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by FreeAtLast
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Hitler: Downfall 1939-1945", by Volker Ullrich (Alfred A. Knopf 2020) This is the second volume of Ullrich's Hitler biography, the first having covered the years from 1889 - 1939. If you have already read a number of Hitler biographies, let's say those tomes written by Bullock, Fest, Tola...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you backup?
Replies: 80
Views: 4820

Re: How often do you backup?

Once a month. Love me my Seagate external hard drive (2 terabytes). When I am done backing up, this drive goes into a fire resistant lockbox.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 483
Views: 86098

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

"Man-Kzin Wars XV", An Anthology of Short Stories Based Upon Larry Niven's Tales of Known Space (Baen Publishing Enterprises 2019) Niven wrote a short story many years ago titled "The Warriors". In it, he introduced an alien race called the Kzinti, who consisted of tiger-like bei...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?
Replies: 106
Views: 7419

Re: What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?

You haven't really had a good martini until you've had one made with Plymouth Gin. Shaken not stirred in deference to Ian Fleming. Wave the vermouth bottle over the glass. :beer :D
by FreeAtLast
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Share proof that no one knows nothing
Replies: 68
Views: 7302

Re: Share proof that no one knows nothing

What surprises me about Swedroe's 10 year list is that one-third of the predicted "sure things" turned out to be true; I didn't expect that high of a correct percentage for financial prognosticators! It’s a binary choice (yes or no). If it was random, half of the predictions would be true...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Share proof that no one knows nothing
Replies: 68
Views: 7302

Re: Share proof that no one knows nothing

What surprises me about Swedroe's 10 year list is that one-third of the predicted "sure things" turned out to be true; I didn't expect that high of a correct percentage for financial prognosticators!
by FreeAtLast
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Share proof that no one knows nothing
Replies: 68
Views: 7302

Re: Share proof that no one knows nothing

Post written evidence (or a video interview) of an acknowledged "financial expert" who flatly predicted that interest rates would stay so low for such a long period of time in the USA.
by FreeAtLast
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Normandy '44: D-Day And The Epic 77-Day Battle For France", by James Holland (Atlantic Monthly Press 2019) You are probably thinking what I thought when I first saw the cover of this book: "Oh no - not another analysis of the Battle of Normandy!" Well, having finished Holland's ...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Science Fiction Movies
Replies: 179
Views: 8820

Re: Favorite Science Fiction Movies

Forbidden Planet is a must.....was way ahead of its time in plot and imagery.
by FreeAtLast
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Operation Vengeance", by Dan Hampton (HarperCollins Publishers 2020) Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Imperial Japanese Navy was the originator and directing force for the 12/07/41 attack on Pearl Harbor. As such, he was probably a more despised figure than Adolf Hitler in the USA of 1943....
by FreeAtLast
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs", by Nancy Thorndike Greenspan (Viking-Penguin Random House 2020) No matter how many books you have already read about matters relating to the Manhattan Project, you are going to want to read this one. Nobody has performed a deep dive into the lif...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 483
Views: 86098

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

"Salvation", by Peter F. Hamilton (Del Ray 2019) I first experienced and enjoyed Hamilton's exuberant Sci-Fi imagination in reading the two books of his Commonwealth Saga. So when I saw his new work in paperback, I snatched it right up. It is - no surprise - a space opera and summarizing t...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler Came To Power", by Peter Ross Range (Little, Brown and Company 2020) If one reviews the life histories of the three human monsters of the 20th Century - Hitler, Stalin, and Mao - the most improbable rise to absolute political power was Hitler's. Exhibit...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Last Stargazers", by Emily Levesque PhD (Sourcebooks 2020) The author is an young astronomer (36 y.o.) who has already garnered two awards for outstanding promise and research. Her enthusiasm for her subject bubbles off every page at about 373 degrees Kelvin. She takes us from her fir...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I freeze my credit in lieu of another credit monitoring service?
Replies: 16
Views: 1166

Re: Should I freeze my credit in lieu of another credit monitoring service?

