Weekend Reading: Snow & Ice Edition

K2 as seen from the north. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:K2_Nordseite.jpg

Apparently it’s one of the coldest winters on record for some areas of Europe and the U.S., but it actually feels pretty normal to me up here in Canada. Most days have been warmer than -10C, and although I am not a person that adores the cold, this winter almost feels warm to me, since I remember winters where we would have weeks of -25C on end. I hope that the picture here captures a bit of that cold winter feeling. :)


The “Early Retirement Extreme” giveaway has ended, and I will need to choose a winner. The “We Have Met the Enemy” giveaway is still ongoing!

Tight Fisted Miser is also running a Skinny On Book and $5 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway that ends on Tuesday.

Posts of the week

Weekend Reading

Personal Finance

Thanks to all of my readers and fellow bloggers; I appreciate the support and the feedback! I’ve fallen a bit behind on the reader and on replying to commentators, so I will hopefully be able to catch up this morning.

Some quotes for thought:

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

— John Maynard Keynes

Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.

— Norm Franz, Money and Wealth in the New Millenium

If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.

The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.

Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.

Lao Tsu

Video of the week

Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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  1. says

    Thanks for the mention.
    Great picture! One of the thrills of my life was landing on Denali (Mt. McKinley) on a flight from Talkeetna, Alaska. You have to see it up close to appreciate how big these mountains are and what mountain climbers face.

  2. says

    Beautiful picture! If I’m not mistaken, that’s Everest, isn’t it? I went to see Everest from the Tibetan side earlier last year and it was amazing… I think it was one of the highlights of my life!

    Thanks for the mention Kevin!

    I’ve fallen behind on replying to comments on Friday, but plan to do it today too :)

    Life gets busy!

  3. says

    Thanks for including my link in your round-up. It’s funny that your title is “Snow and Ice edition,” I enjoyed the afternoon outside in 81 degree weather. That’s Southern California for ya. 😉

  4. says

    Thanks for the link, Kevin. Great quotes, and good work on that kingdaddy of all link roundups. I watched that video a second time, interesting that none of the skidding drivers had the wheels turned *towards* the curb, perhaps that would not have made much difference, with the built-up inertia.

  5. says

    @DIY Investor
    That must have been some flight! I remember seeing that mountain far off in the distance while on a trans-pacific flight; we were flying along the bottom edge of Alaska so I think we must have been at least a couple of hundred kilometers away. The mountain was almost at the horizon, yet it still looked huge.

    @The Biz of Life, @Roshawn @ Watson Inc
    Glad you liked the quotes! Re: Keynes, as often is the case, the danger lies not in the idea nor the man, but rather in how the ideas are expressed, exaggerated, and perverted.

    You’ve seen it in person? Sweet! I believe the pic is actually K2, another of the giants. Seeing these giants in person is definitely something I’d like to do sometime.

    @Little House, @krantcents
    Lucky! The temperatures have dipped a bit so now we’re getting close to 0F without windchill.

    @101 Centavos
    What got me were the people jumping out of the cars. Wtf! That woman almost got herself run over.

    @Financial Samurai
    I guess 50 can feel pretty cold if you’re not used to it… but that would feel pretty balmy up here right around now!

    @Darwin’s Money
    Np; thanks for the interesting post!