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by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise in my attic
Replies: 307
Views: 81672

Don't cancel that house inspector. If you are now seeing cracks in the foundation and wet blocks, something is moving big time. Keep looking for more clues, think stress loading. Try to follow the framing and supports which rest on that area see if something looks out of whack. Anything on the suppo...
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise in my attic
Replies: 307
Views: 81672

Re: Try

LadyGeek - The noise is so distinctly coming from our attic (I can point to the spot in the ceiling where the noise seems to come from and is so specific that, although I like the thought of an external sourse, I am fairly certain its not something like a train (but I will give a listen tonight). I...
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How dumb is your favorite website?
Replies: 13
Views: 2385

I think you have to put "site:" before the website address, otherwise it includes websites that link to it. That's what the "site:" keyword does. However, the previous forum metrics were incorrect. Google was including the folders underneath. IOW, it included both the forum and wiki. Exclude the wi...
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How dumb is your favorite website?
Replies: 13
Views: 2385

Can one imply "intelligence" of posts?

Results by reading level for ladygeek site:bogleheads.org:
Basic 42%
Intermediate 56%
Advanced < 1
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How dumb is your favorite website?
Replies: 13
Views: 2385

You rock!

Reversion to the mean. :)

===============
Take a look at the wiki:

Results by reading level for site:bogleheads.org/wiki:
Basic < 1%
Intermediate 85%
Advanced 13%
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Britain / U.K. Equivalent to Vanguard?
Replies: 103
Views: 22739

The wiki might be able to help: UK Investing

TedSwippet has been keeping it up to date.
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need Roth IRA crash course
Replies: 8
Views: 1547

Welcome to the forum! There's a ton of info in the wiki. Be sure to check the references.

Wiki article link: Roth IRA
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Me vs. our 401(k) rep.
Replies: 33
Views: 4965

Be sure you read this thread: Setting up a 401(K) plan , consider PM'ing fcirullo to help out in this thread. Wiki article link: How to Campaign for a Better 401(k) Plan It may be useful on the wiki to have pre-prepared set of facts and arguments one could present to 401k providers to make a simple ...
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To Taylor Larimore: Nuts!
Replies: 38
Views: 8850

Same here. My father-in-law was also in the Battle of the Bulge. Wounded in the line of duty - hit by shrapnel. He's still around to talk about it.
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: random song thread
Replies: 90
Views: 8445

by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tracking budget when you have strategic debt
Replies: 18
Views: 2320

OAG wrote:With a depreciating asset - which a car is maybe use of the accounting principal of pricing the asset (car) to market value should be considered (now commonly referred to as "Market to Market")...
I think you mean Mark to Market, as Chuck alludes to above.
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise in my attic
Replies: 307
Views: 81672

At the same time every night? Are you near any train tracks? Maybe there's a heavy freighter going by that sets up a surface wave and your house is on the peak (think earthquake, but way less). Surface waves can travel for quite a distance, like miles. When the sound frequency goes below 10 Hz (10 c...
by LadyGeek
Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you get over a bad work day?
Replies: 58
Views: 6690

TxAg wrote:Exercise or beer.

If the dog is involved, even better.
Your dog likes beer? :D

Exercise. Hot chocolate.
by LadyGeek
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VTI ETF Issues $5.1 Billion On A Single Day
Replies: 21
Views: 3213

Would automated Required Minimum Distributions from IRAs cause this? It's about that time of year. Index Universe is also reporting a large number of outflows.
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash reward credit cards--Pen Fed and others
Replies: 36
Views: 7383

You could also change the browser name reported to the web site, which is easily done in Firefox: User Agent Switcher. However, if they use ActiveX or other Microsoft specific code, it still won't work. Worth a shot, though.
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What would you do with a check for $.01?
Replies: 56
Views: 8832

You could be in Steve Jobs position. Apple owes Steve Jobs $37.91 Steve Jobs has yet to accept small amounts of money owed to him by several companies, including his own. Apple filed a claim with the state of California saying its CEO, Steven P. Jobs, hasn't claimed property worth $37.91, according ...
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to use Gmail's Spam Filter
Replies: 21
Views: 2137

That post was simultaneous with yours and referred to the embedded link (which you don't see in the Walmart email).

I would make a filter. Look for "Create a filter" on the page.
1) Create the search criteria, whatever will find this email
2) Choose action, check Delete it.
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wiki - Local Chapters on Yahoo Groups
Replies: 12
Views: 6421

The wiki page is now renamed and updated to contain a comprehensive list of all local chapters. It didn't make sense to restrict it to Yahoo groups. (My previous posts have been edited to reflect the new name.) The Bay Area Diehards group (San Francisco CA) has been added, but coordination is still ...
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to use Gmail's Spam Filter
Replies: 21
Views: 2137

Copy the link manually and paste it into the address bar.