With regards to the concern expressed above about not losing your freeze PIN. I just applied for a new credit card today and had to temporarily unfreeze my Experian account. I carefully entered my PIN twice, reading the number directly from the original freeze confirmation letter from Experian. Got ...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"12 Seconds Of Silence", by Jamie Holmes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2020) If you asked a group of military historians what were the scientific inventions of World War II which most helped the Allies to win the conflict, the consensus would most likely be the atomic bomb and short wavelengt...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Strangest Man", by Graham Farmelo (Basic Books 2009) In the space of about 2.5 years (September 1925 - December 1927), three physics geniuses created Quantum Mechanics (QM): Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger and Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac. This book is a biography of Dirac. Right up...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?
Replies: 81
Views: 5846

Re: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?

I have read that Copernicus never saw Mercury. After my astronomy course in college I like to get up early and look at Mercury when it is visible. One of my neighbors wanted me to get involved with getting street lights installed some years ago. I definitely prefer to see the stars and planets to s...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 483
Views: 86098

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Koogie - I am very pleased that my recommendation worked out for you. As an addendum, I wish to point out that if you proceed to the "Non-Fiction" genre (which has over 600 titles), you will discover even more old SF short stories and novellas.....which, for some reason, the vast majority ...
by FreeAtLast
Sun May 10, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 483
Views: 86098

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Once upon a time, there existed a Golden Age of Science Fiction where great authors published short stories and novellas in pulp fanzines such as Galaxy, IF, Orbit, Analog, and Astounding Stories. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, many of these classic tales are available to you for free. Go to manybooks...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Does anyone else just not care/worry?
Replies: 139
Views: 10074

Re: Does anyone else just not care/worry?

Financially speaking, I am absolutely fine.

My siblings? My siblings' children? I am very concerned for them. If they eventually need financial assistance in this crisis, I will be there to support them.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 199279

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

OK, I have listened to all of today's Dr. Peter Hotez interview with Joe Rogan. The best piece of information I picked up (among many) was that hundreds of article pre-prints about Covid-19 from medical/biological researchers are available at two websites: medrXiv.org and biorXiv.org. These sites ma...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 199279

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Joe Rogan's podcast. Today's guest (04/01/20): Dr. Peter Hotez. I am listening right now; he's a fantastic asset to our national health community.
by FreeAtLast
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?
Replies: 271
Views: 18230

Re: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?

1) Visit Mom (who is in a nursing home).
2) Make a reservation to stay at my favorite casino for a few days.
3) Meet some of my best friends at our favorite watering hole.
4) Re-schedule my cancelled Vegas trip.
by FreeAtLast
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How are you going to use your stimulus money?
Replies: 222
Views: 13348

Re: How are you going to use your stimulus money?

I am going to receive the full $1200. I will split it all up into equal gifts for my siblings' children.
by FreeAtLast
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Fire And The Darkness: The Bombing Of Dresden, 1945", by Sinclair McKay (St. Martin's Press 2020). Before World War 2, Dresden was known as "Florence On The Elbe". The architecture of its buildings and churches was considered to be exceptionally beautiful in design. This cit...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 199279

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

There is a lot of discussion about who should be tested. Suggestions from medical and non medical people include: - People in hospital with severe illness. ( cough, fever, shortness of breath) - People in ER/hospitals with moderate illness. - People with known contacts. -General population. A signi...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Race Of Aces", by John R. Bruning (Hachette Books 2020). My local library system shut down at 6 PM on Monday, but I was able to sneak in there before the close and sign out 8 books which I hope will hold me for the next 2-3 weeks. Here is a review of the first one of that group which I ha...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 199279

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

The only medical experts - as opposed to "experts" - that I have been paying attention to so far are: Dr. Peter Hotez Dr. Michael Osterholm Dr. Anthony Fauci Their credentials speak for themselves. If you have a name that should be added to this list, please suggest it. Dr. Peter Attia pu...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 199279

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

The only medical experts - as opposed to "experts" - that I have been paying attention to so far are:

Dr. Peter Hotez
Dr. Michael Osterholm
Dr. Anthony Fauci

Their credentials speak for themselves. If you have a name that should be added to this list, please suggest it.
by FreeAtLast
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 199279

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

If you have 45 free minutes, the Dr. Hotez video on Facebook (link is given a few replies above this one by CedarWaxWing) is absolutely worth your time. He is an recognized expert on tropical and communicable diseases. He is very worried about many health care workers becoming seriously ill from the...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Winston's War: Churchill 1940-45", by Max Hastings (Vintage Books 2011 - paperback). Many, many biographies and treatises have been written about Winston Churchill, most of them quite long and detailed. If you really want to get a shorter assessment (483 pages) of the famed British leader...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: At what age did you begin adding bonds?
Replies: 138
Views: 7668

Re: At what age did you begin adding bonds?

