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by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6700

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

This actually is somewhat of an interesting rabbit hole to go down. But your dataset is likely too small to draw many conclusions. Try these links: https://insights.spotify.com/int/2017/10/03/genres-and-key-signatures/ http://jes2s.com/September2014/musical-keys.html Interesting. Good to see that "...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6700

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

A separate note about the minor vs major. I would have thought "Rapture" by iio/Nadia Ali was minor based on the vocals. The underlying music may explain why it's major instead. This song is basically a three chord piece in e-minor: https://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/nadia-ali-rapture-chords-s228978 T...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6700

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Which brings up another point: it's a rare (and probably very short) bit of music that stays entirely in one key all the way through*. When we say something is in a particular key we usually mean that it starts and ends in that key, with excursions into other keys along the way. That answers one (u...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6700

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Re: the test, I looked at 19 songs in 18 genres. I didn't really discern a pattern, but I'm going from memory on some of the songs.

(I deleted the song list since it was no longer applicable.)
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6700

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

In the interest of keeping the thread actionable, I will create a list of some of my favorite songs in certain genres and see if either the major vs minor or the "feels" mentioned by le_sacre make any pattern. If they do, that will only be relevant to my own tastes, but it may indicate that key does...
by azurekep
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6700

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Thanks everyone. Interesting and helpful responses. This came up because I ran my music collection through some DJ software that automatically detected the keys (in addition to BPM, which is what I was really interested in). I hadn't come up with any "patterns" with the keys until last night, but I ...
by azurekep
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6700

Question for music experts about musical keys

I've been re-organizing my music collection by genre, subgenre, decade, etc., and one of the things I was looking at was the musical keys for each song. Usually it didn't shed any additional light on the music, but for one genre, the results were pretty striking: A-flat B-flat C C-minor C#minor D-fl...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?
Replies: 46
Views: 2997

Re: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?

The borax does them in. Usually I will put it on the trail in the evening and by morning there are no more aunts . LOLOLOL...funniest auto correct in a long time. I feel like i need to report this.... How do the nieces & nephews feel about this??? To the nieces and nephews, I'm sorry for your loss....
by azurekep
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs
Replies: 12
Views: 1433

Re: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs

I found these pictures on another board from a short volatility trader's Twitter account: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1600x1200q90/923/QiOpw9.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1600x1200q90/924/qq0r27.jpg While the retail products may not have caused the plunge, they're the tip of the ice...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs
Replies: 12
Views: 1433

Re: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs

We had at least one major inverse volatility ETN (Credit Suisse) go bust and another ETF hung on by the skin of it's teeth. So, it's not surprising at all that brokers would curtail access to some of the riskier products to retail investors. It is surprising to me. I mistakenly thought brokers prov...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

The only question remaining is why is the tire pressure light on? I'm thinking the sensor must be bad. Each sensor has a battery. It's probably dead. Interesting. My thought is to just ignore it. Not replace it. I was pleasantly surprised that my relative has been keeping up on the oil and air, so ...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 944445

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Burden of Proof" by Scott Turow Dave I see you're on a Turow kick. :) I read "Presumed Innocent" and I think "The Burden of Proof" was the next I read by him and liked. I read a third before losing interest for some reason (before I started keeping notes). I do have his non-fiction book, "One ...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

OP here. I think we can figure out what happened here: Tire pressure: Good Oil level: Good Engine, lights and the all-important gas cap: All working properly Tire Pressure Light: On when driving Other Indicator Lights: On only when starting car I think she must have seen an unfamiliar light (the tir...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?
Replies: 15
Views: 1722

Re: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?

I'll agree with those saying the dollar amount in these two inverse VIX funds (XIV and SVXY) -- roughtly $1.2- 1.3B each -- was not the primary reason for the continuing sell-off. Here is what I think, however: 1. When market participants get wind of trouble, there can be a fast sell-off just based ...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

Did the car actually start for your relative, or did it fail to start and have those lights? If it did start, did they drive it for the day and no longer have the lights? The lights went on yesterday when she was driving home. She was able to drive it home without incident. I'll be swinging by tomo...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

Use a code scanner and find out what error code(s) correspond to that combination of lights. I have a heck of a time finding the scanner ports. I found it on my own car via touch, but I've never been able to find it on other cars. By law, the OBD port must be within 2-3 feet of the steering wheel. ...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

jabberwockOG wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:01 pm
This type of multi-error light display is often caused by a malfunctioning/dying car battery.
Good to know. That would be an easy fix.

Edit: I didn't see the earlier post about the alternator. Hope it's not that.
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?
Replies: 15
Views: 1722

Re: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?

