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What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: stephen
Date: November 13, 2019 05:00PM
I've been a pretty good boy in not buying "stuff," but now I'm in the mood.

Trying to cool my iPad fever, but might pull the trigger.

Now that AirPods are down in price, maybe.

What else have you bought and loved this year? Apple or non-Apple, or even non-electronic, what consumer good has really delivered beyond your expectations?
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 13, 2019 05:06PM
my ubiquiti networking hardware. My raspberry pi has been fun too. Actually, my touchscreen locks are pretty damn good. Oh, and the myQ garage door control. Perhaps you're sensing a theme...



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 13, 2019 05:11PM
A bidet attachment for my toilet. Best $35 I ever spent.
In a year or two, I may spring for one of the spendier electric models, with multiple controls.

A laser engraver/cutter (cuts paper, cardboard, etc... engraves harder materials). Don't have it yet, so, maybe I shouldn't count it.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 13, 2019 05:12PM
My red 2014 Cadillac ELR. It’s a PHEV based on the Volt’s Voltec platform. At $23,800 (+ taxes, etc.) it’s also the most I have ever paid for a car, even adjusting for inflation.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: timg
Date: November 13, 2019 05:12PM
I think probably the 20lb bag of ice is the coolest ....

on the hardware front, I've only bought cool things for family members - airpods, apple watches, iPhone Xr ...

I did pick up a google AIY vision kit and a voice kit. those are pretty cool. haven't had too much time to work on them, but got them both up and running the demos. they are based on raspberry pi 0WH boards with a daughter card (or hat in pi terms) to add some functionality.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 13, 2019 05:14PM
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Paul F.
A bidet attachment for my toilet. Best $35 I ever spent.

Agreed, LOL, I just bought eight of them as stocking stuffers.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 13, 2019 05:17PM
dash cam. thanks to space-time's deal alert. it's pretty cool, even if it is not a top line model.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: DP
Date: November 13, 2019 05:18PM
My red 2014 Cadillac ELR. It’s a PHEV based on the Volt’s Voltec platform. At $23,800 (+ taxes, etc.) it’s also the most I have ever paid for a car, even adjusting for inflation.

I was seriously considering one of these-a real bargain at what you paid. But, they didn't come in 4WD. So, I bought the TR6 instead grinning smiley







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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: stephen
Date: November 13, 2019 05:23PM
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DP
So, I bought the TR6 instead grinning smiley



That TR6 is magnificent!
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: November 13, 2019 05:27PM
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DP
My red 2014 Cadillac ELR. It’s a PHEV based on the Volt’s Voltec platform. At $23,800 (+ taxes, etc.) it’s also the most I have ever paid for a car, even adjusting for inflation.

I was seriously considering one of these-a real bargain at what you paid. But, they didn't come in 4WD. So, I bought the TR6 instead grinning smiley


The TR6 has way big cool factor!

Mine was a Sony RX10. DSLR outfit was getting bigger and heavier every year. RX10 has a fabulous mid-zoom Zeiss-licensed lens, the brand used by Hasselblad since the 50s, with f2.8 for its full range and a 1" sensor, tilt-only screen (fully articulated irritates the bejesus outa me). Takes great photos, great UI, good luggable size and weight.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 13, 2019 05:42PM
....what.......no H&B......????



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 13, 2019 05:46PM
AirPods. Wires suck.

Though I just got a 144Hz gaming monitor which is pretty great. But the AirPods make a bigger difference so they win.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 13, 2019 05:47PM
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: rz
Date: November 13, 2019 05:57PM
A new fridge last week. Very cool.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 13, 2019 06:03PM
If we extend the window a few months, last year's set of 3 Google WIFI pucks.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: flareslow
Date: November 13, 2019 06:16PM
A 1981 Harpoon 5.2. I'm gonna teach my kids to sail.smiley-rpg028

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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: wurm
Date: November 13, 2019 06:17PM
Okay, nothing really high-tech, but I think it's cool, nonetheless.

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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: November 13, 2019 06:37PM
a 1970 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp..

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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 13, 2019 06:46PM
Specifically cool? Used condenser motor to replace failed one in 12 year old fridge. Much cooler now.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 13, 2019 07:00PM
Succumbing to MRF peer pressure, I purchased an Anova Precision Cooker Nano on
ebay. Sold like new, still wrapped & in the box, but with broken clamp screw knob.

Paid $25 after ebay $10 off AmEx promo.
Anonva will not sell or provide a new screw, so I fixed it myself.
Used a 2.5mm drill bit & 20¢ pc case screw.

Works great!





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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: November 13, 2019 07:14PM
I'm trying to think, but nothing cool comes up! I did buy an iPad Pro last December, as well as a 2nd HomePod, but both were late last year.

I DID spend some cash on roofs this year. Not really cool, just expensive. A new standing seam metal roof for one of the storage buildings, (it WAS cool how they installed it, BIG rolls of metal extruded to fit panels right on the job site) and a traditional shingle roof on the house about a month ago.

I spend dough on needed items instead of cool stuff like you guys! Maybe next year I'll grab something really cool.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: vision63
Date: November 13, 2019 07:33PM
Bought the best little camera of my life. My Nikon Z6.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: davester
Date: November 13, 2019 08:14PM
I bought a 1982 Raleigh International bicycle. The cool part is that it appears to have never been ridden. It even came with the original receipts for all the parts.





