What other purchases might be worth considering?
These allow me a good four days of absence from the house - for camping or whatever else. Doesn't happen often that both the wife and I are MIA, but when it does, these things are indespensable.
However, I do concede that sharing food is an easy way to form a bond with an animal (including our very own species).
Had issues and tried to interface with their tech support. Unless you email with the person's email that bought it - nothing. Then when you email them with that person's email - nothing.
There are a number of systemic issues that I think can be fixed either in firmware (which I guess they don't believe in updating) and/or a hardware upgrade kit (which I'm willing to buy - if I felt that they understood the issues.)
In this day and age, not allowing easy community access to root out issues is just not excusable. They need to spend more on updating their site for honest feedback and less on the advertising that they have been up to of late.
No scooping. Takes 30 seconds. $15/set.
I use them for music, movies/TV, watching videos on YouTube including technical ones, and even occasionally video conferencing.
Wearing headphones for more than 30 minutes is fatiguing and uncomfortable for me. Listening to people's voices on tiny laptop or iPad speakers is even more annoying.
Hearing the bass and midrange in people's voices makes them more intelligible, particularly if they have an accent. It's just 100% more pleasant all around.
And this is purely an aesthetic thing, but it's crazy to me that people seem to listen to music through their phone speaker, let alone their laptop speaker... to me it's unrecognizable.
Most people seem to be using the bluetooth speakers these days, which ~10 years ago were extremely bad IMO. Admittedly I found one that is pretty good recently.
But I still think it's very much worth it to have real speakers with drivers, speaker wire, and an amplifier in your home. (Or a powered speaker, although your options are more limited there, and it's more expensive.)
For traveling the right bluetooth speaker can be alright (there are many bad ones), but after a week of traveling my ears are "relieved" when I get to hear real audio again.
Also: a single kettlebell for ~$45, which I almost think of as a stretching/circulation device, and a bicycle used for 10+ years.
Their half-open build improves mid and bass reproduction, compared to fully open cans.
A revelation for me, can wear them all day, no cutoff from outside. Gave them to my mother to test them, she was amazed too. All parts replaceable. Made in Germany. There are is even a low resistance version, if you want to save battery on the go: https://www.amazon.com/beyerdynamic-Premium-32-Over-Ear-Ster...
I’ve tried many many (highly rated) cans over the years and most hurt my years after some time. But now I have Bose QC and the way they fit around my ears without touching them is awesome. I wear them constantly even without audio playing. It’s almost a comfort object now lol.
I would flip it on its head: Why headphones? To me the only advantages of headphones are (1) not disturbing people near you and (2) traveling. For everything else I would use speakers!
The other things I don't like are:
- the cable following me around, especially if I'm mobile (and that applies to ear buds too).
- the feeling of being cut off from sounds around me.
- Admittedly a niche complaint, but for music: I don't like the stereo imaging of headphones. Compared to good speakers, it's an unnatural stereo field -- although I realize not everyone is sensitive to that. Depends what you listen to as well.
How did you solve this?
There's no way to really solve this! I think there are some hacks, but the music and TV pro solution is to use in-ear monitors.
Good thread where someone suggests using monitors to reduce fatigue on video conference:
I haven't tried it, but it makes a lot of sense. Knowing how loud your own voice relative to others' is seems like a key benefit.
I use speakers to listen to lectures and podcasts, and it's 100% a win IMO, but yeah they don't work well if your voice also has to be recorded unfortunately ...
I think we spent about £300, including an amplifier, 14 years ago, at the local hifi shop.
The JBL Flip 4 I have used for just casual music in the garden.
I've owned a pair of Ohm Walsh 1000 speakers since 2014, and used them basically every day, and couldn't be happier. Along with a Marantz receiver with an integrated amp.
This company basically makes one kind of speaker (omnipolar) and has been refining the design for ~50 years:
https://lobste.rs/s/nt9kfo/writing_software_last_50_years#c_... (comment by me, 9 months ago)
If you have the space for floor standing speakers, I wholeheartedly recommend them. The sellers are very honest and will recommend the right size for your room. I did buy them without hearing them, so I get why people are reluctant to buy speakers. (They have a generous money back guarantee.) I've visited many audio stores in person, and it's not a great alternative. There are too many variables and I don't like to engage too much with salesmen.
I bought them mainly for music, but they reproduce voices better than anything I've heard, which is good not only for music, but for lectures and even video conferencing! A lot of speakers and headphones lack midrange, and that is where a lot of the information in human voices is. It's just more comfortable to listen to.
