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by shadowrings
Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you first decide to sign up with Vanguard?
Replies: 91
Views: 10765

I was a cross between Vanguarding ads and other. I was pretty torqued with government selling off my end of air traffic controll to the lowest bidder and not giving the employees the same cross option transfer options that they had gave the small tower controllers back in the 80s as well as Bush sig...
by shadowrings
Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine - What's your type?
Replies: 69
Views: 11996

Usually for me either a white zinfadel or a moscato.
by shadowrings
Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protein subsitutes in a vegetarian diet
Replies: 29
Views: 4211

A blog called Small Bites has had some info on the topic of protein and supplementation for vegetarians over the last couple years. Hemp seed hearts come up quite a bit for protein content (about 31g in 100g of hulled hemp seeds) and good amounts of omega-3s, calcium, iron and some respectable trace...
by shadowrings
Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART II
Replies: 1043
Views: 298679

Nonfiction. Just finished Ron Suskind's The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

Fiction. Just finished Brent Week's The Way of Shadows and just started The Arcadia Trilogy, Book 2, O Fortuna! by Edward Morris.
by shadowrings
Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hardcover vs Paperback books
Replies: 23
Views: 3631

I really don't have a preference. Paperback, hardback or electronic for my first generation Kindle :P

vickie
by shadowrings
Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ambulance "insurance" though county a good deal?
Replies: 21
Views: 4213

I'm a recently retired paramedic who worked in a mixed volunteer/county run unit, just a few info tidbits. If your emergency squad is a full volunteer unit they probably get less than 10% financial support from tax dollars and medicare re-imburses volunteer and government run ambulance expenses at l...
by shadowrings
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7 gas - what would you do?
Replies: 125
Views: 22441

I clicked change nothing. San Diego has zero quality public transportation and never will, so I have to drive I will probably drive less or try to maximize errands and routes to conserve and cut down random trips that waste gas. Luckily my new job is 7 mi each way and I am getting better gas effici...
by shadowrings
Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART II
Replies: 1043
Views: 298679

2 Suspense/Mystery stories by Julia Spencer Flemming:
A Fountain Filled with Blood
In The Bleak Midwinter
Nonfiction/Financial sort of
David Bach's Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying
by shadowrings
Sat May 31, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART II
Replies: 1043
Views: 298679

Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon . I found this an interesting read in the genre of "hard" sci-fi. For a first time novel, I found it to be impressive and fast-moving detective story. In the 25th century it's hard to die, death has been rendered almost obsolete with the development of digitized consc...
by shadowrings
Sun May 18, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Completely OT:: Who has any pets?
Replies: 67
Views: 17766

Currently petless since still in rented apartment squatter mode :D . Last long-term mammalian roommate though was a blue-pointed 18lb. Himalyan house lion called Cotton, who had the uncanny habit of walking back and forth and then laying down on the top edge of the tub screen when someone was taking...
by shadowrings
Sun May 18, 2008 1:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

David Robbins's The Assassin's Gallery . I found this book of Robbins to be very captivating. It's not his normal techno-thriller type of a book but is a very feasible alternative historical thriller novel set in the days leading up to FDR's death. I've also just started George Soros's The New Parad...
by shadowrings
Sun May 11, 2008 2:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Fantasy/Alternative History. Naomi Novik. Temerarie Series. Book 1: His Majesty's Dragon Book 2: Jade Throne are both excellent. I've also downloaded the Kindle version of Book 3: Black Powder War but haven't got to start reading it yet. (5/18 edit... finished day before yesterday. not quite as enth...
by shadowrings
Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:25 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Commodities Futures Returns
Replies: 57
Views: 13045

Interestingly, the defense contractor that employees myself is making TR funds available to the workforce effective May 1 '08. One of the diversifiers included across the board is commodities (ranging from 5 to7.5%)

regarrds
vickie
by shadowrings
Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MY Fixed Income Allocation Consists of....
Replies: 21
Views: 5509

