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Mods - Strictly speaking off topic but I thought it would be worth collecting some thoughts together in one place. My intention is that everyone can post similar thoughts to see if we can develop a code for living our lives in a way which may serve as well in a post HPC environment (I know that sounds utterly pretentious but please bear with me).

I thought a good starting place would be Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue. Here it is:

A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life:

1. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

3. Never spend your money before you have it.

4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

6. We never repent of having eaten too little.

7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

8. How much pain have cost us the evils which never have happened.

9. Take things always by their smooth handle.

10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

I thought 3 was apt in relation to the borrowing binge; 4 has been the result of cheap credit coming to an end; 5 is the fate of the BTL investor who ends up taking a big loss because his pride prevents him taking a small one; 6 is a warning against all types of overindulgence (including in relation to spending); 8 would be a warning against taking to heart the prophesies of the doom-mongers; and 10 is a lesson to all of us who post a little too hastily.

Anyone want to post something of a similar ilk?

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Anyone want to post something of a similar ilk?

No, not really

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Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you. Sing. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss. Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

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Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you.

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Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…

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Mods - Strictly speaking off topic but I thought it would be worth collecting some thoughts together in one place. My intention is that everyone can post similar thoughts to see if we can develop a code for living our lives in a way which may serve as well in a post HPC environment (I know that sounds utterly pretentious but please bear with me).

I thought a good starting place would be Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue. Here it is:

A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life:

1. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

3. Never spend your money before you have it.

4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

6. We never repent of having eaten too little.

7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

8. How much pain have cost us the evils which never have happened.

9. Take things always by their smooth handle.

10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

I thought 3 was apt in relation to the borrowing binge; 4 has been the result of cheap credit coming to an end; 5 is the fate of the BTL investor who ends up taking a big loss because his pride prevents him taking a small one; 6 is a warning against all types of overindulgence (including in relation to spending); 8 would be a warning against taking to heart the prophesies of the doom-mongers; and 10 is a lesson to all of us who post a little too hastily.

Anyone want to post something of a similar ilk?

I've seen these somewhere,

You shall have no other gods before me

You shall not make for yourself an idol

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God

Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy

Honor your Father and Mother

You shall not murder

You shall not commit adultery

You shall not steal

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

You shall not covet your neighbor's house

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife

Damo

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I thought a good starting place would be Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue. Here it is:

A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life:

1. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

because keeping the Sabbath is for lazy gits

2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

even if it seems like it would be more fun with two

3. Never spend your money before you have it.

or if you must, spend lots

4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

unless you already have a greater fool in mind

5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

but less than fear of embarrassment

6. We never repent of having eaten too little.

except when the meal is followed by a really major drinking session

7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

corollary: never show willing if something looks too troublesome

8. How much pain have cost us the evils which never have happened.

lots, but hey, insurance salesmen have to make a living

9. Take things always by their smooth handle.

and if the handle feels suspiciously smooth, wash your hands with particular care

10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

but no higher than the number of bullets that fit into your magazine.

Edited by huw

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I quite like this one

tetrapharmakos

Don't fear god,

Don't worry about death;

What is good is easy to get, and

What is terrible is easy to endure

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  • 292 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
      • Even
      • up 2.5%
      • up 5%



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