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by Solvent
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Anyone else underwhelmed by the Olympics?
Replies: 32
Views: 1349

Re: Anyone else underwhelmed by the Olympics?

I like the Olympics, although as an Australian yeah the winter variant doesn't really do it for me. I do think it has worth in that it seems to bridge cultural divides quite effectively. I also like the human interest stories - you know, this person worked hard and struggled with x, y or z and now s...
by Solvent
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 42
Views: 5421

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for January: 42.6%. Major events this month were a trip to Zanzibar. This served dual purposes – as holiday, and also for the change in visa status of DW so that she can work. It wasn’t a cheap holiday, but it was nice. DW needed to at least fly out of the country and back, so the addit...
by Solvent
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: ERE Chatroom?
Replies: 9
Views: 838

Re: ERE Chatroom?

I'm keen on a WhatsApp chat. Anything to pass the time and bounce ideas 😆
by Solvent
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Music you make
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Music you make

Well I'm getting dangerously close to calling myself a French speaker, but perhaps I'm inappropriately overconfident. Particularly as I'm no longer in a French-speaking city. Your analogy of the dogs sniffing is humorous and perhaps appropriate. I think we are very different, including probably in m...
by Solvent
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Thoughts about respectability
Replies: 26
Views: 1445

Re: Thoughts about respectability

Well lunches seems to be a popular sub-topic in respectability. When I worked for the government people would often compliment each other on how awesome their homemade dishes looked or smelled coming out of the microwave. When I worked in big 4 consulting most people would eat out every day, and ass...
by Solvent
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Music you make
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Music you make

I recently put a few tracks on my Soundcloud . I was hoping to finish off a few more and release as an EP on Bandcamp but I've been a bit too busy to compose recently. I have some academic background in music, but after I switched courses I didn't do much with it for a very long time. Just recently ...
by Solvent
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Jordan Peterson
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Re: Jordan Peterson

It's odd, two weeks ago I'd never heard of this guy and then in the last ten days every website I frequent has exploded with articles about him. I gather he's not new on the intellectual scene but he was certainly under my radar until recently. I won't comment on him directly but more on some of the...
by Solvent
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Music you like?
Replies: 37
Views: 1661

Re: Music you like?

Although the album came out before it, 'Cowboy Dan' from Lonesome Crowded West could have been written about GWB's presidency. I've seen The Mars Volta play numerous times and they give a great live show. Sometimed if I find myself alone in the house I play 'Cassandra Gemini' off Frances the Mute lo...
by Solvent
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 42
Views: 5421

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for December: 37.1%. Books read: Confederacy of Dunces (Toole, definitely a funny book. Described in the blurb as laugh-out-loud funny, but I wouldn’t say that, for me I just really liked the cleverness of it and the absurdity of its protagonist), The Honorary Consul (Greene, ending a b...
by Solvent
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Ethics and Viruses
Replies: 27
Views: 1330

Re: Ethics and Viruses

My organisation grants the same amount of sick leave to me regardless of my location. Since moving from Geneva to Addis Ababa I have found this to be a problem. The disease burden is much higher here.
by Solvent
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Music you like?
Replies: 37
Views: 1661

Re: Music you like?

Well, right now?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tU9CGYdq_p0

Listened to these guys a lot back in high school, just returning to it a bit right now.
by Solvent
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: How do you find your speculative investments?
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: How do you find your speculative investments?

@FBeyer: I guess my aversion to prospecting companies stems from the fact that I view the profits of the mining industry as largely economic rent rather than actual production of anything valuable. To quote a Billy Bragg lyric "no-one has any right to buy and sell the earth for private gain". I woul...
by Solvent
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: NOW OPEN WORLDWIDE My Christmas gift to the ERE community
Replies: 52
Views: 2287

Re: NOW OPEN WORLDWIDE My Christmas gift to the ERE community

Haha, oh my. Seppia, thanks for your generosity even if I may not be the recipient.

