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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 16 January 2020, 20:13

René wrote:
mxguy01 wrote:First I'm in a spendy mood because well when they announced that life expectancy has gone down in the US that just meant I need to spend my retirement a little bit faster.

That's not how it works. Average life expectancy, used without a qualifier, generally refers to life expectancy at birth, i.e. for a baby born in a certain year. If you're not a newborn baby, it has no bearing on you. There are different statistics for people who are a certain age today, and the recent reporting did not concern those.

A report by the CDC specifically highlighted three factors contributing to the decline in US life expectancy at birth: rises in drug overdoses, liver disease and suicide. Are any of those likely to affect you?

Also relevant and perhaps ironic is this article from yesterday's Guardian:
Being wealthy adds nine years to life expectancy, says study

...which, incidentally, is quite a bit more than that drop in life expectancy reported for US babies born from 2016 to 2017, which measured at just about a month.


First, we already established I'm not wealthy. Being firmly middle-class (at best) is a far cry from wealthy and the health benefits of "wealthy people" do not apply.

As to how likely any of those factors are likely to apply to me, maybe someday I'll care enough to ask myself.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Subra » 17 January 2020, 00:38

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Subra wrote:My bf bought an electric blanket, so the bed is pre-toasted for sleep.

Hopefully yours won't burn down your bedroom like mine did mine. :P
Is it temperature-controlled so it can't overheat?


I dunno. It's a silent night one, it advises against leaving it on max setting for longer than 30 mins.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 17 January 2020, 06:41

Subra wrote:
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Subra wrote:My bf bought an electric blanket, so the bed is pre-toasted for sleep.

Hopefully yours won't burn down your bedroom like mine did mine. :P
Is it temperature-controlled so it can't overheat?

I dunno. It's a silent night one, it advises against leaving it on max setting for longer than 30 mins.

Sounds like it doesn't have a temperature sensor and just pumps out a steady wattage, then. Scary stuff. Mine was actually off when the fire started, so it is possible for these rather primitive things to overheat while on without you realising it and only start a fire later while turned off.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 18 January 2020, 12:03

Speaking of electric blankets, I recently got this heated hoodie (for $75 using a 25%-off voucher):

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It's temperature-controlled so it can't overheat, with 3 temperature settings and separate controls for front and back. The only problem is that they apparently don't have any in size M despite claiming to and just sent me a size L instead, so the one I've got right now is way too big, but it is really nice to have when living in Scotland during the winter months :awesome:

And after I complained, they refunded it without asking me to ship it back :D
So now I'll probably get another one from a different brand that makes more sense and doesn't sell things that don't exist.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Severelius » 18 January 2020, 18:28

Fleshlight, if I'm totally honest.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 18 January 2020, 19:45

No shame in that. Have a good time with it. I would.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 18 January 2020, 19:47

mxguy01 wrote:No shame in that. Have a good time with it. I would.

I think we can safely assume the item is no longer covered by the retailer’s returns policy.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 18 January 2020, 19:50

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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby xeil » 23 January 2020, 16:04

Body scrub and a face mask that I didn't even wanted to buy, but I just needed some distraction after an intense study session so now I have a soft facial skin :english:
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 24 January 2020, 21:07

Late last night as a complete impulse purchase I got a little Garmin GEO 2 GPS/GLONASS receiver which connects to your phone (or tablet or laptop) through Bluetooth and takes over the GNSS reception, giving a more precise and stable position (10 Hz refresh and 3 m precision vs most high-end phone's typical 1 Hz and 5 m).

I can't wait to try it out on my hike on Sunday! Tomorrow we're taking the train to get McDonalds so I'll try it out for that as well. (I love logging my journeys everywhere with GNSS tracks.)
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 24 January 2020, 21:21

Brenden wrote:Late last night as a complete impulse purchase I got a little Garmin GEO 2 GPS/GLONASS receiver which connects to your phone (or tablet or laptop) through Bluetooth and takes over the GNSS reception, giving a more precise and stable position (10 Hz refresh and 3 m precision vs most high-end phone's typical 1 Hz and 5 m).

I can't wait to try it out on my hike on Sunday! Tomorrow we're taking the train to get McDonalds so I'll try it out for that as well. (I love logging my journeys everywhere with GNSS tracks.)


You'll have to let us know how that works out. I've had a couple Garmin units and their user interface leaves much to be desired. I've heard other GPS handheld units are just as bad. GPS is nice but on any serious hike that I don't know the route, I'm sure to have map and compass in my pocket.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 24 January 2020, 22:11

mxguy01 wrote:
Brenden wrote:Late last night as a complete impulse purchase I got a little Garmin GEO 2 GPS/GLONASS receiver which connects to your phone (or tablet or laptop) through Bluetooth and takes over the GNSS reception, giving a more precise and stable position (10 Hz refresh and 3 m precision vs most high-end phone's typical 1 Hz and 5 m).