Also, you can turn them up really loud, and it doesn't hurt you ears. The speakers which have a lot of flashy treble and bass sound good in the store, but you get fatigued over 30 or 60 minutes, and you have to turn them down. These speakers can be turned up comfortably.
If you want something smaller, there are also lots of good deals for bookshelf speakers -- you shouldn't need to spend more than $300 to $600. The amp is sometimes a problem but I've used some tiny $100 amps to good effect too.
But yes unfortunately there is a ton of BS to wade through. I got this recommendation from Don Lindich, a newspaper columnist for consumer audio. He also recommended me Mirage speakers way back in the day, which I loved as well. These are all omnipolar speakers -- they have an open sound that brings to life the information in stereo recordings. I listen to rock / metal / pop / hip-hop on them, and they're very good for jazz / classical (perhaps a more typical use, but they're not limited to that).
- Surprisingly, my iPhone Xs battery lasts longer because I'm checking it less.
- Counter-intuitively, I'm spending less time on my phone because I'm less likely to get sucked into my Watch than my phone. Now I just read non-urgent messages and Dismiss them.
- I use the compass all the time now that I'm travelling[^1] in the UK and I use the compass all the time to learn the city layout. Apple Maps is still crappy on the Watch compared to Google Maps on iPhone, but because my Watch vibrates before every important turn, I have less navigation anxiety.
- I feel safer walking in the city because I don't have to hold my phone in my hand.
2. Macbook Pro 16":
It was f*cking expensive, but:
- Rust compile times have come down 10x compared to my mid-2015 MBP15.
- Screen is 200% better.
- Sound is 500% better.
- Keyboard is 200% better.
- Track Pad is way better.
...hate the Touch Bar, though :).
- [^1] If you are a professional dev in London, hit me up for a beer, esp. if you write Clojure for a living.
(PS. @dang please can we have list formatting support?)
Using vscode's remote development support (which lets you mount a remote machine in the editor as well as doing port forwarding), there is almost no change to my usual development routine but massive improvement to build time and battery life, for ~$300 in parts. I guess I will postpone upgrading my laptop again.
This setup also works outside of my home network because I use zerotier on both the laptop and the local server, though I also configured my router to expose the server's ssh port in case I can't use zerotier for some reason. I also configured autossh to connect to my small vps server and port-forward the local server's ssh port there as an additional fallback because my isp sometime doesn't assign a public ip when the modem is restarted.
Macbooks accumulate a lot of dust during their life, and they're not really servicing-friendly. But many people reported lower temperatures die to better cooling.
This also means longer lasting batteries and faster CPUs (because of less thermal throttling).
It won't completely resurrect your MacBook, but it might give a significant performance boost (and lower the operating temperatures).
I’ve learned a good dev environment helps so much with enjoying side projects. Does slowly make me hate my Windows 10 work PC though.
Youtube Premium - I realized I was spending a ton of time on Youtube, both for education, entertainment and podcasts. Removing the annoyance of ads and not being able to just listen to a video while out walking is worth it to me.
I am personally not comfortable with this and would rather have absolutely no business relationship with such a company. I’m using an Invidious (https://github.com/iv-org/invidious) instance instead.
I wonder if the VPPA applies to Youtube?
Google is an advertising company at its core and its bottom line relies on knowing as much about people as possible so that they can target better ads, thus I do not want to have any kind of business relationship with them. Their efforts to force users to opt into tracking (like dark patterns and the recent not-GDPR-compliant consent prompt) suggest me to steer well clear.
I absolutely agree with the paying for no ads model, as I really, really like that model. The premium subscription was totally worth it, and the app with ads can be truly unbearable in comparison (but not so unbearable that I'm going to start paying them again).
Vanced provides the YouTube I want, I'd pay it that was available.
I would very much like to set up a pi-hole but the moment something goes wrong pitchforks will be pointed at me.
Its my favorite gadget.
Pretty sure kindle are better value though, and can still be hacked/sideloaded onto.
E-Ink is marvel in itself and it is disgustingly uncommon. I hope more products emerge that use them.
unfortunately toying with kindles not trivial, at least not with the latest models. last time I checked, you needed to do some hardware bypassing
And YouTube Premium is awesome, it actually makes watching YouTube a pleasant experience and it comes with YT Music.
What other reasons would you recommend it for?
Additionally the brightness is much more fine grained in your control: there a many more brightness settings, and you can adjust it on a scale of harsh blue-white like the PW or a soft orange glow depending if you’re reading in the middle of the day or to try to abate your insomnia like I do.
I liked it so much, and my wife mentioned that she’d like one for Christmas so many times, that I just bought her one.
I've said this here before I think, but the Segway inventor was claiming cities would be designed around it and everyone was laughing, but with an electric scooter I can totally see this happening.