At age 55, just three years before I retired. And the day I retired, my asset allocation had become 65/35 stocks/bonds.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

^^^^^
Along with Moby Dick, one of the greatest American novels. For Huck Finn, very important to read an unexpurgated version.
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 218
Views: 31854

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

Every January 1st, I download a summary of the balances for all of my Vanguard mutual funds. I look it over and then always say out loud, "Thank you again, Jack Bogle!" Such a wonderful human being. We won't see his equal in the finance industry for a long time, if ever.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Edison", by Edmund Morris (Random House NY 2019) A superb biography of an extraordinary American individual. Your schoolboy/girl education concerning Edison was absolutely inadequate to appreciate all of what he accomplished in his lifetime and how he achieved those accomplishments. Furth...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Manstein: Hitler's Greatest General", by Mungo Melvin (Thomas Dunne Books 2010). A reasonable argument can be put forth that if General Erich von Manstein had not fundamentally changed the "schwerpunkt" (initial assault point) for the Wehrmacht's offensive against France on May ...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 483
Views: 86098

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

"Imagined Life", by James Trefil and Michael Summers (Smithsonian Books 2019) This book is not a science fiction novel, but it belongs in this thread anyways. Trefil is a physics PhD who has been a prolific writer of popular science books for 40 years. Summers is a PhD in planetary science...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Athens: A Portrait Of The City In Its Golden Age", by Christian Meier (Henry Holt And Company 1998) Meier is the emeritus professor of ancient history at the University of Munich. His treatise is almost 600 pages long and it is not a breezy read. His writing style seems to be aimed at oth...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 483
Views: 86098

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

"The Long Sunset - An Academy Novel", by Jack McDevitt (Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, Inc. 2018) On the front cover of this paperback edition, a partial quote from Stephen King is highlighted, referring to McDevitt, "The logical heir to Issac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke...." ...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Another One Goes Tonight", by Peter Lovesey (Soho Press, Inc. 2016) For months now, I have been reading - in temporal sequence beginning with the introductory 1991 novel - all the adventures of Lovesey's fictional Detective Superintendent, Peter Diamond. Diamond operates out of the Crimin...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Cicero: The Life And Times Of Rome's Greatest Politician", by Anthony Everitt (Random House NY 2001) Marcus Tullius Cicero is widely considered to be one of the greatest orators of ancient times. We should also be glad that he was a compulsive writer of expository missives, especially to ...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How old is your cellphone?
Replies: 168
Views: 10956

Re: How old is your cellphone?

T-Mobile flip phone over 15 years old. The sim card in that phone came from a mid-90s Nokia. That is impressive! Galaxy S5...Got it in 2014 so 5 years. We have no plans to buy a new one until it entirely konks out. No security concerns, etc. Another Galaxy S5 user here, bought in July 2014. Still w...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The First World War" by John Keegan (Alfred A. Knopf New York 1999). If you have never read anything about WWI before, then I recommend that you don't start with Keegan. Rather, warm up with "The First World War: An Illustrated History" by A.J.P. Taylor. My 1980 paperback versio...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This summer produces two excellent books about the history of science: "Lithium: A Doctor, A Drug, And A Breakthrough", by Walter A. Brown MD (W.W. Norton and Co. 2019) Brown has been a psychiatrist and professor for over 4 decades and fortunately, he knows how to write well for a general ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A theory of one's general investing mindset: 'Good enough' or 'Optimize'
Replies: 297
Views: 14777

Re: A theory of one's general investing mindset: 'Good enough' or 'Optimize'

"Good Enough" guy here. I look at this dichotomy very pragmatically. I'll soon be 64 and will have been retired for 6 years in December. I am enjoying the absolute heck out of my golden years, just having a wonderful time. I have attained the most money in stocks, bonds, and cash in my ent...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"How The Allies Won On D-Day: Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill Or Die", by Giles Milton (Henry Holt and Co. 2018) Yes, the title is a little bit over the top. Nevertheless, this is another one of the 75th Anniversary books about Operation Overlord that is worth reading...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4911
Views: 1308704

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Metropolis", by Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam's Sons 2019) Kerr died from Stage 4 cancer in March 2018, so naturally I never expected to find another book written by him. However, Kerr was both a fiercely determined and courageous man because in the eight months between his fatal diagnosis and...