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by zbigi
Sun Nov 27, 2022 10:34 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Any Data Analysts?
Replies: 23
Views: 1343

Re: Any Data Analysts?

As a recent newcomer to smartphones/pads my mental framework of directory structures (based on it being explained as filing cabinets back in the 80s) has been totally useless. In fact, I'm still not sure where my files actually exist. Also implies if I ever forget what to search for they will be fo...
by zbigi
Mon Nov 21, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Useful Hard Skills for the near future
Replies: 265
Views: 39635

Re: Useful Hard Skills for the near future

The most affected people will be the ones living in large apartment buildings in big cities. I don't see what exactly they could do in their situation. The best preparation is probably to have a valid passport and easily accesible and movable money, and just go abroad as a refugee for the duration. ...
by zbigi
Tue Nov 15, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What is everyone doing for ww3?
Replies: 53
Views: 5443

Re: What is everyone doing for ww3?

I wonder if this might be a deliberate strike done together with today's strikes on targets in Ukraine - so that it leaves Russia's intentions unclear (as it might have been an accident), but also plays very heavily into fears of citizens of NATO countries, so that they perhaps are more relucant abo...
by zbigi
Tue Nov 15, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What is everyone doing for ww3?
Replies: 53
Views: 5443

Re: What is everyone doing for ww3?

Ego wrote:
Tue Nov 15, 2022 2:56 pm

Two missiles exploded in Poland. Escalation? NATO article 5?
Those hits may be accidental, and accidents don't trigger NATO article 5. Let's see how this plays out.
by zbigi
Sun Nov 13, 2022 3:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: 3 yrs to FI: ertyu's journal
Replies: 539
Views: 69993

Re: 3 yrs to FI: ertyu's journal

Can't imagine what it was like for my parents and grandparents when their life savings evaporated overnight in the Russian ruble default in the 1990s. I think something like that happened in Poland a few years before. Poland didn't have an overnight currency devaluation in the 1990s like Russia did...
by zbigi
Fri Nov 11, 2022 1:40 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Education of Axel Heyst
Replies: 1521
Views: 203442

Re: The Education of Axel Heyst

You have to live in a country where annuities are insured in government (they are in Poland for example), otherwise one bankrupcy can kick you out on the street/back into the job market...
by zbigi
Tue Nov 01, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: DutchGirl's journal
Replies: 715
Views: 196234

Re: DutchGirl's journal

It's kinda offset though by the much higher vulnerability which women face to domestic violence and sexual assault. They're not connected though, i.e. it's very possible to have a world where women are still sexually assaulted etc. AND have to fight in wars (Israel is like that). So, the fact that ...
by zbigi
Tue Nov 01, 2022 1:39 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: DutchGirl's journal
Replies: 715
Views: 196234

Re: DutchGirl's journal

The army celebration day, at least in Poland, is not a major holiday. As for "all men as protectors of the house and of the country", I think women should enjoy the fact that men are still suckers that are willing to risk getting killed, while women are allowed to stay back at home and wai...
by zbigi
Tue Nov 01, 2022 5:38 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: DutchGirl's journal
Replies: 715
Views: 196234

Re: DutchGirl's journal

Up until the 1960s women in the Netherlands would automatically be fired honourably when they married. Up until the late 1970s women would be allowed to keep working when married, but would automatically be fired honourably when they were about six months pregnant with their first child. There are ...
by zbigi
Mon Oct 31, 2022 1:13 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: 4% rule in countries with a welfare state
Replies: 24
Views: 1911

Re: 4% rule in countries with a welfare state

As another example - when time comes to cut social security - what if they drop benefits of the 3rd bend from 15% to 5%? In Jacob's example above, the early retiree experiences zero loss. Because they were getting no benefit from the 3rd bend anyways. However - middle earners who got bend 3, now ha...
by zbigi
Mon Oct 31, 2022 3:00 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: 4% rule in countries with a welfare state
Replies: 24
Views: 1911

Re: 4% rule in countries with a welfare state

Medicare: Yes it's health insurance, but it's far from comprehensive. Currently it kicks in at 65. But you need a supplemental policy. And a drug policy. And dental. And eye care. Hearing aids are out of pocket too. Long term care - you don't want to stay at a government facility. So at least $5k p...
by zbigi
Sun Oct 30, 2022 5:10 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: not sure but i'll try Journal
Replies: 93
Views: 15593

Re: not sure but i'll try Journal

October 2022 is almost in the rear view mirror. Time flies when one is having fun. I went on a work conference to Houston and got a chance to visit the NASA Space Centre. Really great place, restored my hope for humanity somewhat. It's mind-exploding that between the 60s and the 90's humans were ab...
by zbigi
Thu Oct 27, 2022 12:54 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is there a name for this phenomenon?
Replies: 48
Views: 3175

Re: Is there a name for this phenomenon?

For example, are you afraid of getting fired? Why? Then you will have no money. Why are you scared of running out of money? Well then you might be homeless. Why are you scared of homelessness? Well you might freeze/starve to death then. So the fear of death is why you are scared of being fired. You...
by zbigi
Tue Oct 25, 2022 6:14 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: 3 yrs to FI: ertyu's journal
Replies: 539
Views: 69993

Re: 3 yrs to FI: ertyu's journal

That's what I do as well. My ratio of work to non-work in the past 19 years (since I started working) is something like 2:1. I'd probably go batshit insane if I worked full-time for 19 years straight...
by zbigi
Sun Oct 23, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Under the Yoke
Replies: 168
Views: 58302

Re: Under the Yoke

My effective hourly rate is only ₹100 so should I also work as much? Did you consider emigration? In a wealthy country, you could make 50-100x as much (assuming you're in coding) for the same effort. I know it's an extremely heavy proposition, but so is working for peanuts. Also, from what I've hea...
by zbigi
Sat Oct 22, 2022 5:49 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: guitar player's journal
Replies: 245
Views: 68434

Re: guitar player's journal

I notice some people talk about being stressed at work. So far I fail to be stressed. Maybe this will cost me a promotion, but I still aim to tick all the boxes for promotions. Stress usually increases with level of responsibility. So, senior ICs (individual contributors) can already have a conside...
by zbigi
Thu Oct 20, 2022 12:55 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Education of Axel Heyst
Replies: 1521
Views: 203442

Re: The Education of Axel Heyst

Once you have a simple system in place, if you want to make it more rich, I recommend learning a bunch of different recipes with similar ingredients. This is, to me, a way of learning the general "parameter space" of the food. So with lentils, you can get pulled into a lot of Indian, Midd...
by zbigi
Thu Oct 20, 2022 2:45 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Ego's Journal
Replies: 174
Views: 24419

Re: Ego's Journal

When I saw him this morning he was digging through a 50¢/piece pile of clothing and was as happy as a pig in shit. You can't buy that kind of job. I don't remember if I mentioned that here already, but I have a friend who does exactly that. He regularly sifts through used cloth stores in the region...
by zbigi
Thu Oct 20, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: bostonimproper's journal
Replies: 293
Views: 66909

Re: bostonimproper's journal

Isn't raising babies in colder temperatures the norm in many parts of the world? A quick google search reveals that babies regularly spend a lot of time outside during the winter in Nordic countries: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21537988 https://www.insider.com/nordic-parents-nap-babies-subzer...