December 30, 2011

Penn Jillette On The Upcoming Election

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 6:50 pm

I just saw Penn (and Teller) last week in Vegas in celebration of my recent, um, significant birthday. I’m a big fan. This is a great piece, in my opinion (maybe not in yours):

December 29, 2011

Your Plato Fix Of The Day

Category: Books — jerry @ 12:11 pm

Because you need one! Read more, people:

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Still scratching your head? Let Orson Welles explain it to you:

December 28, 2011

Stock Picks–Dec. 28, 2011

Category: Money & Investments — jerry @ 11:14 am

Once again, I’m not particularly enthused with what my screen has come up with so I am spreading my risk between two stocks. Actually, I do have a little enthusiasm for EasyLink Services International Corporation (ESIC), except for the fact that it is fairly thinly-traded and it is priced under five bucks. But maybe I’m ahead of the curve on this one (I hope).

My other pick is a fairly large chemical company Kronos Worldwide Inc. (KRO), which “…engages in the production and marketing of titanium dioxide pigments…”, whatever that is. Since I’m not already invested in any pigment-related industries, consider this a diversification play.

2011 was a particularly bad year for me, although I still have 2 “funds” in the Marketocracy Top 100. I hope I’m back up on the horse this next year, starting with today’s picks. Good luck!

December 26, 2011

Online Poker Now Legal (?!)

Category: Sports — jerry @ 5:36 am

According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:

Ah, the holidays. If you’re a poker player, the Justice Department has given you a pretty nifty gift in the way of this little-noticed legal memorandum made public Friday.

In a nutshell, the department’s Office of Legal Counsel has determined that the Federal Wire Act, the 1961 law that had been interpreted to outlaw all forms of gambling across state lines, actually only applies to “a sporting event or contest.”

Well, what does this mean? It means that Internet poker isn’t barred by any federal statute…[Rest of article]

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The Justice Department opinion is in reference to State Lotteries, but does seem to have some implication for online internet poker-playing. Have fun and good luck!

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! What You Missed In Church This Morning

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 5:48 am

December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Category: Technology — jerry @ 11:07 pm

December 16, 2011

I Want One!

Category: Technology — jerry @ 12:10 pm

I clearly need to watch more infomercials at 3:00 a.m. This one totally got by me:

December 14, 2011

Pogo Cam

Category: Sports — jerry @ 5:45 am

Some interesting photography happening here:

December 13, 2011

Interesting Ron Paul Ad

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 5:29 am

I’m not a fan, but I do admire his integrity and some of his positions make sense. I think he may do surprisingly well in next month’s “I Yahweh” caucuses:

December 12, 2011

The Elf King

Category: Music — jerry @ 4:23 pm

So I’m listening to THE TEACHING COMPANY’S “How to Listen to and Understand Great Music” series of lectures, and they start talking about Franz Schubert, who died at only 31 (!), and they play this piece. I really like it, so here it is. Consider yourself more cultured than you were a few minutes ago: