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Brian and Chris always said that if they couldn't have a morning coffee together at work each day, they'd start a podcast to make sure they catch up regularly.This is the conversation they want to have and will range from finance and economics to philosophy and management theory
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 Our live show is in one week on Brian's twitch stream!!!!! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!This week Chris and Brian discuss whether we should burn down Atlanta in the name of science (don't worry, we'd let all the people out first). Then, substacks actually change Chris' life (in a pretty minor way, but still!) You can also find us on discordBig list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app. Sorry to anyone who downloaded this episode while it was called "Untitled" and the show notes unfinished!-----------------------------------------------------------------How Australia can fix the plasma marketAttack of the Civilization State - China is a fully self-contained civilization and continuing to assert itself in the modern worldReturns to scale in broken windows. Should we destroy a small Australian city? Maybe Brisbane?Chinese nail houses and the tragedy of the anticommonsThe history of insurance - it's debatable.  For the first 3000 years of insurance it seemed to be exclusively to cancel loans, in 1676 a company was set up to make actual payments on a policyI feel like I've linked this before, but if you're thinking of making a big change in your life, you should probably just go for it! So he waited, continuing to pretend to be a boring center-right liberal. "What would a real center-right liberal do?" he asked himself, and figured he might as well deregulate some stuff and pass capitalist policies. The Turkish economy entered an unprecedented boom, and a (presumably baffled) Erdogan was hailed as a genius. Bryan Caplan - Revenge of the Game TheoristMoral Costs of Chicken vs. BeefOffset some of those moral costs with Greenfleet or if you're American perhaps TerrapassPain is not the unit of effort! "To this day there's a gremlin on my shoulder that whispers, "If you're happy, you're not trying your best." The Hardcore something something Assassin WORLD RECORD!!!!!!!!
Our live show is in one week on Brian's twitch stream!!!!! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!Brian and Chris discuss markets in everything, particularly blood plasma and organs. We talk about patents, one of the first topics Chris liked to read about. We make bets on how Australia opens up it's borders and Chris pretends to be knowledgable about Diablo 2 You can also find us on discordBig list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- How Walmart used blockchain to grab some headlines....i mean uh...help something somehowWhat is a crypto oracle?Planet Money - Blood MoneyWHO voluntary non-renumerative blood donationsThe fine that creates unintended consequencesTechnically you can't donate an entire lung. You need at least two living donors who will donate several lung lobes each.Tim Harford on patentsFor 10 years no one was even sure if the google books project was legalThere are 250,000 patents that impact smart phones representing 1 in 6 patents.
 Our live show is coming! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!This week Chris and Brian have a meandering discussion on military technology, stagnation, time horzions and "10 year syndrome". We also discuss the new technology of crypto-currency and the cults of personality that it inspires You can also find us on discordBig list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Forced Entrepreneurship -  . Analyzing employment histories for 640,000 U.S. workers, we document graduating college during a period of high unemployment does increase entry to entrepreneurship. However, compared to voluntary entrepreneurs, firms founded by forced entrepreneurs are more likely to survive, innovate, and receive venture-backing. Nicholas Taleb -  The three most harmful addictions are heroin carbohydrates and a monthly salary.Bond tents - avoiding the red zone when retiring.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------The great stagnation in military technology:Fogbank - the missing ingredient in the nuclear arsenalApply for a job reverse engineering the heat exchanger of a B2 bomberOr help find some diodes for an icebreakerTechnology Connections - a pretty great YouTube channel. Be sure to check out the rice cooker episodeJapanese joinery is beautifulUpside decay The Colt M1911 - Used by the US military for almost a hundred years--------------------------------------------------------------------------------CryptocurrencyZohar Atkins - cryptocurrency relies on cult of personalityChartalism -  a theory of money that argues that money originated with states' attempts to direct economic activity rather Brian's multi-billion dollar business sending remittances home with crypto-currency - no link because he never started it.Sometimes you just have to look down and power through to get speedrunning records
