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Caloundra Christian College, University of Queensland
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia · Member since February 2013
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1. We have two pet ducks called "sir quacksalot" and "professor puff" who live in our back yard. Our house also has geckos, who we call "roger" and "george". There are more than two, but we can't tell them apart so we just assume they are all roger or george. We also have three fish, but so far they are just called "one", "two" and "three".

2. Rachel and I love to travel... she's been to >30 countries and I've been to >70 countries, including Cambodia, North Korea, Estonia, Jordan, Romania, Colombia, Nepal, and a few places that don't actually exist on maps. Rachel is in Japan as I write this, and I'm heading to Vanuatu next month.

3. We're both students at the moment -- Rachel is doing a masters in developmental economics (having just graduated from international studies) and I'm doing a PhD based on financing education in Cambodia. We met at University, and you should ask Rachel for the story of how we met.

4. I have no schedule. One day I will work 20 hours writing articles about public policy, and the next day I'll lie in bed watching bad TV shows and eating salt & vinegar chips, and the next day I'll be partying at some random venue with strange toxins in my blood stream. Then occasionally I'll do my PhD.

5. I like to make up gods, who I then pretend are real and I use them to challenge other people's gods to battle. My pantheon includes Ra, crackles the fire, the sky-duck, santa, barry the walking stick, mithras, e^2 and Hunter S. Thompson. They're an eclectic bunch.

6. I think that all human interaction should be voluntary. It's a bit utopian... but I think it's a fairly useful guiding principle.

7. I think most people work too much because they over-estimate the benefits of money. I think most people worry too much because they under-estimate the joys of discovery. But I also think that some people are just different to me... so if you want to keep working & worrying, maybe that's right for you.

8. During chapter 5 of my life (2005-08) I started using the name "Temu" as short for "Temujin", which is the given name of Genghis Khan. Now that I'm in chapter 6, my friends call me "muppet".

9. Watching cricket, playing golf and fishing were all invented so that guys can hang out together without admitting that they just want to hang out. Of those three excuses, only cricket is actually a good thing.

10. I am only writing this list of things about myself as a way to procrastinate from the work I'm supposed to be doing. I've just run some regressions of the log of wages in Cambodia to a set of explanatory variables including education, experience, parents education, school grades etc and I'm finding the whole process quite boring. Using OLS, it looks like an extra year of education should increase a Cambodians income by 7.7%... though the number is much lower when I use dummy variables and a non-parametric approach, which is confusing me. And my fancy new idea of a functional form that included a product of experience and education dummies as explanatory variables is giving non-significant results, which makes me sad.