Coping: “Scoring” Your Weekend

Personal Performance:  A word this morning about one of the most important tasks I go through on Monday morning.  I “score” my weekend. Sometimes, even the commies get things (partly) right, you know.  Take the late Chairman Mao. Before we get into the “scoring” part, a refresher on “criticism, self-criticism” from Wikipedia: “A struggle session was a form of public humiliation and torture used by the Communist Party of China in the Mao Zedong era, particularly during the Cultural Revolution, to shape public opinion and to humiliate, persecute, or execute … Continue reading

Thinking About a Retirement Commune?

We’ve been trying to figure out what our “Next Adventure” will be and honestly, it turns out to be a lot harder to nail down than we ever thought. We can live virtually anywhere, but that doesn’t help.  Because we have a very specific set of criteria…and it makes for an interesting exploration asking “What is the PERFECT Retirement?” After a few headlines, charts, and our weekly look-ahead. More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||   Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Coins, Jobs, Climate & a Pot-Based Lecture

What we have today is the “target-rich environment” for investigation, introspection, and investment.  There are so many pieces in play, it’s hard to know where to start. This being Friday, though, let’s get the little (but important) items off the list first: You will recall our target level from our Elliott Wave spreadsheet modeler for a possible Wave 2 bounce of Bitcoins from their top was $16,297.  This morning it was $16,000 so definitely zeroing-iu on that objective.  We could go as high as $19,500, though, since under Elliott, a … Continue reading

Coping: Those Damn Bugs in Windows 10

Communications: Forget Specter/Meltdown for a minute.  And, if you’re a Mac, Android, or Linux user, stick around – you may get some jollies. Because this morning I’ll tell you the tale of tracking down a miserable bug in Windows 10 that I spent much of my “down time” working on over the holidays.  Try 12-hours worth, to be exact.  The “Meltdown” has been me. Windows is a dandy operating system, don’t get me wrong.  Still, the headlong rush of OS (operating system) designers to all jump onboard with the rollout of … Continue reading

Hinting at the Jobs Report

Of course, the “offishul” job report doesn’t come until this time tomorrow.  But already, we have two indicators out to consider.  The first of which is the Challenger Job Cuts Report.  If you’ve been booing president Trump, might want to keep reading… “CHICAGO, January 4, 2017 – U.S.-based employers announced 32,423 job cuts in the last month of the year, bringing the year-end total to 418,770. That is the lowest annual total since 1990*, when 316,047 cuts were recorded, according to a report released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, … Continue reading

Coping: My Time in the “Ideal Hobby”

Prepping:  Last weekend was SKN – Straight Key Night – in ham radio circles.  I had gotten everything ready for the event – moved equipment around, rewired the antenna switching, moved power, control lines and more.  Everything seemed set… But, as soon as I fired up the old Gonset GSB-100, the room began to get a hot smoky smell.  Frustrated, I rolled back to plan B – a good quality Kenwood TS-590S.  Sure it worked, and since it has more DSP than existed on the whole Earth when we went to … Continue reading

Prepping for the A.I. War

It will be here before you know it:  The millions displaced and unable to stay on the “social conveyor” we so proudly tout as an “American thing.” The displaced?  Fast food workers, truck drivers…and the list is nearly endless.  Robotics is coming. So is the A.I. war on humans.  The A.I. will defend the “rights” of machine owners not to pay the equivalent of income taxes on the work of machines.  Absent money to pay the social tab, the Masters of the Machines will turn their evil spawn on humans … Continue reading