Our live show is coming! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!You can also find us on discordBig list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app. This week Brian and Chris stray from the script once more by discussing a number of different positions and sources on the topic of renewable power, particularly batteries and solar. We also discuss why nuclear power has been a flop, whether founders are superior to inheritors and all the (Straussian) news from Diablo 2.We always make coffee bets and they are also on the Melange app--------------------------------------------------------------------------Long live the sun  the inspiration for much of our solar discussionFermi estimates of the power of the first atomic bombNoma, the best restaurant in the world is indeed in DenmarkGwern link on large-scale CO2 removalWhy has nuclear power been a flop?Tim Ferriss and Balaji Srinivasan - a four hour podcast that is suprisingly worthwhileChesterton's fence - Brian has stronger feelings on fences than I would have expected.The P8 Sorc Race won by the mighty Indrek
Please contact us or support us on Patreon!You can also find us on discordBig list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app. --------------------------------------------------------------------------This week the discussion centres around the new super-annuation scheme changes, and about defined contribution schemes in general. We also try to think about whether we have free willChris' favourite Feynman story ever and an excellent autobiographySam Harris has thoughts on free willNewcomb's ParadoxP8 Hell Paladin race in Diablo 2
Please contact us or support us on Patreon! Our main topic today is Elites vs Experts by Robin Hanson. He's very smart, but not terribly likeable so we have to go back and forth defending him and attacking him. We talk about minimum wage, whether behavioural economics really replicates and why are there no aliens anyway? Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.--------------------------------------------------------------------The endless saga of "Is Dunkin Donuts in Australia" - it was, then it wasn't.....Chipageddon and the impact on new car production - " Yet many auto plants have had to shut down unexpectedly, costing the companies billions of dollars in profit. Anyone who thought the problem might pass quickly is being proven wrong "Thinking fast and slow and the replication crisis. It's not as bad as it could be, but certainly whole chapters have entirely failed to replicate.The History of the Minimum Wage - a podcast by Planet MoneyBen Thompson - Spotify's SurpriseThe Fermi Paradox and The Great Filter - Why are there no Aliens out there?The Disastrous Johnson&Johnson PauseScarlett vs Bomber - The best TvZ Starcraft II game ever played?Mr LlamaSC loses his damn mind as he gets every single item in the game
 Please contact us or support us on Patreon!This episode our main topic is Julia Galef's new book. Julia is a much better podcaster than us, and also probably a better author. Her new book scout mindset is an exploration on how to seek the truth instead of just defend your pre-existing views. Brian pronounces rhetoric incorrectly a lot and Chris fails to make fun of him because he wasn't yet confident of his preferred pronunciation.Big list of coffee betsJared Diamond - author of guns germs and steelRuss Roberts interviewing  psychologist Emiliana Simon-Thomas of UC Berkeley Pi Hole. Stop ads getting anywhere near your internet (except youtube ads sadly)Suicides down for 2020, misery loves company? We may debate forever if there's a great stagnation. Gwern has a solid list of improvements since the 90sCentre for applied rationality - Julia Galefs day job maybe? I'm not really sure.Steelmanning
 Please contact us or support us on Patreon!Chris picks fights with MacroBioBoi (probably because he's jealous of Brian's new podcast best friend). We discuss another book on the entire history of the world with Sapiens. We muse on population ethics and whether we have an obligation to future populations. We discuss UBI and how having "enough" can change your career and consumption habits.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sapiens - A brief history of humankindDunbars Number -  a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. Typically ~150We discuss population ethics as prompted by a very insightful patron.Finally we bet on weather we'll be on Youtube (probably, since Chris likes winning coffees)
 Please contact us or support us on Patreon!As Chris was travelling this week Brian got to host a very special episode interviewing MacroBioBoi, one of the top Diablo 2 streamers.They discuss what it's like to be a  streamer, accents and how the Diablo content industry works. A very enjoyable interview even if you don't care about Diablo at all (and speaking as Chris, I don't!)Next week we'll be back with our regularly scheduled programming where we discuss whatever we talked about last week.Find MacroBioBoi on Youtube or Twitch or TwitterOr watch one of his best videos on why he doesn't use windoforce
Please contact us or support us on Patreon!This episode Chris has a book review on "The decadent society", hard to explain, but very impactful. We have further reflections on meritocracy, UBI, and womens happiness. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------The main book by Ross Douthat - The decadent society: How we became victims of our own successWhatever Brian's weird reference was in the openingThe paradox of declining womens happiness -  By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women's happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The WEIRD people - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and DemocraticThe FIexplorer - he's pretty rich and probably pretty swol'The broken windows fallacy - Chris stopped paying attention half way through and is now out smashing windows in order to boost GDP and helpFreddie De Boer picks fights with blue checks on twitter. It's quite fun.The hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz - should we get pay rises every couple of weeks?
