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by Tortoise
Wed Dec 13, 2023 4:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Signatures
Replies: 194
Views: 246865

Re: Signatures

Mac wouldn't recognize the apple keyboard that worked on an older model of the same Mac. [...] I see. Yeah, I get your frustration. As much as I appreciate Apple's overall quality of their devices and the way they (usually) interoperate seamlessly with each other within the Apple ecosystem, they do...
by Tortoise
Tue Dec 12, 2023 12:35 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Signatures
Replies: 194
Views: 246865

Re: Signatures

dualstow wrote: vinny was right. i officially regret buying another Mac
What was Vinny right about, and why do you officially regret buying another Mac?
by Tortoise
Thu Nov 16, 2023 1:05 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: AI Garbage
Replies: 11
Views: 14319

Re: AI Garbage

Kind of reminds me of the early days of Web search engines, when the search results were flooded with useless auto-generated pages containing nothing but long strings of random words and phrases, designed to maximize search engine hits. It was really annoying. But after a few years, the search engin...
by Tortoise
Fri Oct 06, 2023 12:49 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: The Bond Market Sweet Spot
Replies: 22
Views: 20672

Re: The Bond Market Sweet Spot

2) Tex and Craig picked up his torch big-time by writing their book. But each of them have now seemingly turned their backs on the concept. That leaves the dwindling number of participants in this forum to provide any form of guidance, none who have either risen to the level of authority of a Harry...
by Tortoise
Mon Oct 02, 2023 4:21 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Chas Freeman, US Diplomat, on the Ukraine War
Replies: 11
Views: 4675

Re: Chas Freeman, US Diplomat, on the Ukraine War

As I said earlier, it looks like not only will those hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have died in vain, but Ukraine will actually end up with much less territory than if they had accepted the peace deal that was worked out within a month of the conflict starting, before the US and UK put the ki...
by Tortoise
Tue Sep 26, 2023 6:14 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Meme Thread
Replies: 279
Views: 234108

Re: The Meme Thread

Also, Jerry dated Skyler and George dated Gretchen. ;D
by Tortoise
Fri Sep 22, 2023 7:40 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: QCOM will be my next vp pick
Replies: 4
Views: 20448

Re: QCOM will be my next vp pick

old thread, old pick. It is not my next pick. There’s an interesting article in the WSJ about Apple’s struggle to replace Qualcomm’s modem chip with something in-house. It’s relatively difficult compared to designing their own microprocessor. In the meantime, Apple will buy the chips from Qcom thro...
by Tortoise
Wed Sep 20, 2023 12:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?
Replies: 220
Views: 173252

Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Yeah, I didn't start playing the King's Quest games until the early '90s, and by then they had done VGA/SVGA remakes of some of them (as Xan mentioned), so they looked much better than the originals. That was before CD-ROM was widespread, so the games were still installed from floppy disks. Although...
by Tortoise
Mon Sep 18, 2023 7:05 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP Mistakes
Replies: 43
Views: 101413

Re: PP Mistakes

If you go back to 1980, a $10k investment in stocks would be worth over $1 million now. PP would be $200k and ST Treasuries $99k. Impressive indeed. For the person who can stomach the stock market's wild multi-year swings without bailing, and also has a crystal ball that assures them no financial o...
by Tortoise
Mon Sep 18, 2023 6:53 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?
Replies: 220
Views: 173252

Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

I’m a *huge* fan of King’s Quest, as my brother and I really enjoyed it in the 80s (1980?) after seeing someone play it in the store. But in this case, I merely typed “8-bit castle” into google images. I was obsessed with the King's Quest series back in the day, too. Something about the detailed fa...
by Tortoise
Fri Sep 08, 2023 1:48 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: YouTube Junkie
Replies: 1231
Views: 609494

Re: YouTube Junkie

by Tortoise
Fri Sep 08, 2023 1:23 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP Mistakes
Replies: 43
Views: 101413

Re: PP Mistakes

I have no regrets going all in on the PP in late 2010 and sticking with it since then. It has had a modest CAGR of 5.0% over that 13-year period, with a max negative return of -11.9% in 2022. It has allowed me to mostly shrug off market turmoil and sleep soundly as I focus on working and accumulatin...
by Tortoise
Thu Aug 17, 2023 3:00 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Left is Eating Itself Pt. II
Replies: 846
Views: 440628

Re: The Left is Eating Itself Pt. II

Okay, I’ll bite: “A banana republic, if you can keep it.”
by Tortoise
Tue Jul 25, 2023 4:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Signatures
Replies: 194
Views: 246865

Re: Signatures

Smith1776 wrote: Been getting really into zombie apocalypse games and movies lately. Throw me some suggestions if you have any.
Lighthearted: Zombieland

