2015-04-18

Wealth and its Seekers

I sit at a cafe, working on a talent optimisation problem for my office. Nearby, some folks are musing about raising money for some ideas that they have for startups - it is the usual starry eyed, name-dropping banter. My own sense of wealth requires neither commercial success, nor popular appreciation - that has so far, allowed me to help people who seek the latter without being particularly attached to their objectives. I find all of this... amusing.

2015-04-17

International Salary Benchmarking

So I figured I'd use this silly method:

A = (my net income, sans tax, but including statutory benefits that get locked up in a 5%-CAGR fund until I'm 60)

B = Malaysian GNI per capita, in PPP dollars

C = A / B; my post-tax remuneration, as multiple or fraction of GNI per capita

D = X-country GNI per capita, in PPP dollars

E = C * D; my post-tax remuneration target, for X-country
At the moment I'm in a non-technical role at work, so it's the mental equivalent of arranging chairs for a living... for fun I write software.

2015-04-15

Perfectly Balanced...

... was this day.

At work:
- office space remodelled
- one product innovated
- three products financially modelled
- various parties counselled

After work:
- a run
- she cried, she laughed
- some R&D, and the first push to a new FOSS project

Unfortunately:
- it's almost 5am
- tomorrow can only get worse

2015-04-12

Axioms of Action

Here are some things I consider every day:

1. Every action and thought that I perform, is observable by some other human being, who has the power to copy and distribute that observation to the entire species. Act accordingly.

2. Politics is ultimately how we change the world, as most people will not understand reason. However, it is foolish to go to war without sufficient advantage to guarantee immediate victory, so it is usually wise to avoid national politics. Until war is necessary.

3. There is no non-trivial difference between the quantifiable patterns of human consciousness, thought, and emotion, and the quantifiable patterns of the machines around us. So for entertainment's sake, the tities have it.

4. Eat, work, and be content, for in five minutes we may die.

That's all. I just wanted to check that I know exactly what it is that makes me weird, and at the same time grants me a competitive advantages in various dimensions.