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Water Cooler / Re: Bacon, a## and a Cat
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:28:26 PM »
>> Trifecta

Um, only to some.

Water Cooler / Re: Spherical-earth deniers!
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:58:32 PM »
Technically we live on an oblate spheroid.

It's slightly flatter at the poles.

>> If we donít do this, a less-scrupulous rival will.

Many years ago, in a discussion about something else entirely, someone made this point ... that if we don't do this, someone else will.

The response from an old man in the group has guided many of my ethical decisions ever since.

"Yes, it might come to pass, regardless. But it will happen without me."

Hardware & Technology / Re: Standard Notes
« on: May 14, 2018, 05:29:20 PM »
I just downloaded the Mac desktop version.

I'll have to use it for a while to know what I think.

Water Cooler / Re: YOUTUBE music thread
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:28:45 PM »
And now for something completely different ...

Diana Damrau as Queen of the Night:

Amazing what the human voice can do!

>> will add between $8,000 and $12,000 to a home's cost

To judge this, we'd need to know more than just that one factoid.

Specifically, what would adding solar panels do to the ongoing monthly utility costs for that home? Reduce them, one would hope ...

We'd need to compare the total monthly cost of [Mortgage plus Utilities without solar] to the monthly cost of [Mortgage plus Utilities with solar].

If the net monthly costs were lower with solar, the upfront cost would be easy to defend.

A caveat here would be that lending institutions might need to tweak their formulas so they take reduced utilities into consideration when calculating someone's eligibility for a mortgage. They'd need to look at more than just the monthly mortgage payment on its own.

The same could be said about other strategies for reducing the energy footprint of a home (extra insulation, passive solar design, etc). They'd usually add to the upfront costs, but would reduce ongoing costs. Lenders need to calculate accordingly.

Water Cooler / Re: Here you see the $87,100 F-450
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:33:42 PM »
>> less to buy a used vehicle

Yes. In part because, with a used vehicle, someone else has already absorbed some of the depreciation.

>> Don't most things depreciate?

Yes, but some more than others. Understand why and keep that in mind when you make spending decisions.

>> know the difference between need and want

Yes. Sometimes the line is blurry, though. Many times I find myself wanting something that I could live without, but I'd make good practical use of it if I had one.

Water Cooler / Re: Here you see the $87,100 F-450
« on: May 09, 2018, 09:08:42 AM »
>> nothing that depreciated should ever be financed.

One of my sons is a financial planner and he'd say we should try to avoid owning things that are certain to depreciate, no matter how we pay for them.

In his outlook, something like that camper would be okay to rent once in a while but not to own.

>> frugality

Point to ponder: "Frugal" has the same Latin root as "fruitful".

Economics & Investing / Re: Bitcoin suicide.
« on: May 08, 2018, 04:55:05 PM »
He might have had a million in assets but not necessarily very liquid, not spendable cash.

It's like a phrase we use around here to describe some farmers: "Land rich, cash poor." On paper they're worth millions but they'd have to sell the farm to spend any of it.

Economics & Investing / Re: UK: Single-use plastics ban
« on: May 08, 2018, 04:34:25 PM »
Carry your own spork. A titanium spork that will last longer than you will can be had for a few bucks.

That said, I haven't studied the footprint of producing titanium stuff.

>> Wood and paper products should boom.  We may be trading one environmental disaster for another,. We'll see. 


Water Cooler / Re: Shipping container plans for homeless in Wrexham
« on: May 04, 2018, 01:48:39 PM »
We own one of those containers, use it for storage.

Water Cooler / Re: Just me ranting.
« on: May 04, 2018, 01:47:01 PM »
I hear ya!

Alas, this is something we can influence but not control.

It helps if you make sure your meta descriptions include one or more of the most probable search phrases for the page.

If the query (or a very close variant) is already in the meta description Google is less likely to grab something from the page.

As for the title, this is often affected by what the anchor text says on other pages that are linking to the page in question. See if there's any scope for tweaking there.

These steps sometimes help, but cure isn't guaranteed.

Water Cooler / Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« on: April 30, 2018, 12:41:44 PM »
>> 20 years as an active fighter pilot

Years ago I worked for a fellow who had served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Among other things he was a jump instructor with over 600 jumps in his career.

He told me once that he hated flying as a passenger on a commercial jet because he felt vulnerable and unsafe without a parachute.

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: April 27, 2018, 09:29:29 PM »
As for new goals, no specific number but just keep on keeping on.

My goal now needs to be more about fitness than fatness, although of course those are related.

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