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  • On 1 Sep 2014 in Patrick wants to open a competitive wine bar, Patrick said:

    almost certainly rent. at least at first.

    just looking for a tiny place which can be fixed up to look elegant enough.

  • On 1 Sep 2014 in Patrick wants to open a competitive wine bar, Patrick said:

    I like beer, but I love wine.

    I hope someone else does the beer thing. Maybe we can cooperate on the app.

    Planning to have very little (but very good) food, just cheeses, olives, bread, some cured meats. No real cooking, so not much of a kitchen.

  • On 1 Sep 2014 in Patrick wants to open a competitive wine bar, Patrick said:

    thunderlips11 says

    Patrick, you should consider reaching out to up and coming wineries and invite them to hold wine tasting contests, etc. at your bar.

    It might net you some free inventory.

    Definitely! Was already part of my secret plan. When people are guessing what they're drinking, the moment of revelation is a high-value advertising opp for wineries. As long as it's good stuff, this is what I want to do.

    Strategist says

    How about a name? We will need a name.

    I'm thinking "Divine Wine Bar". Lots of reasons for that. To "divine" is to guess, wine is divine, and it has vine in it, and it's kind of fruity, which might sell well in SF.

    curious2 says

    starting a wine bar might actually undercut the app idea.

    Perhaps. I've considered that the app could be far more valuable than the bar, but life is short, and I want to own a wine bar. And be the bartender now and then.

  • On 1 Sep 2014 in Patrick wants to open a competitive wine bar, Patrick said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    You'll make more money with the Wine Chugging competition.

    I don't know about that. Good wine has a good profit margin.

  • On 1 Sep 2014 in Patrick wants to open a competitive wine bar, Patrick said:

    I think even Rin would enjoy my wine bar.

  • On 24 Aug 2014 in That was a big earthquake!, Patrick said:

    pretty big in menlo park. whole house shook for about 3 seconds.

    i enjoyed it after the fact, but was a bit freaked to wake up to it.

  • On 10 Aug 2014 in Why you should NEVER have a debt card, Patrick said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    In fact the last 8 times or more it happened, the bank called me and informed me, that someone in Toledo Ohio was trying to make a purchase. Canceled my card on the spot and sent me out a new one.

    Don't say you still have a debit card after all that. That would be insane.

    Just get a credit card and pay it off every month, no interest. It would be so much less trouble for you.

  • On 9 Aug 2014 in Why you should NEVER have a debt card, Patrick said:

    John Bailo says

    If someone uses your ATM or debit card before you report it lost or stolen, your liability depends on how quickly you report it:

    It's not the liability I care about.

    I care about never letting a thief take all the money out of my checking account.

    I assume I'll get the money back eventually, but "eventually" can cause a hell of a lot of problems in the meantime.

    It is best never even to allow the possibility of running into a surprise zero-balance in my checking account. And that means never having a debit card, ever.

  • On 9 Aug 2014 in Why you should NEVER have a debt card, Patrick said:

    SFace says

    As long as you dont pay a cent of interest, credit card is great.

    yes, i assumed no interest.

    i'd rather pay cash for everything than pay a cent of credit card interest.

  • On 5 Aug 2014 in 10 reasons debunked #5, Patrick said:

    CDon says

    So, how bout it Patrick ? You got the 1.6Million laying around that you saved with your 15+ years of renting? Its time. Show us how "renters win" by following your advice.

    not quite, but not so far off. if i hadn't blown 4 years working on this site i prolly would have it.

    thing is, it's still a shitty deal to buy compared to renting. oh well. :-)

  • On 30 Jul 2014 in Feminists Comfort Single Women, Patrick said:

    wow, the red pill has arrived at patrick.net and i didn't even notice.

    found these to be compelling reading recently:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/

    http://heartiste.wordpress.com/

  • On 23 Jul 2014 in Reference material for my loss of interest in dating women thread, Patrick said:

    the creator of the thread is the moderator of the thread.

  • On 23 Jul 2014 in Convert, pay or die: Iraqi Christians, Patrick said:

    islam from its very beginning has always issued the "convert, pay, or die" ultimatum to everyone under its power. nothing new here.

    the "religion of peace" line is utter bullshit.

  • On 13 Jul 2014 in Patrick's Travel Tips for Seattle and Vancouver, Patrick said:

    btw, if you get to vancouver and stay at the sylvia, you want room number 801. it's the top right corner of the building.

  • On 8 Jul 2014 in Patrick's Travel Tips for Seattle and Vancouver, Patrick said:

    also interesting: i used uber to get around in seattle and loved it, but uber is illegal in vancouver because the limo drivers successfully lobbied against it.

    a triumph of entrenched-interest corruption over the free market, unfortunately.

