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by runthetrails
Sun May 04, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tools for developing PHP / MySQL-based data driven web site?
Replies: 74
Views: 9614

Re: Tools for developing PHP / MySQL-based data driven web s

placeholder wrote:Nobody "needs" Javascript for anything.


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by runthetrails
Sun May 04, 2014 1:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Tom Sharpe - The Gropes - meh; merely diversionary Mary Roach - Packing for Mars - both interesting and humorous, but she seems overly focused on bathroom bodily functions. Entirely too much detail in that regard. I thought the same about Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, but at least felt l...
by runthetrails
Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 534
Views: 206989

Re: TV show recommendations?

For those who have Netflix, check out Lilyhammer - a quirky crime dramedy IMDB , Rotten Tomatoes . Love this show. On mainstream TV I have been enjoying The Americans Homeland Archer The Venture Bros Count Arthur Strong ( IMDB )-- found season 1 online and thought this was a riot. Apparently this wa...
by runthetrails
Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Cyteen (omnibus version) by C. J. Cherryh My first Cherryh but likely not my last. Was a bit slow going at first but found that with patience she explained the peculiarities of her universe and now I'm hooked. I've been working on reading all the Hugo winners (and some nominees as well) and just hap...
by runthetrails
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Price of Inequality by Joseph Stiglitz (link is NPR piece)
by runthetrails
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Our cable bill is over $200 !!!
Replies: 89
Views: 11836

Re: Our cable bill is over $200 !!!

$35 for cable internet, and something like $10 for Netflix streaming. No land line phone, no cable TV.

This arrangement does not actually save us any money, as my wife is a college basketball fan, so we tend to hit sports bars to catch the games. (I take a book)
by runthetrails
Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your most intense movie scene
Replies: 155
Views: 15335

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Dennis Hopper sex scene with Issabella Rossalini in Blue Velvet.

"Don't look at me! Don't you ******* look at me!"

Very intense film.
by runthetrails
Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How secure are you?
Replies: 72
Views: 8315

Re: How secure are you?

Having finally gotten around to doing the business of cross-authorizing my wife's account and mine, I would say that I think it's a great thing to do--not because of the security issues in telling your spouse your password, but because it is extremely difficult to deal with a spouse's password and ...
by runthetrails
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

MP173 wrote:"Burglers Cant be Choosers" by Lawrence Block. Block is one of my favorite authors. In the "burgler" series, he actually makes you like a criminal.

Ed


I agree. If you read his Keller novels he'll make you like a hit man as well as a burglar.
by runthetrails
Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What triggered you?
Replies: 76
Views: 6393

Re: What triggered you?

A Random Walk Down Wall Street
by runthetrails
Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a Good Historical Fiction Series
Replies: 48
Views: 6458

Re: Looking for a Good Historical Fiction Series

My favorite historical fiction is Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series. It is set during the Hundred Years' War. The Sharpe series, which others have already recommended, is also excellent.
by runthetrails
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your Best One Line of Wisdom
Replies: 238
Views: 19045

Re: Your Best One Line of Wisdom

Joseph Heller to Kurt Vonnegut, discussing the wealth of the party's host, a billionaire hedge fund manager:
“Yes, but I have something he will never have: Enough.”
by runthetrails
Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice, by Christopher Hitchens Normally I'm a big fan of Hitch, but I thought he was somewhat less than fair here. In situations where I would tend to see Mother Theresa as politically neutral for the sake of fundraising, he painted her as ful...
by runthetrails
Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good fitness site in the spirit of Bogleheads?
Replies: 27
Views: 6424

Re: Good fitness site in the spirit of Bogleheads?

Tigermoose, you might find what you're looking for in http://www.simplefit.org/. It was founded by a Boglehead.
by runthetrails
Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good fitness site in the spirit of Bogleheads?
Replies: 27
Views: 6424

Re: Good fitness site in the spirit of Bogleheads?

I know I'm in the minority here but I always felt like I was buying a used car when reading Mark's Daily Apple. I may just be projecting my feelings about paleo at the time onto him -- I should probably give it another try. I do agree with some of the paleo diet precepts but some of these guys who e...
by runthetrails
Fri May 04, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do Bogleheads donate as % of income?
Replies: 62
Views: 5194

Re: How much do Bogleheads donate as % of income?

