I say buy a MBP. I don't agree that having an iPad makes it OK for your computer to be fixed to a single location. Of course I don't have an iPad and I don't think it would replace a normal computer for more than half of what I do. Yes they are harder to work on...but what do you plan to do to it? My 3 year old MBP is pretty straightforward to open up and add ram or replace a hard drive. If you spill shit on the keyboard, yes, you are in for a long repair session...
If you insist on tethering your PC to a desk, the mini isn't a bad option, really...again, I don't see a lot of need for opening up computers these days, so that aspect doesn't bother me. I have a mini, too...I like it. It's not the fastest machine in the world, but it's not often that it really matters for me.
Or why not buy the iMac that you said was good.
My days of tearing out pages from Computer Shopper and piecing together a BAMFER are behind me, so I don't share your interest in the hackintosh route. Buy the MBP and enjoy it. It's pretty nice.
As for the Waldorf/Steiner philosophy, I think a lot of the practices are good and appealing, but others not so much...the underpinnings are coo coo for cocoa puffs. (I've put 2 kids through 2 years each of Waldorf pre-school/kindergarten, FWIW) The older one didn't get any reading instruction at Waldorf, but blossomed in public kidnergarten...At age 9 she has read more books than I have in 4 decades.
agree that some of the supporting evidence is bunk, but the assertion may have some merit. If you are going to major in the humanities, surely some majors are better than others. I'd like to see median salary after 10 years for various majors. I wouldn't be surprised if philosophy is better than art history...eh?
California's water budget is skewed heavily toward agriculture. The conventional estimate is that 80 percent of the water used in California flows into the state's multi-billion-dollar agricultural sector.
The 20 percent left for urban use is split between homes, businesses, and government.
About 6 percent of the state's water is consumed by industries, commercial operations, and governments. About 14 percent is poured into bathtubs, toilets, and washing machines or sprayed over residential lawns.
Had I et my Wheaties this morning I'd probably understand what you are getting at. I did not. I see a 6% increase in the 20-29 population over a 20 year period. Not growing fast enough? What am I missing?
To be utterly clear, vaccination of newborns for hepatitis B saves lives. This is not some model, made up by a conspiracy of researchers seeking federal dollars. This is reality.
I think the issue in question here is how many more lives it saves compared to vaccinating at age 14 instead. My understanding is that the medical community pushes the hep-b vaccine on young children not because they are at risk of exposure while young, but because they are at risk of not ever getting vaccinated and therefore at risk later in life. On average it's a good policy.
ideally purchase a $425k-ish complete fixer upper with 20% down and fix it up from there.
That sounds very familiar - it's what I did. I'm in the thick of the "fix it up from there" phase. I'd do it again, but I can tell you that it is disheartening to go from being able to save significant amounts of money and have significant amounts of free time to saving 0 (or going further into debt) and having absolutely no free time. I think it will be worth it in the end (we will have a house much nicer than we would have been able to buy otherwise), but it has been a slog. A lot will depend on how much fixing up it needs (ours needed a bit of everything and a lot of some things), and how quickly you plan to get it done.
I can't speak to current market conditions or trajectories in SD..I feel like we almost missed the boat buying in early 2013 Denver...couldn't afford anything we'd want at this point.
Maybe they think it is more effective to present the facts without a lightning rod label so their listeners can come to their own conclusions. That way the water cooler debates can be between two people about the opinion they have formed instead of focusing on whether or to what degree NPR is biasing the story.
If you truly can't tolerate snow, then it won't work, but I can assure you that the winters aren't bad. It's not at all like like many places associated with snow. It is exceedingly more common in the winter to not have snow on the ground than to have snow on the ground. It can and does get very cold, but it's a dry cold (really!), and usually only for a few days at a time. Cloudy days are relatively rare, and clear sunny days are common. It is quite common to have a 50 degree day (or week) even in the depths of winter. 50 degrees in the sun is delicious.
It may not be for you, but it's probably not nearly as bad as you would imagine.
My theory is all they really want is to contain as many taxable individuals (and dependent welfare recipients) within their Metro Area fiefdoms so that the the bureaucracy becomes as powerful as possible. Anything that allows for someone to "poach" a job/salary but live in a low cost area must be suppressed.
I don't think it is so self serving as that.
1. Based on the way you labeled the group, I'd guess they believe in the virtues of urban living (of which there are many) and are interested in things that support it.
2. High speed trains don't really have much of a role to play in rural / urban commuting. They are suited to long haul routes with infrequent stops, but you don't get to enjoy the benefits of high speed for shorter distances.
London manages to draw workers from a rather large radius by using a combination of subway to service the urban area, and trains which bring people in from the outlying areas. They aren't high speed, and it works pretty well in my experience.
SF to LA? That would be a good candidate for high speed rail, and I suspect the "Leftist Urban types" would be on board with that idea.
Perhaps they aren't in favor of high speed rail for exurb/rural commuting because it isn't practical.
I still pay Comcast for my internet connection, but I cut my cable bill 2 years ago when I got rid of my TV. I'm too busy right now to spend much time watching TV, but that will probably change at some point.
This graph underestimates the problem because it's not "real median net worth" but rather "nominal median net worth incorrectly adjusted for currency debasement by using the every-changing and inaccurate by design CPI rather than M3".
Why should it be adjusted based on M3? Maybe based on per-capita M3 or something like that...but the economy has grown, so isn't it reasonable for the money supply to grow?