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 Battle Mage Secrets: Aimless!

31 Dec 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Aimless in which every monster gains the scattershot ability. Aimless general strategy.... I think the best strategy with Scattershot is to play defensively rather than offensively. If you use your mana...

Battle Mage Weekly Challenge: Rise of the Commons!

18 Dec 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Rise of the Commons in which only common, and somewhat confusingly, also rare monsters may be used. You may, however, use epic and legendary summoners. Rise of the commons general strategy.... If the man...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Weak Magic - 51 Health Line Up Destroyed in 3 ROUNDS!!!

10 Dec 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

  This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Weak Magic in which magic hits armour! Weak Magic general strategy.... Defensively, it makes sense of favour shields and repair, given that magic how has no advantage over ranged and melee. I think it'...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Up Close and Personal BIG UP THE KRAKEN!

26 Nov 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Up Close and Personal in which only melee monsters may be used in battle... Up Close and Personal general strategy.... Offensively you will need to choose melee monsters with either reach, sneak or oppor...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Secrets: Target Practice!

11 Nov 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was one my all time legacy faves: Target Practice in which every ranged monster gains the Snipe ability Target Practice (Snipe) general strategy.... If you're attacking using this ruleset it's good to h...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Secrets: Super Sneak!

28 Oct 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Super Sneak in which all melee monsters gain the sneak ability, attacking the back row monster... Super Sneak general strategy.... If you're going into attack mode, then speed is crucial to make your hit...

Misunderstanding Bitcoin

23 Oct 2023 5 minute read 18 comments RealSociology

I’ve been reading The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos recently. In the most recent chapter: Bitcoin Design Principles he makes some interesting points about how Metaphors for Bitcoin (such as 'wallets') are probably mislead people about wha...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Secrets: Stampede (NOT!)

22 Oct 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Stampede in which every melee monster gains the Stampede ability....Stampede meaning if a monster kills another, they strike again immediately after! Stampede general strategy.... Given that we are...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Secrets: What Doesn't Kill You...

14 Oct 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was What Doesn't Kill You in which every monster melee monster gains the enrage ability when struck. Love the name of this ability! Enrage general strategy.... I think this one is more about AVOIDING what yo...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Wands Out!

7 Oct 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Wands Out in which only monsters with magic attack may be used in battle... Wands out general strategy.... Personally I prefer an all out magic attack and to hell with the risk of coming up against...