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by a
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For those who worked in tech and then changed industries, where did you go?
Replies: 14
Views: 1232

Re: For those who worked in tech and then changed industries, where did you go?

Change of heart: 34
Age left: 35
Previous employment: computer programmer
Years spent solidifying which path: 3
Currently: 1/2 way through master's
New field: Brain degeneration
by a
Sun May 20, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lucrative careers?
Replies: 318
Views: 24205

Re: Lucrative careers?

I was not going to get into that... BUT in college I spent a year working as a janitor both night and day (did subs for when people were on vacation or sick leave). I learned that on average, night janitors and day janitors tend to have some differences from each other in spite of their job similar...
by a
Sat May 19, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Micromanaging myself to help with completing tasks
Replies: 15
Views: 1495

Re: Micromanaging myself to help with completing tasks

Try the experiment and learn from it. In the end your end goal will decide what you learn and the next thing to try. Without the right end goal all action is suboptimal. From my own experiments (and the guidance of others) I’ve concluded: Sleep is king. Next is exercise. After that comes other evolu...
by a
Thu May 17, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)
Replies: 70
Views: 4760

Re: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)

I never heard of greatschools, so I just went there to see how our excellent schools are rated. Wow, expected better than 5, 5 and 7! I looked deeper as this makes no sense, and the schools got really bad marks for lack of diversity, equity, and some other non-relevant stuff. Got 10/10 for college ...
by a
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ivy school education. Is it worth it?
Replies: 238
Views: 13635

Re: Ivy school education. Is it worth it?

Personally, given the importance that physical fitness and recreation have on human health, and given vast improvements in productivity over the last 100 years, I wonder why we are still wedded to this model that "successful" people need to sit at a chair and frantically push papers for 75 hours a ...
by a
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Move: Please convince me why I should not work in tech
Replies: 74
Views: 7342

Re: Career Move: Please convince me why I should not work in tech

Your brain is hungry to learn.

Stretching one's brain builds cognitive reserve and happiness.
by a
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Live / work in California - Technology Career
Replies: 99
Views: 6972

Re: Live / work in California - Technology Career

Just a note on climate. To understand California climate (both northern and southern) along the coast, you need to understand how the marine layer affects the climate. Google marine layer. When you live with a mountain range between you and the ocean, you can see the white mist rolling in , with th...
by a
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I invest all right now? (1.4M, 34 yrs)
Replies: 22
Views: 4063

Re: Should I invest all right now? (1.4M, 34 yrs)

I was in kind of a similar situation in 2007. I decided based on the “lump sum gives more returns 66% of the time” rationale to lump it all, along with the added benefit of making bookkeeping simple. (also, tax hit was not a factor) If I were given $1,300,000 in bonds right now I would write on a pi...
by a
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 131
Views: 11732

Re: Do you meditate?

“How much time per day? Have you noticed any benefits?” I meditate about 5 days a week, ~30 minutes each time. I am able to pull myself back from ruminating while driving a couple times each drive. Occasionally when playing with the kids. I am more aware of when I am getting stressed out. When I not...
by a
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 131
Views: 11732

Re: Do you meditate?

Although I’d been made aware of it for a long time,
I only recently (~May 2017) truly began doing it.
Stress was savaging me.
I expect to start yoga someday.

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor was illuminating.
by a
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 2999

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

Whiggish Boffin wrote:the A-10 Warthog ground-attack aircraft, still a major distributor of armored-vehicle parts.
Great!

Loved all of this synopsis. Thanks.
by a
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 40275

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

Interesting vignettes Valuethinker, thanks.
I admire your broad and detailed knowledge of human affairs.
by a
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Recommended books and resources to fully understand how the world stock market works.
Replies: 36
Views: 3583

Re: Recommended books and resources to fully understand how the world stock market works.

