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by FreeAtLast
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 446
Views: 76939

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Koogie - I am very pleased that my recommendation worked out for you. As an addendum, I wish to point out that if you proceed to the "Non-Fiction" genre (which has over 600 titles), you will discover even more old SF short stories and novellas.....which, for some reason, the vast majority are not po...
by FreeAtLast
Sun May 10, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 446
Views: 76939

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Once upon a time, there existed a Golden Age of Science Fiction where great authors published short stories and novellas in pulp fanzines such as Galaxy, IF, Orbit, Analog, and Astounding Stories. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, many of these classic tales are available to you for free. Go to manybooks...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Does anyone else just not care/worry?
Replies: 139
Views: 9793

Re: Does anyone else just not care/worry?

Financially speaking, I am absolutely fine.

My siblings? My siblings' children? I am very concerned for them. If they eventually need financial assistance in this crisis, I will be there to support them.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 194247

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

OK, I have listened to all of today's Dr. Peter Hotez interview with Joe Rogan. The best piece of information I picked up (among many) was that hundreds of article pre-prints about Covid-19 from medical/biological researchers are available at two websites: medrXiv.org and biorXiv.org. These sites ma...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 194247

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Joe Rogan's podcast. Today's guest (04/01/20): Dr. Peter Hotez. I am listening right now; he's a fantastic asset to our national health community.
by FreeAtLast
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?
Replies: 271
Views: 17587

Re: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?

1) Visit Mom (who is in a nursing home).
2) Make a reservation to stay at my favorite casino for a few days.
3) Meet some of my best friends at our favorite watering hole.
4) Re-schedule my cancelled Vegas trip.
by FreeAtLast
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How are you going to use your stimulus money?
Replies: 222
Views: 12949

Re: How are you going to use your stimulus money?

I am going to receive the full $1200. I will split it all up into equal gifts for my siblings' children.
by FreeAtLast
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Fire And The Darkness: The Bombing Of Dresden, 1945", by Sinclair McKay (St. Martin's Press 2020). Before World War 2, Dresden was known as "Florence On The Elbe". The architecture of its buildings and churches was considered to be exceptionally beautiful in design. This city was considered to ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 194247

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

There is a lot of discussion about who should be tested. Suggestions from medical and non medical people include: - People in hospital with severe illness. ( cough, fever, shortness of breath) - People in ER/hospitals with moderate illness. - People with known contacts. -General population. A signi...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Race Of Aces", by John R. Bruning (Hachette Books 2020). My local library system shut down at 6 PM on Monday, but I was able to sneak in there before the close and sign out 8 books which I hope will hold me for the next 2-3 weeks. Here is a review of the first one of that group which I have finishe...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 194247

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

The only medical experts - as opposed to "experts" - that I have been paying attention to so far are: Dr. Peter Hotez Dr. Michael Osterholm Dr. Anthony Fauci Their credentials speak for themselves. If you have a name that should be added to this list, please suggest it. Dr. Peter Attia published ye...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 194247

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

The only medical experts - as opposed to "experts" - that I have been paying attention to so far are:

Dr. Peter Hotez
Dr. Michael Osterholm
Dr. Anthony Fauci

Their credentials speak for themselves. If you have a name that should be added to this list, please suggest it.
by FreeAtLast
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 194247

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

If you have 45 free minutes, the Dr. Hotez video on Facebook (link is given a few replies above this one by CedarWaxWing) is absolutely worth your time. He is an recognized expert on tropical and communicable diseases. He is very worried about many health care workers becoming seriously ill from the...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Winston's War: Churchill 1940-45", by Max Hastings (Vintage Books 2011 - paperback). Many, many biographies and treatises have been written about Winston Churchill, most of them quite long and detailed. If you really want to get a shorter assessment (483 pages) of the famed British leader in the fi...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: At what age did you begin adding bonds?
Replies: 138
Views: 7545

Re: At what age did you begin adding bonds?

At age 55, just three years before I retired. And the day I retired, my asset allocation had become 65/35 stocks/bonds.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

^^^^^
Along with Moby Dick, one of the greatest American novels. For Huck Finn, very important to read an unexpurgated version.
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 206
Views: 29217

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

Every January 1st, I download a summary of the balances for all of my Vanguard mutual funds. I look it over and then always say out loud, "Thank you again, Jack Bogle!" Such a wonderful human being. We won't see his equal in the finance industry for a long time, if ever.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Edison", by Edmund Morris (Random House NY 2019) A superb biography of an extraordinary American individual. Your schoolboy/girl education concerning Edison was absolutely inadequate to appreciate all of what he accomplished in his lifetime and how he achieved those accomplishments. Furthermore, he...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Manstein: Hitler's Greatest General", by Mungo Melvin (Thomas Dunne Books 2010). A reasonable argument can be put forth that if General Erich von Manstein had not fundamentally changed the "schwerpunkt" (initial assault point) for the Wehrmacht's offensive against France on May 10th 1940, the entir...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 446
Views: 76939

