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by Chris
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Help each other Fixit Log
Replies: 20
Views: 3455

Re: Help each other Fixit Log

So now I'm wondering how I would go about joining those breaks up. Is there any slack in the ribbon cable? If so, you may be able to trim off the end of it so that the upper portion of the cable slides into the connector, past the area where the trace is broken. If there isn't any slack, perhaps yo...
by Chris
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Bad gut feeling about a new boss
Replies: 28
Views: 4775

Re: Bad gut feeling about a new boss

It's a huge pay decrease, but I suppose it's to be expected with changing fields. ... Not going to lie, a huge pay decrease feels kinda stupid Yeah, but consider the huge savings you'll be getting from reduced income tax! :lol: That aside, changing fields could open you up to a lot more options dow...
by Chris
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Crusader says hi
Replies: 14
Views: 593

Re: Crusader says hi

Hi everyone, I am Crusader, a single male in his mid 30s, living in Toronto, Canada, originally from Serbia. ... was recently doing calculations about when I could possibly retire, and I think I can do it in 10 years if I play my cards right! So you'd be able to retire in Toronto in 10 years? If yo...
by Chris
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: USPS warns mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time based on election rules in 46 states, disenfranchising voters
Replies: 14
Views: 4417

Re: USPS warns mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time based on election rules in 46 states, disenfranchising voter

Why going to a polling place when you don't have to. It is easier on everyone. I've seen an organized room full of ballots. It also has the added security of paper ballots that can be recounted. It is vastly superior to the electronic only systems Agree that paper ballots are better. Here in NY, we...
by Chris
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: USPS warns mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time based on election rules in 46 states, disenfranchising voters
Replies: 14
Views: 4417

Re: USPS warns mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time based on election rules in 46 states, disenfranchising voter

Good on the USPS for raising this issue now.

Simple solution: don't mail ballots in. Boards of election could easily have drop boxes located outside polling sites. Most states offer early voting as well.
by Chris
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investments Trade Log
Replies: 2283
Views: 445237

Re: Investments Trade Log

What is your view on big oil as a long term investment (for dividends) at current prices? I don't see oil going away anytime soon; the shift away from fossil fuels will be gradual and the big companies will try to adapt. People said the same about coal: "such a large portion of electricity generati...
by Chris
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: DIY Clipper Hair Cuts
Replies: 34
Views: 8050

Re: DIY Clipper Hair Cuts

sky wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:53 am
Has anyone tried the hand powered clippers?
Why? Like if you need a haircut while camping? :lol:

I mean, it's cool that they exist, but I've gotta imagine the electric ones allow the user to be more precise, as the action of squeezing the hand will cause position drift.
by Chris
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Just getting started
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

Re: Just getting started

kathryn wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:15 pm
now I'm sorely regretting locking myself into a very basic username...
Ain't nothin' wrong with a basic username! (-:
by Chris
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investments Trade Log
Replies: 2283
Views: 445237

Re: Investments Trade Log

I'm curious about market pricing and NAV's, how to determine when they are within reasonable ranges, etc. Thanks! Fund companies sometimes list discount/premium to NAV on their fund pages. They sometimes include historical figures as well. Yahoo Finance will show the NAV of a CEF by using X as a pr...
by Chris
Sun May 17, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: how to stop blinds from banging in wind?
Replies: 7
Views: 541

Re: how to stop blinds from banging in wind?

Command Adhesive interlocking strips work great. Kinda like Velcro, but stronger, and both sides are identical. The adhesive side is strong, as is the interlocking side.

I haven't used it for your particular application, but it's the first thing I'd try.
by Chris
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teens talk about college versus job specialization in the 1950's
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Re: Teens talk about college versus job specialization in the 1950's

David Hoffman runs a great YT channel. He's no spring chicken, but taking the time to upload all this old footage is illuminating to those of us who didn't grow up in that era.
by Chris
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Best ERE method to polish plastic?
Replies: 6
Views: 540

Re: Best ERE method to polish plastic?

In my experience polishing headlights, the finer scratches only really cleared up after applying UV protectant.
by Chris
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3450
Views: 324107

Re: COVID-19

Regarding letting the virus "just die out", what actually happened with the Spanish Flu, IIRC, was that it mutated into a less lethal form of the virus. That less-lethal strain then dominated, because natural selection favors less-lethal viruses (the hosts who spread the virus more aren't dead). Ove...
by Chris
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3450
Views: 324107

Re: COVID-19

Rhode Island cops are pulling over cars with NY plates and requiring quarantine for 14 days if the occupants are staying within RI.
by Chris
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What are you doing during the confinement ?
Replies: 74
Views: 9086

Re: What are you doing during the confinement ?

OTCW wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:53 am
Crossword puzzles. Solving and creating.
Creating anything you'll submit publicly?
by Chris
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Oil crash / breakeven prices
Replies: 4
Views: 1911

Re: Oil crash / breakeven prices

Cost is one thing, but not the only thing. SA has the lowest cost to produce large quantities, but they also rely almost entirely on oil profits to fund their generous government programs. So they need an oil price closer to $85/barrel to balance their budget. Similar situations exist for other OPEC...
by Chris
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing for Liquidity
Replies: 18
Views: 2602

Re: Investing for Liquidity

First question would be, how big of an emergency are you planning for? From there, you can allocate your "near cash" into layers:

0. physical cash on-hand
1. ATM-accessible cash in the bank
2. Bank CDs
3. Cash-like investments that settle in < 1 week (what Jacob was describing)
by Chris
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Car bounces right before stopping
Replies: 11
Views: 3092

Re: Car bounces right before stopping

Could be that the right front strut is wearing earlier than the left one. When you brake, the front of the car naturally dips. If the suspension is uneven between the left and right side, it won't dip and bounce back evenly. You might also notice that, when parked, the gap between the top of the tir...
by Chris
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Setting the table
Replies: 11
Views: 966

Re: Setting the table

I wonder if renting the missing plates 2-3 times a year would be better than buying paper plates? What is the best economical and or ecological solution in your opinion? I actually had a frugal friend who, for her wedding, bought plates at thrift shops instead of renting them. It was the cheaper op...
by Chris
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cash or card?
Replies: 38
Views: 4647

Re: Cash or card?

you can also get travel points from credit card, but I've honestly always struggled to have high enough spend for that. I think for most people around here (self included) the only feasible way to really reap rewards from travel credit cards is through sign-up promotions, not through daily spend. A...