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by Mark Leavy
Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5242
Views: 825300

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I can't imagine this just going away. Just about everyone knows someone whose life was destroyed by all this, as well as many others who have suffered profoundly. When people finally grasp what really happened, I suspect that the rage will be difficult to control. I wish I could agree, Maddy. But I...
by Mark Leavy
Thu Feb 02, 2023 7:26 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Safe deposit boxes: Revisited
Replies: 22
Views: 2126

Re: Safe deposit boxes: Revisited

He recommended a home safe, like he himself has. I said that I'd looked into it but I feel it's dangerous once it's known that you have one. That was the one moment his smile vanished. Hilarious. That's when you ask him what model safe he has, how are his wife and kids and does he have a business c...
by Mark Leavy
Wed Feb 01, 2023 8:23 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Renewable electricity sources are now a no-brainer
Replies: 131
Views: 44479

Re: Renewable electricity sources are now a no-brainer

That's marketing talk. :) That marketing talk works for me. A plug in Hybrid with a ~40 mile non combustion range sounds about ideal. It covers all of your daily city driving. Plug into the garage at night. Don't even need a 220v outlet. Regenerative braking for the stop lights. Whenever you need t...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:26 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

Just to bring this thread back around to AI, here's a DALL-E generated image.

DALL·E 2023-01-31 16.23.52 - Photo of a glass  jar partially full of a yellowish liquid sitting on a windowsill with the morning sun rising behind it..png
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by Mark Leavy
Fri Jan 27, 2023 10:56 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: 2022 Returns
Replies: 42
Views: 2140

Re: 2022 Returns

Tyler wrote:
Fri Jan 27, 2023 10:32 am
...
Pain is relative, and it was a tough year for everyone.

Thank you Tyler. Excellent as always.
2022 was the only year since 1989 that had negative returns for both equities and bonds.

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by Mark Leavy
Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Renewable electricity sources are now a no-brainer
Replies: 131
Views: 44479

Re: Renewable electricity sources are now a no-brainer

... Also the car's large 66 kWh battery doubles as a stealth non-gas-burning generator so we can ride out power outages without drawing attention to ourselves, which I've done and it's marvelous. ... Pointed, you don't have a battery wall for your excess solar, but instead pump it back into the grid?
by Mark Leavy
Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:14 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: New Ideas about Sleep
Replies: 15
Views: 318

Re: New Ideas about Sleep

dualstow wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:24 am
Jocko is the Art of Manliness guy?
No, he's the ex Navy Seal guy. Interesting dude.
by Mark Leavy
Mon Jan 23, 2023 7:37 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Silver
Replies: 40
Views: 1397

Re: Silver

Tortoise wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2023 6:21 pm
They may have been referring to this paper by Diaconis.
Outstanding. Thank you.
by Mark Leavy
Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:42 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Silver
Replies: 40
Views: 1397

Re: Silver

Or, instead of flipping the coin, spin it on its edge. A new penny that's spun on its edge will land with tails facing up about 80% of the time . Whoa. That one I have to try. Hard to believe. ~80% ! I tried downloading the research paper linked on the website "heads.pdf" but got a dead link and co...
by Mark Leavy
Fri Jan 20, 2023 5:54 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

Reid Hoffman, the founder of Linked In interviewing Sam Altman, the founder of Open AI. Sam talks about which jobs will first be lost to AI.
by Mark Leavy
Fri Jan 20, 2023 5:51 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Fri Jan 20, 2023 5:46 pm
Hey DALL-E, ...
A photo of ChatGPT personified as a neckbeard pretentiously drinking kombucha with a Che Guevara poster in the background!
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Note, DALL-E always generates random symbols for text.
by Mark Leavy
Thu Jan 19, 2023 11:15 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

Xan wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:52 pm
So how would you rate the description?
Pretty good. Antigua is a fine town to walk around and the description is a blurred reflection of the Hemingway style. I would say it would rank right up there for marketing purposes and about a B+ for factual.
by Mark Leavy
Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

