Rain, rain, go away. Seriously.
After the weather these last couple of weeks, I wonder if I really left the UK after all. Hoping to see some sunshine sometime soon...
In the meantime, here are this week's links. Regular blog service returns from Wednesday. お楽しみ！
- Sounds like this millionaire interview started out as a JET.
- Nice blog about eco living in Japan: the Shiga Eco House Project.
- Incentives rule the world: Show me the incentives and I will show you the outcome.
- Someday: 5 LESSONS LEARNED IN 5 YEARS OF EARLY RETIREMENT.
- No cookie: bad news.
- Invest, invest, invest: Will society still need me, will it still feed me, when I’m 100?
- Hoping we get these before we have to buy a new car: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first.
- It's not just about the money: friendly reminder.
- Good advice: 10 tactless things I tell clients.
- Do people believe this stuff? Money Lies that Keep You Poor.
- Long overdue: Japan to oblige mobile carriers to unlock used smartphones from Sept. 2019.
- Ignore the news: Why Doesn’t The Stock Market Care About the News?
- This seems horribly familiar: bullshit jobs.
- We wasted a huge opportunity after 3.11: Time is now to turn renewables into ‘mainstay’ energy sources.
- Japan should resolve the current disgrace of a situation: Secure proper conditions for foreign workers.
- A tough choice: Your Biggest Expense as a New Parent.
- I need to learn more about this: Nick Littlehales: the man who showed Cristiano Ronaldo how to sleep.
- An optimistic take: normalising non-Japanese in Japan.
- Worth a read: how to get rich and stay rich.
- I've thought about this too: Wanting to make a difference, Bolivia-born Noemi Inoue turned Japanese and entered politics.
- Why, bureaucracy, why? BUREAUCRACY AS ACTIVE INGREDIENT.
- Losing my job in 2008 worked out well for me too: Why Getting Fired Was One of the Best Things that Ever Happened to Me.
Phew, lots of links this week. Anything you enjoyed? I liked #4, 17, 21.
Here are some books I am reading at the moment/finished recently:
- The Three-Body Problem (really impressive SF by Cixin Liu)
- Mao's Great Famine (the history of the Great Leap Forward, from #3 above)
- Alibaba: the House that Jack Built (former English teacher Jack Ma and his empire)
- Total Recall (Arnold Schwarzenegger autobiography -the guy's drive is incredible)
- Reducing the Risk of Black Swans (portfolio design to reduce risk)
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