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Stahlmann
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12k USD for land+prolly car (through selling things they owned and savings from jobs)
75 USD per month per couple for last 4 years + volunteers' help
500 USD house (from clay and straw)
3 winters in Dcf climate
keywords: antimoney, permaculture, off grid living, DIY
(data based on self report and small investigation)

unforunately not so much data in English


house itself
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYpLkG ... rzw/videos
https://www.facebook.com/kalpapada/phot ... =3&theater
site
https://kalpapada.wixsite.com/kalpapada

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Not sure if this has been posted yet, but here's a really fascinating interview of Chamath Palihapitiya, who's the found of Social Capital. He has a super interesting and frank conversation about his pursuit of capital inside of capitalism and how he pursues money for social change:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMotykw0SIk

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Has anyone seen the movie?

https://youtu.be/QpvEWVVnICE

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This guy would fit right in here. I think he's hilarious with his deadpan humor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW6QwgCQmN8

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https://www.youtube.com/user/TechIngredients/videos

This guy is awesome. Even more entertaining than the Applied Science dude. He is almost certainty an ENTJ given that Te dominates all his videos along with Ni-like understanding/recall/purpose (..and too smooth at presentation to be an INTJ).

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weywkv6KzHk

The Post Apocalyptic Inventor

Focuses on repairing and/or reusing or improving items purchased as scrap from junkyard. I linked to one video that has a good beginning to setting the tone. Has other videos besides repair.

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How to Sharpen a Knife | Paul Sellers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bailuQUh2mY

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Surprised House of Cards is no where mentioned in this thread. Great show...

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Growing Citrus in Nebraska Snow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD_3_gsgsnk

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cmonkey wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:50 am
Growing Citrus in Nebraska Snow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD_3_gsgsnk
Woah... That is really interesting on a number of levels. The aspect of the person spending their time after retirement to move this forward and then turning it into a business is interesting. The idea itself is really cool -- I'd seen this for heating in New Mexico with the earth ships but I'd read they don't work so well in the upper midwest (USA) climate. But they don't use the tubes underground. Very very cool. And the potential application as he points out to deliver local citrus in an area nobody grows citrus...

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@SWB - Yea this was a sort of mind-blow video for me and got me dreaming again. His design can be much improved by have an earthen berm on the north wall. I just need some land!

He has a couple other videos on his youtube channel and in one he mentions it was about -1 F outside and was 38 F inside which is pretty impressive for nothing but cool ground air heating. According to his site he has had to have supplemental heating 3 times in the last 23 years....

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@cmonkey I started dreaming too. I was left thinking about how well it would work in Michigan. It seems like there is a lot of low land here that pools water. Or if it's not your land, it's like that down the road. I guess one needs to look very carefully at elevation and how the potential land fits into the drainage of the greater area (along with looking for southern exposure).

As a vocation, it touches on a lot of interesting topics (propagation, interesting non-local plants) and has interesting aspects like being year round. I noticed how his was attached to the house so I would guess he could go out there and do his thing in the winter without even stepping outside.

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Redbird wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:43 pm
How to Sharpen a Knife | Paul Sellers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bailuQUh2mY
That video is a good tutorial! Thanks for sharing the link.

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black_son_of_gray wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:24 am
Unconventional investment style that focuses on preservation of capital, etc. I got some Harry Browne-ish vibes, but clearly different. Some interesting intersections with ERE ideas of wealth/capital and "enduring over the long term"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4_U6bS-cU4
More Tony Deden gems (text, not video - sorry):
https://www.investorsingh.com/40-invalu ... ony-deden/

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Ego wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:15 pm
Has anyone seen the movie?
Downloaded. Watching now.

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Look forward to a review. Is it out on a streaming service or....?

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A review would be coloured by biases so instead I'm providing a background.