Boosted Rev has both regenerative and mechanical disc brakes.
"The typical 15 mph stopping distance for mechanical systems is 20 feet, with the absolute best stopping power being under 10 feet."
If you put two people on a scooter, the stopping distance increases.
I searched online and found no data on the risk of double-riding an electric scooter. Intuitively, I expect double-riders to be 10 times more likely to get injured than single-riders. I worry for you and your wife and the people I see double-riding in SF.
Someday, US cities may be safe for scooter riding. I doubt they will ever be safe for double-riding.
I'd recommend one with removable/swappable batteries: it's very nice to be able to have 2 of them for a long day.
Powered (both electric and gas) scooters in the same form factor as is now becoming more popular were around before Segway; Segway’s innovation was a new form factor tied to a balance-based control system (sure, the brand later got applied to traditional-layour scooters, but that wasn't what Kamen was hyping when made his bold predictions.) The key enabling developments from the scooters before Segway to the modern electric scooters were battery improvements; the original Segway was mostly a distraction. (There are balance-based devices which owe something to it, but basically-traditional-layout scooters like Boosted Rev aren't among them.)
Getting used to a bidet takes about 2 days. After that, dry wiping will seem backward, like using leaves or corn cobs.
Get a simple manual one. I use a Luxe brand bidet that I bought for $40, six years ago. It still works fine.
I use a portable bidet when I travel. It's just a squeeze bottle with a long nozzle. The nozzle stores away inside the bottle.
Not trying to undermine your happiness about clean asses, I'm very fond of that myself but that line seems to be hyperbole.
I don't think I've ever registered someone smelling like ass save for a few bums and some very questionable types.
For reference, I have high-end Japanese units at home, and here's what an extra $1,200 buys you:
- Remote control (slower than manual)
- Heated seat (I don't care)
- Heated water ($55 models have hot connection, if you care)
- Dryer (useless, as you will wipe anyway)
- Remote-controlled jet positioning (easier to move your ass by half an inch)
- Disinfecting UV light, purified water, etc. (marketing BS)
- Nightlight (...)
Also, buying and carrying toilet paper is not really practical.
+1 for bidet.
I used to wipe the first times I used my bidet, because I didn't trust it.
Now, I don't trust toilet paper anymore.
I also "purchased" a 4-day work week, which has had a substantial impact on my own quality of life.
Now, every time I consider a purchase I ask myself: "do I really need this?" and if the answer is no, I forgo the purchase and donate the same amount of money instead.
This "negative consumption" turns my feelings of gloom and helplessness into a sense of purpose and power.
I can only imagine how awesome it must be to be able to donate almost a whole salary!
Can you please share some of the charities you've found to be trustworthy?
Can you tell me more about this? What was your strategy for bringing this up with your workplace, did you take 20% salary cut, any other adjustments?
I don't know that I did anything clever in the negotiation, I just raised it with my manager and we brought it to HR. Everyone was positive about the idea but unsure of how it would work in the broader scheme, including if other people would see my schedule and want to get on the 32-hour week train too. (I hope so, but I avoided saying that.)
When I say all benefits remained the same, I mean all of them. It's probably an oversight, but I continue to accrue vacation days at a rate of 20/yr - except for me, that's 5 work weeks, not 4. I've avoided pointing that out.
Having 3 days of weekends every week is just amazing on top of my regular vacations
If you are interested, I'd let you follow my account for free, if you are willing to donate 100% of the profits it makes and pay your own fees for the required brokerages.
2020 is my first year with a BC100, so due to Corona I couldn't use it that much yet, but it's kind of mind-blowing to go to a train station and just be able to hop on any train  whenever I feel like it, no questions asked. When Corona has blown over, I will definitely make a habit of just exploring Germany every other weekend.
 There are some rare exceptions, e.g. night trains require a reservation.
I live in an urban environment, so I don't want to store a bike (or worry about getting it stolen). It's 1) vastly increased my footprint and appetite for checking out new areas and 2) helped me get some more exercise into my days.
Expect to spend about three grand for a good full squish mountain bike. I have a Rocky Mountain and I would highly recommend the brand. They are one of the best values in terms of features, weight, and quality. There are even some really good direct-to-consumer brands now like YT. For mountain biking you definitely want disc brakes, a dropper post, and around 120mm-130mm of front travel with a total weight less then 28lbs. Global Mountain biking network on YouTube is a great resource as well as local riding clubs and bike shops. Good luck!
