Category: Notes

Highly Addictive Substance Alert!

This is a Highly Addictive Substance Alert, brought to you by the World Health OrganizationThe Centers for Disease Control … some cat who thinks about these things every time they drive by the supermarket (and usually winds up ‘stopping in to check inventory’).

These things will be the death of me

MG signing off (after using an exclamation point in the title so you know it’s serious)

Curiosity and Contemplation

Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP

Possible cavorting in background.

MG signing off (.)

Betting the book will sell

… if author Annie Duke’s interview is any measure:

Video link ->

Made me go looking for Ms. Duke’s work. After checking Barnes & Noble stock, I was going for my keys when I realized I was actually preparing to get charged a roughly 50% premium for the trip. Too much vig for my taste.

MG signing off (having put my chips on the pass line instead)

Three Storms

1. a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
2. lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.

Click the image for real time action (09/08/17 16:40 UTC reference)

MG signing off (not to be an amateur meteorologist, but simply ponder)

Eclipse Monitoring Station at DM79mq

Peak shadow, if not peak chatter …

MG signing off (to struggle with 5 WPM)

Man’s Best Friends

Presented without further comment …

MG signing off (as promised)

Texting with Finance Friends: Junk Bond Holiday Song Edition

If you don’t know what a junk bond is or what’s happening to them right now, please run along. For the rest, this went to a trader friend this morning at 9:13am MST …


On the last day of Hanukkah
My true love gave to me
A portfolio of high-yield
Almost free


It did in fact turn out good for a return phone call a few hours later. The conglomerate response was:

You’re not very funny, so where did that come from?

Plus …

CNBC are fucking idiots

And finally …

I’m too fat to play golf right now.

I think the last was code for “I’m looking for a new job as we speak.”

MG signing off (to spread more holiday cheer)

Bitcoin for Dummies

I wouldn’t call it the “future of the web” – resistance from entrenched intermediaries will likely remain strong for some time – but the video sure does a good job explaining how blockchains work …


Click to get smarter

The ability to record transactions in bilateral physical exchange, with a hermetic audit trail, seems more intriguing than actually purchasing a cup of coffee with BTC.

MG signing off (now less of a dummy, although how much less is debatable)

Shell games

Forget 3% down

Life imitates art other life. Wonder if the FHA is involved.

MG signing off (to avoid the MBS on this shell game like the plague crabs)

Consumer Confidence Index

As gauged by talking points memos the news media …

Say something enough and … well, you get the idea.

MG signing off (happy new year, happy new year, happy new year, happy new year, happy new year, happy new year, happy new year …)