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Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 06:34 PM
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Views: 668,841
Posted By ERD50
Years ago we did the CFA (Chicago Architectural...

Years ago we did the CFA (Chicago Architectural Foundation) River tour. I chose that one as I wanted the serious educational type tour. It was great, but they throw so many facts and figures at you...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 01:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By ERD50
? Our power is cleaner than ever. Pollution...

?

Our power is cleaner than ever. Pollution controls are more strict. A car today puts out a hundredth, in some case thousandths of the amounts of pollutants as they did 50 years ago. Appliances...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By ERD50
I think you misunderstood my intent. A...

I think you misunderstood my intent.

A solar panel is a 'valuable resource' because it takes a lot of those less renewable (fossil fuel) sources to make one.

I'm not saying they should be...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 316
Posted By ERD50
I'm not sure why you thought it couldn't be...

I'm not sure why you thought it couldn't be cancelled, but on a related note:

I watched a segment of a local news program "Chicago Tonight", and one segment was on these digital contracts. A law...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 08:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By ERD50
This is one of the worst ideas I've seen in a...

This is one of the worst ideas I've seen in a long time. >:(

If you consider yourself a true environmentalist, please fight against stupid, wasteful, ideas like this. And to add injury to insult,...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 07:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By ERD50
Well I'm a glass half-empty kind of guy, and even...

Well I'm a glass half-empty kind of guy, and even I think things are better now, much better.

There are pockets that seem worse, but that might just be media hype. Or it's just that not every...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-22-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,390
Posted By ERD50
I cant see where that measurement is of any value...

I cant see where that measurement is of any value to anyone - all it seems to do is give you an artificial view?

If I had a mutual fund that went from $100 to $120 last year, would it help my...
Forum: Other topics 07-21-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 199
Posted By ERD50
Well, I don't even have good relative pitch (the...

Well, I don't even have good relative pitch (the ability to identify intervals between two pitches, which can generally be learned and improved, while 'perfect pitch' is the ability to identify the...
Forum: Other topics 07-21-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 412
Posted By ERD50
But they work well for bread. Offhand, it...

But they work well for bread.

Offhand, it seems a good chef's style knife works fine for steak. Not sure why steak knives are serrated.



-ERD50
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-21-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 809
Posted By ERD50
Good plan Mulligan. clifp - you might be...

Good plan Mulligan.

clifp - you might be right in general terms, but talking specifically about Gary, I'm not so sure. Gary has been hit hard.

from wiki:



-ERD50
Forum: Other topics 07-21-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 399
Posted By ERD50
A little update on this: The CamscannerHD...

A little update on this:

The CamscannerHD and some various Magnifier apps work great with the iPad as I mentioned. Recently, I bought a cheap tablet, an Acer A1-810 for ~ $130. It has many...
Forum: Other topics 07-21-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By ERD50
1) Do NOT cancel your Vonage service until you...

1) Do NOT cancel your Vonage service until you are set up with calling out on the new, AND your number porting is complete. Once you cancel, you probably cannot get access to your old number.

2)...
Forum: Hi, I am... 07-21-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 807
Posted By ERD50
Is your wife good with numbers? For many people,...

Is your wife good with numbers? For many people, these financial calculations are foggy. It might help to break it down in very simple terms.

If you assume wife lives to 100, just divide the $4.2M...
Forum: Other topics 07-20-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 8,816
Posted By ERD50
That's a great little player. I've had one for...

That's a great little player. I've had one for several years (black and 2GB internal at the time), and use it quite a bit. It has a micro-SD slot, so I bought some cheap 4 and 8 GB cards, and I can...
Forum: Other topics 07-20-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,626
Posted By ERD50
One Year Update

It's been a year, and this old washer continues to run as good as new.

I'd say the $15 investment and a few minutes time was well worth it.

As for the naysayers:



No sopping wet floor,...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-19-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 14,793
Posted By ERD50
That could be a very good approach, it's hard to...

That could be a very good approach, it's hard to say w/o seeing it. Another option that works well in many cases is good old 'bondo', or generic 2-part auto body filler.

I patched our front entry...
Forum: Other topics 07-19-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 14,526
Posted By ERD50
I'll 3rd (or fourth? lost track) Muscle Shoals....

I'll 3rd (or fourth? lost track) Muscle Shoals. Very good on many different levels. Good story and great music. It was also rather refreshing to see these southern boys working side by side with the...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-19-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,288
Posted By ERD50
Interesting, but that report is missing some key...

Interesting, but that report is missing some key info:



I could say the same about a "pulse test": ERD50 found that 100 percent of the participants who had Alzheimer's also had a pulse.
...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-18-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 14,793
Posted By ERD50
Well, it's not going to be appropriate for every...

Well, it's not going to be appropriate for every case as a retro-fit. But in most cases, I think it could be designed in with aesthetics in mind.



I do try to find out how easy it is to open a...
Forum: Other topics 07-17-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,334
Posted By ERD50
Excellent. In honor of Mr Johnny Winter, I...

Excellent.

In honor of Mr Johnny Winter, I will get out my vinyl of "First Winter" tonight, and digitize it so it will be in my playlists.
...
Forum: Other topics 07-17-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By ERD50
I just finished digitizing my very old "First...

I just finished digitizing my very old "First Winter" album, will clean it up over the next few days. Some great stuff, great blues and some really funky stuff too.

It's not the season, but I'll...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-17-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 14,793
Posted By ERD50
It doesn't need to be an ugly industrial looking...

It doesn't need to be an ugly industrial looking access panel. Just a flat panel with some molding around it would do.

Now that might still look funny in the middle of a large wall. But if it was...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-16-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 14,793
Posted By ERD50
Not so recent, I wanted to give it a little time...

Not so recent, I wanted to give it a little time to make sure the repair was really the fix on my 2000 Volvo S40.

Just after I got the notice that my car was due for the IL emissions test (which...
Forum: Other topics 07-16-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,381
Posted By ERD50
Why not a 3D representation? A prime # of...

Why not a 3D representation? A prime # of elements in 3 dimensions. In some ways, that seems simpler than trying to represent a 3D image in 2D, which always has some distortions. We are somewhat...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-16-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 14,793
Posted By ERD50
I think it's a shame that an access panel isn't a...

I think it's a shame that an access panel isn't a building code requirement. It would reduce homeowner and insurance costs and frustration. Many little leaks would be caught and repaired before they...
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