Photos from our NYC-Bahamas cruise on the NCL Jewel. Highly recommend taking the Tru Bahamian Food Tour in Nassau.
Additional photos from Tanzania trip (including Amsterdam layover)
Pictures from our safari in Tanzania: Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorogoro crater.
Back from a great trip to Alaska.
So, this past week I finally took the plunge and rejiggered most of my investments for retirement based on an accumulation of readings over the past few years. The last kick in the pants was doing more Bogleheads reading.
- “Dare to be Dull” (aka “How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street”)
- The Simple Dollar blog
- Get Rich Slowly blog
- Bond (mutual funds) out of taxable accounts into tax deferred accounts (I had started buying bond funds slowly over the last 18 months but they were all in taxable accounts.)
- Bond (mutual fund) allocation (drastically) increased
- Expense ratios (ER) brought down with last high ER fee sold (all funds now are sub-0.30%, most are closer to 0.10%, weighted average is 0.19%)
Anyhow, my biggest wish was that I had acted sooner. It has been nearly two-or-three years since I got the (good) advice to add some bonds (mutual funds) to my portfolio, but I sat on the sidelines for too long and when I did do it, I allowed classic behavioral economics errors to sideline me from putting the bond funds in the right place.
I went hunting for pictures from our 2009 trip to Brazil… Hours later I found a bunch. We visited Foz do Iguaçu, Rio, and Paraty. Here are some pictures from that trip.
Couple of examples of Carnivals “famous” towel animals. Come for the cruise, stay for the towel animals. If you’ve ever done origami, the towel animals are basically the same idea with towels. You take a few basic patterns with different sized towels and you can create a variety of animals. These were from the Carnival Splendor, Mexican Riviera cruise in April 2011.
I have done a number of Andrea’s puzzles and she has both excellent artistic talent and a lot of smarts about how to design and cut a puzzle. My favorite puzzle ever is an Andrea Farnham, “Time Traveller”.
“Fall by the Wayside” is a a traditional puzzle with a circular shape and irregular pieces.
In 2011, I was fortunate enough to spend a fair bit of time in Paris, France. The food was of course outstanding. These are photos of a couple of well known places, Eiffel Tower, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, and the Zero Point outside the Catherdral of Notre Dame.
This is a very unique custom jigsaw puzzle made by Dee Rogers (Platinum Puzzles) from a photograph I took at Macchu Picchu. Dee took a huge print of my photograph and turned in into a multi-later, 3-Dee masterpiece:
This is to my mind the Stave teaser puzzle that was a precursor to the current line of troublemaker puzzles. This puzzle is entitled “What a Gem“. Putting it together reminded me a bit of playing Tetris. Skill at that, pluckiness, and some post it notes to hold pieces together while I worked helped this puzzle come together.
These were taken with a film camera (Nikon film SLR) in 2000 of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Perhaps one of the saddest places I’ve ever visited. I am grateful that I visited with a good friend and colleague or the sadness would have been overwhelming. I visited Dachau roughly 8 years ago today (15 April 2004).
A photo at the Monterey Bay Aquarium from December 2000.
Thanks to user KM’s input, I’ve updated the Javscript version of Patent Polisher with a small tweak to sort the reference numerals.
This means that all uses of the 100′s come before the 250′s, etc.
Also, I’ve made a white background version available. This eliminates my handsome mugshot and other WordPress paraphernalia from the results. This should make it easier to just print the results to PDF if sharing with a client or internally.