FIRE Aside: Building A Vintage Vacuum Tube Radio Receiver

Some time ago I built a mining rig for mining crypto-currencies ('Ether' to be more precise). I am not going to explain all the technical details, but it's a very powerful computer that does only one thing: Running a so-called hashing algorithm. Hashing is the transformation of an input into a usually shorter fixed-length output … Continue reading FIRE Aside: Building A Vintage Vacuum Tube Radio Receiver

Drunk Reflections In The Eye Of The (Financial) Storm

It's miserable outside. A full-blown storm rages. Howling winds and the sound of rain lashing against the windows. I turn back to my computer screen. It's not only chaos in a meteorological sense. The markets are also in turmoil. Trump, Brexit, trade wars, interest rates and the economic slowdown are taking its toll and have … Continue reading Drunk Reflections In The Eye Of The (Financial) Storm

Financial Independence: Flirting With The Wrong Girl?

I've been thinking. I do that sometimes. A little personal thought experiment. Loosely inspired by TheSavingNinja's thought experiments. What if I'd kill my financially independence and early retirement aspirations? Stop investing actively, stop trying to squeeze an ever higher savings rate out of my income? Throw the Excel files with all the numbers, projections and … Continue reading Financial Independence: Flirting With The Wrong Girl?

Is (Seeking) Financial Independence A Synonym For Being Selfish?

The other day I told an acquaintance about my financial independence plans. He didn't get it. Called me selfish. 'It is not all about you', he said. I was a taken aback by his bluntness. I tried to argue it was the opposite, but his facial expression clearly revealed he wasn't willing to listen to my … Continue reading Is (Seeking) Financial Independence A Synonym For Being Selfish?

Torwarthandschuhreiniger – Or How To Sail A Boat

German is notorious (or famous) for its compound words. In English you would say goalkeeper glove cleaner. But Germans stick words together to make longer ones and call it torwarthandschuhreiniger. Much to the despair of Mark Twain: I can understand German as well as the maniac that invented it, but I talk it best through … Continue reading Torwarthandschuhreiniger – Or How To Sail A Boat