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Janeway
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posted July 09, 2002 05:14     Click Here to See the Profile for Janeway   Click Here to Email Janeway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if you won a million dollars?

I would:
1. pay bills
2. buy a new computer
3. buy a pair of really expensive aggressive skates
4. build my own skate park
5. buy a really expensive mountain bike
6. take up karate again
7. learn to scuba dive
8. learn to fly a plane
9. buy a new car
10. play the stock market
11. go back to school
12. start my own software company

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spungo
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posted July 09, 2002 05:29     Click Here to See the Profile for spungo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd definitely buy this place. It is my favourite place in the universe.

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spungo
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posted July 09, 2002 06:52     Click Here to See the Profile for spungo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...on second thoughts, maybe I'd buy this joint. I had muchos fun here last year.

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Alien Investor
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posted July 09, 2002 08:35     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I had a million dollars, I would eat really really good food. I'd have fresh organic spinach every day, and cherries and strawberries and peaches, and delicious whole wheat bread, and organic chicken with no hormones, and so on.

I would look up two of my old high school teachers and give them briefcases of cash. "Thanks for teaching me how to write". "Thanks for teaching me calculus".

I would go climb Mount Fuji.

I would get a $3000 gold plated physical exam with lots of extras.

I would buy an apartment closer to my favorite running place.

I would buy an expensive server (that sits in the closet) and an expensive laptop. Both of them would be silent.

I would buy Richard Stallman some free beer.

I would donate the rest of the money to my favorite charities. Because once I have enough stuff, I want to make the world a better place, not develop expensive tastes.

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Steen
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posted July 09, 2002 10:57     Click Here to See the Profile for Steen   Click Here to Email Steen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd pay off a few bills, buy a new car, move to a slightly better apartment (i.e. one with a dishwasher and broadband access) and visit New Jersey more often (don't ask). Other than that, I don't think winning a million dollars would really change my life all that much.

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maxomai
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posted July 09, 2002 11:09     Click Here to See the Profile for maxomai   Click Here to Email maxomai     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd quit my job, live off the interest, and write free software.

And I'd limit my donations to four charities: two local religious groups, FSF, and Planned Parenthood. Each one gets a grand a year.

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Zwilnik
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posted July 09, 2002 13:32     Click Here to See the Profile for Zwilnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hmm, bill paying first, then somewhere to live and some new toys. Should leave enough left over to live off the interest for a bit and 10% to Shelter/The Big Issue Foundation to restore some derelict housing stock to give people the option of not living in shop doorways. (it annoys me how many derelict houses are left that way by lazy landlords, or money grabbers who are just waiting for them to become so derelict that they're allowed to knock them down and build something more 'upmarket' on the site)

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matt
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posted July 09, 2002 14:28     Click Here to See the Profile for matt   Click Here to Email matt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get a bigger telly.

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Bregalad
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posted July 09, 2002 14:34     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad   Click Here to Email Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably get really excited and starting singing this...

http://bnlrule2.freehomepages.com/iihamd.html

I remember seeing the Barenaked Ladies at an outdoor concert on the UBC campus when they were riding their first wave of popularity, a bunch of young guys from the suburbs having a lot of fun making music. They'd become a household name in Canada virtually overnight when the City of Toronto banned them from performing because their name was "unacceptable". If I Had a Million Dollars was their first single and features a refreshing sense of playfulness rarely seen in the music biz. The goofing around is reminiscent of the Monkees recording of Gonna Buy Me a Dog.

I'd pay off my mortgage and other debts, buy the suite next to mine and blast out a wall to join them, buy furniture and a home theatre system for the new living room, pay off my girlfriend's student loans, pay off my brother's truck loan, donate some money to charity, buy a new Mac with a 23" Cinema Display, take my girlfriend on a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and ask Alien Investor how to turn what's left back into a million dollars.

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Alien Investor
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posted July 09, 2002 15:14     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That last part made me laugh out loud.

I remember that song by the Bare Naked Ladies. It struck me that they were really creative with the idea, where most pop bands would be schmaltzy or obvious.

