Author Topic: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?  (Read 616759 times)

PDXTabs

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2347
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2900 on: November 29, 2020, 11:12:05 AM »
I know dentists working all over the world. Their debt has no impact on what the market will bear for their services. The same with law, or any other form of education.

My Canadian lawyer flatmate (licenced to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - where salaries vary wildly in part because the Canadian lawyers take on less debt) would beg to differ. Because it's supply and demand, right? If the market for your services can't support your rent+debt servicing, why would you do it? Why not go do something else less unprofitable, or move to a different location? When enough people do that it changes the supply/demand quotient by restricting supply.

Uturn

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 775
  • Age: 50
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2901 on: November 29, 2020, 07:00:41 PM »
I really want to get a Big Green Egg.

I have one, and it is wonderful!  However, if I were to have to replace it, I would look at some other brands.  They cook just as well, but cost less.

You can use it in the summer as an oven and not have to heat up your house, it can slow smoke or fast sear.  I will say that I used it more when I had a covered patio than I do now.  It was so nice no caring what the weather was doing.

Rhinodad

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 84
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2902 on: November 30, 2020, 09:17:28 AM »
I really want to get a Big Green Egg.

I have one, and it is wonderful!  However, if I were to have to replace it, I would look at some other brands.  They cook just as well, but cost less.

You can use it in the summer as an oven and not have to heat up your house, it can slow smoke or fast sear.  I will say that I used it more when I had a covered patio than I do now.  It was so nice no caring what the weather was doing.

I should have rephrased...I want to a personal BGE. I work for an upscale RCAC, and we have 2 XL's here at work that I use regularly for the residents. I know others are cheaper, but the customer service and warranty on the BGE is really priceless.

Malcat

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4418
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2903 on: November 30, 2020, 01:06:04 PM »
I know dentists working all over the world. Their debt has no impact on what the market will bear for their services. The same with law, or any other form of education.

My Canadian lawyer flatmate (licenced to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - where salaries vary wildly in part because the Canadian lawyers take on less debt) would beg to differ. Because it's supply and demand, right? If the market for your services can't support your rent+debt servicing, why would you do it? Why not go do something else less unprofitable, or move to a different location? When enough people do that it changes the supply/demand quotient by restricting supply.

Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.


Imma

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2674
  • Location: Europe
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2904 on: November 30, 2020, 01:33:21 PM »
When I read on this forum how expensive all types of medical care are in the US, I'm always surprised not more people go abroad. For example, I'm pretty sure that for extensive dental treatment it would be cheaper to fly to Europe, for example. Our dentists are not cheaper because their care is worse but because they don't have 6 figures of student loans to pay off.

Yup, my mom flew to Thailand to get a bone graft (in her jaw, for an implant). She had a local friend that vetted the surgeon and had a very good experience.

Just FTR, the cost of dental care has absolutely nothing to do with the fees paid for schools. The two aren't connected.

The fees in dentistry are high because of the astronomical costs of equipment, supplies, rent, and staff. Assistants and hygienists where I live make A LOT more than they do in Europe.

I know dentists working all over the world. Their debt has no impact on what the market will bear for their services. The same with law, or any other form of education.

I know next to nothing about dentistry, but I figured that since the student debts are the only major difference in costs between a dentist in the US and one in HCOL Europe, I thought that must be it. Rents are probably similar if not higher here, and equipment is probably expensive everywhere. I just googled what staff wages are in here and it seems they range from €30k for a junior assistent to about €50k for a senior assistent. That's considered a good living for someone with a trade school background (and generally no student loans because of that). It's similar to what a nurse would make. But in the US wages are of course generally higher.

I'm about to undergo my first serious dental procedure (a root canal) and I was quoted €400-500 for that. My dentist is one of the fanciest dentists in town with all the new equipment and well-trained staff, in a nice monumental building. And he still seems to make a good living, judging by the cars and holidays (which is of course a very bad way to judge how well someone is doing financially). I wouldn't mind a no-frills dentist but I am going there especially because all his staff are trained to deal with dental anxiety. Even though I'm not at all scared of the dentist, I have a domestic violence background and hate being pinned down in a chair unable to speak. They are the first practice that have been completely understanding. I'll happily take the unnecessary luxury for granted.

Also, as someone with a law degree (but not practising law) I am convinced the low entry level wages in law here have to do with oversupply, which in turn has to do with low cost for a degree. Unfortunately low tuition doesn't mean that working class kids can easily become lawyers, it means law school is full of rich kids whose daddies can supplement their income until they make partner and many working class law students (like me) don't end up practicing law but choose to work in policy, law enforcement and other related fields where the pay is better. 

PDXTabs

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2347
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2905 on: November 30, 2020, 01:43:03 PM »
I know dentists working all over the world. Their debt has no impact on what the market will bear for their services. The same with law, or any other form of education.

My Canadian lawyer flatmate (licenced to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - where salaries vary wildly in part because the Canadian lawyers take on less debt) would beg to differ. Because it's supply and demand, right? If the market for your services can't support your rent+debt servicing, why would you do it? Why not go do something else less unprofitable, or move to a different location? When enough people do that it changes the supply/demand quotient by restricting supply.

Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I think that lawyers figured out during the great recession that the demand isn't keeping up with supply. I would imagine that some medical professionals will follow suit. But that AMA very carefully controls supply for MDs in the USA, right?

Sandi_k

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 177
  • Location: California
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2906 on: November 30, 2020, 01:44:23 PM »
I really want to get a Big Green Egg.

We bought an XLarge one 8 years ago, and use it a lot. It's been a fantastic "hobby" that means we eat in more often. Seriously, we haven't been to the fancy steak house in several years, since we can cook filet mignons at home for us both, with wine and side dishes, for $30.

Malcat

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4418
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2907 on: November 30, 2020, 01:57:48 PM »
I know dentists working all over the world. Their debt has no impact on what the market will bear for their services. The same with law, or any other form of education.

My Canadian lawyer flatmate (licenced to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - where salaries vary wildly in part because the Canadian lawyers take on less debt) would beg to differ. Because it's supply and demand, right? If the market for your services can't support your rent+debt servicing, why would you do it? Why not go do something else less unprofitable, or move to a different location? When enough people do that it changes the supply/demand quotient by restricting supply.

Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I think that lawyers figured out during the great recession that the demand isn't keeping up with supply. I would imagine that some medical professionals will follow suit. But that AMA very carefully controls supply for MDs in the USA, right?

I have no idea in the US, I'm in Canada.

No one controls the supply for dentists here. No one.

Virtus3

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Age: 32
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2908 on: November 30, 2020, 05:02:55 PM »
I really want to get a Big Green Egg.

We bought an XLarge one 8 years ago, and use it a lot. It's been a fantastic "hobby" that means we eat in more often. Seriously, we haven't been to the fancy steak house in several years, since we can cook filet mignons at home for us both, with wine and side dishes, for $30.

Along a similar line, getting a sous vide for Christmas has totally ruined steak houses for me. Not only is it much cheaper but I've learned to make better steaks than most of them too ha. The only steak I've enjoyed more than mine in the last several years was a Wagyu filet I got at the Biltmore Estate.

ender

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5839
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2909 on: November 30, 2020, 05:14:30 PM »
Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I have extended family who are dentists and talk about the golden age of dentistry having passed (in the USA).

zolotiyeruki

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3843
  • Location: State: Denial
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2910 on: December 01, 2020, 09:07:49 AM »
Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I have extended family who are dentists and talk about the golden age of dentistry having passed (in the USA).
I feel like we're entering a similar phase with software developers and engineers.  There's been such a huuuuuuge push over the last decade or so to get more kids involved in STEM.

Just Joe

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4411
  • Age: 125
  • Location: Just past the red barn on the left.
  • Here to learn.
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2911 on: December 01, 2020, 11:08:09 AM »
Building a gaming PC.

I want a powerful PC to game with, but also to do other things. It would be nice to have for larger software needs like making music, editing video, learning 3D printing and everything else a PC can do.

Better use of money that buying a PS5, that can only ever play playstation games (movies too I suppose)?

FWIW 3D printing is a low power operation. I'm running multiple slicer programs on a T1600 Dell Precision. That's about a ten year old computer with a low spec video card. Running Mint Linux KDE. I also do a little 3D CAD with it. Plenty of horsepower as long as my design assemblies don't get too big. 2D CAD doesn't require much power.

Currently have two browsers open, streaming music, about 75 tabs and a 150+ page LibreOffice Writer document open. If anything it would benefit from more RAM. I currently have 8GB. CPU shows about 8% utilization right now.

My youngest child (teen) edits music, video, etc on our home computer - Dell desktop XPS 8900 with 16GB RAM and an $150 Nvidia (?) video card. Also games alot. It dual boots Win10 and Mint Linux KDE. Scoots right along.

Do whatever you want of course. In case you are not a tech person, just wanted you to know that your computer needs may not be as expensive as you first though.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2020, 11:19:21 AM by Just Joe »

Just Joe

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4411
  • Age: 125
  • Location: Just past the red barn on the left.
  • Here to learn.
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2912 on: December 01, 2020, 11:15:07 AM »
Jukeboxes and pinball machines...

We already have a 1950s jukebox we really like. Want a particular 1940s jukebox too. Won't do anything about it any time soon.
Electro-mechanical pinball machine. Have my eye on one. Fair prices.

Best thing about these is they last forever with a little maintenance I can do myself.
And are likely to be worth the same or more in the future so it is ultimately a low cost distraction.

GreenEggs

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1228
  • Location: Here & There
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2913 on: December 01, 2020, 04:12:17 PM »
Jukeboxes and pinball machines...

We already have a 1950s jukebox we really like. Want a particular 1940s jukebox too. Won't do anything about it any time soon.
Electro-mechanical pinball machine. Have my eye on one. Fair prices.