Write a description of downtown Antigua, Guatemala using the style of prose of Ernest Hemingway. The morning sun cast its golden hue on the cobblestone streets of Antigua, Guatemala. The centuries-old architecture, with its ornate facades of brightly painted stucco, seemed almost to glimmer in the ...
by Mark Leavy
Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:00 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us
Replies: 1707
Views: 279556

Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

dualstow wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:22 pm
Smith1776 wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 6:40 pm
My local public library in my new city has the best book on investing ever written in their catalogue. First I’ve seen!
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I just looked up JD Roth. Is it the JD Roth?
This is the JD Roth that wrote the forward.
by Mark Leavy
Tue Jan 17, 2023 8:29 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation
Replies: 38
Views: 1104

Re: Inflation

Of course I eat offal. Raw or cooked. Either way. Why would you think I don't? I make a mean kidney tartare. The trick is to dice the organs up nice and fine and then add some fat. Kidney is too lean to eat without fat. Personally, I prefer raw egg yolk, but olive oil is also an option. It doesn’t ...
by Mark Leavy
Tue Jan 17, 2023 4:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Inflation
Replies: 38
Views: 1104

Re: Inflation

glennds wrote:
Tue Jan 17, 2023 4:02 pm
What you've proposed isn't awful.
But it's not offal.
Come join us when you're ready to get serious, my sweet summer child. Amino acids await you
Of course I eat offal. Raw or cooked. Either way. Why would you think I don't?
by Mark Leavy
Sun Jan 15, 2023 9:25 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: What's your favourite book of all time?
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: What's your favourite book of all time?

Mine is pretty much the same as Smithers'. But just the "how to" portion.

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by Mark Leavy
Sun Jan 15, 2023 12:48 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

dualstow wrote:
Sun Jan 15, 2023 7:02 am
Mark, was your avatar created by DALL-E?
No, just a google image search. Good idea, though.

A dingy and tattered jolly roger blowing in the wind with a stormy sky behind it
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by Mark Leavy
Sun Jan 15, 2023 12:46 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Mar A Lago documents
Replies: 114
Views: 3053

Re: Mar A Lago documents

At this point, we have to assume that Joe Biden is banging Stormy Daniels.
(ht/Scott Adams)
by Mark Leavy
Sat Jan 14, 2023 7:18 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

What was the story that Andy Grove used to tell about low end steel providers gradually growing and taking over US Steel? Andy Grove used to tell a story about how small, low-end steel suppliers in the US slowly but surely grew their way up the market to eventually overtake US Steel as the dominant...
by Mark Leavy
Sat Jan 14, 2023 1:25 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Meme Thread
Replies: 196
Views: 29488

Re: The Meme Thread

That was great, Hal! Thanks!
by Mark Leavy
Sat Jan 14, 2023 1:40 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Meme Thread
Replies: 196
Views: 29488

Re: The Meme Thread

Smith1776 wrote:
Fri Jan 13, 2023 11:17 pm
[In other words, if Malthus had the Infinity Stones I'm pretty sure those Marvel flicks would have been more documentary than fiction.
Yeah... I'lll take your word for it. 8)

Thanks. I'm just going to eat my pudding now ...
by Mark Leavy
Fri Jan 13, 2023 11:22 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Mar A Lago documents
Replies: 114
Views: 3053

Re: Mar A Lago documents

glennds wrote:
Fri Jan 13, 2023 5:02 pm
Whippet Good.

Can Confirm.

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by Mark Leavy
Fri Jan 13, 2023 10:39 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Meme Thread
Replies: 196
Views: 29488

Re: The Meme Thread

Smith1776 wrote:
Fri Jan 13, 2023 10:25 pm
Did you misspell "Thanos"?
Okay, I'll bite.

Anyone with Adam Smith as a user name knows who Thomas Malthus is.

I didn't get how the Thanos reference ties in.

Damn. I have much to learn.
by Mark Leavy
Fri Jan 13, 2023 3:45 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ChatGPT and what it means for our future
Replies: 84
Views: 1675

Re: ChatGPT and what it means for our future

But I had assumed that the intelligence part came from assembling all known facts (including verifying their accuracy)? Absolutely not. Large Language Models (which these are) frequently "hallucinate" facts, but generally do it in a way that seems convincing. You can ask for a list of 10 book recom...