?

Log in

No account? Create an account

What are your wishes? - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Jun. 30th, 2003

01:22 pm - What are your wishes?

Previous Entry Share Next Entry



What are your top three wishes that could plausibly be realized in the next 5 years? How much would you offer as a prize now to see your wish fulfilled within that time period?




1. Have enough "passive" investment income (stocks, bonds, mutual funds) to provide an income of at least $25 K/year. Assuming that a 4% drawdown is possible without affecting the principal, that would be savings of about $625,000.00 dollars in 2003 dollars.

Prize: $63,000 (assuming that my savings after payment would be $625 K)

2. Find a compatible mate. My "ideal" mate would be:

* Life-loving -- Plans to be cryopreserved if she becomes terminally ill/injured. Has so many things that she would like to do it would take several lifetimes at least to achieve them all.
* Freedom loving -- Supports the Free State Project and plans to move to the state when chosen.
* Health-conscious -- Eats brocolli, fish, and other healthy foods.
* Athletic -- Likes to run, lift weights, bike, rollerblade, mountain climb.
* Child-friendly -- Wants to have 1 - 2 kids.
* Politically aware -- Enjoys discussing politics and economics (among other things).
* Intellectually curious -- loves to read on a wide range of subjects. Knows where all the bookstores and libraries are in town.
* Frugal -- wants to be financially independent. Values freedom over material goods.
* Kindhearted -- doesn't deliberately do anything to hurt anyone else. Makes amends if she does.
* Responsible -- pays bills on time, and keeps commitments.
* Action-oriented -- if confronted by a problem, she takes what action she can, then forgets about it. Doesn't complain fruitlessly.
* Self-reliant -- Doesn't wait for somebody to come rescue her.
* Funny -- Likes Simpsons, South Park, Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County, Get Fuzzy. Laughs at my jokes.
* Optimistic -- doesn't give up.
* Sexy -- likes to dress in leather pants, reads excerpts from "Machinery of Freedom" while feeding me peeled grapes.

Prize: $5,0000

3. Successfully cryopreserve one of the following mammalian organs -- liver, heart, kidney, brain -- from one of the following species: rats, rabbits, dogs, cats, monkeys, humans. Successful cryopreservation is defined as cooling the organ below -130'C for 7 days, rewarming it, then transplanting it back into an animal, and the animal surviving using that organ as it's sole source of support for 366 days.

Prize: $10,000

Comments:

[User Picture]
From:gentlemaitresse
Date:June 30th, 2003 10:44 am (UTC)
(Link)
Hey, I could almost be your ideal mate! LOL

Except I have five children (and want more), and I don't watch tv. (But that doesn't mean I don't have a sense of humor, I just don't like tv.)

You have some way of saving/investing $625k in the next 5 years?

(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I won't be able to earn/save that much based on my current salary alone. However, if Marketocracy does well, my stock options could plausibly be worth at least that much. Successful mutual funds tend to be highly profitable.

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Hey, my parents had five kids too. I want 1-2 kids, but I might be willing to go higher if I have the resources.

Watching TV isn't required--however, I've found that liking South Park is a good predictor of whether we'll find the same things funny.

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:gentlemaitresse
Date:June 30th, 2003 03:39 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Wow. I want to learn more about investing. My plan is for my husband to retire at 50. I'm not entirely sure how, yet.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:July 1st, 2003 01:10 am (UTC)
(Link)
Cool! You might find some useful resources in the ymoyl community: http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=ymoyl

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:gentlemaitresse
Date:July 1st, 2003 09:50 am (UTC)
(Link)
Thanks! I just joined. It looks like a very helpful resource.

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From:thinkpalmtrees
Date:June 30th, 2003 10:46 am (UTC)
(Link)
Sexy -- likes to dress in leather pants, reads excerpts from "Machinery of Freedom" while feeding peeled grapes

Awww, yess!!! Brilliant, I say!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Hmmmm....grapes....:>

So what are your wishes?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From:thinkpalmtrees
Date:July 1st, 2003 07:44 am (UTC)

Re:

(Link)
Ok, wishes.
That smart but socially inept people should not be allowed to practice medicine, unless they are going to be surgeons.
That morally corrupt people should not be allowed to rule any country or be in any branch of the goverment or institution that has enough power to regulate people's lives.
If someone could find a way to educate people about waste management and on how to utilise resources efficiently, I would be forever grateful.