The major choice to make, irrespective of brand, is what type of bike — which is dictated by the terrain you have available and would like to ride. There are subcategories, but a useful rough split would be: a cross-country (XC) bike for good pedaling performance both uphill and on the flat, but not so capable going downhill and in the rough stuff; an enduro if you want to ride rougher downhill terrain (roots, rock gardens, etc.), but still have a bike that pedals well enough up technical climbs and fire roads; and a downhill bike if you want to ride the roughest, most technical terrain, with the steepest descents, and you have access to lift-served mountains (not recommended to start with ;).
FWIW, I’ve had a such a great time riding the Canyon Torque this summer. It’s a long-travel enduro, really capable on the descents, and perfectly fine to get back to the top.
As for motivation, I would echo the sibling comment. Time in nature, good exercise, a ton of techniques to learn and master, a really sociable scene, such a rush riding tough and steep stuff. You won’t regret it.
Giant is a good value brand. They make a lot of components in house, so you get cheaper, "good enough" handlebars etc.
In that brand, I'd recommend a used trance 29 or a new trance x 29, depending on your budget. I'm happy to talk about bikes for days!
Trek, Norco, Rocky mountain are also good value. Just about any modern trail bike is excellent.
In-line water filter. Reduce the barrier-of-entry to drinking water however you can. Started with one of those gravity filters but having to refill it all the time was a barrier. One that's tied into mains pressure just works.
Ceiling fans. We have an evaporative cooling system which is good, but adding ceiling fans in the bedrooms and office really allow good air circulation on those hot days.
12mm flashing red LED and a magnetic switch. Stuck the magnetic switch on the garage door and the LED in the ceiling by the front door. Can now easily see if the garage door was left open.
Here's a chart showing the effect over 8 consecutive nights (4 without, 4 with). https://imgur.com/z4vqS3w We're preparing for a larger study.
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The tool I use the most at home: bench-mounted vise. I’ve owned a home for 15 years and try to fix everything I can myself, so I had lots of other tools (cordless everything) but never a vise until getting one as a gift. Now I clamp (almost) everything for cutting, drilling, sanding, whatever, and I don’t know how I managed before (I remember straining to hold things and getting upset when they slipped—or even injured).
Being an empiricist I would love to see your sources to evaluate my current knowledge against new evidence.
Hopefully the sarcasm isn't too harsh. But knowing studies on reduced yields, on the mostly short timeframes and also the question of caloric/nutritional value per acre seems more promising.
Looking at yields only (which is a small part of the study; sustainability depends on many other factors) it looks like log response ratio for organic vs conventional is -0.4 (but depends on crop type, etc, see figs 5,6). This response ratio means organic yields were typically ~2/3rds of conventional across US, EU for most produce types.
I think a real path forward is reduction of pesticide/herbicide usage through highly targeted techniques, as well as greater embrace of biodiversity in the field (even at some cost to yield). However it is also not reasonable to switch to all organic right now, since we would then produce only 2/3rds the food we have now.
I think where move from conventional is most critical is for animal products. “Conventional” in the US comes with lots of cruelty. Even if we net eat less meat supporting meat sources that treat animals better is important, and will not likely cause net decrease in calories produced.
They looked at yields on a longer term and discovered, that after a transition phase of around 5 years the numbers were comparable, but with organic agriculture realizing better yields in times of draught.
Additionally they looked at caloric yields per acre. I just grabbed an explanatory blog post from said institute:
Edit: Looking a bit further rodale has rest years that they don’t count for their organic fields. 25% of the years they literally don’t grow anything on a given plot, but they only compare the growth years.
It I am totally aware of studies like Verena Seufert et al. showing reduced yields between 5 to 39% depending on the context and used methodologies.
Edit: Regarding rest years. At least were I live both, organic or non organic farmers do that. Not sure how it is in other parts of the world.
Social media influence!
I wasn't even looking for a 4K monitor when I bought it, and didn't think it would make a big difference, but I was very wrong. It's made a huge difference in my day-to-day computing experience.
Reading ebooks and papers on screen is actually bearable now; previously I'd prefer to print documents out or purchase/borrow physical books for reading.
I can also now use antialiased vector fonts for programming, though I still use Terminus in the terminal emulator.
I bought a 27" LG 4k monitor for $200 on Craigslist, which would have been ~$500 new, and I love it.
It is really good, I highly recommend it.
I have to remember to turn it on when I head out for a beer, go shopping, or do something else outside the home. There were a few days I was working from home, on a video-call, when the robot started cleaning away.
Wonderfully useful tools, but not at all quiet!
That would suggest a major source of dust on counters / shelves is the floor. Seems counterintuitive!
It might just be that the robots aren't best suited for small flats.
We can now walk around the apartment with bare feet without any dirt or kitty litter-dust getting on the soles of our feet. The kitchen floor is now always clean, it's really incredible.
