Stock Market Cash

January 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm (politics) (, , )

This graph in the NY Times by Ed Easterling makes for fascinating reading for anyone who has any interest in dabbling in the stock market.  It shows how much money you would have made/lost in real terms depending on when you invested.  Although there is a trend to gain roughly 4% a year, the volatility of the stock market is gigantic: if you put in £10000 and didn’t touch it for 20 years, you could have lost 2% by the end, or gained 8%, all depending on when you invested.  Investments post 2000 have been poor on average, but there are nice patterns of “boom/bust” that *if they continue into the future* would indicate that the next 20 years might be higher than normal.  Or they might not; the stock market sucks that way!

In conclusion: don’t invest in the stock market if you need reliable returns in less than 40 years…


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You should blog about it

January 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm (Humour) (, , )

I’ve had nothing to say on this blog for a while…

"I have nothing to say" ... "You should blog about it."

Thanks to for that one.

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2010 in review

January 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm (Uncategorized)

An automated review of thinkingdan indicates that people are reading this blog, despite the fact that I am woefully negligent of it.  Perhaps I should write more about vegetarianism and morality, since that is the main thing that people stumble on the blog for…?

I’m very amused by the positive spin on the numbers below.  I like the imagery of forcing 7 planeloads of people to read my blog on transatlantic flights, perhaps handed out on the back of the safety card.

Comments welcome!  The automated part follows….


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 14 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts. There were 26 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was August 21st with 38 views. The most popular post that day was Vegetarianism Argument Map.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for i think therefore i am, vegetarianism, do races exist, morality of vegetarianism, and thinking cartoon.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Vegetarianism Argument Map April 2010
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Breaking news: do human races exist after all? January 2010


The logical morality of vegetarianism August 2008


I think therefore I am…. July 2008


Vegetarianism around the world July 2008

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