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Comment Re:Nerdist, Planet Money, 99 Percent Invisible (Score 1) 268

My wife and I have also seen Chris Hardwick live, if you like the Nerdist his standup is worth the price of admission.

I agree that some of the celebrities just can't get out of "promo mode", but those that do really come out great. I've enjoyed Mark Hamill's appearances, Max Brooks, Daniel Radcliffe, Patrick Stewart and Bruce Campbell. Even his self-deprecating interview of Harrison Ford wasn't nearly as terrible as Hardwick made it out to be. Ford isn't an easy interview, and it wasn't the best Nerdist ever, but I also didn't feel an hour of my life had been wasted or anything.

In addition, for the grand total of $0 I shelled out for the podcast, it's pretty darn good entertainment. I have no need for stamps dot com or squarespace so I don't mind a few seconds of my time being taken away for what generally turns out to be a pretty consistently good hour during my commute.

Comment Nerdist, Planet Money, 99 Percent Invisible (Score 2) 268

I generally listen to podcasts on my commute.

My top 3:
Nerdist - long format interviews with celebrities. Not one to listen to with the kids.
Planet Money - "pop economics". Generally entertainment and informative. Generally OK with the kids in the car.
99 Percent Invisible - Roman Mars has such a smooth radio voice I could listen to him talk about making a bowl of cereal. Podcast concentrates on architecture and design.

Other mentions have already been listed:
Mike Duncan's History of Rome and Revolutions podcasts are very good.
Dan Carlin's Hardcore HIstory and Common Sense make you think.
Gretchen Rubin's Happier has some interesting ideas about happiness.
Freakonomics continues where the books leave off.
The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe is a homage to "The Rest of the Story". Another great voice to listen to talk about just about anything.

Comment Re:Infrastructure vs Independence (Score 1) 468

This is why I got a Volt. According to my stats for January, I did 1214 miles. 972 of those were electric, 242 were on gas, so 80% of my driving was electric. This is kind of low, as we had a long trip tossed in there and the battery has less range when it's cold. In the warmer months I hit the mid 90's percentage pretty regularly.

I've driven my Volt all over New England, the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest -- I'll use gas for the long parts of the journey but when I get there I can charge it on 110V overnight and do local trips on electric.

It's not perfect, but it solves both the "commute on battery" use case as well as "drive to the middle of a mountain range" one.

Comment Re:Batteries (Score 1) 468

I got a 2014 Volt used for $18K. I have charging at work and at home, and a 25 mile commute each way. We take occasional long trips to visit family. I really enjoy the car because the lion's share of my commuting happens all on electric so I end up going months on a tank of gas. So I pay about $40/month in electric and probably averages out to about $5-10/month for gas. When we take a trip it's mostly highway and I get about 38 MPG, with myself, wife and two kids plus baggage. It's a very nice compromise -- I never worry about being able to get somewhere, but most of the time I'm getting somewhere I'm using the (pretty much silent) electric. On the highway the engine noise is really not all that different than a comparable compact sedan.

The car also rides, handles and accelerates pretty well. It's not the eyeball melting insanity of the Tesla, but then again the Volt is roughly 1/3 the price of the Tesla, and the instant electric torque puts it in a class of its own versus other compact sedans.

Comment Re: It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 2) 564

I used them in various automobiles from probably 1994 (with a Discman) till 2014 (using a smartphone). I also still use on in my garage radio. The reason I stopped using it in 2014 was that the cassette player I was using it did die -- but that's likely more a result of 12 years of use of the cassette deck, not the fault of the adapter. Sound quality can be described as "good enough".

I found cassette adapters far more reliable than alternatives like a FM transmitter (which, incidentally would also be a valid way to solve the "how to play my smartphone through my non-Bluetooth, non-Aux radio in my ancient truck) . The only thing I found that worked better was a FM adapter that plugged into the back of the radio, which is something I did when I added a CD changer once. This was, of course, orders of magnitude more difficult than popping the tape in.

Of course, the best thing was the sub-$100 radio I replaced the broken one with that came with Bluetooth. These days a basic Bluetooth enabled head unit is even less expensive. Install was a snap since the car had a standard DIN head unit and Crutchfield sent a harness adapter. A little work with the soldering iron matching colors, slide the old radio out, put the new one in. Far superior to the Bad Old Days of the early 80's when a radio swap was a lot more trial and error.

