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by Ego
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Forum Posting Ethics
Replies: 87
Views: 8285

Re: Forum Posting Ethics

A few of my basic rules are to leave a place better than I found it and whenever possible to foster relationships that are mutually beneficial. This forum is both a place and a series of relationships. I see that I have failed at both here.

For that I sincerely apologize.
by Ego
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Indications that you waited too long to retire
Replies: 27
Views: 3497

Re: Indications that you waited too long to retire

Riggerjack wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:30 am
That's why I chose to emulate domesticated life.
Emulate. Next to our resident Jack London (theanimal) you're the wildest among us. You pretend to be domesticated. How does that feel? I would imagine you employ a great deal of your (not insignificant) wits to keeping up the domestication?
by Ego
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Indications that you waited too long to retire
Replies: 27
Views: 3497

Re: Indications that you waited too long to retire

c) Emotionally charged discussions about benefits, pension plans and a) and b) I think c) is actually the strongest indicator since it views those things as an end (maybe to wildness?) vs a means to be wild. I grew up in Philly. Excluding sports, there were two topics of conversation around the din...
by Ego
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Indications that you waited too long to retire
Replies: 27
Views: 3497

Re: Indications that you waited too long to retire

I guess I’m a mallard living in the Irvine Ranch Water District reservoir. Maybe that’s why I’m so fond of those guys. Or maybe I’m a pig who knows how to operate the electronic locks at Tyson and I wear a hacked RFID tag saying I’m one month old. I definitely see you as the guy who overrided the l...
by Ego
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Indications that you waited too long to retire
Replies: 27
Views: 3497

Re: Indications that you waited too long to retire

I like to think of wild as pushing beyond your existing limits in terms of Renaissance skills. Then yes, most of us are wild. I don't see that as having much to do with how long you worked. But under that definition I have become way more wild since I retired. :twisted: Yeah, I think your right, th...
by Ego
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Indications that you waited too long to retire
Replies: 27
Views: 3497

Re: Indications that you waited too long to retire

I can't seem to figure out what caused him to lose the spark. A friend of ours behaved this way recently. Turns out she had cancer, and the lack of interest/energy was an early warning sign. Maybe encourage him to get a physical just to rule something like that out? That is exactly what was going o...
by Ego
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Forum Posting Ethics
Replies: 87
Views: 8285

Re: Forum Posting Ethics

An isolated incident here or there is tolerable but it appears to have been occurring more frequently in recent weeks, to the point where it is starting to get bothersome (to me at least). @Fish, have patience. Give it time. The questioners and the dreaded post-bumpers might just be building up to ...
by Ego
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Indications that you waited too long to retire
Replies: 27
Views: 3497

Re: Indications that you waited too long to retire

Oh, I think most on this board are here because they are to some extent wild and recognize the possibility of losing it. Just think how unconventional a person has to be to have a savings rate of 50% plus. That is wild. Over the long haul maybe 4 or 5% of the population has a savings rate that high?...
by Ego
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Indications that you waited too long to retire
Replies: 27
Views: 3497

Indications that you waited too long to retire

Former IBM Chairman Thomas J. Watson, Jr., wrote that: "In IBM we frequently refer to our need for 'wild ducks.' The moral is drawn from a story by the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard who told of a man who fed the wild ducks flying south in great flocks each fall. After a while some of the du...
by Ego
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Post-humanist Probability?
Replies: 30
Views: 3184

Re: Post-humanist Probability?

..... which dovetails nicely with another of my favorite recent articles about how consciousness is a process, not a thing. The Mathematics of Mind Time https://aeon.co/essays/consciousness-is-not-a-thing-but-a-process-of-inference Now that we've solved all the big problems we can go home and take a...
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 53768

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

I enjoyed these well made videos. Wouldn't it be great to have that kind of talent?

India
https://vimeo.com/213882783

Vietnam
https://vimeo.com/117669654

Thailand
https://vimeo.com/235627725
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: EDC porn
Replies: 113
Views: 30092

Re: EDC porn

A couple weeks ago I bought this 1950s makeup holder at the swap meet for a buck and have been slowly adding my makeup to it. 8-) https://i.imgur.com/fvcAVlr.jpg https://i.imgur.com/GQ98SQE.jpg I scored the FIsher Space Pen along with a Cross pen and the lighter for $1. The lighter dries up after a ...
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Granola Shotgun
Replies: 40
Views: 4203

Re: Granola Shotgun

We may have asbestos in the walls and plaster in many places so they are reluctant to punch holes and fish. I don't blame them. It looks like they'll be running clear track from the closets on each floor. Thanks.

Sorry for the derail. Back to normal programming.
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Granola Shotgun
Replies: 40
Views: 4203

Re: Granola Shotgun

@rigger, Since this is your area of expertise, I'll ask.... Last week AT&T came though the building to prepare for the installation of fiber. More than sixty people will get access to fiber in one fell swoop. To supply fiber to the same number of people in your rural area, how would the costs compare?
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Ending Relationships with Persistent Humans
Replies: 22
Views: 3628

Re: Ending Relationships with Persistent Humans

Equating adorable with sugar and respectable with fiber earned bonus point from me.
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Granola Shotgun
Replies: 40
Views: 4203

Re: Granola Shotgun

@Rigger, yeah, I get that it is not a simple calculation. But there is a simple logic underlying why cities are more efficient... economies of scale. Rural residents frequently use city service (roads, parks, libraries, waste treatment for their septic system cleanout, etc.) yet despite this, the ec...
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Post-humanist Probability?
Replies: 30
Views: 3184

Re: Post-humanist Probability?

@J, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've got the metaphor deeply ingrained so I am counting on you to call me on it the next time I post something like above. Thanks!
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: $2,400 401k Contribution Limit Considered
Replies: 14
Views: 1623

Re: $2,400 401k Contribution Limit Considered

Good twitter session from the presidential toilet this morning. No changes to the limits. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/us/politics/trump-401-k-tax-budget.html President Trump said early on Monday that his proposed tax plan would not prompt any changes to Americans’ tax-deferred retirement plan...
by Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Post-humanist Probability?
Replies: 30
Views: 3184

Re: Post-humanist Probability?

I think we'll have gene editing technologies that allow us to significantly extend life fairly soon. Unfortunately, repairing a wonky hip is not the same as fixing a wonky hippocampus. For those of us on the cusp of the change, the question comes down to whether we are able to hold off mental decli...
by Ego
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Granola Shotgun
Replies: 40
Views: 4203

Re: Granola Shotgun

the issue is suburbia requires too much infrastructure per person. The roads are no cheaper per foot nor are the sewer lines or water pipes but the lower population density that still uses shared resources (city supplied -- unlike rural) makes the budget go negative. I've heard this before. It wasn...