dead's Loser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbhe8Aw_FnU (Did I get ...
by iceport
Tue May 26, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Covid-19 Fears and Stock Market Behavior
Replies: 13
Views: 1252

Re: Covid-19 Fears and Stock Market Behavior

I think short-lived market downturns correlating to short-term pandemics won't be very relevant if we end up in a prolonged pandemic, as currently appears distinctly possible — if not likely. Looking at the blue bar graph, I don't see anything like a tail end yet, do you? No, you're right, the U.S....
by iceport
Tue May 26, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Covid-19 Fears and Stock Market Behavior
Replies: 13
Views: 1252

Re: Covid-19 Fears and Stock Market Behavior

If there is a predictable pattern to stock market behavior in a pandemic — as there appears to be — this should reinforce the "buy-hold-rebalance" strategy of most passive investors. Also, investors might be further reassured that event-driven bear markets caused by pandemics have tended ...
by iceport
Tue May 26, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Covid-19 Fears and Stock Market Behavior
Replies: 13
Views: 1252

Re: Covid-19 Fears and Stock Market Behavior

This might be a little off topic, but I couldn't help noticing how different the two bar graphs are! In one country, the cases rose, peaked and fell back to very low levels in the span of a single month. One month! In the other country, we're at 2-1/2 months and still going strong — with practically...
by iceport
Tue May 26, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homemade Salad Dressing
Replies: 51
Views: 3309

Re: Homemade Salad Dressing

So I went to the store and, Oh My, they only had apple cider vinegar in plastic bottles. Apple cider vinegar in a glass bottle has been my go-to since I first shopped for myself. Don’t ask me why, I just liked the apple cider idea I guess. So out of desperation or exasperation I settled for Balsami...
by iceport
Mon May 25, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 165
Views: 20562

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

That's still well above the boiling point of water at sea level. And it's hotter than you're able to reach boiling water on the stove top, even if you add salt. You're still missing the part where I said that I discard the original water used to render the beans safe and put the beans into fresh li...
by iceport
Mon May 25, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 165
Views: 20562

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

Note that I clearly said to not use "slow cooker mode" and that high pressure mode is probably okay (depending on altitude, since Instant Pot uses a pressure sensor, not a temperature sensor, to control the pressure mode). Mudpuppy, I think it's more than "probably" OK using a p...
by iceport
Mon May 25, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 165
Views: 20562

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

Miriam2 wrote: Mon May 25, 2020 4:06 pm I just love it when engineers try to cook simple things :D
:)
:beer
by iceport
Mon May 25, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 165
Views: 20562

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

► No pre-soaking anything. I never bothered cooking dried beans and grains that require pre-soaking before. Now that I don't have to go through the bother of pre-soaking anything, it's opened up a whole new list of foods I cook on a regular basis. One safety note with dried beans: Kidney beans, par...
by iceport
Mon May 25, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 165
Views: 20562

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

Add me to the list of folks who consider the Instant Pot an indispensable kitchen necessity. I use mine practically every single day — often twice a day! I must admit that I haven't been very adventurous yet in attempting entree dishes, but I've made a chicken with leeks and mushrooms a few times th...
by iceport
Sun May 24, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

iceport, I purchased a NAD C368 Amp a few years ago, great amp - 80 watts/channel. There is so much great gear out there, have fun exploring! Dave Hey Dave, I just wanted to say how amazing I think these NAD amps are. (Yours is the same design.) What a good call replacing the old 2400 turned out to...
by iceport
Sat May 23, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 331
Views: 23157

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

I guess a better question is, what are some tips to help stick to a weight loss (and then maintenance) way of eating? I do not want this discussion turning into medical advice that will get this locked. It's so easy to give into temptation. Any suggestions? I focused on quality, not quantity. You c...
by iceport
Fri May 22, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

Bummer. "I feel your pain." Thanks nisiprius. I purchased a NAD C368 Amp a few years ago, great amp - 80 watts/channel. There is so much great gear out there, have fun exploring! Dave Thanks Dave. I actually would have picked that one, except the amp I blew up was rated for 100W, so I fig...
by iceport
Fri May 22, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

Well, it looks like that's it for the trusty old NAD 2400. :( :( :oops:

The fuses came a day early in the mail. I replaced the three blown fuses, plugged it in and pressed the power button. Nothing. The main 7A fuse had blown again.

Looks like I'll be getting a replacement. :(
by iceport
Fri May 22, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Another couple of TLH wash sale questions -- sorry!
Replies: 17
Views: 939

Re: Another couple of TLH wash sale questions -- sorry!

