An Update of What I’ve Been Up To

It has been quite a while since I updated this blog with actual words that weren’t just academic work I was trying to either archive or flaunt a little. In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve been working sporadically on various creative projects. One of them being a logo design for a local cupcake producer called Cloud Cupcakes run by a very creative baker! Take a peek at it here. I don’t specialize in logos or identity design, but I enjoy taking on challenging projects like this when I get the …

Delving into an Externalist Theory: Process Reliabilism

Abstract With the aim of exploring the epistemic issue of animals seeming to come to know things, this paper includes a careful analysis of internalist justification and externalist warrant. An examination of the benefits and the issues of the externalist theory of process reliabilism leads this paper to conclude that while possessing some fundamental issues, the theory remains in a better position to explicate both sentient (human) and non-sentient (animal) knowledge. Knowledge in the Wilderness Can animals be said to know things? If the goal is a somewhat unified theory …

Kasa: Understanding Trends in Foreign Exchange Rates

Kenneth Kasa’s article titled “Understanding Trends in Foreign Exchange Rates” tries to argue against the claim that the field of economics fundamentally cannot predict trends in foreign exchange rates. Countering Meese & Rogoff’s work on the subject, Kasa attempts to make the case that inflation and productivity growth can inform long-term trends in foreign exchange rates. The focus of the article shifts to the history of the Bretton Woods system, a post World War 2 attempt by the Western powers to rebuild the global financial system. Kasa explains that one …

Investing Your Money

Here are some lessons on investing I’ve picked up over the last couple of years. Investing isn’t supposed to be difficult. You really don’t need an advisor selling you funds that they themselves get a commission from (or represent the company that pays their salary). Avoid High Fees The best advice you can get is for investing is you should be avoiding high fees. Find a bank that doesn’t charge you monthly fees. There are many, but I recommend Tangerine. It’s owned by Scotiabank and you can use their ATM …

On Eating the Children

Recently, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent vocal supporter of The Green New Deal, had a town hall interrupted by a climate change denier. This sparked another wave of social media tongue-in-cheek climate change denialism with the hashtag “#EatTheChildren.” The argument is that the offered proposals tackling climate change are so radical that eating our kids isn’t that far of a stretch. While the science is no longer deniable, why can’t we move past disagreeing to actually doing something? Economists can lend us some insight: we are amidst a coordination …

BC’s Vacancy & Speculation Tax: Marauding Surplus for Revenue

In the summer of 2016, British Columbia’s Liberal government led by Christie Clark was facing enormous pressure from the general public to provide solutions to the real estate crisis that had been steadily deteriorating rental vacancy rates and creating general unaffordability for young middle class Vancouverites aiming to enter the real estate market. Initially resisting calls to implement forms of policy solutions, commissioning studies found that foreign investment had drastic effects on our housing market.  Quickly doing an about-face on the issue, the Liberals announced a Housing Affordability Package that …

Cournot Oligopoly with N Firms

I recently took ECON 325 with Basyl Golovedstkyy (SFU) for my summer semester. It’s a fairly comprehensive course focusing on Industrial Organization modelling how firms can behave when they have market power but aren’t completely in a monopolistic setting. One of the problems I had an issue on personally on the final exam was this model of a Cournot oligopoly with a variable amount (n) of firms. Being so frustrated with myself, I decided to go over it again slowly now that my semester is over because I know that …

David Sidoo & the U.S. College Admissions Bribery Scandal

This story really gets under my skin. I have a hard time listening to it or keeping up with its developments because it’s so infuriating. Growing up poor, the most important goal I constructed for myself in my late twenties was to get my education. To be able to prove to myself, the socioeconomic hurdles I face, even to those who doubted me and attested I wouldn’t be able to—that even I can get a higher-level education. That relying on my determination, the tools at my disposal and the incredibly …

How To Study Effectively

Came across this excellent tutorial about how to read academic textbooks more effectively. I’m going to be giving this a shot because I personally suffer from having to read and read (and read) something over again until it clicks. Here are the steps in case you don’t have the time to watch the entire video: Flip through each page of the chapter you need to study. Read the end-of-the-chapter quiz Read the bold print (titles, subtitles, headings, definitions) Read the 1st & last sentence of each paragraph on each page …

Russ Lacate’s Weather Guarantee (News1130)

Edit: This project is deprecated. I gave up trying to participate in it as my schedule got busier. (November 2020) I have cobbled together a simple tracker to use for Russ Lacate‘s Weather Guarantee contest from News1130 and figure maybe some people on the internet could make use of it as well. Setting up an old Ubuntu laptop running 24/7, I have crontab running an mPlayer command to record during the exact times when Russ announces if he’s missed his prediction for the previous weekday. The link will hopefully make it easier for …