I've got a bulging disc from a long-ago car accident. Not too many years ago, I had a coughing fit and my shoulders and arms were enveloped in the most excruciating pain I have ever encountered without an obvious cause. After a couple of repetitions, I went to the doctor thinking I was dying of something. Turns out… » 11/19/14 10:23am Yesterday 10:23am

Yeah, it's really difficult to overestimate the value of Toastmaster's. When I was a kid my church had a Toastmaster's rip-off and that experience in public speaking - I completed the "course" at sixteen - has been *absolutely* invaluable in my life, both personal and professional. Great call, timgray. » 11/19/14 7:15am Yesterday 7:15am

Wow, that's some pretty steep, opinionated judgement there. Particularly since you're just talking about convention. There's no special dividing line between a car, a van, and a camper - it's all purely convention. I can't understand why you would think that because *you* can't think of a reason *you* would sleep in a… » 11/17/14 1:17pm Monday 1:17pm

I did it the old-fashioned way - I didn't go. :D

I've been incredibly lucky in my life; I'm a successful professional even though I have only a high school diploma.

That said, my wife is attending college now; She's putting the classes on her credit card and I'm paying them off each semester.

My daughter will attend… » 11/17/14 7:06am Monday 7:06am

I think that "works" is a moving target. I may have vague positive feelings about the company, but when I buy anything that matters, I look for reviews and compare prices and the like. The only time my vague positive feelings will swing the tide is when I'm deciding between items that are indistinguishable. When faced… » 11/17/14 6:37am Monday 6:37am

Typically I don't accept counteroffers; I look at it like, they knew what I was worth to them, they just didn't pay me that much because they could get away with it. And lest people think this attitude mercenary, imagine how they'd feel if you did as little as you could get away with... you probably wouldn't be… » 11/16/14 7:54pm Sunday 7:54pm

As you move through a professional career, this concept can be misleading. You can end up wasting a lot of money thinking about things this way. It's not unusual for professionals across a wide variety of industries to make $50+/hr by the time they're well along in their career. You can spend a shit-ton on $5 coffees… » 11/12/14 5:44am 11/12/14 5:44am

I remember names when I've met the person three times. I explain this by saying that most of the people I meet I will never meet again, but after three times it's likely I'll meet 'em more. But I have no idea why it's really true :D » 11/11/14 12:52pm 11/11/14 12:52pm

I've been thinking about this problem. I'm contemplating putting a small lipo battery and charger with a rectifier to keep from powering the rest of the car with it (LOL). Then detect 12V on the input using a GPIO pin and some circuitry. That way when I shut the car off, the PI can detect it and hibernate or shut down… » 11/11/14 7:19am 11/11/14 7:19am

Put some money in index funds and wait, if you must invest. Lots of research has shown that small investors (meaning those without enough capital to swing the market on their own) do best when they update their portfolio rarely.

The stock market is *random*; "picking stocks" is gambling, with only slightly better odds… » 11/11/14 7:06am 11/11/14 7:06am