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by basuragomi
Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: M's Journal
Replies: 28
Views: 7887

Re: M's Journal

$1.2 million is more than the entire age 25-65 income of the median American worker, and it's all up front. It's easy to lose that sense of scale, sometimes.
by basuragomi
Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 346
Views: 80418

Re: Fixit Log

It's not a problem for you anymore, but the traditional use for the stuck-on rice layer is to add some water/stock to slough it off the bottom, then either eat it as porridge or pan-fry it into deliciously crispy rice chips. It's not waste!
by basuragomi
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Error's never ending errings
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Re: Error's never ending errings

What do you do in your directionless time? With finances on the final leg, I am finding it useful to focus on controlling or eliminating addictive behaviour - things like mindlessly watching videos, games, social media, and junk food. Whenever I beat back the easy distractions, I find the project li...
by basuragomi
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Digital tools/hacks
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Digital tools/hacks

A working knowledge of regex is incredibly useful. Notepad++ supports search by regex for Windows. LibreOffice supports regex use in spreadsheets. There's also the classic grep for Linux. Tiddlywiki for organizing notes. Great for complex projects or even just sorting recipes. Edit: Of course, Firef...
by basuragomi
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: guitar player's journal
Replies: 102
Views: 43273

Re: guitar player's journal

No problem moving tire liners from one tire to another, it's just a tough strip of plastic. You have to cut them to fit the tire to prevent a lumpy ride, though, so ideally you would move it to a same size or smaller tire. Now that you mentioned sticking them on, though, tacking them to the tire wit...
by basuragomi
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: guitar player's journal
Replies: 102
Views: 43273

Re: guitar player's journal

I would recommend tire liners, at least on your rear tire. I went from a flat every three months to one every three years with them. The additional material not only guards against penetration, but also keeps punctures through the tire smaller than they would be otherwise which helps everything last...
by basuragomi
Tue Jun 01, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Basuragomi's journal
Replies: 110
Views: 22250

Re: Basuragomi's journal

May 2021 update https://i.imgur.com/4JiYLEU.png https://i.imgur.com/aITBPXx.png NW just eased over $700k. Big jump in essential expenses due to a landlord fuckup. Next month should be much lower to compensate, but this is the lowest savings rate (~20%) I've had in years. ERE-type things I have been...
by basuragomi
Sun May 30, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: the soybean processing and culture thread
Replies: 37
Views: 3288

Re: the soybean processing and culture thread

Tofu from soybeans I made some tofu, to a) verify that calcium acetate can be used as a coagulant and b) investigate the cost-efficiency of doing so. 1) Soak and blend the soybeans. I used an immersion blender which made some scary sounds. Soybeans are hard! https://i.imgur.com/09UONr4.jpg 2) Cook ...
by basuragomi
Thu May 27, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Lacto-Fermentation Log
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Re: Lacto-Fermentation Log

I've been making kimchi for the better part of a decade. Best tips I can give: - Ferment everything on a tray, in a tied-off garbage bag and burp it daily/twice daily with a high-flow fan on. That catches dripping, keeps out pests and minimizes the smell which otherwise permeates everything. - You m...
by basuragomi
Sun May 23, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta
Replies: 290
Views: 62154

Re: Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta

The Romans spent most of their anxiety hoping the slaves didn't notice how much they outnumbered the citizens. It's telling how so much sheer effort goes into convincing people that our society has a real shortage of anything at all. You can totally train dogs to compete with each other for tokens e...
by basuragomi
Fri May 21, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Touching FIRE - Hrodwulf´s Journal
Replies: 21
Views: 2528

Re: Touching FIRE - Hrodwulf´s Journal

Assuming starting work at 20, 0% return, 0 post-work income streams, and life expectancy of 80: Savings Age where Rate savings > life expectancy 0% 80 10% 74 20% 68 30% 62 40% 56 50% 50 60% 44 70% 38 80% 32 90% 26 100% 20 Assuming some real return disproportionately benefits the lower savings rate a...
by basuragomi
Fri May 21, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Semi-retirement locations?
Replies: 19
Views: 2485

Re: Semi-retirement locations?

Living up in the old California gold rush towns always seemed like a nice way to spend the days. Not sure about the learning centres but there'll be certainly cheap wood most years, if you can handle it being a bit charred. If your intent is to live centrally to fly all over for work before changing...
by basuragomi
Wed May 19, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Touching FIRE - Hrodwulf´s Journal
Replies: 21
Views: 2528

Re: Touching FIRE - Hrodwulf´s Journal

Personally, years of savings > remaining life expectancy is when I would consider the incremental value of more money to be zero. I think generally by the time you've even approached the point of ultimate safety, you will have either stopped caring or will never feel safe. @ertyu - At high savings r...
by basuragomi
Sun May 16, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Article - Why I Quit DIY
Replies: 14
Views: 1337

Re: Article - Why I Quit DIY

Agreed with @Sclass. In my opinion there are fundamentally two kinds of DIY projects: crap you can't justify buying, and crap you can't buy at all. Crap you can't justify buying is like the infamous Marie Kondo-branded stick. It's so simple to replicate that it's faster to make than to collect cash ...
by basuragomi
Fri May 07, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: How much do you give to charity?
Replies: 65
Views: 7296

Re: How much do you give to charity?

@ellarose24: I've thought about this, but the issue is that your personal network may quickly get saturated with money, and expanding it causes a rapid decline in giving opportunity quality. The charity instead aggregates demand to meet it in bulk. You may judge $20 to stop someone starving to be mo...
by basuragomi
Tue May 04, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: CDR's Journal
Replies: 28
Views: 3056

Re: CDR's Journal

Tiddlywiki is pretty great, I've been using it for over a year now and it's become indispensable for me. The most productive use case for sewing is IMO tailoring good-quality thrifted clothes. Making from scratch is crazy expensive and time-intensive, and as you said anything else of equivalent comp...
by basuragomi
Tue May 04, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Ontarian's Journal
Replies: 11
Views: 2507

Re: Ontarian's Journal

This is very cool. Doing tree planting might be a future option for working vacations with some more formal forestry experience. I know someone with a forestry degree that leveraged that into getting paid to live all over Canada in various parks. I hear it's hard to break into the Ontario parks serv...
by basuragomi
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Basuragomi's journal
Replies: 110
Views: 22250

Re: Basuragomi's journal

April 2021 update https://i.imgur.com/iuQ3koo.png https://i.imgur.com/pfR06hJ.png My non-essential expenses have jumped up a lot: I have started donating about 30% of my income to charity. It was a lot easier than I expected, emotionally, to send off that much money. While I still work full-time, I...
by basuragomi
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Cutting down your own tree?
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Cutting down your own tree?

I've cut down a magnolia of similar size. Lopped off whatever limbs I could with a pole-mounted secateur then cut a metre or so off from the top at a time with a ~5m manual pole saw (it's quite a workout). I tensioned each chunk then pulled it down with a very long rope once the cut got ~70% through...
by basuragomi
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 346
Views: 80418

Re: Fixit Log

@Sclass, that root tube is wild! Thanks for sharing. We still have some 80+ year old wood water mains here, some of them probably look pretty similar to your image at this point.