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by Solvent
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 19
Views: 2504

Re: Internationalist

A little late to this month's update... Savings rate: ???. Actually, for the months of May and June I said "f**k it" to tallying expenditure. Arranging the move and dealing with the bureaucracy of it all has me stressed out. Furthermore, prior to the move I've been making quite a few preparatory pur...
by Solvent
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best packable permanent alternative for a matress?
Replies: 24
Views: 1074

Re: Best packable permanent alternative for a matress?

You could try to find a swag. Image search. I've never tried one for long periods of time.

Wait, but you said sleeping bag and pad are out. And yet a roll up mat is OK? Difference without distinction in my opinion.
by Solvent
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Best adult push scooter?
Replies: 11
Views: 419

Re: Best adult push scooter?

Your question appears directed to people with experience with multiple adult push scooters, which I fear is a very small number of people. I have experience with only one, the Micro Flex ( link ), but I will try to answer anyway. I actually recently sold this scooter (for 80% of what I paid for it, ...
by Solvent
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Joining the French Foreign Legion.....
Replies: 18
Views: 614

Re: Joining the French Foreign Legion.....

The FFL is really a thing? I'm not into military stuff. I thought it was only holding on as a joke, maybe from the Asterix books.

"They say that men join the foreign legion to forget..."

Today I learned, I guess.
by Solvent
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Am I being unfair?
Replies: 34
Views: 1335

Re: Am I being unfair?

There's a well-known experiment in behavioral economics called the Ultimatum Game. A result from this is generally accepted to show that actor B may reject an outcome that is basically beneficial to him, if it comes about through a process whereby actor A has distributed gains in a manner that B per...
by Solvent
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best lifestyle jobs for early retirees?
Replies: 50
Views: 3143

Re: Best lifestyle jobs for early retirees?

Writing tabletops settings... What. On. Earth. Is. This? Tabletop RPGs? Setting are like worlds place can play in. Examples being: Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, etc. for D&D. Deadlands: Reloaded for Savage Worlds Stuff like that. Sorry for being extra nerdy. :P You can get paid for that? I used to do...
by Solvent
Tue May 23, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Thought Experiment/Question
Replies: 35
Views: 1562

Re: Thought Experiment/Question

I'd eat more fish. No hesitations. This is actually a very interesting question. Several things I thought of and then actually discarded... Air tickets, for example... Yeah, maybe I'd travel a bit more, but the time cost and hassle of moving around really is a big disincentive... Would I really do i...
by Solvent
Mon May 22, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Health Insurance Abroad
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Health Insurance Abroad

Nowadays my standard insurance is global, for work reasons, so I don't have to bother with taking out extra policies when travelling. One of the reasons I used to reason that carrying good insurance was important was that I play judo - and who knows when a partner will throw me carelessly and I'll n...
by Solvent
Mon May 22, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Health Insurance Abroad
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Health Insurance Abroad

I used to only self-insure when I travelled, from the age of about 24-30. Before that I would usually take out travel insurance because my parents' financial advice still carried a lot of weight. Also, I guess, I had barely any money in the bank so 'self-insurance' was not really something I could h...
by Solvent
Sat May 20, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 19
Views: 2504

Re: Internationalist

It occurred to me that I actually should check my facts - and on doing so it seems Addis won't be the largest city I've lived in. That would be Melbourne, where I lived for a short period some time ago. I had thought it would've been smaller than Addis (at least back at the time I lived there), but ...
by Solvent
Sun May 14, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Expat Resources
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Expat Resources

I haven't found any sites to be great for general advice on going expatriate. The good stuff you need to know seems to all be on country-specific sites. Look up blogs and stuff for your target destination, that can give you a ground-level view. The place you're likely to find general advice more hel...
by Solvent
Sun May 14, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 19
Views: 2504

Re: Internationalist

I'm going to be moving to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in a few months. Although it sometimes surprises people outside of the field I work in (or people with limited knowledge of Africa), Addis Ababa is something of a hub for diplomacy and non-government organisations in Africa. Hence, it's not too surpri...
by Solvent
Thu May 04, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 19
Views: 2504

