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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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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
Napoleon Hill was a pretty shitty human being, but you have to give him props for being perhaps the the greatest conman in history. It’s not just the sheer brazenness of the con, but that he got away with it scot-free, and continues to be revered long after his death. Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, is still a bestseller today. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon. None of the ...
Posted: Aug 03 2018 @ 4:33 AM
“Madness is rare in individuals—but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.” —FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE A friend recently completed an extended tour around my home country, so I breathlessly asked her the question that every visitor, newborn baby, and even the occasional passing seagull is enthusiastically subjected to: WhatdoyouthinkofNewZealand??? “It was OK,” she said. OK? It was OK? […] The post The Madness of Crowds appeared first on Deep ...
Posted: Jul 08 2018 @ 1:42 AM
Mostly when I read a book, I’m looking for the cute little ‘aha!’ moments. I write ‘em down in my notebook so they can never escape. Sometimes a book also touches me emotionally, and it’s nice to be reminded my blackened heart still beats. And in most cases, that’s the end of it—I turn the last page, and my brain keeps merrily ploughing along the same well-worn tracks as ever. But ...
Posted: Jun 08 2018 @ 12:21 AM
Futurama is one of the greatest cartoons of all time. If you haven’t seen this gem of the early noughties, here’s the basic premise: Pizza delivery boy Fry accidentally falls into a cryogenic freezer at the turn of the new millennium, and wakes up 1000 years in the future. In the sixth episode, ‘A Fishful of Dollars’, Fry re-discovers his old bank account, which contained the princely sum of 93 cents ...
Posted: May 13 2018 @ 9:56 AM


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