Category Archives: Behind the scenes

After Action Episode?

I’ve still got some feedback to go through, but now that I’ve started, it’s a bit difficult for me to wait for the next episode to start implementing changes. Of course, the content of the show would suffer if I rushed, and since providing a valuable show is the main point, I’m not going to let my excitement get in the way of that. So what is one to do?

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An Introduction to Stuff & Things

I was spending a bit of time thinking about the concept of reviews and products here. It’s a bit of a tough situation, because a big part of my particular flavor of frugality is minimalism, so stuff is something I try to avoid. However, I know that stuff can be helpful, and stuff does not necessarily mean being a mindless consumer. I am of the idea that anything one buys needs to have a purpose at which it excels, and it needs to last. Reducing waste is a personal goal of mine, and part of that is avoiding low quality stuff that fails us. I am going to have another post that discusses, in detail, the underlying philosophy that will guide products and services as they relate to this site, and to this show. Continue reading An Introduction to Stuff & Things

Episode 1 – hurdles & shortcuts

My goal was to have Episode 1 done by the end of January. That obviously didn’t happen. The learning curve on blender (and 3D video editing in general) is way too sweep for me to do it in a timely fashion. So I decided to go with a template. Here is the end result that will be used until I come up with something better.

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What motivated me?

One of the cornerstone ideas of Mustachianism is that at it’s most basic, it can be embraced by anyone, in any situation. I’ve interacted with all kinds of people, from all walks of life. That provides a unique challenge, and a unique opportunity with this show, and with this blog. Based on a poll that MMM did, it seems that Engineers of one kind or another make up the largest group of Mustachians. This is usually the kind of occupation that pays well, and seeing as how MMM (who started the “Mustachian Movement”) was also an engineer, some of the specifics are subconsciously targeted to those people. So with this show, my goal is to reach a much wider audience, in a format that is somewhat unique in the Early Retirement community. Continue reading What motivated me?

The Initial Concept

Why did I initially decide to do a show, and why about frugality?

Years ago, I stumbled across Mr. Money Mustache (hereafter MMM), who had a really fun way of looking at finances. His writing was entertaining, and he actually made saving fun. He also came up with Mustachianism, which has since become quite an interesting and fun movement. At its most basic, Mustachianism is all about separating the idea of stuff from the idea of happiness, and mindful consumption. It took a bit of a paradigm shift, but I wound up really liking that state of mind. It’s something that is challenging, useful, and fun. So even though MMM doesn’t need my help to get the word out, it is something that I am passionate about. I’ve been very involved in the community that has been created around this, and met amazing people. We take all kinds, and everyone is so different, and take different paths, there is something applicable to everyone. Why not provide something for the masses? Continue reading The Initial Concept