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by thedude
Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS withholding calculator - "total Federal income tax"
Replies: 5
Views: 1445

Re: IRS withholding calculator - "total Federal income tax"

Thank you, ObliviousInvestor, for confirming my suspicion. Glad I had second thoughts about this.
by thedude
Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS withholding calculator - "total Federal income tax"
Replies: 5
Views: 1445

IRS withholding calculator - "total Federal income tax"

Hey Bogleheads, I have a straightforward question for those of you who have spent a little more time than I have thinking about and estimating federal tax liabilities. The IRS provides a tax withholding calculator , which one can use to estimate one's federal tax liability. If you click through to t...
by thedude
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Nitrogen better than air?
Replies: 86
Views: 12588

Re: Is Nitrogen better than air?

Livesoft is correct. I was just about to post "PV = nRT, it doesn't matter if it's air or nitrogen." Of course, that's the Ideal Gas Law, and real gases will vary somewhat. I would suspect that air, being largely N2, would probably behave very similarly to its major component. Brian Sure, you have ...
by thedude
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Nitrogen better than air?
Replies: 86
Views: 12588

Re: Is Nitrogen better than air?

As a scientist who uses liquid nitrogen practically daily, my answer is No. Your tire pressure will not be more "constant" either. PV = nRT. Remember that? It doesn't matter whether you have air, oxygen, argon, helium, xenon, or nitrogen: the pressure change is the EXACT same for a given temperatur...
by thedude
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Security Redux
Replies: 41
Views: 2383

Re: Computer Security Redux

Oh why not, I'll chime in: - Lastpass with a very strong master password, bordering on absurd. Then I make my passwords 25 random characters whenever possible. Absolutely never re-use passwords. For lame sites like Vanguard, I make my password as complex as possible within their rules. - Just in cas...
by thedude
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineering Degree - MIT vs UW Madison
Replies: 280
Views: 44276

Re: Engineering Degree - MIT vs UW Madison

Wow, didn't realize how old this thread is. Forget it!
by thedude
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how do you teach a kid who likes math
Replies: 89
Views: 8550

Re: how do you teach a kid who likes math

Buy him a Mathematica license, http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/ . Mathematica is awesome for learning pure and applied math. Not bad for programming either. And you can make an impressive array of simulations, graphical representations, interactive plots, etc. Have a look at this: http://demonstr...
by thedude
Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: when did you start to max out 401k?
Replies: 58
Views: 7675

Re: when did you start to max out 401k?

IIRC I was 27 or 28, $70-80K, depending on bonuses.
by thedude
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much Do You Save?
Replies: 57
Views: 5939

Re: How Much Do You Save?

Approximately 50%. We live below our means and are saving to buy a house.
by thedude
Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: living at a hotel during the work week?
Replies: 15
Views: 2862

Re: living at a hotel during the work week?

Never mind, I was addressing the commute issue and not the living in a hotel issue, sorry.
by thedude
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying refurbished Dare I say...Apple
Replies: 22
Views: 3183

Re: Buying refurbished Dare I say...Apple

FYI, I bought a Mac Mini refurb from Apple in 2006. Still works great, if a little slow (I put in more memory to speed it up).
by thedude
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you own Apple products?
Replies: 114
Views: 8217

Re: Do you own Apple products?

I own several Apple products, >5, and I've been happy with them all, except for my 1st generation iPod Touch. It was slow as molasses. The 2nd gen iTouch is excellent.
by thedude
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ditched Flash Player - Computer is Much Faster
Replies: 25
Views: 2380

Re: Ditched Flash Player - Computer is Much Faster

On a mac running Safari, install the ClickToFlash extension, available free from https://extensions.apple.com/ . While your'e at it, browse the other extensions and install Ghostery, WOT, and LastPass. ClickToFlash kills any flash that would appear on your screen and gives you the option to click on...
by thedude
Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Help on Australian TIPS
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re:

Are there any chemistry experts here who can expound on the interactions (or non-interactions) between gold/silver and barbecue sauce? Yes, I spent 4 years obsessing over metallochemistry (mostly Co, Fe) as part of my PhD. Au will not react at all with the BBQ sauce. Ag may develop a thin layer of ...
by thedude
Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Phone?
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: Home Phone?

I abandoned my land line in 2001. Cell phone only ever since. The only time I've had a problem was on 9/11/01, when everyone overloaded the cell towers' transmission capacity. I suppose I've also occasionally dealt with a dead battery that needed a recharge.
by thedude
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stange Job Interview Questions
Replies: 66
Views: 5710

Re: Stange Job Interview Questions

Name me three books you have read. If an interviewer were to ask me this question, I'd have to restrain myself from replying "a remedial English language textbook." Then please help me remedy my English, because I don't see the issue. What do you think is wrong? Object confusion. Is "me" the object...
by thedude
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stange Job Interview Questions
Replies: 66
Views: 5710

Re: Stange Job Interview Questions

Kuota Rider wrote:Name me three books you have read.
If an interviewer were to ask me this question, I'd have to restrain myself from replying "a remedial English language textbook."
by thedude
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything interesting for Kids in NY City
Replies: 13
Views: 1230

Re: Anything interesting for Kids in NY City

IMHO, you will have done your children a huge disservice if you don't at least offer them a trip to the AMNH and the Hayden Planetarium next door. The Bronx Zoo was called "amazing" by a previous poster and I agree. The New York Botanical Garden is also amazing. Go to the Central Park Zoo if you don...
by thedude
Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When will you/should you attain positive net worth?
Replies: 58
Views: 6500

Re: When will you/should you attain positive net worth?