  • On 8 Jul 2014 in Patrick's Travel Tips for Seattle and Vancouver, Patrick said:

    i'm feeling rich at the moment, so i just paid the going rate on the hotels without trying for a deal. the marqueen was close to $300/night with everything included.

    the sylvia was $240, but i upgraded for $60 to get the room with the best view, so $300/night again. definitely worth it.

  • On 8 Jul 2014 in Patrick's Travel Tips for Seattle and Vancouver, Patrick said:

    definitely a good summer thing.

    prices for hotels etc are reasonable compared to san francisco. except wine in vancouver is crazy. you can't buy it in stores, but have to go to a state-run liquor store. a US $10 bogle merlot is $25 canadian here.

    exchange rate is slightly in my favor, with $1 US = $1.06 canadian

  • On 28 Jun 2014 in Shameless bragging, Patrick said:

    HuggyBumbers McLovkins says

    Picking individual stocks is a fool's errand.

    i suppose i should have thrown it all into a dow index fund, but i don't think i did that badly, since i didn't own all my stocks at the beginning of 2013, but have been slowly buying in.

    anyway, i enjoy the stock-picking game.

  • On 28 Jun 2014 in Shameless bragging, Patrick said:

    Strategist says

    Where's Apple?

    can't do it.

    apple probably has room to grow, but it's already the biggest stock by market cap, no? that alone spooks me too much.

  • On 28 Jun 2014 in Shameless bragging, Patrick said:

    so how did you pick your stocks? i poked through them and lots of them have lots of debt. debt scares me so i try to avoid stocks with much more debt than cash, even at these low interest rates.

    here's my own portfolio, basically stocks where i personally know and use the product, have low debt, pay a dividend, and p/e hopefully under 20. some have sucked. my big winner is LUV (southwest airlines). i'm up 18% in about 1.5 years. not bad anyway.

    AA
    ADP
    ARMH
    BGFV
    CBOE
    DEO
    DSW
    DTV
    GE
    GRMN
    GWW
    HD
    HMC
    JPM
    LUV
    MMM
    NFLX
    PEP
    PG
    QCOM
    ROST
    SBUX
    SCHW
    SODA
    SWI
    TJX
    V
    WSM
    YHOO
    YNDX

  • On 28 Jun 2014 in Shameless bragging, Patrick said:

    i didn't even know you could short puts.

    so, uh, if the put falls, that means prospects for the stock went up and people aren't willing to pay as much for the put at a given price.

    and you return the puts when they're worth less than you borrowed them at.

    ok got it now.

  • On 15 Jun 2014 in Skipping the FBI warning on DVDs, Patrick said:

    Updated with better instructions for VLC.

  • On 28 May 2014 in Hate Speech IS Free Speech, Patrick said:

    kind of interesting that admitting that the armenian genocide happened is a crime in turkey, but denying that it happened is a crime in france (which has lots of armeniains, descendants of refugees from that genocide).

    both countries are wrong to tell their own citizens what is and is not an acceptable view to hold.

    i guess it comes down to money again in a way. descendants of the survivors want reparations, and turkey does not want to pay reparations, or give back land.

  • On 28 May 2014 in Hate Speech IS Free Speech, Patrick said:

    curious2 says

    Patrick, whatever may have upset you, the actual article is about college campuses, and for example the bit about being jailed seems really paranoid. America needs the ACLU and I've donated too but the ACLU isn't even alleging anything like the Koran or jail.

    try out some forbidden speech on a college campus and get back to me after that.

    ok, jail time in the US is an exaggeration (so far) but there is an orthodox party line and you will be in trouble for espousing an unorthodox opinion.

    when i was at u michigan ann arbor, a professor there found that in every culture on earth without exception, men strongly preferred young and beautiful women, and women strongly preferred rich and powerful men. never the other way around. he had excellent statistics proving this in various ways, and yet there were public protests that he was allowed to publish such results, and the protesters called for his resignation. can't remember if he was actually fired, but he was definitely a hot potato for the school after that.

    various countries including england have already fined and jailed people for holocaust denial:

    http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=2283

    i'm pretty sure the holocaust happened, but i think it's wrong to jail anyone for saying it didn't.

  • On 28 May 2014 in Hate Speech IS Free Speech, Patrick said:

    dublin hillz says

    the act of denial is not meant as a genuine debate

    i don't think anyone's subjective judgement of "genuineness" should enter into it whatsoever.

    either you are free to speak unpopular ideas or you are not.

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