What happens to a bond heavy portfolio in this scenario? What happens to a bond "fund" in this scenario? Sorry for the late response. You bring up a flaw in my previous post. If half the people were to disappear, or just stop working, production would fall to something like 1 to 5% of previous, not...
by a
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

FreeAtLast wrote:..Code Talker, by Chester Nez, Penguin Group (2011). ..
Very interesting and enjoyable review. Thanks.
by a
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New role inside the company - what would you choose?
Replies: 14
Views: 2203

Re: New role inside the company - what would you choose?

I have two boys, also 1 and 3. Chronic stress causes depression. Hearing babies crying* is pain. When pain continues chronically and unpredictably, eventually the brain gets the idea that the stress cannot be avoided - learned helplessness, or stress-induced depression (Tim Cantopher, Depressive Ill...
by a
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Recommended books and resources to fully understand how the world stock market works.
Replies: 36
Views: 3583

Re: Recommended books and resources to fully understand how the world stock market works.

I view investing in the markets, as attaching myself to the big fish (corporations, people with money and power) in the world, is that the right way to look at it? Yes. with the market being at its highest ever I really need to learn more to develop confidence in my plan. That way if a crash comes ...
by a
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Recommended books and resources to fully understand how the world stock market works.
Replies: 36
Views: 3583

Re: Recommended books and resources to fully understand how the world stock market works.

Read a good introductory economics textbook. Some basic principles needed to understand the stock market are: -supply and demand -marginal utility -marginal cost -diminishing returns -invisible hand -free market -why we have taxes -externalities -division of labor The sum dollars invested in the sto...
by a
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The only other neuroscience textbook I have in-depth read is Levitan's The Neuron (4th ed.), but Mark F. Bear et al.'s Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (4th ed.) is compact. It is true pedagogy - The purpose is to teach. They choose good illustratory descriptions. p.419: Pacinian corpuscles are mos...
by a
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I ask this contractor to lower his quote?
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: Should I ask this contractor to lower his quote?

Thank you very much for the responses. I have learned about what it's like working as an individual carpenter/contractor as well as heard several interesting insights. We went with contractor #1 because a friend recommended him and because in the past we didn't follow up with him that well on a prev...
by a
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I ask this contractor to lower his quote?
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Should I ask this contractor to lower his quote?

The work is walling off a currently open-access space to create a new reasonably soundproof bedroom. The open-access space currently has two accesses. The first contractor, whom I have decided to work with, gave a quote for walling off one of the accesses, and placing double doors in the other acces...
by a
Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any benefits to achieving "great wealth"?
Replies: 106
Views: 10489

Re: Are there any benefits to achieving "great wealth"?

Wealth has to be coupled with the right mind set and attitude, otherwise it can be a trap and it will bring no joy or peace. This is why get-rich-quick can be a problem... just look at the percentage of lottery winners that are broke 5 to 10 years after they cashed the big check. Reminds me of some...
by a
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Back to Med School - Financially Worth It?
Replies: 87
Views: 13277

Re: Back to Med School - Financially Worth It?

That was a wonderful update.

I suspect that in the future you may be one of those
"humble yet powerful" types.
by a
Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Full Catastrophe Living - Jon Kabat-Zinn Meditation from a Western perspective. -- Habits of a Happy Brain - Loretta Graziano Breuning p.68: Once your physical sense of threat is turned on, your cortex looks for evidence of threat. It will find evidence because that eases the "do something" feeling....
by a
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traits of Happiest Retirees
Replies: 82
Views: 14409

Re: Traits of Happiest Retirees

Sorry for the long height of the post. I do a lot
of editing and after a while got tired of re-lining
everything. But as you mention I should make the
base line length longer.
by a
Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traits of Happiest Retirees
Replies: 82
Views: 14409

Re: Traits of Happiest Retirees

Nobel laureates saying "Persistence": Rachel Platten: "Faith is having a reason." Faith is persistence. When a person is forced to do something viewed as impossible by someone, they persevere which is seen as persistence. But it was being forced to.* *Maybe there are some people who are positively m...
by a
Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Private vs State School?
Replies: 116
Views: 9111

Re: Private vs State School?