I look at money this way: before there was money, there was time. Once I have enough money (whatever "enough" is), then I have to figure out what I want to do with the remaining time in my life.

Look at Janeway's list. Most of the items are equipment for stuff that takes a lot of personal effort: new computer, expensive skates, expensive mountain bike, karate lessons, scuba diving, flying a plane, going to school, starting a company. I like that.

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spacefem
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posted July 09, 2002 15:38     Click Here to See the Profile for spacefem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like to think I'd donate to lots of charities and make the lives of hundreds of people much better. So let's go with that.

I know I'd buy enough hardware for a dedicated server to host my webpage though, and I'd host all my friends web pages too because they're good people, and I host some random pages just because I can. whee!

And I'd get a really nice blender.

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snupy
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posted July 09, 2002 17:49     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd buy some land on a beach in the Caribbean and build an animal sanctuary. That way I could live in the place I love and do what I love.

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GameMaster
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posted July 10, 2002 03:47     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am assuming no taxs on the mil?

1.) invest the majority in a CD with the best intrest I can find
2.) invest in Lindows.com
3.) build a small house on a lake in a city
4.) with my dream computer network installed
5.) buy a boat
6.) open a small shop that sells computer stuff, and hire a staff to run it most of the time (I'll do the fun stuff like installing cards and doing repairs)
7.) spend most of my time writting GNU GPL'd software (most of it music software)
8.) Get multipule masters and PhD's since I'd have nothing else to worry about.... and need something to keep me busy.
9.) teach computer scince at the highschool level (since there aren't enough people doing it yet... and it will become increasingly more important to do so.)
10.) Run my own web server and host a Graphical MUD or some other cool game server.

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quantumfluff
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posted July 10, 2002 05:21     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumfluff   Click Here to Email quantumfluff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sailboat. Around 35'. Large enough to live aboard but small enough to single-hand. Sail around the world. If there is enough $ left, retire to the Carribean, otherwise go back to work.

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+Andrew
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posted July 10, 2002 07:48     Click Here to See the Profile for +Andrew   Click Here to Email +Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
Sailboat. Around 35'. Large enough to live aboard but small enough to single-hand. Sail around the world. If there is enough $ left, retire to the Carribean, otherwise go back to work.

Given enough tech/gadgets, even a huge boat can be sailed single-handed. Last summer there was a 105' boat in Gloucester harbor - absolutely everything could be done by remote control from the helm. I think it cost a bit more than just a million, though, as boat prices tend to increase exponentially according to height rather than linearly.

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Buffy
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posted July 10, 2002 08:13     Click Here to See the Profile for Buffy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Give a penny to N and S for every laugh i've had here...

ooops there goes my million dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh, and a
c o n v e r t a b l e !!!!!!!

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Cap'n Vic
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posted July 10, 2002 09:32     Click Here to See the Profile for Cap'n Vic   Click Here to Email Cap'n Vic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you a house
(I would buy you a house)
If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you furniture for your house
(Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman)
If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you a K-Car
(a nice Reliant automobile)
If I had $1000000 I'd buy your love.


If I had $1000000
I'd build a tree fort in our yard
If I had $1000000
You could help, it wouldn't be that hard
If I had $1000000
Maybe we could put a refrigerator in there
Wouldn't that be fabulous


If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you a fur coat
(but not a real fur coat that's cruel)
If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you an exotic pet
(Like a llama or an emu)
If I had $1000000
(if I had $1000000)
I'd buy you John Merrick's remains
(All them crazy elephant bones)
If I had $1000000 I'd buy your love.


If I had $1000000
We wouldn't have to walk to the store
If I had $1000000
We'd take a limousine 'cause it costs more.
If I had $1000000
We wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner
But we would. We'd actually make the treefort from the
first chorus out of it. Mmm.


If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you a green dress
(but not a real green dress, that's cruel)
If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you some art
(a Picasso or a Garfunkel)
If I had $1000000
(If I had $1000000)
I'd buy you a monkey
(haven't you always wanted a monkey?)


If I had $1000000, If I had $1000000
If I had $1000000, If I had $1000000
I'd be rich.

