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Modern Schools

August 9th, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
This is just my own personal preference in lifestyle obviously, but one of the thoughts I can't stand is how repetitive the life of a modern teacher must be, the dread of just living year after year on loop teaching the same thing but with no progression and not even the same students to share the journey.  To me, the thought of it is like being trapped in Groundhog Day.  You are the rock that never moves while all your students pass you by.  Fifty years can pass, your students already having lived entire lives, and when they come back to visit, you're still there doing the same thing, as if part of the historical scenery itself.

I kind of wish there was a more old-fashioned approach, where you and your teacher are both a team growing and learning together until the student finally one day becomes equal or even surpasses the teacher.  What we have instead with schools/colleges is more an assembly line where students churn in and out, the teachers sometimes not even remembering the names of students they just taught last year, and the conversation always being one directional of the teacher just unloading their knowledge to the student. In college, it's even worse with you not having the same teacher for even 6 months and that teacher literally only clocking in one hour a week to talk on stage.

It would be so much more exciting if being part of a school was more like being on a team training to face the real world together.  That English teacher, instead of just reading and grading papers year after year, could actually be writing novels and expecting students to one day carry on the story.  That computer professor, instead of just explaining the same intro to computers year after year, could actually be working on an entirely new technology on which the students are being trained to one day help complete.  Instead of just talking about a subject, the same material in perpetuity, we learn as much as the teacher knows so far and then keep discovering more together.

It means that by becoming a student, you become dedicated to one day working with and carrying on the work you study, but maybe that would be for better.  I think I would have liked that kind of life more.
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Daydream Believers Cover

August 9th, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Daydream Believer Cover by Youmou & Ohana
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SF vs Tokyo Prices

August 9th, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
What $200/night gets you in SF, worst part of town but rated 4/5:

What $65/night gets you in Tokyo, center of Shibuya:

And food prices:
($18+tax+tip in SF/LA vs $18 total for 2 ppl)
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One Punch Cat Fan Animation

July 2nd, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Found @dillongoo's fan animation sadly more satisfying to watch than the second season. #OnePunchMan
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A Taste for Health

June 27th, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Had an idea for a story recently for if society found a way to make someone naturally like the taste of healthy foods (like vegetables, etc) - imagine if what you liked and craved lined up with what was good for you.  It sounds and all seems well, everyone eating better diets and enjoying better lifestyles, until unexplained animal attacks start leaving people dead and torn up, seemingly at random and in generally urban settings with no dangerous wild predators.  As the story goes on, footage and evidence start to reveal the attacks seem to come from not any animal but a human.  The authorities track down and arrest one suspect, but the killings continue, seemingly at random and with no motive.  It turns out not to be any one person but people at random who suddenly go mad for human meat.  The commonality is they've all been genetically modified to like the taste of whatever is good for them, and it worked too well.  Because the healthiest food you can...[More]
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Bitcoin Calls Below Parity

June 22nd, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Bitcoin is moving so fast that call options on @LedgerX are priced below parity, as if $BTC was still below $11K. Literally free money (just buy the call and sell one Bitcoin to net the difference). #Bitcoin #BTC
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USDT Minting

June 16th, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Personal theory on where the #USDT is going - it's actually lent out on #Bitfinex. Risk-free return for the minters while collecting borrow fees during $BTC rallies. The thought came to mind when I noticed a $77M lending wall in their funding page at the same time the $100M USDT headline came out. Other exchanges having increased borrow rates once $BTC broke $9000, but the rates on Bitfinex stayed about the same.
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Comparing Options Contracts

June 12th, 2019 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
This is a spreadsheet I created to compare what call or put options are best to buy, specifically using this for #Bitcoin $BTC options on @LedgerX but can be used with any options really.

Sometimes the further out of money contract actually has less upside than something in the money, and this makes it easier to see.  It also tells you how much money you need to have in another contract to make the same return as the first, so you can have less money tied up in one place.

As a live example using this, you can see currently that the December 15K strike calls for Bitcoin are not worth buying, that you'll make more buying the 10K strike unless Bitcoin goes above $25K by December.  Going up any less would lead to the 10K strike making more.

Using this, you can also find the minimum cash to make $1M on $BTC going to $100K by Dec. 2020:
- $10K strike: $30K
- $25K strike: $12K
- $50K strike: $6K
You lose everything if the strike isn't hit in 1.5 yrs, but you avoid locking up $80K if directly invested in BTC instead.
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