"But cant a person learn to open their mind somewhere else besides Harvard?" You can open your mind on your own. But while there are some people who are motivated and WILL and DO work hard, I have not yet met one (I know they are out there) who is willing to take the Leap of Faith and work on someth...
by a
Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Some books read recently: Lehninger Biochemistry(6th ed.) Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell(6th ed.): Quite good at making 2-d figures "come alive". Minimal repetition, minimal summarization.* (chapter 15 is not as good) Sometimes a large number of surprising facts are compressed into a s...
by a
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Books on first principles thinking: As with just about everything, it all proceeds from a goal. As Nietzsche said, a goal a straight line. If you also take some time to work on deciding your life goal, the optimal books (or other endeavors) to reach there will become clear. By first principles you s...
by a
Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do most of you plan to retire "full-time"?
Replies: 126
Views: 14020

Re: Do most of you plan to retire "full-time"?

Ari wrote:So ... you agree that working for money is less
rewarding than setting your own goals in life?
We are agreed on that.
by a
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do most of you plan to retire "full-time"?
Replies: 126
Views: 14020

Re: Do most of you plan to retire "full-time"?

Sounds good. Got any proof that this is universally or even generally true? It's based on my personal experience, as well as my observation of people and the world, and especially also the reading of thoughts of others. (I mean others' writings.) I also attempted to put into words an evolutionary r...
by a
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do most of you plan to retire "full-time"?
Replies: 126
Views: 14020

Re: Do most of you plan to retire "full-time"?

"I don't see work as inevitable and I don't think it's a positive thing, but rather a necessary evil." (The following 2 paragraphs may be obvious to the quotee) Entropy is the basis of the universe. Therefore if you wish to feel good (be healthy) and continue to do "fun" things all of which involve ...
by a
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Clueless college new grad 22 yo, 200k income looking to start saving
Replies: 143
Views: 16313

Re: Clueless college new grad 22 yo, 200k income looking to start saving

As quantAndHold said, the one constant is that things never stay the same. As time goes on I expect governments to play a smaller and smaller role in world affairs. Due to the principle of technology being a magnification of an individual brain's power, coupled with the principle of exponential grow...
by a
Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Boglehead Way of Employment
Replies: 82
Views: 10055

Re: The Boglehead Way of Employment

But HOW do you give them a strong work ethic? That is tantamount to motivation. Please describe, as this is the most important question in my opinion. Once a person has motivation, they will GENERATE the other crucial factors: self-assuredness of success, education, the correct choice of vocation/pa...
by a
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Is it really life changing? I'm only a little way through the book (Chapter 2 I think) but two things have found to be notable. One is the "spark joy" technique which she describes as the best way to decide whether to throw something out. As I think someone else said, it captures a previously unkno...
by a
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: superforecasters
Replies: 16
Views: 2442

Re: superforecasters

"Optimists tend to be more accurate than pessimists." Pessimists are neurotic. Optimists are the natural conclusions drawn by a properly functioning brain (a brain that's working as Nature intended**). I'd also liken hedgehog thinking ("if all you have is a hammer..") to conscious thinking, or Syste...
by a
Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: science fair project ideas requested
Replies: 36
Views: 3268

Re: science fair project ideas requested

The project should be designed to answer a question the student truly is interested in. It doesn't really need to be clever or innovative. A simple and straightforward approach can be effective. Emphasize the importance of acquiring new knowledge that is otherwise unavailable. Emphasize applying me...
by a
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: science fair project ideas requested
Replies: 36
Views: 3268

Re: science fair project ideas requested

Measurement of radiation given off by microwave oven (try several different ovens including some that are beaten up) Measurement of carbon dioxide concentration and whether it is harmful in different environments e.g. inside of a car with confined circulation on and off, inside a house with all wind...
by a
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1018914

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Jiro Dreams of Sushi - after many recommendations on this board + that of a close personal friend, finally When Jiro invites his younger son to strike out and become manager of a separate restaurant, he says that he told him "You cannot come back." Meaning that he is on his own, he MUST succeed at r...
by a
Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any books for how people become wealthy?
Replies: 67
Views: 8741

Re: Any books for how people become wealthy?