Only the instrument has changed. Instead of securitized mortgage-related stuff (MBS, CLO, CDS, etc.) or carry trades (currencies), it's volatility instruments that have been over-leveraged. When the trend changes, the trades have to be unwound. Margin calls have to be covered and cash raised, which ...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

Use a code scanner and find out what error code(s) correspond to that combination of lights. I have a heck of a time finding the scanner ports. I found it on my own car via touch, but I've never been able to find it on other cars. But it's a good idea. I'll bring my scanner along and ask a gas stat...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

livesoft wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:30 pm
The gas cap is not on correctly. :)
Haha, that'a a good one to try.

It usually just turns on the Check Engine light, but maybe the gas cap VIX went up. :mrgreen:
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1925

Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

I just got a phone call from a relative who says multiple indicator lights are on her car: Checking her manual they are: - Battery charging - Low oil pressure - Low tire pressure - Engine service needed I'll be taking a look at it later this week, but I find it hard to believe everything went bad al...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?

Depending on how specialized you want to go.... I did a recent book review on The Man from the Train -- the Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James. In the last paragraph I state: I'd recommend the book to people who like analytical methodologies, espec...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Return of stock market is better overnight than during the day - NYTimes article
Replies: 19
Views: 2757

Re: Return of stock market is better overnight than during the day - NYTimes article

What's troubling about the market over the past week is how much volatility has picked up compared to any other time over the past 12 months. For most of the last 12 months volatility was between 10-15. Over the last few days it shot up to about 50 and is currently "down" to 27. It looks like the m...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?

I can't help book/article-wise.

But you might have fun watching this video:

BENNY GOODMAN - SING SING SING

The song was from 1938. The dancing was edited in, but it would be in the same timeframe.

Music sometimes gives a sense of the times...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jogging in the cold.
Replies: 50
Views: 3962

Re: Jogging in the cold.

When it's 10 degrees outside, drivers may not be expecting some militant runner out there getting miles in. Sure, they should be attentive, but they won't be. Expecting they'll be looking out for you as a priority to typing in LOL to a text is asking to be hit. Add to that that the runner's eyes ma...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jogging in the cold.
Replies: 50
Views: 3962

Re: Jogging in the cold.

Exercise should be fun. If it involves braving the cold and it's not enjoyable, Plan B should kick in -- using a treadmill, running in place on a mat, riding an exercise bike or some other form of indoor exercise.
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop mail for former occupants?
Replies: 103
Views: 6511

Re: How to stop mail from former occupants?

From my experience, it will never stop. Sorry. If you're getting catalogues, you should be able to contact the senders one by one to unsubscribe (or try Catalog Choice). If anyone has had success here, I'd love to know about it. Catalog Choice works phenomenally. I set it up for some relatives who ...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?
Replies: 18
Views: 1224

Re: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?

I've had a VPN for my desktop through Private Internet Access for about seven months. The problem is that some of the websites I want to access for general web surfing recognize my PIA IP address as coming from a VPN. Due to abuse by others using the same VPN (and thus the same IP address) some web...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?
Replies: 18
Views: 1224

Re: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?

I use a VPN on the devices used for daily web searching. It's strictly for privacy because I have zero trust in my ISP not to sell that information. OTOH, for the separate computers used only for financial transactions, I use the VPN only because I can. VPNs can be used on multiple devices, so why n...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Not sure if it makes a difference, but I buy their higher priced jeans directly from their website (around $80 at full price, but never actually pay full price) in hopes that the quality will be better. Ironically I found that out only right after I put in my order. So I ended up buying from a thir...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6636
Views: 1432538

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Superstitious are we? You referring to the 666? Here's my logic: :) Algorithms control the day-to-day price movement of the markets (though price levels are more broadly controlled by the human participants). Algorithms are written by human programmers. Algorithms are ultimately controlled by human...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6636
Views: 1432538

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Wow, worst week since ..... 2016 Washington Post Headline Dow drops 666 points and posts its worst week since 2016 Glad to know the market has a sense of humor. ;) 666 as the 2009 low in the S&P. 666-point drop in the Dow. In 2009, I was pretty sure there was human intervention into getting the 666...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Yeah I know you said going to the store is a hassle, but honestly, for the time you spent researching, posting on this thread, ordering online, getting the wrong size, concocting mixes to wash the smell away, couldn't you have just gone to a store, smelled, try on, bought, and be done with it? I us...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Great. I have some 514's on order. :annoyed Hope it won't be the first online item I'll have to return. What I've been hearing though is that if you buy direct from Levi Strauss, you're more likely to get the quality stuff. The badly-sized and poorly-made stuff gets sent off to some of the other re...
by azurekep
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I join my local Freemasons?
Replies: 31
Views: 5177

Re: Should I join my local Freemasons?

clown wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:39 pm
I have been a Freemason for 32 years. In my view, it is an outstanding organization. The purpose is to make good men into better men.
Using a clown as their PR spokesman was a questionable move. ;)
by azurekep
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's MUST iron dress shirt recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4674

Re: Men's MUST iron dress shirt recommendations

It's not the shirt fabric it's what they treat it with. Formaldehyde etc. The non-iron pinpoints from BB gave me a rash, even after repeated washings. It only bothers a limited # of people apparently. Most don't have an issue. Unfortunately I guess I have very sensitive skin. I've become interested...
by azurekep
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which of these mechanic-recommended services would you pay for?
Replies: 55
Views: 4085

Re: Which of these mechanic-recommended services would you pay for?

