I’ve been trying to not buy food from all the wrong places, covered in plastic, for a while now. The big Tesco near us said today when I challenged them and their inactivity that they’d “put it on the ATC” and hopefully that would make a difference.
Materially, asking those questions of the those not doing anything is important, but we all need to go more radical. Actual change and fast. Thanks Greta, for being direct.
I’ve got my current clothes. I’ve got suits for smart work, I’ve got a bunch of shirts. I’ve got spare shoes – and those with the soles coming off.
No time for inventory.
No time – and not the right thing to do – to stock up on socks and pants and t-shirts.
How far, in years, can I go? How long will it last?
Makes you wonder, if you purposefully abdicate from the system, from just buying the poor quality goods, the inescapably irresponsible goods, how long you can make it, survive, live ok and not end up in trouble.
I met a young person the other day. Refusing jobs just as their PhD in clever neural network RNA processing was coming to an end. Refusing jobs, currently living on oats and very little else. Doesn’t want a job, as being paid is tantamount to sacrificing all ideals. So that was a) startling, and b) memorable and c) inspiring. Thank you, unnamed individual, I appreciated meeting you. And I will remember you living in a tent with just a few bits of key tech and a bike. Getting £5 a week from friends. That is hard living in London.
So my bit…
My attempt: no more buying clothes. Step out of that part of economy.
Maybe I’ll end up making clothes. And presumably the cloth with which to make them out of.
I am – and I’ll say this, firmly and once – English, privileged, white, male. 38 years, from a decent family. That makes me Default Male. So in this current day and age, it is correct to compensate in the other direction(s). For more on Default Male – see Grayson’s book – the Descent of Man.
What the project and firm really needs is someone not at all like me.
And with ability to learn and be good at all sorts of stuff. Coding in general, multi-tasking, communication, being a decent human. The list is not really technical in focus, but technicals must be a strong part of it.
Super moral and demanding and ambitious
CondorGP’s aim of running ecosystems of trading-strategy-survival-machines may seem purely old-school, go make money fast and don’t care in it’s attitude. The moral angle is strong when we are clear about the long term, the why we do stuff.
Being able to start and run an effective finance AI firm is one thing. Knowing how to behave if it does work is quite another. And if Posco Consulting and CondorGP do really well, where will we take it.
To a place where we contribute heavily to changing the game, and contributing.
TBC on how, though as the founder, I’m full of ideas.
CondorGP works on / with the following:
Java (for ECJ, the Evolutionary Computation in Java package)
Windows and Linux (for day to day, and containerisation)
I definitely need to follow up and confirm where this was really the case in Native American culture, but I heard a wonderful thing:
Native Americans would not do anything, if they could avoid it, that would harm their offspring, even if it affected their 7th Generation of offspring.
I.e. These people were thinking 150 years into the future. And considering what they were doing.
See a different sort of wigwam, sourced from Wikipedia:
Contrast with today
It is hard, I think, in our modern 2019 world – especially in Western Society, to think of something that will not harm the 7 Generation. To be sure that is not the case, to know. That is nigh on impossible in our current world.
So, while that point is a strong one, to say the least – the contrast is indicative of something very wrong.
Not sure what the image could be for this post. Ah, I have it. Our (empty) shower, of course.
I wanted to outline how radical my mindset has become in recent years. It’s fundamental to how I’m thinking about all sorts of things, if not everything.
In September / October 2017 (can’t be sure of the date), I started having only cold showers. I’ve had 2 or 3 hot showers since then, one after our eldest was born, and another when I had a nasty fever. I think those are the only 2.
But why, I hear you cry?
Well, simply, because I do not need hot showers. Hot water is expensive in terms of carbon, so less hot water usage is better. Also, my showers are now shorter than I would need to run the water until it goes hot. So less water usage.
Also, I can see easily where I’ve left grub and grime in the shower because my glasses aren’t all steamed up etc. So helpful too, to be more Making A Difference Everyday.