Other: Single state muni fund andVG short term bond index.

oops forgot about the TIPS embedded in PRCDX..
by shadowrings
Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why does morningstar give poor rating to Pimco commodity fd?
Replies: 11
Views: 3595

Dan Culloton on M* It is an odd duck in the natural-resources category. It doesn't invest in energy or basic-materials stocks like the rest of the peer group. Rather, it offers exposure to commodities with a side of Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities and a smattering of other securities. So it ...
by shadowrings
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you work in the public or private sector?
Replies: 11
Views: 3407

privatized Federal employee who is now doing same job, under same Federal regulations as I was as a Fed but the check is printed by one of the big three defense corps instead of the Federal government so I answered private sector
by shadowrings
Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tea or coffee?
Replies: 33
Views: 7607

Both. Sometimes I go on a straight tea binge (came to love [url=htp://www.adagio.com]Adagio[/url]'s loose leaf selection); sometimes I go on a straight coffee binge. :lol:
by shadowrings
Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's new China Commodity Small Gold Tech Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 2529

OK - I had to do something for April Fool's Day, right? There you have it. Now here's what I was really going to call my blog (a response to Murray).
by shadowrings
Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chest compressions only CPR is just as effective...
Replies: 18
Views: 3752

but when you break a demented 89 year old woman's ribs to do a code blue, that just doesn't feel right. While I was still a medic this scenario was the one that torqued my squadmates and myself the most, especially when it occurred in a nursing home, in which the owner/operator was the physician wh...
by shadowrings
Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I'd like to invest in renewable energy ETF's but...
Replies: 18
Views: 3399

I recall a recent article somewhere that discussed Sir Richard Branson's (CEO Virgin Atlantic Airlines) enthusiastic interest in all forms of renewable/alternative energy (excluding corn ethanol) and his recent agressive acquisition of any company/technology remotely linked to developments in the sa...
by shadowrings
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

I splurged back in January and treated myself to an Amazon Kindle and having been burning up the dead hours of midshifts at work reading. Currently reading Zelicoff and Bellomo's Microbe: Are We Ready for the Next Plague? and Rice's Blackwood Farm . Have recently completed Shubin's Your Inner Fish: ...
by shadowrings
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:25 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Larry's new book
Replies: 6
Views: 2696

Larry,

2nd curious Amazon Kindle owner..

will it be available for the Kindle? and are you considering making any of your other books available in Kindle format?

regards
v
by shadowrings
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:56 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to order a dollar amount rather than # shares?
Replies: 7
Views: 2373

I beleive you can only order whole shares of ETFs.
by shadowrings
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Another good read for those interested in paleontology and/or anthropology, The First Humans: The Race To Discover Our Earliest Ancestors
by shadowrings
Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Douglas Preston's Tyrannosaur Canyon and Kathy Reichs' Bones to Ashes . Both are excellent. The first is a typical Preston techno-thriller. The second is a who-done-it thriller with the key character a forensic anthropologist working for the RCMP in Toronto. Tosses in some tidbits about Accadian his...
by shadowrings
Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Douglas Preston's Blasphemy. Excellent. One of his best in my opinion.
by shadowrings
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Author recommendations - mostly science fiction
Replies: 68
Views: 23770

The 5th and concluding volume in Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War Series Victory Conditions . For those that like military fleet based science fiction you'll enjoy this volume. The series itself is well written and well developed. Each of the 5 books can stand alone but to get full flavor on the stage t...
by shadowrings
Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

For those with an interest in paleoanthroplogy and/or archaeology Adovasio and Soffer's The Invisible Sex is an interesting walk into the "genderization" of both topics based solely on the existance of "hard" artifacts.
by shadowrings
Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to invest in Dubai?
Replies: 68
Views: 22085

Possibly TRP's Africa and Middle East Fund (TRAMX) might have something in Dubai. Last breakdown on M* TRAMX at the bottom of the page.
by shadowrings
Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Half way through the 7th book (Deathly Hollows) from JK Rowling's 7 Bk Harry Potter Set.