In Thunderbird, right click on the link --> Copy link location. Then, go to Firefox and put the cursor on the address bar. Right-click, Paste.
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux Box - Installing Ubuntu - Will my plan work?
Replies: 28
Views: 3336

The OP may be missing a key piece of information. You need to go into the motherboard's BIOS setup and tell it to boot from the USB device. Otherwise, it will never see it.

I don't know the exact menu, but look for something related to boot devices and priorities. Put USB first.
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me fix my laptop
Replies: 14
Views: 1863

The only problem is that the canola oil might go rancid after a while. If you had knocked over mineral oil, I'd say leave it alone.
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Synagogue Lotto Pool
Replies: 20
Views: 2560

This reminds of a pastor I met while on vacation, a number of years ago. He taught the parishioners how to gamble. Don't ask, but he did. So, what happened? He flew them all out to Las Vegas with the understanding that half of the winnings go to the church. I don't know the outcome, but I know he wa...
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two exercise questions -- men only
Replies: 39
Views: 5908

The magic occurs in the "tag=bogleheads.org-20" part of the URL. Once you go through Alex's link, the URL changes and you don't see the tag anymore. However, Amazon.com is now tracking you through the site as a Bogleheads referral. I think the link you gave has some tracking info in it, but it might...
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Father-in-Law advisor [continued]
Replies: 131
Views: 12761

There's another option. Tell the FIL that you don't want to mix business with family. Ask him to suggest someone else who he trusts to manage the affairs. OP's wife will be happy that OP listened to her, the rest is up to the FIL. - If FIL says, "but I was going to to this for free", it lets OP save...
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two exercise questions -- men only
Replies: 39
Views: 5908

Here's the direct link with the Amazon.com referral: The Heart Rate GUIDEBOOKE to Heart Zones Training [Paperback]
by LadyGeek
Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wiki - Local Chapters on Yahoo Groups
Replies: 12
Views: 6421

By permission via PM, Dallas / Ft. Worth is added to the wiki.

Wiki article link: Boglehead Local Chapters

(12/12: Updated wiki page link)
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scale of the Universe
Replies: 23
Views: 2711

A nice update to this classic from 1977: Powers of Ten
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wiki - Local Chapters on Yahoo Groups
Replies: 12
Views: 6421

By permission via PM, Research Triangle Park NC Bogleheads is added to the wiki. There's no logo, so I used the default. (That could be fixed....) ========================= I understand that a number of groups were started a few years ago, but got discouraged due to spam. Perhaps it's just a matter ...
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Father-in-Law advisor [continued]
Replies: 131
Views: 12761

Do not even mention the phrase "I need to make my own mistakes", which implies you don't have a handle on the situation. He'll say "Why make any mistakes at all, let me do the first steps for you, and you can decide what to do later." Later will never come. Remember that you should never count on yo...
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: PenFed lowers rate on 7 year CD
Replies: 26
Views: 3385

The calculations are already done in the wiki, which includes a spreadsheet available for download.

Wiki article link: Comparing CDs

The spreadsheet compares several CDs simultaneously. You'll be able to see what you need to know very quickly, as well as enter "what-if" scenarios.
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VG and M* bond style 3x3 box different for some funds
Replies: 9
Views: 2175

Note: ALL BOLDING IS MINE http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Bond_Basics#Style_Boxes Both Morningstar and Vanguard provide fixed income fund style boxes. While the methodologies used to calculate the boxes may vary , the results provide a consistent format for investors. I do not find that wiki stateme...
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wiki - Local Chapters on Yahoo Groups
Replies: 12
Views: 6421

Via PM, I've received interest in a new group, as well as some unfamiliarity with how to setup a Yahoo group. I took a stab and updated the wiki page to suggest group settings and configurations that should help ease the start-up process. I don't have group moderator privileges, so I'm going by the ...
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essentials of Hiking
Replies: 96
Views: 9811

- I've done multiple day back packing. Don't skimp on safety, get good quality boots. You need confidence that your boots are providing the right support, as well as solid protection against whatever you step on. A trade of safety for weight. - A walking stick is always good to help navigate the tra...
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Robot Insurance
Replies: 22
Views: 3108

Dan Moroboshi wrote:If you're browsing with Mozilla Firefox, type about:robots into the address bar and hit Enter.
You didn't hit "Try Again," did you?