Best thing about these is they last forever with a little maintenance I can do myself.
And are likely to be worth the same or more in the future so it is ultimately a low cost distraction.




Pinball machines are great.  :)


My dad bought 3 of them when I was a kid.  Wish we still had them.  We just set up a foosball table that we'd had in storage.  I really enjoy foosball, but it requires other players.   




Just Joe

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4411
  • Age: 125
  • Location: Just past the red barn on the left.
  • Here to learn.
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2914 on: December 01, 2020, 06:37:50 PM »
Old tech toys: lots to geek out on here. So complex. I'm studying my way through the jukebox repair manual so I can check out the preventative maintenance requirements. A dab of grease here, a drop of oil there and a tweak with a screwdriver. Noticed two of the turntable chassis support springs were not in place tonight. Prob the long bumpy ride home jarred them out of place. Repaired in 5 minutes. Seller did not lock the chassis down and I didn't know better. No damage done.   

PDXTabs

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2347
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2915 on: December 01, 2020, 06:48:34 PM »
Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I have extended family who are dentists and talk about the golden age of dentistry having passed (in the USA).
I feel like we're entering a similar phase with software developers and engineers.  There's been such a huuuuuuge push over the last decade or so to get more kids involved in STEM.

I don't think so. Developed western countries are still importing STEM grads from developing countries.

Malcat

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4418
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2916 on: December 02, 2020, 06:17:01 AM »
Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I have extended family who are dentists and talk about the golden age of dentistry having passed (in the USA).
I feel like we're entering a similar phase with software developers and engineers.  There's been such a huuuuuuge push over the last decade or so to get more kids involved in STEM.

I don't think so. Developed western countries are still importing STEM grads from developing countries.

We're importing dentists too.

Ze Stash

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 37
  • Age: 28
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2917 on: December 02, 2020, 07:12:25 AM »
I'm currently spending countless hours researching and daydreaming about various soundbars, sound systems and even home theater setups. It all started with the desire to have some way of streaming music via Spotify other than my phones loudspeakers or headset, which is arguably not the most enjoyable way to listen to music.

So I began looking at smaller loudspeakers and soon after decided I could kill two birds with one stone and get a reasonably good soundbar to both stream music with and also improve the sound of my TV as we have been watching quite a bit of Netflix during the pandemic. While browsing various forums and reading countless reviews the price range I was looking at incrementally increased.

"If you're already willing to spend X, why not spend X+1 and get this awesome feature as well?".

Suddenly I'm looking at Soundbars with an external subwoofer and rear speakers that cost upwards of 2k € and deciding whether they will be good enough in conveying Dolby Atmos surround sound or if only a full on home theater setup that costs even more will be able to achieve that.

I have the tendency to overanalyze and research things. That coupled with the feeling that I "deserve something nice" because I wasn't able to spend money where it brings me the most joy this year due to the pandemic, on travel, has lead me down this rabbit hole. I'm finding it really difficult not to pull the trigger on the Sonos Arc surround set, but as I'm not an audiophile and probably won't even be able to tell the difference between a setup for 2k or 1k I'll give myself some time to cool off and revisit the decision after Christmas.

jinga nation

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1670
  • Location: 'Murica's Johnson
  • Left, Right, Peddlin' Shite
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2918 on: December 02, 2020, 07:58:03 AM »
I'm currently spending countless hours researching and daydreaming about various soundbars, sound systems and even home theater setups. It all started with the desire to have some way of streaming music via Spotify other than my phones loudspeakers or headset, which is arguably not the most enjoyable way to listen to music.

So I began looking at smaller loudspeakers and soon after decided I could kill two birds with one stone and get a reasonably good soundbar to both stream music with and also improve the sound of my TV as we have been watching quite a bit of Netflix during the pandemic. While browsing various forums and reading countless reviews the price range I was looking at incrementally increased.

"If you're already willing to spend X, why not spend X+1 and get this awesome feature as well?".

Suddenly I'm looking at Soundbars with an external subwoofer and rear speakers that cost upwards of 2k € and deciding whether they will be good enough in conveying Dolby Atmos surround sound or if only a full on home theater setup that costs even more will be able to achieve that.

I have the tendency to overanalyze and research things. That coupled with the feeling that I "deserve something nice" because I wasn't able to spend money where it brings me the most joy this year due to the pandemic, on travel, has lead me down this rabbit hole. I'm finding it really difficult not to pull the trigger on the Sonos Arc surround set, but as I'm not an audiophile and probably won't even be able to tell the difference between a setup for 2k or 1k I'll give myself some time to cool off and revisit the decision after Christmas.

