the biz
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there was a time
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your comments ...
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even on twitter ...
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you spin me round like a record ...
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no turtle was harmed via this post ...
still true
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
Take time to see the wonders of the world  
To see the things you've only ever heard of  
Dream life the way you think it ought to be  
See things you thought you'd never ever see  
Take a cruise to China  
Or a train to Spain  
Go round the world  
Again and again  
Meet a girl on a boat  
Meet a boy on a train  
And fall in love  
Without the pain  
Everybody needs love and adventure  
Everybody needs cash to spend  
Everybody needs love and affection  
Everybody needs 2 or 3 friends  
These are the things  
These are the things  
The things that dreams are made of  
These are the things  
These are the things  
The things that dreams are made of
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."  
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.  
"She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be an Obama Democrat."  
"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"  
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."  
The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican."  
"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"  
"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."
he he
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after 'the bonfire of the vanities' version dsk 2011
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gallery marks
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good excuse to post 'hello kitty'
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
SJ8.F - Sanrio, a great japanese company holding the rights to the famous feline character is now on my stocks watchlist  
now turned into a silver bear for the short term
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
maybe till 35 bucks as a near term trading aim
money changes everything
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
(besides my political views).  
hard to take it mentally to earn nowadays 500 times my average income of the last years, feel like i've got the financial midas touch - in reality it's been over 20 years of surviving hard times and crashes and reading day by day + learning by trading nearly everything under the sun.  
just very few of my old friends had the same experience before - and are still the great persons i knew for a long time.  
i'm not into the usual status symbols surrounding many nouveau rich ones, try to give financial advice to very close friends, who'd like to live a similar independent life without a senseless work.  
just feeling more secure, it's easier to get up in the morning having a worry free day ahead, but generally i'm not any happier than before the silver rush in april, where i made a (small) fortune with just my trading account.  
the general problems all around our planet are far from solved.
Here's a brief history of silver:
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
Should you invest in gold or silver?  
April 25, 2011: Spot silver rose to $48.84 an ounce and US silver futures to $49.82, highest since 1980.  
2010: Spot silver rose to successive 30-year highs, and prices gained more than 80%, outperforming gold.  
1997: In 1997 and 1998 Warren Buffet bought about 130 million ounces of silver.  
1988: The Hunt Brothers were charged for conspiracy to corner the silver market, and fined $134 million in compensation to a Peruvian mineral company. The brothers declared bankruptcy.  
Jan 18, 1980: Silver hit an all-time high just below $50 an ounce, when gold prices also rose dramatically in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Silver prices dipped to about $15 an ounce by the end of that year.  
1973: The Hunt Brothers, sons of the late Texan oil tycoon Haroldson Lafayette Hunt Jr, began cornering the silver market.  
1965: The US government eliminated silver from quarters and dimes, and half dollars were reduced to 40% silver.  
1946: The Silver Purchase Act of 1946 rendered the US government the biggest buyer of silver in the world. The Act also bound the government to sell at a fixed price.  
1934: In accordance to the Silver Purchase Act of 1934, US President Roosevelt issued executive order No. 6814 to confiscate and nationalize silver, and outlawing private ownership of quantities more than 500 troy ounces.  
March 6, 1933: To curb mass panics and bank runs, President Roosevelt declared a four-day Bank Holiday to stop hoarding and export of gold and silver. The "Emergency Banking Act" passed on Day 3 shut down banks, which needed to be deemed "financially secure" to be reopened.  
1900: The Gold Standard Act of 1900 officially renounced bimetallism, and pegged the US currency to gold.  
Oct 30, 1893: The Shelman Silver Purchase Act was repealed to resolidify the gold standard, on the back of falling gold reserves of the Treasury from a peak of $320 million in 1888 to $189 million in 1893.  
1890: Under the Shelman Silver Purchase Act, some 4.5 million ounces of silver is coined monthly.  
1875: The Resumption Act of 1875 that was enacted in 1878 established the US as the de facto monometallic gold standard. This foreshadowed the increased demand for gold and decreased demand for silver as a monetary reserve in the world, thus leading to a dip in market prices.  
