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  1. Margin investing is psychologically corrosive

    Investing with margin/leverage has a bunch of particularly corrosive psychological effects that aren't talked about much. With retail investment providers offering margin accounts and volatility at especially high levels this is going to cause a lot of pain and suffering.


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  2. Canned audience sounds during the pandemic

    During 2020 we have seen a lot of sporting events with no audience, and one of hte most bizarre things was events with canned audience noises that drew attention to the fact there was no audience. The peak bizarreness might have been at the 2020 World Snooker Championship where the canned applause sounded completely fake.


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  3. Please don't exclusively use Twitter for communicating important announcements

    I'm annoyed that I'm making this post at all.


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  4. Why can't we house the homeless?

    There's a huge housing availability problem that has got worse in many places in the world lately, so why is this happening and what can we do about it?


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  5. The decline of the average level of experience in the software industry

    The average number of years of experience for people in the tech industry, particularly IT and software development, has fallen in the last few years. This is mainly due to the rapid rise of popularity of this industry


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  6. What negative prices look like

    A lot of people have trouble with the concept of negative prices, I think directly seeing pictures of what negative prices look like will really help people understand why a negatively priced item is possible and the ways in which such a situation can occur.


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  7. Fake comment discussion scam

    There's a particularly annoying new type of scam I'm starting to see that uses bots to post a thread with a fake discussion between multiple bot controlled accounts.


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  8. Calling the top of the NASDAQ rally

    Tech stocks have had an amazing bull market lately, but I think we have hit the top now and I'm willing to look like an idiot calling it.


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  9. Default parameters and sentinel objects

    How you can use sentinel objects to define default parameters in Python without running into the mutable default parameter pitfall.


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