How to Stick to a Project

I like writing about things that I used to be terrible at but am now good at, because I can be sure that those things could be learned by anyone. In the past I was unable to stick to anything. I went through various phases of convincing myself it didn’t matter and accepting that I… Continue reading How to Stick to a Project

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Ingenuity vs Money

My very first “business” was buying and selling used Palm Pilots and Apple Newtons. I would negotiate back and forth over the smallest increments of money, both on the buying and selling side. When I first started, my inventory was one Apple Newton, so it was important that I get the best price possible. After… Continue reading Ingenuity vs Money

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Sayonara 2020

I know many people are cursing 2020 and are glad that it’s over, but the older I get the more I realize that any time is good time, and that what we do with what we’re given is more important than what we are given. So I’ll just come out and say it: 2020 was… Continue reading Sayonara 2020

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Four Difficulty Levels of Life

There are several different difficulty levels on which you can live your life. They are ascendingly difficult, though the difficulty is really mostly in switching to that method of living. Once you get to the next level it actually becomes far easier. An analog would be financial investing– it’s hard to save a lot of… Continue reading Four Difficulty Levels of Life

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Why I Moved

I wasn’t planning on writing about this because I don’t think it’s all that interesting, but so many people have been surprised and asked why we moved that I guess it warrants a post! Five years ago I bought an apartment in Vegas. It cost $50k, was in a great location, and had two bedrooms.… Continue reading Why I Moved

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What It’s Like Living in a Bad Neighborhood

I live in two “bad” neighborhoods. One is my apartment in Vegas, and the other is our shared apartment in Hawaii. The way I’d define both areas is that they’re among the cheapest housing in their respective cities, and they’re bad enough that when an Uber driver understands where you are going, they feel comfortable… Continue reading What It’s Like Living in a Bad Neighborhood

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Gear Post 2021

This year’s gear post isn’t all that different from last year’s (can you guess why?) but there are enough new cool things that I think it’s worth doing one. Hopefully travel becomes a little more normal in 2021 and I have the opportunity to test out some more gear. Wool and Prince Button Down I’ve… Continue reading Gear Post 2021

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Gratitude 2020

Usually in my annual gratitude post I write about people in my life. My family and friends are an easy source of unending gratitude. This year, though, I want to write about something a little bit different. This year I’m grateful for my country, the United States. This has somehow become a slightly polarizing sentiment… Continue reading Gratitude 2020

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Stability and Utility

As far as I can tell, money has two valid uses: stability and utility. It has a lot of other uses as well, like signaling and scorekeeping, but these are poor uses of money and focusing on them will reduce your ability to use money for better uses. Most people do a fairly poor job… Continue reading Stability and Utility

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How to Be Secure

Why are some people secure while others aren’t? Is it because they deserve or don’t deserve to be secure? There are enough obvious counter-examples to that idea to dismiss it immediately. Is it genetic? Maybe partially, but many people have switched from being secure to insecure or vice versa. I’d argue that being secure is… Continue reading How to Be Secure

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