1873: The Coinage Law of 1873 demonetises silver, as unlimited legal tender status and free coinage is renounced.  
1862: The US Congress passed a law authorizing paper "greenbacks" as legal tender for all public and private debts, except duties. However, this legal bind did not void specific provisions in contracts that demand gold/silver payment.  
1858: Silver ore was discovered in Nevada, causing palpable excitement in the United States akin to the California Gold Rush ten years earlier.  
Oct 15, 1794: The first official US silver dollar was minted, in accordance to the Coinage Act of 1792.  
1792: Alexander Hamilton, then US Treasury, proposed the adoption of a gold and silver-based monetary system.  
1500-1800: Mexico and Peru produced about 85% of the world's silver, with an estimated accumulated output between 70,000 to 150,000 tonnes. About 40% that silver wound up in China by some estimate.  
1500-1600: The eight reales coin, or "piece of eight", was the most common silver coin of late 16th and 17th century Spain. As trade became a global activity for the first time, it became the international currency.  
The Spanish silver coins, known as "pieces of eight", were in circulation between the late 16th and late 19th century.  
1545: Discovery of Potosi, Bolivia and the Cerro Rico silver ore mine, which was deemed the world's greatest silver deposit. Production peaked in 1615.  
1492: Columbus' discovery of the New World was a significant milestone that led to the founding of major mines in Mexico, Bolivia and Peru that were to account for over 85% of global silver production and trade from 1500 to 1800.  
1279 - 1368: During China's Yuan Dynasty, silver ingots were widely used as a form of currency. In the Ming Dynasty, silver ingot became the main currency in circulation until the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, China's last dynasty.  
775: The Saxon kingdoms issued silver coins known as "sterlings", 240 of them being minted out of one pound of silver, the weight of which was probably about equal to the later troy pound.  
750-1200: Several major silver mine discoveries occurred in Central Europe, including the classic Schemnitz, Rammelsburg, Goslar, and Saxony regions in Germany.  
708: Silver was coined for the first time in Japan under the reign of Emperor Genmyo. But it was soon abandoned in favor of copper because of meagre production levels.  
8th Century: Silver mining was temporarily halted by the Moorish conquest of Spain. Spain dominated silver mine production in the first 1,000 years AD.  
206 BC-220 AD: During the Han Dynasty, silver coin was included in the official currencies of China, but it was limited to use by the royal family only.  
269 BC: The Roman Empire adopted silver as part of its standard coinage and it was used throughout the trading world.  
550 BC: First silver coins were minted in the eastern Mediterranean.  
1600-1200 BC: The collapse of the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures shifted the focus of silver production to the mines of Laurium (near Athens) to provide for the fledgling Greek civilisation.  
2500 BC: The ancient Chaldeans (modern-day Turkey) created a 'cupellation' process to extract silver from lead-silver ores in the first sophisticated processing methods documented.  
3000 BC: A concentrated effort to mine silver began.  
hi ho silver - the end of my working life !!!
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
Spot silver surged more than 5 percent to just above $49 ounce on Monday, buoyed by a weak dollar and strong physical demand in Asia that also propelled gold to a record high for a seventh consecutive session.  
U.S. silver futures jumped 8.2 percent to $49.82 an ounce in unusually large trading volume, just about 50 cents off its all-time peak of $50.35 hit on Jan. 18, 1980.  
"Everyone is buying," said a Hong Kong-based dealer. "There is stop-loss buying, as well as a good buying interest from China."  
Spot silver hit a 31-year high of $49.25 an ounce, and was trading at $48.82 by 0643 GMT. It was heading for its biggest daily gain in five months.  
Silver prices have climbed nearly 60 percent so far this year, after jumping more than 80 percent in 2010, outpacing gold's 7 percent rise and the 10-percent gain in the 19-commodity Reuters-Jefferies CRB index.  
this is the end to work slavery in my life, thx to the weak dollar, bernanke, online trading and call options from bnp paribas!
bbq season is finally here, time to put on my original 50s hawaiian shirts
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just sayin'
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'fine day'
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for making a small fortune by puts on cameco, ge, eon, rwe, siemens, edf and all other sordid companies involved in the deadly nuclear biz + started buying calls of solarworld.  