I choose 73.
by Solvent
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: How do you find your speculative investments?
Replies: 4
Views: 376

How do you find your speculative investments?

Some of this ground has, I'm sure, been covered in various threads. I searched and didn't seem to find a good single topic though, so humour me... I've always been something of a conservative investor. As my net worth continues to increase, however, I am now willing to allocate a certain small perce...
by Solvent
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Work, is it so bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 2981

Re: Work, is it so bad?

I also follow Tyler Cowen’s blog and recall seeing comments along these lines there somewhere. I agree that yes, the changing nature of work means that for many people (probably, in particular, the kind of people that self-select into this forum) work can actually blend consumption into production. ...
by Solvent
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Bitcoin on the rise
Replies: 235
Views: 23629

Re: Bitcoin on the rise

I think I can be perhaps more succinct for Fish. Yes, one of the theoretical use cases of BTC is protecting against hyperinflation, money printing (supply is effectively fixed) exchange rate manipulation etc. Theoretically, it can also be transferred without incurring substantial fees from trusted, ...
by Solvent
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 42
Views: 5421

Re: Internationalist

@Viktor K I played a woodwind instrument for many years as a child. Being more interested in alt rock, I taught myself some guitar and bass guitar, playing both those in a few bands in high school. On leaving high school I decided to study music at university and got into a jazz performance stream f...
by Solvent
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 42
Views: 5421

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for November: 48.0% I had my parents visiting for much of this month, which was great. We travelled for a weekend to a city in the north of the country, and into one of the national parks. Having visitors also caused me to go out and see a few museums and tourist attractions which was a...
by Solvent
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Bitcoin on the rise
Replies: 235
Views: 23629

Re: Bitcoin on the rise

Heh, I'm feeling smart right now... I saw the price rising fast at around 8,000 and felt damn near 100% sure that once it hit 10,000, the subsequent media storm would cause the price to punch hard through that benchmark. It's nice to be right. I already took out an amount equal to 25% of my initial ...
by Solvent
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 42
Views: 5421

Re: Internationalist

Oops, late update! I had this written up, but it’s often inconvenient for me to try to get online with my personal laptop (as opposed to work laptop). So I finally got around to putting together a comprehensive net wealth spreadsheet that contains our family’s finances. Prior to this, I kept good ta...
by Solvent
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Granola Shotgun
Replies: 40
Views: 3075

Re: Granola Shotgun

In one of my previous jobs I came across an interesting piece of analysis on the cost of electricity networks. This suggested that, actually, there didn't seem to be significant economies of scale or diseconomies of scale in the dataset. Rather, costs scaled fairly linearly with population. This was...
by Solvent
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 42
Views: 5421

Re: Internationalist

@slowtraveler Well it's only been a few months, I think it might be premature to write the place off just yet, although I'm certainly thinking about an exit strategy. There are many other reasons but I don't know if any are good. Perhaps I'm a bit of a masochist. I'm rebelling against the safe comfo...
by Solvent
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: What blogs are you reading?
Replies: 33
Views: 4171

Re: What blogs are you reading?

I too am a huge fan of interfluidity. He is very measured in his opinions and an eloquent writer. He updates very rarely these days, though. I could be wrong, but I also think his politics might rub against the prevailing mood of most people in this forum.
by Solvent
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 42
Views: 5421

Re: Internationalist

August/September 2017 Well, my life in Addis has turned into an unrelenting disaster. It's not ruined beyond comprehension yet, there is still room for things to turn around, but I've had a dreadful run of bad luck. This is not completely the city's fault, but it certainly plays its part. Let's see,...
by Solvent
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Organising your music collection
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Organising your music collection

OK, so I’m a bit of a dinosaur. I have progressed to mostly collecting new music in digital form now, but I still have a CD collection (which you’ll need to pry from my cold dead fingers). I recently did a big move, and my CD collection is boxed up. I’m shopping for a storage solution which will lik...