Sirwin
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Economic Musings

Economic Musings

Thoughts on economics - systemic, investments, and cryptocurrencies


Splinterlands Challenge of the Week

8 Dec 2020 3 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Naga Brute from the Dragon Splinter. I didn't actually have one of these in my collection, as they're Dice cards which I haven't been buying, preferring to consolidate my existing co...

Splinterlands Surrogate Challenge of the Week - Winning with Repair

30 Nov 2020 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Flamesmith - from the Fire Splinter. Unfortunately I don't play Fire (it's cheaper if you sacrifice one Splinter!) so I've opted instead to focus on a battle in which repair plays a...

I earn >100 times on Hive compared to Publish 0X

30 Nov 2020 3 minute read 7 comments RealSociology

So if my calculations are correct I received a nominal value of $550 worth of tax deductible Hive and Leo gift-tokens from my peers in the last 30 days. That's about $100 up from the previous month, and >$500 is a pretty substantial sum for just read...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Sabre Shark

23 Nov 2020 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Sabre Shark, from (unsurprisingly!) the WaterSplinter. The Sabre Shark is a classic common Beta card, price optimum level is 9/10 where he gets his his max 4 damage, with a fas...

Ten Reasons I Bought Bitcoin and Why I'm Still Buying!

22 Nov 2020 2 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

With Bitcoin approaching $20K, I thought I'd briefly summarise why I bought in initially, and then why I kept on buying. I'll be upfront - I bought my first 0.027 BTC in 2017 when it was priced at around $4500, and I carried on buying in gradual...

A Cost Benefit Analysis of the Oculus Quest

19 Nov 2020 4 minute read 5 comments RealSociology

I've been considering whether I should buy an Oculus Quest....   The Quest costs around £400, but is it worth it? This post by @themarkymark was initially quite off putting, outlining the fact that you have to merge your Facebook account with the dev...

Speculating on Splinterlands Cards for the Land Expansion

18 Nov 2020 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I've been buying up a few odd Splinterlands cards recently, thinking forwards to the Land expansion. It's already been suggested, as outlined in this summary post by @flauwy of a Splinterlands AMA on Land that there will be some value in staking mons...

What Crypto Should I Buy? (According to Google's top 5 search results)

16 Nov 2020 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I've just been gifted £500 (kind of, the bill for the work on my house to make it gas-safety compliant was a lot cheaper than I'd anticipated), so I'm thinking of another little-in with crypto. I want to buy something a little different other than my...

What are the best Splinterlands Cards to Level Up? Earth Splinter

15 Nov 2020 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

The Earth Splinter is the 'healing' splinter, and it's a good choice for those mid ranged mana battles in the mid 20s as there's lots of 2-5 mana cards that are just fantastic! But which are the most effective Earth Splinter cards to level up for the...

My October - November Budget - 40% saved compared to last month!

14 Nov 2020 4 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I estimated a couple of weeks ago (here) that moving to Portugal would enable me to reduce my total monthly expenditure by around 40%, and now I've got the data, I'm very pleased to announce that my estimate was spot on! I've just used a 1-1 EU to £...