Saturday, August 12, 2006

Chicago sounds like the destination

Water, Water, Everywhere, and Plenty to Drink - New York Times:

"Ray Poe, a 38-year-old real estate developer, has seen how a $400,000 investment in a 43-foot Carver motor yacht can pave the way for an extravagant life after hours. He bought the boat earlier this year on a whim and now he has some 30 people most weekend days on his boat about 20 of them women and hauls sound equipment, along with vodka, beer and ice for Brian Pfeiffer, a promoter for a club called Surreal Chicago. In return, he is welcomed into the V.I.P. rooms of many clubs in town. “When you own a boat, everyone is your new friend,” Mr. Poe said."

I know I'm going to do a big city when I graduate, I enjoy the conveniencece and access to rare goods that small towns don't offer. I loved Chicago when I went there as a child and I think it might just have the perfect mix of accoutrements. The top super leauge rugby team, great pizza, midwest location, huge financial job opportunities, water, and night life.

Friday, August 11, 2006

From the Sage Advice Department

Wealth Building World � Will You Ever Be Rich?:

"The truth is many of them became millionaires by not being extravagant. They don’' spend everything they have. They save. They maintain. They make wise decisions.

They understand that status symbols are not'’t what make you rich."

WOW. That is the summation of the primary way in which I am to make it big. Continue to live this college lifestyle well after I am graduated and earning a higher salary.

I am one of those people that will probably never own a watch or jewels, I just can't bring myself to spend that much money on a rock or something that measures time. (Time...A man made invention at that. )

I prefer to spend on things that actually provide physical benefit; food is always a weakness however...

Be Nice to Mr. Liver

Bodybuilding.com - David Robson - Alcohol's Effects On Body Fat. Can We Have It Both Ways?:

"Alcohol, whenever taken in, is the first fuel to burn. While that's going on, your body will not burn fat. This does not stop the weight loss, it simply postpones it, since the alcohol does not store as glycogen, and you immediately go back into ketosis/lipolysis after the alcohol is used up."

I love the fact that college students think that they are "living it up" right now by binge drinking.. Like our liver is just this regenerative organ that can be detoxified or something. We are doing permanent damage to it when we drink so much.

I do drink a lot on occasion, however you won't catch me chugging beers on a regular basis.

Recession?

FT.com / Comment & analysis / Comment - The world must prepare for America's recession:

"The odds that the US will slide into recession have risen since last month from 50 per cent to 70 per cent by my estimates."

Says Nouriel Roubini, a economics professor. I agree, we've been bull much to long and it is time. I personally enjoy holding short positions on stocks much more than long ones, I like watching things plummet!

This can't be good for America though, I predict that my generation and the next are going to be in for some major problems when we reach middle ages. Perpetual war, debt and virtually no savings can't be a good cocktail.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Bull Pin

How long, on average, is a baseball actually in play during a ballgame?:

"Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly timed a ball in play during a 2000 playoff game. The game lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes, and the ball was in play a total of 12 minutes and 22 seconds (and Reilly admitted to being 'generous with the stopwatch')"

They say that baseball requires the hardest skills in American sports. I've also heard this argument with hockey and soccer goal keepers.

I think it is hard to argue against the true gamut of physic al taxation that rugby requires of the body. The best players utilize so many skills simultaneously that advanced muscularity is a necessity. I wonder how it stacks up against soccer or tennis?

The Big Problem

America's Drunk on Credit [Fool.com: Motley Fool Take] August 9, 2006:

"According to the latest figures from the Federal Reserve, consumer credit, otherwise known as non-mortgage loans to individuals, rose in June by $10.3 billion to $2.19 trillion. Revolving debt, like credit cards, accounted for $6.65 billion, or roughly 65%, of the increase."

That is so freaking insane. I'm really looking into buying Citibank and Bank of America stock, they look really good paying great dividends.

I'm aggressively planning to cut my debt out, as I have been guilty of just letting it linger costing me so much money over the years.

I just started using this program called Pearbudget that I found via LifeHacker and I would recommend it to anyone. Much simpler than Quicken or M$ Money and much more functional, especially if you are proficient enough in excel to manipulate formulas.

Soon I'll be post some screen shots of what I've got going.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Metaphysical Power

Smartmoney.com: Print: The Invisible Grip:

"A PERSON'S GAZE has weight, resistance, muscularity."

This is so true, especially if you've got piercing blues like my father.

Impending Doom Department

5/8/2006 -- The Deluded World of Air Conditioning:

"If you've seen this planet lately, you know what's going on: temperature records shattering, scores of Americans dead. By summer's end, the toll will be in the hundreds. It's not as bad as 2003, when a heat wave killed 30,000 people in Europe. But according to global-warming forecasts, within 40 years, every other summer will be like that one."

I wish we outlawed SUV's. They really annoy me.

Monday, August 7, 2006

Give the Dog a Bone

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Second Chinese dog cull planned:

"In a five-day cull, dogs were clubbed to death in the street as their owners watched. Other dog owners took matters into their own hands, poisoning or electrocuting their pets."

Die lassie die. While it does seem inhumane, I admire the Chinese for their tenacity in dealing with problems. They solve them, they do it fast, and they don't answer questions about it.

Sunday, August 6, 2006

What is this test on again?

How To Improve Your Study Habits and Remember Better - College-University:

"if you're a student attending classes, you have probably experienced many moments when it was hard to make yourself settle down and study, even when an important exam was coming up."

I find that cramming allows me to focus better because I know it is go time, that I have to do it now or else. I work well under pressure, but I think this article offers some interesting insight.

You too can be genius

Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts in other fields as well:

"Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts in other fields as well"

Check this out, great evidence for an interesting concept.

Omar Deckard's food plan includes cheat days, allowing him to stay lean and keep growing

I like this eating philosophy. The fat is good for testosterone and positive psychology.

The Deckard diet:

* Train consistently from the get-go. 'You create the best foundation for muscle growth by training your body consistently at an early age.'

* Start your nutrition program when you're young. 'By supplying your body with the nutrients it needs at a time when your body is naturally growing, you'll be able to get even more muscle growth. This will put you ahead of the game in the long run.'

* Never compromise your health for growth. 'Good health is the key to growth. If you make choices that negatively impact your health, you may make short-term gains, but ultimately these decisions will come back to haunt you.'"