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

"Imagined Life", by James Trefil and Michael Summers (Smithsonian Books 2019) This book is not a science fiction novel, but it belongs in this thread anyways. Trefil is a physics PhD who has been a prolific writer of popular science books for 40 years. Summers is a PhD in planetary science and astro...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Athens: A Portrait Of The City In Its Golden Age", by Christian Meier (Henry Holt And Company 1998) Meier is the emeritus professor of ancient history at the University of Munich. His treatise is almost 600 pages long and it is not a breezy read. His writing style seems to be aimed at other profess...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 446
Views: 76939

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

"The Long Sunset - An Academy Novel", by Jack McDevitt (Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, Inc. 2018) On the front cover of this paperback edition, a partial quote from Stephen King is highlighted, referring to McDevitt, "The logical heir to Issac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke...." Look, I am sorry, bu...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Another One Goes Tonight", by Peter Lovesey (Soho Press, Inc. 2016) For months now, I have been reading - in temporal sequence beginning with the introductory 1991 novel - all the adventures of Lovesey's fictional Detective Superintendent, Peter Diamond. Diamond operates out of the Criminal Investi...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Cicero: The Life And Times Of Rome's Greatest Politician", by Anthony Everitt (Random House NY 2001) Marcus Tullius Cicero is widely considered to be one of the greatest orators of ancient times. We should also be glad that he was a compulsive writer of expository missives, especially to his brothe...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How old is your cellphone?
Replies: 168
Views: 10779

Re: How old is your cellphone?

T-Mobile flip phone over 15 years old. The sim card in that phone came from a mid-90s Nokia. That is impressive! Galaxy S5...Got it in 2014 so 5 years. We have no plans to buy a new one until it entirely konks out. No security concerns, etc. Another Galaxy S5 user here, bought in July 2014. Still w...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The First World War" by John Keegan (Alfred A. Knopf New York 1999). If you have never read anything about WWI before, then I recommend that you don't start with Keegan. Rather, warm up with "The First World War: An Illustrated History" by A.J.P. Taylor. My 1980 paperback version of the latter text...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This summer produces two excellent books about the history of science: "Lithium: A Doctor, A Drug, And A Breakthrough", by Walter A. Brown MD (W.W. Norton and Co. 2019) Brown has been a psychiatrist and professor for over 4 decades and fortunately, he knows how to write well for a general audience. ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A theory of one's general investing mindset: 'Good enough' or 'Optimize'
Replies: 297
Views: 14144

Re: A theory of one's general investing mindset: 'Good enough' or 'Optimize'

"Good Enough" guy here. I look at this dichotomy very pragmatically. I'll soon be 64 and will have been retired for 6 years in December. I am enjoying the absolute heck out of my golden years, just having a wonderful time. I have attained the most money in stocks, bonds, and cash in my entire invest...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"How The Allies Won On D-Day: Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill Or Die", by Giles Milton (Henry Holt and Co. 2018) Yes, the title is a little bit over the top. Nevertheless, this is another one of the 75th Anniversary books about Operation Overlord that is worth reading. Like a p...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Metropolis", by Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam's Sons 2019) Kerr died from Stage 4 cancer in March 2018, so naturally I never expected to find another book written by him. However, Kerr was both a fiercely determined and courageous man because in the eight months between his fatal diagnosis and his demis...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Black Knights - The Story Of The Tuskegee Airmen", by Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly (Pelican Publishing Company 2001). I am assuming that most of the posters to this thread are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen (TA) by now: squadrons of African-American fighter pilots who escorted bombers to and ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?
Replies: 82
Views: 6413

Re: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?

I visit my favorite casino once a month. They comp my room, so I am saving $320 for a two night stay. I play the slots and the ponies (trotters/pacers). In the last year, the most I have lost in one visit is $240. The most I have won is $110. They have a couple of very nice restaurants, and since I...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?
Replies: 82
Views: 6413

Re: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?

I visit my favorite casino once a month. They comp my room, so I am saving $320 for a two night stay. I play the slots and the ponies (trotters/pacers). In the last year, the most I have lost in one visit is $240. The most I have won is $110. They have a couple of very nice restaurants, and since I ...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Landing On The Edge Of Eternity: 24 Hours At Omaha Beach", by Robert Kershaw (Pegasus Books NY 2018). You are thinking that maybe this effort by Kershaw is just a cheap re-compilation of past books about D-Day in order to take advantage of the 75th anniversary? Rest assured that it is not. I took t...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How would you invest a lump sum of 3 million dollars in today's market?
Replies: 50
Views: 6374

Re: How would you invest a lump sum of 3 million dollars in today's market?

