Â Blog entries will be few and far between (perhaps even nonexistent) over the next couple of weeks.Â I’m taking my 3 boys to visit my brother in Moscow.Â (My brother James Pettit is currently the Consul General at the Moscow American Embassy).
Access to a computer for blog entries will be fleeting–much of my timeÂ to beÂ spent doing quality control of the local vodka, and my continuing search for a Russian mail-order bride.
Back in mid-July with pictures!Â (But check periodically–I might get some free time…)
Little known Russian fact: Vladimir Putin has a black belt in judo.
Â Here is an interesting article regarding application of Game Theory to penalty kicks.Â Links to a scholarly treatise on the subject, and a link to a video of a notorious penalty kick in the 1994 World Cup that cost Italy the championship.
Read it for when youÂ need to know whether to dive right or dive left.
Â One of the first things I wrote about on this blog was my nostalgia for old comic books.Â I stated that the comic book companies were missing the boat by not putting out DVDs with those old comics that we Boomers grew up with, and mentioned that MAD Magazine had done so years ago.
Lo and beholdÂ you can get 40 years worth of the entire X-Men catalog now on DVD for about 40 bucks.Â (Don’t worry, boys, I already ordered it for you.Â Um, can I read them too?)
I’m not a big X-Men fan–not sure I’ve even ever read one.Â But, Lordy, if they ever get around to putting out all of the old DC Comics–Superman, Batman, Aquaman, etc.–I’ll be retiring that much earlier.
I know I sound nerdy here–I’m not one of those guys with a stack of comics lying around the house encased in plastic.Â Matter of fact, I don’t own a single comic book.Â (Thanks to Mom!)
But to have all of them, every issue, as close as my computer.Â Goodness…
I just watched this documentary hosted by former CIA agent Robert Baer (upon whom the George Clooney role in Syriana was modeled).Â I’m not giving it a “star rating”, because it was not that kind of movie.
Very interesting though, and recommended.Â Mr. Baer has incredible access to the families of the bombers, Middle Eastern military and religious leaders, Â and others.Â I was unaware of the extent to which the “martyrs” are celebrated on billboards which appear to be everywhere.
Watch it and let me know what needs to be done to put an end to this.Â Praying that our One True God kicks their One True God’sÂ butt doesn’t seem to be getting it done…
Â Without all that much enthusiasm, I’m going with Valley National Gases, Inc. (VLG).Â Read about it here.
It’s hard to have much enthusiasm lately for the market.Â It’s been a nasty couple of months that has actually impacted me enough that I’m sure I’ll have to push my planned year-end retirement back a ways.Â I’m still up 7% for the year (DOW only up 2% and NASDAQ down almost 5%), but I was getting spoiled there for a while…