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: Keep Your Distance!

29 Jul 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Keep Your Distance in which melee monsters may not be used in battle! Keep Your Distance general strategy.... Obviously you are greatly limited to no attack, magic and ranged attack monsters so this is p...

Battle Mage Secrets: Holy Protection

21 Jul 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Holy Protection in which every monster gains the Divine Shield ability at the beginning of the battle, meaning they are protected from the first attack of any monster! Holy Protection general strategy......

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Going the Distance

2 Jul 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Going the Distance in which only ranged attacks may be used... Going the Distance general strategy.... Summoners which give buffs or debuffs to ranged attacks are a good strategy, depending on whet...

Battle Mage Weekly Challenge: Fog of War!

17 Jun 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was the classic Fog of War in which monsters lose the sneak and snipe abilities... Fog of War general strategy.... As a general rule it's not worth playing any sneak or snipe monsters in this ruleset, as us...

Battle Mage Challenge: Blast!

4 Jun 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Blast! in which monsters either side of the primary monster attacked take half damage! Blast! general strategy.... It's useful to play snipe and opportunity especially as that way you're more likely to...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Even Stevens....

28 May 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Even Stevens in which one can only use even numbered monsters! Even Stevens general strategy.... Well there's not too much to say, other than opt for the best splinter possible that has the best even man...

Battle Mage Secrets: Equal Opportunity

22 May 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Equal Opportunity in which all monsters get the opportunity ability. Opportunity means monsters attack the monster on the opposing team with the lowest health, unless you play any scattershot, snipe...

Battle Mage Challenge: Equaliser!

12 May 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage challenge was Equaliser in which all monsters receive the health of the highest health monster on either team. Equaliser general strategy.... There are a few basics to get right I think, not necessarily in this order: Play th...

Battle Mage Secrets: Earthquake!

5 May 2023 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Earthquake in which non flying monsters take 2 damage points at the end of every round! Earthquake general strategy.... There are a few basics to get right I think, not necessarily in this order: All ot...

Privacy, Identity, Surveillance and Money - Antonopoulos gets Sociological!

1 May 2023 9 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I’ve been reading The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos recently. You can buy the book here, it’s based on his lectures from a few years ago now! https://aantonop.com/ Below I’ve selected a few quotes from chapter three which is on Bitcoin i...