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Post by halfmoon » Wed May 17, 2017 9:32 am

FBeyer wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 3:29 am
halfmoon wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 6:56 pm
... I think you have a potential new career.
Thank you, I guess working for five years as a carpenter actually paid off then :P

Also: Who wouldn't listen to Dave Brubeck while browsing feel-good images? What kind of person ARE you?????
Firstly, I'm the kind of person who somehow missed the info that you were a carpenter. :oops: That does explain the lovely work you do.

Secondly (here I'm packing my bags in preparation for being kicked off the forum and out of the human race), I'm the kind of person who doesn't really like music. There; I said it. :cry: Music affects my emotions too strongly, makes it hard to concentrate and sticks in my head day and night. My internal dialog is literally sung in my brain (never good music, either; just some random crap), and I wake up at night with my current song obsession* running on an endless mental loop that makes me want to stab my head. *The song obsession can be anything I've heard in my whole life, including "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener".

Well...you did ask.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Wed May 17, 2017 12:02 pm

halfmoon wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 9:32 am
... makes me want to stab my head. *The song obsession can be anything I've heard in my whole life, including "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener".
Consider yourself forgiven.




































































































For now... :twisted:

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Post by FBeyer » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:56 am

GARDENING:
- We started a square meter garden and boy oh boy does nature have a ton of surprises for someone new to gardening.

- So uh, my cilantro was growing nicely before we went away for 10 days. After a very rainy but totally okay-ish summertrip I came home to find my cilantro had turned into bamboo that sprouted dill.... Now it might be kind of hard to realize how disappointing that really was and I'm actually having quite a lot of trouble relaying the feeling. You see, the entire family planned, dug, built, painted, and hauled dirt and vermiculite like crazy and then planted the entire garden meticulously. We planted plenty of salads (which the slugs[1] promptly ate), plenty of broccoli (which the slugs[1] promptly ate), some parsley (which the slugs[1] promptly ate), some tomatoes (which passed under the radar completely unnoticed) some basil (which the slugs[1] promptly ate), carrots, radishes (some of which the slugs[1] promptly ate), and so on and so forth. It was all fine. It was all going exactly as I had anticipated but then...









































... then the little slimy, disgusting, fuckers[2] ate my cilantro!

In spite of living in Scandinavia, not usually known for it's indigenous English speaking population, the words -verbatim- out of my mouth were: THIS. MEANS. WAAAAAR!!!

After which I promptly picked up two garden trowels and went on a slug[1] murdering spree. I've not only patrolled my own yard, I've patrolled the back yard five neighbours down in both directions from my house. I've murdered more than 60 of those little slimy, disgusting, fuckers in a timespan of 20 minutes on one particularly slug-friendly evening. My evening walk now involves my gardening trowel and 20+ animal killings before I go to bed.... I haven't murdered this many animals on a routine basis since I worked as a lab grunt at a cancer research facility. My little patch of the suburbs has turned into slugocide central.

Fuck invasive species man, fuck 'em!

I went so far as to borrow a book from the local library branch to figure out how to import and house a hedgehog under my garden shed so it could gorge itself on those little slimy, disgusting, fuckers all it wanted. So... you can probably imagine how elated I was to find a leopard slug in my composting bin. And I was even more happy to find another one a week later! In case you don't know, leopard slugs eat other slugs's eggs! MUHUHAHAHAHAHAHHAH MY NEW BEST PADRE!

So after I started murdering most spineless animals in my yard I naturally planted some new cilantro and then watched it like a hawk. I watered it, I nurtured it, I took the best care of it that I knew how to, and then we went away for 10 days, and it turned into pungent dill.

*sigh*

- Vermicomposting is so much fun, although not very productive in the sense of producing castings yet. The worm population has grown quite a bit though so I'm feeling good about the long term prospects. My daughter loves feeding them and watching them wiggle about. She is very mindful about what kinds of garden trash goes where and has started referring to all our unprocessed green waste as worm trash. She can't draw for shit and she doesn't count very well, but she can name more flowers at age 3 and 4/5 that I could at 33. She picks up every single beetle we come across and she actually knows the ingredients needed to bake bread.