Not-so-lighthearted: 28 Days Later
by Tortoise
Tue Jun 27, 2023 4:07 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: YouTube Junkie
Replies: 1231
Views: 609494

Re: YouTube Junkie

dualstow wrote: Mon Jun 26, 2023 2:46 pm Peaches & Haerosmith - "Shake Your Dude Thing" O0

https://youtu.be/ZlnVBxv_6ec
Whoah, every mash-up on that YouTube channel is genius! Here’s another gem:

James Hetfield and the News - "Hip to Be the Sandman"
by Tortoise
Sat Jun 24, 2023 3:21 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Netflix junkie
Replies: 352
Views: 131351

Re: Netflix junkie

Smith1776 wrote: Sat Jun 24, 2023 3:35 am I just finished watching Mad Max for the first time ever.

I honestly don’t get the hype. The movie was very meh to me.
Mad Max: Fury Road > Mad Mad 2 (The Road Warrior) > Mad Max.
by Tortoise
Fri Jun 16, 2023 6:07 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: The GOLD scream room
Replies: 3693
Views: 1704155

Re: The GOLD scream room

And before Michelle Makori, the previous editor-in-chief and lead anchor for Kitco was Daniela Cambone:

Image

I'm sensing a pattern here...
by Tortoise
Fri May 19, 2023 2:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders Says The 'Fed Put' Looks Dead
Replies: 22
Views: 23550

Re: Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders Says The 'Fed Put' Looks Dead

I dunno if these numbers are true, that Stanfords endowment went from 30 billion in 2020 to 75B, but in any event it explains the glee with which universities forced the jabs into 18 year olds https://www.visualcapitalist.com/worlds-top-endowment-funds/ Not sure I follow. I assumed that since the j...
by Tortoise
Fri May 19, 2023 2:02 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Buy gold now?
Replies: 13
Views: 11779

Re: Buy gold now?

dualstow wrote: Fri May 19, 2023 6:58 am
Doesn’t shine when it should
— totally agree, Barrett.

I think you’re talking about the sad trombone sound.
I like that, but I prefer the Price is Right Fail - https://youtu.be/_asNhzXq72w
Those are both classics. The Curb Your Enthusiasm melody is another great one for fails.
by Tortoise
Mon May 08, 2023 11:41 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Portfolio Eintstein?
Replies: 16
Views: 12660

Re: Portfolio Eintstein?

You find this from the recommended books on investing to read like it was AI created? All reads to me as if it were written by a unique human being. As I already stated in my previous comment, “The short intro prose before the list may have been written by a human, but the lists themselves could ea...
by Tortoise
Mon May 08, 2023 11:34 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Portfolio Eintstein?
Replies: 16
Views: 12660

Re: Portfolio Eintstein?

dualstow wrote: Mon May 08, 2023 8:42 pm May as well get used to A.I.-created content. It’s going to be everywhere.
I’m fine with AI-generated content as long as proper attribution is given. For example, “Powered by GPT-4” or “Some of the content on this site was generated using GPT-4” at the bottom of the web page.
by Tortoise
Mon May 08, 2023 4:40 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Portfolio Eintstein?
Replies: 16
Views: 12660

Re: Portfolio Eintstein?

Was it written by AI? I'd rate it extremely unlikely. You can go there and judge for yourself but I don't think AI is capable of creating a list of 50+ investing books to read broken down into four categories. All in all a highly impressive web site, packed with useful information. Sounds like exac...
by Tortoise
Thu May 04, 2023 2:08 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: The GOLD scream room
Replies: 3693
Views: 1704155

Re: The GOLD scream room

dualstow wrote: Thu May 04, 2023 11:58 am 2060 futures
2050+ spot price (AJPM)
1PM EST
For the first time in a long while, gold is the best-performing asset YTD in the PP. It's even beating LASAGNE! ;)
by Tortoise
Thu Apr 27, 2023 11:59 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: Good piece on cash by Cullen Roche
Replies: 11
Views: 6166

Re: Good piece on cash by Cullen Roche

The only thing Roche doesn't address here is the possibility of a default in the next few months due to the debt ceiling circular firing squad antics in Congress. Because of that I'm going to wait to pull the trigger on locking in some high yields with a T Bill ladder until after the clown car has ...
by Tortoise
Wed Apr 05, 2023 11:40 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: The GOLD scream room
Replies: 3693
Views: 1704155

Re: The GOLD scream room

If you have the ability to see currency prices, I like to use the XAUUSD ticker for spot price. It feels like the right way to think about the price of gold. It is just the currency conversion from real money to USD 8) The iPhone stocks app doesn't find that ticker symbol, but I did find an interes...