I don't think about headphones anymore, they just work the way they're supposed to.
This is relevant to regular Airpods, but not Airpod Pros which are noise-cancelling. These sort of headphones are actually safer for you hearing, as you can keep the volume lower and still hear well.
I got a pair months ago, after using gen-1 AirPods for a couple years. Soon the left AirPod Pro started rattling at certain frequencies. It got worse. I complained to Apple and they sent me a new left ‘Pod.
Soon the right one exhibited the same behavior. This time, I could hear the rattle if I tapped gently on it. Clearly something was physically loose inside it. Apple replace that one, too.
I had to argue a little, but less than with most tech support. Now I have two AirPod Pros that work perfectly.
I’m in Vietnam right now. There are no Apple Stores, but there are official authorized repair shops. Unfortunately they have to order parts from Singapore.
I’m now without the headphones for two weeks waiting for repair or replacement and I really miss them! My daily walks are just not the same without the podcasts.
I do get a squeal when pushing them into my ear canals which is a known problem with having noise cancellation on.
I find the Airpods Pro stay in my ears much better than the Airpods. And they seem pretty water resistant - the left one survived a bath in the dog's water bowl when I was filling it.
Compared to a mouse, the change in my daily ergonomics was astounding, because using a mouse would hurt my entire arm. When I switching to a tablet (using a custom mouse mode), the mouse click was replaced by tapping the tablet which saved my entire career. Although, fast-forward 10 years, now I do full-stack programming, so I don't use it anymore.
1. How do you scroll ?!
2. What Wacom tablet do you recommend?
Some Wacom's come with a scroll wheel. Some double as touchpad, so it can quickly be used as a touchpad.
I was using the medium, non-pro Wacom's (Bamboo) and these were just as good as the pro versions. Also, it is a great entry point than jumping full-in to the higher-priced models.
A power tower. Simple, doesn't take up much space, but lets me do a variety of upper body exercises on-demand without having to set anything up. A great way to fit exercise into the day without friction.
A good rice cooker. Makes the rice perfectly every time without me having to think about timing.
A good wardrobe. Started getting compliments on how I dress all the time. I never cared about this very much, and that made me unaware that other people did care.
Any advice for someone that doesn’t care about this? I’m currently in this boat - I dress “fine” in the sense that it’s functional but is otherwise pretty plain and boring. Every time I try to improve on this I give up after being overwhelmed by the paradox of choice.
I experienced the same thing with paradox of choice. Unfortunately the solution was just to spend a lot of time on it, trying different things and researching options by asking people and doing internet searches and browsing malls and outlets. Going from "no good clothes" to "all good clothes" took me a full year of off-and-on effort.
Most important thing is finding things that fit. I didn't used to know what this looks like, but by trial and error and feedback from others I learned. Personally I aim for things that fit snugly without being too tight. I think a good mental rule of thumb (at least as a straight man) is to think about what looks attractive on a woman-- things that tastefully emphasize her figure. I realized the same goes for men. You want clothes that show your body's lines. This means jeans that aren't baggy, but which show off your legs and gluts. It means shirts that bring out your chest and shoulders or which simply mesh with the lines of your figure.
A really important thing is feedback. Women friends are best for this because usually they're much more aware of style than men are (just how it is). DO NOT ask parents or older relatives; do not ask male friends unless they have notably good style. In general you want feedback from women who you know well enough to trust them to be honest with you.
The /r/malefashionadvice subreddit can be very useful, it's a mine of recommendations, discussions, and guides.
Lastly, a general outline of what I went with, just to give starting ideas:
-I wanted a collection of well-fitting t-shirts. I ended up mostly going with v-necks from Uniqlo, personally-- they're cheap but fit me well. There's a million options for simple t-shirts, from Target to Banana Republic to Tom Ford. Frankly you can go cheap here and be fine.
-I wanted an assortment of well-fitting jeans. I ended up with Everlane, tailored Levis, and Diesel, in different shades of blue and black. I'm still looking for chino pants that work for me.
-I wanted a wide array of button-up shirts. This is important because it's just the cornerstone of modern male fashion. Nothing gets noticed faster than when someone switches to wearing these, imo. I get these from all over: Macy's, Banana Republic, Express, Armani Exchange, Club Monaco, and Levis. Make sure they're not baggy! Wear them over a t-shirt and roll your sleeves up, it's a great look. Leave the top two buttons open.
-I wanted a wide array of shoes. I literally wore white New Balance sneakers for 27 years until moving to NYC and being shamed into diversifying. I found that boots come in many varieties and look fantastic with jeans. I have a pair of Timberlands, some cheap black leather Polar Fox ones from amazon, some suede Steve Madden boots (cadwyn), and some Rockport tennis shoes.
