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by Lillailler
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Looking for a new job
Replies: 19
Views: 2077

The other end of the telescope

I would suggest you think about this the other way round: What, in terms of your needs as a human (food, shelter, social contact, retirement-funds, skill-mastery, etc), is it that you are looking for a job to meet, rather than other facets of your life? In general, the more needs a job has to meet, ...
by Lillailler
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Coding for Kids
Replies: 14
Views: 1344

Re: Coding for Kids

I want to second the suggestion for "scratch", above. Scratch comes out of MIT and is well thought out, so it is easy to use, quite powerful, and does not plant bad habits.
by Lillailler
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Poll: What kind of watch do you own?
Replies: 94
Views: 10494

Re: Poll: What kind of watch do you own?

I have three watches, a 'beater' which I wear whenever or wherever there is a risk of damage or loss - ski trips, rock concerts, the gym - and two nice Swiss watches. When my father became established in his profession, he bought himself a nice Swiss watch. I think part of the reason for this was th...
by Lillailler
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Starting a Learning Tribe
Replies: 58
Views: 14000

Re: Starting a Learning Tribe

Just thinking out loud, it's much easier to take over an existing community and redirect it than to create a new one from scratch. You could maybe join your local Toastmasters with a few friends, and make all your speeches "How to"s for Renaissance Man skills, coach the existing membership to share ...
by Lillailler
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Dividends are psychologically more robust than buybacks
Replies: 13
Views: 2243

Re: Dividends are psychologically more robust than buybacks

There is an argument that a buyback shows that the management has no good ideas. In that case it is a 'sell' indicator.
by Lillailler
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Random Relationship Derailment Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 24916

Re: Random Relationship Derailment Thread

7Wannabe5 wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:53 am
....such as described in the Pattern Language .....
Is this the book by Christopher Alexander? His 'The Nature of Order' is one of my most valued books.
by Lillailler
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Epsilon Theory
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: Epsilon Theory

Thanks for posting this. Very interesting reading. I sometimes think that economics today - or at least run of the mill financial analysis - loses sight of the fact that its subject matter, unlike the elementary particles of physics, have minds of their own, and are quite capable of deviating from t...
by Lillailler
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality
Replies: 20
Views: 2857

Re: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality

Yeah. I've had the snacktime inquisition at work. "Why aren't you eating the free cake? You're in good shape" Somehow the idea that not eating the free cake is a cause of being in good shape seems not to be relevant.
by Lillailler
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: And the award for most anti-ERE family goes to...
Replies: 26
Views: 3732

Re: And the award for most anti-ERE family goes to...

Would it be wrong to laugh at this? If the story is true, the bad thing is to borrow / take from grandma. Otherwise they have a big income and could clean themselves up with a few years of dialling back wasted spending. It's about the tension between 1) working like a dog and making lots of money, 2...
by Lillailler
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Art of Not Being Governed
Replies: 107
Views: 15182

Re: How Will My Facination with ERE Affect My Marriage?

Clarice wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:33 am
Suddenly, my talk wasn't crazy anymore. We discussed some practicalities and details.
Congratulations.

Sometimes the apple just falls from the tree.
by Lillailler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Life Traps Analysis from WSP
Replies: 142
Views: 17793

Re: Life Traps Analysis from WSP

You can rephrase what I said with ....Assuming that anybody can read useful stuff for 1-2 hours a day without taking away from any other productive activity, which I would guess is a fairly sound assumption. I know plenty of people who would achieve more if they worked more, and sitting reading ins...
by Lillailler
Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Safe withdrawl rate & lifespan
Replies: 19
Views: 3213

Re: Safe withdrawl rate & lifespan

The SWR for 5 years life-expectation, in order to be 'safe', has to be based on not running out of money even if actual life turns out to be significantly longer than the expected value, perhaps at two standards deviations above the mean, which would push the rate down.
by Lillailler
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Preppers?
Replies: 98
Views: 16509

Re: Preppers?

I wouldn't put it past the PM to make a huge mess out of the situation. Yes. She seems to have quite the talent that way. And, as heyhey said later in this thread, "I'm sure there'll be panic buying" Often, it's not the threat that is the threat, it is the government and public response to the thre...
by Lillailler
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Great Modern Thinkers
Replies: 20
Views: 6582

Re: Great Modern Thinkers

Eli Goldratt Goldratt started off as a physics professor, and then got involved in business, in due course developing a set of thinking tools for business (known as 'Theory of Constraints' or TOC), which have turned out to be widely applicable, not just in business. For example, I use the 'Cloud' m...
by Lillailler
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Civil War in France
Replies: 46
Views: 5997

Re: Civil War in France

stoneage wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:00 pm

I think the situation will eventually settle down, if he does not act stupid.
On the other hand, it is acting stupid got him where he is, so what are the odds that will change? (compare UK's T. May)
by Lillailler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: What type of business should I start?
Replies: 13
Views: 1968

Re: What type of business should I start?

I'm thinking of starting a part time business. I would suggest starting with a different question: "What are the possible ways I can I commercialise this specific knowledge / skill / passion / hobby / obsession of mine?" That will focus your search for ideas towards things you will be able to make ...
by Lillailler
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Diversification vs. concentration
Replies: 25
Views: 3291

Re: Diversification vs. concentration

Efficient is roughly the opposite of resilient, so to the extent that you trust that the market is efficient, you should also fear that it lacks resilience. Well, yes, no. If we're talking about the market being efficient in the 'efficient market hypothesis' sense we are saying that the market effi...
by Lillailler
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Gambling advertisement
Replies: 14
Views: 2309

Re: Gambling advertisement

Yes. For a country which is so concerned to discourage other forms of compulsive behaviour - bottles of wine can only be sold in state liquor stores during the permitted hours; tobacco cannot be advertised on TV - the deluge of advertising for online gambling seems out of place and disconcerting. Pe...
by Lillailler
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Gold
Replies: 37
Views: 5617

Re: Gold

This touches on an issue which bothers me a bit, why invest in gold? On the one hand there is the 'technical ' view, that the price of gold goes up and down to some extent in the opposite direction to bonds and shares, so it can smooth out ups and downs in total portfolio value, but there are severa...
by Lillailler
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Lending a girlfriend money
Replies: 84
Views: 6449

Re: Lending a girlfriend money

It's not about the cat. It is about the risks of living paycheck to paycheck: suddenly she really wants to spend $1500 but she hasn't got it, and one way or another the consequences will be bad. It seems to me this is the type of event people learn from, sometimes. You could consider just asking "Wh...