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by Tommy
Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:51 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Can ERE Be Useful to Low Income Individuals?
Replies: 72
Views: 15538

Re: Can ERE Be Useful to Low Income Individuals?

Another option to stop being low income is UI/UX or some kind of code monkey/designer. I went from $10hr to $100hr in a few years (with some stops in between) after teaching myself flash back in the day (2001-13,rest in pepperoni). I did it all with a handful of books after work and sometimes durin...
by Tommy
Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Not learning at the investments job
Replies: 6
Views: 1696

Re: Not learning at the investments job

fmincon, thank you for your post, it has confirmed a lot of suspicions I've had about the investment industry.
by Tommy
Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How to prevent pantry and other food pests? Are the bugs edible? :)
Replies: 26
Views: 3486

Re: How to prevent pantry and other food pests? Are the bugs edible? :)

Having sucessfully fought off a cockroach invasion last year, here are some of my tips: - keep grains and any potentially bug friendly food in the fridge, not in the cupboard. Anything not in the fridge needs to be kept in a properly sealed container. - wash surfaces with white vinegar. Vinegar is a...
by Tommy
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: aspirin a day?
Replies: 11
Views: 3146

Re: aspirin a day?

I'm a medical doctor and I have many patients on aspirin. Most patients on aspirin, in my experience, will eventually develop crippling heartburn. To the point they can't eat or sleep. You really shouldn't be taking aspirin without also taking something to suppress stomach acid, but that just increa...
by Tommy
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Loosening ethics for faster ERE--does the end justify the means?
Replies: 40
Views: 11412

Re: Loosening ethics for faster ERE--does the end justify the means?

I think the oil industry has really help build up the modern world and I think excessive consumerism is the real culprit here. In any case, if you want to change the world, you first have to understand it. If you have first hand experience of the industry, maybe you'll figure out a way to change it?...
by Tommy
Sat Apr 04, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What is the difference between 'growth' and 'inflation'?
Replies: 11
Views: 3008

What is the difference between 'growth' and 'inflation'?

I've been wrestling with this problem lately, maybe you smart guys in the forum can give me some insights. It might seem silly/trivial, but I'd really appreciate if someone could explain it to me (preferably the same way you explain stuff to a 5 year old). My questions: Why are price increases in th...
by Tommy
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Books on being the perfect wage slave?
Replies: 11
Views: 2820

Re: Books on being the perfect wage slave?

By far the best book on that subject would be 'What colour is your parachute' by R Bolles. http://www.amazon.com/Parachute-Turtleback-Library-Binding-Edition/dp/060632187X I highly highly recommend it. Another good little manual is available for free at bookboon, is called 'The Fastest Way to the Jo...
by Tommy
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: I feel disconnected
Replies: 23
Views: 5879

Re: I feel disconnected

My 2c, take it for what it's worth: I believe that some people engage in consumerism and debt spending because by getting all these things, it gives them a purpose. When all you think about is how to pay your bills and what new stuff to get, that is probably stressful, but for a lot of people it's a...
by Tommy
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Using Plastic Wrap and Glue Sticks to insulate Windows
Replies: 10
Views: 14731

Re: Using Plastic Wrap and Glue Sticks to insulate Windows

I stumbled across this, and thought I'd share it.

This guy uses bubble wrap to insulate his windows with good results.

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Co ... lewrap.htm
by Tommy
Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Simple financial advice from the movie 'The Gambler'
Replies: 22
Views: 5518

Simple financial advice from the movie 'The Gambler'

Some financial advice from a movie, shared on Nassim Taleb's twitter feed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdfeXqHFmPI&feature=youtu.be In summary from the video: - Own your home - Save some money - Don't drink alcohol Which makes sense. Rent money is gone money, saving is obvious, and alcohol is...
by Tommy
Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: The great insurance ripoff?
Replies: 36
Views: 11218

Re: The great insurance ripoff?

I also stopped insuring once I had enough money to buy both a brand new car. That said, we need to discuss behaviourial hedging when it comes to driving without car insurance. People with car insurance take their cars for granted, and their driving style becomes more reckless. When you have to pay f...
by Tommy
Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ERE Breath Mints
Replies: 4
Views: 1564

Re: ERE Breath Mints

As someone who suffers from random attacks of dog breath, I know where you are coming from. The following method works fantastically for me. You will need: - Some toothpaste, preferably something with a minty taste and a high fluoride content - Some water - Somewhere to spit the water out - Some pri...
by Tommy
Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Is Jacob against Video Games or just TV?
Replies: 28
Views: 8068

Re: Is Jacob against Video Games or just TV?

Roughly speaking, activities can be grouped into three: 2) Activities that benefit you in the future. That is activities that currently benefit you because you did them in the past, that is, 2 weeks ago or two years ago. For example, attaining a healthy BMI, learning a skill, saving money. I play g...
by Tommy
Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:27 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Previous tenant cleanout: the experience
Replies: 3
Views: 2237

Re: Previous tenant cleanout: the experience

If you are willing to go the extra mile in order to not contaminate the environment, you can ask your local pharmacist to dispose of the medications for you.

For the other stuff - if it's not recyclable or donation-worthy, then I agree that the best thing to do is trash it.
by Tommy
Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: How to turn down invitations to go out
Replies: 21
Views: 6913

Re: How to turn down invitations to go out

What you can also do, is to eat before you go to the restaurant, and when you arrive at the restaurant say, "Listen guys, I've just had dinner with the family/in-laws/my uncle Vinny who's only in town for one night/etc, so I'm not going to order anything except some coffee." Socialise as n...
by Tommy
Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:05 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Front Door Security
Replies: 42
Views: 18055

Re: Front Door Security

In South Africa, where I live, this a routine consideration. Most people solve it by: - installing a security door in addition to the front door (some examples: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Doors-Windows-Doors-Security-Doors/N-5yc1vZaqqe). People that have metalworking skills often make their own. The...
by Tommy
Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:12 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How often to visit doctors for preventive check-ups?
Replies: 12
Views: 3209

Re: How often to visit doctors for preventive check-ups?

I'm a doctor practicing in South Africa. I generally advise otherwise healthy patients to have a checkup about every 2 years. That said, a vast majority of diseases that I encounter are 'lifestyle' diseases, caused by smoking, sugar, salt, sexual promiscuity and sedentariness. If you cut out smoking...
by Tommy
Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: To hell with religion!
Replies: 81
Views: 26931

Re: To hell with religion!

It sounds like the OP has made a religion out of hating religion. I don't really agree that religion is a source of evil. More like people are a source of evil. The Romans forced gladiators to kill each other just for giggles long before Catholicism arose. As bad as are the things that were done in ...
by Tommy
Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Laundry issue
Replies: 6
Views: 2659

Re: Laundry issue

Hi Tommy, Thank you. If I wash inside a pillow case how well will that take grease off dirty items? The trick is to throw washing powder inside the pillow case with the items. I've never used this method for heavily greased items, just for small items I was afraid of losing, but I can't see why it ...
by Tommy
Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Laundry issue
Replies: 6
Views: 2659

Re: Laundry issue

I've previously just stuffed items into a old pillow case. It worked fine.

Alternatively, if it's just a few small items, why put them in the washing machine to begin with? Plunger washing the items in a bucket, 3rd world style, should not be too much effort.