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Erbo
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posted July 10, 2002 09:41     Click Here to See the Profile for Erbo   Click Here to Email Erbo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First things first...I'd send my wife back to Turkey for a few months with about $50K in spending money. That'd keep her happy for a while while I figure out what to do next.

Next...pay bills. Pay off everything we owe to everyone, everywhere.

Then I would set up some funding for Electric Minds, to keep it alive and expand it.

Buying a house would be on the list, but I'd have to wait until Pamela got back from Turkey for that.

I don't really want a new car; I've got a (fairly) new car already, and so does Pamela. As for additional computer stuff, I don't think I'd wind up spending a lot...you'd be surprised how much cheap hardware you can get these days, if you know where to look.

Finally, I think I would agree with some of the other people here:

If I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars),
If I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars),
If I had a million dooo-ooolll-llars...I'd be rich!

(Thank you, Bare Naked Ladies. )

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mephisto
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posted July 10, 2002 10:59     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1. nice motorbike - kawasaki ninja zx9r
2. help my fiancee move her extended family into a big nice house in Canada where all of us can stay as one big happy family.
3. help her father get that sailboat that he has always wanted.
4. get my parents a nice big house in our home town and make sure they can retire
5. put away enough money for my sister's med school.

yeah i guess thats it. i don't really want much for myself. just to see my loved ones happy. what i want money can't buy. i know that from experience. peace of mind, i will never find, its not meant for me

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Snaggy
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posted July 10, 2002 11:04     Click Here to See the Profile for Snaggy   Click Here to Email Snaggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A round of fresh computers for all Superfans!

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Fimbrethil
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posted July 10, 2002 12:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Fimbrethil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bregalad:
Probably get really excited and starting singing this...

http://bnlrule2.freehomepages.com/iihamd.html


I'd like to see that!

I'd pay off my only debt (those blasted student loans that NEVER go away), pay the mortgage on my best friend's place and buy the suite next to his so he can blast out the wall and turn a truly awesome home into a truly spectacular one, pay the mortgage on my mom's house and pay off her credit cards, buy my way into Canada, and get the degrees I'm really interested in so that I can work towards making other people's lives better.

I like the idea of giving money to charities, but I won't really know how it's used and I won't have a direct impact on anyone's life. I'm too cynical to trust other people to use my money to help others rather than themselves. I'd rather spend it giving myself the education to put myself in a position of research or some other beneficial role. What I would most likely do is get involved with a literacy program or some other small local charity that I believe in and anonymously donate money to specific needs that I find in the program as I work there. If I know that a program has need of specific materials I can donate those rather than throwing my money out and hoping that it goes to that. That way I'm actually doing something to help and having some idea of how my money is being used to help in other ways. The only tricky part would be to keep people from finding out that the money and materials are coming from me.

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ilovemydualg4
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posted July 11, 2002 03:51     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hate to sound greedy, but in today's world, a million dollars isn't quite that much. The land near me here that we bought 42 years ago for 50,000 dollars is now worth 2.3 million, and it's only 6 acres.


A million dollars wouldn't pay off my school region's debt
If it were a million dollars before tax it would be even less.... a billion dollars would probably be a better suggestion for the topic.


but, I suppose anyway, I'd give some of it (250,000 or so)to gene therapy research in various fields, such as arthritis, xeno-transplantation, etc.(by ways of stocks and bonds of course ), then all of my other selfish endevours....

1) Buy a nice sailboat, not a big one, just something to sail in the ponds here, I've sailed in other's 420's and I LOVE them, so there's that...
2) Buy some nice skis, and invest some of the money in a ski condo, on the slope, probably from returns of the stocks/bonds
3) Put a large portion of it into a savings account which is of course fdic (just a bit cautious in today's world....)
4) Macs. A lot of them, and anything I can think of. Then I'd send bushels of it off to quality shareware developers, and become a super-angel through nitro/snaggy's eyes (donate a lot to them...)
5) Is there someoen I can give money to to help fight microsoft?
6) Start a NPO which goes traveling around showing governments how much easier, safer, and cheaper it is to not use microsoft products, then help fund the transition (actually, if linux were to be ran, i could just run it on the current machines, it would just be a huge task, but w/e)
7) Give a sum of money to the VHO(Vineyard Housing Office), a local npo. Here on martha's vineyard, we have a huge housing crisis, thanks to all of the tourists. I volunteered for them last summer, and I know that things get done there. They in turn organize between HOTM IAHF and DCRHA.

