February 29, 2012

Stock Picks–Feb. 29, 2012

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

Two picks this week, the first one being my second foray (don’t ask me about the first one) into coal mining in China: Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Lim (YZC), a fairly good-sized operation with a market cap of over $12 billion. It has actually been showing up on my screen for a while now, but I haven’t pulled the trigger. I’m hoping it has bottomed out and is ready to move back up to old levels.

My other pick is tech company Newport Corporation (NEWP).

Good luck!

February 27, 2012

In Case You Missed It

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 1:04 pm

Meanwhile, I feel bad about not making my usual Oscar predictions this year…but I still haven’t seen most of the movies yet. (Netflix now runs my life).

February 26, 2012

Watering Can

Category: Movies/TV,Music — jerry @ 5:35 am

Crazy Watering Can from vania heymann on Vimeo.

February 23, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!…For Rice Krispies®

Category: Movies/TV,Music — jerry @ 6:16 pm


February 20, 2012

Nebula Awards Announced

Category: Books,Technology — jerry @ 11:55 am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards (presented 2012), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.


Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) [Rest of nominations]

…which is cool, because I was just getting ready to start reading EMBASSYTOWN.

February 18, 2012


Category: Movies/TV,Travel — jerry @ 9:24 pm

“Lemonade: Detroit” 17-minute short from Erik Proulx on Vimeo.

February 16, 2012

On Not Having Health Insurance

Category: Money & Investments — jerry @ 12:07 am


I’m sitting here on a bed that constantly readjusts itself. It’s terribly annoying and when I lay down on it there is a low rumbling of the motor that pushes air to my legs and sucks it from butt. The noise makes that grey matter between the ears in my head shake. Probably a malfunctioning bed, but it’s nothing to complain about given what is sitting next to me, 2 meters over, in the next adjustable bed.

I’m at Carteret General Hospital on North Carolina’s scenic Crystal Coast, where I live. My beautiful, precious 6 year old son was admitted this past Tuesday for Pneumonia. It started 6 days before on a Wednesday. He asked his kindergarten teacher if he could lay down. Odd behavior for such an outgoing kid, one of the class favorites who even at 6 already seems quite the ladies man with 2 Lilies, a Tanzania, and an Ellie running up to him each day when I drop him off for school. Along with 2 Charleses, these friends are just the ones we hear about! When I picked up him from school he was clearly exhausted and went to bed early without his dinner.

On Thursday we kept him home as he was obviously feverish and had flu like symptoms. He was getting worse, but then he tricked me on Sunday. He was looking a little better and was more responsive. We played for while, building bugs and monsters from blocks and putty, and chatting about how we should be getting the second season DVDs of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in the mail the next day. But that Monday [EDITED: Thanks to my wife for the clarification] night was horrible and he started vomiting every time we tried to give him medicine or liquids. He wasn’t eating and his fever was getting pretty high, up to 103. I drugged him the best I could with kid’s OTC meds and on Monday my wife and I attended to his needs however we could.

We should have taken him to the Urgent Care right then and there. But we didn’t….[Rest of article]

February 14, 2012

CINEMA PARADISO–The Movie To Watch This Valentine’s Day

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 12:05 pm

If you have not seen this movie yet (Best Foreign Film Oscar winner for 1989), don’t watch the clip below–it’s kind of a spoiler for the movie and you won’t understand it anyway. If you have seen it, watch this clip and decide if tonight–Valentine’s Day–wouldn’t merit a second watch. An all-time favorite of mine:

February 12, 2012

Sam Harris At Notre Dame

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 5:03 am

February 11, 2012

A Washington State Republican Legislator On Their Gay Rights Law

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 12:11 pm

Kudos to Washington State, and especially to this brave Republican: