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by black jack
Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Runners, Triathletes, Cyclists,...
Replies: 22
Views: 2918

Re: Runners, Triathletes, Cyclists,...

I'm looking to transition into more ultra-marathon races. The longest distance I have completed is ~ 35 mi. during a 6-hour endurance run. I currently live in the NYC area, so it's kind of hard to get in really long runs. One of the world's most extreme ultra-endurance events occurs near you every ...
by black jack
Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't be tempted to buy your teen a cheap (old) car, parents
Replies: 139
Views: 16826

Re: Don't be tempted to buy your teen a cheap (old) car, par

For all of the debate about studies and which variables they've done this and the other thing to, there's a point at which you can say that you feel, in your bones, that something is safer than the other thing. I don't think anyone is taking the straw man position that there have been zero safety i...
by black jack
Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Audiobooks: thanks to a long holiday driving trip, finished Ken Follett's Fall of Giants , and immediately started upon the second volume in his 20th century trilogy, The Winter of the World . As he did in his medieval duology ( Pillars of the Earth and World Without End ), Follett does a wonderful ...
by black jack
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On average, how often do you check your investment balances?
Replies: 53
Views: 4915

Re: On average, how often do you check your investment balan

I check all my balances daily only because of all the cyber fraud going on in the world. Otherwise, I'd probably do it monthly. Is it possible that checking your balances daily increases the risk of becoming a victim of cyber fraud, by increasing the opportunities to have your ID/password discovere...
by black jack
Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with men's exercise clothes please
Replies: 55
Views: 6267

Re: Need help with men's exercise clothes please

Any synthetic sock is better than cotton for exercise; cotton socks are blister-forming machines when combined with moisture (sweat). I started wearing two pair of thin synthetic socks when living (and running) in Hawaii; since I stumbled on that arrangement, I've had virtually no blisters on the bo...
by black jack
Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

WheelsPSU: I'm "reading" (listening to the audiobook of) Fall of Giants now. My little SanDisk Clip is more convenient than carrying around the book. Earlier this year I listened to his medieval books, Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. These are wonderful books, and the audiobook...
by black jack
Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Narrators for Fictional Audiobooks
Replies: 25
Views: 2595

Re: Favorite Narrators for Fictional Audiobooks

AudioFile has reviews of audiobooks, and awards "Earphones" to favored works ( http://www.audiofilemagazine.com ) Check Audie Awards for best (narrated) audiobooks: http://www.theaudies.com/ Library Journal also lists best audio books of the year Booklist has a "Voice of Choice" ...
by black jack
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What desktop should I buy.
Replies: 36
Views: 8220

Re: What desktop should I buy.

Keeping a desktop for 10 years is superior in terms of reducing electronic waste. But I haven't managed that. The first couple of computers I bought, I tried to hit a reasonable price-performance intersection, aiming to keep them for many years. But I found that I sometimes opted for the availabilit...
by black jack
Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At what age did you find dream job?
Replies: 32
Views: 3797

Re: At what age did you find dream job?

My dream job was to be Sharon Stone's masseuse; I didn't get that. :wink:

But when I was 41 I stumbled into a job I like and that suits me pretty well; I feel fortunate. If my office was in Honolulu, it would be dreamier.
by black jack
Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On average, how often do you check your investment balances?
Replies: 53
Views: 4915

Re: On average, how often do you check your investment balan

I'm a decade or so away from retirement, so I'm not too concerned about what my balances are; I check at the end of each year, and a couple of times in between.
by black jack
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with men's exercise clothes please
Replies: 55
Views: 6267

Re: Need help with men's exercise clothes please

Another vote for the C9 stuff from Target. I've got a couple of Nike Dri-Fit shirts, a couple of Under Armour shirts, and several of the C9s, and I like the fit and feel of the C9s more than the others. Also, another vote for a floor fan for your husband's indoor workouts. In San Diego, I don't imag...
by black jack
Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online Videos Make DIY Easy
Replies: 5
Views: 1303

Re: Online Videos Make DIY Easy

I heartily agree. Thanks to the generosity of people who have shared their experiences and expertise through videos posted online, I have repaired a leaking kitchen faucet, a clothes dryer that had stopped drying, a computer monitor I rescued from a neighbor's trash pile, an electric lawnmower, lamp...
by black jack
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did your parents/childhood affect the way you handle money?
Replies: 29
Views: 2877

