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by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scripters/Coders - Wanting to Learn
Replies: 17
Views: 1902

Re: Scripters/Coders - Wanting to Learn

Another vote for Python.

There are some good free MOOCs on Coursera, etc., that can help you learn it.
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 5656

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Trailer to pull kids? Possibly the single most valuable consumer product (from a quality of life standpoint) I ever purchased. Then there are cargo bikes and Dutch-style "bakfiets" to consider. I love the way this new US bakfiet company is marketing their product: Less about getting exercise, savin...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Artist Son - 10 years old
Replies: 17
Views: 2921

Re: Artist Son - 10 years old

I'll second Etsy. That's pretty much what the site was originally made for--people selling their handmade crafts. If someone is in the market for that sort of thing, that's probably where they'll go to try to find it.
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 5656

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Yes, first of all, most of the things that people say you "must have" you really don't. You need a bike, two legs, and a destination. (Actually, maybe just the first two.) Everything else is basically gravy. That said, there are certain things that are nice and that might even rise to the level of "...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult...1.5 years later
Replies: 199
Views: 29278

Re: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress

investingdad wrote:she thought being able to make that jump was a sign of real progress.
It is! Being able to play along with an outside reference--whether it's a metronome, a recording, another violinist, or a whole ensemble--is a crucial part of musicianship.

Congrats. :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR
Replies: 26
Views: 3078

Re: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR

Traffic in Portland can be horrible if you're driving a car.

On a bike, it's smooooooth sailing. 8-)
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying estimated taxes
Replies: 31
Views: 4580

Re: Paying estimated taxes

Question 1. is it OK for all four ET payments in one year to Not be all equal? Of course. After all, a lot of people who pay estimated tax have, by the very nature of their jobs (independent contractors, small business owners, etc.), extremely variable income. They will typically have their payment...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drum sets
Replies: 12
Views: 1669

Re: Drum sets

Agree with the above post that it's tough to "wear out" a drum set, unless it's one of those cheapies from the Sears Catalog or something. You might be able to get away with some new heads and a bottle of cymbal polish. But if you do want to upgrade to a better kit overall, in addition to Craigslist...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is a "sleeve"?
Replies: 34
Views: 4581

Re: What is a "sleeve"?

kate1234 wrote:My friend's financial advisor is encouraging her to go with an "end sleeve" and to avoid index funds at all costs :D [pun intended]

What is an "end sleeve"? I don't find anything on the wiki about it.
The financial advisor must've just been making an off-the-cuff remark.
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult...1.5 years later
Replies: 199
Views: 29278

Re: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress

three most important things to remember when learning to play a musical instrument are: 1. practice slowly, 2. practice slowly, and 3. practice slowly. This ^ I often joke to my students that I'm going to get a big, light-up sign made to hang up in the room where I teach, that I can turn on with a ...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Net worth - thanks to this site
Replies: 15
Views: 4207

Re: Net worth - thanks to this site

Nice job! Keep up the Bogleheadian work! :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slide rule anyone?
Replies: 88
Views: 10297

Re: Slide rule anyone?

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the E6-B yet. http://images.mypilotstore.com/products/523.jpg This was (still is!) basically a circular slide rule, optimized for all sorts of aviation calculations. As late as the early 2000's, when I got my pilot's certificate, I was expected to have one and know...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feel like talking "R"
Replies: 50
Views: 13121

Re: Anyone feel like talking "R"

Does anyone have an opinion on the advantages/disadvantages of R versus EXCEL? The most compelling thing I have read in blogs is that R source code is reproducible meaning (I think) that the same code can be run on a variety of different data sets. And R shows the data and analysis separately which...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions for DieHards after reading "The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing"
Replies: 41
Views: 5164

Re: Questions for DieHards after reading "The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing"

I don't plan on having any big emergencies (of course) so... Just to point out the obvious, if you do have any "emergencies" that you are planning on, those would A) not actually be emergencies, of course, and B) be saved up for separately, once your genuine emergency fund is complete. For example,...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oregon personal Trip
Replies: 25
Views: 2946

Re: Oregon personal Trip

GerryL wrote:No one here says "the 101." It's just "one-oh-one."
Actually, when I pronounce it I call it "the five" because I just assume it's in binary. 8-)
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oregon personal Trip
Replies: 25
Views: 2946

Re: Oregon personal Trip

My wife and I took a similar trip a couple of years ago. Here was our itinerary, which might give you some ideas for your own trip: Flew into PDX. Picked up rental car and drove a short distance to the McMenamin's Kennedy School Hotel --a former elementary school that has been converted into a bouti...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Car Should I Buy My Daughter as a Graduation Present
Replies: 150
Views: 14035

Re: Any BHs Had Experience With the Honda Fit?