Usually nil. I did recently give $25 to an anticharity through stickk.com
by runthetrails
Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I'm on the third book of Larry McMurtry's Berrybender Narratives. I'm new to McMurtry's writing and not a fan of the Western genre in general, but am enjoying these very much. I plan to read his Lonesome Dove series at some point in the near future.
by runthetrails
Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The meat and potatoes of my spreadsheet
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: The meat and potatoes of my spreadsheet

I think monitoring is a terrific thing to do, whereever you are. It tends to keep you on the right track, even if you have not set explicit goals. We're in a slightly different place, probably a bit older, but we started just in the past couple of years to track and graph the following each month: 1...
by runthetrails
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: How many hours do you work?
Replies: 37
Views: 3981

Re: How many hours do you work?

salaried and work about 30
by runthetrails
Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Obstructionist Drivers
Replies: 171
Views: 8052

Re: Question for Obstructionist Drivers

Oh, and rarely, if I am highway driving 5 or 8 miles per hour above the speed limit in the left lane, I feel little obligation to move over quickly to the right lane for a speed demon. I WILL pull over, but you might have to wait until I pass a vehicle or two at my speed. Exactly! "Slower traf...
by runthetrails
Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top 10 websites you view daily/semi-daily
Replies: 53
Views: 6776

Re: Top 10 websites you view daily/semi-daily

1) reddit.com (and by extension, also imgur and youtube). There are distinct subreddits that match many of my interests, including atheism, juggling, running, personal finance, books, travel, tea and more... My top ten visited sites are probably all subreddits. 2) bogleheads.org 3) slashdot.org 4) p...
by runthetrails
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Was 2011 a lost year?
Replies: 24
Views: 2823

Re: Was 2011 a lost year?

Investment returns for the year were just under break-even, but we were able to maintain a pretty nice savings rate, so net worth improved. We're both healthy and happy. I'm not independently wealthy yet, but there is not too much I could complain about.
by runthetrails
Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hobbies of Bogleheads
Replies: 159
Views: 22848

Re:

Les wrote:5) Gardening - love to dig holes in that adobe soil, sometimes use chain saw too


Consider adding writing to your list, because I'm sure there is a book to be written there
by runthetrails
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favourite non-investment books
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Your favourite non-investment books

gkaplan wrote:Great Jimmy Webb song.


I like Joe Cocker's cover of it
by runthetrails
Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favourite non-investment books
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Your favourite non-investment books

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of my personal favorites as well. This is a tough question, and I don't always answer in the same way when asked, and not because I'm necessarily predisposed to recent reads. There have been a lot of good books, an...
by runthetrails
Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee Maker
Replies: 23
Views: 2566

Re: Coffee Maker

I prefer cafetiere to drip.
by runthetrails
Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say
Replies: 123
Views: 7953

Re: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, dogs in the Iditarod run about 100 miles per day for about 10 consecutive days. Sure they're top athletes of their species, but I'm pretty sure no human can come close to this feat of long-distance running (never mind while dragging a sled through the snow)....
by runthetrails
Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say
Replies: 123
Views: 7953

Re: Humans born to run, evolutionary biologists say

CaliJim wrote:I believe we were born to sit at our keyboards and type.


And it's an important job, because sometimes other people on the internet are just plain wrong, and need to be told so. :-)
by runthetrails
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you prefer to buy investment books or borrow them?
Replies: 16
Views: 1550

Re: Do you prefer to buy investment books or borrow them?

I usually want to borrow for the first read. There are a few books (BH Guide to Investing, Four Pillars, Your Money or Your Life) that I bought just so that I can loan them to people who express interest in the topic.
by runthetrails
Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E-reader for Mom (86 years old)?
Replies: 40
Views: 3220

Re: E-reader for Mom (86 years old)?

I can't speak to the Nook but the Kindle interface is pretty simple. Once books are actually on the device I suspect she would do fine, as long as someone is able to assist in getting books onto the reader.
by runthetrails
Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extra virgin olive oil
Replies: 27
Views: 3233

Re: Extra virgin olive oil

tooluser wrote:Under no circumstances should you add raisins to your cole slaw. :annoyed



Or your cookies
by runthetrails
Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite comic strips
Replies: 50
Views: 3982

Re: Favorite comic strips

XKCD and User Friendly. User Friendly needs to be followed, like Doonesbury.
by runthetrails
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 371641

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell - wow, this was excellent runthetrails, did you listen to the audio version of this, or read an actual book? If you did listen to it, how was the reader and the quality of the recording? There have been some complaints about missing sections on ...
by runthetrails
Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 371641

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

Since my last post I've read: The Elephanta Suite, Paul Theroux Blonde Bombshell, Tom Holt Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages, Tom Holt The Tomb, F. Paul Wilson Embassytown, China Mieville - second time through... not my favorite Mieville Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch Moon Over Soho, Ben ...
by runthetrails
Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 371641

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

Tales of the Long Bow , by G. K. Chesterton. I really enjoyed Chesterton's Father Brown stories in my early teens. I am reliving them now on Netflix streaming... found a British production of them from the 70s. I've been able to see the endings well in advance (which I can't normally do with, say, ...
by runthetrails
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager?
Replies: 109
Views: 10044

Re: Password manager?

