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by bostonimproper
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Kamala Harris
Replies: 89
Views: 21870

Re: Kamala Harris

I was idly hoping he'd pick Warren. Oh well.
by bostonimproper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Have rising food prices affected your spending?
Replies: 23
Views: 8148

Re: Have rising food prices affected your spending?

@AnalyticalEngine I, a profligate spender for these forums, have also noticed it a lot more acutely for restaurants. I was itching for an Impossible burger yesterday and what was normally a $12 item was $16 (and that's not even for real meat). It was shocking.
by bostonimproper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Have rising food prices affected your spending?
Replies: 23
Views: 8148

Have rising food prices affected your spending?

Late to the party , but I was looking through my net worth changes the past few months and noticed my food spending has been steadily rising. Digging in, it looks like the cost of food has gone up, even for the same items month to month (which I normally wouldn't expect for the summer). Which, I gu...
by bostonimproper
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Assessing Federal agents deployed to Portland
Replies: 127
Views: 31901

Re: Assessing Federal agents deployed to Portland

Inflection points of history have always been messy. The American colonies turning against the British over a series of drunken brawls with soldiers. Suffragettes dropping letter bombs in early 20th century England. Nothing that's happening today by the left is nearly as radical as the 1970s. I can'...
by bostonimproper
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing in real estate in another state?
Replies: 9
Views: 3744

Re: Investing in real estate in another state?

@Lucky C My current thinking is that: 1. While housing prices at large are high on average, I think the biggest fluctuations in value in real estate are often based on hyper local conditions as well as relative value of the location versus others over time. 2. Home prices sometimes decline, but unle...
by bostonimproper
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing in real estate in another state?
Replies: 9
Views: 3744

Investing in real estate in another state?

I'm thinking of buying some investment property in the US and have about $100-150K liquid that I can drop. I'm looking for: Regions relatively neutral to climate change effects over the next 30 years (minimal drought, fire, or flooding risk) SFH in Class B neighborhood in turnkey condition Ideally c...
by bostonimproper
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Do you personally drink coffee and why/why not?
Replies: 62
Views: 17408

Re: Do you personally drink coffee and why/why not?

I don't drink coffee. My mother used to have a couple mugs of it daily and went through terrible migraines when she went cold turkey. The tradeoff never seemed worth it. Also, I feel like I'm pretty intolerant of caffeine. Like, I'll occasionally have green tea and if I'm not careful about how much ...
by bostonimproper
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: bostonimproper's journal
Replies: 162
Views: 37829

Re: bostonimproper's journal

@jacob Good call. We have P100s we haven't been using recently, since we opt for more comfortable two-ply cloth masks with HEPA or flannel inserts for everyday distanced wear. Also just got the face shields I ordered when he told me he was doing transport again. He's also only transporting kids to o...
by bostonimproper
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: bostonimproper's journal
Replies: 162
Views: 37829

Re: bostonimproper's journal

Some things on my mind, in no particular order: Considering refinancing my mortgage from 3.25% interest rate to 2.75%. That plus resetting back to 30 years would drop my monthly payment by $300. That said, this would also require me to let a stranger into my house for an assessment. Is it worth it? ...
by bostonimproper
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Policies to drive antifragility in the tech world?
Replies: 35
Views: 12338

Re: Policies to drive antifragility in the tech world?

@JamesR Antitrust urges are always driven by other companies. It's a mechanism for driving overall competitiveness within a sector. But it's always government enforcement (federal executive) that actions on it. Progressive liberals are generally in favor of antitrust but the Democratic party is meh,...
by bostonimproper
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392182

Re: COVID-19

It's unclear to me how long short-term immunity even lasts in some cases. One article I've seen cites a case where a patient gets infected again within 6 weeks of recovery from previous symptoms (with multiple negative nose swabs between). Also, if main pathway is via lungs, at what point can body e...
by bostonimproper
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Why DIY: interesting reddit thread
Replies: 4
Views: 2471

Re: Why DIY: interesting reddit thread

At my colleague's former startup, they accidentally cleared the password db and backup. Rather than notifying users, they just saved the next password the user entered in the login screen as being the correct one for their account.
by bostonimproper
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Policies to drive antifragility in the tech world?
Replies: 35
Views: 12338

Re: Policies to drive antifragility in the tech world?

This is pretty much why antitrust laws exist. The fact that the few dominant players also own each piece in the vertical (e.g. Apple owns both the hardware and the app ecosystem, Google owns the device and Chrome, Amazon owns distribution and ecommerce site and servers that run the site and product ...
by bostonimproper
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: bostonimproper's journal
Replies: 162
Views: 37829

Re: bostonimproper's journal

I'm not really sure what happened but in the past week I've become completely disinterested in my work. It has gone back to a thing I do for money rather than what I want to focus my time on. I think part of it is that the big hurdles/challenges of getting a team started are over and now we're in th...
by bostonimproper
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Alice_AU journal
Replies: 107
Views: 21181

Re: Alice_AU journal

What a lovely piece!
by bostonimproper
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392182

Re: COVID-19

The Atlantic on COVID-19 "long haulers." Focus of the article is on multi-month cases with extreme fatigue but no hospital admission, mostly young folks.
by bostonimproper
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Worried about being promoted...thoughts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1866

Re: Worried about being promoted...thoughts?

Does your firm have a promotion track for SME or IC? Honestly a lot of people don't like and are not good at people management, even if they are good at what they do. I'd just ask your boss to stay on IC track.
by bostonimproper
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: In The Market?
Replies: 45
Views: 5828

Re: In The Market?

Ignoring our primary residence: about 30% cash, 20% bonds, 7% silver, 15% private stock, 28% public stock/REIT.
by bostonimproper
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392182

Re: COVID-19

RE all the scientists here laughing at my naivete: I would expect in most fields there are well-known data vendors using some sort of consortium standards that would do acquisition / normalization for these cross-institutional clinical datasets. AFAIK, that's how data and standards sharing usually w...
by bostonimproper
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392182

Re: COVID-19

@jennypenny Interesting piece. Seems like a combination of caretaker penalties (i.e. too busy with COVID-19 response to deal with patients that need a lot of help day to day) and increased heart disease. Based on COVID-19 being somewhat of a blood-clotting / inflammation disease, I'd be willing to a...