Archive for September, 2011

  • Bruschi Skewers Ochocinco – Back to Motivation
    Posted by on September 15th, 2011 at 12:49 pm, Comments: 0

    I wrote last week about trying to motivate the high school soccer team for which I am the assistant coach.  Today, at the end of […]

  • UBS $2B Loss From “Rogue Trader”
    Posted by on September 15th, 2011 at 8:42 am, Comments: 0

    The big story this morning is that UBS is reporting a $2B loss from a rogue trader.  FT Alphaville reports that the trader was from […]

  • The Idea of Banning Market Orders Goes Mainstream
    Posted by on September 14th, 2011 at 11:34 am, Comments: 0

    I believe that I was one of the pioneering voices of the idea, which some may view as Draconian, of banning the “market” order type.  […]

  • Muni Bonds – Consequences of the American Jobs Act
    Posted by on September 13th, 2011 at 11:59 am, Comments: 0

    I very much agree with Bond Girl’s assertions in this piece:   Jack Lew, the White House budget director, described the revenue-raising provisions, which were […]

  • Sprott’s PSLV Sales Accelerate Further, Now Down to 7mm Shares
    Posted by on September 12th, 2011 at 6:06 pm, Comments: 0

    Sprott Asset Management has kept up its consistent liquidation of its $PSLV position, taking advantage of the 20% premium that “investors” seem happy to pay. […]

  • NFL Stat of the Day
    Posted by on September 12th, 2011 at 8:58 am, Comments: 0

    Prior to last night, the Dallas Cowboys were 241-0-1 in franchise history when leading by 14 or more points in the 4th quarter.  They are […]

  • My, How College Has Changed
    Posted by on September 12th, 2011 at 6:49 am, Comments: 0

    The NY Times has an article about peer-to-peer marketing on college campuses sponsored by large corporations.  What prompted me to write this article, though, was […]

  • Ten Years Later: 9/11/11
    Posted by on September 11th, 2011 at 6:59 am, Comments: 0

    As I reread my previously transcribed thoughts in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 attacks, I feel like it’s possible that they could be […]

  • September 11th: The Audio
    Posted by on September 9th, 2011 at 8:09 pm, Comments: 0

    The NY Times has an absolutely incredible collection of audio recordings from 9/11/01, including an easily navigable transcript.   Most of these recordings are from air […]

  • I Will Gladly Pay You Tuesday For A Million Jobs Today
    Posted by on September 9th, 2011 at 9:32 am, Comments: 0

    “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” – Wimpy from Popeye Two things from Obama’s jobs speech were especially funny to me.  One, […]

  • Did I Make A Major Home Insurance Claim Error?
    Posted by on September 8th, 2011 at 7:00 pm, Comments: 0

    I think the answer to the question in my post title is “yes,” but let’s move on – there are other questions… So, here’s the […]

  • Whither Zagat?
    Posted by on September 8th, 2011 at 1:46 pm, Comments: 0

    Anyone who lived in New York City at any time during the 1990s is familiar with the Zagat restaurant guide.  A staple on every desk, […]

  • Quote of the Day: Bond Girl, Self-Evident
    Posted by on September 8th, 2011 at 9:06 am, Comments: 0

    Bond Girl on Operation Twist: “The duration of the Fed’s portfolio is not what is standing between us and economic prosperity.  Get real, people.” Quick […]

  • Motivating High School Soccer Players
    Posted by on September 7th, 2011 at 9:45 pm, Comments: 0

    We had an away game today, in miserable weather:  55 degrees and a driving rain that had been coming down for 24 hours (the game […]

  • Made in China
    Posted by on September 7th, 2011 at 9:33 pm, Comments: 0

    I’ve been all soccer all the time for the past few weeks, as I started my job as the assistant varsity high school soccer coach […]

  • Breaking Bad – I Am the One Who Knocks – DYKWTFIA?
    Posted by on September 7th, 2011 at 8:57 am, Comments: 0

    If you’re not watching Breaking Bad on AMC, you’re missing what’s probably the best drama currently on TV (Dexter is top notch too, though).   Start […]

  • Swissy Cheese – What Now, Gold?
    Posted by on September 6th, 2011 at 9:48 am, Comments: 0

    If you’re not living in a cave, you’ve probably heard by now that the Swiss National Bank made a bold statement this morning: “Swiss National […]

  • Phish’s Trey Anastasio on Improvisation, Music and Life
    Posted by on September 5th, 2011 at 7:32 pm, Comments: 0

    “I didn’t know where life began and music ended.” – Trey Anastasio Phish is not for everyone – I understand that – but I also […]

  • The Postal Service’s Fiscal Problems, Summed Up In 2 Sentences
    Posted by on September 5th, 2011 at 3:14 pm, Comments: 0

    Via a NY Times article: 1) “The law also prevents the post office from raising postage fees faster than inflation. ” 2) “The agency’s labor […]

  • “Fixing” Social Security
    Posted by on September 5th, 2011 at 1:25 pm, Comments: 0

    I found a few things in this Bloomberg Op-Ed about Social Security particularly interesting.   First: “The official age of retirement — when full benefits are […]