If you need to use software that is cross-Operating System capable, Password Safe (on Windows) uses the same database format as Password Gorilla (Mac OS and Linux). Both are free, and better yet I believe both are Open Source. Password Gorilla runs on Windows as well, but Password Safe has a slightl...
by runthetrails
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What percentage of your gross annual income do you save?
Replies: 59
Views: 7965

Re: What percentage of your gross annual income do you save?

I track this monthly, and average around 45% of gross salary. My marginal tax rate is 25%. Month Savings as % of Salary Dec 2010 38.3% Jan 2011 39.8% Feb 2011 50.3% Mar 2011 47.3% Apr 2011 36.3% May 2011 51.5% Jun 2011 63.2% Jul 2011 38.6% Aug 2011 60.6% Sep 2011 48.5% Oct 2011 51.9%
by runthetrails
Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you live your life?
Replies: 94
Views: 45235

Re: How do you live your life?

VictoriaF wrote:An athlete's achievement is measured in gold medals...


There are a great many back-of-the-pack and mid-pack marathoners who would disagree that the only meaning to be had is in winning the medal.
by runthetrails
Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Question on "cashing in on the american dream" - Terhost
Replies: 20
Views: 2423

Re: Question on "cashing in on the american dream" - Terhost

Blue wrote:I am curious what would prompt you to read a 23 year old book?


I read this book in the past year and found it somewhat inspirational despite the fact that it is dated as to the value of a dollar and interest rates.

@LH
It may help to become an author in retirement. :-)
by runthetrails
Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Income/ Job is THE most important. If not, BRAG!
Replies: 51
Views: 6747

Re: Income/ Job is THE most important. If not, BRAG!

When I was a young, single guy making ~$20K, I struggled and barely saved enough to get my company match in my 401k. Other than that, I lived nearly paycheck-to-paycheck. Later, when I got married and our income was ~$60K, we were able to substantially increase the percentage we could save, as well ...
by runthetrails
Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Family member owes me money but hasn't paid me back, what sh
Replies: 27
Views: 3371

Re: Family member owes me money but hasn't paid me back, wha

I would write it off and let it be a pleasant surprise if you get the money back. And decline any future loan requests, at least from this family member.
by runthetrails
Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Income/ Job is THE most important. If not, BRAG!
Replies: 51
Views: 6747

Re: Income/ Job is THE most important. If not, BRAG!

I would agree that a healthy income absolutely makes it easier to grow a big portfolio. If I was earning $40K I certainly wouldn't have hardly anything to spare. I don't think I agree with those statements. The guy earning $40,000 - and saving 20% of his salary - has the same struggle as the guy ea...
by runthetrails
Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How are you doing YTD?
Replies: 68
Views: 4740

Re: How are you doing YTD?

Our balance is up 1.1%, but annualized return (XIRR) is -8.7%.

35% US equities
19% Int'l equities
26% bonds
10% REIT
10% cash
by runthetrails
Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [poll] When will (or did) you retire?
Replies: 63
Views: 13620

We are ages 47 and 44 now and hope to retire at 55/52. We will both have traditional pensions at age 60, but those early retirement years look relatively expensive, so we will see how it goes.
by runthetrails
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing in Gold
Replies: 58
Views: 8555

In the current environment, considering how much the price of gold has already run up, I don't consider it investing. I consider it speculating. But that's just my opinion for what it's worth. As someone who just purchased some gold (GTU) I gotta ask: Greece is going to default, the Euro may disapp...
by runthetrails
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you pay for internet?
Replies: 52
Views: 5034

$35-ish for cable internet, and I piggyback basic cable TV on top of that for free.
by runthetrails
Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: just wanting to talk wine this morning
Replies: 26
Views: 3235

I'm pretty happy with box wines, and hope to keep it that way. My beer palate is more finicky.

For the truly frugal wine drinkers out there: http://www.bumwine.com/
by runthetrails
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need freeware to make tracks in long mp3 file
Replies: 7
Views: 1075

Audacity is a great audio editing tool, but I believe that MP3 Direct Cut will slice an existing mp3 without re-encoding it. This is pretty much the one and only function of MP3 Direct Cut. Every time you re-encode compressed audio you degrade the sound quality. I don't think that editing with Audac...