A very special Affix episode where Brian and Chris sit across the table in real life and try to avoid looking at each other in the eye. To commemorate this visit we did a listener feedback episode. We follow up on FI/RE, how to build media patronage, a mea culpa from Chris, significant discussion on wage growth and a long bet and discussion on the minimum wage.Please contact us or support us on Patreon! (¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯·.¸¸.·´¯·.¸¸.·´¯·.¸¸.·´¯)  ( \                                                      / ) ( \ )                                                   ( / )( ) (     VOTE WITH US!!!        ) ( ) ( / )                                                    ( \ )  ( /                                                      \ )   (_.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`)----------------------------------------------------------------Retiring early, sometimes you have to go back to work - LivingaFIThe most senseless environmental crime of the 20th century - Whaling in the USSRGoodhart's law - when a measure becomes a targetDefining inequality so it can't be fixed - the Grumpy EconomistThe Effective Altruism movement - the cheapest ways to save livesPrincipal Agent Problems
  (¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯·.¸¸.·´¯·.¸¸.·´¯·.¸¸.·´¯)  ( \                                                      / ) ( \ )                                                   ( / )( ) (     VOTE WITH US!!!        ) ( ) ( / )                                                    ( \ )  ( /                                                      \ )   (_.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`) Or contact us or support us on Patreon!This week we discuss meritocracy and psychopaths, we muse if the son of a shearer is really worthy of rising to the top of society, we have more to say about FI/RE and capitalism, and of course, all the news from Diablo 2 and meta coffee bets!-------------------------------------------------------------------------Chris with his podcast debut on The Aussie FirebugThe 4% rule and the trinity studySlow Boring - " Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards. It takes both passion and perspective. " by Matt Yglesias on MeritocracyWhat is Life by Schrodinger (yes the guy with the cat)The Imperial Exam - how China's public servants were promotedChris' vote compass again in case you missed it the first timeProject Diablo 2 again
 Don't forget to reccommend us to your friends!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!BIG NEWS! Vote along with us on the list of coffee bets!Big list of coffee betsThis week we discuss the topic that initial brought Brian and Chris together FI/RE. The idea that by living frugally and earning well you can retire much earlier than is typical, in your 30s or even 20s. --------------------------------------------------------------------------Fifty years of Monetary Policy - what did we even do before inflation rate targetting?Japan's slow crash and monetary policy - not what you think.The shockingly simple maths behind early retirement - Literally the only article you need to read on FI/REBuild the life you want, then save for it - advice from a guy who's pretty good at Diablo IIGrow the buck up - A very compelling podcast by a guy who *sounds* like he wants to sell you a time share, but actually just wants you to be happy.
Don't forget to reccommend us to your friends!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!In this episode Brian and Chris get dangerously close to having original ideas about the news and information distribution. Don't worry, we'll go back to just reading other people's opinions next week. We discuss interest rates and power, ponder Stoic philosophy and Brian has so much Diablo 2 news that he can't contain it to just this podcast!Big list of coffee bets --------------------------------------------------- Zvi Mowshowitz judges his own Covid 19 preditions from early 2020Maybe you can sign up for Auger and bet against Brian?Who drives the bus of interest rates? - Scott SumnerThe Tricameral Legislatures - Chambers of parliament that could exist but don'tThe veil of ignorance (also known as the original position)Stoic quotes on life“When a dog is tied to a cart, if it wants to follow, it is pulled and follows, making its spontaneous act coincide with necessity. But if the dog does not follow, it will be compelled in any case. So it is with men too: even if they don't want to, they will be compelled to follow what is destined.” Hot news doctrineKnolls law of media accuracy  “everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true, except for the rare story of which you happen to have firsthand knowledge”. Brian's commentary of Bender's world record paladin HC normal speed run
In this episode we have a listener suggested topic of UBI, how affordable it might be in Australia and if it would help or harm over-all. We talk about moral foundations, and find an actual disagreement between Brian and Chris (please tell us who you agree with). And of course we bring you all the news from D2 speedruns and another coffee bet!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!Big list of coffee bets--------------------------------------------------- Federalism in the UK - sorta federal but not really. They have provinces I guess?Venezualan relative price fact of the day - " Around Caracas, the capital, a pack of three condoms costs $4.40 — three times Venezuela’s monthly minimum wage of $1.50."Universal Basic Income - an idea who's time has come?A data-driven guide to better, more relaxed parenting - Emily OsterThe play pump - possibly the worst way to donate money to the developing worldUnderstanding moral disagreements with Jonathan Haidt - Rationally speaking with Julia Galef is probably the best podcast. Maybe you should listen to her instead of us?Moral Foundations Theory - includes the bad graph that irritated ChrisAnti-natalism and climate change. The repugnant conclusion - a discussion for a later time?Principal component analysis - explained much better here than what Chris tried to doBig Five personality traitsMekalb's Hell HC Barbarian Speedrun highlights (only 14 minutes long!)