- Tomatoes grow like CRAZY! Next year we need to cut them so they don't overflow over the neighbouring squares in the square meter garden and shade out the seedlings growing next to them. Especially since the shaded out seedlings were cilantro planted to replace the cilanto-turned-bamboo fiasco. Of course the seedlings got eaten by fucking slugs[1] shortly after we trimmed to tomatoes to let in some sunlight.

- The broccoli patch basically looks like a prop from Fallout; New Vegas by now. I've seen coprolites with more life to 'em than my patch 'o broc's. It's dismal to say the least. At least broccoli tastes like absolute shit so it's not such a huge loss.

- My GF built two wooden boxes than we fastened to the patio wall and we got about 20 strawberry seedlings from my brother-in-law. The strawberries are exceedingly tasty and large, so we're looking forward to next season's harvest.

- I have to add that we have eaten parsley, salads, beets, cilantro, carrots, a few peas, oregano, basil, and radishes from the garden. It hasn't been a total train wreck at all. It's been a very enlightening experience and I truly love to watch it every day, even the Fallout broccoli patch. We got almost all the seeds completely free, so this first growing season was entirely devoted to learning about everything from planning, pruning, composting, maintenance, harvesting, everything.

Incidentally Wood's journal came to mind when I was nurturing my garden. I don't really think this small scale garden operation is very profitable when accounting for time and money spent, but tending this garden has removed a lot of senseless timewaste from my life. The simple maintenance of this garden (chop wood, carry water) carries a whole range of meaningful things with them, especially with regards to raising my daughter and making the entire family more aware of how food is grown, and how difficult it really is to produce a head of lettuce. I could add all sorts of fancy math educations, expensive cars and artful house decoration into the mix, but in the end, making life-maintenance a meaningful act is probably the strongest thing a person can do for oneself.


Before enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water[...]


PhD/Job

- Starting back on the job on Tuesday the fifth. 'really don't know how I feel about that yet. It'll be interesting to see if I can scrape together an actual defensible PhD project in half the allotted time. I'm so god awfully torn about the whole thing I don't think I can think my way through it, I will just have to do it. Chop wood. Carry water.


Misc:
My sister hosted a summer party where I talked to a guy who lives for free on some Lord's land in exchange for fixing some of the farming equipment around the place. He's an extremely talented person who's built a very interesting home (including digging a 5 kilometer long ditch so he could get electricity). I'll try and see if I can visit him some time and post some pictures of his house. He's got ADHD/ADD but he's not scatterbrained at all, just really likes to be busy :) He just bought a 100.000 dollar digger because he thought he needed one. Then he made sure that he could sell it immediately for more than he bought it for and then started renting it out at cut-rate prices. He owns 5 cars and owes absolutely no money to anyone.

I've been on antibiotics for 2 months now. Luckily they haven't killed by gut bacteria so still poopin' as planned[3]
As soon as I got off a 10 day treatment I'd get streps again. 'turns out my daughter was carrying without being ill so the doctor put down a final firebreaker of antibiotics for everyone in the family and finally I can swallow my food again. And on that note, I find it odd how streps medicine come in pinky sized pills... I'm having problems swallowing for fucks sake, make some smaller pills you inconsiderate assholes!

I haven't really invested a lot lately. I've bought a few high dividend paying companies to experience the steady flow of money, but I didn't do nearly enough research on those companies as I should. Time will tell how my superficial investing goes. It's not a strategy I aim to employ, I simply spent a few days snooping around for somewhat stable dividend payers within global consumer goods. My savings account was starting to overflow beyond two year's expenses so I moved a large chunk of money and I'm getting ready to find out where to place them. In case I can't find an absolute steal of a stock, I have the perfect mutual fund for them, so they're not going straight down the drain.


