Extra Features: Bragging Rights vs Utility

This is a continuation of my Computer Buying Guide series of posts, starting with my recommendations for a good, reliable computer.  When you try to build a computer on a manufacturer’s site, like Dell or Lenovo, you’re presented with a whole bunch of other options.  So here’s what I think of some of the most … Continue reading "Extra Features: Bragging Rights vs Utility"

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Trip Planning on a Budget: How I Stayed a Week in Hawai’i for $922

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I was posting in a tent. Well, today I’ll tell you why! One of the few perks of Graduate School is being sent to conferences to present your research. And I was lucky enough to get my paper accepted to the 2018 Nuclear Science and Radiation Effects Conference … Continue reading "Trip Planning on a Budget: How I Stayed a Week in Hawai’i for $922"

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The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Cell Phone Plans

Surprise! This week Joe and I have decided to switch things up. Today I’ll talk about megabytes (sort of) and this weekend Joe will talk about money. For a while, I was mooching off my very generous parents for my phone/phone plan. As a result, I got kind of lazy and never looked into optimizing this … Continue reading "The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Cell Phone Plans"

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Blueprint for a Baseline Laptop

You probably think that buying a computer is hard. And you know what? You’re absolutely right. There’s so many different manufacturers, so many different hardware configurations, and so many different form factors. But armed with the knowledge of what the different hardware does in your computer, we can narrow the field a bit. Throw in … Continue reading "Blueprint for a Baseline Laptop"

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Roth is for Rich: The Backdoor and Mega-Backdoor Roth IRA

There is a common piece of financial advice given to people like me which I strongly disagree with. By people like me I mean people who are currently making a low income but are “expected” to make a higher income in the future. And the advice is this: contribute to a Roth IRA instead of … Continue reading "Roth is for Rich: The Backdoor and Mega-Backdoor Roth IRA"

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