Re: Internationalist

We held a little party with some friends and neighbors for our now 1-year old TH (tiny human) this month. Nothing extravagant, just some afternoon tea in the backyard. Otherwise, not too much remarkable to report on. I still have not been notified of to where I'll be reassigned, but it will come ver...
by Solvent
Wed May 03, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: ICO Gold-rush -- Tokenize the world via Blockchain & Smart Contracts
Replies: 29
Views: 1492

Re: ICO Gold-rush -- Tokenize the world via Blockchain & Smart Contracts

Well, I'm not, because I know nowhere near enough about it. However, I've also learnt to keep my trap shut. Reason being, I seem to recall back in 2013 or so advising a friend against converting money to bitcoin because I considered it to be pretty well overhyped (I did not consider it a scam, altho...
by Solvent
Tue May 02, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Where do you fall on this 4-axis political spectrum?
Replies: 39
Views: 1846

Re: Where do you fall on this 4-axis political spectrum?

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2813/34195254141_97c0bc8f5a_z.jpg Social libertarianism? Left libertarianism in the Vallentyne-Steiner sense by another name, I guess. I don't think tradition and progress are opposite to each other. Not that I want to immediately disagree, but if you would elaborate o...
by Solvent
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Journal of 25 y/o American retiring to 3rd world country
Replies: 80
Views: 16466

Re: Journal of 25 y/o American retiring to 3rd world country

It's awesome to read this, JeanPaul. Penang is a place I'm very interested in checking out for an extended stay in the future. I'm actually a bit surprised you manage to live as cheaply as that, there!
by Solvent
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Not applying analysis in one domain to your actions in another
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Not applying analysis in one domain to your actions in another

I was kicked into a train of thought by this interview between Tyler Cowen and Patrick Collison (the series is very good, by the way, I think it's been linked before). Particularly this para: What I find depressing about a lot of academia is you have people who think very scientifically about their ...
by Solvent
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Teach a man to fish
Replies: 13
Views: 859

Re: Teach a man to fish

I thought it was "Give a man a fire, and he'll be warm for the evening. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
by Solvent
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate
Replies: 42
Views: 2703

Re: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate

I think Switzerland has trouble with 1, 3, and 6. As far as cost if you're comparing cities with cities, and small towns with small towns, it would be more expensive than the US. Health care is very expensive, it's one of the few countries that can compare with the US in that aspect. I'm certainly n...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate
Replies: 42
Views: 2703

Re: Best Countries for Americans to Immigrate

I think Malaysia meets a lot of these conditions except 8. I haven't spent a lot of time there but it's on my list of places to investigate. It's certainly not progressive, but apparently Penang, which has (I think) mostly Straits Chinese population, relative to the Malays, is a little more lax on t...
by Solvent
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 19
Views: 2504

Re: Internationalist

Well as mentioned upthread, it's too far away from my family, and my wife's family. That's probably the biggest reason. That would be slightly compounded if I moved to Bienne, which is a further train ride (admittedly not a long one) from an international airport. While it's entirely my own fault, a...
by Solvent
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Internationalist
Replies: 19
Views: 2504

Re: Internationalist

This month was less successful, in financial terms, than the last. There were two doctor's bills and one dentist's bill to be paid. TV tax was due, as was personal insurance. Too many bills! I also bought a compact camera to replace the one that was stolen on a work trip to Luanda last year. I do mu...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Trying to create a "new normal" with exercise?
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Re: Trying to create a "new normal" with exercise?

There's not much to tabata, but unfortunately in simplicity hides complexity. I think here is a decent summary. Work as hard as possible for 20 seconds. Rest for 10. Repeat for four minutes. The thing is, you've got to be doing an exercise that recruits a significant portion of muscle mass, and that...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Singvestor's awakening
Replies: 86
Views: 10786

Re: Singvestor's awakening

Hi Singvestor, just read through much of your journal. I should've followed it earlier, since I feel we're similar in a few ways. I'm also an expat (but I came to Europe from the Asia-Pacific), similar age, and one of my spending weaknesses is certainly travel. I look forward to hearing how you go r...
by Solvent
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Smashter's Great Adventure
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: Smashter's Great Adventure

To comment on the start of your journal, I also switched from the arts to a more 'sensible' career. I had come to the realisation that doing music was way frickin' harder than anyone outside the field believes, and I didn't love it enough to turn it into a job. I got good at economics (my chosen fie...