Monkey Brain and Minimalism:
I read Katy Bowman's Move Your DNA and as always I'm completely infatuated with this new idea. I wanted to really-really not like her, but I can't help it. She just seems spot on in her observations. So I've been sitting on the floor for the last 14 days (ish) and I've gotten somewhat used to it. We still eat at the table like civilized people, but I've started chewing with my mouth open and smacking my girlfriend around just to preserve some paleo presence in the household[4].

I've even been sleeping on a thin mattress on the floor, but that's solely because I really hurt my knee[6] and I had problems turning over in a bed that was too soft. The ligament that connects my knee cap with the shin took a large hit when I fell so every time I use my quads, that lone ligaments lets me know that I really shouldn't use my quads at all. The first morning I woke up I tried to put on socks, foolish as I was, figuring that I've been able to put on socks since I was a toddler, so this morning would probably be like all others. It turns out that you need to bend you leg beyond 10 degrees to put on socks. I'll admit that it did hurt slightly, but it wasn't something I was about to complain about. Not yet anyway. Upon reaching 10 degrees my entire lower leg snapped up like a jackknife so my heel touched my hamstrings and NOW I was ready to complain about pain! So I promptly collapsed, with absolutely no concern for elegance, on my bed and spat out what I hoped would be a magic incantation. Shouting at this approximate pace: https://youtu.be/veflCk2rHfA?t=1m54s, although significantly less eloquently, but with threats of violence surely on par. GF rushed in and helped straighten out my leg and so here I am, doing a lot of capoeira (well, I'm doing the negativa rolé to stand up )since I'm sitting on the floor with a gimpy leg.


I uninstalled Overwatch and Offworld trading company from my computer. I love those two games, but I spend quite a lot of time strategizing and socializing around them, and it's time I think I'd rather spend on something more giving like: Love, quiet, reading, accomplishments, and more sleep. I'm in slight video game withdrawals, but I really think it's for the better. Of course Blizzard just announced major rework of the two characters I used to play the most so I'm totally (like toooooooootally dude!) feeling the siren song. I've tied myself to the mast and I must hold steady for now. No reinstalling any games. For now.

I feel like uninstalling the games was the right move but maybe I need to adjust my get-shit-done-o-meter yet again. In fact I'm so bad at chilling that I need testing for adult ADD. Reading some of the non-medical coping mechanism for ADD I can see that my tendency towards order, lists, thought training, and systemic motivation for my grander plans are things that tend to help others out. I took a self-test. 4 out of 6 indicates possible ADD. I scored 5.5 out of 6. I don't know what to feel about that. At least I still have my rugged good looks[7] (in spite of nascent facial vitiligo...).

I've been on sick leave for 8 months now, with money still coming in, so I've been on a watered-down FI ride lately. I have to say I adjust to 'not doing anything' quite quickly, but I can't tell if it's a pathological reaction or not.

Grok ask Grok's shrink. Shrink tell Grok: no worry. Grok stop worry.

My book is more than 280 pages by now. I expect that it will be at least 50 pages longer.



I've been doing a ton of stuff for the last three months but I think this is what ya'll get for now.
Toodles!


[1] Those slimy, disgusting fuckers!!!
[2] AKA slugs.
[3] Thank you for asking.
[4] Also, I have the Eiffel tower for sale cheap, in case you're interested. Okay, so I DID read the book and I'm gaga about sitting on the floor and getting rid of even MORE furniture.[5]
[5] One of these days the missus is going to snap like a twig sat on by a fat custodian and hit me with a frying pan in my sleep to end the misery.
[6] At an organized play-day at the kindergarden, in front of parents and children alike. Proud I was!
[7] That's a joke. I'm short, have the body composition of a chestnut animal, I'm near-sighted, and I can't grow a beard.
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Post by Jason » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:32 am

The above journal entry inspires me to finally finish Infinite Jest [1] based on its sheer entertainment value.[2]

[1] I have two copies with bookmarks. It was supposed to be this summer's reading project but I decided on European Reformation instead. I hate being part of the majority that started but never finished the work.