8) Try to get promoted in my summer job so I get payed more than minimum wage teaching little ppl how to sail
9) Get a job as a ski instructor (again), with my new skis, and new condo, at stratton
10) Live off of the seasonal jobs, volunteer for local angencies in between, and draw from the savings when needed

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Fimbrethil
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posted July 11, 2002 04:53     Click Here to See the Profile for Fimbrethil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ilovemydualg4:
I hate to sound greedy, but in today's world, a million dollars isn't quite that much. The land near me here that we bought 42 years ago for 50,000 dollars is now worth 2.3 million, and it's only 6 acres.

It's enough for some people. My mom's mortgage wouldn't put a dent in a million dollars. She just doesn't make much money as a short order cook, so it'll take her forever to pay it off. But at least the house is hers.

quote:

A million dollars wouldn't pay off my school region's debt
If it were a million dollars before tax it would be even less.... a billion dollars would probably be a better suggestion for the topic.

GOODNESS! I don't think anyone suggested paying off a whole school region's debt! My student loans are the loans I took out to pay for my college education. It's a significant chunk of money, but only about half the amount of my mother's mortgage. I don't need to win a million dollars to pay off my family's total debts. $100,000 would do it and still leave me with enough money to move to Canada. Even then I'd have a nice chunk of change to play with.

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SpikeSpiegel
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posted July 11, 2002 11:20     Click Here to See the Profile for SpikeSpiegel   Click Here to Email SpikeSpiegel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you a house I would buy you a house If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars I'd buy you furniture for your house Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you a K-Car (a nice Reliant automobile
If I Had a million dollars I'd buy your love.
If I Had a million dollars
I'd build a tree fort in our yard.
If I Had a million dollars
You could help, it wouldn't be that hard.
If I Had a million dollars
Maybe we could put a refrigerator in there.
Wouldn't that be fabulous
If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you a fur coat but not a real fur coat that's cruel
If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you an exotic pet Like a llama or an emu
If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you John Merrick's remains All them crazy elephant bones
If I Had a million dollars I'd buy your love
If I Had a million dollars
We wouldn't have to walk to the store
If I Had a million dollars
We'd take a limousine 'cause it costs more
If I Had a million dollars
We wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner.
But we would eat Kraft Dinner. Of course we would, we'd just eat more.
And buy really expensive ketchup with it.
That's right, all the fanciest Dijon Ketchup. Mmmmmm.
If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you a green dress but not a real green dress, that's cruel
If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you some art a Picasso or a Garfunkel
If I Had a million dollars If I Had a million dollars
I'd buy you a monkey haven't you always wanted a monkey?
If I Had a million dollars I'd buy your love
If I Had a million dollars, If I Had a million dollars
If I Had a million dollars , If I Had a million dollars
I'd be rich.

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Tau Zero
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posted July 11, 2002 12:01     Click Here to See the Profile for Tau Zero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mephisto:
2. help my fiancee move her extended family into a big nice house in Canada where all of us can stay as one big happy family.

I thought you announced your marriage back in February?

A million bucks, hmmm.  A million (even US$ compared to $CDN) isn't all that much.  You can't even start a decent-sized company for that much; it'll barely do for seed capital.  If you want really nice digs or privacy (like your own island) or a jet airplane to get places fast... a million won't get you there.

A million will let you live comfortably for a long time, though.  Invest in a house in a good place and you can watch your equity go up.  $100,000US will buy you a very nice 40-odd foot ocean-going boat (maybe 50 foot depending on age and appointments), and you can probably live on it for a couple decades sailing around if you watch your expenditures.

I'd try to set a good example.  I'd build an energy-efficient house someplace, try to heat and power it with the sun and wind, and buy or build an electric car.  Beyond that, I don't know; I'd probably keep working just to have something to do.

