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Discussion in 'Northeast' started by Toshi, Apr 20, 2002.
Shuddup, Old Man.
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Jessica's student loans are a waste of money (Masters in Clarinet Performance for a stay at home mom) but I don't know of any free medical schools in this country of ours. My state school, UW, is about as cheap as I could have done it.
And the mortgage is cheap money in the long run. I know I'm borrowing from my future self in a sense... but then I get to live in this nice house the whole way along and potentially benefit from increased value down the road.
I am of course being snarky. Student loans, and cost to benefit ratio of higher education in general have evolved to be an absolute rip-off.
Current house prices and the mortgage game have evolved similarly...
Tonight's excitement, science-style: A new test that I've come up with drastically increases specificity while maintaining sensitivity relative to current methods. In other words, it works much better, at least as tested on the medium size data set that I derived this week. This "working much better" bit is a good thing in that it's a test for a common finding (thyroid nodules and what to do with them, in particular).
I thought that this new test would work well, but this is the first time applying it on a real data set. I can spin this idea for a good number of papers and maybe a grant or two to test it prospectively with a large number of cases (the grant definitely including a new laptop, noting that I didn't pass muster for that other grant that I applied for). I've had another Good Idea in my nascent career as well (see earlier posts on MR angiography modeling in MATLAB if you're bored), and these two ideas should provide me with enough publishing fodder and focus for the eventual jump to full Professor in perhaps 5 years...
Sounds like she double majored and also earned her MrS. Which is paying off nicely.
If you have a plan, it can work out well. My masters paid for itself in about 3 years. But I saw a gap in knowledge that was preventing me from advancing my career that academia could quickly fill. Current employer has dumb rigid salary rules, I can look up eactly what an advanced degree will get you here. For an engineer the piece of paper alone will get you $10-$15K a year. If you actually learned something you can apply in the real world it will only help you further along.
Current housing seems absurd, but in most locations, adjusted for inflation very few regions have even rebounded to pre-crash prices.
Public video on the facespace
'Tis Mariko reading a "real" book. Yes, she's actually reading it instead of reciting it from memory as she used to do.
Audi A8 the first (SAE-defined) Level 3 autonomous vehicle on the market:
$100k and only good until 37 mph on divided highways, but still clearly supra-Autopilot capabilities.
Next five years will be interesting to watch. I probably will ditch the RAV4 EV around 2021 as that's when its extended warranty will be up and it shall have depreciated into the ground. (Or maybe it'll live on the street as a third vehicle if it is truly worth a pile of beans.)
2022 model year cars should hopefully give me multiple level 3 or even level 4 autonomous options.
Corollary evidence on the frustrations of science from this same project:
My prelim data were thrown together by me in rapid fashion for an upcoming deadline, but my methods weren't rigorous (single reader/me, not blinded to the pathology outcome). This is likely sufficient for an abstract for a society prize, but not for a publication.
For a paper I need two readers blinded to pathology, with me re-reviewing cases while blinded as a third tie-breaking reader for conflicts. (The blinding won't be a farce for me since I randomized the order of the cases since my first analysis.) Therefore all progress on this exciting (IMO) project will grind to a standstill for a month or two or six as I wait for my non-hypomanic readers to read the 90 cases on their academic time...
CN: It takes a village, and the other villagers don't stay up late at night doing these things, generally.
TIL that my rotund self + grindy climbs + 28t chainring == 0.5% chain stretch after about 400 miles of riding. That was enough to cause bad shifting last ride and intermittent badness today's ride. New chain time it is--buying through my LBS (and even paying them $5 to install it, because why not?) and then price matching via my credit card to whatever low-ball internet site has it the lowest after the fact.
What's my price? In another thread a few days ago SM, JK, and I were discussing what one's price for giving up free time is. Well, it so happens that I'm giving up my free time for a price right now and, within this activity, gave up some more "free" time for another incentive.
Above my price/hour threshold:
- doing these voluntary 5-10 shifts, which are paid just above my equivalent hourly for my annual salary + bonus. These are a pain and prime time real estate to be relinquishing but that's why they pay.
- filling out the 5 minute survey that one sometimes gets on a Chick-Fil-A receipt for a free sandwich (so ~$3.50/5 minutes, or about $42/hr
- mowing the lawn myself, which takes about 20-40 minutes depending on whether I also trim, instead of paying a local teenager $20 + the hassle of coordinating with him. This is probably the least productive thing I do, but I like mowing the lawn and generally having it not look all ratty. (It's looking much better after actually being watered, to follow up on an earlier thread.)
Not above my price/hour threshold:
- doing drug naming surveys, which took about 20-30 minutes and paid $15 for the effort. Similar price/hr to the CFA survey but these required one to be attentive, type lots of shit, and were generally annoying
- participating in Communispace forums, which would require ~20 minutes of activity per month in exchange for a $5 or $10 Amazon gift card. This again required thought and effort. Not worth it at this price point.
Good move. I'd pay $5 not to have whatever goop chains ship with on my hands.
Rental car review:
2016 Nissan Quest SV. 16k miles, rented at Alamo HNL.
- good turning radius
- very low wind and engine noise, including fake gears on the CVT at full throttle to avoid drone
- adequate interior room, even in third row
- funky JDM slab sided looks
- very high load floor, just like an SUV: this greatly diminishes the case for a minivan
- road noise high on imperfect pavement
- CVT calibrated for too aggressive behavior on first throttle tip in
- mousy gray cloth interior looks like shit after 16k miles
Verdict: better than the Kia Sedona in rental grade trim but I'd frankly rather have a rented Town and Country instead, and that's pretty damning.