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Comment Re:I cut off FB a month ago. It's been a good mont (Score 1) 188

It's more akin to when I gave up on a lot of television than drug addiction. I made a decision that I was assigning too high a priority (and subsequently spending too much time on) something that was delivering low value for my leisure time, and I was missing out on other activities that could deliver more enjoyment and pleasure than Facebook was giving me. My wife changing the password creates a barrier to entry that's high enough that I'll go find something else to do rather than trying to get the password or do the password reset thing.

For instance, for me to watch television today I have ridiculously high standards. If a show gets boring, I drop it. I give a new show at most three episodes, if it hasn't hooked me by then, it's not worth it. With so many other ways to pass the time and only so much time, I'd rather play a well made video game for an hour than spend that same hour watching lackluster television. Or I'd prefer to watch a good movie I just haven't had time to see but that I've heard was well worth watching. Not to mention books, crosswords, etc. There are plenty of great leisure options out there, why waste time you'll never get back on mediocre entertainment?

Comment I cut off FB a month ago. It's been a good month. (Score 3, Interesting) 188

I had my wife log me out of Facebook and change the password. She knows it if I ever want to get back in. It's been a month and it's been generally great. I ended up with time for stuff I "never had time for" -- Crosswords, books, movies, 8+ hours of sleep, time with the kids, home projects, etc. I'm more focused at work and sleep better. This makes me less grumpy, impresses my boss and also makes me eat better and get in regular workouts. The elimination of FB has made it easier to have a virtuous cycle that feeds on itself rather than an endless stream of crappy memes and political crap that doesn't really help my life in any appreciable way. If I ever choose to return to FB I'm going to cull the friends list tremendously, I expect it to drop precipitously to maybe 15-20 people, generally family and friends I legitimately want to keep up with.

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.

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