Japanese auto companies accounted for about 22% of China sales and its components exports, such as engines and transmissions are widely used in local auto production. Japan also supplies critical components for China’s semi-conductors, displays, generators, railway equipment, chemicals, and precision machine-tools widely used in China’s electronics, machinery, railway, and power sectors industries.  
As consequence of the earthquake, nuclear calamity, and sustained power outages over next few weeks or even months, we should see a profound impact on China’s export to Japan in Q2 and a slow down of exports to the global market due to disruption of integrated supply chains.  
Even China’s domestic production of autos, machinery, electronics, capital goods, and infrastructure construction could be slowed as Japan imports are disrupted and delayed. Overall, it is too early to asses the full impact, but we expect downward pressure on growth in Q2, especially exports and industrial production, due to supply disruption.  
The limits of Twitter and Facebook, the bubble
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
by David Winer  
1. Twitter's mistake was building a product they didn't really use. I've never seen it work out well when the top guys at a company aren't passionate users of their own product. They can be quirky, that just comes out in the product. Gates and Windows. Jobs and the Mac. Marc Andreessen and Netscape. Etc etc. When the people who run Twitter get on stage and talk about their product, it's very different from the thing we're using. You can feel the discomfort. It's distant. It also comes through in the decisions they've made re business models. Permanent link to this item in the archive.  
2. Facebook can only rise so far because they're hiring from the same talent pool as all the other Silicon Valley companies. They all think they're going to be different, and for a while they are. Until they grow so big that everything that was different about them gets diluted. Eventually the singular Silicon Valley Company takes over. I remember when Apple was young, their execs were the most wonderful people in the world. Almost as if "wonderful" was a technical term. They were thinking about taking over and running third world countries after their Apple options vested. Seriously (and I'm not making fun of them). But they all fall to earth, and become the foundations and plaster for the next upstart. Permanent link to this item in the archive.  
Are we in a bubble? Yes, this is a bubble. All the frenzied startup activity and still the VCs raise more money to invest. Not enough inventory. We need more young people to play the role of entrepreneur. It's so analogous to the real estate bubble where the only bad bet was to own the actual real estate because that was so real. The money was being made off the lies. In this bubble the people who are going to get hurt are the legions of young people. Most of them aren't entrepreneurs. As a percentage of the population, the people who really have the drive and fortitude to stick it out is infinitesmal. But that isn't the myth -- it's also like the housing boom where everyone could be a home owner. In 2011 every young person can be an entrepreneur, esp if he or she knows how to code. That's the bubble, right there. Permanent link to this item in the archive.  
Cats make memories for life
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
Just about every memory a cat makes is one it makes for life. This means that its experiences as a kitten will play a pivotal role in shaping what kind of personality it develops later on. Positive encounters with people and other animals (like dogs) will generally make for a friendlier cat, while abuse and other negative experiences will make the animal more skittish. Cats are already prone to flight, so an early encounter with a mean dog or horrid owner will only heighten those responses and make the cat believe that all dogs or people are dangers. It's up to owners to be responsible and demonstrate loving care for the cat from birth.  
my worst new level gain
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1 xp :(
2 of a kind
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sugar, sugar - thx jpm for the high prices
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Almost 1 million metric tons of raw sugar was delivered to JPMorgan Chase & Co. to settle the expiring futures contract in New York, the most for the commodity since 2009, exchange data show. JPMorgan Futures, a unit of the second-largest U.S. bank by assets, took delivery on 18,748 sugar contracts, or the equivalent of 952,398 tons, ICE Futures U.S. said today in a report on its website. That’s 9.2 percent of what the government expects the U.S. to use this year. Prices have rallied 75 percent in the past 11 months.  
at least those damn banksters can't suppress nowadays the price of silver with their huge short positions in london  
more on this topic from the nyt:  
The gist goes something like this: When JPMorgan Chase bought Bear Stearns in March 2008, it inherited Bear Stearns’ large bet that the price of silver would fall. Over time, it added to that bet, and then the international bank HSBC got into the market heavily on the bear side as well. These actions “artificially depressed the price of silver dramatically downward,” according to a class-action lawsuit initiated by a Florida futures trader and filed against both banks in November in federal court in the Southern District of New York.  