Re: Did you parents and your childhood effect the way you ha

Probably not, even though it appears so. My parents both grew up during the Great Depression. My father's parents were poor money managers and so lost all they had and lived hand to mouth (the kids picked cotton to get money to feed the family, and my dad, the youngest child, was periodically sent t...
by black jack
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Holiday Meal Splurging (Wagyu beef)
Replies: 17
Views: 2603

Re: Holiday Meal Splurging (Wagyu beef)

I've never cooked Wagyu beef, so take this for what it's worth. Policy: for an expensive piece of beef, cooking it any further than "rare" is a waste of money and a crime against the creature who died for our pleasure. Policy implementation: for cooking steak perfectly rare, try sous vide....
by black jack
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Paid for the wedding?
Replies: 94
Views: 11655

Re: Who Paid for the wedding?

We married 17 years ago, both in our mid-30s; it was my first marriage, my wife's second. It was a small wedding, close family and a few friends, maybe two dozen people, and was held at my parent's home. We spent about $300 for food, and another $100 on wedding rings. My wife and I are both frugal; ...
by black jack
Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 117
Views: 17424

Re: Favorite nonfiction books

I have recently became interested in existentialism and may start reading existentialists. For now, I am reading about their ideas. I recommend From Shakespeare to Existentialism and Existentialism, Religion, and Death by Walter Kaufmann. Kaufmann is one of (if not the) foremost Nietzsche scholars,...
by black jack
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6377
Views: 1434637

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"All is Lost." Wonderful, gripping movie; should have been called "The Old Man and the Sea" (pace Hemingway). In its almost complete absence of dialogue, it reminded me of my favorite section of another film I liked, "The Black Stallion" - the section where the boy and ...
by black jack
Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jane Austen's Economics
Replies: 60
Views: 20525

Re: Jane Austen's Economics

Hi: Thanks Black Jack. This was an early rendition of the paper, stripped of supporting notes. As I have time, I hope to revisit this work. At present I have two possible rectifications. 1. John Dashwood refers to his "stocks" having depressed value at the time of a land purchase. I am no...
by black jack
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jane Austen's Economics
Replies: 60
Views: 20525

Re: Jane Austen's Economics

Google may forget, but the Internet Archive sometimes does not: a little playing around with the Internet Archives' Wayback Machine provides Mr. Barnitz's "Economic Analysis of Jane Austen" (posted 10.26.2005): https://web.archive.org/web/20061104094111/http://literatureandmusic.blogspot.c...
by black jack
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jane Austen's Economics
Replies: 60
Views: 20525

Re: Jane Austen's Economics

Barry Barnitz wrote:Hi:
Sorry folks. The papers were stored on google reader and have been lost.

regards,
So much for Google not being able to "forget" things.

I am sad.
by black jack
Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Currently reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [*]Plot hole (or unbelievable behavior): Victor Frankenstein creates his monster while a student in college, almost by mistake. Sure he has been trying hard, but the monster comes alive as a big surprise. None of this throwing the switch to tap the lig...
by black jack
Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Currently reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [*]Plot hole (or unbelievable behavior): Victor Frankenstein creates his monster while a student in college, almost by mistake. Sure he has been trying hard, but the monster comes alive as a big surprise. None of this throwing the switch to tap the lig...
by black jack
Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jane Austen's Economics
Replies: 60
Views: 20525

Re: Jane Austen's Economics

I'm reviving this thread, rather than simply PMing Mr. Barnitz, because I suspect others in addition to myself would be interested in reading his economic analyses of Jane Austen's novels. The links in both this thread and at "Literary Musings" are broken, and Google knows not where else t...
by black jack
Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Good to know that you enjoyed Follett's Century trilogy, Nisiprius. I'm working on the first volume, having recently finished his Cathedral pair ( Pillars of the Earth and World Without End ), which I greatly enjoyed (at great length). And I too just finished a Scottish-themed book, sort of: Candlem...
by black jack
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great camera to take pics?
Replies: 51
Views: 12095

Re: Great camera to take pics?

