I’m trying to get into a new blogging schedule rather than haphazardly posting articles whenever I am able to put together the time. Roughly, I’m looking at doing something like:
Monday – New Article
Tuesday – Off (catch up on some non-blogging stuff)
Wednesday – New Article
Thursday – Newsletter (You can sign of for it free here)
Friday – Lighter article or Improve the Site
Saturday/Sunday – A Round-up of articles like this one
I used to write nearly every day, but I’m starting to wonder if after ten years there’s really that much more and exciting to write about. I have something like a 100 articles drafted that just don’t seem good enough to post. Hopefully this focus improves the quality of the website.
You might be wondering why I’m not doing this round-up on Sunday. I’m already breaking the rules. I’m trying to get taxes done, and this is an easier article to write. I’m also procrastinating on said taxes by working on a new comment system.
If you get a chance, I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a comment here even if it’s tell me that you are testing it out. Of course if you could tell me what you think that would be great too. (Note: The comment system didn’t work and needs some more maintenance.)
March really came quick and I can’t believe the first week is over. Last year, I realized that July 4th is practically the halfway point of the year. That means that early March is the first trimester of the first half of year. That’s a contrived way of saying that it’s probably time to revisit your New Year’s Resolutions. I would be reviewing mine, but I didn’t make any formal ones. I really lived down to my moniker (Booo…)
I’m really looking to revamp the newsletter. You really might want subscribe (hint, hint) as I’ll be giving away $100 soon. There will be multiple readers getting money. Not bad, right?
FIRE article of the Week
My favorite FIRE “article” this week comes from Mrs. ONL of Our Next Life. It seems that my favorite article every week comes from her. This time my favorite article isn’t an article… it’s a podcast. Check out her interview with the Mad Fientist.
My favorite part of this podcast was the mention of moving from the city to the mountains and how it saves money on social life expenses. In the city, the norm for them was going to dinner at a $100 a pop. In the mountains, the norm is cheaper restaurants, but usually playing board games with friends.
We experienced a similar thing when we moved to from Boston to San Francisco… away from many of our friends. When we moved from SF to Rhode Island it was even more pronounced as we’ve focused more on our family as we became parents than our social life.
Also, I appreciate anyone self-aware enough to know he/she is crazy for keeping the temperature at 55 in their house.
Rest of the articles of the Week
- Shorting a Rainbow
This is the most complete article I’ve read on the Herbalife scam. It might be one of the best corporate finance stories of all time, which is why there is a movie about it (Betting on Zero, coming to theaters in a couple of days.)
- Why Everyone Should Freak Out about MLM
It seems like MLM is getting more attention each week than it got in the previous 10 years. That’s a very good thing, because it seems to be settled news that this financial fraud costs consumers more than 50 billion dollars a year. This article shows how the politicians are NOT likely to shut it down any time soon. This is after the chairwoman of the FTC made it clear that MLMs have big problems as she put forth many guidelines that legitimate MLMs must adhere to. I don’t know of a single MLM that does… except for maybe Vemma and Herbalife as a result of lawsuits/settlements.
- Calling Bullpoop!
This is a really college course. It’s one that every American should take. Here’s the introduction:
The world is awash in bull[poop]. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates bull[poop] to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bull[poop] — and take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with bull[poop] of the second order. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bull[poop].
We’re sick of it.
I might have mentioned this before, but I’m a huge fan of Jack Johnson’s music. I didn’t realize how good I got hooked on the Curious George movie from over ten years ago. These are the kinds of things that happen when you have a 3 and a 4 year old.
Johnson has partnered to create a short 30-minute documentary called Smog of the Sea. For a limited time you can stream it for free on the website. Yes, it’s a movie about the environment. If that’s not your thing, then you’ll hate it. I thought it was good and it should probably get more press than it has.