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Old 04-01-2012, 10:08 PM   #41
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Well, it's my ultimate hope that eventually people will stop caring who I am and just consider the ideas and concepts objectively and critically for what they are and apply them to their own situations if they so desire and otherwise just let it be.

I think this is a general problem with our culture. If someone comes up with a concept that can't be expressed in a soundbite the media will simply bring in the person and consider the person instead: "Does he look like someone I could have a beer with?" (If yes, his ideas are probably good.) The way of dumbing down critical thinking and objectivity is destructive. Anyone who thinks like that gives up a lot of democratic/agency/deliberate control. [See Jerry Mander's book for more on this.]
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:41 AM   #42
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I think being honest about where you are in life is what makes blogs compelling to read.
The changes that have taken place in people's lives as I've followed their blogs, even when those changes have taken them away from the attitudes and activities that caused my initial interest, are still compelling.
I'm thinking here of a couple of travel blogs, including Nomadic Matt's post: This is Where This Journey Ends | Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

And our own frequent posters who changed up from traveling in an RV around the US to moving on to other pastures on foot (love the Lake Atilan picture, btw).
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But it would seem that the real story is where next, jacob? I think that is what your readers are most interested in hearing about.
And that is the real story for all of us. What next, indeed?
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But it would seem that the real story is where next, jacob? I think that is what your readers are most interested in hearing about.

And that is the real story for all of us. What next, indeed?
+1 for all of us, indeed!
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+1 for all of us, indeed!
+2. How you live the anti-consumerism, extremely frugal life while actually making a good income is to me just as interesting as how you lived the ERE life before.
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+2. How you live the anti-consumerism, extremely frugal life while actually making a good income is to me just as interesting as how you lived the ERE life before.
+3.

Carry on, Jacob. No longer a spokesperson, but just a friend.
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I am finding this thread a bit depressing as there is too much negative contrast between the different ways of thinking about work and retirement. Not all posts are like this, thankfully. Or maybe I'm reading a bit too fast.

At 64 I just want to feel good about things in retirement. You can work, be ER'd, be extremely frugal, spend a lot and enjoy your freedom, or be traveling for months on end. It's all OK.

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I am finding this thread a bit depressing as there is too much negative contrast between the different ways of thinking about work and retirement. Not all posts are like this, thankfully. Or maybe I'm reading a bit too fast.

At 64 I just want to feel good about things in retirement. You can work, be ER'd, be extremely frugal, spend a lot and enjoy your freedom, or be traveling for months on end. It's all OK.

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:59 PM   #48
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Well, for charities, I would recommend the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Long-Now Foundation and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI).

Disclaimer: still working on my bidding for bridge, and my play isn't what it should be, and I've never earned any master's points or played with Warren, but I tutored his niece in math when I was in high school.
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