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Richard Meadows

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Minimalism, investing, freelancing, lifestyle design, location independence, travel, entrepreneurship
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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Every month, the blogging mafia convene: if you know what’s good for you, the first post of the year better have something to do with goals and resolutions, and at least one mention of the phrase ‘new year, new me’. I’m sorry! They’ll break my kneecaps if I don’t do what they say! My compromise is to write a post […] The post Goals Gone Wild appeared first on Deep Dish. ...
Posted: Jan 12 2019 @ 4:08 AM
Last year, my goal was to live the good life on less than US$10,000. I ended up going about six hundred bucks over my target, but was pretty happy with the attempt. This year, I didn’t have any particular goal in mind. Since I’d already built a spreadsheet and got in the habit of tracking my expenses, I kept up […] The post Living on $10,000 a Year: Attempt #2 appeared ...
Posted: Dec 27 2018 @ 1:22 AM
This is normally my favourite post to write. But now I have to somehow pick out the highlights from 100+ contenders. Most of these books were curated and recommended by Deep Dish readers and other people of impeccable taste. I already knew they were going to deliver. And they did! After much internal debate and killing of darlings, I've managed to narrow it down to the top 10. These are the books ...
Posted: Dec 13 2018 @ 7:05 AM
“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”   —MATTHEW 25:29 In 2013, unknown author Robert Galbraith published his debut novel… to crickets. The first print run of The Cuckoo’s Calling was 1500 copies. It’s not clear how […] The post Meditations on Momentum appeared first on Deep Dish. ...
Posted: Nov 23 2018 @ 3:55 AM
When I see an overweight person slogging away on the treadmill, I think to myself: that person is a goddamn hero. Here’s the dirty little secret that fit and muscular people don’t mention in their #fitspo Instagram posts: if you’re already in decent shape, you can get away with all kinds of shenanigans. It’s been years since I last counted calories. Hardly a day goes by without committing some minor sin; an ...
Posted: Nov 04 2018 @ 8:23 AM
This is the follow-up to last week’s post on fuck-you money (which, quite fittingly, got me into my first ever personal finance blogger feud!) Note that this post will probably make more sense if you’ve read Part I beforehand. If you ever need a refresher on the importance of fuck-you frugality, go peel off a $100 bill, and subject yourself […] The post Fuck-You Money Part II appeared first on Deep ...
Posted: Oct 19 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Humphrey Bogart used to keep a $100 bill in his dresser drawer at all times—a decent chunk of change in the 1920s. He referred to it as his ‘fuck-you money’, because it meant he’d never be forced to take a crappy part. According to Bogie, the only good reason for making money was “so you can tell any son-of-a-bitch in the world to go to hell”. Unlike Bogart, I am not ...
Posted: Oct 12 2018 @ 6:41 AM
The blog has entered the terrible twos! In keeping with last year’s tradition, here’s a quick status report, a little housekeeping, then a look ahead to some new projects coming down the pike. By the numbers: 22 posts published in year two. I guess that means I have to do 33 in year three? Regular traffic is up ~800 per […] The post Deep Dish Turns Two: Big Lube, Beards, and ...
Posted: Sep 27 2018 @ 3:50 PM
The rat’s paw moves constantly, sometimes becoming a blur as it depresses the lever over and over. Once, twice, ten times, a hundred times, five thousand times in the space of an hour. With each push, an electrode sends a jolt of electricity coursing through its tiny rodent brain. The rat will push the lever for as long as 24 hours without stopping. It won’t eat, or sleep, or make ...
Posted: Sep 14 2018 @ 2:21 AM
Bali offers a delightfully low cost of living and high quality of life. This being my fourth trip in as many years, I figure I’ve got enough spending data to do a decent breakdown of my expenses. I’ve tracked every last rupiah during my time here, and crunched the numbers on my spending. What follows is a full cost-of-living breakdown including all the nitty-gritty stuff (like insurance and bank fees) which ...
Posted: Aug 17 2018 @ 8:03 AM


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