I paid USD 170 + tax for the Yamaha YAS-207 in Oct 2019 as it was being phased out.  The newer model is the YAS-209 (https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio_visual/sound_bar/yas-209/index.html), selling for $299-349 as of today.
The older 207 doesn't have the Alexa/Amazon Music/Spotify integration (which I didn't want).
Highly recommend this. Beautiful sound, I use the optical input.
Pretty good review by one of the head honchos at AVSForum (https://www.avsforum.com/threads/yamaha-yas-207-worlds-first-soundbar-with-dts-virtual-x.2865609/)

jinga nation

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1670
  • Location: 'Murica's Johnson
  • Left, Right, Peddlin' Shite
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2919 on: December 02, 2020, 08:05:57 AM »
Trying to do mental gymnastics to justify leasing a base model, no frills, all white, Land Rover Defender 110. It is the vehicle of my childhood, going on Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Aberdares safaris in Kenya. Just the basics please. Estimating 15,000 miles/year and USD 10k down, the lease is $429/mo.

And also want to buy a used 2006 Tundra pick-up (made in Japan) with 104,000 miles, in excellent condition from a private seller in my neighborhood. He wants USD 10500.

And then want a new road bike, the current one's drivetrain has issues that local bike shop can't fix, parts are on last legs. I should replace the drive train, but the new carbon fiber bikes are sooooo much lighter than my 2007 CF one.

I could go on, but I'll stop for now.

I don't need any of these, I just have a stupid mental itch. And a desire to spend for no genuine reason. I'm a feckin idjit.

RWD

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4343
  • Location: Mississippi
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2920 on: December 02, 2020, 08:31:34 AM »
"If you're already willing to spend X, why not spend X+1 and get this awesome feature as well?".
It's a never-ending spiral, isn't it?

Suddenly I'm looking at Soundbars with an external subwoofer and rear speakers that cost upwards of 2k € and deciding whether they will be good enough in conveying Dolby Atmos surround sound or if only a full on home theater setup that costs even more will be able to achieve that.
Hsu sells a really nice 5.1 surround sound package for the equivalent of about 1300 Euros shipped. Rivals much much more expensive systems (I've heard these first-hand). I'm not sure you can get it outside of the US but it might be worth looking into internet-direct companies.
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid2mk5pkg.html

YttriumNitrate

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1105
  • Location: Northwest Indiana
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2921 on: December 02, 2020, 08:43:19 AM »
I feel like we're entering a similar phase with software developers and engineers.  There's been such a huuuuuuge push over the last decade or so to get more kids involved in STEM.
I don't think so. Developed western countries are still importing STEM grads from developing countries.

I'm not sure how useful importing workers is as a metric for determining the golden age of a field. We've been importing migrant field workers for decades, but I can't recall a time where it's been good to be one. Similarly, just because we import inexpensive H-1B STEM workers doesn't mean it's a good time to be in those fields.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2020, 11:18:30 AM by YttriumNitrate »

ender

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5839
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2922 on: December 02, 2020, 10:35:35 AM »
Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I have extended family who are dentists and talk about the golden age of dentistry having passed (in the USA).
I feel like we're entering a similar phase with software developers and engineers.  There's been such a huuuuuuge push over the last decade or so to get more kids involved in STEM.

The difference is that the number of people who write code can scale less directly than with population.

I think we'll hit that point eventually for tech folks but I do not believe we are there right now. Most engineering professions do not have a surplus of graduates either.

PDXTabs

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2347
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2923 on: December 02, 2020, 12:53:03 PM »
I feel like we're entering a similar phase with software developers and engineers.  There's been such a huuuuuuge push over the last decade or so to get more kids involved in STEM.
I don't think so. Developed western countries are still importing STEM grads from developing countries.

I'm not sure how useful importing workers is as a metric for determining the golden age of a field. We've been importing migrant field workers for decades, but I can't recall a time where it's been good to be one. Similarly, just because we import inexpensive H-1B STEM workers doesn't mean it's a good time to be in those fields.

Come on, Germany isn't giving migrant field workers permanent resident track visas.

I work in STEM and the only people I see having any trouble at all are civil and mechanical engineers, and even they still get good middle class jobs with little student debt. Along those lines, eventually the USA will have to fix its crumbling infrastructure and civil will be in great demand.

Optimiser

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 736
  • Age: 37
  • Location: PNW
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2924 on: December 02, 2020, 02:21:08 PM »
I'm finding it really difficult not to pull the trigger on the Sonos Arc surround set, but as I'm not an audiophile and probably won't even be able to tell the difference between a setup for 2k or 1k I'll give myself some time to cool off and revisit the decision after Christmas.

I was in a similar place as you recently, having decide to sell my fairly large home theater speaker system when I moved. I ended up buying a refurbished Sonos Playbar and Ones and a used sub. Ended up costing about $1,000, which is still a lot, but I covered some of the cost buying selling old speakers. I've been really happy with it so far. (I also added a few more 2nd hand Sonos speakers around the house for music too)

I decided against the ARC because it's more expensive, I didn't really want something with integrated microphones, and I wasn't even sure if my TV could output the correct signal for Atmos.

