Windfall Investing For Creeps And Jerks

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As an undergraduate majoring in Human Biology at Stanford, I was fortunate to study under the wonderfully entertaining anthropologist-biologist Bill Durham, who lectured us on competing theories of evolution. He first described the long-dominant idea of gradualism, where minor adaptations accrue subtly over millennia to create slow, constant and consistent evolutionary changes over time. This idea was contested by supporters …

Finding Your Tribe: The Society For The Preservation of White Tube Socks

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Today we’ll take a break from finance to discuss a tangent of equal life import: finding your tribe.Picture if you will a Californian transplanted to Cambridge, Massachusetts in the autumn of 2003. The only L.L. he’s ever heard of is Cool J, not Bean.  He sports flannel instead of tweed, and is completely disoriented by the local Emergency Department attire …

Fighting Fire with FIRE

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This weekend I went back country camping with a close friend in Northern California, witnessing the residual smoky haze of the fires firsthand as we snaked along Interstate 80 in poor visibility en route to the Western Sierras. My thoughts at the time were with EJ at Dads, Dollars and Debts, who lives in the area. A week earlier, I …

We Are The Champions!?

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It’s official: a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings showed that as of 2014, Emergency Medicine (EM) took the top slot for physician burnout (59%).  Suck it, critical care (50%). In your face, OB/GYN (56%).  We’re #1, we’re # …huh? How did my beloved field of EM win the race to nowhere?  When I was in medical school, the …

Why Japanese Workers (and Medical Residents) Should Pursue FIRE

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In the years following WWII, the U.S. helped Japan rebuild infrastructure and institutions. From that time onward, the relationship has been mostly a bromance. Our nations have arguably become the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson of the G-8, putting one another in playful headlocks when negotiating Pacific trade agreements or playing wingman when a cute vulnerable bachelorette country finds itself …

Keynes: The First Mustachian Prophet?

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John Maynard Keynes, famed British economist, was a piece of work.  He developed and promoted modern macroeconomic theory. Government monetary policy during the Great Recession of 2008 was based directly on his ideas, which many credit with having prevented a full-blown depression.  He was openly bisexual in the Victorian era (!), and kept diaries in which he tabulated his conquests …