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mephisto
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posted July 11, 2002 12:25     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tau Zero:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by mephisto:
[b]2. help my fiancee move her extended family into a big nice house in Canada where all of us can stay as one big happy family.

I thought you announced your marriage back in February?

[/B][/QUOTE]

thanks for reminding me, Tau. How nice off you! (and by the way to answer that post you posted a long long time ago, it wasn't me who suggested marriage, it was her.) You see i wasn't there (at my wedding) or anything so i wouldn't know now, would I? i mean i was stoned outta my mind when the whole thing happened so i wouldn't remember anything. thanks for reminding me.
its one of those scripts i have that does auto completes pretty much everything for me or tries to think ahead as too what i'm going to type, being too lazy. some things still haven't been updated and i'm too lazy to do it.
so, why so interested?

*mephisto - smiles that annoying knowing smile off his. then throws his head back and laughs his ass off.

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snupy
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posted July 11, 2002 14:30     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Barenaked Ladies rule!!!!!

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matt
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posted July 11, 2002 14:38     Click Here to See the Profile for matt   Click Here to Email matt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by matt:
Get a bigger telly.

Forgot, i need a light shade for my bedroom too, i might just splash out on that any way.

I found this mp3 file that some of you might like:-
"This is a parody of "Bare Naked Ladies - One Week" about Microsoft Windows."

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SpikeSpiegel
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posted July 11, 2002 15:03     Click Here to See the Profile for SpikeSpiegel   Click Here to Email SpikeSpiegel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
Barenaked Ladies rule!!!!!

got that right

both the band and the other type of barenaked ladies

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Bregalad
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posted July 11, 2002 16:45     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad   Click Here to Email Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by matt:
I found this mp3 file that some of you might like:-
"This is a parody of "Bare Naked Ladies - One Week" about Microsoft Windows."

I'll have a listen when I get home tonight. Weird Al also used One Week as the basis for a parody song. His is about the Jerry Springer Show. I prefer the other parody songs on that album: The Saga Begins, and Pretty Fly (For a Rabbi)

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biogeek
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posted July 11, 2002 18:04     Click Here to See the Profile for biogeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A million dollars
For me
1. enough bookcases
2. books to fill all of them
3. an apartment that doesn't have roaches
4. a vacation
5. my own pcr machine
For others
1. a free photocopy card to good science students who don't want to be MDs
2. a good playground someplace that needs one
3. a free parking place for the researcher who has done good work
4. all the gifts that i've meant to give to family members but haven't because of lack of time and money.

and, if i were feeling really charitable, pay of my exboyfriend's debts anonymously. he's worked really hard all his life and even though things got bad with us, he deserves a break financially. and I know that he wouldn't accept money if it were non-anonymously given.

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ilovemydualg4
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posted July 12, 2002 04:01     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SpikeSpiegel:
got that right

both the band and the other type of barenaked ladies


hahahah nice sig too

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posted July 12, 2002 10:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Tau Zero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by biogeek:
and, if i were feeling really charitable, pay of my exboyfriend's debts anonymously. he's worked really hard all his life and even though things got bad with us, he deserves a break financially. and I know that he wouldn't accept money if it were non-anonymously given.

Yeah, I know.  There's somebody out there whose student loans would have been no problem for me to pick up, but she would never have let me even if we were still on the same terms.

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posted July 12, 2002 22:15     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ilovemydualg4:
I hate to sound greedy, but in today's world, a million dollars isn't quite that much. The land near me here that we bought 42 years ago for 50,000 dollars is now worth 2.3 million, and it's only 6 acres.

In the world of 1960, $50,000 was a lot of money. A new house cost $16,500 back then. Source:

http://www.1960sflashback.com/1960/Economy.asp

Your land is up from $50k to $2300k in 42 years, which works out to a growth rate of 9.6% a year. In contrast, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average is up about 6.7% over the same period. OTOH, the Dow-Jones pays dividents on top of that, whereas the land has property tax applied to it every year, but you can also rent the land out.

And the price of American gasoline has gone up only 3.9% a year during the past 42 years.

I'm not going anywhere with this. I just like to work the "y^x" and "1/x" buttons on my calculator.

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