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What are you READING right now?
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:17:47 PM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2013, 03:22:41 PM »
Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois - the Anthology of Rap (slowly but surely)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2013, 03:49:21 PM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2013, 06:36:44 PM »
I just finished J.J. Luna's How To Be Invisible which is about keeping your personal information private.  In particular, how to keep your name out of as many records as possible and how to keep your home address completely unassociated with your name.

Nothing in the book is anything I would ever do but I can see how if you have a stalker ex or worked in any kind of controversial or powerful job they are really good ideas with a lot of actionable detail.  (The author himself spent some time as a spy in Franco's Spain.)

Certainly an interesting read in terms of how one normally thinks of interacting with the world.  You may think of yourself as living a low-profile life, but it is an open book to anyone who cares to read it.  Mustachians may avoid certain databases by not having a car or doing things like ordering pizza, but I didn't know about the controversy about a private company, Image Data, buying personal info from the DMV, funded by the Secret Service.  Or there is a lot of information about scams or "pretexts" PIs can use to track people down.  In general, it is a wake up call about how ridiculously difficult it is to maintain privacy.

Overall, maintaining your privacy is more expensive than not.  (The author is NOT advising on ways to avoid income tax or hide funds.)  I was often reminded of MMM's post, I don't remember the name exactly, but it might have been Get Rich With: Trust.  Most of us are not going to spend extra money to needlessly stay under the radar our whole lives just in case we are ever thrust in the spotlight by being falsely accused of murder or something.  The flip-side of MMM-optimism, however, might be that it's best to educate yourself so that you can competently respond to the situation if you ever do need to disappear.  Then you don't need to feel threatened or afraid if you ever turn whistleblower or accidentally cut off a Hell's Angel.

The author does espouse mustachianism at one point!  In order to avoid giving your social security number when renting an apartment, he says to pay 6 months in advance.  In response to the question of what to do if you don't have that kind of money, he says "if you are that broke" then you need to stop all non-essential payments and expenditures on everything, including selling anything expendable on a payment plan like furniture or a luxury car, until you have $5000.

There was one area where privacy might save you money which is if you have particularly expensive cars, like, antiques, and you've bought it as an LLC (which he suggests for everything you buy), when it comes time to sell, you just transfer the LLC to the buyer.  This means no transfer fees or sales taxes come into play because technically the ownership hasn't changed.  I'm assuming that for most cars, the cost of maintaining an LLC would outweigh sales cost.


Another book I'm reading is To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism.  It's a very thoughtful book about how we talk about the role of technology and the underlying values beneath that discussion that most of us take for granted.  I would recommend it. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2013, 08:38:41 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 12:56:00 AM »
The MMM forums.

Sorry, I'll be good now. I'm reading 800 pages of HR textbooks in the next week and then testing out of a course for it. Pleasure reading is for December.

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2013, 05:17:24 AM »
Star Trek Deep Space Nine Re-launch series: Unity.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2013, 05:24:48 AM »
1946 edition of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2013, 06:06:28 AM »
Reading Predictably Irrational.  Downloaded the library ebook version last week after the latest MMM post.  It's really good so far.

Investing vs. Speculation by Jack Bogle.  Also good.

New to MMM and taking more control over my finances and future, so I've been hitting investment books pretty hard (Random Walk, Bernstein, Bogle).

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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2013, 12:43:06 PM »
For college:
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio.  (very good book that talks about structural poverty issues)


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2013, 12:49:16 PM »
Official (ISC)˛ Guide to the CISSP CBK

Trying to fill some gaps in my knowledge base around system security.  I've got a good handle on the operational aspects, the more technical side is where I'd like to learn more

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2013, 01:30:50 PM »
Just finished:

Enough by John C. Bogle

The Millionaire Next Door and
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Currently working my way through a series:
The Victorian and Edwardian Mysteries by Robin Paige (pseudonym for a husband and wife team)
12 books with a couple that solve a murder/crime, and usually includes real historical figures. Like it because I'm a Christie fan and has some of the same "flavor," and they're fun reads.



