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Where to Live for Happiness

f I live in Dallas and make $100,000/year, I would need to make $86,000 to maintain my standard of living in Cleveland

Things that don't adjust to CoL.

  1. Savings. Arguable a bit TBH. If you plan to retire in same area - you probably want to adjust it. If you're saving for a world roundtrip - no. May be a mix of both.

  2. Out of state/country/city trips.

  3. Non-local charity givings.

  4. Internet shopping.

  5. Big ticket items: cars, etc.

I really like the suggestion to make actual budget for different scenarios in different places to understand what you need to make/how much will you save.

Ukraine Post #9: Again

Besides witnesses there's

  1. NY times article showing satellite images with bodies appearing during occupation period.
  2. Drone footage of armour shooting on cyclist.

What would you consider a more direct evidence?

March 2022 Welcome & Open Thread

On Feb 19th I came from London to visit my parents in Lviv (first time since September). On 24th I woke up to Russian attack, general mobilization order and prohibition to leave the country.

Failure #1: didn't take possibility and impact of total Russian attack in consideration when planning the trip.

I mentioned to a coworker that countries moving embassies out of Kyiv is a costly signal. Nevertheless I looked at it and went into cached thought: the war is localized to parts of Donbas.

Failure #2: on morning of 24th it was possible to leave the country. I didn't. Looking back - it feels like I was in the freeze mode from Fight/Flight/Freeze triad. I got out of stupor and doomscroling by end of day. By that time males of my age were prohibited to leave the country.

Non-Fungible Costs

I feel like this is more of a yearning for option that is not there: big and cheap apartment that has good social options around and good commute.

Omicron Post #15

Therefore – there were 82 infections among a total of 509 Remolino participants.

Worth noting that Ukraine seems to still be in the growing part of the wave (ourworldindata).

The Best Software For Every Need

Comma got picked as part of the link, here's a fixed one.

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What are some real life Inadequate Equilibria?

Here's transcript of the episode

This focuses on a pilot attempt to introduce this for California state taxes.

Some highlights

  • In the 2004 tax season, they sent ReadyReturns out to about 11,000 taxpayers along with this little survey.
  • 99 percent of the people said that they would like to use it next year

And indeed

  • Norquist thought ReadyReturn is tantamount to a tax hike because
  • Norquist put out the word to California Republicans - if you back ReadyReturn, you have broken the pledge [to not rise taxes]
  • "so and so - I've even forgotten the legislator's name - is not with us. It looks like we're going to be one vote short."
April Coronavirus Open Thread

Harvard published a study on link between PM2.5 pollution and mortality.

We found that an increase of only 1 μg/m3 in PM2.5 is associated with a 15% increase in the COVID-19 death rate, 95% confidence interval (CI) (5%, 25%)

Places most hit so far are on the more polluted side so one can expect final CFR/IFR be lower than estimated from current data.

On Equivalence of Supergoals
In reality, however, scientific progress seems to be accelerating. Of course, it's hard to measure, but I've seen claims that the portion of the 21st century that has passed has already brought more scientific discoveries than all of the 20th century, let alone the ones before, and these claims don't seem implausible to me.

There's a recent paper on the topic "Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find?" According to data analyzed there rate of scientific discoveries in existing fields (e.g crop yields increase, Moore's law, etc.) remains close to constant while number of researchers constantly increases.

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