For privacy reasons, I cannot disclose that information. I can say it's a recent car (less than 10 years old) and one of the major vehicle brands. Unless you're Jay Leno and you own the only surviving example in the world, how could the make and model of car possibly reveal too much identifying inf...
by azurekep
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania: is it worth it?
Replies: 29
Views: 2689

Re: Travel to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania: is it worth it?

mxs wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:22 pm
Polish people are very nice, but know that language wise if they are under 35 they are more likely to know English
If you consider British English, English. ;)
by azurekep
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exterminator Accidently Sprayed our Home
Replies: 55
Views: 5879

Re: Exterminator Accidently Sprayed our Home

He said that he sprayed Pyrethrin and only on a small area of the front facade. Only a small area outside? That part is good. I heard him on the porch - ran out and asked what he was doing there. The smell penetrated the front of the house - I asked him to wash it off immediately, and the extermina...
by azurekep
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Could meditation help deal with market distress?
Replies: 32
Views: 1953

Re: Could meditation help deal with market distress?

Try visualization. You don't need to sit in any position or go into a meditative trance for this...You can do this right now. Visualize that tomorrow the market crashes 50%. Visualize the news coverage, and the panicked reactions of friends, family and colleagues. Visualize your own reactions. You,...
by azurekep
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exterminator Accidently Sprayed our Home
Replies: 55
Views: 5879

Re: Exterminator Accidently Sprayed our Home

Once, when I was living in an aprtment, the inside was sprayed per prior arrangement. When I got home, there were pools of liquid (i.e., pesticide) all over the floor. The pesticide hadn't evaporated. I was understandably concerned (okay. livid) and the apartment manager authorized a free hotel stay...
by azurekep
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pizza delivery asked for security code on my credit card with order
Replies: 50
Views: 5759

Re: Pizza delivery asked for security code on my credit card with order

randomizer wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:36 pm
I'd be more concerned about the effect of the pizza on my cholesterol.
No worries. Just add red wine and call it the Mediterrean Diet. ;)
by azurekep
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Could meditation help deal with market distress?
Replies: 32
Views: 1953

Re: Could meditation help deal with market distress?

Meditation won't make the pain go away. But could it make a behavioral mistake go away (be avoided, I mean)? I don't know much about meditation, but in the behavioral realm, "Anchoring" is a neat tool. Decide on an S&P-500 level that would scare you badly. Say 2300 (-19% from today's level). Once y...
by azurekep
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to choose mangoes?
Replies: 23
Views: 1476

Re: how to choose mangoes?

This is a "Hayden" mango I took off my tree many many years ago. Yes. I love mango's. . . and pineapples, and guava, and lilikoi, and lychee. . and . . . . I was going to say you forgot passion fruit, but Wikipedia corrected me: Passiflora edulis is a vine species of passion flower that is native t...
by azurekep
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Could meditation help deal with market distress?
Replies: 32
Views: 1953

Re: Could meditation help deal with market distress?

Meditation won't make the pain go away. But could it make a behavioral mistake go away (be avoided, I mean)? I don't know much about meditation, but in the behavioral realm, "Anchoring" is a neat tool. Decide on an S&P-500 level that would scare you badly. Say 2300 (-19% from today's level). Once y...
by azurekep
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to choose mangoes?
Replies: 23
Views: 1476

Re: how to choose mangoes?

Try typing "how to tell mango ripe" into a search engine. A lot of articles come up saying color is irrelevant not a huge factor. The amount of give when you press the fruit and the smell are the determining can be better factors. Edit: I got a little carried away with my hyperbole. :) Here's one ex...
by azurekep
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Great. I have some 514's on order. :annoyed Hope it won't be the first online item I'll have to return. What I've been hearing though is that if you buy direct from Levi Strauss, you're more likely to get the quality stuff. The badly-sized and poorly-made stuff gets sent off to some of the other re...
by azurekep
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Just as a note, I have never been able to wash out such a smell no matter how many times I sent the item through the washing machine. I also wonder if whatever this stuff is is carcinogenic, but then again I'm paranoid. It could be carcinogenic, which is the other reason beside gagging that I want ...
by azurekep
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Sounds like you should shop for jeans in person rather than ordering them since this is such an important factor. Otherwise, make sure you can return whatever you order for a full refund. Many sites including Amazon and Zappos offer that. In the past, I've always bought jeans at a store. But the ma...
by azurekep
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

I never understand how stuff like this gets started. Manufacturers do a very small part of their business b2c, why would they foist their defects off to the b2b channel where their brand image would take the biggest hit? I dunno, but I spelled trouble when I searched for Levi's on Reddit and got a ...