Also halfway through Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition.
by shadowrings
Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Author recommendations - mostly science fiction
Replies: 68
Views: 23770

Sherwood Smith's The Fox . This is the sequel to Inda (reviewed on first page of this thread). This book is as well developed as the first one. Still action filled, interwoven plot line that gradually binds back into one "target" at the end of the volume. This book stands alone (as did Inda) but is ...
by shadowrings
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

John W. Dean's Broken Government
by shadowrings
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Cost-efficient investment in Canadian equities
Replies: 6
Views: 2148

Mutual fund not an ETF but there's also FICDX, Fidelity Canada ER=0.97, may be a bit more expensive than what you're willing to accept.

v
by shadowrings
Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Energy/Environment Savers
Replies: 60
Views: 11351

Daniel Chiras covers many of these options (as well as others) in a 2006 book called The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass And Hydropower . Came to mind because the mgmt of the apartment complex I'm in was running around today replacing...
by shadowrings
Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Just completed Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine Sunday night. About halfway through The Winds of Chang: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations by Eugene Linden. This is so far an excellent volume. If you like the works of Jared Diamond, Linden...
by shadowrings
Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

by shadowrings
Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: sentence structure -- silly OT post
Replies: 34
Views: 5616

to me, an endless paragraph w/no uppercase allows me (and hopefully others) to focus on the content, and not be distracted by all of the jarring breaks that formal writing introduces. it's not that i cannot Use Proper Case ... This statement is similar to saying that people should talk in a monoton...
by shadowrings
Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: sentence structure -- silly OT post
Replies: 34
Views: 5616

And where in the $#%^&$ did "Hello A/all" come from? This one somehow I suspect migrated out of the alternative lifestyle community (specifically the dominance/submission folks) chatrooms and into general chat. Why it's being used outside that particularly specialized community I haven't the foggie...
by shadowrings
Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Author recommendations - mostly science fiction
Replies: 68
Views: 23770

Elizabeth Moon's Command Decision

Anne and Todd McCaffrey's Dragon Harper

both are great reads.
by shadowrings
Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Scott Macmillan and Katherine Kurtz's At Sword's Point good read, a wee-bit far from center, but entertaining nonetheless.

Another non-fiction title that I'm about half way through is Kendrick Frazier's People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture, (Updated and Expanded Edition)
by shadowrings
Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Lyle Campbell's Historical Linguistics: An Introduction, 2nd ed Good text. Probably consider it as 1/2 a step upwards from a linguistics intro text.

And I'm about 3/4 way through Frank Lambert's The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religon in America.
by shadowrings
Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Author recommendations - mostly science fiction
Replies: 68
Views: 23770

8th book in Simon R. Green's Nightside series The Unnatural Inquirer

another outstanding tale from Green
by shadowrings
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Author recommendations - mostly science fiction
Replies: 68
Views: 23770

Elizabth Moon's prequel anthology Legacy of Gird . This anthology consists of 2 novels, Surrender None and Liar's Oath . It is also the prequel anthology to her three book anthology The Deed of Paksenarrion . Although Legacy is not as fast moving or suspenseful as Deed. The volumes it consists of ar...
by shadowrings
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236492

Marq De Villiers' Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource The author takes an admirably middle-of-the-road stance here and usually lets the facts speak for themselves, with just a little bit of opinionating. But his opinions are still quite moderate and level-headed, as he doesn't align himsel...
by shadowrings
Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Author recommendations - mostly science fiction
Replies: 68
Views: 23770

Patricia Briggs Iron Kissed This is Brigg's 3rd novel in a series centered on a character called Mercy Thompson. It's a fast captivating read. Like her previous offerings in this series the character development is well done. Character growth and relationship change throughout the story line are not...