I half expected to get into the office this morning and see my notifications lit up with a dozen people telling me I went off the deep end... If you did, I'm going there with you because I agree totally. :beer The thinking that you have to buy a big, heavy car not because you actually need the room...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Amazon
Replies: 76
Views: 8011

Re: Alternatives to Amazon

This fixed the problem initially - guess I should get another made that specifically calls out Amazon Flex... I found this one on Amazon. Doesn't mention a specific carrier, but it's actually not a bad-looking sign: https://www.amazon.com/Shhh-Sleeping-Baby-Hanging-Nursery/dp/B01CTJ3Q78 https://ima...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
Replies: 103
Views: 15423

Re: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

My Whole Foods is a 20-minute walk away. Mine's close too. I usually ride my bike, in fact. It's great being able to "park" right by the front door. :-) (And the fact that I have to carry my groceries home in a rear basket puts a nice upper limit on how much I can buy!) I have the Amazon Prime cred...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Amazon
Replies: 76
Views: 8011

Re: Alternatives to Amazon

Jeez, these are people just trying to make a buck. I've never had any problems with them (they're usually faster than the regular shipping companies, actually). I don't ever get a good look at them, but I doubt they're any scarier-looking than me. :D Could they be "scoping out" your house while they...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander vs. Pilot
Replies: 30
Views: 6916

Re: Highlander vs. Pilot

Alexa9 wrote:Narrowed it down to the Highlander and the Pilot.
So I guess you could say "in the end, there can be only one"! :D

Sorry. Highlander reference.

I'll show myself out...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boglehead Board Game!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3246

Re: Boglehead Board Game!!

How to play:
  1. Each player then takes turns rolling the dice and writing down the total
  2. The average roll value is calculated
  3. All players then move their game pieces equally by this amount.
by JupiterJones
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 3157

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

I'm not quite sure if you'd call it a biography, but I loved Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, particularly the details about Marconi. The book interleaves the story of Marconi with the story of the Crippen murder case. Oh yeah, good call. I've been a fan of Larson's starting with The Devil in the Whit...
by JupiterJones
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse In Apartment
Replies: 55
Views: 7450

Re: Mouse In Apartment

If you don't want to deal with the grossness (and potential for incomplete kills, etc.) of old-fashioned snap traps, consider getting an electronic trap. I've had success with this one: http://www.victorpest.com/victor-electronic-mouse-trap-bm2524s More expensive, but you can use the same one over a...
by JupiterJones
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 3157

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

Yeah, pretty much anything by David McCullough or Walter Isaacson is going to be a good 'un. I'll add some memoirs/autobiographies... Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman and What Do You Care What Other People Think by physicist/bongoist Richard Feynman Failure is Not an Option by Gemini & Apollo-era N...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this
Replies: 45
Views: 4751

Re: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this

Since they are going to play anyway, should I break down and buy their raffle tickets? The cost is insignificant. But deep down, I think it sends the wrong message. If I were you, I would not buy the tickets. Not so much because it might send the wrong message, but on the general principle that one...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 299
Views: 31704

Re: What do you guys do on the side?

I teach private music lessons on the side and occasionally do a few other music-related jobs (arranging, gigs, etc.) Not a huge amount of money (especially after SE taxes), but nothing to sneeze at either. Plus I enjoy doing it, which makes the profits mostly gravy anyway. (When I was younger, thing...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Math help - home prices
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: Math help - home prices

simplesimon wrote:I can't imagine this being considered a great investment [..]

What am I missing?
Nothing. My understanding is that home prices tend to keep up with inflation over the longterm, but not much more than that. As an "investment", they've always been pretty mediocre.
by JupiterJones
Wed May 17, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?
Replies: 55
Views: 6512

Re: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?

Nearly A Moose wrote:Paris is an extremely walkable city. You can literally walk for miles.
Ain't that the truth! I've only been to Paris once, and it was many years ago, but one of my chief memories is how much my feet hurt afterward. :D
by JupiterJones
Wed May 17, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Mini Milestone 100K
Replies: 19
Views: 2275

Re: Mini Milestone 100K

Awesome! Congrats! :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Tue May 16, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?
Replies: 55
Views: 6512

Re: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?

FWIW the GPS in most (all? At least the major players like Samsung and Apple) US based smart phones will work without using data. We did quite a few trips navigating with our data turned off. If you want search-ability you can download sections of Google Maps for offline use before hand. We still u...
by JupiterJones
Tue May 16, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Few days in Portland in July
Replies: 36
Views: 3486

Re: Few days in Portland in July

I'm surprised no one yet has mentioned Powell's City of Books. Texasdiver did, a few posts up. But it bears seconding (and thirding, and fourthing...) If you do just one thing in Portland, that's the thing. No place else like it. I'll also add my vote to the recommendations of the Japanese Gardens ...
by JupiterJones
Thu May 11, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do Bogleheads buy cars?
Replies: 71
Views: 9875

Re: How do Bogleheads buy cars?

I have never really been in a position to have so much free cash to buy a decent car as so many on these forums seem to have. You could be in that position, though. Look at it this way... when you need to buy a new car you'll probably--as you've done in the past--finance it and pay it off early. Th...
by JupiterJones
Thu May 11, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?
Replies: 55
Views: 6512

Re: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?

Be cognizant of any bans that may be in place. I'm reading they may likely be banning laptops on flights from Europe to the US in the near future. This is the sort of thing that would have me stranded at the airport with laptop in hand :( From what I read yesterday this appears to be go? Packing la...
by JupiterJones
Wed May 10, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boglehead Debt Free Scream! 174K in 53 months
Replies: 24
Views: 4348

Re: Boglehead Debt Free Scream! 174K in 53 months

< cue swelling "Braveheart" music >

FREEEEEEDOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!

:sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Wed May 10, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?
Replies: 55
Views: 6512

Re: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?

My standard, number-one, above-all-else advice is "pack light", but it looks like you're already doing that! :sharebeer It sounds like your itinerary is set, but if it isn't, you might want to explore the option of taking the train to Paris a couple of days later.Then you could just fly out of there...
by JupiterJones
Tue May 09, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?
Replies: 248
Views: 36073

Re: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?

Interesting info, 552BB! Thanks for posting an out-of-the-box solution. :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Mon May 08, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone use Python to analyze their finances?
Replies: 40
Views: 9019

Re: Anyone use Python to analyze their finances?

I'm an R guy myself when it comes to doing any sort of statistical heavy lifting, although I have done some Python programming too (just not for stats).

Really though, for the type of math I do with my finances, a spreadsheet usually works fine. I'm not a chartist or anything.
by JupiterJones
Tue May 02, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?
Replies: 248
Views: 36073

Re: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?

I've got a handwritten chart that lists all of the possible locations, which then assigns each of them a score... Wait a minute... you're gathering all that information and then compiling/scoring/sorting it by hand ?!? Well heck, that makes it easy. Here's where you need to move: http://www.amishvi...
by JupiterJones
Tue May 02, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side gig, 1099 strategy
Replies: 19
Views: 2507

Re: Side gig, 1099 strategy

3. Is your only practical option. Yup. Focus on knowing about and tracking every possible legally-deductible business expense. The nice thing about the Schedule C is that you can deduct things there even if you're taking a standard deduction on your 1040 (i.e., not also filing a Schedule A). So tra...
by JupiterJones
Tue May 02, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?
Replies: 248
Views: 36073

Re: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?

What about a more affordable suburb of some of those places on your list? Take Longmont, CO, for example (which I only know of thanks to Mr. Money Mustache... who claims to live off a lot less than $60K, incidentally). You get the same weather and nearby mountains as Boulder or Denver, plus a simila...
by JupiterJones
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?
Replies: 143
Views: 23866

Re: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?

2015 wrote:But my response applies equally to any sort of "voting" function such as "likes".
+1
by JupiterJones
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving my Math Skills
Replies: 27
Views: 4039

Re: Improving my Math Skills

Khan Academy is great for "filling in the cracks" of your knowledge... especially helpful with math, since math subjects so strongly build on what (they assume) you've learned before.

The Ohio State calculus class on Coursera is very, very good.
by JupiterJones
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dedicating your bonus to something
Replies: 30
Views: 3883

Re: Dedicating your bonus to something

Interested in hearing how BHs handle their bonus! We always have things we're saving for, and we keep track of our progress in a spreadsheet. There's a "replace the car" sinking fund for each of us, a property tax fund (we don't escrow), soon-to-be-IRA funds (built up by the end of the year so we c...
by JupiterJones
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Breaks Down on Long Road Trip
Replies: 55
Views: 5827

Re: Car Breaks Down on Long Road Trip

Buy or rent another SUV to tow behind the first one. If the first one breaks down, just swap positions and keep going. Ah, but all kidding aside, I'm with surfstar. Cross that bridge if and when you get to it. After all, there are lots of monkey wrenches that can get thrown into the works of a plann...
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dream vacation spots?
Replies: 81
Views: 10553

Re: Dream vacation spots?

Space
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New heat pump - decision time (Central FL) [thanks for referrals]
Replies: 34
Views: 2745

Re: New heat pump - need referrals (Central FL)

Besides, I am also reading that it is difficult (and more expensive) to get spare parts for Trane in a timely fashion ... I was told that same thing... by a guy who was trying to sell me an Amana. I suspect that's the usual line companies who do not carry Trane tell potential customers, to keep the...
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Four Pillars of Investing" is one of today's Kindle daily deals
Replies: 24
Views: 4520

Re: "The Four Pillars of Investing" is one of today's Kindle daily deals

For those who may not be aware, note that you don't actually have to have a physical Kindle device in order to purchase and read e-books such as this. You can download the free Kindle app to your smartphone and use that, or just read it in any web browser using Amazon's cloud reader . So, for a mere...
by JupiterJones
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Packing cubes for travel
Replies: 60
Views: 5681

Re: Packing cubes for travel

How is any better than just packing the clothes into the suitcase? [...] Where's the benefit? Do you have a dresser in your bedroom? Probably one with multiple drawers, and maybe some or all of those drawers have, in turn, divided sections? Pretty handy, isn't it? You wouldn't dream of replacing th...
by JupiterJones
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New heat pump - decision time (Central FL) [thanks for referrals]
Replies: 34
Views: 2745

Re: New heat pump - need referrals (Central FL)

We just got a new heat pump put in last month. During the whole thing, I learned that many brands are really just labels of the same manufacturer, sometimes (I've heard) completely identical units except for the sticker on the side and the length of the warranty! Amana and Goodman are all made by th...