Fixing Broken Stuff: Microswitches

Normally when electronic stuff breaks in our modern world, we simply throw it out and buy a new one. For most people, the idea of repairing electronics has gone the way of the dodo. Like the helpless consumers we are, we pony-up our money and buy new.

Electronics are cheap and plentiful (thanks to the China), and replacements are just a few clicks away. But I have one GIANT gripe with this situation — The quality of electronics goods has seriously declined over the past few decades, and most products are NOT repairable.

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The Weighing Machine

Besides being the father of value investing, Ben Graham is famous for creating a great number of powerful investing ideas. His tale of a deranged business partner named Mr. Market is a fantastic story frequently used to teach new investors about markets.

I’m a big fan of Graham, and I own several of his books. You’ll find his book “The Intelligent Investor” over on my book recommendations page. When it comes to investing, I believe Graham’s ideas really are that important.

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Ode To My Rice Cooker

Back in the old days (before I had kids and lived in a big fancy house), I lived a simple life. I had small apartments with roommates, and kept my expenses really low. Less than $10 a day (not including rent).

I cooked much of my own food (like today), but I did so with a very limited set of culinary tools — Two knives, some mixing bowls, a microwave, and a rice cooker. Sure, I could have eaten out, but I chose to save my money instead…

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6 Ways to Feel Better About Not Saving

Feeling a little blue? Maybe you woke up this morning and finally realized you won’t be a Fortune 500 CEO, inherit a fortune, or win a multi-million dollar lottery jackpot.

Face it — Finding a sudden large fortune just isn’t going to happen in this life. Your dreams of private plane trips to sun-drenched caribbean islands have been crushed into oblivion by the harsh reality of life.

Are those tears? Don’t cry! There’s still some hope…

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Will I Ever Go Back To Work?

It must happen to anyone who leaves the workforce for a significant length of time — You begin to ponder that big question: “Will I ever go back to work?”

For me, a year has passed since I collected that last paycheck. I’m a happier person for it. I’m less stressed than before, and I like my life a lot better. Now, I spend my days working on projects (like this blog) that really matter to me…

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