Rob

What is Fear Porn?

What is feat porn? Every day we are bombarded with fear, we see it everywhere, it comes at us in all directions. At times, it seems that we are addicted to it, that we crave it, that it is what we want and need. And that is what fear porn is all about, it is about the quick visceral splash of fear. It is about the fear that we seek for seemingly no real reason.

What is an emergency fund?

What is an emergency fund? Should you have one? How do you do it? What do you need to do? Everyone should have an emergency fund, it is Personal finance 101. How much do you need? That depends on how much you spend, so you need to figure out how much you spend in a month. Then you need to save 4 – 6 times that much money. Emergency funds are important because they help you when the unexpected comes.

Cash Back Credit Cards and Zero Interesting Savings Accounts

I saw a billboard advertisement for a credit card that offered 5% cash back for purchases. But then my savings account is offering less than 1% interest. Sure the 5% is a promotion, but even after that, you are still going to get more back than you would if you saved that money. It is crazy that we are rewarded for spending and punished for saving. This is the opposite of what we should be encouraging if we want to have a future.

OK BOOMER

OK BOOMER is funny and accurate. But is it being pushed to help divide and conquer us? The young and old have always been at odds, but as it stands that gap is growing and the younger generations are being lead to believe that boomers are the problem. At the same time, boomers are being led to believe that millennials are lazy do-nothings. The problem is that none of this is true, instead, this narrative is being pushed to divide us so that those with the real power can gain more control.

Corona Virus, Misinformation and Truth

The Coronavirus is a complicated situation and it is hard to know what is going on. There are lots of reasons why people would misinform others and there are even reasons why real information would be suppressed. What is going on, only time will tell, but it is still wise to be safe and make sure you wash your hands.

I am my things?

I saw this ad on the side of the road, I made me wonder if they chose those words on purpose. To say many thing, is to suggest my things? We are taught to assume that we are our things, but that is never the case, we are something much more.

The Real Injustice?

I walked past this ad and had lots of thoughts. These are those thoughts. Advertisements aren’t the solution, they are the problem!

Your identity is being taken away by forcing you to see it as something you can buy. You don’t buy your identity, you live it, you are it. The goal of ads isn’t to represent you, it is to take away something from you. An ad’s goal is to make you feel empty. Ads exist to make us feel like we can fill in something that is missing, with something that can be bought, but what we are missing isn’t something that we can buy.

Ideas From Watchmen by Alan Moore

https://youtu.be/JdG0IYzNDPQ

The most famous line from the Watchmen is ‘Who watches the watchers?’ In this video, I talk about that idea and a few others. Are Superheros super, or are they just like us? Was the Watchmen the start of a movement or a sign of the times? If anything, it seems like the world has started to wonder, can we trust those people who have power?

Be Amazing! Learn A Language

https://youtu.be/v5h8xNIZbww

Learning a new language is one of the most amazing things you can do, this is because it is one of the most serious challenges you can put yourself through. I’ve been working on Japanese on and off for a few years, it is a lot of work, but being able to speak in another language feels amazing!

Be Amazing, Keep a Journal

https://youtu.be/l9Y3jZrxKgg

For most of my life, I’ve kept a journal. I can say, by far it is one of the best ways to keep me sane in times of turmoil. A journal is a great way to get your thoughts out, that helps you deal with the things that are bothering you and gets them out of your head.