Ze Stash

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 37
  • Age: 28
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2925 on: December 04, 2020, 08:12:50 AM »
I paid USD 170 + tax for the Yamaha YAS-207 in Oct 2019 as it was being phased out.  The newer model is the YAS-209 (https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio_visual/sound_bar/yas-209/index.html), selling for $299-349 as of today.
The older 207 doesn't have the Alexa/Amazon Music/Spotify integration (which I didn't want).
Highly recommend this. Beautiful sound, I use the optical input.
Pretty good review by one of the head honchos at AVSForum (https://www.avsforum.com/threads/yamaha-yas-207-worlds-first-soundbar-with-dts-virtual-x.2865609/)

It's a never-ending spiral, isn't it?

Hsu sells a really nice 5.1 surround sound package for the equivalent of about 1300 Euros shipped. Rivals much much more expensive systems (I've heard these first-hand). I'm not sure you can get it outside of the US but it might be worth looking into internet-direct companies.
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid2mk5pkg.html

I was in a similar place as you recently, having decide to sell my fairly large home theater speaker system when I moved. I ended up buying a refurbished Sonos Playbar and Ones and a used sub. Ended up costing about $1,000, which is still a lot, but I covered some of the cost buying selling old speakers. I've been really happy with it so far. (I also added a few more 2nd hand Sonos speakers around the house for music too)

I decided against the ARC because it's more expensive, I didn't really want something with integrated microphones, and I wasn't even sure if my TV could output the correct signal for Atmos.

Thank you all for the suggestions, I'll have a look at them. But knowing myself I just need to stop researching for a bit and the strong desire to find and buy the best possible option that can do it all will go away soon if I just stop looking for it. Then I can come back to the decision later on and just get something reasonable that I'll be happy with.

Accrual

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 49
  • Age: 29
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2926 on: December 04, 2020, 04:42:11 PM »
Have been lusting over a first edition book for a year or so now. Pulled the trigger today. Spent about 10% of my yearly bonus, all else went to investing.

Vashy

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 213
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2927 on: December 05, 2020, 05:01:29 AM »
I'm lusting after a $535 gold-nibbed fountain pen:

https://kanileapenco.com/kahakai-fountain-pen/

or

https://kanileapenco.com/maui-makai-fountain-pen/

(I already have all the fountain pens I could ever conceivably need but these are stunners...)


hounton

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 8
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2928 on: December 05, 2020, 02:42:54 PM »
Five years ago I went on vacation to Kona and stumbled upon a coffee shop that roasted their own beans.  They are about 40 dollars a pound and just heaven upon the lips.  Sigh

Optimiser

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 736
  • Age: 37
  • Location: PNW
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2929 on: December 07, 2020, 10:43:22 AM »
An Aptera. I was so sad to see them go and now I'm so excited to see them come back. I really hope they succeed this time.

Villanelle

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3834
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2930 on: December 08, 2020, 12:10:44 PM »
My real estate 'porn' obsession continues.  If we were in a position to commit to a place (and we hope to be, in the next few weeks), I would 99% be submitting an application for a 4600 sqft home if a viewing didn't turn up issues or concerns.  That's more than double our current house.  it is in budget (almost exactly the same rent as our current place), a super short commute for the place we hope DH will be working (not easy to find) and has a pool, which our current place has and we unexpectedly love.  It's also single family, instead of row style townhomes, which is unusual.  Small yard (a plus for us).  It's even pretty, though that's not high on the list.   It's not the 4600sqft that I love, but everything else about it is pretty much perfect and I'm willing to live with all the space (which I do very much consider a con, not a pro). 

I check every day, and the place is still available, and the move in date isn't until in March, so this legit may happen. 

Sibley

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4781
  • Location: Northwest Indiana
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2931 on: December 08, 2020, 12:26:38 PM »
I want to go to the zoo. And ice skating. And a movie night at my friend's. I want a giant fireworks display. I want glorious pipe organ Christmas music.

Damn covid.

YttriumNitrate

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1105
  • Location: Northwest Indiana
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2932 on: December 08, 2020, 02:29:49 PM »
I want to go to the zoo. And ice skating. And a movie night at my friend's. I want a giant fireworks display. I want glorious pipe organ Christmas music. Damn covid.

So there's a backyard ice skating rink advertisement that keeps popping up in my Facebook feed. While I'm not about to spend $1,500 for a pre-made kit, it's tempting to cobble together some scrap lumber and a few tarps this year for a rink.

rothwem

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 766
  • Location: WNC
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2933 on: December 08, 2020, 02:43:39 PM »
I want to go to the zoo. And ice skating. And a movie night at my friend's. I want a giant fireworks display. I want glorious pipe organ Christmas music.

Damn covid.

I went to the zoo last weekend.  Well at least the outdoor part of it. It was pretty cold out, so it was empty. My 13 month old son fucking loved it, couldn’t stop pointing and exclaiming at the great horned owl in the raptor section.  Oh and they have a “petting” section that was converted to just a “looking” section and he thought the goats and burros were neat too.

Does your zoo not have some kind of outdoor area? It seems like that would be pretty low risk if there’s not a high crowd.

