February 29, 2008 at 11:30 am (Uncategorized)

The more things change…. yeah, you get the drift. A few months later, but I’m not sure what if anything has changed. 😉


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September 10, 2007 at 6:23 pm (Uncategorized)

Had a friend from out of town up this weekend, and it was a good thing – I had to pretend to be far more social and outgoing than I usually am (except around… close friends. There’s a lesson in here somewhere). I think I’m fast realizing that drinking makes me happy, in more than just a “social drinking” way. Is this the first step towards alcoholism? 😉 In many cases, I think it helps relieve my stress or anger over things that I can’t control – and not for a lack of trying. Suffice to say that the motivation I’ve alluded too (behind my new and improved “grown up” kick) often seems almost completely dashed right now – I didn’t really like what I saw, and I don’t know if I am being a bastard about it or not (Magic Eight Ball says “likely”). Either way, I need another kick in the ass, or an acceptance that the original motivation (and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what it is) is simply not a viable option, and never really was.

Its weird – I started this just as a place to rant, where I could do in what I figure is a certain anonymity (no names, context, or anything of the sort), but a part of me wishes I could just say this out loud. Internalizing is something I’ve gotten awfully comfortable with, and it may not be the fix-it I’ve always imagined it to be.

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September 6, 2007 at 1:40 pm (Uncategorized)

Baseball America Non-Prospect Diary

This has been making the rounds on the baseball blogosphere, and its worth reading (I promise you, being a baseball fan is not neccessrary). Its just a good way of re-affirming your faith in a world that sometimes gives us little reason to.

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Err – Michael Lewis is Brilliant.

September 6, 2007 at 9:12 am (Uncategorized)

Check out the Bloomberg piece excerpted below.

“So right after the Bear Stearns funds blew up, I had a thought: This is what happens when you lend money to poor people.

Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing personally against the poor. To my knowledge, I have nothing personally to do with the poor at all. It’s not personal when a guy cuts your grass: that’s business. He does what you say, you pay him. But you don’t pay him in advance: That would be finance. And finance is one thing you should never engage in with the poor. (By poor, I mean anyone who the SEC wouldn’t allow to invest in my hedge fund.)”

Read the whole piece. Clearly, there’s an element of satire involved, but Lewis is always at his best when writing about finance (forget Moneyball – revolutionary ideas, at least to those who weren’t as informed about baseball, but not a great piece of writing per se) – Liar’s Poker should be on the required reading list of every finance or business curriculum – heck, I learnt more from that book than I did from many of my other courses. The sub-prime clusterfuck is a direct product of human ingenuity running into human greed (both of which are good things – fyi) – the consequences can be enormous. Its hard for to feel sympathy for people who insist on spending above their means, and then expect those who did not to bail them out. If anything, I don’t think this is a liberal-conservative issue – The guy making $40,000 a year shouldn’t have his tax dollars go to bail out the $70,000 a year guy who bought a house he could not afford, and the reverse holds true.

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Ow Ow Ow.

September 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm (Uncategorized)

That’s an accurate description of my current state of being – or more accurately, that of my legs. I must be a masochist to subject them to so much pain afters years of requiring little more than a journey to the fridge/car/bar. Damn them all.

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Calvin and Hobbes

August 30, 2007 at 4:11 pm (Uncategorized)

10 greatest lines from Calvin and Hobbes:

  • “Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants won’t help.”
  • “People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.”
  • “Girls are like slugs. They serve some purpose, but its hard to imagine what.”
  • “Careful. We don’t want to learn from this.”
  • It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy. Let’s go exploring.”
  • “Its not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.”
  • “I’ve got to start listening to those quiet, nagging, doubts.”
  • “I’m learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life…Procrastinating and rationalizing.”
  • “History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction.”
  • “Sometimes I think the surest sign intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

Believe it or not, I wrote a significant portion of my college essay regarding Calvin and Hobbes – and still got in. I can’t help but thinking that whoever read it was a fan.

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Men and Cartoons

August 30, 2007 at 2:01 pm (Uncategorized)

  • Regarding my earlier funk, this cartoon and this one makes me feel better.
  • Am I the only person on the planet without a MySpace page? (so I have a facebook page instead…)
  • Another failed attempt at eating healthy – spinach sucks. I mean it really, truly sucks, in one of those “Greedo shoots first” ways, as opposed to “Why can’t stormtroopers shoot straight” ways. And because I’m a Star Wars geek, here’s another cartoon from the same source as above.

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August 30, 2007 at 12:23 pm (Uncategorized)

Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit.

I suppose you can’t lose something you never had. And that just kinda sucks.

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Giants players I always kinda liked – and their Major League/Bull Durham character

August 29, 2007 at 3:10 pm (Uncategorized)

  • Mark Gardner – Eddie Harris
  • Kirt Manwaring –  Jake Taylor
  • Glennalen Hill – Pedro Cerrano
  • William Van Landingham – “Nuke” LaLoosh
  • Felix Rodriguez – Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughan

If only I could find a comp for Marvin Bernard….

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You are not fat

August 29, 2007 at 2:54 pm (Uncategorized)

Seriously.  The next time one of my frankly great-looking female colleagues insists they are fat, I’m tempted to shout this out loud. I’m hardly the poster boy for the “You’re perfect the way you are” crowd, but someone weighing 120 pounds and 5’6 is not fat, and a guy (or girl) who suggests that to them is a blithering idiot . I’m an extremely “oversized” character myself, (6’0 – 260 or whereabouts) – so I suppose it may come off as a sort of cynical bitterness – but I don’t think so – this is one of those rare moments where I genuinely want to make people feel better about themselves. 😉

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