Comment Re:yeah right (Score 1) 364

Sandy got to Category 3.
You also neglect the Pacific, which has had some significant typhoons recently.

In 2011 there was a typhoon which knocked out a significant amount of hard drive manufacturing capacity. The Phillipines got hit by two typhoons in a week in 2016.

You can keep splitting hairs, but OP's (who is also AC) assertion is demonstratably false, just as the claims of alarmists are. Too bad people can't seem to have rational discussions any longer, or more recently, will just make stuff up and keep repeating it until people believe it.

Comment Re:yeah right (Score 1) 364


"Sandy developed from a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22, quickly strengthened, and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Sandy six hours later. Sandy moved slowly northward toward the Greater Antilles and gradually intensified. On October 24, Sandy became a hurricane, made landfall near Kingston, Jamaica, re-emerged a few hours later into the Caribbean Sea and strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane. On October 25, Sandy hit Cuba as a Category 3 hurricane, then weakened to a Category 1 hurricane. Early on October 26, Sandy moved through the Bahamas.[7] On October 27, Sandy briefly weakened to a tropical storm and then restrengthened to a Category 1 hurricane. Early on October 29, Sandy curved west-northwest (the "left turn" or "left hook") and then[8] moved ashore near Brigantine, New Jersey, just to the northeast of Atlantic City, as a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds.[1][9]"


Comment Re:Over-the-air TV (Score 1) 86

Well, not necessarily. I got my series 3 HD TiVo used with Lifetime Subscription for $100 about five years ago. You can transfer the lifetime subscription with a call to TiVo support. Similar prices are common on Craigslist for newer models like the Roamio and Premiere. Spare parts are readily available from WeaKnees, and TiVos are about the same difficulty to service as a desktop PC.

Comment Re:TIVO Bolt / Roamio OTA already do this (Score 1) 86

I was going to make a similar comment but you posted first. I've owned some model of TiVo since Series 1, and are currently running a Series 3 and Premiere in our house. Both happily consume OTA content, and the Premiere has OnePass and connections to pretty much every online streaming service. We paid up front for Lifetime service on both devices, and I've had to replace a few hard drives and power supplies over the years, but those replacement parts are readily available through WeaKnees and very easy to install. We cut the cable subscription in 2010 and haven't really looked back. OTA stuff is happily recorded, the UI is very easy to use and they just sit there, year after year, doing their thing.

It's fairly easy to find used TiVos with lifetime subscriptions on Craigslist for pretty short money, too. They are transferable to the new owner with a quick phone call. There are some edges cases along the years where OTA inputs don't work for one reason or another, but there's plenty of documentation of each model to figure out which ones do and do not work without an antenna.

Comment Re:Thankfully, I can do more than one thing (Score 1) 194

Oh, totally. Now when I have a few minutes to kill I get out my phone and roam around rather than just sitting in the car bored. I've found interesting stuff in my town I never knew existed. The other big magic is that it drew my eight year old out on 95+ degree humid summer days to go to the park and get some exercise rather than saying it was too hot and having to drag her there.

Comment Thankfully, I can do more than one thing (Score 2) 194

I like playing Pokemon Go. It's something I can do when I have a few minutes to myself. I can also go walk around local parks and attractions with my wife or the whole family. Even my mom thought it was fun. We had a great time on vacation with it, whereas the kids might have complained about "being bored" on a hot day, they loved to go to the park and wander around catching Pokemon. It's a scavenger hunt that you can play alone or with others. I've spent a grand total of $5 on it, which is pretty good for something that provided hours of entertainment.

It's harder to play when I've got to work, and the kids are going back to school so we don't have as many opportunities to play. I'm betting less people play in the wintertime, anyway, since in many temperate zones you aren't going to want to be outside for hours when it's raining, snowing and generally unpleasant.

There are many directions they can take this game, and they can add new features like trading, PvP, etc. When new features come out, people can dust off their old accounts and re-engage, just in time for the spring/summer -- or maybe they roll out the features in the winter when there's likely to be less people playing.

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