As others have pointed out, for bright scenes it doesn't much matter what kind of camera you use - Flickr is full of beautiful daylight shots, and the camera responsible for the largest number of of Flickr images, by a wide margin, is the iPhone. But for low light photography you want a big sensor. ...
by black jack
Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Electrolyte Replacement drink
Replies: 13
Views: 1987

Re: DIY Electrolyte Replacement drink

I also saw reports about chocolate milk and have started using that sometimes as a "recovery" drink.

My usual post-exercise drink in the "sweaty seasons" is kefir - I find it very refreshing.
by black jack
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it possible to have a favorite movie
Replies: 82
Views: 7172

Re: Is it possible to have a favorite movie

It is possible to have a favorite movie - and a different favorite one tomorrow. But if I had to pick one: perhaps Raising Arizona (which my wife unaccountably loathes) No, wait, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, no, Apocalypse Now (both wonderful messes) But there's also: Dr Strangelove Jeremiah Joh...
by black jack
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 51
Views: 7360

Re: Sixth anniversary of worst week ever for stocks

I did nothing - but that's more because I was incredibly fortunate than that I have huge ... amounts of fortitude. As a federal employee, I wasn't concerned about losing my job in the crash (as so many did), and with retirement being 15+ years away, I wasn't worried about the fall in the value of my...
by black jack
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World," by Joan Druett. An amazing story about two ships that wrecked on Auckland Island, a truly miserable-sounding place 285 miles south of New Zealand - featuring gale-driven rainstorms lasting days on end, biting insect...
by black jack
Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED Flashlights
Replies: 51
Views: 12032

Re: LED Flashlights

I bought one of the Costco 3-packs of flashlights a couple of years ago. One has gone missing - glad I didn't pay too much for it. But my 55-year-old eyes sometimes need a little more light than they provide. So my favorite flashlight is now my bike headlight: the NiteRider Lumina 350 ( http://www.a...
by black jack
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Get some Exercise!
Replies: 23
Views: 3445

Re: Get some Exercise!

Pain and weakness. I do some of my workouts at a military track with Sailors and Marines, some of them running with their "pain is weakness leaving the body" shirts. I believe in this message only to a point, we must be careful and we must pay attention on where that pain is coming from, ...
by black jack
Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 572
Views: 149577

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

Pull ups tend to lead to shoulder pain, so I don't do them... I do not have good upper body strength.... Ed Ed, re: shoulder pain, is this something you heard or read, or something you've experienced personally? When I myself experienced shoulder pain after doing pull-ups for 6+ years, my physical ...
by black jack
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Get some Exercise!
Replies: 23
Views: 3445

Re: Get some Exercise!

... My feet are sloughing off a lot of skin due to blisters (and blisters UNDER blisters...no kidding) as a result of not having played in so long, so there's some callous rebuilding going on... Good for you, investingdad. I just heard a report on the news recently that said if there was a medicati...
by black jack
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: headphones for running
Replies: 50
Views: 5240

Re: headphones for running

I've used Philips Nike "Flight" behind the neck headphones for years while running. http://r.ebay.com/wvoltc They stay on, the cord goes off the back and is out of the way, comfortable, they sound good, no batteries or wireless or bluetooth to mess with. Each time I wear a pair out I stil...
by black jack
Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: headphones for running
Replies: 50
Views: 5240

Re: headphones for running

I use these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CJTR82/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . They have never (almost never?) jiggled out of my ear canal, even with lots of jumping. The cord has survived lots of sweat (though I did have to replace the first pair at exactly the one year mark last ...
by black jack
Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Tbailey wrote:Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most - Stone, Patton, Heen
That book has excellent reviews; it's now on my list to read. Thanks.
by black jack
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Recommendation for reading on estate planning
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Recommendation for reading on estate planning

Beyond the Grave (revised edition) by Gerald Condon. An estate planning attorney reflects on estate planning strategies, and how he's seen various approaches play out over the years. The basic message seems to be don't create a situation that requires your heirs to behave well in order for things to...
by black jack
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 9673

Re: What did you always wish for but never got?

