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Monday, November 21, 2011

Listen to: Tegan and Sara Live


Here is an awesome set by Tegan and Sara. Probably my favorite female lead (dual lead) band. They've also got a new film out, Get Along, that I'm hoping to see. Inni is also out. Anyone have some iTunes gift cards they aren't using?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Idiot's Guide to Making Money in a Recession

Hello.

I know from the title you might think I'm a fool or crazy but there are lots of opportunities when the markets are down and probably going downer. A market like right now is actually the best time to get into investing. If you think about it when these equities are at their lowest ideally you would want to buy right? Well in my opinion the market is going to go much lower before it goes up again. Several reasons: our government has an inability to enact a good financial plan - especially one that they want to stick to for more than a couple months, jobs are not being created, Europe is seeing serious financial issues probably worse than ours. And Obama and Bernanke can't really do much else to stimulate the economy. I'd be very surprised if they did print more money (QE3). Another government intervention into the economy at this point would only make things worse, provide a short boost and then see even lower lows. Time is the only healer for this market. So with those facts I don't see the market going up any time soon.

How do you make money when prices are going down you ask? Well my friends the easiest way is to "short" the market. There are many ways to do this now. My favorite way to do this is to buy Short or UltraShort ETFs. An ETF is an exchange traded fund, it sounds technical and I guess it is, but the basic idea of it and the way that I've understood them is to think of them as mutual funds that are traded as if they were stocks. Another way to short the market is through options. I haven't spent much time with options and from what I've read about them they do seem attractive. Short ETFs are provided by companies like PowerShares and ProShares, and the way that they get their value is that they reflect the inverse of specific sectors or indexes.

Another plan of investing you could take is to hedge your account by investing a little into short ETFs and investing into companies that have hit their low that you think are going up or will HAVE to go up. A lot of popular companies have hit their yearly lows within the past month and now would be a good time to get in while they're cheap. Again this sounds crazy with Fox news and the like spouting fear but when there is fear in investors and the market it's the best time to invest.

Personally I'm saving up until I see that the market has hit it's true bottom. I do have some money in short ETFs right now with Greece's issues looming and talk of Germany possibly going back to their previous monetary system; the oulook isn't pretty. But when I think we're at the lowest lows I'm going to be all in. I'm not missing out this time like I did in March 2009.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

After a week of writing 750 words a day, running more often, and finishing The Sound and The Fury I'm proud of myself. It's good to get things done. Sound and the Fury was an interesting novel. I don't think I've read something quite so different when it comes to form in a novel. I also liked how Faulkner put the hardest part in the beginning as if to say, "If you don't get through this then I don't want you to read my book." I'm now delving into some Joyce with Dubliners. I eventually want to read Ulysses some day and I think getting my bearings on Joyce would be good before I make that arduous adventure.

Michelle and I are going to be headed to the New York Wine and Food Festival this Sunday to attend the grand tasting. I'm pretty excited. Planning on fasting Saturday in hopes of filling the void with some amazing food and wine! Hopefully I'll have some pictures to share afterwards.

And I'm going to leave you with a photo of an amazing piece of art by Marcel Duchamp, my favorite artist.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Still the best dog.
Made some whole-wheat spinach ricotta ravioli.
The result.
My beaker shot.

Badass Cinema



Caribou - Jamelia

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

So a lot of us need to take care of ourselves more. I'm going to start doing this. There are a couple things that I've decided, yes on a whim, but they're good things. Activities that will help me think and be productive.

  • Read more. Sounds simple right? Well for me not so much. I greatly enjoy reading but since college I've found it increasingly difficult to just finish books. I have about 20 books that I'm halfway through. It's time to finish them. I did recently finish Macbeth though!
    Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time, and all of our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle. Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. - Macbeth Act 5 Scene 5
    Currently I'm reading The Sound and the Fury and man is this thing a beast, but I'm digging the challenge. It's not a beast in size but in concept for sure.
  • Running. A month or so ago I decided to run more, well again this takes discipline. It was good for the first month and now it's tapered off. Gonna get my crap together.
  • Writing. I have never been big on writing. Probably the reason why this blog is mostly content. But 750words.com makes a good case for me to get all my thoughts out. Although I plan on doing 750 words a day on that site, I would also like to be more productive on this blog.
  • Personal projects. Seriously need to devote some time to this.

It feels like 80 degrees inside. My pits are sweaty and I'm optimistic.

Oh and Moby's new album is pretty good.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What makes a man?

I can hear my train comin'
It's a lonesome and distant cry
I can hear my train comin'
Now I'm runnin' for my life
What makes a man walk away from his mind?
I think I know
I think I might know
I can feel the wind blowin'
It's sending shivers down my spine
I can feel the wind blowin'
It shakes the trees and the power lines
What makes a man spend his whole life in disguise?
I think I know
I think I might know
I can see the sun settin'
It's casting shadows on the sea
I can see the sun, it's setting
It's getting colder, starting to freeze
What makes a man want to break a heart with ease?
I think I know
I think I might know
Lyrics by City and Colour

Sunday, July 24, 2011

NYT: The Clash of Generations

via reddit.com
Here is an article from the NYT op-ed column that I think is quite poignant. Our politicians no matter what party need to get their heads out of their asses and act like adults. Two groups arguing constantly without ever coming to a compromised solution isn't government, it's white noise.

