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by jacob
Sat Apr 13, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: Housing and Transportation Questions
Topic: ERE City (US)
Replies: 501
Views: 161295

Re: ERE City (US)

An interesting *possible* future scenario for drylands areas is that everything goes to hell there because all the cities depend on the Colorado, leading to massive area depopulation... leaving behind just the scrappy little communities of cooperatively self-sufficient Renaissance permaculturalists...
by jacob
Sat Apr 13, 2024 11:36 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: What is a good learner car? (as in learning to fix and maintain yourself)
Replies: 20
Views: 718

Re: What is a good learner car? (as in learning to fix and maintain yourself)

Why not just rent a car when you need one if it isn't that often? Been there, done that. Long trips usually last 2-3 weeks. One-way out-of-state rentals were (are?) rather expensive ("return-fee") as is renting the same car for the duration to make it a two-way trip. Adding it all up, it ...
by jacob
Sat Apr 13, 2024 11:08 am
Forum: Health and Food Questions
Topic: ADHD meds
Replies: 64
Views: 3642

Re: ADHD meds

@jacob, while most people do not spend much time on introspection, those who do seem to spend a great deal of time and energy on it. In my world, those in the extreme category frequently find ways to work it into conversations. Add to that the fact that therapy-speak has permeated our culture, song...
by jacob
Sat Apr 13, 2024 10:18 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: What is a good learner car? (as in learning to fix and maintain yourself)
Replies: 20
Views: 718

Re: What is a good learner car?

What does a road trip mean to you? One hour drive or drive from Chicago to southern California? Usually it means a biannual drive of 13 hours on the freeway or 14 hours of interstate in one stretch. Possibly split in two by staying overnight at a motel. Most commonly, it would be 1--3 hour drives l...
by jacob
Sat Apr 13, 2024 8:29 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: What is a good learner car? (as in learning to fix and maintain yourself)
Replies: 20
Views: 718

Re: What is a good learner car?

I wonder how to translate this to electric cars. Me too. An electric car is much simpler except that manufacturers like to load them up with various gadgets and widgets turning them into computers on wheels. All that is totally unnecessary. So far, it looks like China is winning the electric car ra...
by jacob
Sat Apr 13, 2024 6:34 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: What is a good learner car? (as in learning to fix and maintain yourself)
Replies: 20
Views: 718

Re: What is a good learner car?

I'm not sure I completely understand the situation or question ... A car that uses common parts and is cheap and simple/easy to work on. This probably means something older with lots of space in the motor compartment, that is, no need to remove a bunch of parts to access X part. Basically something...
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 5:51 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: What is a good learner car? (as in learning to fix and maintain yourself)
Replies: 20
Views: 718

What is a good learner car? (as in learning to fix and maintain yourself)

As in learning to fix ... Based on recent experiences , I'm a-fixing to change my/our relationship to our car from "a reliable sad-to-break investment that depends on outsourced expertise" to "a cheap-enough to not mind breaking it while trying to fix it". IOW, getting closer to ...
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 4:32 pm
Forum: Health and Food Questions
Topic: ADHD meds
Replies: 64
Views: 3642

Re: ADHD meds

@Scott2 - Giftedness is generally seen as a problem for the teacher/institution who are dealing with a bored/unruly child rather than a problem for the gifted child and eventual gifted adult. IQ testing is a quick and easy CYA institutional solution for sorting in a school setting. The attitude towa...
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 802
Views: 208042

Re: Fixit Log

@Lemur - The thing that gets me with these things is that repairing old stuff is never as easy as the manual suggests. In that way it's like plumbing or electric work in an old house. Once you start taking one part off, you might end up having to replace everything since the whole system was held to...
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 2:03 pm
Forum: Housing and Transportation Questions
Topic: ERE City (US)
Replies: 501
Views: 161295

Re: ERE City (US)

@grundomatic - I notice the ground is rather dry in most all of the listings to put it mildly. Have you seen anyone growing vegetables in their backyard?
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 11:55 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 1241
Views: 242582

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

Question about the low profile fan. Where did you get it? Link? How many inches does the bottom extend from the ceiling?
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: Technical Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 802
Views: 208042

Re: Fixit Log

I did my first actual car repair! Previously, I've rotated tires and replaced the oil filter, but I kinda got out of it since we moved here and gained a garage mechanic next door. (Support local businesses!) Now that he's [medically] retired, I have to learn do it myself. Over the past few months, o...
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 8:36 am
Forum: Housing and Transportation Questions
Topic: ERE City (US)
Replies: 501
Views: 161295

Re: ERE City (US)

7 units sold together for maximum closeness: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5836-5848-E-24th-St-Tucson-AZ-85711/344052973_zpid/ I actually like this one... or rather the house type (the blue one). Small, simple, easy to maintain, and made out of bricks. I've seen such before when IIRC @C40 did ...
by jacob
Fri Apr 12, 2024 8:34 am
Forum: Housing and Transportation Questions
Topic: ERE City (US)
Replies: 501
Views: 161295

Re: ERE City (US)

Jethrofisher wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2024 5:44 pm
I'll put a plug in for Lancaster, PA and some of the surrounding towns.
Could you find some zillow et al links to go with your suggestion? I find it helpful both to see what's there, what's affordable, and which neighborhoods to concentrate on.
by jacob
Wed Apr 10, 2024 9:02 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta
Replies: 642
Views: 171555

Re: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta

We often joke about how the tenants we wish would leave, don't leave, and the tenants we hope will stay longer, leave sooner than we'd like. Similarly, the people we hope will apply for an apartment, do not apply, and the people we do not want to apply, do. That comports with my observations of the...
by jacob
Tue Apr 09, 2024 3:05 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta
Replies: 642
Views: 171555

Re: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta

Of course, my personal perspective is likely somewhat (mis)informed by the fact that I have a surfeit of Old Affluent Multi-Skilled Midwestern Engineers that Somebody Else Put in Relationship Dumpster in my social circle. Yes. Outside their highly specialized/siloed job-skill, regular single-skille...
by jacob
Tue Apr 09, 2024 12:34 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta
Replies: 642
Views: 171555

Re: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta

Imagine how much never-to-be-used human potential is sitting around in drawers and boxes gathering dust in Modern level corporate careers and Traditional level marriages. I don't have to imagine. The answer is unfortunately "not that much". Consumer-specialists have surprisingly few skill...
by jacob
Tue Apr 09, 2024 10:40 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta
Replies: 642
Views: 171555

Re: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta

I think, as a society, we are bad at storing, maintaining and organizing. We bias the new. I know I do. As I make my way through WL6, I'm realizing I have a poor concept of maintenance and storage. I was taught to buy everything, with the expectation that everything could be thrown away. It's very ...
by jacob
Tue Apr 09, 2024 8:52 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Making it in the modern art world
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Making it in the modern art world

I'm not sure what I just read. I used to think being an artist would allow me to step beyond reason toward what ought to be, to disturb the seemingly natural order of things and unwind our counterfeit intuitions. I think I see the problem, because intuition based on reason objectively works rather w...
by jacob
Sat Apr 06, 2024 7:17 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta
Replies: 642
Views: 171555

Re: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta

There's always this event: http://ephemerisle.org/index.php/Ephemerisle

It happens up in the SF Bay's delta behind Vallejo.