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by Solvent
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What are you doing during the confinement ?
Replies: 54
Views: 3416

Re: What are you doing during the confinement ?

I'm wfh now but in Addis Ababa that's quite limiting, because both internet (solely on my phone, no fixed line) and electricity are unreliable. But, like SustainableHappines, I've two young kids. Roughly 1yo and 4yo. So in practice it alternates between calming down one from fits of frustration and ...
by Solvent
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Bitcoin on the rise
Replies: 326
Views: 63201

Re: Bitcoin on the rise

With the disclaimer that I'm not long term bullish on Bitcoin, it has proven very resilient. If it dropped some more (it's printing $5,100 for me at the moment) I'd be tempted to buy in again. I think it's still got life in it, and will continue its record of dramatic falls and spikes for a while ye...
by Solvent
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Anyone make their own yogurt?
Replies: 42
Views: 3322

Re: Anyone make their own yogurt?

I use Maangchi's guide for easy kimchi: https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/easy-kimchi. There are a lot of steps but it's not difficult. I've done sauerkraut a few times but I don't really eat enough of it for it to be worth it, and it takes up fridge space. The yoghurt we make is definitely a dessert ...
by Solvent
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Anyone make their own yogurt?
Replies: 42
Views: 3322

Re: Anyone make their own yogurt?

We have homemade yoghurt in my house, but while I know how, 99% of the time it's DW actually making it. A few differences with our technique. We use small, approx 80mL I think, reusable plastic pots. I believe the smaller containers make temp control easier and fermentation faster. Rather than just ...
by Solvent
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 2025
Views: 129781

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

China's not a rich country yet. Although if you listen to whatever media idiot of the moment happens to be on tv it is possible to be confused about that.
Don't confuse big and growing rapidly with rich, and don't listen to Trump.
by Solvent
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: "swallowing" ​b​lackpill, overcoming it; moving forward; pseudoscience and woo-woo stuff
Replies: 29
Views: 3890

Re: "swallowing" ​b​lackpill, overcoming it; moving forward; pseudoscience and woo-woo stuff

It still amazes me that there are places (apparently many) where attaching photos to resumes is standard practice. That's just asking for biases/discrimination to manifest in the hiring process.
by Solvent
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Any Australians care to comment about the fires?
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

Re: Any Australians care to comment about the fires?

It's pretty much impossible to use this event as an argument for better action towards climate change, though. There are a ton of reasons to address climate change, but there's almost no way to bring these fires forward in any political discussion of the matter. Because there's no particular climate...
by Solvent
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Any Australians care to comment about the fires?
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

Re: Any Australians care to comment about the fires?

It's a tragedy. It's stunning in the scale of the disaster. Where I am (visiting family for holidays, not usually resident these days) I've not been directly affected. The exception was being worried at 3am one morning when I woke to the thick smell of smoke - but it was the smoke from the Kangaroo ...
by Solvent
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Moving overseas
Replies: 49
Views: 7559

Re: Moving overseas

<t>The 'invasion from the north' has begun? Wow. I bet there's a real strong argument behind that. Or a pissweak definition of 'invasion'?<br/> <br/> Also, I have trouble believing that people's assessments of where to live based on climate change are quite so serious. Yeah, I know climate change is...
by Solvent
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Are ETFs more efficient than index funds?
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: Are ETFs more efficient than index funds?

It sounds like you're describing an 'accumulating' fund. They're actually not available in Australia, as far as I know. All Vanguard ETFs pay out their dividends. Part of the reason being that if you are an Australian resident taxpayer you must pay taxes on the dividends anyway, even if they remain ...
by Solvent
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Geopolitics in East Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3287

Re: Geopolitics in East Africa

I was reminded of this solar panel question last night. (Short) story time. The power blackouts continue, but I noticed the largest intersection I pass through on the way to work has had its traffic lights out for a solid week - and it doesn't seem connected to the power cuts, it's just out 24/7. I ...
by Solvent
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Economists respected in the ERE movement
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Re: Economists respected in the ERE movement

Economist working among other economists here. Often journalists, and even more often politicians, paint a very simplistic picture of 'economists say', or what 'basic economics' is. To some extent that's their job (tabloid journalists) or what benefits them (politicians arguing with a certain ideolo...
by Solvent
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Seppia's journal
Replies: 246
Views: 39008

Re: Seppia's journal

There is a visa exemption , for certain circumstances. Allows for either 90 or 180 day stays.
by Solvent
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Seppia's journal
Replies: 246
Views: 39008

Re: Seppia's journal

Generally Hanoi is more popular with tourists, I think, because it has more historical sights. The weather's a bit more variable too, it almost has a winter. HCMC's great though. I really want to try living there a while. It's about the cheapest city in the world that I'm familiar with, in terms of ...
by Solvent
Thu May 30, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Do You Postdoc Past a Recession? And Other Related Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1508

Re: Do You Postdoc Past a Recession? And Other Related Questions

The effects of scarring from graduating into a recession are real. Presuming that you could tell when the recession was coming and had options other than looking for grad positions in industry, I'd consider them very seriously. I graduated right before the Global Financial Crisis, but fortunately Au...
by Solvent
Thu May 23, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: OT -- Alternative to 'man-made'?
Replies: 29
Views: 5579

Re: OT -- Alternative to 'man-made'?

You could try "human-induced."
by Solvent
Sat May 18, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Geopolitics in East Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3287

Re: Geopolitics in East Africa

https://www.reuters.com/article/ethiopia-electricity/corrected-ethiopia-starts-rationing-electricity-for-homes-and-industries-idUSL5N22T560 Water levels currently so low in Ethiopia's dams, due to lack of rain, that there is a production deficit of >400 MW. The country will start rationing power acr...
by Solvent
Fri May 17, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Geopolitics in East Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3287

Re: Geopolitics in East Africa

Ideas of African federations are common among the intellectual class and the dreamers of the continent. They've been around since the independence movements. Agenda 2063 actually has a 'united Africa', as a federation or confederation, as one of its goals. Now, implementation is of course the challe...
by Solvent
Wed May 08, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: We're doomed. What is the answer?
Replies: 115
Views: 21497

Re: We're doomed. What is the answer?

@Dream of Freedom: Your argument re: lower incomes also justifies action to mitigate climate change. Because people become poorer as weather patterns move further away from historical norms, invasive species move in, etc. for other climate effects. As jacob points out, of course, 'which people' is a...
by Solvent
Sun May 05, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 55
Views: 13327

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for April: 26.7%. Books read: Idoru (Gibson) - so I liked this one more than the last few of his that I read. I think it got a lot closer to Neuromancer’s feel. It’s probably due to the sense of detachment from events and depression experienced by the main character. The Emperor (Kapusc...