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Brian and Chris always said that if they couldn't have a morning coffee together at work each day, they'd start a podcast to make sure they catch up regularly.This is the conversation they want to have and will range from finance and economics to philosophy and management theory

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Brian and Chris always said that if they couldn't have a morning coffee together at work each day, they'd start a podcast to make sure they catch up regularly.This is the conversation they want to have and will range from finance and economics to philosophy and management theory

    Episode 24: Live Episode with conversation with chat

    Episode 24: Live Episode with conversation with chat

    Please contact us or support us on Patreon!

    If you can, this might be more fun to watch on Twitch or  YouTube where you can read the chat and see our pretty faces.

    This week is our live show. Editing is light and trolls are unfortunately fed. We riff on "Conversations with Tyler" by doing over-rated vs under-rated. Let chat adjudicate our coffee bets and talk with chat.

    You can also find us on discord

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    The code of Hammurabi is the first mention in the history of insurance

    SPACs and SPARCs by Matt Levine. Financial innovation continues to innovate!

    Scott Alexander on Fussell on Class (my favourite way to read history is to read Scott Alexander summarising it to me)

    Nassim Taleb: The most intolerant wins

    The Three Body Problem - Liu Cixin  one of the most imaginative works of sci fi we've ever read.

    The solarwinds hack by planet money

    A beginner's guide to irrationality - Dan Ariely's MOOC

    ~23% of vacuum cleaners were robotic in the USA in 2020

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 23: Previously known as Untitled

    Episode 23: Previously known as Untitled

     Our live show is in one week on Brian's twitch stream!!!!! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!

    Please contact us or support us on Patreon!

    This week Chris and Brian discuss whether we should burn down Atlanta in the name of science (don't worry, we'd let all the people out first). Then, substacks actually change Chris' life (in a pretty minor way, but still!)

    You can also find us on discord

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

    Sorry to anyone who downloaded this episode while it was called "Untitled" and the show notes unfinished!
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    How Australia can fix the plasma market

    Attack of the Civilization State - China is a fully self-contained civilization and continuing to assert itself in the modern world

    Returns to scale in broken windows. Should we destroy a small Australian city? Maybe Brisbane?

    Chinese nail houses and the tragedy of the anticommons

    The history of insurance - it's debatable.  For the first 3000 years of insurance it seemed to be exclusively to cancel loans, in 1676 a company was set up to make actual payments on a policy

    I feel like I've linked this before, but if you're thinking of making a big change in your life, you should probably just go for it!

    So he waited, continuing to pretend to be a boring center-right liberal. "What would a real center-right liberal do?" he asked himself, and figured he might as well deregulate some stuff and pass capitalist policies. The Turkish economy entered an unprecedented boom, and a (presumably baffled) Erdogan was hailed as a genius. 

    Bryan Caplan - Revenge of the Game Theorist

    Moral Costs of Chicken vs. Beef

    Offset some of those moral costs with Greenfleet or if you're American perhaps Terrapass

    Pain is not the unit of effort! "To this day there's a gremlin on my shoulder that whispers, "If you're happy, you're not trying your best."

    The Hardcore something something Assassin WORLD RECORD!!!!!!!!

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    Episode 22: Blood...patent pending

    Episode 22: Blood...patent pending

    Our live show is in one week on Brian's twitch stream!!!!! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!

    Please contact us or support us on Patreon!

    Brian and Chris discuss markets in everything, particularly blood plasma and organs. We talk about patents, one of the first topics Chris liked to read about. We make bets on how Australia opens up it's borders and Chris pretends to be knowledgable about Diablo 2

    You can also find us on discord

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    How Walmart used blockchain to grab some headlines....i mean uh...help something somehow

    What is a crypto oracle?

    Planet Money - Blood Money

    WHO voluntary non-renumerative blood donations

    The fine that creates unintended consequences

    Technically you can't donate an entire lung. You need at least two living donors who will donate several lung lobes each.

    Tim Harford on patents

    For 10 years no one was even sure if the google books project was legal

    There are 250,000 patents that impact smart phones representing 1 in 6 patents.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 21: Old tech, new tech, fin-tech, coup tech

    Episode 21: Old tech, new tech, fin-tech, coup tech

     Our live show is coming! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!

    Please contact us or support us on Patreon!

    This week Chris and Brian have a meandering discussion on military technology, stagnation, time horzions and "10 year syndrome". We also discuss the new technology of crypto-currency and the cults of personality that it inspires

    You can also find us on discord

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    Forced Entrepreneurship -  . Analyzing employment histories for 640,000 U.S. workers, we document graduating college during a period of high unemployment does increase entry to entrepreneurship. However, compared to voluntary entrepreneurs, firms founded by forced entrepreneurs are more likely to survive, innovate, and receive venture-backing.

    Nicholas Taleb -  The three most harmful addictions are heroin carbohydrates and a monthly salary.
    Bond tents - avoiding the red zone when retiring.

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    The great stagnation in military technology:
    Fogbank - the missing ingredient in the nuclear arsenal
    Apply for a job reverse engineering the heat exchanger of a B2 bomber
    Or help find some diodes for an icebreaker

    Technology Connections - a pretty great YouTube channel. Be sure to check out the rice cooker episode

    Japanese joinery is beautiful

    Upside decay

    The Colt M1911 - Used by the US military for almost a hundred years

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    Cryptocurrency
    Zohar Atkins - cryptocurrency relies on cult of personality

    Chartalism -  a theory of money that argues that money originated with states' attempts to direct economic activity rather

    Brian's multi-billion dollar business sending remittances home with crypto-currency - no link because he never started it.

    Sometimes you just have to look down and power through to get speedrunning records

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 20: Solar Powered Innovators

    Episode 20: Solar Powered Innovators

    Our live show is coming! 13th of June 8pm AEST!!!!

    Please contact us or support us on Patreon!

    You can also find us on discord

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

    This week Brian and Chris stray from the script once more by discussing a number of different positions and sources on the topic of renewable power, particularly batteries and solar. We also discuss why nuclear power has been a flop, whether founders are superior to inheritors and all the (Straussian) news from Diablo 2.

    We always make coffee bets and they are also on the Melange app

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    Long live the sun  the inspiration for much of our solar discussion

    Fermi estimates of the power of the first atomic bomb

    Noma, the best restaurant in the world is indeed in Denmark

    Gwern link on large-scale CO2 removal

    Why has nuclear power been a flop?

    Tim Ferriss and Balaji Srinivasan - a four hour podcast that is suprisingly worthwhile

    Chesterton's fence - Brian has stronger feelings on fences than I would have expected.

    The P8 Sorc Race won by the mighty Indrek

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    Episode 19: Brian both thinks and therefore is, Chris does neither.

    Episode 19: Brian both thinks and therefore is, Chris does neither.

    Please contact us or support us on Patreon!

    You can also find us on discord

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    This week the discussion centres around the new super-annuation scheme changes, and about defined contribution schemes in general. We also try to think about whether we have free will


    Chris' favourite Feynman story ever and an excellent autobiography

    Sam Harris has thoughts on free will

    Newcomb's Paradox

    P8 Hell Paladin race in Diablo 2

    • 59 min

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