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by Solvent
Tue May 08, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 46
Views: 6546

Re: Internationalist

Savings rate for April: 59.2%. Continuing on with a strong savings rate. Still attributing it to DW being at work – this works from both ends: since she’s working we don’t do any travelling (reduces expenses) and of course it also earns income. Books read: Island Home (Winton. Dreadful. How is it th...
by Solvent
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 104
Views: 5714

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

I'm a big supporter of investigations into basic income but it's very difficult to have conversations about it (online and off - I've not tried on this particular forum). So many people can't get past the complaint "but people won't work". Of course basic income advocates have considered this: yes, ...
by Solvent
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: ERE in developing/third world nations (as origin)?
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Re: ERE in developing/third world nations (as origin)?

I'm in a developing country but I'm on an expat package so I'm probably not the candidate you had in mind to answer your questions. Still, a few thoughts: My spouse is from a developing country. Often social safety nets are near non-existent and one may be expected to care for family members, partic...
by Solvent
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: If you could go back/forward and give your 21, 29, 45, and 77 year old selves a book, then what would it be?
Replies: 31
Views: 4705

Re: If you could go back/forward and give your 21, 29, 45, and 77 year old selves a book, then what would it be?

A friend of mine has been talking about Murnane for a long time. I didn't think I'd find his name mentioned here (or anywhere outside of the literature departments of Australian universities really) but I guess a NY Times writeup means his star is rising. Nothing I've heard, however, makes me want t...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: What Percentage of Expenses should go to Rent?
Replies: 32
Views: 4455

Re: What Percentage of Expenses should go to Rent?

I was asking after this in the ERE chatroom this week... That is, rent as a proportion of expenses. Rent as a proportion of income is much less interesting to me. Reason being, looking at my expenditures, I was marvelling at how 60% of my total expenditure is rent/power/water. It seemed high to me. ...
by Solvent
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Man Who Chases 2 Rabbits Catches None
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: Man Who Chases 2 Rabbits Catches None

I prefer "If you only have one arse, you can't sit on two horses." Apparently a Hungarian proverb, but you know how accurate quote attributions are... I too tend to make changes gradually. I think perhaps the only time I consciously made a large switch in direction was on changing my course of unive...
by Solvent
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 46
Views: 6546

Re: Internationalist

March Update Savings rate for March: 58.3%. That’s as high a savings rate as I can remember ever having. I foresee April being fairly high as well, maybe not quite as high. After that, I think I’ll be running into some more expenses, but the first half of this year has been good for savings. I’d fel...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Freeform economic manipulation.
Replies: 24
Views: 848

Re: Freeform economic manipulation.

Unfortunately the diagrams and equations seem to have disappeared, but did any of you read Yanis Varoufakis during the brief period he collaborated with Valve? An example: http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/economics/arbitrage-and-equilibrium-in-the-team-fortress-2-economy/ As an economist who (once upo...
by Solvent
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from France !
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: Hello from France !

I see where I caused confusion. I did not mean to imply that Annecy is cheap! It's beautiful, very touristy, and probably somewhat constrained by geography - not a cheap city. But I did think that more broadly, the Savoie region is fairly cheap. I guess that it's true, when I was visiting I had a Sw...
by Solvent
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Fasting Can Regenerate Your Immune System
Replies: 169
Views: 19886

Re: Fasting Can Regenerate Your Immune System

I tried out fasting in December. I was suspending eating from the evening meal on Sunday (and Wednesday), through to the evening meal on Monday (and Thursday). So roughly two 22-hour fasts. I got sick late December and didn’t really feel up to modifying my habits through until about now, so I’m back...
by Solvent
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from France !
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: Hello from France !

Bonjour! Jusque récemment j'habitais en Genève, près d'Annecy. Je visitais votre ville seulement deux fois. Annecy is gorgeous, if I had a car I probably would have visited more often but the coach from Geneva is not so convenient. I think that region of France is really nice, and it is definitely n...
by Solvent
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 46
Views: 6546

Re: Internationalist

February Update Savings rate for February: 57.2%. First time since arriving in Addis that my savings rate has breached the 50% barrier! Awesome! Payments started rolling in from DW’s contract, so that contributes to the push. I hope that in the next four months, in which I don’t foresee any major ex...
by Solvent
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Sequence of returns risk and early retirement
Replies: 33
Views: 2185

Re: Sequence of returns risk and early retirement

I also worry about SOR. I am self-aware enough to realise that I started investing around 2009 - and things have been pretty damn easy since then. I think that however I project out my possible retirement/FI dates, I really ought to add at least two years to the timeline because I suspect there'll b...
by Solvent
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Expat income, banking, and flag theory
Replies: 21
Views: 1471

Re: Expat income, banking, and flag theory

I only briefly heard of flag theory once before, and it was probably on this forum. I think in effect my life kind of qualifies as flag-theory compliant at the moment but it’s more by accident than by design. My taxation situation isn’t replicable by DIYers; I think I’m an edge case in a sense. But ...
by Solvent
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Anyone else underwhelmed by the Olympics?
Replies: 32
Views: 1629

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: 46
Views: 6546

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: 11
Views: 1489

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: 647

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: 1954

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: 647

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: 102
Views: 6737

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: 2007

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: 46
Views: 6546

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: 1645

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: 2007

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.