[2] Thank you.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by Eureka » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:34 pm

Ok, I'll take the Eiffel Tower

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Post by FBeyer » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:08 am

Deal!
Drop two doses of LSD and I'll have my butter elves deliver right to your front dreams 'Par Avion'.
I'll take my payment in lentils and grass mulch please.

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Post by jennypenny » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:41 am

Move Your DNA was interesting. I was always a 'free range kids' kind of parent and this tied in nicely. I wish it was written 20 years ago. People criticized me for just throwing my kids on a blanket with some toys wherever I was instead of putting them in some fancy plastic contraption. Have you changed anything you do with your daughter?

I hope your knee heals quickly!

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Post by FBeyer » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:01 am

jennypenny wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:41 am
Move Your DNA was interesting. I was always a 'free range kids' kind of parent and this tied in nicely. I wish it was written 20 years ago. People criticized me for just throwing my kids on a blanket with some toys wherever I was instead of putting them in some fancy plastic contraption. Have you changed anything you do with your daughter?

I hope your knee heals quickly!
When I read the book, I realized that we were already doing a lot of the things advocated. We climb on monkey bars and use the slides, do pullups, rollouts and pushups on the swing sets. We balance about and climb on everything so it's not just my daughter getting some exercise when we're at the playground.
We generally move about a lot in the family, so much that my daughter is complaining daily about how boring it is to sit still in kindergarden and just draw... 'breaks my heart to say the least that an almost-four-year-old gets her physical activity stifled by an institution.

I haven't said anything to her, but she copies me quite a lot, but she is three after all. Sitting cross legged and flat-foot squatting comes natural to humans at that age, so if anything I might be the one copying her. She has noticed that I sit on the floor, but it's not something we talk about, it's just something we do. She hasn't been indoctrinated yet so she thinks that every toddler knows how to patch a punctured tire and knows the names of the plants and animals they come by.

She's gonna grow up to be so freakin' weird...

I hope my knee heals quickly too!

Note to self: Write about our socializing/pedagogical scavenging income soon.

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Post by FBeyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:00 pm

I built an etsy clothes rack and a wooden hedgehog you can sit on.

Building Etsy Furniture.

Step zero: Have a wonderful significant other who for reasons completely beyond my cognitive abilities MU'FUGGIN' needs to put all her freakin' clothes on a mu'fuggin chair rather than in the mu'fuggin' drawers placed right the f*** next to the f***** chair.
Step one: Kindle your OCD.
Step two: Between eye twitches and teeth gnashing start planning a replacement for the forementioned steel-grey/blueish IKEA chair that is basically built like someone decided to upholster an IBC water tank[1] using only cheap felt.
Step three: Scavenge construction materials from a 70 year old shed, tennis socks, and an old shoe rack.
Step four: build the thing using tools and hands and things that make holes and things that staple things to other things so that the things that needed stapling don't fall off that thing you stapled them to.
Step five: Relish the thought of no longer having a mu'fuggin' ugly felt-water-tank-chair as a clothes rack.

Bonus: The towels we used to dry on our bedroom door now fit on the clothes rag too, so I've solved two problems at once.

YAY ME.
YAY!!!!111!!!one!!!
Enjoy the view: https://imgur.com/a/NkjpZ


Hedgehog-for-sitting:
I'm IMGUR retarded so here's the link to some images, I accidentally uploaded some of them twice. Bite me!
https://imgur.com/a/VjHXY

Step Zero: Read Katy Bowman's Move Your DNA.
Step Zero point Five: Immediately decide to start sitting on the floor.
Step one: hand build a box shaped hedgehog out of wood. Half-lap the joints and cut splines carefully with a japanese saw. Model the outer dimensions after a Scandinavian milk crate.
Step two: cut off the 'hog's spines.
Step three: sand off all sharp corners.
Step four: Sit on it, stand on it, store stuff on it, use it as a floor table, use it to raise desktop level to standing-desk height level, and admire it.

