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A Side Effect of Lying

Posted on July 20, 2021

It seems like lying to people you don’t know in your own self-interest to is generally socially acceptable. A person who receives one job offer, accepts, then receives a better offer, then rejects the first offer, is one such example of a lie. It’s hard to pick between two opportunities. But one thing’s for sure – lying makes whatever choice you go with 10x worse. One consequence of lying that I’ve found is that any good faith in a newRead More

Here’s what =VLOOKUP() does in Excel

Posted on July 19, 2021

Great day! I learned how to use vlookup in excel. Here was the problem. I had sent out a cold email to ~2500 podcasters last week. The list of leads I used had a podcaster’s name, email, show id, and show name. Around 40% of people didn’t open the cold email, so I wanted to send a follow-up. Sendy, the emailing platform, let me download a new list made up of the 40%. But the list only had the lead’sRead More

Too many ideas

Posted on July 18, 2021

I generate (entrepreneurial) ideas easily. However, because they are all lovely sounding ideas, I try to purse them all by splitting them all into chunks of my time. For example, if I want to learn Latin, produce a podcast, and start a cooking business, I will break them down into, say, 10 minutes of Latin in the morning, 3 hours of podcasting on the weekend, and 1 hour of cooking in the evenings. But stretching my focus like this meansRead More

How to Price Yourself as a Freelancer

Posted on June 15, 2021

A new friend of mine gave me two ways to value yourself on the market. The first is your hourly rate. The second is the value of the service you provide (usually the opportunity cost). To calculate your hourly rate, you can use your last job’s pay as a reference compare yourself to what freelancers on the market charge, calculate how much you’d need to live your dream life. Charging hourly tends to prevent you from making big gains though.Read More

Cruella (2021)

Posted on June 8, 2021

Cruella is a disappointing movie. It had suspense and glamour. However, it fell a bit flat on the plot, on the plot twist, and on the message. I didn’t like a couple of things. For one, the plot twist. The plot twist is that Cruella is the daughter of the Baroness. But I didn’t like it because it wastes the great tension and suspense that the director had created by pitting Cruella against the Baroness. It seemed like the conflictRead More

Democracy, Cancel Culture, and Western Values.

Posted on June 7, 2021

There are a couple of ideas running through my mind today. One is the shifting of our democratic institutions from one of representative democracy to one of direct democracy. Why can’t we all vote for every issue on our phones? Why shouldn’t we? Two is that cancel culture and mobbings are here to stay for as long as the technology which enables it continues to exist. Social media facilitates cancel culture and mobbings. The two go hand in hand. Three,Read More

D. Jared Brown – Revelations from Cross-Examining Manitoba’s Health Experts in Court

Posted on May 28, 2021

D. Jared Brown is a litigator and Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. References: Section 3 of Manitoba’s Public Health Act:  “If the exercise of a power under this Act restricts rights or freedoms, the restriction must be no greater than is reasonably necessary, in the circumstances, to respond to a health hazard, a communicable disease, a public health emergency or any other threat to public health.” Transcript and YouTube Video: eugenefernandes.com/letters-from-a-contrarian Show-notes 2:51 How the JCCF tapped BrownRead More

How much of an activist should one be?

Posted on May 27, 2021

Lockdowns, police brutality and violence, curfews, a loss of freedoms, student loans. These are a few things that deeply bother me. So far, I’ve been using instagram as an outlet to vent, because I “have to do something.” And yet, there was a question within me: how much of an activist should I be? To be an activist is to be someone who “campaigns to bring about political or social change.” And in my own way, I was being anRead More

My Personal Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted on May 24, 2021

I had an appointment booked for this Thursday to get the vaccine, but cancelled at the last minute. I don’t feel confident about the jab just yet. There are two reasons for why. First, I can’t properly weigh all of the risks. Second, I don’t trust the leaders who are deploying the vaccine. When you don’t know what a course of action’s risks are, you generally don’t take the action. If you’re about to take an international flight and suspectRead More

Dr. Doug Allen – The Flaws in COVID-19 Modelling (Epidemiological and Economic)

Posted on May 1, 2021

Dr. Doug Allen is a professor of economics at Simon Fraser University. Link to YouTube Link to Anchor (which has links to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc). References: Allen. Covid Lockdown Cost/Benefits: A Critical Assessment of the Literature. April 2021. http://www.sfu.ca/~allen/LockdownReport.pdf Atkeson, Kopecky and Zha. “Four Stylized Facts about COVID-19.” August 2020. doi = 10.3386/w27719 Timestamps: 2:15   His original thoughts on the pandemic when it first hit, and then how his thoughts changed. 6:10   What were the four false assumptionsRead More

Dave Redman – Models, Mismanagement, and Emergency Planning

Posted on March 31, 2021

Here’s a link to the YouTube video. References: The World Health Organization’s 2019 guide on Non-pharmaceutical public health measures for mitigating the risk and impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/329438/9789241516839-eng.pdf 0m 38s Emergency management looks out for hazards, for those most vulnerable to the hazard, and then connects the relevant stakeholders. For some reason, the government decided that COVID wasn’t a societal-wide emergency, but rather, just a health emergency. We knew back in February who was dying from COVID-19.Read More

Style Fundamentals

Posted on March 22, 2021

By Tim Dessaint. Alright! Let’s learn about fashion. It’s very stressful for me to shop for clothes. The stress comes from worrying about how other people view you. But despite the stress, looking good is a virtue that must be cultivated. So I will try to learn about fashion, whatever that means. One video I watched by Tim Dessaint gave me a taxonomy which I could use to help me evaluate and understand clothing. I can ask myself about theRead More

The Ontology of Political Philosophy

Posted on March 10, 2021

The question I have is this: what is the nature of a claim made in political philosophy? It’s a super cool and interesting question because political philosophical truths are not literal exactly. They’re not exactly falsifiable either. They’re more like paradigms through which we view a particular government or state. They are more like beliefs of action rather than empirical beliefs. They’re also timeless. So they’re not falsifiable. But perhaps they are. Let’s take Rawls as an example. To recapRead More

Beyond Order by J.B. Peterson – Summary/Notes

Posted on March 5, 2021

Overture: This book was written while struggling through the pandemic, sicknesses in his daughter, his wife, and himself. He first started using benzodiazepines to help with his anxiety in 2016. He took more in March 2019 because his anxiety skyrocketed during Mikhaila’s surgery and his wife’s surgeries. He switched off of benzos and tried ketamine instead in May of 2019 because the benzos weren’t reducing his anxiety. Then came the withdrawal symptoms – akathisia. So he went back on theRead More

Dr. Ari Joffe: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Lockdowns

Posted on February 28, 2021

Thanks for checking out the episode! Here’s a link to it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, and YouTube.  A few notes: Group think caused us to adopt lockdowns, not good thought. The strongest predictor of lockdown adoption was whether neighbouring countries did so too. Lockdowns should be voluntary rather than mandatory – people who are willing to take the risk should be free to do so. The exit will be when the R value of COVID is lessRead More