Dust flux, Vostok ice core

Dust flux, Vostok ice core
Two dimensional phase space reconstruction of dust flux from the Vostok core over the period 186-4 ka using the time derivative method. Dust flux on the x-axis, rate of change is on the y-axis. From Gipp (2001).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Inflation comes to China

Yesterday at lunch I went out to buy steamed buns, and was shocked to find the price had risen from 1 yuan (a little less than 20 Canadian cents) to 1.2 yuan. Not only that, but my usual drink has gone from just over 4 yuan to 5. So there's 20% inflation right there, just yesterday.

Did they devalue or something without my noticing?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hong Kong bling

Hong Kong is a tremendous shopping destination for the Chinese. Before going there, I was advised that there would be a lot of good deals, but to be perfectly honest I didn't see anything that appealed to me.

Lots of gold, mostly sold by weight, which is given in taels (about 37.5 g). The bracelet at front right is almost 7 taels.

These were neat--fossil ivory, carved from mammoth tusks. Mostly out of my price range; some of the pieces cost as much as a small house.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gold and copper rising together for the first time in a long while

I only point this out because the last time it happened was a good time to make money.

For this graph both metals are actually their price multiplied by the value of the US dollar index. This reflects the impact on metals prices for companies mining outside of the United States.

A lot of money was made through 2010 and the first half or so of 2011. It almost looks like the weakening in copper in mid-2011 could have been a warning sign for the overall sector. Possibly a lesson for next time.

For most of 2015, gold x USDX and copper x USDX have risen together (I am speaking of trends, not literally rising each and every week). Hopefully we'll have more than a year this time too.

Friday, April 10, 2015

HK and the fists of fury

Weird internet response today. Mostly dead slow, and now all of a sudden working normally. Perhaps there was another mysterious power outage somewhere.

Just back from Hong Kong. Took in some of the kung fu sights.

First up we have Ip Man's studio, where Bruce Lee learned kung fu.

Home of Wing Chun (also spelled 'Ving Tsun').

Then we have the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and its Avenue of Stars.

A few of the many stars: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Michelle Yeoh. There are plenty of others, but who wants to spend all day looking at plaques?

Lastly, it wouldn't be a lazy Sunday afternoon without kung fu in the park.