 
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2013, 01:42:47 PM »
Grain Brain http://www.amazon.com/Grain-Brain-Surprising-Sugar--Your-Killers-ebook/dp/B00BAXFCPO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385498506&sr=8-1&keywords=grain+brain

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2013, 06:05:32 PM »
Pound Foolish by Helanine Olen

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2013, 07:37:45 PM »
Molecules of Murder by John Emsley.

Oh, and lots and lots of student papers.  Ugh.  In general I am learning interesting tidbits and enjoying these reports, but the pile is just too thick.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2013, 07:45:31 PM »
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

My reading frequency is low enough and my reading speed is slow enough, that they will easily last me till April next year, sadly.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2013, 11:45:40 PM »
Just one evil act by Elizabeth George (the latest installment in the Lynley series), and I'm listening to Dan Brown's Inferno in the car.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2013, 12:18:14 AM »
I enjoy reading the free science fiction/speculative fiction books from Kindle. I basically inhale them. It's like junk food for my brain. <3

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2013, 05:03:44 AM »
Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson.  This book is going to have a major influence on my grocery shopping and gardening habits.
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2013, 05:30:10 AM »
Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Fisker

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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2013, 10:01:43 AM »
The Engines of God - Jack McDevitt

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2013, 10:11:34 AM »
Miccolis, Asset Allocation for Dummies and Darst, The Little Book That Saves Your Assets: What the Rich Do to Stay Wealthy in Up and Down Markets
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2013, 05:49:56 PM »
Bringing up boys, by James Dobson.

I have 2 boys (3yrs and 18months) and boy oh boy (pun intended) this book is off the wall. I made a promise to myself to actually finish a book (any book) This one is a bit much for me...but i must finish.

Recent books i've started but haven't finished...
Orange is the new black, by Pippy Whatersfuck
Think and grow rich, by Napolean Hill (same as pp) 1960s
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2013, 11:45:46 PM »
1946 edition of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Me too. Interspersed with The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2013, 12:47:03 AM »
Now that my classes for the term are done I can read for fun again!  I'm about 3/4 through "Contagious", by Scott Sigler.  Alien epidemic horror fiction.  I'm trying to stretch it out because the 3rd in the series doesn't come out until the end of January, and then I'll have to wait a week or so after that to snag it from the friend who plans to buy it in hardcopy.  I also have a couple Neil Gaiman books lined up for when I finish it. 

In my non-fiction rotation, I'm reading "Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief," "Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids," and  (drumroll) "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement."


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2013, 05:10:38 PM »
Your Money or Your Life by Robin & Dominguez

MMMers kept mentioning it, so I felt compelled to check it out.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #26 on: December 16, 2013, 06:13:52 PM »
The Last Eunuch of China: The Life of Sun Yaoting
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« Reply #27 on: December 16, 2013, 06:29:00 PM »
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« Reply #29 on: December 16, 2013, 09:42:01 PM »
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2013, 04:20:40 PM »
On to Resurrection by Steve Alten now.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2013, 05:43:11 PM »
I just finished reading Ender's Game. I'll be going back to read the other Ender books at some point, but I've got either LOTR or this gem next.

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« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2013, 08:34:54 AM »
I just finished reading Ender's Game. I'll be going back to read the other Ender books at some point, but I've got either LOTR or this gem next.

Ooh!  Option #2 looks riveting.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #33 on: December 18, 2013, 09:55:34 AM »
The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho for the second time

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2013, 10:03:46 AM »
Reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King.  I'm not a huge King fan, but I like time-travel books.  This one has some interesting twists so far.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2013, 11:58:06 PM »
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2013, 01:57:44 AM »
I just finished reading Ender's Game. I'll be going back to read the other Ender books at some point, but I've got either LOTR or this gem next.

Im just about to start Enders Game. It'll be my over christmas book, really looking forward to it. Anyone got any recommendations on post apocalyptic/zombie books?
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2013, 05:07:42 AM »
On The Beach is really good.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #38 on: December 20, 2013, 11:21:56 AM »
I just finished reading Ender's Game. I'll be going back to read the other Ender books at some point, but I've got either LOTR or this gem next.