I wiped out a total of about $17K in student loan debt by the time I turned 27, if memory serves correctly. I held onto that debt for a while since at that time CDs were paying 5% and my debt was at about 3.5%, with deductible interest payments. I never depleted my emergency savings to pay down debt.
by thedude
Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: pet grammarian peeves
Replies: 323
Views: 19863

Re: pet grammarian peeves

Not quite grammar, but I, like, don't, like when, like people, like, talk like, like, this, like.
by thedude
Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What *music* are you currently listening?
Replies: 153
Views: 32595

Re: What *music* are you currently listening?

I just looked at my "Recently Played" list in iTunes and it's almost entirely John Zorn and lots of stuff on his Tzadik Records label. If you haven't heard Zorn before, be warned: his stuff is either beautifully melodic or very dissonant and basically inaccessible. My favorites are most of his "Film...
by thedude
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart attack
Replies: 32
Views: 3419

Re: Heart attack

My best wishes to you. I hope you are back with better news soon.
by thedude
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you miss the 90's
Replies: 49
Views: 3783

Re: Do you miss the 90's

Don't you miss the 90's??? movies, real music, funky clothes, retro haircuts, and good old bill. This decade was my youth. There is no decade like it. Totally! I'm guessing we're similar age? I'm 33, so I graduated highschool in 96. STP, Pearl Jam, Sound Garden Nirvana....the whole transition from ...
by thedude
Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renegotiating with an employer when you are underpaid....
Replies: 47
Views: 4565

Re: Renegotiating with an employer when you are underpaid...

I'm curious what sorts of positions those of you are in that seem to know the salaries of your peers. Everywhere I've worked discussing your salary with other employees is grounds for dismissal. I am sorry this is America and we have freedoms. Freedom of speech is not at issue. With very little exc...
by thedude
Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Statistics Question
Replies: 61
Views: 4108

Re: A Statistics Question

The question as presented is nonsensical and merits no consideration.
by thedude
Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watering down juice & milk
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: Watering down juice & milk

Did "nature" intend humans to suckle milk from cows? There's a reason that nearly all people of European descent are lactose tolerant. We humans affect nature which in turn affects us. As soon as humans started to derive a huge evolutionary advantage from the nutrition of cow's milk, selective pres...
by thedude
Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Naturally whiten teeth?
Replies: 15
Views: 2480

Re: Naturally whiten teeth?

Being e.g. 30 and having pearly white teeth like you had as a child is unnatural.
by thedude
Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any self-taught scientists?
Replies: 42
Views: 5683

livesoft wrote: Quote: But to answer your question, most PhDs are probably self-taught after the basics: One must do all the reading all the time to stay abreast of current science. In a sense, all scientists are self-taught. janet wrote: This is very, very true. This is very, very UNtrue. Most phd...
by thedude
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tryin to get the most alcohol for the buck for college party
Replies: 99
Views: 10807

Two kegs of PBR. As long as you don't mind being overrun by hipsters. PBR attracts hipsters? :x I guess each segment of the country is different. It's an old school, cheap drink in my neck of the woods. Psychology Today: The Sad Science of Hipsterism: The Psychology of Indie Bands, PBR and Weird Fa...
by thedude
Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tryin to get the most alcohol for the buck for college party
Replies: 99
Views: 10807

3CT_Paddler wrote:Two kegs of PBR.
As long as you don't mind being overrun by hipsters.
by thedude
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would Tor protect me from snooping employer?
Replies: 22
Views: 6464

Re: Would Tor protect me from snooping employer?

Seriously, in this economy I would be a bit careful about doing nothing at work. I was in a similar situation and despite asking for more clarification on expectations I never got it and although I did my best to stay busy I was eventually sacked. My boss is the type who would rather not be bothere...
by thedude
Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would Tor protect me from snooping employer?
Replies: 22
Views: 6464

Re: Would Tor protect me from snooping employer?

Thanks for your help, especially to the last 2 respondents. older versions of Tor do not handle DNS traffic. Wow, that's dumb. Glad to hear they fixed it. Second (and less likely), it is possible to set up a network such that you're forced to use a proxy to connect to the internet and also accept a ...
by thedude
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would Tor protect me from snooping employer?
Replies: 22
Views: 6464

Depends on who's wireless network it is. I'm not familiar with Tor but regardless, if you tap into work wireless, there will be a trail no matter what software you're running. If you're on your own wireless, you're okay. If I understand correctly, all my employer would see is that I'm hooked up to ...
by thedude
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would Tor protect me from snooping employer?
Replies: 22
Views: 6464

Would Tor protect me from snooping employer?

