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by Solvent
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Not applying analysis in one domain to your actions in another
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Not applying analysis in one domain to your actions in another

I was kicked into a train of thought by this interview between Tyler Cowen and Patrick Collison (the series is very good, by the way, I think it's been linked before). Particularly this para: What I find depressing about a lot of academia is you have people who think very scientifically about their ...
by Solvent
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Teach a man to fish
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: Teach a man to fish

I thought it was "Give a man a fire, and he'll be warm for the evening. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
by Solvent
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate
Replies: 39
Views: 1552

Re: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate

I think Switzerland has trouble with 1, 3, and 6. As far as cost if you're comparing cities with cities, and small towns with small towns, it would be more expensive than the US. Health care is very expensive, it's one of the few countries that can compare with the US in that aspect. I'm certainly n...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate
Replies: 39
Views: 1552

Re: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate

I think Malaysia meets a lot of these conditions except 8. I haven't spent a lot of time there but it's on my list of places to investigate. It's certainly not progressive, but apparently Penang, which has (I think) mostly Straits Chinese population, relative to the Malays, is a little more lax on t...
by Solvent
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Internationalist

Well as mentioned upthread, it's too far away from my family, and my wife's family. That's probably the biggest reason. That would be slightly compounded if I moved to Bienne, which is a further train ride (admittedly not a long one) from an international airport. While it's entirely my own fault, a...
by Solvent
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Internationalist

This month was less successful, in financial terms, than the last. There were two doctor's bills and one dentist's bill to be paid. TV tax was due, as was personal insurance. Too many bills! I also bought a compact camera to replace the one that was stolen on a work trip to Luanda last year. I do mu...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Trying to create a "new normal" with exercise?
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: Trying to create a "new normal" with exercise?

There's not much to tabata, but unfortunately in simplicity hides complexity. I think here is a decent summary. Work as hard as possible for 20 seconds. Rest for 10. Repeat for four minutes. The thing is, you've got to be doing an exercise that recruits a significant portion of muscle mass, and that...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Singvestor's awakening
Replies: 79
Views: 8892

Re: Singvestor's awakening

Hi Singvestor, just read through much of your journal. I should've followed it earlier, since I feel we're similar in a few ways. I'm also an expat (but I came to Europe from the Asia-Pacific), similar age, and one of my spending weaknesses is certainly travel. I look forward to hearing how you go r...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Smashter's Great Adventure
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

Re: Smashter's Great Adventure

To comment on the start of your journal, I also switched from the arts to a more 'sensible' career. I had come to the realisation that doing music was way frickin' harder than anyone outside the field believes, and I didn't love it enough to turn it into a job. I got good at economics (my chosen fie...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Would you give your kids money for college or life?
Replies: 24
Views: 1447

Re: Would you give your kids money for college or life?

This thread interests me, so thanks for starting it. I have a kid, but this is all recent so I'm not yet sure on how to approach the whole idea of saving for education. I can say that for now, I don't feel a particular urge to put away a specific fund. The money all comes out of the same pot. I don'...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The Law Against Social Parasites
Replies: 29
Views: 1816

Re: The Law Against Social Parasites

The chocolate is often sold in 100g blocks which makes extrapolation to price/kg pretty simple. By the way, in the French, a 'block' of chocolate is a 'tablette'. This explains a pun in Air France's safety video, if you happen to have flown with them recently. It amused me that my French comprehensi...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: My Experience in Vipassana
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: My Experience in Vipassana

I don't actually bear any ill-feelings towards Vipassana but I did find the following skit funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CPIa0-M0tI Meditation is something I've tried a few times but I can't seem to stick with the habit. It doesn't seem to do anything for me. Once I managed to give myself ...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Varieties of salt and cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Varieties of salt and cooking

Asking here because I trust people on this forum to be more resistant to marketing hype than others. Does anyone bother to use premium salt when cooking? Himalayan salts, sea salt flakes, kosher salts, etc. I understand that for the specific purpose of pickling, you might not want plain table salt b...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Flaws in libertarianism
Replies: 83
Views: 3452

Re: Flaws in libertarianism

A basic inconditional income would do it, but how to finance it rightfully? As per Thomas Paine, tax land. No-one 'created' it (bar those islands in the South China Sea, or Singapore's expansion, etc. Although, you know, they're buying that land from somewhere else, after a fashion). To link to my ...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Flaws in libertarianism
Replies: 83
Views: 3452

Re: Flaws in libertarianism

The question of initial appropriation is highly problematic for many strains of libertarian thought. I don't know that a 'solution' exists as OP seems to ask, although people definitely have preferences. Although I'm sympathetic to many kinds of libertarian thinking, I think the fundamental philosop...
by Solvent
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Problems money can't solve?
Replies: 13
Views: 1072

Re: Problems money can't solve?

Money won't stop the baby from crying.
by Solvent
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Internationalist

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." I read this quote while sitting in the office just the other day and felt a mad wave of frustration pass through me. In February I had a cold that hung around for far too long. Only in the last few days have I felt up to doing some exerc...
by Solvent
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Coffee and pints
Replies: 21
Views: 1359

Re: Coffee and pints

@ebast -
Thanks for that, I enjoyed it. Especially:
...although his secret benefit is a venue to be insufferable...
@Did

I can only say that, being in Ireland, giving up pints on your part would seem to be "Deprivation mode: hard."
by Solvent
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Mealtime trouble with kids
Replies: 11
Views: 956

Re: Mealtime trouble with kids

If indeed a child was able to consistently starve themselves I completely agree this a bad thing and would not encourage the behavior. I think we agree, then. However, with the prevalence of some lifestyle diseases (diabetes and obesity) in children they may be in worse shape by being constantly aw...
by Solvent
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: A ledger of personal bests
Replies: 1
Views: 273

A ledger of personal bests

I'm going to finally note down in a secure location all of my personal bests*, in terms of physical performances, so I don't need to rely on my failing memory. This is both for posterity, but also so that I have an objective measure of performance for hobbies/habits I float in and out of. For exampl...
by Solvent
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Mealtime trouble with kids
Replies: 11
Views: 956

Re: Mealtime trouble with kids

I think that while it's mostly true that a kid won't let itself starve, it's not really useful information. Some children seem well capable of allowing themselves to eat only so little that they are undernourished. Most parents would be of the opinion that this is a bad thing. Allowing a child to be...
by Solvent
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Climate Change!
Replies: 433
Views: 29189

Re: Climate Change!

Gilberto - I really don't think that the fossil rule industry are politicising this debate or if they are they are doing a really terrible job of it. There is overwhelming political pressure to comply with the current acceptable political viewpoint of climate change alarmism. Just look at this thre...
by Solvent
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Internationalist

I don't have a location set in stone, but I guess Adelaide or some smaller town on the Fleurieu Peninsula is the default option. That's what I'll be basing my calculations on (as in, assumed expenses). Since I feel it would be pretty unfair to permanently keep my children on the opposite side of the...
by Solvent
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 38
Views: 7612

Re: Matty's Journal

I think you'll find that superannuation is only available at 60 for anyone not already close to traditional retirement age. By the time you get there, it'll probably be at least 62 and maybe 65.

It's nice to hear you're adapting well to underemployment.
by Solvent
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Internationalist

I'm back in Geneva now, with the rain and the cold. Visiting home and family was great, but five and a half weeks is a long time to be living in other people's houses. At times like this I really feel like long-term travel is not for me. I do love travelling, as I've mentioned. But I also like the c...