Honestly I could have built the thing using power tools and gotten better results, but I decided to build the whole thing using hand tools because I never really got to use hand tools when I worked as a carpenter, and I never got to use splines for anything ever. So naturally I decided to use the biggest most audacious splines I could find.


Just in case you decide to cut spline slots by hand yourself: Start by outlining only ONE side of the spline and then make the cut as accurately as you can. After you've made the cut, use the spline material to mark the exact width of the spline and then cut up to, but not on top, the line you've drawn. If you use a mechanical pencil you should have a 0.5 mm line, so if you cut right next to that, and you mark the splines the way I've described, you should be able to get a perfectly snug fit even if your initial cut is slightly off. If you mark both sides of the spline to begin with, the fit will be determined by your sawing accuracy twice, if you do it my way you'll only introduce error-from-cutting once.


So uh, why would I need a wooden box after reading a book?

Well basically 'cause obsessin's what I do Bub'.

In a nutshell Bowman's book is about moving around more during your day, rather than only moving at pre-designated exercise hours. Make healthy movement a part of your life, not an auxilliary unit. How very systems thinking of her. So, stand up, walk about, sit in many different positions etc. Sitting on the floor is the easiest way to make sure you're sitting in many different positions during the day, but most furniture is naturally built for civilized people who use chairs, so you need alternive arrangements in case you want to work/read/drink coffe/eat while sitting on the floor.

Since I'm not inclined to saw the legs off our current (and by 'our current' I mean my GF's table that her father built for her) sofa table and I sure as shootin' wasn't going to put another sofa table in our living room, I had to find something small and portable that fit my needs for floor sitting.

For practical reasons we have several plastic milk crates. Because they are just SO darn handy, and after using them for at few days I realized that turning the milk crate one way or the other made me change working positions and thus the crate's form factor was an easy way to help myself move more when I'm sitting around the house[2][3]. Since I'm supposed to be doing a lot of other stuff I naturally decided to start building furniture. So I built a stool/crate/table/hedgehog and an etsy clothes rack.

So there...

Pictures soon.
Maybe.






Now: What does three wheel barrows, a 600 L compost bin, two lawnmowers, a lampshade, two lawn edgers, a cable drum, a vintage Singer sowing machine, a patch of stawberry seedlings, two bags of clothes, a raincoat, a high-end baby carriage, a Weber BBQ, a 7L enamel pot, two table lamps, and an easel have in common?






[1] ie, it's big, hefty, cubic, plain, plush, and ugly, and it's perpetually covered in clothes so you can't even use it as a chair without digging through pants and bras first.
[2] Not literally sitting AROUND the house, I'm not that fat (although chestnut animal body proportions were mentioned at the last meetup).
[3] Also that was a rather long sentence. I should work on cutting them down.
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Post by FBeyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:02 pm

FBeyer wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:00 pm
...[1] ie, it's big, hefty, cubic, plain, plush, and ugly, and it's perpetually covered in clothes so you can't even use it as a chair without digging through pants and bras first.
Just like my ex-girlfriend!

ZzzzzzZZZZZZING!

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Post by Jason » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:16 pm

Oh man. That's some funny shit.

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Post by FBeyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:25 pm

For YOUR reading pleasure!

Also: I just decided to stop begin retarded so I added some imgur links so you can actually see the furniture I'm talking about. The whole post really doesn't make sense without pictures.

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Post by Jason » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:26 pm

Fuck the furniture. Let's see the ex girlfriend.

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Post by FBeyer » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:42 am

Jason wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:26 pm
Fuck the furniture. Let's see the ex girlfriend.
Just imagine the chair except pinkish-white-girl colored and with pigtails.
It's close enough.

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Post by FBeyer » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:10 am

It's been three months since I last updated. I wanted to write something entertaining, but I can't be bothered.


