Jeremiah Rogers

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There are some books that totally change your life and below are my favorites. I’ve found books like these by asking my friends what books changed their lives and reading them.

Lifestyle

Your Money or Your Life gave me the most concrete understanding I’ve ever had on money and what it actually means. Money is not power, it’s the ability to determine what you do with your life.

The Life Nomadic Tynan lays out an excellent potential lifestyle of being a vagrant, renting everything, and owning very few things. We live in a time of total excess. The truth is that happiness is almost entirely unrelated to income or possessions.

The Bogleheads Guide to Investing. This is a full understanding of how the investment world works. Unless you work at a bank and are trading someone else’s money there is little reason to buy anything other than the investments listed here.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Lessons of religion and psycology compressed into a modern package.

Mindfulness in Plain English Written by a monk to be the first practical English language guide for lay westerners who want to learn to meditate.

Photography

Ansel Adams wrote three amazing books about photography. I started with The Camera, and no other source explained to me how cameras work as effectively as this one book. The other two books are The Negative and The Print.

I also enjoyed The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

I would also love to read Sebastio Salgado’s Workers. I have a copy of Genesis at home, but Workers looks better.

Programming

John McCarty’s original paper on LISP (free) changed how I thought of computer programs. I was surprised how simple a computer programming language can be. Paul Graham’s ANSI Common LISP is also very good and goes deeper.

Wed, Jan 1, 2014

I like to make long term bets to test my ability to predict the future. There are enough of these bets going that I’ll start tracking them here.

#Bets I’ve won: 1. I bet Mike Zhu $100 that the iPad would sell more than 10 Million units in it’s first year. We made the bet before Apple announced anything, we didn’t know the name of the product, but I had confidence it would sell well. I think the actual sales were about 15 million. Mike Zhu hasn’t paid up yet, but to be fair he lives in China and got banned from PayPal. 1. I bet Jason Applebaum $100 that Apple will release a smaller iPad in 2012. I won this when the iPad Mini was released. 1. 2012 - I bet Alex Bain $100 that Obama will win the 2012 presidential election. I paid $57 to win $100. 1. 2012 - I bet Matt Bruce that Obama would win the 2012 election. Matt paid me $20, if Romney had won I would owe him $100.

#Bets I’ve lost 1. 2013 I bet Dario Dario Mutabdzija about the stock price of AAPL. I said “I think Apple will be back above $600 within three months (by April 15, 2013) and above $1000 within two years (by Jan 15, 2015).” I lost both of my statements. Dario said “It will never go above 700 that is easy to divine” and “I would be very surprised to see Apple go above 615.” Dario lost both of his statements, making us even on final payouts. 2. 2013 - I bet Steve DeLucia $100 that in 2013 there will be fewer than 2.5 Android devices sold for every iPhone sold. I paid Steve $100 in early 2014.

Future bets

  1. 2019 - I bet my brother Brishen Rogers $500 that the S&P 500 will outperform Lehman Aggregate Bond Index between May 2009 and May 2019.
  2. 2023 - I bet Kyle Kuklinski $1,000 that BitCoin will trade for >= $1,000/USD for at least one week between April 2, 2013 and April 2, 2023 (10 years). If BitCoin never trades > $1,000 for a straight week I owe Kyle $1,000. If it does he owes me $1,000. Although the BTC market has never closed we agree that the one week window stops if the market is closed.
  3. 2032 - I bet Chad Heaton $100 that the sea level in New York City will rise by less than or equal to 2 inches per decade between 2012 and 2032. Chad wins $100 if sea levels rise 5 or more inches per decade.
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Hi, my name is Jeremiah. I got addicted to photography, saved money for years, and quit my job to travel around the world. I’ve been traveling since April, 2014.

I am a minimalist traveler with a 18 liter backpack. I like to find a new city, do a minimum of research, and learn by walking around, talking to people, and documenting what I find.

From April to October 2014 I travelled to Thailand, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and — briefly — India. I’ve spent the past 10 months (until July, 2015) living in Cambodia and working on A River’s Tail. Today I am back on the road.

That’s me.

To follow my trip subscribe here or just type in your email address below. I send about one email per month (sometimes two) with updates on the trip and recent work. I don’t send spam, or sell email addresses, or any of that shit.

Introduction to This Site

To start you might read about why I’m traveling, how I saved the money to travel, and how I sold everything so that my life would fit in a very tiny backpack.

It wasn’t that hard — I quickly adapted to living with less. These days I recommend that non-photographers travelers go even smaller and only bring the essentials. If you don’t need to work on the road or write for a living the iPad with a keyboard dock is a magnificent tool. These days I use a MacBook Pro, but mostly for ergonomics, work, and speed. Even though I live full time in Cambodia I’m still using just two pairs of underwear but I have upgraded to four shirts. It feels wasteful.

Some of my favorite images. The rest are here.

As I travel I’ve confronted many moral questions. In Beijing I realized how many true stories there are in every situation. I think about the biases of a traveller and why we take so many pictures.

There were many ways to photograph this scene in Beijing, as you can read here.

Are you thinking about traveling? I think that a six to one year wandering trip is worth it. I ask that if my writing has inspired you to please let me know, it makes me smile for weeks.

Kyoto, Japan. September, 2014.

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This site is static HTML and was built using Hugo and is hosted on Amazon S3.

This site is dedicated to my friend Aaron Swartz who died far too young. Aaron’s passing inspired me to write again and to put my writing on the open web.