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by Xan
Mon Feb 06, 2023 12:39 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: What happens to I-bonds if rates plummet again
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: What happens to I-bonds if rates plummet again

I can't help noticing how many people on this forum are parking a portion of their cash in i-bonds. These are 20-year bonds, right? I'm trying to think through what would happen to an i-bond purchased today at a relatively high rate of interest if rates suddenly plummeted and the Fed went back into...
by Xan
Fri Feb 03, 2023 12:58 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?
Replies: 199
Views: 39477

Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Nice Chinese spy balloon, Dualstow!
by Xan
Thu Feb 02, 2023 4:04 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Safe deposit boxes: Revisited
Replies: 24
Views: 2198

Re: Safe deposit boxes: Revisited

The journey continues: I went into my local branch because the rental fee is going up big-time. My teller happened to be the branch manager and he informed me that the bank as a whole are "pulling away from safe deposit boxes." Well shit. Not FDIC insured, not waterproof... He recommended a home sa...
by Xan
Mon Jan 30, 2023 9:49 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?
Replies: 199
Views: 39477

Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Speaking of electricity, there's a really interesting video about how it doesn't work the way we usually think it does. Start with the end of this video, which sets up the thought experiment: https://youtu.be/bHIhgxav9LY?t=700 And then move on to the followup video which really does a great job of e...
by Xan
Mon Jan 30, 2023 6:51 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?
Replies: 199
Views: 39477

Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Tortoise wrote:
Sun Jan 29, 2023 11:02 pm
dualstow wrote:
Sun Jan 29, 2023 8:47 pm
Elon’s tweet reminded me of Tortoise twice over.

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Ohm gonna pretend Elon didn’t make such a corny joke about electricity.

It was shocking, really.
by Xan
Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5242
Views: 825712

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Yes, in Plano. Outside the Plano DPS when my wife went to get her license there was an employee standing outside shouting that this is a Federal Building and mask mandates are in effect. They are still by appointment only at that location. There shouldn't be anything federal about the Plano DPS. Th...
by Xan
Fri Jan 27, 2023 9:01 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5242
Views: 825712

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I went into a big chain hospital today. No masking requirements for entry or otherwise. I gather that this is still not the case in some US states? In my part of Western Massachusetts it is always masks for anything medically related. I think that might be the only places where that is the case. No...
by Xan
Fri Jan 20, 2023 12:16 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Old Computers
Replies: 17
Views: 216

Old Computers

...Sound Blaster I remember when I first got into PC building (this was like 2005 or so), it was a serious faux pas amongst enthusiasts to use onboard audio. To be fair, those sound blaster cards were REALLY good at creating spatial audio. The usual snide remark about onboard audio was "do you real...
by Xan
Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:52 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1709

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

Write a description of downtown Antigua, Guatemala using the style of prose of Ernest Hemingway. The morning sun cast its golden hue on the cobblestone streets of Antigua, Guatemala. The centuries-old architecture, with its ornate facades of brightly painted stucco, seemed almost to glimmer in the ...
by Xan
Wed Jan 18, 2023 5:47 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation
Replies: 38
Views: 1120

Re: Inflation

Maddy wrote:
Wed Jan 18, 2023 5:39 pm
C'mon, everybody's heard of Queen Nephrotiti.

Is she the one that died of kidney failure?
by Xan
Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:06 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The State of the Economy
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: The State of the Economy

I would just like to point out again that debt as a currency user (an individual, a household, a state, a country with a currency that's backed or pegged) is qualitatively a completely different thing from debt as a currency issuer (a nation-state with its own fiat currency).
by Xan
Thu Jan 12, 2023 9:28 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Mar A Lago documents
Replies: 114
Views: 3086

Re: Mar A Lago documents

vnatale wrote:
Thu Jan 12, 2023 9:16 pm
From the above which I prior posted (if the information is accurate):

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You asked how one could stage 12 documents:
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And, I believe the number 12 has gone up since your earlier post.
by Xan
Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:41 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Mar A Lago documents
Replies: 114
Views: 3086

Re: Mar A Lago documents

During an interview on "60 Minutes" from September, Biden was asked about the viral photograph of top secret documents spread across the floor by the FBI following the raid of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. "When you saw the photograph of the top secret documents laid out on the floor at...
by Xan
Thu Jan 12, 2023 2:36 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Football
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: Football

carrgordon wrote:
Thu Jan 12, 2023 1:38 pm
Unfortunately, you're right, George Washington never got to see the development of the West Coast offense or any of the other advancements in football strategy.
Welcome, carrgordon! Do you prefer the barbell or the bullet strategy for bonds?
by Xan
Thu Jan 12, 2023 2:35 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Holding Vanguard Funds in a Fidelity Account
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Holding Vanguard Funds in a Fidelity Account

