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Economic Musings

Economic Musings

Thoughts on economics - systemic, investments, and cryptocurrencies


Splinterlands challenge of the week: Earth Elemental

14 Nov 2020 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Earth Elemental, from (unsurprisingly!) the Earth Splinter. The Earth Elemental is a classic Beta card - Price optimum level is 6/8 where he gets his max 3 damage, with 6 health and...

Don't buy gas from Alpedrinha (or why not to charge foreigners extra)

11 Nov 2020 3 minute read 2 comments RealSociology

A few days ago I bought my first ever bottle of Rubis butane gas from a small gas station just a few metres down the hill on the N18 from the main junction with the MI079. I thought it was a handy location to get gas as it's only about a 5 minut...

Mine Crypto for Free on your Smartphone! Introducing Pi

9 Nov 2020 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I downloaded the Pi app to my iPad a few days ago and started mining Pi. Pi is a new (ish - from 2019) cryptocurrency developed by a core team of three Stanford PhDs, which you can mine for free on your phone and which uses next to no energy. Referr...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Screaming Banshee against Kron the not Undying

8 Nov 2020 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Screaming Banshee from the Death Splinter. Death is one of my favourite Splinters, and the Banshee is a pretty unusual Death card for her lack of hexing power - rather this is a low...

Are CryptoBrewmaster's Nano Resource Packs Worth It?

7 Nov 2020 1 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

@cryptobrewmaster recently introduced some new nano resource packs, available for 0.49 HBDs. The pack guarantees you at least 4 good ingredients, and 1 excellent ingredient, and you get all the 5 different ingredients necessary to brew one beer, but...

On the Economics of my Very Basic Off Grid Heater Set Up

5 Nov 2020 3 minute read 3 comments RealSociology

I picked up a portable gas heater a few days ago, which is pretty much my only heating option for the winter, My preferred option of getting a wood burner installed looks like it's out of the question - the cabin's owner is very open to the idea but...

A few thoughts on Buying Land in Portugal

4 Nov 2020 4 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

My own personal vision for my future is to buy 3-5 acres of land here in East Central Portugal and work with it to meet most of my basic needs in water, food and energy, and also to try and build up the soil and water supplies to make said land as fe...

Happy 10th Birthday Fundsmith and thanks for the 300% return!

3 Nov 2020 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

My main shares fund, Fundsmith, established in 2010 by Terry Smith turned 10 years last month. I bought in from the very start of the fund - by taking advantage of their regular direct debit pay-in offer and since October 2010 I've been paying in fro...

The FCA banning the sale of crypto derivatives: more good than harm?

1 Nov 2020 2 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

You may have heard the news a few weeks back about the UK Financial Conduct Authority banning the sale of Crypto Derivatives. In fairness like many checking their feeds through blurry eyes first thing in the morning most of that alarm came from just...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Silvershield Sheriff

31 Oct 2020 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Silvershield Sheriff from the Life Splinter I've picked up a fair few copies of this heavy mana reward card over the past several weeks, and only needed a couple more to tip him ove...