Wednesday Reads

Wednesday Reads: Three Weeks

A round up of interesting or cool stuff I’ve read.

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Three weeks.

Three weeks until my current contract finishes and I can just breathe.

Not that I’m counting down the days or anything. Wouldn’t dream of it.

Ok, that’s a lie.

I talk so often about how many working days I have left that my wife could tell you without having to pause to think about it.

To say I am looking forward to a break would be a colossal understatement.

Which is funny, because, in truth, these past few weeks haven’t been particularly busy. My manager stopped giving me new stuff to do a while ago. I’m just wrapping up my parts in this final project.

But even though I have had days recently where I’m just twiddling my thumbs, it’s not the same as actually being off work. I’ve still had to be logged on, still had to think about the work in question, be prepared to answer an email, or jump on for an impromptu Zoom meeting.

Which all makes focussing on something that isn’t this job much more difficult than it would be if my time was completely my own.

Funny how the last year has flown by, but the next three weeks seem to stretch out to infinity. Isn’t that always the way when you’re hyper focussed on an end point?

I know, when future me looks back on life, that these remaining few weeks will just be a tiny blip. They probably won’t even register.

But that does not help present me, haha.


Interesting links that caught my eye this week:

  • More To ThatA Reflection on Being Asian
    One of the best things I’ve read this past week. Lawrence recalls several memories and experiences that help inform his thoughts on being Asian whilst living in the US. It’s not difficult to extrapolate and assume that anyone who is “different” has a similar story.


  • IndeedablyPerspective
    A personal, powerful read from Indeedably. Perspectives and desires can change over time. How do you reconcile differences that have grown over the years? Can you?


  • The Rational WalkBerkshire’s CEO Succession: A Brief Look at Incentives
    Berkshire Hathaway recently announced Buffet’s likely successor as CEO. This is an interesting look at how Buffet’s pay differs from most other CEOs, and suggests why that (probably) can’t (or shouldn’t) continue when Greg Abel takes over.


  • IT InvestorGresham House Energy Storage: Batteries Included
    Man, the IT Investor always writes such detailed posts on various investment trusts that I’ve never heard of. I may like to keep it simple and just stick with an index fund, but I always like reading these deep dives and can appreciate the amount of work that must go into them. This was especially interesting to me, as the trust itself focuses on energy storage (as if the name didn’t give it away!), which is a growing area of importance.


  • Sparkle BeeDivorced from Work
    A reflection on how being “married” to your job takes its toll elsewhere in life.


  • Of Dollars and Data4 Investing Lessons from David Swensen
    “Of all the lessons I learned from Swensen’s life, one of them is in stark contrast to his teachings. Though Swensen taught us to invest as if we would live forever, unfortunately, his own life was cut short. For a man of his wealth, status, and education level to die at 67 is a grim reminder that the future is promised to no one. Swensen’s belief that we should invest for the long run is a good one, but it doesn’t work forever. Sadly, our time horizon can be much shorter than we think.”


  • MonevatorAre bonds a good investment in 2021?
    As someone who occasionally wonders if I should have some sort of allocation in bonds, this was a good read. Will I actually act on it and buy some bonds in the near future? Honestly, unlikely. Will I regret my decision in a few years time? …. Probably!


  • The Evidence Based InvestorBe the Change — A Motto for a New Generation of Advisers
    I enjoyed this (fairly short) interview with Rohan Sivajot, founder of NextGen Planners. As someone who wants to become a financial planner, I like the general message that they promote, and have found some of their podcasts interesting.


  • Banker on FIREHow To Get Ahead In Life
    Some great thoughts on how to get ahead. I think the best, but most difficult, piece of advice given is to be consistent. It’s obvious, but easier said than done!


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Thanks for reading. Hope you’re all having a great week!

4 replies on “Wednesday Reads: Three Weeks”

Thanks for the mention again, Dr Fire. One day I hope to write a piece that’s less than 3,000 words!

No problem! I’m always impressed at the level of research and detail you put into your posts

Thanks for the links as usual.

I’m glad to say that More To That’s negative experiences in his post, ‘A Reflection on Being Asian’ bears absolutely no resemblance to my own, growing up in a small, predominantly white working-class town in the UK, where for a long time, our family was only one of handful of non-white families and we were the only non-whites in our school. Based on my own experience, I’d probably say that attitudes in the UK are very different to those in the US, though of course, that’s not to say that racism and prejudices do not exist here, just not to the extent in the US. I really feel for More To That.

Thanks for commenting and sharing your experiences, Weenie. I’m very glad to hear that your experiences differ so dramatically from More To That. I don’t think I’ve seen many examples of racism within the UK, but then, as a white person, I obviously can’t make such a claim as I’m only likely to notice really overt displays anyway. I suspect that the previous US president’s constant insistence on calling covid “the China virus” has not helped with the situation for all Asians over there. Fingers crossed that, as more people are vaccinated and covid becomes background noise, the situation improves.

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