Expensive credit:
Educational loans are not available unless backed by assets (parents'). This is a catch-22 as if your parents can afford to take a loan for you, then they'd rather dig into their savings and pay for education outright. So most of the people who take loans are doing so for post-graduation abroad or medical education. You need a strong financial backer who believes in you, usually these are your parents, but sometimes private individuals also pick up the mantle.

Prevalence of "coaching" classes:
It is the same as life "coaches" but scaleable. Being a coaching class absolves you of the failure of your students but you can take all the credit for those that get admitted to premier institutions. Due to the sheer number of students that pass through their gates, some will rise above the rest. In this sense they are more like preparatory schools.

Not one of these coaching classes will tell you % of students who were "coached" for a course got admitted to that course, but instead they will run survivorship bias on full throttle. They will print pages of ads with the name, passport size photo and rank of the students. Some classes will even go so far as to buy rights to plaster students in their ads who they have never taught.

Logistics of coaching classes:
Unlike preparatory schools, coaching classes run over and above your regular schedule. Some start as early as 6th grade for the K+12th exam. You complete your regular school/college day and go there to sit for another 3 hours of lectures.
Needless to say it is very hectic for the students. I dropped out of a class in my K+11th year due to this. The workaround these classes have developed is having tieups with colleges.
Sometimes some government run K+11,12 college are on the verge of closure when a coaching class wins the tender to run it. They can afford to bid low on tenders because they don't have to wait for students to be profitable. They bring their students with them. For another 5x the cost of college or 0.5x the cost of class yearly, you can get admitted into these colleges. Now you can solely focus of the engineering college you want to get into, the theory papers and the engineering entrance exam. You don't have to attend practicals, you'll get 150 page journals for each subject that you have to write in your own handwriting and submit for termwork marks.

Need for coaching classes:
The regular colleges are run in various ways-
fully aided, government run
unaided , private run
govt aided, private run.
Government run colleges have higher demand, not because they teach any better, but because they are limited in number and have lower fees.
The main culprits are the govt aided colleges, regardless of if private/public run. Problems:
1 The professors are industry rejects, who are teaching because they couldn't get a job doing anything else
2 50% of professor posts are reserved for minorities and historically disadvantaged classes
3 Lifetime achievement award: getting a job is like hitting the lottery, you are now part of the system
4 30 years of stable income and pension after that, regardless of how your students are faring or weather you are teaching anything, if at all
5 Out of whack student to teacher ratios. In school a class was between 45-55 students, 11,12th grade 110-120, engineering 60-80.

Affirmative action:
All hope is not lost though. The various affirmative action programs can be grouped into two. Birth based and economic level based. If you can prove that your parents' income from all sources is less than ~$10k/year, then you get Tuition Fee Waver Scheme.
If you are born into any of the numerous Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, VJNT (VJ stands for freely moving and NT for nomadic tribes) or a religious minority (Muslim, Christian, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Jain or Buddhist) or a linguistic minority or an ethnic minority (Anglo-Indian, Kashmiri after the ethnic cleansing of 1992, etc) or female, you have amongst yourselves upto 72% of all engineering seats reserved for you. Funny thing is if, Lord Kṛṣṇa who is the crown jewel of the Yadava lineage, was born today, he would be put in under Other Backward Classes OBC category.

Meritocracy:
Apart from the little hiccup above, the admission process is closest to a meritocracy. There are few institute level seats that the college fills on its own. All other seats are pooled together into a nation wide database. You can simultaneously apply to 30 different colleges and courses across the country in your order of preferences. Benefit is you don't have to write a cover letter for each college you apply to. Demerit is you get reduced to your score/rank/percentile. There are different merit lists published depending on if you are an open/general candidate or if you qualify for an affirmative action program. You get to know which college you are eligible for. You can take admission or wait and sit out for round 2, 3, 4, ...

Whats the point anyway when the best and brightest(TM) who get into the IITs, around which the movie revolves, get educated with the tax-payer subsidized education, only to be picked up by companies abroad and pay taxes in other countries.

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