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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 13, 2019 08:19PM
....Fonzi.....



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: November 13, 2019 09:10PM
My brand new 2019 Triumph Street Triple R. I've been riding over 40 years and this is as close to a perfect motorcycle as I have ever ridden:





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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: vision63
Date: November 13, 2019 09:13PM
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Yoyodyne ArtWorks
My brand new 2019 Triumph Street Triple R. I've been riding over 40 years and this is as close to a perfect motorcycle as I have ever ridden:


Looks so cool.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: davester
Date: November 13, 2019 09:20PM
Wow! Pretty much everything on this thread is really cool. I love the vehicles especially. Only issue is, I don't know what the heck that nano cooker thing is.

I'm even down with Paul's bidet. I did the same thing...bought the $35 cold water version and eventually found a Toto electric one on sale.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: stephen
Date: November 13, 2019 09:28PM
I'm using my Anova now.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: stephen
Date: November 13, 2019 09:28PM
I used the cold water bidet yesterday, in 22 degree weather, no problem... the water in your house is never that cold.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: November 13, 2019 09:40PM
For me it was probably the Rad Rover fat tire e-bike. Technically I purchased it in November of 2018, but it got put away almost immediately due to an abrupt start of winter. With quite a bit of Chrohn's related arthritis pain, I had pretty much given up on any sort of biking. Now, over the last 6 months, I've put in about 500 miles on the bike on bike paths, roads, and light mountain biking trails. It does well in mud, snow and sand. When my joints are starting to feel the twang of an uphill push, I can just do a burst of throttle to get through. We have 2 e-bikes now.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 13, 2019 10:21PM
Very cool! I remember when you got it.

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DP
My red 2014 Cadillac ELR. It’s a PHEV based on the Volt’s Voltec platform. At $23,800 (+ taxes, etc.) it’s also the most I have ever paid for a car, even adjusting for inflation.

I was seriously considering one of these-a real bargain at what you paid. But, they didn't come in 4WD. So, I bought the TR6 instead grinning smiley


Like I mentioned, mine is red, too:



(You can see the charge port between the front wheel and the mirror.)



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 13, 2019 10:25PM
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stephen
I used the cold water bidet yesterday, in 22 degree weather, no problem... the water in your house is never that cold.

Well, it can get cold if you’ve run water. But, of course, never colder than 32°. I know we are more efficient with our bidet use in winter than in summer.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: vision63
Date: November 13, 2019 10:51PM
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Speedy
Very cool! I remember when you got it.

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DP
My red 2014 Cadillac ELR. It’s a PHEV based on the Volt’s Voltec platform. At $23,800 (+ taxes, etc.) it’s also the most I have ever paid for a car, even adjusting for inflation.

I was seriously considering one of these-a real bargain at what you paid. But, they didn't come in 4WD. So, I bought the TR6 instead grinning smiley


Like I mentioned, mine is red, too:



(You can see the charge port between the front wheel and the mirror.)

Dang Speedy, that's nice!
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: November 14, 2019 12:52AM
Red iPhone Xr, but what may be cooler are the PD chargers for it.
2019 has been a pretty dull year so far, but I'm holding high hopes for BF and CM coming up shortly.

Though in sticking w/ the red theme, I did score some red Nike kicks, that are about as cool as basic sneakers can get...



Still trying to decide between the Habanero Red w/ white swoosh, or the University Red w/ black swoosh, as to which is cooler...
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 14, 2019 05:08AM
I like my iPods pro as a best purchase so far for 2019.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: wave rider
Date: November 14, 2019 05:12AM
Sangean S-35 AM/FM pocket radio purchased at the end of November 2018. Use it every day for the NPR and the occasional sporting event. Eneloop using with a decent little speaker and under $20.



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Cary
Date: November 14, 2019 05:16AM
Car Play enabled Pioneer stereo for my 2002 530i. Very cool.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: DP
Date: November 14, 2019 06:40AM
Two us bought Triumphs this year!





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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: November 14, 2019 06:51AM
A really nice GPS receiver( a GPSMap 66s which came out last year) a couple of 15lb blankets, a super fancy kayaking paddle that makes a giant difference (Werner Shuna in a special thickness and length for little old me), a top of the line wetsuit - but I actually won that last one smiling smiley that's all I can think of.
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: 3d
Date: November 14, 2019 08:18AM
I'm enjoying re-reading comics I read in the 80s as a kid 35 years later.

Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller's Sin City
Alan Moore's Watchmen
Secret Wars

Compilations purchased used on eBay for a few bucks. The oversized one is an out-of-print Gallery Edition of DKR. Scanned from the original black and white inked pages sourced from private collections all over the world. It weights 10lbs!

Alex Ross's Marvels didn't make it into the shot.

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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 14, 2019 10:00AM
Enough parts to build 2 semi-custom FrankenRuger target pistols.

One came as the notorious "Bag of Gun"
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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 14, 2019 01:46PM
.....snow.....cone.....



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Re: What's the coolest purchase you've made this year?
Posted by: flightdelayedagain
Date: November 15, 2019 10:11AM
Back in June we bought a 3-Zone Mitsubishi Ductless Mini-Split system. Wow, should not have waited so long to install. So impressed!
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