It gets old seeing headlines like Lawmakers Renew Push for Deal on Cutting Deficit, and In Washington, a Push for a Plan to Raise the Debt Limit, and Debt Ceiling Talks Collapse as Boehner Walks Out day after day. A Rock-Solid Conservative Who’s Willing to Bend and  New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law remind me of hope in our government.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

True Yankee Fan

The classiest move by a fan I've ever heard of, here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Two Objects

First hit play (Music by Battles):

In a far off land of squares and triangles, two objects of life that had existed for many years, one particular square owned a hotel. This hotel had many comers and goers, some interesting some plain. Squares and triangles had their differences in the past but they made some triumphs as well.


The square owned hotel wasn't exactly the nicest place in the area but it suited most of it's visitors just fine. Recently the hotel was almost completely booked because of a conference nearby. Shapes abound filled the rooms. While room 218 was occupied for the weekend by an exquisite isosceles triangle most of the others were stocked with the usual squares and triangles. Tall, short, skinny, round, they all had their certain ways about them.

Most of the shapes came and went without any trouble but 218 was not most. Bing bong, bing bong, 218 walked along the path as the squares walked with their monotonous clip clop. Opening the door to the hotel, 218 walked to the front desk to inquire about it's room.

"Hello. You're the object staying in room 218 right?", the square hotel owner asked.

"Yes I am. I was wondering if I could get some more towels."

"That would be fine. I'll send them right up. You are quite symmetrical. Any plans after the sessions today? Want to go out after?"

218 obliged.

On their way back to the hotel, square and 218 meandered along the path.

"It always seems like every few magmas we end up in some messy shakedown. Why is it so hard for our types to exist peacefully?"

"I don't think it's that easy."

"You know if you look at us from above we're all just lines. We're not all that different. It's hard being a hotel owner you know? Everyone's on their way somewhere. No one really sticks around."

Nearby in a tech store, on the retinas an executive was explaining the newest diabetes outbreak, "It's been contained as of now but we will be investigating further into this matter," 218 had forgotten all about square.

"Are you even listening?" square asked.

"Oh. Yeah. Don't worry about it."

Back in the hotel lobby square made up some excuse to go to bed straight away. 218 managed to find some other square to fuck late into the night.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

3000

Congratulations to Derek Jeter, first yankee to reach 3,000 hits and second player ever to do it with a home run!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

12% and delicious
Subway Series
Photobooth of the boy and the lady.



Yes we had tickets to last night's game. If the Rays would've remembered to take their tampons out we would have seen Jeter hit 3,000. Instead we get to go to a Thursday game in September. Thus I will have an extreme dislike for this bunch of pussies for the rest of my life.
Triumph in Greenwich Village. I want you.
Washington Square Park

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hudsucker Proxy
Bottle Rocket

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Everyday Carry


This post is inspired by EDC. I found the site to be amusing for a little bit. It's amazing how many people on there carry knives and some still carry hand guns. Yikes. Not sure why anyone needs a gun anymore but whatevers.
  1. Manhattan Portage Messenger Bag - If I go anywhere in the city I always bring it. I've had it for a few years and I don't think it shows any signs of wear.
  2. Yankees Cap - Self explanatory.
  3. J. Crew Card Holder - I used to have a bifold wallet and it hurt my ass continually so I slimmed down to a card holder. My ass is glad.
  4. Amazon Kindle - This thing is great. I have the 3G model and I can get a new book or newspaper anywhere with it. Also books are much cheaper on it. I can't imagine reading on an iPad after I spend my day working on a computer. This gives my eyes a rest.
  5. Guitar Pick
  6. Burt's Bees Chapstick - Never go anywhere without it. I might be dependent on it. People say this happens but I'm not sure if it's actually true.
  7. Sharpie Pen
  8. iPhone - Not really much to say. My home button is dying though so that's sad. The Yelp app is great if you don't have it.
  9. Oris BC3 Watch - Love this watch. It's an automatic and will never need a battery. It also keeps great time.
What items do you carry?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Listen to: Foster the People


Not the best album in the world and reminds me a lot of MGMT's Oracular Spectacular but it will make for a decent early summer album.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Listen to: The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith

Two good podcasts from Jeff Goldsmith: Wet Hot American Summer, and Midnight in Paris with Mr. Woody Allen himself.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Rough Guide to Woody Allen

Recently I saw the new Woody Allen flick, Midnight in Paris. Michelle and I were discussing the film and to my amazement it was her first Allen experience. I suggested that she needs to see many more of his films to understand really how amazing his work is. Although I don't want to pose as an aficionado I have seen a few of his films and would like to present a rough guide to some of the better Woodie Allen Films.

To begin I would suggest Allen's newer work, so probably watch Vicky Christina Barcelona, Match Point, and Midnight in Paris. All good films. He is so good at making his location look beautiful and showcasing it for all that it is.



Next would be Annie Hall which he is most well known for and may be the birth of the modern romantic comedy, and Manhattan. Both are great movies from his early career.


And the last set Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Husbands and Wives. Three wonderful existential romantic comedies.



Woody Allen is probably one of my favorite directors. He has to be included in the list of best screenwriters. His ability to direct and script comedic timing is brilliant. There are still quite a few movies that I need to catch up with though: Interiors, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask, Stardust Memories, Zelig, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and Bullets Over Broadway.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Gotham


Living room

Cit Field

No I did not google 30 Rock and copy this, but I did steal the photo angle.

View of Yankee Stadium's field from Monument Park.

Monument Park

Macarons from Bouchon Bakery. I liked the blueberry cheesecake flavor.

Charles and I getting ready to go for a ride.

View of Manhattan from Astoria Park, a short ride from where I live.