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by black_son_of_gray
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID topic vol 2
Replies: 240
Views: 11949

Re: COVID topic vol 2

If current trends continue, my home state of ND will be at or near herd immunity by Spring anyway. There is a statewide mask mandate now, but mask compliance was very high already and had been mandated in the biggest "cities" for a month already. Not sure it'll have much of an effect sinc...
by black_son_of_gray
Fri May 01, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

While we're all confessing our amusements, it's interesting to me how many conclusions have been drawn on the basis of very little information in just the last page or so of comments. I appreciate the comments, but sometimes discussions on this forum devolve into a string of "answers" that...
by black_son_of_gray
Fri May 01, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

Touche! Need to think about that... The difference seems to be one of kind rather than degree. You mean difference in kind rather than degree between different "being"-modes... or between "being" and "doing" modes? I feel like there might be different kinds of "bei...
by black_son_of_gray
Fri May 01, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

@AnalyticalEngine - Well, let's just say the examples you provided are consistent and your analysis seems right on the money: I suppose it's the trap of having all your needs covered for you Lack of impetus/motivation, whether external (e.g. need to have a job to make money) or internal (e.g. I want...
by black_son_of_gray
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Anyone prepping for corona?
Replies: 373
Views: 50484

Re: Anyone prepping for corona?

Its reassuring to have a good agricultural economy locally. Yeah. This whole mess is highlighting the strengths of localism. An interesting concept I learned from a PBS show last night: virtual water . The virtual water trade is the idea that when goods and services are exchanged, so is virtual wat...
by black_son_of_gray
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

Yeah, I definitely practice IIYLIM,IIBFID—and for environmental reasons, actually, even though I know it probably makes little difference overall. I figure it saves at least 15 gal a day for me (I pee a lot *). It's just so trivially easy to do! Maybe it's in the "<10%" category. I'm also ...
by black_son_of_gray
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

The Poop on Easy Determinants of Environmental "Seriousness" Body Mass Index (BMI) is a very basic and easy-to-calculate health metric that, while not perfect for certain groups in the population, is amazingly informative. Most people can't accurately guess their BMI. They almost always t...
by black_son_of_gray
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

I started to lose motivation to do the things I used to want to do... because free time seemed unlimited. My solution was to go back to work for awhile. In my case, I think the driving factor is environment. Many of the things I want to do involve dramatic re-purposing of whole sections of my home ...
by black_son_of_gray
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

Mental Health Resources A pretty simple, non-exhaustive post. These are some of the resources that come to mind that have been most helpful to me since reaching adulthood. Probably not too unexpected to many here, but I figured I would gather them in one place. Mental health: The classic Stoics: Me...
by black_son_of_gray
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

An Epilogue Life Over the last decade, it seems like I've been slowly working my way through Kurt Vonnegut's whole catalogue. Not all of his works are particularly notable or recommendable. Deadeye Dick is one of those novels*. And yet, somewhere towards the end of that novel there was this amazing...
by black_son_of_gray
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Anyone prepping for corona?
Replies: 373
Views: 50484

Re: Anyone prepping for corona?

I can tell most people aren't going to comply with distancing orders much longer (and I'm not talking about people who need to get back to work). Completely agree. Over here in the Bay Area, the roads/shopping centers feel very much like "normal". I'm talking cars everywhere, full parking...
by black_son_of_gray
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 166
Views: 32407

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

I've had a bunch of thoughts on a variety of topics bouncing in my head for a couple weeks/months now, and for whatever reason, I'm in a writing mood. So expect a flurry of posts over the next few days, because writing is the most effective way I know for processing those thoughts. For those that re...
by black_son_of_gray
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Replies: 8
Views: 2636

Re: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

I have now read it and enjoyed it a lot. It took a chapter or so for me to gel with the style of writing - maybe it's the age of the book or the translation from German, I don't know. I don't have anything to add to this discussion, though I do recommend it to those that haven't read it yet.
by black_son_of_gray
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Printing like a Fed = value dead?
Replies: 13
Views: 1605

Re: Printing like a Fed = value dead?

@OP - I think you bring up very valid points. Call me an old-school traditionalist, but when you say "value investing", I interpret that as just "investing". An investment seeks a return at a fair price relative to the risks. I personally take "return" to be "givin...
by black_son_of_gray
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Anyone prepping for corona?
Replies: 373
Views: 50484

Re: Anyone prepping for corona?

@Augustus - How long do you figure that your couple hundred pounds will last you? I'm trying to figure out what is prudent, too... A coarse rule of thumb that I've been using is that 1lb of rice/pasta/oats, etc., is equal to 1 day's calorie needs for one person. It's probably a little under for most...
by black_son_of_gray
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Anyone prepping for corona?
Replies: 373
Views: 50484

Re: Anyone prepping for corona?

FWIW I've had a growing concern about the food supply for a couple weeks now. Reports of dumped milk, crops plowed under, reliance on vulnerable immigrant populations to pick/harvest food (what happens if they don't want to/can't come?), outbreaks at packing/distribution plants, the locust swarm, pi...
by black_son_of_gray
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Fatigue and failure of bioenergetic systems
Replies: 12
Views: 1815

Re: Fatigue and failure of bioenergetic systems

Some thoughts, hope they steer you in informative directions: Years ago, before I had trimmed back dramatically the number of books on my shelf, I owned this book by Sebastian Coe . One figure from that book that has stuck with me was an incredible side-by-side comparison of muscle biopsies taken f...
by black_son_of_gray
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: COVID + Residential Real Estate?
Replies: 70
Views: 9052

Re: COVID + Residential Real Estate?

Poor access to outdoors stuff, though nice park in city. Not so good for bicycling. Not sure if this was on your radar, or if you were talking about biking within the city, but I discovered this while driving across the country. I love rails-to-trails... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_Trail_Sta...
by black_son_of_gray
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What is your political affiliation?
Replies: 37
Views: 4134

Re: What is your political affiliation?

Nearly the same score here. Glad I'm in good company! Unless I'm missing something (quite possible), there's an asymmetry to the Authoritarian<>Libertarian axis whereby the extreme authoritarians have no problem with imposing their views on others, while extreme libertarians do... because libertari...
by black_son_of_gray
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3450
Views: 353734

Re: COVID-19

San Francisco now has a decently useful data tracker up online: https://data.sfgov.org/stories/s/fjki-2fab Confirms more male than female (~60/40), shows most COVID+ are <60 years old, gives you an idea of how much testing is happening (for a city of 880k, ~300 tests per day consistently over the l...