You can also get insurance to protect your robot from humans: Robot Insurance Policies
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Potential lay offs - leave or stay?
Replies: 7
Views: 1757

Do you really have the big picture? Be very careful, as you may be acting on gossip. If you've established yourself as someone who works hard and has good value to the company, you may be on the "keep" list. Remember, you're not solving problems, you're changing them. You might be happy where you ar...
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VG and M* bond style 3x3 box different for some funds
Replies: 9
Views: 2175

The Vanguard and M* style boxes are compared in the wiki.

Wiki article link: Bond Basics (Style Boxes)
by LadyGeek
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Modern Day Words And Phrases You Hate
Replies: 210
Views: 21315

Disapproved.
by LadyGeek
Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wiki - Local Chapters on Yahoo Groups
Replies: 12
Views: 6421

Hi Ed, Chapter added. I can't see the exact "Promote" code for your group, which is where I get the links and logo from. However, it's a fairly straight-forward copy-n-paste from the Philly version. Please double-check everything and post here if there's a problem. To be fair, I'm sorting alphabetic...
by LadyGeek
Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wiki - Local Chapters on Yahoo Groups
Replies: 12
Views: 6421

Wiki - Local Chapters on Yahoo Groups

At our last Philadelphia area chapter meeting, held just after the Bogleheads 9 convention, we had several helpful suggestions on how to run a successful local chapter. One suggestion was to organize using Yahoo Groups. The Philly chapter now has its own Yahoo Group, the PhillyBogleheads . (Next mee...
by LadyGeek
Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What does the group do when somone skips on the bill?
Replies: 17
Views: 2902

Concur, I should have said "tips within reason". If it's too much and there's not enough change, there's always one person who goes to the cashier to break the bill in question (like a $20) and return with the change. A smart cashier will break a $20 as $10, $5, and 5 x $1 to be sure that it's easy ...
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance score may be more important than credit score
Replies: 2
Views: 1020

To those who are not aware, a free annual report of your insurance claims is available from the CLUE database.

Wiki article link: Insurance - CLUE database

BTW, welcome to New Jersey.
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Payroll Tax
Replies: 12
Views: 1794

Taxes taken from your salary.. meaning Federal tax withholding, Social Security, Medcare, state taxes, and state unemployment (if applicable).

You need to file a W-4 tax withholding form to tell your employer how much federal taxes to take out.

Is this what you are looking for?
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Question on RMD from Inherited IRA
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

This might help:

Wiki article link: Inheriting an IRA

Wiki article link: Income in Respect of a Decedent
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What does the group do when somone skips on the bill?
Replies: 17
Views: 2902

Proving that is difficult. Lesson learned, be sure to confront him before he leaves the meal. Or, never invite him again.

Money left over from contributions is always left for a tip. It's understood that the waiters need it more than you do.
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle vs Nook
Replies: 40
Views: 8934

Did you know that Amazon.com offers free Kindle reading apps for PC, Mac, Blackberry, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone 7? No need for a Kindle. Amazon.com Free Kindle Reading Apps There are thousands of literary classics for free. War and Peace, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allen Poe, too many to mention....
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: our advisor
Replies: 21
Views: 3461

Good move. My former advisor wasn't paying attention to my account, so I moved all the funds into Vanguard (where I had them before). Long story short, it was 2 weeks before I got an email inquiring what happened.
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Accessing Bogleheads Forum at Work
Replies: 12
Views: 2736

First, you'd need a static IP to have a reliable address. If you want more info, start a new thread in the Consumer and Recreation forum, as it's OT in this thread.
by LadyGeek
Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Accessing Bogleheads Forum at Work
Replies: 12
Views: 2736

Concur with the others - you are bypassing the company firewall. That's heavy disciplinary action at my employer, up to and including termination. Remember that there is no expectation of privacy in work. All of your web traffic is subject to monitoring; including monitoring of secure "https://" tra...
by LadyGeek
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: PA-NY Part Year Residency Tax Tips
Replies: 19
Views: 2116

Philadelphia also imposes a School Income tax on non-earned income, such as dividends. Philadelphia Individual Taxes

Philly residents pay both Earnings and School Income taxes.
by LadyGeek
Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wiki article, "Boglehead-style investing at Fidelity
Replies: 34
Views: 3806

Similar to Wikipedia, each page needs to be properly categorized (look at the bottom of every wiki page). I created a category for Charles Schwab and Fidelity . Each of these new pages rightfully belongs in its own category, similar to Vanguard. All 3 are under the Investing category. If anyone want...