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>> the risk is tiny and the reward is potentially massive

There's a mass grave two or three hours south of here full of pioneer settler's children who died when scarlet fever swept their group.

I've been there and it's an eerie feeling to look at that little hill and ponder the grief it represents. The aura is even darker than the battlefield at Little Big Horn.

Alas, even today there's no vaccine for scarlet fever although it can be treated with antibiotics.

I've had every vaccination our travel clinic has available except for rabies which would have cost over $700.

Canada's Medicare doesn't cover exotic vaccinations related to foreign travel so they were out of my own pocket.

I figure that vaccinations are one of the best investments one can make, evah!!!!

Water Cooler / Re: What bankruptcy looks like in Google Trends
« on: February 12, 2018, 10:31:03 PM »
Time warp:

David's Bridal downgraded over potential default

>> are people JUST using their phones

I use the tablets (plural) that I already own and they serve me just fine.

Barring accident or theft, it will likely be a while before I feel the need for a new tablet.

You can't have infinite growth in a finite market.

Water Cooler / Re: Here you see the $87,100 F-450
« on: February 03, 2018, 08:52:06 PM »
One of my sons is a financial planner and he says that one of the worst and most common financial mistakes is "too much car".

A vehicle is a depreciating asset, no matter what the price level.

Marketing / Re: Google's Fruit Loops Algo
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:43:08 PM »
The cereal aisle analogy breaks down for me because Froot Loops itself works very hard to MAKE people want Froot Loops.

So people want Froot Loops because that's what they see, and you end up with a feedback loop based on artificially created and manipulated expectations, which won't always surface the best option available.

What's a good balance between savvy curating and merely catering to the filter bubble of the lowest common denominator?

Economics & Investing / Re: Two-Thirds Of UK Pension Funds Are In The Red
« on: February 01, 2018, 05:11:44 PM »
>> question mark over the retirement plans of millions of workers

That same question mark hangs over a lot of funds in a lot of countries.

This won't end well.

Marketing / Re: Keyword Cannibalization Hypothesis Making a Comeback
« on: January 30, 2018, 07:37:19 PM »
That article is from 2007.

Can you point us to something more recent?

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:38:16 PM »

Hardware & Technology / Re: Write Dumb Code
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:22:42 PM »
We should use advanced techniques only when we are not smart enough to figure out how to use more common techniques

That one jumped off the page at me!

Marketing / Re: Ugly still sells
« on: January 27, 2018, 01:00:08 AM »
>> hot & black

Some girls like that in their men, too. ;)

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:37:04 AM »
Someone gave me an elliptical trainer which was too big for their new place.

A few days ago I laid out a plan of gradually increasing workouts, starting with marshmallow-easy and working up a bit every week. I've made it an entry in my to-do list program, five days a week.

It's a smooth, no-impact workout ... with no risk of frostbite!

Wow! :o

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:08:18 PM »
>> stopped smoking (forever!)

That is HUGE. Congrats!

I've lost another couple of pounds since I last said anything but haven't quite made it to my goal of 100 pounds off.

My goal is (still) to shed 100 pounds. Just a couple to go ...

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