Your next big purchase?

Taking bld’s idea…

What’s on the shopping list for you next?

For me, it’s potentially a Nikon D7000 body…

An Android tablet. If a decent one comes available.

Christmas presents! The eldest daughter needs a new laptop, and maybe a new desktop too. New backup drives, to be (theoretically) copied to and sequestered off-site.
But there aren’t any great needs, nor compelling non-needs, so I’m a something of a loss.

I paid property taxes on the houses today (ouch!)

Still waiting for the expected (large) tax refund (taxes submitted in october, near the last possible date…)

Thinking of lending money to the TechShop SJ effort; an interesting prospect…

A LAPTOP :wink: provided my dad really feel’s i need one mostly expecting it as a birthday present

I’m going to pay for part of a Kaoss pad 3 for christmas!

24" KH Mountain Unicycle - on its way

Just purchased some purple plastic pedals too :slight_smile:

Next big purchase after that…
Christmas presents for other people.
Then it might be a brake for my unicycle :slight_smile:

I paid property taxes on the houses today (ouch!)

I understand that one…I’ve got property taxes on my mom’s old house to pay (as I wait for f-ing ever in the limbo known as probate - next time, mom, leave a will).

Honestly, my next big purchase is likely to be one of the following:

  1. Repair work on my Bronco (needs a large overhaul of the suspension, among other work - might get some locking diffs, too).

  2. A/C unit for my shop.

If I’m lucky, maybe both…

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Would be a house if I am not:

  1. Too cheap
  2. Too underpaid as a prof.
  3. Too picky on the back yard orientation (has to be south in this cold world)
  4. Too specific (can’t do split entry or ranch)
  5. working in a town that’s too small
  6. Too afraid to be a slave of the bank

ATtiny85V-10PU * 25 from Mouser

All the parts to make one quadcopters, the sensors alone cost over 200$ :frowning:

IR led x 10,000 :wink:

Chassis design produced through ponoko. I can feel that custom cut acrylic under my fingertips already.

Could you share your pics when you get your piece back?

BTW, how did Einstein upset you?

Sure thing, but I probably won’t send it out for a month or so - I’m still working on the design (my first time, so it’s gonna take a while).

The Einstein thing… well an old physics teacher of mine once wrote “what if E != mc^2?” in my yearbook, so I thought I’d steal his joke. No beef with Einstein here.

Hahaha, I suppose a lot of theorists will lose their jobs. Units will be messed up if somehow E=mc or E=mc^3.

That Einstein was one clever dude. Even from the grave he’s making contributions…
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40358319/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Lunch.

Would be a house if I am not:

  1. Too cheap
  2. Too underpaid as a prof.
  3. Too picky on the back yard orientation (has to be south in this cold world)
  4. Too specific (can’t do split entry or ranch)
  5. working in a town that’s too small
  6. Too afraid to be a slave of the bank

liudr - there isn’t a better time to buy a house, if you have the money for it. If you get a 30 year fixed and don’t go too crazy on the size/style/amenities of the house, you could pay that thing off in 15 years and be sitting pretty. Mortgage rates will likely never be this low in a loooong time, and banks are almost begging for people to buy the old foreclosed properties - they’ll probably cut you a great deal.

Whatever you do, insist on a fixed rate. The thing about a house (provided you are looking at it as a place to live, and not an investment) is that you build equity in it. While, yes, you are technically a “slave to the bank”, this -is- secured credit, as opposed to a credit card or other debt obligations. Furthermore, the value of property can’t drop much further (and if it does, we’re all hosed), so the value of the property and such can almost only go up from here.

I would also suggest getting a pre-owned home in a neighborhood without a homeowner’s association. IMHO, they are only worth it if you want to live in a neighborhood where people only keep their house up under threat of fines, not because they enjoy their neighbors and neighborhood. I prefer to be among the latter group, personally. Plus, older pre-owned neighborhoods have real character, and don’t feel like cookie-cutter fakeness. I’d be willing to bet that if you really looked around your area, you could find a nice Craftsman fixer-upper for cheap (if you’ve never seen a Craftsman - oh, man, if they haven’t been stripped down, they are among the nicest houses style-wise, inside and out).

Of course, your needs/wants are pretty specific - you might find it easier to find land and build a custom house on it (unless this would be your first home - then you would need to carefully weigh whether that option could be taken, because it isn’t simple, and costs can get out of control easily).

Good luck, whatever you decide!

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