Chugging Along:
Our house is cheaper than a dorm room (and rent has just been cut again!), there are very few financial things to consider, now I just have to wait for the pile to grow and try to keep myself sane.
Really, you should find a cheap place to stay as soon as possible. Once that is out of the way you almost stop worrying about major expenditures and start living 'normally' again. It seems to me that many of those who seek FI are fretting about money and investments all the time, while they still cling on their single largest expenditure. It's like worrying about dropping a glass of water in your living room, while it's three feet under water...
Supposedly we seek FI because we want something out of life, not because we want to worry about money; so get money problems out of the way.


The Monkey Brain:
Long-term illness has lasted for more than a year now.
I started work at the beginning of October. That lasted for one month then I crashed again. 'turns out I've been treated for depression, but it seems the depression is actually stress related, so the behavioral treatment I've gotten has been off. You can't tell someone who is stressed to go home and relax... you simply do not understand the meaning of that phrase anymore. So for me relaxing meant studying set theory and metric spaces because that was easier than what I usually did. What the doctor meant was: go home, take as many naps as you possible can and then watch tv series until you are about ready to scratch your eyes out. Also: do not exercise, kettlebells increase cortisol; put shortly you don't want that right now. I'm learning to sit still. Literally learning not squirm about in a chair fretting to get up and get shit done! I really need it. Just like Akratic, I have a strong aversion to doing nothing. I'm now learning how and why doing nothing is important. Same as why complete slackers need to learn how and why to be productive. My stress symptoms were so bad that I've been ordained a psychiatrist. Apparently the only written exam I've scored full marks on was the one for adult ADHD so my diagnosis is a big freakin' mess of stress, ADHD, and/or depression. So I put my foot down and demanded that we treated the cause that is most likely to be the overall cause of it all. It's also the one that is the least medicinally invasive since it involves vitamins and netflix. Once I've cooled down for a month or two, we'll take a look at my ADHD symptoms and gauge the improvement. C'est la vie[1].

My contact with meditation, stoicism, mindfulness and buddhism has actually given me some insight into spirituality. It's 90% horseshit and 10% good ideas wrapped in unneccesary idols and even more superstituous horseshit. But within those 10% are some amazing ideas and my inner pragmatist compels me to adopt those ideas.

Most interstingly is the slow onset of meditation's benefits. Meditation does nothing, then it does nothing, then it does nothing, then it does nothing, then it does nothing, then it does nothing, and THEN... a little happens. Then it does nothing, then it does nothing, then it does nothing, then it does nothing, and THEN something MORE happens and the whole thing takes off and you feel the effect of sitting[3] take hold in the way you think and react throughout the day. The key to meditation is completely the opposite of what we've been taught our whole lives.
What we learned is: Time + Effort = Results
but meditation goes: Innocence + Acceptance = Calm[2]
You can't learn to meditate by doing it more. It's so fucking weird, you only learn by doing it right.





Monies:
I've chosen to not invest in cryptocurrency, just to learn how I react to other people's crazy gains. I have a friend who owns bitcoin but he knows nothing at all about them he just bought them on a whim. It'll be interesting to see how I react to his excitement.

My stock portfolio has appreciated 19.6% since inception. Dividends received correspond to 60% of the capital appreciation so... up 31% since inception ie. over 19 months.

Junk bonds are chugging along nicely. I'm making about one month's expenses in interest per year currently. I have invested 2/3 of the amount of money I want to invest in junk and I'm just waiting for my automated robo investor to place some money when a sufficiently lucrative offer comes up. Right now the setup is done so that I place money, and a robot invests a set amount of money in every available loan within some given criteria. It's fully automated and I really don't have to do anything at all for the income to be reinvested. Perfect!

I have been investing for yield for most of the year. I feel that dividends are where it's at for me. I want my investments to make me money directly. February and March are the big dividend months for me due to the specific mutual funds I've invested in, and one of my most stable dividend payers has been almost tripled in size since last year, so I expect at least 1/3 years expenses in dividends this year.
I've become interested in Katsenelson's idea on range bound markets. Maybe it's just because I've become fond of dividends? He seems to make sense to none the less.

