I've never been a huge fan of condos b/c of the fees. You really want to make sure you figure the fees into your financial calculations. You also want to make sure the condo's finances are solid—you don't want to buy a huge liability because the former condo owners' collectively didn't plan for maintenance of the… » 9/19/14 12:39pm Yesterday 12:39pm

When I was in college in the early 80s and listening to a lot of punk/alt rock, I always felt my dislike of U2 stuck out like a sore thumb—I'd agree with my contemporaries about 99% of music, but vehemently disagree about U2. It has taken over 30 years, but I'm feeling vindicated. » 9/18/14 10:35am Thursday 10:35am

As a self-classified introvert, I'm always a little chagrined to see introversion addressed as some kind of defect, with extroversion being set up as the norm. As much as I'm guessing you will react that your chart doesn't do that, I'd counter by asking if there is there a "happify" chart telling extroverts what they… » 9/15/14 12:30pm Monday 12:30pm

The issue always seems to be whether, if one site leaks your password, that information can be used to get access to other sites—do you use the same password elsewhere? While the post TheFlyingFish notes has some good stuff, I've now started using something that is site specific with every password—say you want to… » 9/12/14 3:02pm 9/12/14 3:02pm

I've always weighed things, but the problem is when I've got a mixing bowl full of batter and no idea how much the mixing bowl itself weighs. I keep telling myself I just need to weigh all my bowls and engrave the weight in grams on the side of each or write them down on the fridge or something. Or get a better memory. » 9/10/14 7:59am 9/10/14 7:59am

I'm not sure I see the argument for the bucket if you are using paint that comes in a 5 gal. bucket. I don't have a problem with disposable liners for paint trays—clean up is a breeze. And I'm not sure how using the bucket helps. Seems like one more thing to wash out. » 9/10/14 6:36am 9/10/14 6:36am

One other saw I'd add to the list is a track saw. While people would be correct in stating that it is a variation of a circular saw, I'd argue it is a somewhat different creature. If you take something like a Festool TS55 and their guiderails, you can achieve millimeter precision over 8' long cuts. It also has… » 9/09/14 6:44am 9/09/14 6:44am

Sounds like a bunch of libertarian poppycock to me. A "right" is a legal OR moral entitlement and you seem to be conflating the two. You are effectively arguing that the Bill of Rights doesn't grant any moral entitlements, but a moral entitlement and $1 won't get you a latte at Starbucks, so its a pointless… » 9/06/14 2:50pm 9/06/14 2:50pm

If you have a UI claim or appeal, one thing to look around for is whether a local law school might have a clinical program that would do your case pro bono. I worked in a UI-specific clinic and we had an outstanding record of securing UI for claimants, in many cases despite the claimant being fired or quitting. I… » 9/03/14 12:04am 9/03/14 12:04am

Something I've found with my house—new construction, probably seven years old—is that some of the door latches are wearing out. Never happened in any house I've owned or lived in before, so they must have transitioned to some shitty metal about 10 years ago or so—and these are Schlage locksets, which may not be the… » 9/02/14 10:48am 9/02/14 10:48am

Now that Logitech's Squeezebox-based systems seem to be discontinued, is there any system out there other than Sonos that lets you connect to a home library (i.e., my NAS) without having an instance of something running (like iTunes) on a computer connected to the network? I looked at the Imagination Tech Jongo and… » 9/02/14 12:38pm 9/02/14 12:38pm