brute journal

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brute journal

Post by BRUTE » Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:09 pm

brute has 3x yearly expenses saved

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Post by Dragline » Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:08 am

Brute sound like Tarzan, Frankenstein and Tonto: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/ ... long/n9746

But brute welcome! ;-)

Talk in third person or not.

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Post by BRUTE » Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:41 am

brute thanks dragline

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Post by Cornerman » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:46 am

Excellent work Brute, welcome !

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Post by fiby41 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:39 pm

I recon you mentioned you were '12%' in the other thread. So how many year's of expenses do you plan to save?

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Post by IlliniDave » Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:00 pm

fiby41 wrote:I recon you mentioned you were '12%' in the other thread. So how many year's of expenses do you plan to save?
3 is 12% of 25.

Welcome OP.

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Post by BRUTE » Tue Dec 29, 2015 7:26 pm

excellent work with the math, IlliniDave.

brute thanks all humans for the warm welcome.

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Re: brute journal

Post by llorona » Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:09 pm

Welcome, Brute!

Llorona has questions for Brute:
1. Why does Brute refer to himself/herself in the third person?
2. Is Brute human?

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Post by Toska2 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:43 pm

If Brute isn't human then I fear the worst. Robots wanting ERE. :shock:

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Post by fiby41 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:48 am

I can do maths, yo. I tried finding that earlier 12% post, I thought it was in the introduce yourself section but couldn't find it, maybe it was changed/deleted. So just wanted to confirm if I'm following correctly.

Edit: Additionally, it wasn't specified if that figure was the WR or reserve index in the earlier post.
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Post by Ydobon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:50 am

Toska2 wrote:If Brute isn't human then I fear the worst. Robots wanting ERE. :shock:
But just think how low they could get their accommodation costs! :lol:

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Post by BRUTE » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:58 am

llorona wrote:Llorona has questions for Brute:
1. Why does Brute refer to himself/herself in the third person?
2. Is Brute human?
there is an idea of brute. some kind of abstraction. but there is no real brute. only an entity, something illusory. and though brute can hide his cold gaze and humans can shake brutes hand and feel flesh gripping theirs, and maybe they can even sense their lifestyles are probably comparable, brute simply is not there.

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Re: brute journal

Post by BRUTE » Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:20 am

1.6x

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Post by FBeyer » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:32 am

Almost 50 percent in one year. Good job...

Or no job?

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Post by Kriegsspiel » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:58 am

Good.

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Post by BRUTE » Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:57 pm

no job, brute is down to 1.6x yearly living expenses from 3x because he's been bumming around the planet for over a year, unemployed.

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Post by steveo73 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:23 am

BRUTE wrote:no job, brute is down to 1.6x yearly living expenses from 3x because he's been bumming around the planet for over a year, unemployed.
It's still more than most people probably have. I think at some point though you have to grind it out.

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Post by FBeyer » Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:31 am

BRUTE wrote:no job, brute is down to 1.6x yearly living expenses from 3x because he's been bumming around the planet for over a year, unemployed.
Where are you? What are you doing? 'sounds nice to me.

Can I point out the discrepancy that spending one year from your stash brought it down 1.4 years expenses? :)

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Post by BRUTE » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:42 am

it was over a year, and during this time brute's location and cost of living fluctuated wildly. it fits the bill pretty well on average.

brute discovered that complete freedom of location and time can be very boring.

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Post by classical_Liberal » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:43 pm

BRUTE wrote: brute discovered that complete freedom of location and time can be very boring.
This comment has brought me from silence after nearly a year of reading this forum and resisting urges to participate. I find Brutes contributions to this forum insightful and compelling, hence value his opinion. Freedom of time and location have very much become driving forces in my path to secure ER. While I did anticipate one may grow weary of a nomadic lifestyle over time, I had assumed a timeframe of much greater than a year.

Would Brute care to elaborate on his conclusions?

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Post by BRUTE » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:36 pm

for most of his life, brute had felt that something was holding him back, making him conform, and preventing him from being brute himself. first school, later college, then work. so once brute had ~3 years of FU money, he quit, and started traveling the world. brute did abso-fucking-lutely nothing for almost 2 years. in the beginning it was great fun, and he spent lots of time with (new) friends, learned languages, lost weight, worked out, blablablablabla.

but after about 1 year of no external constraints, brute realized that being completely free didn't allow him to be "himself". there was no "himself". there was just nothing there. "brute" only existed in the external context. there was no "real brute" hiding somewhere under the external forces. being completely without any external framework was not liberating, it was oppressive, and painfully boring. even the things brute used to long for, or longed to have time for, he wouldn't do any more.

maybe it is the paradox of liberty: the only way to be free of something is not to have it, or not to care about it. therefore absolute freedom is having nothing and not caring about anything.

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Post by RealPerson » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:36 am

Hence the feeling that life is some kind of punishment? That is one thing I see in your writings. The irony that freedom is not real and confinement by external constraints is a necessity to be happy? Sartre talked about this as I recall.

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Post by BRUTE » Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:40 am

"I'd like a coffee without cream." - "I'm sorry, Mr. Sartre, we're out of cream. Would you like one without milk?"
punishment doesn't feel like the right word. but life does not feel inherently positive to brute, either. it just sits there.

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Post by Did » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:19 am

@brute do you think your perspective would be more positive if you had a partner you liked spending time with? For me having a partner in crime makes it a really wonderful adventure.

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Post by vexed87 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:35 am

BRUTE wrote:maybe it is the paradox of liberty: the only way to be free of something is not to have it, or not to care about it. therefore absolute freedom is having nothing and not caring about anything.
Exactly, having a little bit of choice is far better than no choice at all, but a lot of choice is crippling and anxiety inducing. We need boxes more than we realise. The ERE box is one of the better ones. Self reliance keeps you pretty busy and out of mischief.

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