I also got some sweaters and better-fitting sweatshirts. I'm still working on finding a winter coat that looks nice. Scarves are great!
Apparently you live in London, so you're in one of the best places in the world to buy clothing (along with NYC and Paris). You can find anything there.
All in all I think I've spent around $2500 on the full wardrobe, but you could get away with less.
You DO NOT need to spend 2.5k to look good: aim for 100-200 from ASOS.com and you'll look fabulous! You can order multiple sizes of the same product and return those that don't fit. Fit is key!
Check eBay for good quality shoes if cost is an issue (e.g. Meermin, etc) as imho that's generally the large cost in the wardrobe.
That amount is what I spent, but in the end now that I know what works I could burn it all and repurchase for probably $1200.
Volcom, Men's Frickin Modern Fit Stretch Chino Pant, Charcoal Heather. They look dressy. They are 40% synthetic so sweat/rain dries quickly. They're a bit stretchy which is comfortable. I own 4 pairs and have washed each one about 75 times. The color has faded a bit, but evenly. There is little visible wear. TCO ~$0.75 per wear. Wear with a simple brown leather belt.
Banana Republic Factory, Standard Fit Non-Iron Shirt, Sky Blue. This is a standard Banana Republic shirt, but made with more durable cloth. I own 4 of them and have washed each one about 75 times. They all still look great. TCO is <$0.50/wear. Check with 2 fashionable friends before going with a non-sky-blue color. I usually wear a thick dark gray merino long-sleeved "base layer" undershirt or a thin cream-colored merino undershirt.
Uniqlo, Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Long-sleeve Sweater, Dark Gray. I own 4 of these sweaters, purchased over 2.5-1 year ago. I can't tell which ones are newer or older because they all look great. They are warm, soft, extremely durable, dry quickly, and don't hold any body odors. I wear each one about 10 times between washes. I wash them in a front-loading washer on delicate warm cycle with standard fragrance-free detergent and hang on a normal hangar to dry. TCO is <$0.25/wear.
Uniqlo, Cashmere Crew Neck Long-sleeve Sweater, Dark Grey. Compared to the merino one, this sweater is also durable, twice as warm, twice as soft, three times the price, and a bit shorter in the waist. Uniqlo's product is special in the industry. It's a $200 sweater for $100. $100 cashmere sweaters from other companies will pill after 5 wears and look terrible. Uniqlo's is durable. I've worn mine about 30 times, washed it twice, and it still looks new.
Patagonia, Men's Torrentshell 3L Jacket, Andes Blue. This is good for wind and light rain. It rolls up into about 1L of volume. I've worn it nearly every day for 3 years, walking about 1 hour a day and riding in carshare. The waist tension cord channel fabric has worn through in the back. The jacket still looks fine and functions well. TCO ~$0.20/wear.
Crazy Cool, Men's Seamless Boxer Briefs Underwear, Camouflage. Underwear can be fashionable. These have no interior seams to rub against male equipment. If you have a belly crease, the wasteband will start to roll after 5 wears, but it's not too tight. They can smell if you sweat repeatedly. They dry quickly. The legs ride up. I expect final TCO to be ~$0.20/wear or lower.
Woolly Clothing, Merino Wool Long Drop Boxer Brief, Everyday Weight, Charcoal. Extremely expensive and extremely comfortable. Wearing these and using a bidet will solve all body odor issues below the belt. The "long drop" version doesn't ride up your legs. The company had fabric durability problems but solved them. These wear out by getting holes on the seat after about 50 wears. If you have a belly crease, the waistband will get a crease after 15 wears and can roll and become tight and uncomfortable. TCO ~$0.55/wear.
Columbia, Men's Newton Ridge Plus Ii Waterproof Hiking Boot Shoe, Cordovan/Squash. These are roomy in the toes and flat inside (no "arch support"). The interior fabric and tread wear out after about 750 miles of walking. TCO ~$0.10/mile. If they wear out within a year, ship them to Columbia and they send you a $96 gift card.
Nike, Men's Revolution 4 Running Shoe, Black/White/Anthracite. These are flat inside (no "arch support"). I put these in the washer every 6 months to whiten them up. To wash, remove the laces and inserts, put the shoes and everything into a mesh bag, and wash them on a delicate warm cycle. The tread lasts a long time. The inserts and interior fabric fail around 750 miles. TCO ~$0.10/mile.
