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>look alike

This is the problem with all cars in the US - they all look alike (read both bland and ugly)  nothing has any personality. 

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: Today at 11:57:40 AM »

A brilliant purple patch.  Thanks for posting that.   I know my biggest question is "What have they been doing for the last 2 years?" it seems like nobody in the UK is actually planning for what to do when the day comes.

LM: The good thing is DDG is privately held.  Also I don't think Google could buy due to anti-trust concerns.  But MS buying them would be the kiss of death.


I hope they do or have been doing that.  They can't be insane enough to think they can rely on Bing feed forever.


Still, it's there.  DDG gained big when Apple included DDG as an option on Safari.  Google must be feeling the heat.

We are using them here in the Chicago area, but in really well insulated homes.  I'll quiz my neighbors how they fared this winter. Past winters their utility bill has been about on par with conventional gas heat.  All their units are made by Mitsubishi.

Dollar General:

ďIt reminds me of a craps table,Ē Brown, the commercial real estate analyst, says. ďEssentially what the dollar stores are betting on in a large way is that we are going to have a permanent underclass in America. Itís based on the concept that the jobs went away, and the jobs are never coming back, and that things arenít going to get better in any of these places.Ē

Looks like they are winning that bet.


I think it's because that younger age group will switch brands and try new products and things.  Older demographics settle on certain brand items and mostly buy the same brand item over and over.


Booze is profitable.  Tobacco still is.  There is no reason pot can't be profitable.  Someday it might not be "stupid money" profitable but it will pay.

Martha should record a skit with Cheech and Chong.   ;D

Water Cooler / Re: Pile of Index Cards system
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:25:54 PM »

I got the "shirt pocket briefcase".  Index cards are cheap and if I write somebody a note I don't have to tear a page out of a notebook. 

Water Cooler / Re: Pile of Index Cards system
« on: March 09, 2019, 01:00:00 PM »
If you like to work with index cards, you might like the "pocket briefcases" at Levenger:

Great minds, buckworks!  Well I bought a knockoff on Amazon for half the price.  I like it.  It's faster for quick notes than me trying to type them into a smartphone.

Water Cooler / Re: Pile of Index Cards system
« on: March 09, 2019, 12:52:00 PM »
Good quote RC.

There is a lot of friction in this PoIC system for me.  If I would find an online (cloud) based software that would let me do this and would not lock me into a proprietary silo, I would use that. It would need to use the index card UI.  Unfortunately I can't quite find anything that really fits.  Although SuperNoteCard has some of them

PoIC, works best if you work at a desk or table, where you have room to write and your file boxes, and card supplies are right there.  But I would on a laptop, in a den, from The Ultimate Command Recliner and that makes it a pain to use.

Also, since the idea is really to keep an commonplace book I already do part of that on my blog.  I post what I'm reading etc there.  The PoIC is for stuff I don't want online, story ideas, business plans, schemes for Total World Domination by Search, and any other hair brained idea I might have that can't be telegraphed online.  That makes things tricky too.

I still like the card analogy I'm just not sure it's going to work for me.

Water Cooler / Re: Brain Chips To Make People Superintelligent
« on: March 09, 2019, 12:33:18 PM »
My habit, is, I always look at worse case scenario first.

"Dark Thread" - good idea buckworks.  I'd rather know about honest assessments, even if they are dark, rather than be surprised later.

Traffic / Re: Facebook pivots
« on: March 07, 2019, 11:52:23 PM »
Just Trust Zuck.  Not.

Just like Google, their whole business model is about collecting data on users.  There are some things he can do to increase privacy, but both G and FB are locked into spying on you and they can't quit.

>How about Sam's Club and Costco?

I call Aldi, the Costco for single people.  My problem with Costco is their quantities.  I have a hard time using up a 55 gallon drum of peanut butter bought at Costco.  Aldi has normal sizes and their prices are really good.  Pssst, the best deal at Aldi is their frozen pizzas.  Don't tell anyone.

Aldi has been expanding into non-grocery items.  New stuff every week usually themed with the season or something like cookware.  I bought a frypan there once.    I think I even saw lawnmowers there.  Like Costco's deals, when it's gone it's gone.  Keeps you visiting regularly.  I save a lot of money at Aldi.

RC, check the Aldi US website,  They always list the specials for the week and the forthcoming week, you will get an idea. 


What comes to mind is Amazon has all these house brand products now.  Not quite food but stuff that is traditionally sold in grocery stores: paper napkins, towels, toilet paper etc and stuff like detergents, dish soap etc.  This would give them a new outlet for these things. 

Another thought: Amazon has always gone after price points.  I'm wondering if they are taking aim more at Aldi rather than Kroger?

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