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Comment author: Lumifer 21 April 2014 05:51:53PM 0 points [-]

I wonder what the differences are between Econ and Finance majors in terms of starting and mid career salary.

Are you sure you're interested in that question or in an alternative one: For a given person, how does his choice of majors between econ and finance impact his earning potential?

These are noticeably different questions. Also note that by mid-career no one at all cares about the undergrad major.

Comment author: niceguyanon 21 April 2014 06:06:16PM 0 points [-]

Also note that by mid-career no one at all cares about the undergrad major.

Yea that is a good point.

Comment author: niceguyanon 21 April 2014 05:17:25PM *  0 points [-]

I wonder what the differences are between Econ and Finance majors in terms of starting and mid career salary.

A big factor in choosing either one is whether you can get in to the right program with in the University to begin with. I remember lots of kids being rejected from the management dept, which excluded them from declaring a majoring in Accounting and Finance, and having to fall back on the liberal arts dept, and major in econ, because it was the next best thing. I'd guess this was the case for 90% of Econ majors at my school. I have no idea if this was true in other Universities.

Comment author: apeterson 21 April 2014 04:15:57PM 1 point [-]

Unfortunately, I live in a rural area where gyms are hard to come by. I have enjoyed running for its own sake in the past, that's a part of why I want to get back into running shape, but I will try to add in some body weight exercises as well as my running.

Comment author: niceguyanon 21 April 2014 04:49:09PM 0 points [-]

I have enjoyed running for its own sake in the past

That's great, it would be such a problem to not like running and not live near a gym. Good luck.

Comment author: apeterson 21 April 2014 12:19:16PM 7 points [-]

I've been struggling with how to improve in running all last year, and now again this spring. I finally realized (after reading a lot of articles on lesswrong.com, and specifically the martial arts of rationality posts) that I've been rationalizing that Couch to 5k and other recommended methods aren't for me. So I continue to train in the wrong way, with rationalizations like: "It doesn't matter how I train as long as I get out there."

I've continued to run intensely and in short bursts, with little success, because I felt embarrassed to have to walk any, but I keep finding more and more people who report success with programs where you start slowly and gradually add in more running.

Last year, I experimented with everything except that approach, and ended up hurting myself by running too far and too intensely several days in a row.

It's time to stop rationalizing, and instead try the approach that's overwhelmingly recommended. I just thought it would be interesting to share that recognition.

Comment author: niceguyanon 21 April 2014 04:02:51PM 2 points [-]

It's time to stop rationalizing, and instead try the approach that's overwhelmingly recommended.

Have you considered not running as your primary exercise program? If you aren't specifically going for the performance of running, I would shelve it and instead cut calories (assuming you have extra weight to lose) and lift heavy things at the gym. Distance running is great for distance running.

I have been in multiple running groups and they are great for achieving goals like 26.2 miles, but after that, I wanted to optimize for looks and not for long distances (any more).

Comment author: eeuuah 17 April 2014 10:49:49PM 2 points [-]

Recommendations for good collections of common Deep Wisdom? General or situation specific would be helpful (e.g. all the different standard advice you get while picking your college major, or going through a tough break up).

Comment author: niceguyanon 18 April 2014 01:31:30AM *  2 points [-]
Comment author: E_Ransom 17 April 2014 05:27:07PM 4 points [-]

I am currently teaching myself basic Spanish. At the moment, I'm using my library's (highly limited) resources to refresh my memory of Spanish learned in high school and college. However, I know I won't go far without practice. To this end, I'd like to find a conversation partner.

Does anyone have any recommendation of resources for language learners? Particularly resources that enable conversation (written or spoke) so learners can improve and actually use what they are learning? The resource wouldn't have to be dedicated solely to Spanish learning. Eventually, I want to learn other languages as well (such as German and French).

Comment author: niceguyanon 17 April 2014 05:57:03PM 9 points [-]

ROI in learning a foreign language is low, unless it is English. But if you must, I would say the next best thing to immersive instruction would be to watch spanish hulu as an aid to learning. You'd get real conversions at conversational speeds.

Comment author: Punoxysm 16 April 2014 03:37:15PM *  5 points [-]

To anyone out there embedded in a corporate environment, any tips and tricks to getting ahead? I'm a developer embedded within the business part of a tech organization. I've only been there a little while though. I'm wondering how I can foster medium-term career growth (and shorter-term, optimize performance reviews).

Of course "Do your job and do it well" tops the list, but I wouldn't be asking here if I wanted the advice I could read in WSJ.

Comment author: niceguyanon 17 April 2014 05:25:52PM *  3 points [-]

One particular simple and easy to follow tip, to add to the Toastmasters and taking leadership type courses advice, is that you should also you signal to those around you of your interest in these things as well. Some of the other advice here can take time and be hard to achieve, you don't just turn a switch become charismatic or a great public speaker. So in the meantime while you work on all those awesome skills, don't forget to just simply let others know about your drive, ambitions, and competency.

This is easier to pull off than the fake-it-till-you-make-it trick. It's more about show-your-ambition-till-you-make-it. It's easy to do because you don't have to fake anything. It reminds me of this seduction advice I read from Mystery's first book that went something along the lines of, you don't have to be already rich to seduce somebody, you just have to let them know you have ambition and desire to one day be rich/successful.

Comment author: JMiller 03 April 2014 04:01:34PM 1 point [-]

If you are often travelling over bridge by car, having a car-knife could be handy in case you go over. The device generally comes equipped with a seat belt cutter, pressurized hammer, and flashlight.

Comment author: niceguyanon 04 April 2014 02:18:22AM 1 point [-]
Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2014 07:14:25AM 1 point [-]

Podcasts Thread

Comment author: niceguyanon 04 April 2014 02:10:29AM 1 point [-]

Science fiction podcast about space travel and AI. You can also read it if that is what you rather do.

http://escapepod.org/2014/03/29/ep441-kumara/

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2014 07:14:20AM 0 points [-]

Other Media Thread

Comment author: niceguyanon 04 April 2014 02:07:16AM 1 point [-]

http://www.ftlgame.com/ Fun space rouge-like.

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