Im just about to start Enders Game. It'll be my over christmas book, really looking forward to it. Anyone got any recommendations on post apocalyptic/zombie books?

I'm reading World War Z by Max Brooks and it's pretty good.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2013, 03:30:03 PM »
The MMM forums.

Rats!  I was going to say this!

I am currently reading "Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk" but I'm kind of weird.

I recently read "Pale Fire" by Nabokov, which I found fascinating!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #40 on: December 23, 2013, 08:28:31 AM »
On The Beach is really good.

Cheers grant i'll make a note of that, it sounds right up my street.

I just finished reading Ender's Game. I'll be going back to read the other Ender books at some point, but I've got either LOTR or this gem next.

Im just about to start Enders Game. It'll be my over christmas book, really looking forward to it. Anyone got any recommendations on post apocalyptic/zombie books?

I'm reading World War Z by Max Brooks and it's pretty good.

I'll stick that on my wish list as well. I thought I'd read it but I haven't. I had it mixed up with the survival guide.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #41 on: December 23, 2013, 10:03:55 AM »
On to "The Fall of Hyperion" now (Dan Simmons).

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #42 on: December 23, 2013, 10:15:32 AM »
I just finished reading Ender's Game. I'll be going back to read the other Ender books at some point, but I've got either LOTR or this gem next.

Im just about to start Enders Game. It'll be my over christmas book, really looking forward to it. Anyone got any recommendations on post apocalyptic/zombie books?

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller is quite good. Hemmingway meets post apocalyptic USA sort of book.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #43 on: December 24, 2013, 01:37:11 AM »
The Power Of Starting Something Stupid, in the hope it'll kick me in the butt enough to get serious about a side business the coming year.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #44 on: December 24, 2013, 04:48:35 AM »
Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois - the Anthology of Rap (slowly but surely)

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I am also looking at plots of land and modular/small builders.  We recently downsized and bought a nice 3 bed/2 bath historic row home in the city.  It's super close to work and very efficient, but it's not our forever home.  I think we will probably be here for 5-7 years and it would make a great rental when it's time to move.  My only issues are no off-street parking, and I don't want to raise my future kids here in the middle of downtown with no yard to play in.
I am looking pretty far down the line, but I am torn between the idea of staying here long term until retirement and building a super small weekend cabin in the mountains (1 hour away) that could be our retirement home later.  Or if we should attempt to find a single family home that is still close to work that would provide the space for a 4 person family, yard, traditional neighborhood, etc.

Currently I am reading Dwell, Tiny House Blog, and there is this guy in upstate NY who builds new small energy-efficient homes that are designed to fit in wit the historic farm houses of the area.  It is way too far for us to move there, but he does gorgeous work and I really like the concept of his micro-cabins: www.thecatskillfarms.com

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #45 on: December 24, 2013, 03:19:03 PM »
Anyone got any recommendations on post apocalyptic/zombie books?

No zombies (well, not the traditional sort, anyway), but the first half-dozen of S.M. Stirling's "Dies The Fire" series are pretty good.  Even better, IMHO, is the connected inverse "Island in the Sea of Time".  (Connected in that the premise of the latter is that an 'Event' throws the island of Nantucket back to the Bronze Age, while the side effects basically kill off most technology in the modern world.  So you have one bunch trying to recreate enough tech to survive from a very small base, another bunch learning to survive without it,

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« Reply #46 on: December 26, 2013, 09:52:53 AM »
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« Reply #47 on: December 26, 2013, 10:36:15 AM »
Freedom  by Daniel Suarez

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« Reply #48 on: December 26, 2013, 04:49:50 PM »
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #49 on: December 28, 2013, 07:13:04 AM »
I got face paralysis for Christmas, so I spent three and a half hours last night reading the Lord of The Rings series in the ER (and three more getting told things I already know). I'm almost through Fellowship.