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by oldbeyond
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Why some stay in one place for decades; and, the importance of alternative paths
Replies: 24
Views: 1173

Re: Why some stay in one place for decades; and, the importance of alternative paths

Well, there's a reason that "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately" works as a quote, and isn't dismissed as a meaningless statement. People generally don't live deliberately, but rather try to navigate themselves to as high a place as possible in the hierarchy they find themselv...
by oldbeyond
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Anxiety and decisions
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: Anxiety and decisions

I recognize some of this. I think the extreme optimism and the anxiety are two sides of the same coin. The extreme attraction of the ideas lies in them being fictional - not in that you couldn't do them, but in that you know that you won't do them. There are no limits, because that thing you think a...
by oldbeyond
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Yields and Flows
Replies: 87
Views: 8632

Re: Yields and Flows

@Redbird, thanks for the link.

There's also a lot of permaculture/urban farming resources that seem like good examples of L6 and beyond (I guess I can tell because they seem inspiring?). For example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5iJYVnw4ns
by oldbeyond
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: oldbeyond's journal
Replies: 41
Views: 9318

Re: oldbeyond's journal

I'm over my acute sleeping problems, but there are still a lot of ground to cover in order to solve, or at least more robustly manage them. Thinking about it more clearly now without the insomnia clouding my brain, and without the frustration and panic of ”no sleep”, I feel it’s quite obvious that i...
by oldbeyond
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Yields and Flows
Replies: 87
Views: 8632

Re: Yields and Flows

I feel very much the same. I think this thread has made it very clear to me that my level is definitely Optimization. I've been proud of having a holistic approach, but I think that's rather been concentrating on individual nodes, and their effects, serially. I see positive and negative side effects...
by oldbeyond
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Elasticity of Substitution of Skill for Capital Investment Towards Production of Quality of Lifestyle
Replies: 35
Views: 4851

Re: Elasticity of Substitution of Skill for Capital Investment Towards Production of Quality of Lifestyle

Yeah, I guess ERE is about maximizing (given the particular constraints of the individual) skill in 1, 2 and 3 so that you select the most appropriate response in a given situation, whereas a some other strategies go all in one of them ("I'll save 5 million", "I'll make my own needles", "I need only...
by oldbeyond
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: black_son_of_gray's Journal
Replies: 112
Views: 15409

Re: black_son_of_gray's Journal

A lot of great posts here! Regarding ERE and the recent discussion of adaptability, what struck me most in the ERE book was the focus on value creation (which also brings with it the desire to reduce waste, as waste virtually always carries some cost). I read it a bit later so I had already been exp...
by oldbeyond
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Sleeping Problems
Replies: 50
Views: 6751

Re: Sleeping Problems

I'm also struggling with my sleep as detailed in my journal. I'll share my plan here for accountability (and feedback, of course!) - I got an alarm clock so that I can keep the phone out of the bedroom. This will eliminate late night rabbit holes, or even quick checks that rev up my brain. Also it'l...
by oldbeyond
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: oldbeyond's journal
Replies: 41
Views: 9318

Re: oldbeyond's journal

I tend to write headings for different parts of my life. I try to make the whole > (sum/product) of the different spheres and make sure my goals are aligned, but I need some structure that chops the chaos of life into manageable pieces. There are different ways of looking at the whole. It can be con...
by oldbeyond
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: On the risk of investing in real estate for the long run
Replies: 84
Views: 11137

Re: On the risk of investing in real estate for the long run

Our cap rate is more like 3%. But that's comparing an apartment we could rent with the one we bought. The rental would not be in the same neighborhood as we'd only be able to rent new construction in certain areas due to housing market regulation (=long waiting lines for cheaper, older flats, say ar...
by oldbeyond
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Granola Shotgun
Replies: 42
Views: 7485

Re: Granola Shotgun

Here's a video on his Hawaiian property showcasing similar strategies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxGr9uloL9k
by oldbeyond
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Ways of improving your social capital?
Replies: 41
Views: 4942

Re: Ways of improving your social capital?

Great thread, questions and responses both! I've built a bit of social capital with the extended family, where we've traded favors (I'll help MIL with he computer and she'll mend my sweater etc). It's very small scale and the financial impact isn't huge, but I think it has deepened our relationship ...
by oldbeyond
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Escaping the shackles (UK)
Replies: 16
Views: 2457

Re: Escaping the shackles (UK)

I guess it depends a lot on the personality of those involved, but I would treat your low living expenses as a temporary windfall and enjoy it as such. In my experience people tend to become weary of such arrangements and others perception of them, especially when children are involved. That said, i...
by oldbeyond
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investments Trade Log
Replies: 1539
Views: 276275

Re: Investments Trade Log

The reasoning seems to be that the long term equity return is also always the short term equity return, making the ever lower discount rates a boon. I don't think we'll get our God-given 8% per annum going forward given what treasury yields are telling us about the economy, but perhaps that's only b...
by oldbeyond
Tue May 07, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: We're doomed. What is the answer?
Replies: 104
Views: 15878

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

I rediscovered this post last week, it seemed relevant to the topic: http://archdruidmirror.blogspot.com/201 ... rning.html
by oldbeyond
Sun May 05, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: If the "right thing to do" is to not have kids, who do you think IS having kids?
Replies: 82
Views: 9290

Re: If the "right thing to do" is to not have kids, who do you think IS having kids?

Fertility is already low in most developed countries. If you look at subsets of the population by education, income or wealth, it’s even lower for the educated and affluent. I see this line of reasoning more as a rationalization for people who have already decided not to reproduce. It’s not like the...
by oldbeyond
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Reading
Replies: 19
Views: 4827

Re: Reading

I have always been a bit fidgety, when I was I kid my imagination was too lively to allow me to concentrate for too long anyways, but I'm sure the easier kicks of blogs and forums have shortened my attention span somewhat. I think it's rather the constant presence of a smartphone that's done the mos...
by oldbeyond
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: The Hungry Brain - Stephan J. Guyenet
Replies: 10
Views: 1724

Re: The Hungry Brain - Stephan J. Guyenet

I haven't read the book but going by the SSC article, I think Guyenet's and my views mostly overlap. Some would say that it's wishy-washy or blurry, I'd claim that it's rather the case that it's the nutritionistic drive to identify the bad nutrient (be it saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, meat or...
by oldbeyond
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Anyone else feeling depressed about global equities 10 year outlook?
Replies: 31
Views: 4951

Re: Anyone else feeling depressed about global equities 10 year outlook?

Mentally, I don't think it's wise to get to hung up on couldabeens. I remember reading some thread over at Bogleheads where some guy had planned out his salary and net worth 30 years out. Then -08 happened, but he was still comparing himself to the blueprint version of himself, a decade later. I don...
by oldbeyond
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: The easiest eating routine?
Replies: 18
Views: 3128

Re: The easiest eating routine?

There are a few strategies you can employ: Outsourcing. We all do this do some extend (people tend not to make their own cheese or grind their own grains, even around here). Leveraging this further than you currently do will mean greater financial outlays and/or less control (you could theoretically...