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by blackbird
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How to re-track to Psychology Doctorate?
Replies: 19
Views: 3054

Re: How to re-track to Psychology Doctorate?

... but working full-time and taking classes is stressful to say the least. This is a BIG red flag. If you feel this way now about taking 'pick-up' classes at the undergrad level, I would STRONGLY encourage you to re-evaluate your commitment to graduate school. I have offered advice to you before a...
by blackbird
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: RFS' Journal
Replies: 43
Views: 9562

Re: RFS' Journal

Hello RFS, Your last update was great. Very positive and proactive. On venison, have you been following the Chronic Wasting Disease / misfolded protein / prion situation? It seems like this past year saw an explosion (anecdotally speaking) as I noticed outbreaks from Wyoming to Alabama. Because it i...
by blackbird
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: blackbird's (2nd) journal, now with numbers!
Replies: 8
Views: 2201

Re: blackbird's (2nd) journal, now with numbers!

@Bankai and @theanimal Thank you for the kind words. There were some good things from 2018, and I am harsh with myself. For me the successes are largely external whereas the "Year of Failure" is really my internal processes of facing adversity (family relationships, personal expectations, etc) From ...
by blackbird
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: blackbird's (2nd) journal, now with numbers!
Replies: 8
Views: 2201

Re: blackbird's (2nd) journal, now with numbers!

*blows thick layer of dust off this thread* After a long spell of mostly lurking, I wanted to write a brief update to my neglected journal. Another poster recently wrote in their journal, "I would really like to get over my fear of pulling the plug on this fire hose of cash" and I completely underst...
by blackbird
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Grocery Price Tracking Through Webscraping
Replies: 10
Views: 2078

Re: Grocery Price Tracking Through Webscraping

@prognostat Scraping with Python is a lot of fun. Last winter I built a similar project to scrape news titles / forum post titles / etc from sites I frequented (kind of like an aggregator similar to old FARK) and then spit out a list with hyperlinks to the actual content. It was surprisingly easy to...
by blackbird
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Jordan Peterson
Replies: 374
Views: 54869

Re: Jordan Peterson

Folks, I'm an infrequent and reluctant poster, but to the several posts claiming that a large downturn in fathers' roles in primary education due to an unwillingness of men to be allowed around young children I ask, do you have young children? Is there any evidence to support this? My child is under...
by blackbird
Thu May 03, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: How hard are doors to install?
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: How hard are doors to install?

We recently replaced an exterior door. Our house is right at 50 years old, and I've discovered a lot of incongruities where I expected something to be a standard size only to realize too late that either the builder or original owner was 'winging it' often. The door had needed replacing for a while ...
by blackbird
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Recommended Subreddits
Replies: 9
Views: 2060

Re: Recommended Subreddits

This thread needs more /r/ATBGE
by blackbird
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer

I found this small book at the library recently, and since it dovetailed with some of my other reading interests, I gave it a try. In general, the book encourages many of the same habits / behaviours / choices found in much meatier tomes like How Not to Die . In this case, the author (a Swedish doct...
by blackbird
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Fitbit One and Whitings Scale
Replies: 108
Views: 31430

Rise, Fitbit thread, rise from the grave!

Ok, technically not a thread resurrection since Jenny provided an update last month. I was perusing the old posts list looking for feedback on activity trackers and found this one, then read forward to watch Jenny's drama unfold with her (now 5?) numerous fitbits. So considering that these things ha...
by blackbird
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Anti-Index Fund Literature
Replies: 47
Views: 7165

Re: Anti-Index Fund Literature

The latter option is exactly what the “system” wants, which is why I’m so hesitant. I'm curious why you say this. Indexing certainly has become more and more popular over the last decade, but I think an argument can be made that the system very much wants you to NOT index. If we surveyed 100 financ...
by blackbird
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Am I evaluating this book value / market price ratio correctly? (Using Apple stock as an example)
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Am I evaluating this book value / market price ratio correctly? (Using Apple stock as an example)

Thanks jacob. I marked that book for further reading, at first I thought you were trolling me when I saw the cover but the reviews seem consistent that it is informative and worthwhile. I knew that was Graham's M.O., but the later part about quantifying the value of 'Apple-ness' when the company is ...
by blackbird
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Am I evaluating this book value / market price ratio correctly? (Using Apple stock as an example)
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Am I evaluating this book value / market price ratio correctly? (Using Apple stock as an example)

Seppia,

Thanks for the response. I understand that this information is available on the finance pages, I wanted to see if the process I used was technically correct (even if a bit simple).
by blackbird
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Am I evaluating this book value / market price ratio correctly? (Using Apple stock as an example)
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Am I evaluating this book value / market price ratio correctly? (Using Apple stock as an example)

Reading the Four Pillars of Investing (suggested by Riggerjack) I came to the section detailing Benjamin Graham's Securities Analyses book from the 1930s, and the concept of comparing "book value" against market price. I had read about this in Buffet's biography years ago but not given it a lot of t...
by blackbird
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: brute journal
Replies: 435
Views: 85236

Re: brute journal

Resting Happiness Rate, I like that. Now I feel compelled to measure it with a metric....
by blackbird
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: This is what euphoria feels like
Replies: 20
Views: 3399

Re: This is what euphoria feels like

Thanks for the encouragement Riggerjack.
by blackbird
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: This is what euphoria feels like
Replies: 20
Views: 3399

Re: This is what euphoria feels like

Just this morning I was updating my personal savings spreadsheet, and I was finally forced to admit I'm a little scared. We exceeded our total savings goal by almost $12,000 but I didn't make $12,000 more than last year, those extra dollars are just stock market valuations. As someone who did not tr...
by blackbird
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Aluminum can recycling, recent experiences?
Replies: 5
Views: 897

Re: Aluminum can recycling, recent experiences?

So when I got home I used my wife's kitchen scale and measured an empty soda can. 0.56 ounces per can, or 116 cans per 4 pounds, and at 0.25 cents a pound, 116 cans per dollar. If we were to scrounge 30 cans per week, that is 1560 cans a year, or $13.44. So if the initial assumption of 0.25 cents pe...
by blackbird
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Aluminum can recycling, recent experiences?
Replies: 5
Views: 897

Aluminum can recycling, recent experiences?

I have been thinking about the large amount of aluminum cans we always have in our municipal recycle bin, and I remembered taking cans to the scrapyard in high school for extra cash. Has anyone done this recently? Google says the going rate is about 0.25 cents per pound, and I remember it takes a lo...
by blackbird
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Master's in Social Work?
Replies: 16
Views: 3036

Re: Master's in Social Work?

It appears that others have already provided enough input to give you a legitimate reason to pause on this idea, but I feel compelled to share my experience here as reinforcement. For about three years I worked at a regional government office that provided various support services for a large geogra...