“The conspiracy and scheme was enormously successful, netting the defendants substantial illegal profits” in the billions of dollars between June 2008 and March 2010, according to the suit. The suit claims that JPMorgan and HSBC together “controlled over 85 percent the commercial net short positions” in silvers futures contracts at Comex, a Chicago-based exchange on which silver is traded, along with “25 percent of all open interest short positions” and a “a market share in excess of 9o percent of all precious metals derivative contracts, excluding gold.”
was he doin' a guttenberg?
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
THE LSE’s decision to confer a doctorate on Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif, and subsequently accept a £1.5 million grant from him, is already causing the university — and its director Howard Davies — deep embarrassment.  
Now it transpires that this was not the end of the story. The Oxford University Press also did a deal with Saif Gaddafi to print his thesis in book form, a great honour as the OUP is regarded as a leader in academic publishing.  
Furthermore, word reaches the Londoner that Saif was said to be so pleased that he had even offered to purchase 20,000 copies of the book, an order so large that it would have put it on the bestseller lists.  
The OUP confirms that it has been in negotiations with Gaddafi Jr about the book, which was accepted on academic merit. However, as to whether it was expecting Gaddafi to pick up 20,000 copies, it couldn’t quite say. “Because of recent and on-going events in Libya, the publication of this title has been halted,” says a spokesman. “There’s nothing further I can add.” So have 20,000 copies of the PhD been printed? Are they still lurking somwhere in a warehouse? The OUP deal was clearly built on sand.  
So, too, it seems was Saif’s thesis, The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions. The LSE, which has now been redubbed the Libyan School of Economics, has agreed to investigate claims that the work might have been plagiarised.
one of those days
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hat tip to bad kid's wonderful tumblr pages  
German press mocks “Cut and Paste Baron”
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quite a very bad sign for the possible successor of merkel and especially for the right wing party csu of bavaria and a 'great' start for of the conservative/libertarian government at the many local elections starting this sunday in hamburg.  
The latest chapter in German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s (now called mr. google-berg by some german speaking bloggers) bible of bloopers may be the final straw for his public image.  
He is now accused of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis, obtained in 2007 and published in book form in 2009. Entire passages, including spelling mistakes, appear to have been lifted from newspaper and magazine articles, academic journals and speeches, think tanks, universities, and even works from the US embassy, without citations. At least 15 authors have allegedly had their work stolen.  
“He has the chance to say: ‘OK, bad things happen! I made a mistake, I did not deliver an academically rigorous work.’ But in any case, he will have a problem regaining his credibility and the sympathy and support he’s had in the polls until now”, said political counsellor Klaus-Peter Schmidt-Deguelle.  
The 39 year-old Baron enjoys a straight-talking reputation, and has a glamorous image. Many have tipped him as a future Chancellor. Credibility has seen him through armed forces scandals in Afghanistan and on the training ship Gorch Fock. Observers say the only elegant escape may be for him to surrender his Beyreuth University diploma.
Tolstoy's "10 Rules of Life"
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
For happiness-project purposes, Tolstoy is particularly fascinating -- both because he wrote so extensively about happiness and because he made and broke so many resolutions himself. Spectacularly... Tolstoy wrote these rules when he was eighteen years old:  
Get up early (five o'clock)  
Go to bed early (nine to ten o'clock)  
Eat little and avoid sweets  
Try to do everything by yourself  
Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for evry minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater  
Keep away from women  
Kill desire by work  
Be good, but try to let no one know it  
Always live less expensively than you might  
Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer  
well, my lifestyle is just the opposite
v day - i heart the art
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à la jfk: ich bin ein ägypter
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