In a significant other, besides your brilliant Sexy comment, I would want someone who is sure of himself, but not cocky, versatile, musically inclined, open-minded, fearless (but in a "smart" way, not in a I-can-jump-off-the-window-and-be-ok way), smart without being obnoxious, and non-judgmental. Phew...
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:July 1st, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
(Link)
Great wishes! How would you operationalize them? In other words, how would you define them so that an independent observer could know that they had been accomplished?


(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From:thinkpalmtrees
Date:July 2nd, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)

Re:

(Link)
Hmm, good question. I guess I should try and give an answer that could be "feasible" as opposed to pulling an Asimov, huh?
Ok... Perhaps instead of teaching people how to behave a certain way, simply testing them would be better. Therefore, if someone is naturally inclined to be an a-hole, instead of changing him/her, he/she would simply be prohibited to hold certain positions, and hopefully a caring, honest person could serve as a role model instead...
Any other ideas?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:serratia
Date:June 30th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
(Link)
How about if I dressed in peeled grapes and read excerpts from Engines of Creation...? Naaah, never mind. I'm too old for you ;-)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Engines of Creation? Yeah, that would work, too.

Too old? Pschaw.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:almond_tiger
Date:June 30th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
(Link)
Nice wishes. Very well thought out.

Thinking somewhat less about it, my three wishes would be:
1. A career I enjoy.
2. Extensive happy travel.
3. To publish my books.

I'm not sure how much I would pay, because at the moment I have very little money. It'd be no good saying I'd pay a few thousand to publish my books, and then end up bankrupt.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
(Link)
What kind of career would you enjoy? Where would you like to go?

Although you may not have much money now, isn't there some amount you could offer? If so, how much?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:almond_tiger
Date:June 30th, 2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'd enjoyed a career that left me enough time to still bike and write (I'd enjoy being an author as a career, even), and that didn't leave me waiting out each hour of the day looking at my watch. Something to do with helping animals, maybe.

I want to go everywhere.

I have not much, as in barely any, money right now. I could offer to give it all for a career that would eventually give it back and allow me to travel, but that's about it. I wouldn't want to pay to have my books published. I'd rather someone actually thought they were good enough to be published.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Thanks for the additional details. How would an indendent observer be able to tell that you had reached your goals? What does "I want to go everywhere" mean in practical terms?

For example, would you be happy if you made the following trips withint the next 5 years:

"Within the next five years, I want to have lived in Bangkok, Thailand for 5 weeks, Amsterdam for 5 days, London for 5 weeks, Rio de Janeiro for 3 weeks."

If someone, somehow could make those trips happen for you within the next five years, could you offer them a prize of $500.00, to be paid after you've actually completed the trips?

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:almond_tiger
Date:June 30th, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Sure. I bet I could scrounge up $500 somewhere, for all that. :) Let's make it Scotland, Ireland, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Hawaii.

Are you going anywhere with this, or is it just curiosity?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 06:27 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Thanks! It's partially curiosity--I'm curious about what people's dreams are, and what they would pay to make them happen. It's also partially to get an idea of the potential demand for a business idea I have--I'm thinking about starting a business to generalize this idea:

http://www.openknowledge.org/writing/open-source/scb/

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From:w74endy
Date:June 30th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
(Link)
i want
-to earn my PhD, maybe this could happen in 5 years
-to have married a wonderful, intellectual, dancing, sarcastic, ambitious husband
-to own a house.

i don't really have much prize money to offer, but i have been making some really cool magnets out of beer caps. and in five years i'll probably have a bunch of those.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:crasch
Date:June 30th, 2003 06:06 pm (UTC)
(Link)
A dancing husband? That's gonna cost ya.
Better plan on drinking lot's of Schlitz. Now, a husband who "sways vaguely in time to the beat" could be had for a couple of six packs.

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)