Here's a question for those with sophisticated knowledge of network analysis and digital eavesdropping.

Say I bring my own personal laptop to work, use my login & pass to hook up to the wireless network, and use Tor to surf. Would my employer be able to figure out that I'm looking at jobs websites?
by thedude
Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: futures market down huge
Replies: 58
Views: 6468

Re: futures market down huge

jpmorganfunds wrote:Looks like another Lehman moment. Lost decade? More like lost century. Buy and hold...... HAHAHAHAHAHA.
Seems to me like you're going to voluntarily hand your money to people in this forum, long term. Good luck with that.
by thedude
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I've decided to participate in the gold bubble
Replies: 120
Views: 19898

firewynd wrote:I like market timer. Takes some balls to share with the world your terrible downfall.
+1.
by thedude
Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first bear market as an investor?
Replies: 31
Views: 4602

2007-09. Bought equities (taxable) the whole way down. When I ran out of cash I sold bonds (taxable - yes, kind of dumb but it worked in my favor, won't hold bonds in taxable again) and went 100% equities, I was lucky that this happened around Dow 8K, IIRC. Sold everything around Dow 10.5K in antici...
by thedude
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did you find a job compatible with happiness?
Replies: 105
Views: 13113

Combination of determination, resilience, luck, and trial/error. FYI, I'm in my early 30s. Step 1: got a PhD from a place with huge name recognition. Practical consequence: people assume you are off-the-charts intelligent. Instant credibility in many circles. Step 2: After grad school, I honestly di...
by thedude
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac users: OSX Lion
Replies: 51
Views: 6741

Full disk encryption alone would be reason enough to upgrade. I haven't done so yet, but plan to.
by thedude
Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's
Replies: 123
Views: 17916

TJ stuff I and/or my wife love: - BBQ sauce. Just excellent, better than any other brand IMO. - Selection of Indian foods. Frozen samosas and naan are pretty good, the foil packets of paneer and whatnot are not bad. It's good for a quick fix. - Vegetarian (i.e. fake) chorizo. Nice in a chili. - Froz...
by thedude
Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Giving money to your alma mater: Have to vent
Replies: 166
Views: 21006

I don't do donations anymore for anything. What I have found is that every time I would donate money for something my money would seemingly be used exclusively for harassing me with more solicitations... I don't think my money was ever used for anything other than sending me tons of junk mail askin...
by thedude
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Who is your favorite Boglehead?
Replies: 103
Views: 14194

rec7 wrote:
Igglesman wrote:
vectorizer wrote:Munchkin Man

-- a style like no one else I've encountered on the Interwebs
+1 for the Munchkin Man
+1 for the Munchkin Man
The Dude would like to add +1 for the Munchkin Man.
by thedude
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The etiology of the name, the Munchkin Man
Replies: 60
Views: 8038

frugalhen wrote:now that is funny! When I see his threads and his speaking in the third person I think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apa0nG1OfUc
Funny, I thought this was going to be "George likes his chicken spicy!", but close enough.
by thedude
Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make a cup of tea
Replies: 38
Views: 3658

Good tea is very simple. There are many ways to do prepare it, but for the best results use a decent quality loose tea and piping hot water. Here's what I do. 1. Filter some water through a Brita. I can taste the difference between tap and freshly filtered water. 2. Add water to a mug, pop it in the...
by thedude
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids and Math
Replies: 123
Views: 11325

If you want to encourage your child to learn maths, you need to encourage an independence of mind and a refusal to accept authority. If his teachers are dummies, maybe that's a good thing. He (/she) shouldn't be listening to them anyhow! Say what??? How is it possible that I was tolerably good at m...
by thedude
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids and Math
Replies: 123
Views: 11325

If you want to encourage your child to learn maths, you need to encourage an independence of mind and a refusal to accept authority. If his teachers are dummies, maybe that's a good thing. He (/she) shouldn't be listening to them anyhow! Say what??? How is it possible that I was tolerably good at m...
by thedude
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids and Math
Replies: 123
Views: 11325

nisiprius wrote:I am really unhappy that I encountered a website called Grand Illusions. It's even more dangerous than ThinkGeek.
This site looks fantastic. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
by thedude
Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids and Math
Replies: 123
Views: 11325

Funny anecdote my wife relayed to me: she and her friends were out doing shopping, they go to a cosmetics store. Particular item is on sale - 10% off. So she and her friend each pick one up, proceed to check out. Clerk says "okay, that's 10% off each, for a total of 20% off". Wife tries to explain w...
by thedude
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids and Math
Replies: 123
Views: 11325

* Plant a garden. I wonder if the same pea plants that Mendel studied are still in existence. I'd redo Mendel's experiments. Assuming this is possible (and I don't know if it is), this is particularly awesome. You won't replicate them exactly (even Mendel's experiments are criticized) as you will l...
by thedude
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids and Math
Replies: 123
Views: 11325

Things I'd do with kids to encourage their curiosity about math and science: * Build circuits. Make lemon clocks. Explore basic concepts like electrical resistance. * Blow things up. With abundant safety precautions. Don't do this if you don't have the proper background. * Ask classical problems in ...