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by plantingourpennies
Mon May 27, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: We're doomed. What is the answer?
Replies: 104
Views: 14082

Re: We're doomed. What is the answer?

The former head of Natural Resource Studies at the Cato Institute changes his mind on climate policy, not because he sees the science differently now but because he learned more about risk management. Frustrating article. During his time at CATO the author had all the necessary mental models, data ...
by plantingourpennies
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Side business experience
Replies: 14
Views: 1954

Re: Side business experience

This question surfaces pretty frequently on ERE/MMM forums, and IMHO it's a bad question. Such business opportunities are rare to begin with, and generally perish quickly as the markets shift. For ERE in particular it's a fool's errand to pursue this sort of thing when you could be a. working on you...
by plantingourpennies
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 74
Views: 13190

Re: Fixit Log

Love this-brings back memories of fixing the AC on a w114. Didn't update to the Sanden, but just replaced the gaskets on the York unit. Girlfriend/now wife loved me for it. Tools from China are a god-send...just bought a pocket sized oscilloscope for auto repairs. Couple hundred bucks, but have yet ...
by plantingourpennies
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Starting a Learning Tribe
Replies: 58
Views: 13735

Re: Starting a Learning Tribe

Love it! Reminiscent of Ben Franklin's Junto group. 1. We're very, very close to doing this online because of the variety of skills on the forum. Pick a thread like Ego's something for nothing, S-class's repair, or Animal's hunting threads and let 6 students try to put those skills into practice ove...
by plantingourpennies
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: The atmosphere of the forum...
Replies: 145
Views: 12004

Re: The atmosphere of the forum...

@black_son_of_gray expressed most of my thoughts better than I could. Two small additions- 1 There are many places on the internet to argue about politics, but really only one to discuss ERE. I would support tighter moderation of political topics, and looser moderation of ERE matters. 2. I am an exa...
by plantingourpennies
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Frugal Downside - All my stuff is old
Replies: 67
Views: 8856

Re: Frugal Downside - All my stuff is old

I suppose the wisdom of my chosen archetype is what I question. I'm too lazy for old and functional, unless maybe I pay someone else for the repairs. You're right to question it. Human beings are tool makers and picture painters. When our tools don't work, it interjects a bit of mental fuzz into ou...
by plantingourpennies
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: John Greaney, forgotten pioneer of the FIRE movement
Replies: 6
Views: 2010

Re: John Greaney, forgotten pioneer of the FIRE movement

Very nice job Fish!
Fish wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:02 am
On January 19, 2001, a momentous occasion: the acronym “FIRE” was coined on the REHP discussion board. It caught on very quickly.
Marking this on my calendar-from now on 1/19 shall be known as FIRE day.
by plantingourpennies
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Adderal & its effects?
Replies: 39
Views: 5186

Re: Adderal & its effects?

who is this Olaz you speak of? Heresy! Sensing work, like TPS reports, tax forms, and such. @tophatfox The trick to white collar work is to preserve your soul while doing it. When you're done with the office job you'll have plenty of money...just make sure you don't lose yourself along the way. Whe...
by plantingourpennies
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Should everyone be allowed to vote?
Replies: 80
Views: 7028

Re: Should everyone be allowed to vote?

Plot Twist-would you support penalizing citizens in some way if they didn't vote? I think the whole recent obamacare debacle shows that people in the states really, really resent the government compelling behavior. "Obamacare popularity and profitability reaches all time high" (March 2018) https://...
by plantingourpennies
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Should everyone be allowed to vote?
Replies: 80
Views: 7028

Re: Should everyone be allowed to vote?

And because I am as disagreeable as I am, I have to disagree with you guys concerned about stupid voters. Not because I think they impart any special wisdom to the process. But because the least marginal among us, are benefited more by the empowerment and participation of the marginal than they are...
by plantingourpennies
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Nice Shout out to ERE
Replies: 43
Views: 4461

Re: Nice Shout out to ERE

Fantastic to see ERE paired with YMOYL. First of all, MMM is a good guy and also legit...In terms of credit cards, recall that he turned down a Chase deal worth $4k/month ... MMM has also begun to give away large sums of money to charity, as well as plow more money back into a physical location in h...
by plantingourpennies
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Free Speech: Thank You Jacob
Replies: 68
Views: 5858

Re: Free Speech: Thank You Jacob

I just wanted to thank Jacob for this forum and for adherence to the classical understanding of free speech and dialogue. I had another reminder today of mob mentality and the erosion of this right. Those attacking this right like to say “freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences of speech...
by plantingourpennies
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Tool sharing apps, tool libraries-who is using them?
Replies: 10
Views: 1627

Tool sharing apps, tool libraries-who is using them?

The idea of a tool sharing app has been rattling around my head for a while-it turns out that it's been tried many times before with little success. https://www.fastcompany.com/3050775/the-sharing-economy-is-dead-and-we-killed-it It looks like these apps are all failed marketplaces-nobody is partici...
by plantingourpennies
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: FIRE for the masses
Replies: 16
Views: 1859

Re: FIRE for the masses

Any press is good press...but this cult this is getting kinda old.
by plantingourpennies
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Join the Family Business or strike out on my own?
Replies: 28
Views: 3882

Re: Join the Family Business or strike out on my own?

ffj wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:05 am
So your parents have no savings and large debts, are older, 60's and 70's, and run a small business that keeps them afloat, barely.

Walk away.
FFJ has it right-it sounds like what your parents have is closer to a mediocre job than it is to a business.
by plantingourpennies
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 74
Views: 13190

Re: Fixit Log

I repaired the transmission of a 1984 Honda Commercial Lawnmower and put it back into service Questions -I ordered parts from Texas and Alabama, and had them shipped to Florida to keep a mower from 1984 in service for another 25 years, and saved significant money in the process compared to buying a ...
by plantingourpennies
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: The History of FIRE
Replies: 11
Views: 1566

Re: The History of FIRE

I think Jacob's influence is way undersold in that article, for two specific reasons: 1. MMM may be the blog that launched a thousand sites, but I'm pretty sure that I recall Pete was originally inspired by ERE/Jacob. No ERE and the FI interwebs are a very, very different place. 2. ERE remains the m...
by plantingourpennies
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: I bought a big gas guzzling suv, and I love it.
Replies: 53
Views: 6792

Re: I bought a big gas guzzling suv, and I love it.

Mikeallison wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:30 pm
Do you guys have any habits / guilty pleasures that don't fit with this lifestyle?
I argue with people over the internet =/
by plantingourpennies
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Repair Beater Car or Finally Be Free?
Replies: 18
Views: 6638

Re: Repair Beater Car or Finally Be Free?

Cars are expensive and complex enough that you can save significant money by learning how to do the basics for yourself. Prices from autozone.com for a 1998 Infinity I60- Front Brake pad set-$20 (need 1 set) Front shocks-50$ each (need 2) Exhaust-not sure what is wrong, but most mufflers/resonators/...
by plantingourpennies
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: So What Happens if Trump Decides to Fire Mueller?
Replies: 38
Views: 4132

Re: So What Happens if Trump Decides to Fire Mueller?

"Russia collusion" is their birther moment. The Mueller investigation is potentially much bigger than collusion (and indeed, the term collusion is never mentioned in the original order). It's about the rule of law primarily, but also the serious possibility that Trump's business practices mean that...