Thursday Things

More baked goodness

Welcome to spring 2019! In this update I’m going to skip my gaming activity and put that into a separate post. In two days Julie and I take off on our annual April adventure, returning to the southwest USA for camping, hiking, and backpacking. So over the next month you’ll see a lot of single photos with short narratives posted here (using the handy Sunlit app on my iPhone).

What I’m Contemplating

  • My Restaurant Was the Greatest Show of Excess You’d Ever Seen, and It Almost Killed Me – Great story about a man who had a necessary wake-up call that led to him realizing that you can socialize and have fun without alcohol and inebriation. I’m still working on this.
  • How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games – So the NBA still contends that a single referee can’t change the outcome of a game without anyone noticing, huh?
  • Evidence for the Continental Axis Hypothesis – I read Guns, Germs, and Steel recently and understand that not everyone agrees with with Diamond’s assertions about how technology traveled more easily along latitudinal axis (vs. longitudinal).
  • I Tested the Saving Technique That Promises Retirement at 40 – What a hatchet job of a story. Even the sub headline: “The FIRE—’financial independence, retire early’—movement is all about hoarding enough cash before investing it and living off the dividends.” is laughably silly: he simply described what retirement is about, not early retirement. And you don’t hoard all the cash, then invest it. You simply spend significantly less than you earn while continuously investing the surplus. His situation, “28 with no mortgage, nowhere near enough savings for a deposit, and student debt larger than the money I make in a year” puts him squarely outside the target audience for FIRE. Instead he should focus on Dave Ramsey’s baby steps and deal with his debt and lifestyle issues before contemplating FIRE.

What I’m Watching

What I’m Reading

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Learning

  • I travel with a much smaller photography kit these days, namely my iPhone 7+ and Julie’s new iPhone Xr. I want to get better landscapes on this coming trip, plus experiment more with long exposure. The built in tools for this are very nifty in iOS, but I plan to try out the Spectre app to see if I can up my game even further.
  • I’m still baking more bread.