Retire by 50

Retire by 50

In the summer of 2014, when I turned 41, I set myself the goal of retiring from paid-work by the age of 52. This blog charts my own strategy and progress, and explores different theories of financial independence and 'extreme early retirement'. It also provides the odd tip on how you might also retire early!


Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Dragons

31 Oct 2021 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

Last week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Dragon Splinter, and we've defo been here before, but fair play, Dragons are awesome! And in this battle I showcase just ONE legendary dragon card that REALLY packs a punch in Bronz...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Crystal Jaguar

3 Oct 2021 2 minute read 4 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Crystal Jaguar from the Life Splinter. NB I'm writing this on the new 1UP front end, an interesting new project from @flauwy, just testing out how it works! You can read the introduc...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Centauri Mage!

28 Sep 2021 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Centauri Mage from the Earth Splinter. This a fantastic card for mid to higher mana battles in Bronze League as the Mage comes with a buff Level 1 - return fire, and so great defenc...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Wave Runner

18 Sep 2021 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Wave Runner from the Water Splinter... At Level one this is a reasonable card - 5 mana with reach and pretty decent health when he takes over as a second tank, and 2 damage to...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Ant Miners

12 Sep 2021 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Ant Miners from the Fire Splinter. I like the low mana, I like scavenge, but then we have a dismal set of treble 1s for melee attack, health and speed, meaning this is a challenging...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Back to Basics with the Grumpy Dwarf!

4 Sep 2021 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

4 MIN READ724 WORDS This week's challenge was to showcase the Neutral Grumpy Dwarf. This is quite a nice card for players new to Splinterlands as he has reach from the outset and, for a low level card, OK shields/ health for reasonably low...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: A Decent Bronze Dragon/ Earth Line Up for 17 DEC a day!

24 Aug 2021 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase any card from the Dragon Splinter, but I couldn't just pick one so I've opted for TWO excellent budget choices which I think should form part of anyone's line up if yer playing in Bronze...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Cave Slug

7 Aug 2021 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Cave Slug from Life Splinter. The Cave Slug is an opportunity monster and picks up scavenge at level 6 (his price-optimum level), and with 5 health at this level, that's pretty high...

Splinterlands Weekly Challenge Alt-Post - Using Speed to Defend against Yodin...

2 Aug 2021 3 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

  This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase Beatrix Ironhand from the Earth Splinter. Unfortunately I don't have Miss Ironhand (I assume she's not married) up to an optimum, let alone Max level, so I present here an alt-bat...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week - A Standard Win with Electric Eels

23 Jul 2021 2 minute read 3 comments RealSociology

  This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Electric Eels from the Water Splinter... The Eels are a decent card at max level - for only 4 mana you get 4 damage (3 plus 1) with the blast, and decent speed and healt...