Darn Tough, Vermont Men's Merino Wool Boot Full Cushion Sock (Style 1405), Charcoal. These are the best warm socks. I wear them all day every day, even at home. I walk 1,000 miles a year and go through about 6 pairs a year. TCO ~$0.13/mile. Darn Tough makes many variations of socks so be sure to get the full cushion version.
O'Neill, Loaded 2.0 Hybrid Shorts, Heather Black. Comfortable and quick-drying. With a collared shirt tucked in and a belt, you'll look "loaded".
Minus33, Merino Wool 703 Algonquin Men's Lightweight Short Sleeve Crew, Dark Gray Heather. Super-quick drying, nearly eliminating body odor. Extremely durable fabric and stitching. They keep their shape. They don't fade. I own four, purchased 4-6 years ago. I have probably worn the oldest one 100 times. I cannot tell which one is the oldest. They all look fine. TCO ~$0.50/wear.
Tortuga, Outbreaker Daypack. Chest strap. Understated logo. Comfortable even when full and heavy (2L drinks, 13" Macbook Pro, charger, headphones, sweater, jacket, lunch, snacks, & workout clothes. Water-resistant zipper stops being water resistant after about 1,000 zip/unzip cycles. Stitching around top handle fails after about 1,000 miles. TCO ~$0.10/mile.
I wash my clothes in a front-loading washer on a delicate warm cycle and dry on delicate warm. I take them out immediately after the dry cycle finishes and hang them up. I never iron. All wool skips the dryer, going straight from washer to a hanger or clothes-pin rack.
For drying socks and underwear on the bathroom door:
For drying sweaters and shirts:
If you use a top-loading washer with an "agitator", double or triple the TCO numbers. Such washers destroy clothes.
I purchased 10 USB chargers that attach magnetically. I keep 2 at the office, 1 in my gaming console, 1 in my computer, 2 in my car, 1 in the wall with an adapter next to my bed and have the other 3 set aside. The metal connectors wear out after a year or two of constant use. I recommend getting the 360 degree ones. I also bought two 3m USB extenders so I can plug in my console peripherals from where I sit while gaming. One for now, one for later just in case. Overall cost of this was ~$60 but it's some of the best money I've ever spent. The convenience is incredible and since all the adapters are the same, they work with all my devices as long as they're not being connected for data transfer reasons.
The best thing I've ever bought that has improved my life, has been an "extra" of anything I find myself using frequently.
What make the difference was buying a proper one with a stainless steel bowl. It was $200 but it's been used about every second day for nearly 10 years now. The non-stick aluminium ones die after less than a year and are flaking delicious fluorocarbon chunks into your food the whole time.
There are other supplements¹ in my stack but these three stand out as the effects are near immediate, measured in mere minutes/hours.
¹zinc methionine, L-taurine, Ashwagandha, Boswellia serrata, fish oil, cod liver oil, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B9, B12, C , D, K, calcium, resveratrol.
As others have mentioned I simply buy them off of Amazon.
¹completed my 37th trip around the sun yesterday, the 17th.
If not, could at least comment on niacin? I’ve been hearing more about it.
1. LID (Levodopa induced dyskinesia) - ironically the "cure" for Parkinson's disease (abbreviated to PD from here on) induces PD like side effects!
2. tolerance built up over chronic use.
We're not sure why Mucuna is able to do this but regarding LID one hypothesis advanced in a paper I read was that it might have something to do with pure L-DOPA being co-administered with Carbidopa in order to prevent peripheral metabolism of L-DOPA so that a greater amount reaches the brain. In the paper they show Carbidopa worsens LID and patients on pure L-DOPA alone took longer to get LID. Mucuna group didn't see any LID symptoms for the duration of the study.
Regarding tolerance, there are a few papers that compared Mucuna with other common PD drugs and found trial participants remained responsive throughout the study to a greater degree while on Mucuna compared to the other drugs. Here's one such paper: "Mucuna pruriens in Parkinson’s disease: a double blind clinical and pharmacological study", https://jnnp.bmj.com/content/jnnp/75/12/1672.full.pdf
Tolerance also seems to depend on the dosage and delivery regimen, the key thing to watch out being the prevention of dopamine peaks and to maintain a smooth steady level through continuous administration via IV — "Does Tolerance Develop to Levodopa? Comparison of 2-
and 21-H Levodopa Infusions ", https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8474479/
Having done all this work, I'm still highly wary of continuing Mucuna for years. I keep a watchful eye on any behavioral (hallucinations, insomnia) and physiological (tachycardia) abnormalities in myself, just in case. Also because I don't have PD, I can stick to a relatively low dosage (PD patients are given 45g of Mucuna/day equivalent to 1.5g of L-DOPA; I take 2.4g/day, roughly a twentieth of the therapeutic dose) which seems to be highly correlated with LID (what I'm most anxious about).