I can't wait to try it out on my hike on Sunday! Tomorrow we're taking the train to get McDonalds so I'll try it out for that as well. (I love logging my journeys everywhere with GNSS tracks.)

You'll have to let us know how that works out. I've had a couple Garmin units and their user interface leaves much to be desired. I've heard other GPS handheld units are just as bad. GPS is nice but on any serious hike that I don't know the route, I'm sure to have map and compass in my pocket.

I spent like an hour researching the options for cheap handheld sat nav units like Garmin's eTrex 10 before ultimately deciding on the Garmin GEO 2 specifically because it has pretty much no user interface whatsoever besides two little lights and an on button. That way I can just use it with any app I want on my phone without needing to faff around with some archaic interface, and use it with the Ordnance Survey map subscription I already spend £20 a year to access (OS maps are the OG maps of the UK, with painstaking detail of every square foot of the country). You can also pair it with multiple devices at once, so while out and about I can not only give my phone a GNSS boost but also René's phone and give our WiFi iPad location service as well).
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 26 January 2020, 20:07

That brings back nightmares of loading USGS maps into Garmin before a trip. I tended to only turn it on to confirm my current position as I had already located position via map and compass. More like I never lost my position using map and compass. So such a simple device would suit my purpose entirely.

I have a Garmin for my street bikes. I hate it too. LoL. But it beats my cell phone which has policies set like locking the phone making it down right dangerous to use. Even without that that, all the movement from a motorcycle and auto rotation of the screen kicks in just at the worst of moments. So I have the Garmin. Although a pain in the arse it does have features such as located nearest gas station along route which works except in the most needed cases... :runaway:
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Jzone » 26 January 2020, 21:01

I prefer a map & compass myself, but there is no excuse for not using available tech in most situations. One benefit of using a good old fashioned map is you get a great sense of where you are in relation to a larger area. Looking at our screens and following a highlighted route is practical, but can leave us with no awareness of where we really are. There certainly are benefits to both.

Having sailed out of sight of land across unfamiliar waters with nothing but chart & compass, then being blown off course by 120 km/h winds overnight, I was glad to have some old-school navigation skills. This was before GPS was available to the public.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby rxxli » 26 January 2020, 21:33

I really don’t get the need for a separate GPS receiver (or a standalone unit) these days. Ok, I get it for specialist uses (like on bikes) when you want something more rugged. And in cars you have better integration with built in devices. But for out an about... I really don’t. Especially not when modern phones have GPS, Glonass and Gallileo receivers built in already. Isn’t a separate devices that needs to be charged, maintained, ... just a hassle? Especially on the move where you really want to take the minimum with you.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 January 2020, 21:38

rxxli wrote:I really don’t get the need for a separate GPS receiver (or a standalone unit) these days. Ok, I get it for specialist uses (like on bikes) when you want something more rugged. And in cars you have better integration with built in devices. But for out an about... I really don’t. Especially not when modern phones have GPS, Glonass and Gallileo receivers built in already. Isn’t a separate devices that needs to be charged, maintained, ... just a hassle? Especially on the move where you really want to take the minimum with you.

The GNSS reception in my iPhone X is significantly worse than in my 6s which I feel was somewhat worse than in my 5s, and from what I've read lots of people have experienced this with their newer model phones.

I have a hypothesis that as the cellular chips have gotten better and the signals stronger the antennae in phones have shrunk, but GNSS reception is reliant on the same — now smaller — antennae but the signals haven't gotten stronger because they're based on the same standards set down ages ago and also satellites are very far away and have limited power resources.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby LostGuy94 » 28 January 2020, 17:04

So I bought some wireless bluetooth headphones, got them in Tesco for £10.
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Also bought some car mats for my motor which I finally got washed this afternoon.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 28 January 2020, 17:16

How are they? I would have suggested going for well-rated ones from Amazon. Hopefully Tesco's stuff is up to snuff!
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby LostGuy94 » 28 January 2020, 17:24

René wrote:How are they? I would have suggested going for well-rated ones from Amazon. Hopefully Tesco's stuff is up to snuff!

Considering what I paid for them, they're not too bad at all. Somehow it's more comfortable to wear them the wrong way round. Battery life is only 5 hours which isn't the greatest but is about the length I'd likely use them for, could always take my charger on longer trips.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby John27 » 28 January 2020, 22:56

Groceries. And groceries. And groceries. Wow, what thrilling shopping trips I have... :lol:

Although a couple of weeks ago, I did get a fairly decent shirt at a local thrift store. It was a 99 cent clearance item. It's amazing how much good stuff can linger to clearance day...

I got another shirt last week that is really nice, and also clearance. I think that one lingered because it's short sleeved--if spring was here, it would probably would have been sold long before clearance day. I have no idea how well it will work--I'm not even sure it will fit (I went entirely by label), but I think it should work for me.
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