City Athletes – David Kung Fu

Sometimes I simply look at vimeo video’s. There are a lot of cool ones, and from time too time I will post a few here as well. Justin Steele has made a cool series about city athletes in New York. This one features David Kung Fu. Excellent video. He has a few more in the series which are cool as well. Check them out.

City Athletes: David Kung Fu from Justin Steele on Vimeo.

Now what, step 3

After thinking about my retirement plan some more , I started to look around the internet and found some interesting websites. One of them was Mr money mustache

It’s a blog and community on reaching your retirement, i.e. being financially independent as soon as possible. Well that’s interesting. Started with the first series of blog posts and got a bit carried away reading. And thinking, what if this actually works. What if I can generate nough passive income to work a day or two less. Finally I’ll be able to train more, run more races and even do some more travelling.

Ok ok hold on, not so fast. The basic idea is to consume much less, and cut your montly cost base. But hey I like consuming. Maybe I don’t buy as much unnecessary crap as most people, but I do enjoy a good restaurant, night out and a bit of luxury now and then.

I continued reading and found more interesting info. It is possible to reach financial independence between 5 and 7 years. That’s very fast indeed.

I already started but with a much longer time frame in mind, what if this is possible for me. I think I am going to crunch the numbers a bit more.

Oeloek

Yesterday we went to see the comedy show by a group called “Oeloek”. It was the last show and it was recorded for dvd and TV. Which means that we will be visible since we were on the front row.

I had never seen them, the start was a bit slow but after 10 minutes it picked up speed and it got funnier and funnier. It’s a bit of an absurd kind of humor. Which I like a lot.
They used the few set pieces in a very clever and cool way. Unfortunately it wasn’t sold out. Which is something they definitely deserve.

So everyone (Dutch speaking , otherwise you wouldn’t understand the jokes ūüėČ ). go and see them when they will play the new show. Visit the Oeloek website for more info.

Cello festival Dordrecht

Today I went to the Cello festival, which is held in Dordrecht. We went to see the afternoon show called (f)luister. Two artist played a live show , Maarten Vos and Anne M√ľller.
First up was Maarten , apart from the cello he had various synthesizers, a Theremin like device , drum machine and effects. Recording his Cello parts and looping them and then improvising with his synthesizers and effects. Very cool ! For some people in the audience maybe a bit too electronic. For me a perfect combo.

Maarten Vos(photo: D. Slot ©)

Check out his soundcloud page, Maarten Vos soundcloud.

Next up was Anne, she was amazing, looping different parts and adding layers to make a composition. I especially liked the last part of the show were she made a bass like loop and added lot’s of cool extra stuff with her voice and tapping on the cello. Very cool indeed.

Found a cool song on soundcloud, a collaboration with Nils Frahm. Nils Frahm and Anne Muller
Anne Muller(photo: D. Slot ©)

Google adsense

Well, I like Google use it a lot. Today I put a google adsense on my page. Let’s see if it generates something. Hopefully enough to someday buy 1 Google share ;).
Or buy some other shares which pay out dividend , since that is not something Google does.

For now let’s see what happens.

Apple dividend & additions to my portfolio.

Ok, so one of my first purchases in my account was Apple. Some time ago I lusted over a new Ipad , then I thought wait, let’s buy a few stocks. Since I don’t really need an Ipad.

This was before I was thinking about dividend investing and so sort. Now the coincidence is that last week I received some Apple dividend’s.

It’s not a lot but he it still beats the interest on my savings account. And I think it’s more fun.

Now I am thinking about getting more serious about my dividend income. I have a few ideas. First one is Shell ( RDSA) , which is an oil company. Since it pays a very nice dividend ($1,50 per year) I am thinking of buying a few shares. The price seems reasonable. Second is Unilever, dividend is ‚ā¨ 1,14 per share, and it has most of the top ranking food brands out there. So maybe I will buy some next month.

This is still a work in progress, but nonetheless a fun exercise.

I also bought some Vanguard dividend appreciation ETF’s. Let’s see how that works out. Meanwhile I am figuring out how to make nice graphs and sheets to show you.

Nice trailrunning video

I sometimes do a bit of trailrunning myself, not as much as I like too though. Spotted this video on the internet. I always like the video’s on Vimeo. Beautifully shot and edited most of the time.

Now what, step 2

Following my discovery of the need to be financially aware and do something about my pension, I took the first step of getting rid of some of my mortgage.

Which is good and saves some money every month. But it does not generate any income. Only when I sell the house the money becomes available again and that’s not something I want to do.

So I was looking for a way to get some of my savings directed at some form of automated income. Luckily there is the internet.

Looking around at the internet I found a few options to do so. First there are ETF’s , dodgy sounding those 3 letter shorts. Looks like loosing your money.

Well that’s actually not the case. An ETF is an Exchange traded fund, which exactly follow’s an underlying market or part of an industry or commodity. Or some other combination.

They are reasonably cheap and there are ETF’s that follow dividend paying company’s. Which is interesting since I am looking for a way to generate income in the future. There are a lot of ETF’s and company’s offering them. One of the bigger ones is¬†Vanguard¬†. Which offer dividend ETF’s.

Another nice thing is that you don’t have to worry about knowing which company’s you want for your investment portfolio, that’s all being done for you. And they are relatively cheap. You can simply buy a few every month and watch how it goes.

Another possibility is too invest in company’s yourself. There are a lot of investment method’s but from what I read so far , Dividend investing is very suitable if you want to generate an income from your investments. You are trying to figure out which company’s have been giving out dividend’s for a considerable amount of time. And are solid enough to keep on doing this for the foreseeable¬†¬†future. And of course ¬†don’t cost an arm and a leg.

The downside of this strategy is it requires way more thinking on my part and it costs more in terms of fees when buying the shares. And more starting up capital.

It can be a hobby, could be fun. For now I choose ETF’s and will see how that plays out. In the meantime I am reading up on dividend investing and general investing stuff, while listening to some good music.

Keep you guys posted.

Funkstörung Additional productions

Additional productions

Last week I rediscoverd Funkstörung. One of the electronic bands I discovered thru Napster. Yes that was a long time ago. It started with the Reunited (Reunixed by Funkstörung) song.

I was looking for Reunited by the Wu tang clan. And there it was so out of curiosity I downloaded it. I thought it was amazing.

Some time after I bought the album on CD. As I really like to have a physical copy if I like something. More Funkstörung followed after that.

Nowadays my favorite track is the Björk All Is Full Of Love  remix. It gets me in a dreamy state of mind.

Lot’s of other awesome remixes on this one. Listen to it and be amazed. Timeless pieces of music.

Laurent Garnier Home Box

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A couple of weeks ago I got the Home box by Laurent Garnier. Everyone who likes Techno and House will have heard about this French DJ and producer.

The box consists of a CD and 4 records. All neatly packed in a card board box. Must admit so far I have only listened to the cd. Which is great. My favorite track is Bang ! There is a nice poster as well :)

The box set is sold out but I think just the cd is still available. Get it !