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Comment Re:Been there (Score 1) 206

Uh, no. More likely to be injured in a car crash than on a cycle. Even with that risk involved though, it reduces other lack of health risks so you get a net positive.

Now, if they convert the miles/time spent doing the sport to steps, then you loose out cycling. I did a step based fitness challenge at work, and even though I cycle commute 10 miles round trip (with 300+ feet climbs every day), plus any times I went for a joyride, I was still falling behind in the numbers of everybody else. They scored based on miles converted from the steps. Cycling is more efficient than walking so you don't get counted for as many steps. In the end, my average was 40 miles per week over 2 months, and I still tracked my steps off my bike as well.

Comment Re:Balls of shadiness (Score 1) 234

The junk in the ocean does not have a known location that is easy to go out and scoop up. With this they know exactly where the balls are, they are easy to get to as well. All they need to determine is the lifespan of them to collect them before they fall apart. Now, depending on how many balls slip through their fingers they may not have a noticeable impact.

Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 904

Because it may take a few days before the company reports to the credit card and a few more days before it shows up in your statement. With a receipt, I have it in my wallet, and I update my budget tracking when I get home. I can also look at them at any time to figure out how much I have really spent.

Comment Re:Personal finance knowledge (Score 1) 583

Suggestions for types of investment and retirement accounts, and how much you should put away?

Anything that gives you a tax break basicly. This becomes "free money" in a sense. I think the big three would be 401, IRA, and a HSA account (if offered). To start with, always take the match the company provides. Once you figure out your day to day expenses (some reasonable play is fine, just don't count on fancy cars and steak diners every night), start to put some away for rainy day funds (balance interest rates with term lengths and flexibility). Once you meet your comfort level there then max out the 401, IRA, HSA, etc contribution. Retirement accounts can grow for you some via interest and market swings, but they grow faster when you contribute to them.

Don't forget to keep adding to your rainy day fund though, that new car may have a higher payment or replacement cost and quickly move a 12 month buffer to a 8 month buffer. However, if you start finding a 16 month buffer then you may have a nice new shinny in the near future and make you happy

Comment Re:lots of history (Score 1) 167

Don't waste air fare on just it though. Make it a part of a larger trip. Visit the VLA near there as well. The main and only draw to the site is that it was the first atomic bomb test. After about a hour drive into it you spend about an hour tops looking at a pile of rubble, some left over glass, and some photos. There is a separate tour of the small farm house where it was assembled. It is a great place to go and reflect at, but it really is just a one time trip with a lot of day left to burn.

Comment Re:"He thought the end of the world had come." (Score 1) 167

I'll admit, I have stood in awe while looking at the bomb casings at the Air Force Museum, but I did move on after making the "this here is the end of the world" statement. I've also wanted to get my photo while sitting on it as well. The world is full of horrible people like me.

Comment Re: It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

That doesn't help when the typical work day is 11 hours long (1hr commute + 8 working + 1 lunch + 1hr home). It should really be a holiday since there is voting every year.

The polling locations have to make sense as well. My location is 2 miles from where I live in the opposite direction of my work, and the only way it is accessible is via auto. There is no sidewalks or shoulders to walk on to the place. It is also on a 5 lane state route, with a steep climb so biking it is a problem as well. There isn't even a bike rack to lock up at. I notice this because I'm a bike commuter as well.

In order for it to work for me, I have to be there the moment they open. Last time my wife was able to stay home with the kids and I traded her. She has a new job now that requires her leaving at 5:30. There is no daycare open that early (and mine is on the way to work).

Comment Re: It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

That doesn't help when the typical work day is 11 hours long (1hr commute + 8 working + 1 lunch + 1hr home). It should really be a holiday since there is voting every year. The polling locations have to make sense as well. My location is 2 miles from where I live in the opposite direction of my work, and the only way it is accessible is via auto. There is no sidewalks or shoulders to walk on to the place. It is also on a 5 lane state route, with a steep climb so biking it is a problem as well. There isn't even a bike rack to lock up at. I notice this because I'm a bike commuter as well. In order for it to work for me, I have to be there the moment they open. Last time my wife was able to stay home with the kids and I traded her. She has a new job now that requires her leaving at 5:30. There is no daycare open that early (and mine is on the way to work).

Comment Re:freedom (Score 1) 1089

But they don't get mainstream exposure, or on ballots in all states. During the last round of debates, Gary Johnson (L) wasn't invited, and Jill Stine (G) was arrested for showing up. Gary did do a live stream during it. There was a real debate that had these 2 with 3 others put on by another group (and moderated by Larry King) and they invited Obama and Romney but neither accepted.

As for the ballots, I believe that we should have a standardized ballot system in this country that has sections for federal, state, and local runners. In the federal section anybody that filed the form with $department would be listed in it across the country. The states control their portion of it , as well with local. Counting is still done at the local level.

In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.

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