OP - Take six months and educate yourself by reading the Wiki and also old threads on this forum on a variety of topics. Then post the details of your total financial situation so that all of us can give you better educated opinions as to what you should do next. FWIW - My asset allocation for you w...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a small inexpensive laser printer?
Replies: 39
Views: 2997

Re: Recommend a small inexpensive laser printer?

OP -

I've owned a Brother B/W Laser HL-2270DW for 5.5 years and have not experienced even one problem with it. When your first Brother standard toner cartridge is finished, replace it with a high capacity Brother cartridge. It's worth the extra cost.
by FreeAtLast
Sat May 25, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: MEMORIAL DAY
Replies: 26
Views: 3340

Re: MEMORIAL DAY

Taylor -

An especially appropriate reminder with the 75th anniversary of D-Day next up on the calendar. Never Forget.

Free
by FreeAtLast
Wed May 08, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for Inexpensive, Easy-to-Prepare Meals for First Time College-Age Student Cook
Replies: 15
Views: 1247

Re: Ideas for Inexpensive, Easy-to-Prepare Meals for First Time College-Age Student Cook

Here's what I survived on during graduate school: 1) Learn how to make a good chili (a thousand recipes on the Net- experiment!). 2) Learn how to make a simple marinara sauce (thanks, la mia nonna)......then add various meats/fish (chicken, beef, pork, tuna) and veggies (mushrooms, green beans, garb...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Big Fella", by Jane Leavy (Harper Collins Publishers 2018) I am assuming that we have a significant number of baseball fans in this forum. If you are one of them, you are going to want to obtain a copy of this new biography of George Herman Ruth Junior. Leavy has really done her homework in doc...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"SPQR - A History Of Ancient Rome", by Mary Beard (Live Right Publishing Co. 2015) My father - in his retirement - worked his way through all eight volumes of Edward Gibbon's "The History of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire". I decided to take a less strenuous path and picked up Ms. Beard's ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 206
Views: 29217

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

This weekend's Wall Street Journal. The "Exchange" Section, at the bottom of page B1.

"For Jack Bogle, Life Was A Near-Death Experience", by Jason Zweig. He provides some fascinating background about Jack that I had never heard of before.

(I buy the WSJ every weekend, so I cannot provide a link). :(
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 856
Views: 60814

Re: John Bogle has died at age 89

"Vivit Post Funera Virtus" (roughly translated = his virtue will live on after his passing).

A tremendous loss, but a wonderful exemplar for all of us as we move forward into our futures.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Battle Of The Wilderness", by Gordon C. Rhea (Louisiana State University Press 1994). In June 2018, I traveled to Virginia and visited 4 Civil War battlefields in 4 days: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. No matter how much you prepare yourself by studying the ...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST [Entry deadline has passed]
Replies: 701
Views: 21691

Re: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

2664.36 Two slices of pi: 2506.85*1.0628318530718 I'll take apple over cherry. ;-) Timerunner - Looks like you and I are joined at the hip for the rest of 2019. I picked 2664.78, but without employing any mathematical sophistication whatsoever. Just a simple WAG after a couple of excellent brews. G...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For those retired a few years
Replies: 58
Views: 5379

Re: For those retired a few years

Just like Leif, more money spent on travel. And I don't look for the absolute cheapest hotel rooms anymore; I've been pampering myself a little on my trips out of town. I've decided that my room rate must include a hot breakfast and a well-equipped fitness center. :D
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Need help with my brother's AA he is 51 and retired. He has 30 years of income saved what should his AA be?
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: Need help with my brother's AA he is 51 and retired. He has 30 years of income saved what should his AA be?

We will need a lot more information to help your brother make his decision. Please go to Wiki Home and use the Asking Portfolio Questions format.
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST [Entry deadline has passed]
Replies: 701
Views: 21691

Re: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

2,664,78.


For once, I'm going to be a little bullish in this contest. But - please fasten your seat belts, because it's going to be a wild ride in 2019. :shock:
by FreeAtLast
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"On Desperate Ground", by Hampton Sides (Doubleday 2018). This is the second book I have read this year concerning the Battle at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Mr. Sides has really done his homework, travelling to over twenty States to interview 51 surviving KW veterans. Two of them wer...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4448
Views: 1258471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation And DeNazification Of Germany", by Frederick Taylor (Bloomsbury Press 2011). So, Allies....Congratulations! After a long, brutal, exhausting World War in which you saved Western Civilization from the Nazi menace, you are now in total possession of the country from ...