In this episode Brian and Chris discuss pandemic preparedness and how Bill and Melinda Gates have(n't?) helped. We use our media empire to wage war on Facebook and the Australian media and have genuine Diablo II news rather than just more nonsense!Please contact us or support us on Patreon!Big list of coffee bets---------------------------------------------------BBC TV LicenceWhy is pluto not a planet (dubious....)Belt vs GirdleBill and Melinda gates annual letterInside Bill's Brain <decoding Bill Gates>The Kogan Kevin37 LCD TelevisionUS-South Korea war gamesBill Gates is able-and willing-to lose big money funding vaccine factories (spoiler: no he's actually not)The Korean axe murder incident and Operation Paul Bunyan -  "A convoy of 23 American and South Korean vehicles ... drove into the JSA without any warning to the North Koreans, who had one observation post manned at that hour. In the vehicles were two eight-man teams of military engineers equipped with chain saws to cut down the tree." Facebook turns off the news. An annoucement from the Australian GovernmentExponent Podcast -  Ben and James discuss Australia’s Media Bargaining Code and its fall-out. Diablo 2 Resurrected or maybe you should just play Project Diablo IIDoes anyone know how we can set up betting markets on our coffee bets?
This episode we discuss types of power from Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan. We muse over inequality and what it takes to stop it through the lens of Walther Scheidel's "The Great Leveller". We discuss politics and why we hate talking about politics (we like to think all our opinions on economics are just common sense and are in no way political). We bet on whether TSMC can ever be taken down from their dominant spot manufacturing chips and, of course, bring you new ways to play and break world records in Diablo II.Please contact us (we're so lonely) or support us on Patreon!Piketty - Capital and the 21st centuryHousehold wealth inequality in AustraliaHunter gatherer inequalityBrian did edit the shareholder value wikipedia page!Amazon gives open source the middle finger "In effect, it’s a hosted drop-in replacement for MongoDB that doesn’t use any MongoDB code "Google LLC v Oracle America Brian's vote compassChris' vote compassScott Alexander's Statement on New York Times ArticleLeviathan Chapter X - HobbesThe Great leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century - by Walter ScheidelBig list of coffee betsMacro Bio Boi - LoD completion in 7 minutesThread on the dashact5 mode
Please contact us or support us on Patreon! In this episode Brian and Chris discuss shareholder value, important categorization problems such as whether a hotdog is a sandwich or ice is a rock. We talk about inequality in Australia and bet on whether movies will ever make a comeback (of course not, everyone just listens to podcasts now)The Friedman Doctrine holds that a corporations only purpose is to return value to shareholdersDid Brian edit the Shareholder Value wikipedia page?The Ontology of Psychiatric Conditions by Scott AlexanderBill gates and Vaccine ProductionEmergent Ventures and Fast GrantsBryan Caplan really hates masksWhat defines a sandwich anyway?The categories were made for man, not man for categories - Another Scott Alexander postSorites Paradox. Maybe the Soroity problem if we believe Brian?ACOSS report on inequality in Australia in 2018Big list of coffee bets
In this episode we review the state of FLOSS software, the things going right and the things going wrong. We discuss if it's good to be a technocrat, and when that can go wrong, and sigh with disbelief at the google vs australian newspaper fight.Please contact us or support us on Patreon!Tidelift - a new way to pay for open sourceHow one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of codeEconomic vs Rhetorical Dominance - Bryan CaplanContra Weyl on TechnocracyWeyl's rebuttalDouble Dutch Irish Sandwich (the breakfast of champions)Corporate Tax transparencyBlury photo of a record possibly being broken. I'm not sure any more, looks like it might be fakedSummoning Salt - The finest reviews of speed runsBig list of coffee bets
Please support our patreon!! We discuss "the infinite game" by Simon Sinek. Decide that we all need to be better capitalists, and some of what we've learned from Scott Alexander, our favorite auhor (technically just Chris's favorite author, but he feels strongly enough about it to speak for Brian too)Simon Sinek - The infinite gameAstral Codex Ten - Scott AlexanderMeditations on MolochBig list of coffee betsBender's speedrunMekalb's speedrun
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Elliott Bailey

nicely balanced thoughts on meritocracy. one challenge that comes to mind are the various life taxes or 'privileges'. race being the biggest in modern times. in an individual case not that relevant but measured on a society level is a pretty big factor. thoughts?

Apr 2nd
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Elliott Bailey

perhaps the patreon could be posted somewhere here?

Feb 24th
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