Who Wants Free Entertainment?

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Truer words were never spoken. Maybe Jack should have tried financial independence or early retirement (FIRE).

That quote (of course) is from The Shining, a Stanley Kubrick classic. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly suggest you put it on your “to watch” list.

Jack has a point — Without entertainment and socialization, humans can get a little nutty…

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Always Be Making Mistakes

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like a giant failure? At times, life seems to be a giant pile of mistakes…one piled on top of another.

Today’s post is brought to you (in part) because of a mistake. Last week, my son came home from daycare with a serious look on his face. Normally he’s a happy goofy guy, but something was on his mind that day…

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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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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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