NorthernMonkey

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 165
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2934 on: December 09, 2020, 02:15:09 AM »
I'm currently spending countless hours researching and daydreaming about various soundbars, sound systems and even home theater setups. It all started with the desire to have some way of streaming music via Spotify other than my phones loudspeakers or headset, which is arguably not the most enjoyable way to listen to music.


Go a bit more retro-tech. You can pick up some older SH high quality speakers for $100 on CL, and the same again for a good quality hifi amp. For the inconvenience of having to plug a wire from your phone to the amp, you'll get better quality sound as the speakers havent been squeezed into some long sausage shape to make them fit under the TV.

If you don't want older tech, the sound upgrade from a phone peizo-speaker to an amazon alexa is huge. There will be another sale after christmas and youll get one for <$100

Freedomin5

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3466
  • Location: China
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2935 on: December 09, 2020, 03:16:15 AM »
Christmas sweaters. Christmas is a big deal at my current workplace, and most people are dressing in Christmas colors. I’ve added three Christmas-y sweaters to my cart and am sorely tempted to buy them. We need more fun and lightheartedness this year.

alsoknownasDean

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2343
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2936 on: December 09, 2020, 05:20:38 AM »
I'm currently spending countless hours researching and daydreaming about various soundbars, sound systems and even home theater setups. It all started with the desire to have some way of streaming music via Spotify other than my phones loudspeakers or headset, which is arguably not the most enjoyable way to listen to music.


Go a bit more retro-tech. You can pick up some older SH high quality speakers for $100 on CL, and the same again for a good quality hifi amp. For the inconvenience of having to plug a wire from your phone to the amp, you'll get better quality sound as the speakers havent been squeezed into some long sausage shape to make them fit under the TV.

If you don't want older tech, the sound upgrade from a phone peizo-speaker to an amazon alexa is huge. There will be another sale after christmas and youll get one for <$100

If you can still find them (out of production a while ago), the Chromecast Audio works well on an old stereo. I've got one plugged into my old stereo which I've had for over a decade, but I've considered getting rid of the lot and buying one of those new Google Nest Audio speakers or a small digital radio.

These days if I want loud music I'm better off with headphones.

Sibley

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4781
  • Location: Northwest Indiana
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2937 on: December 09, 2020, 08:04:50 AM »
I want to go to the zoo. And ice skating. And a movie night at my friend's. I want a giant fireworks display. I want glorious pipe organ Christmas music.

Damn covid.

I went to the zoo last weekend.  Well at least the outdoor part of it. It was pretty cold out, so it was empty. My 13 month old son fucking loved it, couldn’t stop pointing and exclaiming at the great horned owl in the raptor section.  Oh and they have a “petting” section that was converted to just a “looking” section and he thought the goats and burros were neat too.

Does your zoo not have some kind of outdoor area? It seems like that would be pretty low risk if there’s not a high crowd.

I'm avoiding the grocery store. Luxury like the zoo ain't happening until case numbers are way down. And I would not enjoy it while I was cold, with no way to warm up. I will continue to wait, then who knows might take some time off work and be a tourist for a week.

rothwem

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 766
  • Location: WNC
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2938 on: December 09, 2020, 11:29:56 AM »
I want to go to the zoo. And ice skating. And a movie night at my friend's. I want a giant fireworks display. I want glorious pipe organ Christmas music.

Damn covid.

I went to the zoo last weekend.  Well at least the outdoor part of it. It was pretty cold out, so it was empty. My 13 month old son fucking loved it, couldn’t stop pointing and exclaiming at the great horned owl in the raptor section.  Oh and they have a “petting” section that was converted to just a “looking” section and he thought the goats and burros were neat too.

Does your zoo not have some kind of outdoor area? It seems like that would be pretty low risk if there’s not a high crowd.

I'm avoiding the grocery store. Luxury like the zoo ain't happening until case numbers are way down. And I would not enjoy it while I was cold, with no way to warm up. I will continue to wait, then who knows might take some time off work and be a tourist for a week.

Yeah Indiana cold and North Carolina cold are two totally separate animals.  (heh, zoo pun) It was in the high 30s/Low 40s so bundling up and strapping my toddler/space heater to my chest made for plenty of warmth.  I don't think I would've done it in 20 degrees or less weather. 

Sibley

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4781
  • Location: Northwest Indiana
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2939 on: December 09, 2020, 11:35:10 AM »
I want to go to the zoo. And ice skating. And a movie night at my friend's. I want a giant fireworks display. I want glorious pipe organ Christmas music.

Damn covid.

I went to the zoo last weekend.  Well at least the outdoor part of it. It was pretty cold out, so it was empty. My 13 month old son fucking loved it, couldn’t stop pointing and exclaiming at the great horned owl in the raptor section.  Oh and they have a “petting” section that was converted to just a “looking” section and he thought the goats and burros were neat too.

Does your zoo not have some kind of outdoor area? It seems like that would be pretty low risk if there’s not a high crowd.

