Welcome to 2013

Shantaram: A Novel is next up on the reading list. Here are your new tax rates, U.S. citizens. If I'm a billionaire, I'm hanging out with something better than this, ya know? Hell, I was doing better as a negative-hundredthousandaire. After 8 years with Levono, I got my first Macbook, which was cheaper on Amazon than the Apple Store. My computer is a tax deduction. … [Read more...]

College is a Scam!

I joined the Army Reserves when I was 17. This meant my college was paid for. I attended monthly military training exercises (called "Drill") and spent two weeks away for Annual Training. In my home state, joining the military meant free public school tuition. My Drill pay was around $150. My GI Bill pay was $300 or so. I always worked 20 or so hours a week at another … [Read more...]

Robert Green on Self-Reliance

48 Laws of Power

Robert Green's latest book is Mastery. Here Robert Green talks about his decision to write 48 Laws of Power. Green was broke, working shit jobs in Hollywood when he decided to make his Big Move. "I saw this one opportunity in life to get out of the rat hole I was in and to do what I really wanted to do." Green was basically a "kid" when he wrote 48 Laws of Power. He … [Read more...]

Perhaps You Didn’t Know This

Danger and Play has been around for nearly two years. Since my laptop is out of comish, enjoy the archives. You can find the archives by checking out the sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen. Or, if this post from the Mac store works, click on the below links: December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June … [Read more...]

Your Environment is Everything

It sounds abstract at best and cheesy at worst to say, "You are the average of your 5 closest friends." Or, "If you hang around 9 broke people, prepare to be the tenth." If you want to appreciate that wisdom in concrete terms, do what I just did. Go to a public library without any smart phones or note pads or computers. Resolve to stay there for 2 hours. Eat your carbs or … [Read more...]

The Century of the Self

"We must shift America from a needs to a desires culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things even before the old has been entirely consumed…we must shape a new mentality in America, Man's desires must overshadow his needs." – Paul Mazer (Lehman Brothers). This four-part special starts off slowly. Once you step down the rabbit hole, the only question to ask … [Read more...]

How Do I Make a Home Gym?

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Although my gym is fully equipped with every fancy piece of equipment anyone could need, a personal trainer friend of mine asked me an interesting question that has implications for the minimalists among us. Namely, he asked, "What gym equipment would you buy if you were in house arrest?" "Do I get a garage in this hypothetical," I asked. "Nope. Just your apartment." It … [Read more...]

You’re Running Out of Time

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Quite a lot of bad advice is circulating around recently. Guys are saying that college is a scam and that a man can waste his 20s goofing off and partying. That advice is based in large part on the common human mindset that the party never ends. You simply do not have as much time as you think.  I spoke to a 54-year old recently. He owned his own business for over a … [Read more...]