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"Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance ... through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality ... and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely ... that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time."

Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Waiting For That Day to Come
Waiting For That Day to Come
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It’s a glorious and peaceful Sunday, a pool of sunlight laps outside my window and I am kissed by the cool artificial breeze of our air conditioner after a nice refreshing shower. I like to meditate, even though sometimes it leads down a rabbit hole. Today I have been wrestling with the wait. The balancing act of working hard to save money until I...

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FI: The Dream of Financial Independence
FI: The Dream of Financial Independence
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One of the reasons I started this site was so that I could write about my own quest for financial independence. I think it’ll be fun to look back on when I get there, or sigh over if I don’t. About a year ago I discovered and got hooked on┬áthe ERE blog. Jacob pushed it farther than I intend to, but the idea rang...

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Things I want to Make
Things I want to Make
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Things I want to Make

Aug 11, 2014 by

This is an ongoing list of things that I want to make, or that are at various stages of completion. Things that move: A construction size 3d printer An AI, first in software, then give it a way to interact with the world A chef bot, bartender bot Develop a low cost means of achieving escape velocity Develop an open ended game/space for the...

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Books to Read
Books to Read
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Books to Read

Aug 11, 2014 by

Highly Recommended Walden – The greatest book ever written. I completely reevaluated my life after reading, started focusing on what’s important, and how to really be alive. Lonesome Dove – This one knocked my socks off and sent me in to an existential reevaluation of life and relationships. Tough at first, but hard to put down after it gets started. Recommended: The Story of World...

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Below Freshet and Frost and Fire
Below Freshet and Frost and Fire
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If the engine whistles, let it whistle till it is hoarse for its pains. If the bell rings, why should we run? We will consider what kind of music they are like. Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe,...

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