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by avalok
Wed Sep 28, 2022 2:38 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

Thank you candide and shaz. Yeah, this forum is a great community for aspiring renaissance types :) ----- I've been trying to improve my economic understanding in September: I have been reading Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson. This is certainly different economics to that I was brought up on! In f...
by avalok
Wed Sep 28, 2022 4:23 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Finding One's Edge
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: Finding One's Edge

Professional fund managers don't have the luxury of just heavily focusing on just one stock. I'm certain that is due to some regulations. But you the individual could put all your money on one stock or 2-3 stocks if you wanted to. This is Peter Lynch's recommendation IIRC. It makes sense to me, and...
by avalok
Tue Sep 27, 2022 2:52 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

Thank you both. Western Red, that is exactly how I have taken this. All the more grateful to have found this community; I don't think I would have understood my Grandad in that way without the philosophy here. 🙂
by avalok
Tue Sep 27, 2022 1:36 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Finding One's Edge
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Finding One's Edge

You have to know your edge, that is, what you can do that few others (only a small percentage) do. A typical edge would be domain knowledge, like e.g. knowing a lot about graphics cards. The tools go along with that. If GPUs are your thing, you're already reading magazines, discussing hardware on f...
by avalok
Tue Sep 27, 2022 11:48 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

My Grandad passed away today, after a brave fight with cancer. He deteriorated quickly towards the end, which I am relieved by, as he didn't have to suffer for long. He had been in serious pain the past week. I have always said he was a complex character: he made decisions in his life that some have...
by avalok
Mon Sep 12, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

Despite being (temporarily) moved off the main project I lead at work, I'm still finding work too absorbing. I have never had this issue before; always been able to shut the lid at 5pm and do other things with my life. I'm struggling to tell if I care too much, or I am just going through a learning ...
by avalok
Wed Sep 07, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

Well the second batch of yoghurt turned out with no change. I read that using older milk can prevent healthy colonisation, but this was as runny as the last. I think next I'll be trying a different yoghurt as a starter culture, though I am genuinely surprised as the starter I have used is from a goo...
by avalok
Tue Sep 06, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investments Trade Log
Replies: 2897
Views: 621238

Re: Investments Trade Log

I understand defense, presuming you are betting on increased geopolitical volatility but I'm not as sure what the bull case is for aerospace? The supposed post-COVID boom in air travel? I'm as lost as you tbh. They've desperately tried to fit to the acronym. I don't think it works that well; I can ...
by avalok
Tue Sep 06, 2022 5:54 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?
Replies: 15
Views: 945

Re: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?

@zbigi I thought about the classical world while writing that, and what you say is spot on. Perhaps there is a certain population density that needs to be reached before democracy is viable. At lower densities the problems it seeks to solve do not materialise, or are not severe enough, and so it isn...
by avalok
Mon Sep 05, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

Yeah, we claimed the relief for as long as you could, though it amounted to less than £200/yr, which wouldn't cover a month of energy use after the forecasted January price cap rise. Even if it was still offered, I'd be better off going to the office. But then again, who knows? Perhaps the offices w...
by avalok
Mon Sep 05, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

We have damp in the front room of our house, so I have to be careful how low the temperature falls. I worked carefully last year to get through the winter with the wall continuing to dry. I believe below 12°C the moisture in the air begins to condense on existing damp patches, exacerbating the issue...
by avalok
Mon Sep 05, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

I tried making yoghurt in the Instant Pot overnight, but found it was still quite runny in the morning, so left it incubating for another four hours. Alas, this had no effect. I've made yoghurt, but it runs, and I want yoghurt to be quite thick. I need to look at why this has happened and try anothe...
by avalok
Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:28 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?
Replies: 15
Views: 945

Re: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?

@7W5 yeah you've hit on what I have been trying to articulate; that Cohen is acknowledging the importance of the integrity of the whole spiral. Perhaps the thread would be better titled An Ode to the Developmental Spiral . Of course, democracy doesn't necessarily require the particulars he lists, bu...
by avalok
Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:55 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investments Trade Log
Replies: 2897
Views: 621238

Re: Investments Trade Log

With a recession in the UK likely already under way, I have opened a new position in PETS: I am hoping people will still be able to afford to feed their dogs, and the companies financials look pretty solid for a rough period ahead.
by avalok
Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:53 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?
Replies: 15
Views: 945

Re: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?

I hadn't thought before about the correlation with population density. That provides some explanation of its initial rise in industrialising nations. If democracy is a tool "installed", and as you point out, can be used in ways not intended, that suggests you do not see it as an emergent p...
by avalok
Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:04 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?
Replies: 15
Views: 945

Re: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?

The rule makes a lot of sense to me. I have seen threads from before I was a member that show clearly why you introduced it. Thanks for clarifying your moderation heuristics; it'll help with future posts.
by avalok
Sun Sep 04, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?
Replies: 15
Views: 945

Democracy - Leonard Cohen: An Ode to Emergence?

I am unsure if this is the correct place to post this, but I could not think of anywhere better: I discovered the song Democracy by Leonard Cohen this year, and initially thought it to be sarcastic, but the more I listened, the more I began to believe it is a list of the "components" that ...
by avalok
Sat Sep 03, 2022 4:03 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

I've been thinking of ways to save more energy this winter, given Europeans are heavily exposed to the gas markets, so we have bought a used Instant Pot. We have had a hob-based pressure cooker since last winter, which was a revelation; previously I have used a towel cooker to save fuel, but the tim...
by avalok
Thu Sep 01, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

The above recipe revised recipe works well, though I didn't have any glycerine so it is very watery. The main thing is it leaves no residue. Next I just need to establish if I can achieve this with soap flakes instead of castile soap.
by avalok
Sun Aug 28, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Avalok's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 3759

Re: Avalok's Journal

I've attempted making my own washing up liquid (dish soap) again. Previous attempts worked fine, but there would be a smeary residue left on anything cleaned. It was particularly clear on glasses. I followed this recipe initially, but have tried one using liquid castile soap this weekend. Someone me...