Friday, May 29, 2009

Nobody does it deader


Quite possibly the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in that bathroom. I sure showed that roach.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

An oblique joke?


Saw this at Whole Foods. The Murray River forms the main watershed of southeastern Australia, where much of the country's food is grown. The area has had severe drought over the last few years, enough, apparently, to turn the river to salt.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

MacGyver Meal

MacGyver Meal, noun: to make a dinner out of whatever random ingredients you have in your house. Credit for this one goes to the wife.


Connecting 1 1/4 inch drain tail piece to 1 1/2 inch waste line

I've replaced all the faucets and sinks in our house. The new standard for tailpieces (i.e. the drain pipe) appears to be a 1 ¼ inch diameter, but all the waste lines in my house are 1½ inches in diameter. They tell you you can use an adapter ring, but I found they didn't work so well. You can see the ring pushed up the pipe below:


It's not just the size difference that's a problem, as you can see above. It's also that the pipes just barely meet. That and the less than perfect hold of the adapter meant that the pipes weren't well connected; a good bump could separate them, which meant that under-sink storage would be a problem.

The solution was pretty simple. I got a 1½ extension. I pushed that over the 1¼ tail piece so they were doubled for a good 4 or 5 inches (I had to cut it to fit). I connected them with the same adapter and screwed on the compression ring as before. Then I connected the extension to the waste line. Since the differently-sized pipes overlapped for 4-5 inches, there was no chance of them separating, and having a 1½ to 1½ connection at the elbow meant that was a lot more secure than before. This is what it looked like after I put on the extension, but before I connected them:


Compare that to the first picture to get an idea of how much overlap there was. Below is what it looked like after, i.e., perfectly ordinary.


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Friday, May 22, 2009

Brilliant perspective on investing

If you invest in a risky asset class like stocks, your portfolio will nearly always be worth less than it was at some point in the past.

(emphasis his)


He doesn’t seem remotely interested in the amount he has accumulated over the course of his 20 years at the WSJ: instead, he’s only interested in the difference between that amount and its mark-to-market value on a certain date chosen to make him feel as miserable as possible.

The whole thing.

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Focus on the edges and the middle will take care of itself

I wonder if that applies to more things than just buttering toast.


Thursday, May 7, 2009