Henry Ford's autobiography (My life and work) really communicates how his mind worked. You can see exactly how someone with that philosophy running through his head would end up building a huge business. It's free online. Another interesting book was a 1950s(?) book whose text was online perhaps in ...
by a
Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 165
Views: 27319

Re: What do you guys do on the side?

many in the audience here are ladies and so addressing this to the "guys" here might be misunderstood. A story about the use of "you guys": In college I went to a party. Due to reflections on the injustices of humanity, general feelings of depression and inadequacy about getting a girlfriend, I had...
by a
Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Incognito by David Eagleman 13% into it by Kindle counting It is remarkable how persistent the brain is at storing a snatch of information gleaned at a particular time insighting that it may be useful in the future. I felt upon seeing Incognito referenced in a blog post about "chicken sexing" that t...
by a
Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla X
Replies: 260
Views: 48715

Re: Tesla X

Tesla? They have been moving very fast. I would not be surprised if quality control had issues, but I have not read anything to that effect. How are they able to do it? Generally, with engineering you have to do something a bunch of times, each time feeling for sure that you got everything right th...
by a
Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: You won't get to the Promised Land by investing in stocks
Replies: 139
Views: 15219

Re: You won't get to the Promised Land by investing in stocks

This may cross the line into "what other people do", but the US Financial Diaries project is quite fascinating. http://www.usfinancialdiaries.org/ A reminder of how fortunate most of us are. L Fascinating. I've paged through 3 of the studies. As with My Soul Is Rested, I think that one can be illum...
by a
Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is private high school "worth it"?
Replies: 130
Views: 10684

Re: Is private high school "worth it"?

It makes no sense to say "But the money you save for your child would multiply many times by the time they are 45 (or 50 or 60 or whatever)"* and then say "Those rich kids are such horrible people, grown up spoiled and insensitive .." It's like you love money and hate it at the same time. (No one ac...
by a
Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for advice about stepping away from work.
Replies: 8
Views: 2060

Re: Looking for advice about stepping away from work.

The decision to embark on a new course occurred in an instant: September 2013. The build-up leading to that decision took about a year (of suffering)***. I thought actively on the subject for about a year* to confirm to myself and to flesh out the details / refine the aims. (At work: I was able to s...
by a
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1018914

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I never noticed that. That is very interesting. (Regarding
the thing about how the first movie ends being somewhat
ironic.)
by a
Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend entertaining books about businesses
Replies: 20
Views: 1796

Re: Recommend entertaining books about businesses

Founders at Work (Jessica Livingston) was all right.
by a
Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW/Audi Diesel Recall
Replies: 118
Views: 11183

Re: VW/Audi Diesel Recall

People are not taught as children to decide the purpose of their lives, their unifying thread, and so they, unsure of how to act, just respond (copy others, do what authority tells them) When deadlines come it's too late for these people to unify their thread of purpose. Their choice is between gett...
by a
Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945190

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky Re-reading this book after 7 or so years, I'm struck by the ideas I realize I got from her. In the chapter on goals, she explicitly says to the effect of "Goals/activities that are fun are not going to be held, while goals with meaning to the end result are....
by a
Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Decided to try timing the market. 100% short on 9/17/15
Replies: 353
Views: 59509

Re: Decided to try timing the market. 100% short on 9/17/15

Bravo. You have rare courage, and whatever the outcome, you will grow from it in skill and experience that many live their lives never possessing. (Courage in following one's convictions against the crowd is the highest form of courage perhaps?) What are your plans as to when to get back in? What is...