Well, it turns out that Fidelity does not have a fee to sell either of the mutual funds I transferred over (VTSAX and VWIAX [Wellesley-- forgot about that one]. They said that the fee pertains only to Vanguard mutual funds purchased through Fidelity. So this is very good news. Now I simply need to ...
by Xan
Thu Jan 12, 2023 11:25 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Mar A Lago documents
Replies: 114
Views: 3086

Re: Mar A Lago documents

During an interview on "60 Minutes" from September, Biden was asked about the viral photograph of top secret documents spread across the floor by the FBI following the raid of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. "When you saw the photograph of the top secret documents laid out on the floor at...
by Xan
Thu Jan 12, 2023 11:24 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Holding Vanguard Funds in a Fidelity Account
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Holding Vanguard Funds in a Fidelity Account

Couldn't you move those mutual fund holdings back to Vanguard to sell them?
by Xan
Mon Jan 09, 2023 9:25 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Silver
Replies: 40
Views: 1431

Re: Silver

I used to have a crush on Cate Planchet. True story, I had an ex lover that looked just like her, if you drank just two martinis. She also came complete with her own venezuelan female bisexual lover. Made for an exciting summer. Back to silver.....outstanding deal here:https://bullionexchanges.com/...
by Xan
Mon Jan 09, 2023 8:55 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kat Klub
Replies: 470
Views: 85901

Re: Kat Klub

Do you have leash laws for cats where in live in Texas??!! I have never heard of such a thing. I have lived in my house for over 40 years now and the obedience of all the dog owners in my neighborhood to the dog leash laws is so strong that I cannot remember the last time someone's dog came on my p...
by Xan
Sun Jan 08, 2023 4:55 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Kat Klub
Replies: 470
Views: 85901

Re: Kat Klub

vnatale wrote:
Sun Jan 08, 2023 4:52 pm
dualstow wrote:
Sun Jan 08, 2023 4:19 pm
her name’s Lily!
Thanks! I have forgot that fact!

This one looks exactly like one of mine and I'm sure that if she was in the same situation she'd act the same .....
That one looks to be in violation of the leash law, to the detriment of local wildlife.
by Xan
Fri Jan 06, 2023 8:19 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: WiFi Extender?
Replies: 20
Views: 440

Re: WiFi Extender?

Pay a guy to run ethernet cables. Even theoretically perfect wifi has all kinds of interference and latency. https://www.gnswireless.com/info/full-duplex-vs-half-duplex Or use the google Nest extenders Hear, hear. A wire is always the best answer if it's possible. I'm a big wired believer myself. W...
by Xan
Fri Jan 06, 2023 8:19 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: WiFi Extender?
Replies: 20
Views: 440

Re: WiFi Extender?

Pay a guy to run ethernet cables. Even theoretically perfect wifi has all kinds of interference and latency. https://www.gnswireless.com/info/full-duplex-vs-half-duplex Or use the google Nest extenders I did run an ethernet cable connected to the back of this main router in this room, put it throug...
by Xan
Thu Jan 05, 2023 4:55 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: WiFi Extender?
Replies: 20
Views: 440

Re: WiFi Extender?

Are you sure the electrical monitor doesn't have a wired connector, since you're running a wire anyway?
by Xan
Tue Jan 03, 2023 11:54 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us
Replies: 1707
Views: 279735

Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

I think I have just favorite lines and scenes, like “ nojo on the rojo. ” Sometimes it’s nice to review the show, like slipping into a warm bath. Familiarity + 90s nostalgia. "90s TV nostalgia" (particularly for a show on Fox) reminded me of this phenomenal article about how Rupert Murdoch got the ...
by Xan
Fri Dec 30, 2022 11:01 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Putin Invades Ukraine II
Replies: 949
Views: 61522

Re: Putin Invades Ukraine II

Glennds and vantale, I hereby invoke Godwin's law. If you're really being serious, Godwin's law is mostly aimed at the use of Hitler comparisons in the context of the Holocaust which you know is not the case here. Godwin's law itself can be applied mistakenly or abused as a distraction, diversion o...