When I was about seven, I very much wanted a telescope. The local university where I live has once a week evening look through the giant telescope things open to the public. I bought a telescope many years ago. I still have it. It is mostly good for looking at the moon, although you can see a littl...
by black jack
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 9673

Re: What did you always wish for but never got?

rob wrote:A flying car (Jetson's was one of my fav cartoons)..... which I am STILL WAITING FOR :D
Keep waiting. Look around at your fellow drivers - do you really want to be dealing with them in midair? Or having their crashed vehicles falling through your roof?
by black jack
Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 9673

Re: What did you always wish for but never got?

When I was about seven, I very much wanted a telescope. This was in the late 1960s, when NASA was on the way to putting a human on the moon, and my National Geographics (kid version) regularly carried articles about and wonderful photos of the moon and other space objects. I thought it would be gran...
by black jack
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4970
Views: 1314628

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World," by Joan Druett. An amazing story about two ships that wrecked on Auckland Island, a truly miserable-sounding place 285 miles south of New Zealand - featuring gale-driven rainstorms lasting days on end, biting insects...
by black jack
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 143
Views: 19015

Re: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?

Another advantage of Costco that others have not mentioned yet : if you manage to consume the massive quantities of food you will buy there, you will also increase in size, and thus be able to buy your clothes at Costco for a bargain - they don't tend to carry small sizes for many clothes, and for ...
by black jack
Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The boglehead way to buy furniture
Replies: 56
Views: 10712

Re: The boglehead way to buy furniture

IKEA. Their cheap stuff is good enough for storage and spare bedrooms. And their better stuff is every bit is as good as normal mid-range furniture at about half the price. Oh god no. LOL. we furnished my youngest sons college apartment with stuff from Ikea. It fell apart after a few months. litera...
by black jack
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Helping My Grandmother
Replies: 54
Views: 4955

Re: Helping My Grandmother

Congratulations on trying to help your grandmother; you're doing the Lord's work. Since her biggest asset and biggest expense is her home.. Try to make her home work for her. You say she's in a high cost-of-living area; as others have suggested, can she find someone trustworthy to move in with her/r...
by black jack
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Food at Work
Replies: 41
Views: 5397

Re: Purchasing Food at Work

I'll come out of my lurker corner for this one. I'm normally scoffed at at work for what I do. My wife bought me a rice cooker awhile ago. Then I buy bulk brown rice for about $0.55 per pound and keep a large bag with me. Then I find canned beans on sale for $0.45 per can. Overall, I spend about $0...
by black jack
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Food at Work
Replies: 41
Views: 5397

Re: Purchasing Food at Work

Does anyone else struggle with spending money at your job for food? I'm going to take the opposite approach and state that I don't struggle with spending money for food at work. I enjoy going out for lunch at work. I like the group of guys I work with and it's nice to take a break in the middle of ...
by black jack
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ways to lose money and destroy personal wealth by investing
Replies: 81
Views: 12312

Re: Ways to lose money and destroy personal wealth by invest

- failing to buy a house when you can afford it and you are a long term holder (this is more controversial, but it was only accident I bought a flat in the mid 1990s in London, and that flat would now be worth 5x what I paid for it) Doesn't the Shiller data show the long run appreciation in housing...
by black jack
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Food at Work
Replies: 41
Views: 5397

Re: Purchasing Food at Work

I work regular 9-5 hours, so I have no special advice for eating through the night. As far as buying vs bringing, for the first several years at my office I bought my lunch (and often breakfast) from the on-site cafeteria or from one of the several restaurants within a few blocks. Eventually, I got ...
by black jack
Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ? Best car for a new driver
Replies: 41
Views: 3185

Re: ? Best car for a new driver

Absolutely, when/if the time comes that I buy a car for my daughter to drive, I will buy a car that has the newer safety features, including electronic stability control and automatic braking, as well as being packed with air bags. I wish that self-driving cars would be commercially available in tim...
by black jack
Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Late starters: what age did you start investing?
Replies: 94
Views: 16463

Re: Late starters: what age did you start investing?

effilus (accumulating $500k in 10 years on a $50k income) is definitely the rock star in this thread but their technique (living on $900 a month) is hard to emulate for those not in a rural area: heck, my mortgage on a modest home in the DC suburbs is more than $900/month. At the other extreme is av...