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by jacob
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Chicago summer meet up 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1100

Re: Chicago summer meet up 2017

I'm currently/still taking care of our recovering dog (I basically can't leave the room much), so we can't have the meetup at our [usual] place. It's also unlikely that I will be able to attend elsewhere. So someone else will have to take the lead on this meetup and decide a time/place.
by jacob
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Social Security- not what you are thinking
Replies: 27
Views: 2020

Re: Social Security- not what you are thinking

The best strategy I have been able to come up with so far is to be aware of the MBTI types of the people in your social circle, and know the descriptions of what worst functioning for those typse looks like, and then plan accordingly. http://oddlydevelopedtypes.com/post-apocalyptic_survival_by_type
by jacob
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: *** Forum Rules of Conduct ***
Replies: 7
Views: 5721

Re: *** Forum Rules of Conduct ***

I updated rule 7 with a sub-list and added rule 8.
by jacob
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to a not so extreme ER
Replies: 15
Views: 1113

Re: SWB's path to a not so extreme ER

If you presume constant exponential growth and glance at a piece of semi-log paper, 3.3 is about half way up.

Also ln(10)+1~3.3 so that's probably where that number comes from.

I wrote a blog post once about Hamilton's rule, but I can't seem to find it now, so ...
by jacob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: * Forum Moderation Strategy *
Replies: 33
Views: 7742

Re: * Forum Moderation Strategy *

Wrong analogy. Moderating online forums is more like wildfire management. Think Smokey the Bear.
by jacob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: * Forum Moderation Strategy *
Replies: 33
Views: 7742

Re: * Forum Moderation Strategy *

Okay, I guess I might burst some bubbles, but this forum is not exactly self-policing and it never has been. For example, remember my last vacation from the forum? Policing the forum is more of a fractal enterprise with me nuking the worst offenses and very rarely offenders too. About 2% of the post...
by jacob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: * Forum Moderation Strategy *
Replies: 33
Views: 7742

Re: * Forum Moderation Strategy *

Somebody already did that.
by jacob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Instructions for family members
Replies: 22
Views: 1022

Re: Instructions for family members

I have little faith in [step-by-step] instructions if they aren't backed up by a matching understanding of the whys. Wheaton levels can not be dismissed. A howto on level 7 will not survive a bumbling level 4 execution for very long. Therefore, there are no instructions to propagate "however I go ab...
by jacob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing first £25k (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 856

Re: Investing first £25k (UK)

@chenda - If the expectation (probability) of an interest hike goes up more than presently expected, the bonds will go down. This is especially the case for a bond ETF which is more a reverse bet on the yield curve than an actual bond investment (advanced perspective).
by jacob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: * Forum Moderation Strategy *
Replies: 33
Views: 7742

Re: * Forum Moderation Strategy *

Just a heads-up to everybody (Not just moderators). Instead of continually PM'ing me about "THAT [proverbial] guy" or asking for what the guidelines are for inappropriate, spammy, crossing-the-line, etc. stuff is ... please click on the "!" (exclamation mark) symbol on a given post to report it inst...
by jacob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing first £25k (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 856

Re: Investing first £25k (UK)

He's also interested in buying an apartment within the next 12 months as an investment (he'll likely rent it out), so he would need to be able to take some/most of the cash out when needing to place a deposit. That clinches it. Either put it in a savings account (at a miserable but positive interes...
by jacob
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Responsibility for Parents
Replies: 39
Views: 1825

Re: Responsibility for Parents

ThisDinosaur wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:18 pm
I can't get into the heads of people who would rather complain about the thing than fix the thing.
Given a problem ... there are more folks who want to bond over complaining about it than there are people who want to solve it. That is how [we] humans are.
by jacob
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children
Replies: 80
Views: 3872

Re: Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

@brute sounds like one of those cafeteria-style culture-consumers (like me) who values personal autonomy and thinks of people as "individual individuals" who exist in isolation of each other picking and consuming "behaviors" according to their preferences insofar as they can afford to do so. E.g I'l...
by jacob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: How Libertarian Are You?
Replies: 44
Views: 1632

Re: How Libertarian Are You?

It's heading in the right direction. What I mean is there are different optimal governing systems for different situations and scales. For example, the family unit works better under socialism (=communism in European semantics); the distribution of surplus consumer goods works better under capitalis...
by jacob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: How Libertarian Are You?
Replies: 44
Views: 1632

Re: How Libertarian Are You?

Feudalism?! How on Earth did you get that impression??
by jacob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: JL Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth
Replies: 73
Views: 4693

Re: JL Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth

The financial markets seem rather unique (on top of my head) in terms of how much rope the average person can go out and purchase with which to hang themselves. All a blogger or writer or stand-up comedian has to do is to say that "the information is presented 'as in' for entertainment purposes only...
by jacob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: How Libertarian Are You?
Replies: 44
Views: 1632

Re: How Libertarian Are You?

I managed to get to question 10 or so before I started wondering whether the questions were about one's preferences for an ideal world or whether they also took into account inevitable higher-order consequences of the real world. I found myself answering "Sure, I'd like that ... but I'd like the res...
by jacob
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children
Replies: 80
Views: 3872

Re: Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

@Jean - No, but one is being worked on.
by jacob
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children
Replies: 80
Views: 3872

Re: Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

Lets do some math. Math is fun! https://www.mcc-berlin.net/en/research/co2-budget.html The remaining global carbon budget for avoiding a 2C increase (considered a dangerous limit because of the risk of non-linear effects we're not yet completely sure about ... and by non-linear we're talking things ...
by jacob
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Trump - Clown Genius
Replies: 2167
Views: 156415

Re: Trump - Clown Genius

Here are the top 5 articles (judged by font sized and reading left-right, top-down) currently on http://foxnews.com (go look for yourself) WORK OF A SERIAL KILLER? Remains of missing man found in mass grave on Pennsylvania farm (large print) Sanders draws Democratic challenger tired of his 'Robin Ho...
by jacob
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What to do when FI
Replies: 65
Views: 5119

Re: What to do when FI

That'd be the second string.
by jacob
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What to do when FI
Replies: 65
Views: 5119

Re: What to do when FI

@Allagash - I don't know if this is primarily idiosyncratic/autobiographic, but other than the rare open-minded unicorn, the groups who've been the easiest to communicate ERE to are: 1) Traders ... because they're used to the idea of making money via other means than salary or contract work. 2) Perm...
by jacob
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Training for endurance and power
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Training for endurance and power

Wait, what?! Are you saying that shooting hoops won't make me taller? I demand a refund!
by jacob
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Training for endurance and power
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Training for endurance and power

There's something called the Stillman equation that shows the optimal runner weight for a given distance. https://runbundle.com/tools/stillman-weight-calculator It'll tell you whether you're a long-distance runner, middle-distance, hurdler, sprinter, non-runner, or a fat-ass. Not that you can't do/b...
by jacob
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: JL Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth
Replies: 73
Views: 4693

Re: JL Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth

I asked my multi-millionaire friend what I should invest in, and he said Vanguard Index Fund, which I took to be the sort of condescending advice you offer somebody whom you also offer a handful of 4th of July Parade candy which you would never eat yourself. So, I asked if that was how he invested,...