I'm avoiding the grocery store. Luxury like the zoo ain't happening until case numbers are way down. And I would not enjoy it while I was cold, with no way to warm up. I will continue to wait, then who knows might take some time off work and be a tourist for a week.

Yeah Indiana cold and North Carolina cold are two totally separate animals.  (heh, zoo pun) It was in the high 30s/Low 40s so bundling up and strapping my toddler/space heater to my chest made for plenty of warmth.  I don't think I would've done it in 20 degrees or less weather.

It's not that cold (yet), but it is colder than I'm willing to tolerate outdoors for several hours.

Uturn

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 775
  • Age: 50
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2940 on: December 11, 2020, 05:55:12 PM »
a 35ish ft trawler and do the Great Loop

bobble

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 106
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2941 on: December 13, 2020, 10:46:45 AM »
Gigabit internet connection at home.

Just moved into a new place and 100 Mbit/s fiber internet is included in the HOA. That's 10x faster than we're used to. But upgrading to 1000 Mbit/s would only cost $29/month...

Not gonna do it but definitely lusting over all those zeroes!

Bloop Bloop Reloaded

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 299
  • Location: Australia
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2942 on: December 14, 2020, 06:53:58 AM »
I know dentists working all over the world. Their debt has no impact on what the market will bear for their services. The same with law, or any other form of education.

My Canadian lawyer flatmate (licenced to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - where salaries vary wildly in part because the Canadian lawyers take on less debt) would beg to differ. Because it's supply and demand, right? If the market for your services can't support your rent+debt servicing, why would you do it? Why not go do something else less unprofitable, or move to a different location? When enough people do that it changes the supply/demand quotient by restricting supply.

Lol, good fucking question. As someone who has advised MANY medical professionals on their personal finances, I can say with absolute certainty that that's not really how it works.

No, the supply side here is absolutely not slowing down. Tuitions are still rising, and incomes are plummeting due to oversupply and the rise of corporate dentistry, but still, kids are killing themselves to get into dental school. It's more competitive now than it was decades ago when the incomes were much higher.

I'm shocked a lawyer would say otherwise, because the same thing has happened with law in tons of regions. Same with A LOT of other professions.

I think that lawyers figured out during the great recession that the demand isn't keeping up with supply. I would imagine that some medical professionals will follow suit. But that AMA very carefully controls supply for MDs in the USA, right?

I'm late to the party but the advantage of law and medicine is that the professional associations act like giant cartels. In my field of trial lawyers we only admit 80 of us per year in my state (of 5 million population) which keeps our fees high and competition low. In my particular specialisation there's only about 10 new trial lawyers admitted per year and only about 100 of us in the whole state who do the sort of work we do.

At some stage it'll probably change but by then I'll be long retired.

Same thing goes for the medical field here - consultant training is hard to get into, which means specialist consultants get paid well.

If you are paying your professional association fees then at least hopefully those fees are going towards cartel maintenance :) that's the only reason to have such a self-regulating body. It's all a bit of a sham isn't it.

On topic, I really want some sour worms lollies.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2020, 06:56:14 AM by Bloop Bloop Reloaded »

okparallax

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 25
  • Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2943 on: December 14, 2020, 08:43:50 PM »
A nicer neighborhood.

megaschnauzer

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 369
  • Age: 55
  • Location: Pensacola, FL
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2944 on: December 15, 2020, 11:25:28 AM »
a radio controlled airplane. either electric powered or a glider (or both).

Kitsunegari

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 478
  • Location: Quebec, CA
  • Penny wise, pound foolish
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2945 on: December 17, 2020, 08:08:43 PM »
A pair of warm sweatpants
I'm freezing my ass at home, but I DO have pants, so I kick the can with what I have. Unfortunately the warm ones were so worn out I cut them in rags, and I can't go to the thrift store for time constraints.
I just look up to buy some new-new ones from a traditional (non-second hand) retail online and I was shell-shocked at the price

BlueHouse

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3509
  • Location: WDC
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2946 on: December 18, 2020, 07:06:52 AM »
Grid-it organizer from Cocoon.

Most people use them for traveling and electronics, but what a PITA to fight with a tight elastic every time I want to use something!  Still, I can't stop thinking about them.  I've been searching ideas for what to use them for.  I am actually using one and it's wonderful for that purpose, but I STILL have a jones for more of them. 

Current:  stuck some electronics cords and chargers and a powerstrip in one, then screwed it to the bottom of my table on wheels.  so I can move my desk table anywhere I like and only have one power cord to plug in.  And all the cords to my devices are hidden on the underside of the table.  LOVE IT.

