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by slsdly
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What are other people's reactions to your living frugally?
Replies: 9
Views: 126

Re: What are other people's reactions to your living frugally?

@ertyu: That's fair. I didn't mean they are useless/incapable, they simply don't have the bandwidth for it :).
by slsdly
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What are other people's reactions to your living frugally?
Replies: 9
Views: 126

Re: What are other people's reactions to your living frugally?

I find members experiences with others to be very interesting. I would say it has been a minority of people who react badly to my actions vis-a-vis simple living, life improvements, etc. I gave away all of my liquor a few years back when I gave it up (I had many bottles, I was basically Santa that d...
by slsdly
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Rube's journal
Replies: 347
Views: 95775

Re: Rube's journal

Re: the goals, I hear you. I woke up one day a little while ago and realized I achieved my original ERE goal. It was underwhelming. But I've had a lot of fun getting there. Learned and done so much I might not have done otherwise. It is good to think to oneself, past you would be very proud and give...
by slsdly
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

I think many (but not all) people who express the most fear on this forum have a lot in common with the mob. You communicate in the exact, same, way. Like you have a chip on your shoulder. Like you are a lone crusader against a world full of injustice. And sometimes you make good points. But if you ...
by slsdly
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

@Campitor: Indeed :). I'm not arguing the NYT is doing a public service here. Quite the opposite. What good does it to reveal the author's identity? Journalists are people like any other. They may have terrible bosses, arbitrary rules to follow, and indeed, their own ambitions to nurse. All the whil...
by slsdly
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

There are two veins of concern. What happened to SSC, and can that happen to me. I haven't touched much on the former. With respect to SSC, if you find yourself wanting to do something similar, I would think about the following: 1) Get a proper pseudonym. First name and middle name is very weak. Cho...
by slsdly
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

Another strategy is to choose a facet of another ideals you do actually agree with, and engage in that topic. My favourite is environmentalism. I criticize high energy lifestyles, like flying all over the world for vacations, buying new stuff all the time, etc. Even people who love doing those thing...
by slsdly
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

It is like wearing seat belts. Will it guarantee I won't die in a car crash? Of course not. It might even make very particular cases worse. But it is still a good strategy. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good :). (Edits: me fail English, that's unpossible.)
by slsdly
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

I reflected on this after one friendship sort of soured, in part due to my own actions, a few years back. A large chunk of society has been trained to feel that a microaggression is equivalent to physically assaulting someone (even if the affected individuals or groups aren't present). They are rush...
by slsdly
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

@jennypenny, that's awful. I have walked away from social circles that are too angry like that. Nothing at that level, but if one cannot assume good faith in conversations with ones' friends, then they aren't friends at all. Better off finding a new group or hobby. It is a shame, but I haven't had t...
by slsdly
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

@Jean, none of us have the level of exposure as Elon Musk, including Jacob. A famous, uber rich, bombastic, white man who seems to seek the spotlight is a far more interesting target than an unknown, modestly wealthy, bombastic, white man who manages to stay out of the news. It is possible, with the...
by slsdly
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

Ultimately the strategy of remaining current with signalling will fail if your communications are persistent, e.g. posting on a forum, or other forms of social media, and you become a target. Society's moral framework is always evolving; this is not new. It stands to reason that one can reasonably f...
by slsdly
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: RIP Slate Star Codex
Replies: 47
Views: 2487

Re: RIP Slate Star Codex

Isn't this easily solved by maintaining the illusion you work from home? If we get to the point they are actually checking, I'm reasonably certain wealth is being seized, so you probably have to work anyways. (Edit: Assuming you don't feel the need to rise to prominence via a popular blog. They aren...
by slsdly
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Cheap Housing In Ontario? (Without Debt or Renting)
Replies: 23
Views: 1042

Re: Cheap Housing In Ontario? (Without Debt or Renting)

Sudbury maybe? I will follow this with interest. I'm not sure it can be done for <= $50k without a car in most of Ontario. I moved here from the east coast many years ago -- you could probably achieve this there < $100k in Fredericton, Moncton or possibly St. John's, if you aren't picky about the si...
by slsdly
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Mind the Gap
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Mind the Gap

I'm in Canada, and we don't have any age restrictions on when you can pull money out of your tax sheltered accounts (RRSP, TFSA). If you wait until 65, you can get a pension tax credit for income received out of RRIF (your RRSP can convert to an RRIF, has a minimum withdrawal each other, % based on ...
by slsdly
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Apple v. PC...Desktop v. Laptop
Replies: 53
Views: 6542

Re: Apple v. PC...Desktop v. Laptop

I've been using only Linux at home since 2006, and at work since 2012. I built my desktop in 2012 (ish?), I had to replace a hard drive once, but that's it. I scavenged desktops others were tossing to put in a dedicated GPU a while back. I play games on Linux via Steam. Been playing multiplayer gran...
by slsdly
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: How to maintain friendships frugally?
Replies: 25
Views: 1399

Re: How to maintain friendships frugally?

This is a bit meta but.... I wasn't born a people person. I struggled to make friends until my late 20s rolled around. Very shy. Very anxious. It would stop me from doing things I wanted to. Still there, but I manage it far better. What changed? Hm. I got into new things. Many things. It was always ...
by slsdly
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Just getting started
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Just getting started

What brought you to ERE at such a tender age? I was always relatively frugal, resisted lifestyle inflation, and maxed out my RRSP/TFSA/etc. ERE would probably have found fertile ground. It took a few years and bad experiences in the work force to begin *asking* myself if there was an alternative to ...
by slsdly
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Screen time
Replies: 11
Views: 1861

Re: Screen time

@kathryn, I'm older than you, and had the advantage of starting university in 2004. It was common to not own a cell phone, let alone a smartphone. Society by and large has forgotten how much more relaxing the day to day was in our own lifespans. I have much sympathy for trying to navigate through sc...
by slsdly
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: In The Market?
Replies: 39
Views: 2292

Re: In The Market?

@jacob et all, when you say real estate, do you mean publicly traded REITs, or properties you own/rent directly? My stocks allocation includes ~8% (of total assets) of individual REITs.