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Comment Good excuse (Score 2) 144

It's a good excuse to drag the fire pit and the grill around to the front of the house and invite the neighbors to do the same. Then spend the night watching what fireworks people set off (illegally) in the neighborhood and what we can see of the municipal display over the intervening houses and trees. The fireworks viewing is accomplished while drinking various libations and eating grilled meats, etc. and sitting around a roaring fire.

Note: I haven't melted the fire pit yet but there's still time.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment Re:Start with an erroneous *world view* ... (Score 4, Insightful) 181

Fixed that or you.

People who come up with this crap usually live in urban areas and have never driven on anything but city streets and urban highways. I somehow don't see the autonomous car getting me up an old mining road in the Colorado Rockies that doesn't show up on any road map. I also don't see me trusting said car to pick it's way around, over and between the various obstacles like wash outs and large lose rocks that take some very careful driving to get over or around. Especially when there's a 1,000 foot drop on one side and a cliff face on the other. Routes like the Alpine Loop between Silverton and Lake City or the "road" to Argentine Pass to name just two places I've driven.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment Re:Golden Oldie (Score 1) 249

Vector Research VR-2500 amplifier and Pioneer PL-300 turntable (Grado F1+ cartridge). Both are from about 1980. The output goes into my sound card and I use the rig for digitizing my vinyl with Audacity.

The only problem I've run into is that the vinyl has some much more dynamic range than a CD that I have trouble capturing the full range. 60s and 70s groups like The Who, The Moody Blues (old stuff), etc. really pushed the sound envelop.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 339

Time to put the cool-aid down. You are told that so you don't pick the pitchfork up.

You are NOT a temporarily embarrassed millionaire. You are working class and will always be working class.

Bzzzzzt. Wrong. Lots of people advised me to get into my company's stock savings plan when I started working in 1980. That turned into a 401K at some point. It's amazing what compound interest does to investments after 35 years. That and not pissing away what you earn on the latest shiny toys.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment "They" is us (Score 1, Insightful) 339

BBC had an interesting factoid on where "the 1%" live and what it takes to be in the 1%. It seems it takes a net worth of around $800K to be in the richest 1% of the world's population and a net worth of only $77K to be in the top 10%. The research was done by Credit Suisse and interpreted and reported by Oxfam with the Beeb boiling it down to the linked factoid.

Put your pitchforks and torches away mates unless you want to stab yourself with your own pitchfork and then burn down your own castle. "They" is us. Yep, there are a few people with more but a whole lot more people with a whole lot less. And I bet you didn't even know you were "rich."

Cheers,
Dave

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

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