I've been contacted by my old coach. He's involved in a startup and he wants to work with:
someone who is both interesting and very clever
:geek:
We're meeting up for a chat about the startup and I have my fingers crossed that the project is interesting 'cause I'm not going back to the PhD. I can't. This is the third time in the last 2.5 years I've been headhuntet for something. Interesting indeed!
Also: ego. Not Ego, but my ego.

Savings rate 67%
7 years expenses saved.




ERE:
What does three wheel barrows, a 600 L compost bin with a worm tube, two electric lawnmowers, a lampshade, two lawn edgers, a cable drum, a vintage mechanical Singer sowing machine, a patch of stawberry seedlings, two bags of clothes, a raincoat, a high-end baby carriage, a Weber BBQ, a 7L enamel pot, two table lamps, an easel, a bike trailer, a latex mattress topper, 50 m of pex tubing, a round table top, 30 meters of plastic garden fence, and a zabuton have in common?
It was all curbside shopped!!!
People throw away crazy amounts of stuff that us weirdos can use. It's unfathomable!
We repair most of it, and I bring my daughter along while repairing it, and then we sell it again. Estimated scavenging income for the last 12 months: 500+ $
NEAT!
I know Ego has a Something for Nothing thread here, but I've completely neglegted posting there. Sorry Ego.

Web of goals is out the window right now. I'm doing as little as possible. I have only one goal: become fully functional and find a proper job for once. Just this ONCE!


The book is 320 pages by now. I hope to be selling some private coaching some time in the future. The book is my ticket to contact customers... Or something.


[1] I don't speak French.
[2] 'ain't nobody got time fo' dat!!!!
[3] The Zen word for meditation is sitting, which is so annoyingly apt. You're not DOING anything. You're not doing meditation, you're just sitting.

For later: The cat that has been shitting on my radishes, pickled japanese food, fish that looks like a block of wood, kimchi-flavoured bad breath, our expansive strawberry patch, slow-going vermicomposting, and Lindy Hop.
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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by Jason » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:20 pm

I’ve been moving towards dividend stocks.

This cat that is shitting on your radishes. He’s target shitting. Cat’s have no fuckin consciences and they can be trained where to shit so there’s no way this is some type of indiscriminate shitting thing like a dog, an incontinent old person or a baby. Personally, I’d poison your radishes just to make that cat’s ass burn like it was dragged on all fours down a Texas sidewalk in the summertime. I hate cats to the extent that if Hitler had focused his hate on cats instead of Jews I’d be a neo-Nazi. I mean that. I can’t stand them.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:09 am

FBeyer wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:10 am
...I've been contacted by my old coach. He's involved in a startup...
The startup revolves around an extremely interesting broad-skills based, braintrusty, engineering, robotics, farming, permaculture, organic, R&D position.

I had a sweaty bacon stuffed burger and two beers. I was also offered a job.
I can start as soon as I feel like it.
:shock:

Also: Fuck cats!

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by wizards » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:18 am

Congrats, with at bit of luck this will be your last job :)

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by halfmoon » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:13 am

FBeyer wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:09 am
The startup revolves around an extremely interesting broad-skills based, braintrusty, engineering, robotics, farming, permaculture, organic, R&D position.
That does sound remarkably interesting. Do you have a strategy planned for not getting stressed out again?

Also: +1 to dividends. Growth-only stocks are that fun and crazy friend who might take you out for extravagent nights on the town...or might end up sleeping on your couch and drinking your beer because his girlfriend kicked him out.

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Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

Post by FBeyer » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:59 am

Wizards: With the grand vision of the company, they're going to be doing for a living, what I'd want to do on my own once FI anyway. So...

halfmoon: The strategy is:
1) Develop better emotional and introspective skills. I've been told it's something those... those non-technical people... are apparently born with.
2) Work for a company that takes its knowledge workers seriously (these guys do to almost ridiculous extent)
3) Do work that is as well aligned with my personal values as possible.

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