Archive for April, 2011

  • Money Washing Up on the Shores of Japan
    Posted by on April 15th, 2011 at 9:04 am, Comments: 0

    A reader sent me this story: “There are no cars inside the parking garage at Ofunato police headquarters. Instead, hundreds of dented metal safes, swept […]

  • THC, CYH and Shooting the Messenger
    Posted by on April 14th, 2011 at 9:38 am, Comments: 0

    There’s a topic I’ve addressed previously on this blog on multiple occasions which is close to my heart and keeps popping up.  Since I use […]

  • What To Talk About? Cooking? Wine?
    Posted by on April 13th, 2011 at 10:18 pm, Comments: 0

    So what do people want to talk about?  Do I need to turn this into a cooking blog – Julie and Julia, where I talk […]

  • Content Is King
    Posted by on April 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm, Comments: 0

    Content is king, and in the past 10 days I’ve cranked out a lot of what I think it worthwhile stuff.  In case you missed […]

  • Tenet Healthcare Comes Out Guns Blazing on Community Health
    Posted by on April 11th, 2011 at 7:17 pm, Comments: 0

    I’d been talking with some friends lately about the “Pac-Man” merger arbitrage defense.  That’s where the target company, not wanting to be acquired, retorts by […]

  • Amazon Announces Kindle With “Special Offers”
    Posted by on April 11th, 2011 at 5:46 pm, Comments: 0

    I noticed this announcement from Jeff Bezos on Amazon’s home page today.  It seems that “Kindle with Special Offers” is AMZN-speak for “Kindle that will […]

  • It’s A Silver World – We’re All Just Living In It
    Posted by on April 11th, 2011 at 2:51 pm, Comments: 0

    Silver silver silver silver silver.  It’s the main focus of most of what I read on a daily basis, mostly because it’s my largest position […]

  • Maple Wrap 2011
    Posted by on April 11th, 2011 at 9:15 am, Comments: 0

      We’ve finally wound down the 2011 maple sugaring season, which was a doozy.  My brother-in-law deserves a shout-out for chopping 2 face-cords of wood […]

  • Home Improvements: Wine Cellar
    Posted by on April 8th, 2011 at 5:02 pm, Comments: 0

    Long time readers will remember that about a year ago I wrote about my forage into masonry, where I repointed some old brick walls in […]

  • Bring On Your Best Country Group Acronyms (DOUCHEBAGS)
    Posted by on April 7th, 2011 at 3:34 pm, Comments: 0

    We’ve heard of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China), the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain), and now the MAVINS (I kid you not: Mexico, […]

  • Did Eric Sprott Buy and Redeem GLD?
    Posted by on April 7th, 2011 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    You can decide for yourself.  Here are the facts: 1) On April 5th, 2011, Sprott’s Physical Gold Trust ($PHYS) announced a secondary offering of 24.821MM […]

  • A Crack in the Matrix? Momentum Stalls
    Posted by on April 6th, 2011 at 9:37 pm, Comments: 0

    I don’t write about individual stocks much on this blog, but today’s price action was odd/alarming/interesting in quite a handful of names.  Here’s what I […]

  • An “Entry Level” Toilet
    Posted by on April 6th, 2011 at 9:54 am, Comments: 0

    So the wife and I went to look for a new Toto toilet today. We had a little incident this past weekend where one of […]

  • The NASDAQ 100 – How We Got Here: MSFT, AAPL
    Posted by on April 5th, 2011 at 9:55 am, Comments: 0

    The big news this morning is that the NASDAQ 100 (hereafter: NDX) is finally going to rebalance its index weights to adjust for AAPL’s outsized […]

  • A NYC Micro-Economy: Cigarette Arbitrage
    Posted by on April 5th, 2011 at 8:41 am, Comments: 0

    There’s an interesting article in the NY Times today about the underground market for the sale of “loosies” – loose cigarettes. “Rarely does a minute […]

  • Dear Penthouse? Or New York Times?
    Posted by on April 4th, 2011 at 10:30 am, Comments: 0

    It’s time once again for another edition of everyone’s favorite segment, “Dear Penthouse? Or NY Times?”  This is where I give you a quote from […]

  • Leveraged ETFs and High School Level Mathematical Truths
    Posted by on April 3rd, 2011 at 10:34 am, Comments: 0

    There’s a common misunderstanding about ultra (leveraged) ETFs out there, but it makes me sad to see authors at the Wall Street Journal exhibit this […]

  • With Notably Rare Exceptions, RIG Had a Good Safety Year
    Posted by on April 3rd, 2011 at 7:40 am, Comments: 0

    Henry Farrell wrote a great piece last week about Alan Greenspan’s use of the phrase “With notably rare exceptions” to explain how things were MOSTLY […]

  • AIG Gets More Disturbing
    Posted by on April 1st, 2011 at 10:00 am, Comments: 0

    I’ve written a few times about AIG’s attempt to buy back the Maiden Lane II portfolio that the Fed took off their hands during the […]

  • Twitter Announces SilverTwits
    Posted by on April 1st, 2011 at 4:20 am, Comments: 0

    4/1/11: PR Newswire, San Francisco, CA: Twitter is pleased to announce an innovative new product, the SilverTwits Physical Silver Real Time Monitored Internet Streaming Technology […]