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by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: manual pencil sharpener
Replies: 14
Views: 4867

Re: manual pencil sharpener

I'm kind of late to the thread, but this is my favorite portable pencil sharpener:
http://www.amazon.com/Alvin-DUX-Glass-I ... B001BYRKCK
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Fitbit One and Whitings Scale
Replies: 108
Views: 32251

Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Yes, and it bothers me too. :) Though, the main threat to privacy there is the phone company and government. With bluetooth and wifi devices, it's really easy for other parties to do so with off-the-shelf hardware. E.g. the companies selling systems to big retailers for tracking shoppers movement in...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Jobs you can skate by on
Replies: 40
Views: 12591

Re: Jobs you can skate by on

Having personally taken a job that I thought would be lower stress (because it was lower pay), and later finding it both stressful and frustrating, I would be careful with this approach. I worked a below-market-rate job for a non-profit while still doing stuff that was within my usual occupation and...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Fitbit One and Whitings Scale
Replies: 108
Views: 32251

Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

My main reason for not using one of these: I worry about the privacy issues of always walking around with a bluetooth device (which has a unique identifier) active.
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The best wallet or wallet style
Replies: 24
Views: 5775

Re: The best wallet or wallet style

I have a couple rubber bands around all my cards, and I have my cash in a plain titanium money clip, I think it's this one: http://www.superiortitanium.com/Titanium_Money_Clip.html The cash goes in the pocket with keys and coins, the cards go in the pocket with the phone which I don't want to scratc...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: .
Replies: 14
Views: 3648

Re: Home gym equipments

On the bodyweight exercise side of things, I will second the recommendation of _You Are Your Own Gym_. It seems like a book that might appeal to EREers. I haven't used it extensively yet, but it's nice in that it is a large cookbook of bodyweight exercises from easy to very advanced difficulty rathe...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: NEST Stock Up 1000%+ on Mistaken Identity
Replies: 3
Views: 1343

Re: NEST Stock Up 1000%+ on Mistaken Identity

I recall a similar thing happening when Twitter IPOed. There was some confusion with this failed retailer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweeter_(store)
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: GGM
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: GGM

by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: What do you recycle?
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Re: What do you recycle?

I compost almost all of our paper waste along with vegetable scraps in three compost piles of about 1 cubic yard each (simply an enclosure of 3 foot tall chicken wire on the ground). It's not fast, but it's easy. Corrugated cardboard is the exception because it's too much effort to rip into small en...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Jacob's other journal
Replies: 270
Views: 58598

Re: Jacob's other journal

I think the last time I touched my credit card was in March. Really, not even for groceries? Does this mean you ordinarily make purchases in cash, or have you convinced Dear Wife to do all the shopping? If the latter, you owe it to men everywhere to share this trick. Such wisdom could be more valua...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Will you take statins based on the brand new recommendation?
Replies: 20
Views: 4887

Re: Will you take statins based on the brand new recommendat

Statins seem to be one of the biggest cases of "follow the money" in pharmaceuticals.

As previously mentioned, they do have side effects. And it's not clear they're beneficial in reducing overall mortality in the general population.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statin#Primary_prevention
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Your Yard is evil
Replies: 17
Views: 3507

Re: Your Yard is evil

For the people who have lawns - what will actually physically happen if you just stop mowing, watering and blasting your lawn with pesticides? Will it actually look that horrible? Depends a lot on the climate. My parents have done almost nothing but mow their lawn for over 30 years, and it isn't th...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Burnout
Replies: 21
Views: 10965

Re: Burnout

I knew I was really burnt-out when after a couple of week-long vacations many months apart, each time I returned to work with a sense of dread. When I wasn't burnt-out, I always had at least some enthusiasm for returning to the challenges of work. My experience is that if it's bad, you just gotta ta...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Any opinions on MLP's
Replies: 6
Views: 2059

Re: Any opinions on MLP's

My own feeling is that direct ownership of MLPs is just too much of a pain in the ass for taxes. And putting them in your IRA isn't necessarily safe either: http://www.naptp.org/PTP101/MLPs_Retire ... counts.htm
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Intel?
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

Re: Intel?

I have owned it, but I've been staying out of it lately. While they have good products, it's not clear that they're positioned where the big money is going to be made. There will certainly be continuing demand for desktop/server processors, chipsets, and SSD products, but even in that area, the upgr...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: deleted
Replies: 5
Views: 1767

Re: Raw food diet anyone?

I enjoy some raw fish :) Seriously though, a many raw vegetables are at least as good as their cooked counterpart, but when people start taking this as far as consuming things like legumes and grains raw (which are often hard to properly digest without cooking, fermentation, etc.), I think it's kind...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: BIFL Blade Sharpener?
Replies: 6
Views: 2386

Re: BIFL Blade Sharpener?

I don't have any expertise with axes, though I see that some people must sharpen them with stones: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=51160&cat=1,43072 For smaller tools: I really like a Japanese synthetic waterstone for sharpening. Sometime ago I bought one of these combo 1000x/4000x ston...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Singapore Contra Idiocracy
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Re: Singapore Contra Idiocracy

Although moderately high intelligence people are more successful than average, I'm not very convinced by the fearmongering. Would these individuals really be more successful than average? I've met a number of very smart people who either have difficulties in other areas (let's say "mental stability"...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Vacuums?
Replies: 17
Views: 3597

Re: Vacuums?

I had a cheap $80 Panasonic for a few years and disliked how often I had to replace bags and drive belts (for the brush along the floor). Worse yet, I regularly had to take it apart and remove my wife's hair from the brush thing. I have one of those $500 Dyson upright vacuum cleaners, and as long as...
by ICouldBeTheWalrus
Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Syria
Replies: 92
Views: 25024

Re: Syria

It's certainly a good attempt at distracting US citizens from all the leaks about the scope of domestic surveillance programs!