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: Portal Spinner

31 Jul 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Portal Spinner from the Life Splinter.... This is a useful card at Level 1 with 2 damage and the randomizing scattershot ability, and with reasonable defence and health, but slow sp...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Hill Giant

26 Jul 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Hill Giant from the Earth Splinter... This is an extremely useful low mana card which serves as a useful tank with its relatively high health (for the mana) although it is slow and...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Flying Squid!

17 Jul 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Flying Squid from the water splinter... This is a useful, if mana expensive, card at level one - with high health, and both reasonable damage and speed, and the reach ability means...

A Review of some of the returns available on Avalanche July 2022

16 Jul 2022 2 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

So now we seem to be in a sideways market (and I'll take that for another year, no problem!) what kind of returns are available on the Avalanche Network...? I like Avalanche as it's a sort of half-way house between ETH and BSC - in terms of it's leve...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Antoid Platoon...

11 Jul 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Antoid Platoon from the Fire Splinter... This is an excellent card with relatively low mana, 1 damage and decent shields and health, and although slow the shield ability from Level...

A few thoughts on the price of Bitcoin....

8 Jul 2022 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

Governments rely on control of the money supply in order to control the global economy and maintain power. They printed a third of it in the last two years, aka Quantitative Easing, and clearly a lot of that got spent on or leveraged into Bitcoin. An...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Dragons!

27 Jun 2022 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase... Dragons! I opted for only one Dragon card in my line up.... Djinn Chwala - because she is one of the cheapest Epic rewards cards out there so I wanted to test her out. IF you ca...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Silent Shavi...

19 Jun 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Silent Sha-Vi from the Death splinter... This is an extremely useful mid mana card at lower levels, even as early as L3 you get 3 damage with decent health and speed, and SNEAK...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Gargoya Scrapper

12 Jun 2022 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Gargoya Scrapper from the Life Splinter... This is a very useful low mana card, given you 1 damage and two health for just one mana, and with the Life Splinter which favours sh...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Venari Knifer!

7 Jun 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Venari knifer from the earth splinter... This is a pretty useless card IMO - High mana for what you get - it's main use is as a tank but it has no 'tank buffs' to help keep it alive...