Now I want more -- I think I'm going to use one to put my remotes in.  I'm tired of losing the tiny apple TV remote, so if I stick it in one of these along with the other remote, then I won't lose it.  I had thought about taping it to a 2x4, but that seemed a poor idea. 

maisymouser

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 266
  • Age: 29
  • Location: NC
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2947 on: December 18, 2020, 09:36:04 AM »
A pair of warm sweatpants
I'm freezing my ass at home, but I DO have pants, so I kick the can with what I have. Unfortunately the warm ones were so worn out I cut them in rags, and I can't go to the thrift store for time constraints.
I just look up to buy some new-new ones from a traditional (non-second hand) retail online and I was shell-shocked at the price

Yeah I got a pair of thrift store old-school thick Hanes sweats last year (wearing them as I type) and they were well worth the $5 I paid for them. I wear them almost every day now, interchanging them with the wool (!!!) lounge pants I also found for $5 at a thrift store.

I'm a wuss in the winter, try to be a BA mustachian and 'get used to the cooler weather' per Pete's recommendation, but I hate being cold. Which is funny because it's not like it gets below 30F often here in NC. I'm probably going to be getting long underwear to go under my pants for Xmas, and I am super stoked about that.

Staying warm in the winter has become something of a hobby for me. Developed over the course of four years, here is my go-to list of ways to keep warm in a cold house, in order of efficiency/effectiveness:

  • Hot pad (I made mine out of old jeans and filled it with free ag corn I got from work, which I found retained heat for like an hour or two over rice and doesn't stink like beans). The hot pad is localized heat right on my body so it's more efficient than, say, running a space heater.
  • Wool, wool, glorious wool! I am stockpiling wool clothes for life. I keep a close eye at thrift stores even for really ugly wool items just to wear around the house. And I've been surprised at how many wool socks I have found at said stores, especially during warmer months.
  • Exercise. Blech, the last thing I want to do when it's cold.
  • Space heater. Not my favorite option but better than heating up a whole house by a few degrees nonetheless. Sometimes I put it at the 'door' of my kid's little blanket fort and just hang out in there with him.
  • Plug the drain on your tub while taking a hot shower so that the water heats up the house just a little bit more than it would if it went down the drain.
  • Wear a hat in the house. Lame looking, but a lot of heat is lost from the head, so it helps a lot. At least, for me it does!

maisymouser

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 266
  • Age: 29
  • Location: NC
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2948 on: December 18, 2020, 09:45:47 AM »
I want to go to the zoo. And ice skating. And a movie night at my friend's. I want a giant fireworks display. I want glorious pipe organ Christmas music.

Damn covid.

I went to the zoo last weekend.  Well at least the outdoor part of it. It was pretty cold out, so it was empty. My 13 month old son fucking loved it, couldn’t stop pointing and exclaiming at the great horned owl in the raptor section.  Oh and they have a “petting” section that was converted to just a “looking” section and he thought the goats and burros were neat too.

Does your zoo not have some kind of outdoor area? It seems like that would be pretty low risk if there’s not a high crowd.

@rothwem did you go to the NC Zoo? I drove 1.5 hours to go there a few months ago and it was absolutely NUTS, covid wise. I got incredibly anxious and we had to leave without seeing any critters at all, 20 minutes into the zoo. People would walk right next to me w/o masks, and actually getting to see animals was just not going to happen due to the large numbers of people gathering at the front of the exhibits. It was honestly one of the THE lowest point of my year. I had been feeling so cooped up but excited to do something that was supposed to be safe, outdoors, with a mask policy in place... And it turned out to be a total waste of time, money, gas, and to top it off my poor kid was stuck in the car all day.

I realized pretty quickly that A) it was kind of stupid to try and go on a weekend and B) judging by the scenery on our drive in- which consisted largely of MAGA signs- I shouldn't have been surprised about the behavior of the other clientele visiting the zoo. But it was still incredibly depressing to realize, "we can't even do THIS without being consumed by COVID anxiety?!!!"

zolotiyeruki

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3843
  • Location: State: Denial
Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2949 on: December 18, 2020, 09:51:07 AM »
Staying warm in the winter has become something of a hobby for me. Developed over the course of four years, here is my go-to list of ways to keep warm in a cold house, in order of efficiency/effectiveness:

  • Hot pad (I made mine out of old jeans and filled it with free ag corn I got from work, which I found retained heat for like an hour or two over rice and doesn't stink like beans). The hot pad is localized heat right on my body so it's more efficient than, say, running a space heater.
  • Wool, wool, glorious wool! I am stockpiling wool clothes for life. I keep a close eye at thrift stores even for really ugly wool items just to wear around the house. And I've been surprised at how many wool socks I have found at said stores, especially during warmer months.
  • Exercise. Blech, the last thing I want to do when it's cold.
  • Space heater. Not my favorite option but better than heating up a whole house by a few degrees nonetheless. Sometimes I put it at the 'door' of my kid's little blanket fort and just hang out in there with him.
  • Plug the drain on your tub while taking a hot shower so that the water heats up the house just a little bit more than it would if it went down the drain.
  • Wear a hat in the house. Lame looking, but a lot of heat is lost from the head, so it helps a lot. At least, for me it does!
The first thing we tell our kids when they complain about the cold is "go put on a pair of socks."  It's amazing how much of a difference that makes!