What gave me the confidence to move forward was knowing that Mucuna has been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Siddha medicinal systems here in India for thousands of years and is still actively in use as treatment for mood disorders¹. Something that lasts long and is also backed by science can't be wrong. Even so, I won't deny that L-DOPA via Mucuna is a minefield I'm gingerly stepping across.
¹https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyxVCPgUVMI (sorry, the video is in Tamil, "poonaikali" is vernacular here for Mucuna pruriens)
¹The B-vitamins (1 to 12) + zinc + calcium are a single pill called "Recobex-Z". These are generally called "b-complex", it's a combination drug.
Essentially the daily pill count is 2 in the morning + 1 in the afternoon + 2 at night, so 5 pills/day. I also do supplement fasting days with no pills taken on that day.
L-citrulline, zinc: 2+ years.
Ashwagandha, Boswellia: slightly more than a year.
L-DOPA, niacin, L-taurine: a few months.
I've been thinking about getting a squat rack into my garage, but it's gonna be a very tight fit, and I'm not sure I'll be comfortable having 45 lbs plates around my Tesla.
Soil around here is very hard. For years I struggled to dig even the shallowest of holes for planting things, laying pipes, etc. Holes that would take me months to dig, one painful weekend at a time, I can now get done in 10 minutes. Weirdest tool I've bought, but it has saved me literally years of effort at this point.
I guess the generalized message is just buy the best and most specific tool up front. The time saved by proper tools is totally worth it.
This is very true IF you know it’s the tool you’re after.
I usually preface buying something expensive with something entry-level. In Sweden, this means Biltema - I can get a fully functional 400W impact drill for ~35€. I then ride that thing like I stole it and when it eventually burns up I’ll know the use-cases I need to consider when splurging on a Hilti.
But overall, yeah, buying (or renting) professional-grade equipment making any work easier and much more pleasant.
The last one was to Madrid. But really every time I go on a journey, I am surprised how much it improves my life quality.
Not only while I am traveling. But also afterwards, when I am back. The effect holds for quite a while.
Going solo is going to let you do this the best. No link to your normal life.
I have been sick a lot lately and I feel like it's due to bad sleep, and I hate my bed, but buying a mattress is such a scam.
One consideration to keep in mind is that if you sleep in the middle of your bed you won't want to get the split layers. They make assembly easier and allow for more granular customization, but a friend of mine who got the same mattress feels the crack between them where the layers separate slightly.
I would recommend getting it locally though, if this is possible for you right now.
Bought a chef's knife. I had tons of kitchen items from parents/grandparents, but somehow never had a chef's knife. It gets used every day now.
Fifteen years after having my house built, I installed a ceiling fan in the bedroom and that has been wonderful.
I moved to a new city and a nice big map has been a great way to visit a city and the being able to speak my music selections, destinations, etc has been a pleasure. I now regularly visit 3 nearby cities (all within 30 minutes) for entertainment, tasty food, and hiking. I look forward to time in my model 3, I wish everything worked as well. I'm surprised at how primitive other nav systems are, is it really that hard to match top of the line Android/IOS touch screens and graceful handling of things like pinch to zoom?
this confused me because I thought you meant the 328i is the BMW M3...
I built myself an ebike (just a regular bicycle with a TSDZ2 engine (runs open source software) and a 52V battery. I added Ortlieb paniers so I don’t need a backpack when running errand (well worth it especially in the summer). And I bought a Burley trailer. That trailer can haul around 40kg worth of stuff and with two big crates strapped on it I can do the weekly groceries easily. The ebike takes care of the extra weight and hill climbing.
This setup has saved me SO much money!! Owning a car would cost me over 100.- per month just for parking whether I use it or not. Plus maintenance, gas, insurance, the occasional ticket... the ebike saves me around 200.- or 300.- a month because it also replaces taking the bus. And you can park for free easily and virtually anywhere you’re going, right in front of the door. The bike cost less than 1600.- to build (including the tools and the actual bicycle) and is virtually free to use (a charge is less than 1.- and I can go around 75–100km on a charge, maintenance is not that hard and done by myself for free) The trailer cost me around 230.- And the lock for the bike was less than 100.- (I used to live in North America so I was a bit paranoid about lock quality and locking the bike). The rain gear (overpants and shell) cost around 200.- from Patagonia.
I also occasionally use the trailer to bring back ikea flat pack furniture, it’s fine.
Plus I get free exercise.
And when i absolutely need a car I can use Mobility or a similar service. But I haven’t needed one for over a year so I canceled my membership.