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by jacob
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Cheapest way to move my modest amount of stuff to a new city?
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Cheapest way to move my modest amount of stuff to a new city?

It's a 3 hour drive. Rent a van or a truck. Note that one-way rent rates tend to be >> roundtrip. Thus, if you get rid of some of your bulkier stuff, you might even be able to hitch/pay for a ride to NYC from a fellow student going home to visit family. Somewhere on campus there's probably a pinboar...
by jacob
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 263
Views: 45273

Re: the animal's journal

As in Exxon-Valdez?
by jacob
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: ICO Gold-rush -- Tokenize the world via Blockchain & Smart Contracts
Replies: 5
Views: 228

Re: ICO Gold-rush -- Tokenize the world via Blockchain & Smart Contracts

I think it will take more than a big boy corporation. I think it will take at least one national government and preferably a big one (not just maybe Iceland). Compare to Krugerrands or US greenbacks in the internationa domain. The powers (national entities) that be have material force to prevent thi...
by jacob
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: You only live once - help
Replies: 41
Views: 1687

Re: You only live once - help

What's the saying? "Plan like you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow". Pretty words but light on the key details that fall in between methinks. You just have to readjust the range. For example, Plan like you will live 10-20 years more, live like you will die in 2-3 years. Here's an ...
by jacob
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Trump - Clown Genius
Replies: 1888
Views: 128462

Re: Trump - Clown Genius

@SW - My sportsball model of voters is much more simple. What do people want? Fundamentally they want to cheer for their team first and foremost... maintaining "being a Cubs fan" as part of their self-identity. Many dedicated fans will also have a dedicated feud team so it's also important to be aga...
by jacob
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch
Replies: 16
Views: 1654

Re: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Prototypes are always much slower and more expensive than even the second product. It's better to think of the listed costs as "tuition money" maybe. I watched the telescope vid and they take advantage of a full shop with machine tools. If you also had to build those ... or even if you to work with ...
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The Truish and Actual Political Spectrum
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: The Truish and Actual Political Spectrum

Projecting [political] nuances into 1D is bound to be ... misleading... as people try to re-extract the nuances based on a line.

I'm not convinced that linear algebra is the way to understand politics in the first place. I prefer stock and flow charts.
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Should we adjust the SWR based on last All Time High?
Replies: 21
Views: 963

Re: Should we adjust the SWR based on last All Time High?

I'll summarize my take in fewer words.

Trinity (so-called 4% rule) should serve as an [historic] reality-check [on the plan]. Not as the foundation for the plan.
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Should we adjust the SWR based on last All Time High?
Replies: 21
Views: 963

Re: Should we adjust the SWR based on last All Time High?

@T9000 - You probably already did this ... but if not. Plot the following. x-axis: CAPE10 in starting years. y-axis: life expectancy in years (you'll prob need to log this scale .. or just cut it off at 100 years .. when people have died.) So, for year = 1875 to 2017 {addscatterplotpoint cape10(year...
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: America's breadbasket
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: America's breadbasket

@7wb5 - That's why I suspected subsidies. I figure that they drive the financial decision making and what to plant and grow(*). W/o this, I suspect the breadbasket would be capable of growing a multitude of crops albeit not as profitably. (*) Cf solar technology which may or may not even be viable w...
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Should we adjust the SWR based on last All Time High?
Replies: 21
Views: 963

Re: Should we adjust the SWR based on last All Time High?

The SWR based on a Trinity type study (which is what people usually do when they say "SWR") is taken from the time of pulling the trigger. It is NOT adjusted later. However, as a matter of practicality. It seems wise to adjust spending, at least downwards, to reduce failure risk. (If you also adjust...
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: America's breadbasket
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: America's breadbasket

Yes, there's less corn production in MO than IL when comparing counties across the river. I'm wondering exactly why that is. Similar differences from state to state can be seen in terms of tree cover ... and that's driven by land management policies. Compare, e.g. PA, NY, and OH. (Or US vs Canada on...
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Living in Omaha, Nebraska
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Living in Omaha, Nebraska

@Dragline - I'm hijacking this thread. Any comments/opinions on Cedar Rapids? Or equivalent sans flooding. Dubuque? Iowa City? Culture, major industries, trajectory of economy, ...
by jacob
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: America's breadbasket
Replies: 12
Views: 601

America's breadbasket

What is going on in Missouri? How do you explain the different growing patterns on the two sides of the river. I presume it has to do with politics/policies/subsidies rather than geography?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadbask ... n_belt.svg
by jacob
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: ERE w/ condo
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: ERE w/ condo

I think it would be prudent to multiply by a bit more given the increased risk of unforeseen large expenses. In a house, you have more control over them. In a rental you could move.
by jacob
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sock longevity and darning
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Re: Sock longevity and darning

!= ... not equal
by jacob
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sock longevity and darning
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Re: Sock longevity and darning

I have some fancy hiking socks ($15+/pair) of which I've yet to kill a single pair and some semi-fancy business socks ($5+/pair) and then a dozen+ of junk tennis socks (all black) that I wear all the time (also for hiking and business). All black => Losing one NEQ losing a pair, so attrition rate is...
by jacob
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Garden Log
Replies: 488
Views: 58800

Re: Garden Log

Last year I covered all my 10 beds with leaves and used some branches and annuals to hold them down. I'm currently prepping them again since last frost day is fast appearing. It appears that since then, earth worms have gone through the leaves and turned my otherwise clayey(SP?) soil into something ...
by jacob
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The Role of “Free Luxury”
Replies: 22
Views: 977

Re: The Role of “Free Luxury”

Back in the days ... We were usually paid per diem in which case I would eat the minimal possible since we could pocket the rest. I would even occasionally bring tupperware boxes of oatmeal and just eat that. Per diem is a substantial fraction of a grad student's salary (like a 50% raise for the tra...
by jacob
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch
Replies: 16
Views: 1654

Re: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIqCz ... ssCoHq327g

This guy has a lot of videos and collaborates with the author of the OP book.
by jacob
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Bias in computer algorithms
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: Bias in computer algorithms

Absolutely.
by jacob
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Bias in computer algorithms
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: Bias in computer algorithms

What sort of thing? Algorithms? Training on historic datasets? Training on selected datasets?
by jacob
Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Bias in computer algorithms
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: Bias in computer algorithms

This is one of those unintended facepalm issues ... It's been around for a while. If you include a race variable, pattern algo's will pick up any inherent aspects of race in the world (rest of the data points). Any result might violate a law(*). If you deliberately exclude race, the algo might still...
by jacob
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Obtaining a Second Passport
Replies: 78
Views: 7813

Re: Obtaining a Second Passport

Anyone worried about "what could possibly go wrong" with these dual citizenship arrangements? Examples: * Ending up in a situation that requires diplomatic intervention and having each country trying to wash its hands saying it's the responsibility of the other country? (hostage situation, sea wreck...