Alex Raichev

Hourly Wage

Suppose you work in New Zealand, would like to earn a given net weekly income (for 52 weeks per year) after income tax, and would like to work a given number of hours per week (for 47 weeks per year; NZ workers get 4 weeks annual leave plus roughly 1 week of public holidays). What gross hourly income must you earn?

To answer that question, i used the 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 NZ income tax rates for individuals, wrote this Python program, and used it with Sage to make this table:

The gross hourly incomes needed are displayed in the main body of the table in New Zealand dollars, rounded to the nearest dollar and excluding GST. For example, to earn $1200/week after tax, working 25 hours/week, you need to earn $68/hour before tax.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2013-03-19
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Science and Python: retrospective of a (mostly) successful decade

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2013-02-27
Tags: video, Python, science, tech
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Happiness Beyond Thought 2

An interview with Gary Weber, a self-reporter of persistent nonduality and participant in several neuroscience experiments regarding the brain's selfing network.

Watch it on Bloggingheads.tv

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2013-02-13
Tags: video, nonduality
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In Grave Danger of Falling Food

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1989 documentary about Bill Mollison, cofounder of the permaculture movement.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2013-02-13
Tags: video, resilience
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

"Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science."

Read the full article on the Atlantic's website.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2013-02-13
Tags: article
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Apricot Balls

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C raw cashews
  • 3/4 C raw almonds
  • 1/2 C pitted dates
  • 3/2 C dried apricots
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 C shredded coconut
  • 1 T grated orange zest
  • 3/2 T grated fresh ginger

Directions

  1. Blend all the ingredients except the ginger in a food processor until homogeneous.
  2. Blend in the ginger.
  3. Shape into balls.

Notes

Makes about 20 tablespoon-sized balls. C = cup, T = tablespoon.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-12-29
Tags: recipe
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Lightning Captured at 7207 Images Per Second

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

For commentary, see xkcd's what if.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-12-08
Tags: video
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The Exponential Function

Dr. Albert Bartlett demonstrates that "the greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function".

Watch it on Thought Maybe

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-12-08
Tags: video, collapse
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The Face Game

Douglas Harding argues that all the psychological games that people play arise from one basic game, which he calls the Face Game.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-10-27
Tags: nonduality
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Experiments with Headlessness

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

For a full list of these perspective-changing exercises see headless.org.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-09-29
Tags: video, nonduality
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