If you recently (less than 30 days) had a reinvested dividend does the wash sale disallow TLH for ALL holdings of that asset or just for the amount of the reinvested dividend? A wash sale is created when you sell shares at a loss and purchase replacement shares — defined as substantially identical ...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

Having revived many amps over the years (first in technician school and then on weekends in the lab of work for my engineering job), I know that you should first figure out why the fuses blew. They don't just blow for no reason. I've found in the many repairs I've done that the output stage typical...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

Thanks everyone for your comments and insight! I appreciate them all. Lots of varied opinions, and I think that's a reflection of the fact that different modes of failure are real distinct possibilities. I contacted the nearest NAD factory service provider, identified from their own published list. ...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?
Replies: 51
Views: 3947

Re: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?

Just wanted to point out that the CDC has just revised their guidance on the transmission of the virus from touching surfaces of objects. The virus spreads easily between people The virus does not spread easily in other ways COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads. I...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

or if you had my older Electrovoice speakers that are very efficient, you wouldn't have blown your amp in the first place. Oh, now you're bringing back some really fond memories... 8-) I actually owned a wonderful pair of Electrovoice speakers I bought mail order at maybe 15 years old in the mid-70...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

There's an overload indicator, and when I want maximum volume, I typically turn it up until the overload indicator light starts blinking, and then back down so that it stays off. ! Maybe you need a new amplifier with a megawatt rating. Heh, heh... Yeah, seems excessive doesn't it? I call these occa...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

^^^^ Yeah, I'm positive the 4 ohm setting was selected. The main speakers say "Nominal: 6 ohms Minimum: 4 ohms" so that settled the selection, even without the second pair of speakers hooked up. There's an overload indicator, and when I want maximum volume, I typically turn it up until the...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

Having revived many amps over the years (first in technician school and then on weekends in the lab of work for my engineering job), I know that you should first figure out why the fuses blew. They don't just blow for no reason. I've found in the many repairs I've done that the output stage typical...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

Fuses are cheap... Unbelievably so! The 7A fuse goes for 23.6 cents each, and the 6A fuse goes for 22.5 cents each. I've got some ordered, but I'm starting to doubt whether the fuses were the only casualties. I really enjoy music, occasionally at loud volumes :shock: , but I'm not knowledgeable abo...
by iceport
Thu May 21, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 2196

Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]

NOTE: This question was resolved. With a little needed prodding below, the blown amp was replaced with a greatly improved new amp. The NAD 2400 THX Power Amplifier I've been using happily for 26 years blew Tuesday afternoon :( and I'm wondering first if it's repairable, and second if it's worth it....
by iceport
Wed May 20, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?
Replies: 51
Views: 3947

Re: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?

Why not soap and water? :thumbsup It's been reported that regular soap and water is more effective than alcohol in neutralizing this type of virus. (We can't really say killing, because it isn't really "alive" to begin with). So when regular soap or detergent — and virtually any kind work...
by iceport
Sun May 17, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

John Mayall — Blues From Laurel Canyon https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JYSBmo-1yHc8uUj5wFOMu6OA2_AEPZK The themes of the tunes on this album were a perfect fit for a high school kid in the 70s. (And I never really outgrew it. 8-) ) I had never heard lyrics quite like some of these put to bl...
by iceport
Sun May 17, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Appreciating the magnitude of Sequence of Returns immediately after retirement
Replies: 115
Views: 6500

Re: Appreciating the magnitude of Sequence of Returns immediately after retirement

Great OP and great discussion. The illustration of the effect is excellent. The description of the significance can be looked at differently. Bad sequence of returns is one of the reasons ex ante safe withdrawal rates are as low as they are. The other reason is that the average return for a given re...
by iceport
Sat May 16, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 1051
Views: 47797

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Of much greater interest was what looked like might be a great blue heron, but it was darker grey than others I've seen. I only caught a couple of fleeting glimpses through the trees. Huge bird... definitely as big as a great blue heron, with a long curved neck. Is there anything similar? Could it ...
by iceport
Sat May 16, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 1051
Views: 47797

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

One of the resident pileated woodpeckers was feeling sociable today. (Not a good image, but a decent pose.) https://i.postimg.cc/jSVWbyrj/041.jpg Of much greater interest was what looked like might be a great blue heron, but it was darker grey than others I've seen. I only caught a couple of fleetin...
by iceport
Sat May 16, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1569
Views: 93823

Re: What are you listening to now

Warren Zevon — Warren Zevon https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX66jEixZe1zjdNdujbE93dabPB66-N04 Still think this one's his masterpiece... nary a throw-away tune on the whole album. (Well, maybe one.) Every time I listen to Keep Me in Your Heart from his The Wind CD I shed some tears. Very movi...