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by ducknald_don
Tue Oct 26, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Six Flags as a budget meal source
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: Six Flags as a budget meal source

I'm kind of surprised you can get an annual pass for just $150, let alone with free food included.
by ducknald_don
Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 434
Views: 90114

Re: Fixit Log

Married2aSwabian wrote:
Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:54 pm
He’s an old guy (like me) mid to late 50s
That's not very old :lol:
by ducknald_don
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:55 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Method to minimize yard work
Replies: 45
Views: 10131

Re: Method to minimize yard work

I recently read that the UK would need to go back to 2002 levels of electricity generation to cope with the whole fleet moving to EV's.
by ducknald_don
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 456
Views: 101040

Re: What I Spend

It's probably easier if you specialise in a vertical niche like medical devices or aviation or oil and gas. Domain knowledge and a full address book can be very valuable.

FP or specific languages or databases are just too general to extract much value from.
by ducknald_don
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Method to minimize yard work
Replies: 45
Views: 10131

Re: Method to minimize yard work

Or they will use tools with a long cable that they ask you to plugin to the nearest socket.
by ducknald_don
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: How SD may affect the type of emergence
Replies: 4
Views: 367

Re: How SD may affect the type of emergence

Most people change jobs because they want to move on to something else. This is the case for some businesses but I would assume the majority of that 90% are closing because it didn't work financially. This is probably closer to being fired.
by ducknald_don
Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: A Jacob Mention
Replies: 139
Views: 10072

Re: A Jacob Mention

Dutch cities are indeed the most bicycle friendly in the world. But there is no "car free" Dutch city. Dutch people use bikes a lot but they also use cars a lot. I was actually quite surprised how low the average mileage is for Dutch cyclists, if my memory is correct it's less than a mile...
by ducknald_don
Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: The Simpler Way: Ted Trainer
Replies: 21
Views: 1202

Re: The Simpler Way: Ted Trainer

@MI I'm not very convinced by those sort of conspiracy theories. It seems far more likely to me that these problems are emergent from the system we find ourselves in.
by ducknald_don
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?
Replies: 39
Views: 2521

Re: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?

Good programmers make many aspects of my job easy, bad programmers are luckily, easy to spot. I'm not so sure about that. It's hard to pin productivity improvements on a single programmer, especially when you work in a team. Manual work is easy to measure and incentivise but cognitive work is very ...
by ducknald_don
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?
Replies: 39
Views: 2521

Re: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?

That reminds me of my plumber who has written some amazing Excel/VBA tools to automate large parts of his business. He uses it to get a competitive edge when quoting customers.
by ducknald_don
Tue Sep 28, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?
Replies: 39
Views: 2521

Re: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?

Most software engineers who didn't graduate from some kind of CS program have rather dim concept of how computers actually work, what are computational costs and consequences of various designs etc. Quite a lot with a CS degree seem to have the same problem. This is why interviewees have to jump th...
by ducknald_don
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Dead White Man's Clothes: The Environmental Disaster Fuelled by Used Clothes
Replies: 22
Views: 1653

Re: Dead White Man's Clothes: The Environmental Disaster Fuelled by Used Clothes

I'm fairly confident about ours but we always come near the top of the table in the UK (Oxfordshire). However I'm less confident about the value of recycling plastic. Given that we already burn things for energy and are struggling to eliminate plastic I think we might as well incinerate the stuff fo...
by ducknald_don
Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: Volksmarching as an example of emergent movement design
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: Volksmarching as an example of emergent movement design

Biggest yet is ~43 miles in a day with my brother and my SiL several months back. The goal was 100,000 steps on her pedometer, which our various devices estimated at an average of 43 miles. Trying to talk my wife into working up to a 50 mile day with me, but she isn't enthused :lol:. My son was mos...
by ducknald_don
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Will Gas Stations Exist In 15 Years?
Replies: 56
Views: 3433

Re: Will Gas Stations Exist In 15 Years?

An article I read recently made the claim that maintenance costs aren't much, if at all, lower for electric cars because the brakes need to be (expensively) serviced since regenerative braking is used so often. That doesn't make sense at all, if you are using more regenerative braking then you are ...
by ducknald_don
Wed Aug 25, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Is 4% dead?
Replies: 109
Views: 7573

Re: Is 4% dead?

I'm not sure it's as easy as snapping their fingers. After all if they could have done that then they almost certainly would have already. When you are looking at professional services the number of opportunities shrinks with every step up the ladder. Maybe it's different for people that run their o...
by ducknald_don
Wed Aug 25, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Any math teachers here?
Replies: 30
Views: 1466

Re: Any math teachers here?

@WFJ The stabbings are very unlikely to be an issue for teachers personally. There has been a lot of media attention about knife crime in London recently and whilst it is a serious problem it predominantly effects only certain communities in certain areas. It's also in decline. The government were ...
by ducknald_don
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Any math teachers here?
Replies: 30
Views: 1466

Re: Any math teachers here?

I know some UK math teachers for the under-12 set of children. They moved to Canada - twice the pay, half the living cost, and a twentieth the stabbings (location dependent on this one of course). Plenty of gun crime rather than stabbings though, fifth worst in the OECD. In fact the medium teacher ...
by ducknald_don
Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Any math teachers here?
Replies: 30
Views: 1466

Re: Any math teachers here?

Particularly in the UK there is lots of noise about teachers in general being overworked, I am not sure to what extent I would want to believe it. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/18/25-of-teachers-in-england-work-more-than-60-hours-a-week-study There were a few teachers at my kids sc...
by ducknald_don
Mon Aug 23, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Has COVID caused "ERE" to go mainstream?
Replies: 20
Views: 1729

Re: Has COVID caused "ERE" to go mainstream?

@WFJ I've seen that with my own consulting clients. The more I charged them the nicer they were to me.
by ducknald_don
Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Mental HIIT
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: Mental HIIT

I suspect diet and exercise is going to trump everything else.