Apr 22

April 22nd

I was watching rain
Fall down and down and down
Outside the shelter of my little awning.
I stepped out
Expecting cold and wet
But the rain cleared with every step I took.
The further forward I walked
The further backward the clouds travelled.
Try as I might
The circle of sunlight would not dissipate
And I was stuck staring at people
Standing across the courtyard
Under drenched umbrellas
Staring back at me.
There was an equal desire in our expressions.
For I wanted rain
And they wanted sun
But our shadows would not touch
No matter how hard we strained.


-SAM

Records of Summer: April 22

The 22nd was used mainly to enjoy the luxury of being able to say, “I’m bored”.

  • Did nothing.
  • Went to Earl’s for steak and beer with Gilbert.

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If you love jelly beans then you’re going to love today! Check this out to see how you can celebrate.

If you’re looking for something to do today then get ready for some tasty, jellied sweetness because it’s National Jelly Bean Day!

Went out with Mary today and watched little chicks for a while. Then we went to Dairy Queen where she bought me a blizzard as an early birthday present. Oh man, there was so much sugar in there. I don’t usually have sugar rushes, but I sure did today. When her mom was giving me a ride home, I just kept going on about something dumb like snorting M&M’s and I think we are lucky we didn’t crash her mom was laughing so hard.

april 22

day 112: what is the most important part in a relationship, do you think?

communication, trust, and affection

today was good. my lesson plan went off without a hitch, besides the fact that mrs free was in there 😕😕😕. other than that nothing big.

Blog 9 - The penultimate blogging adventure for this class

Ok, so, here we go again. GROUP WORK. Man, nothing beats working in groups, right? Well in past experience, the answer is definitely yes. Like an “everything-beats-working-in-groups-oh-my-sweet-lord-please-let-there-be-an-option-for-me-to-work-alone yes”. This experience, thankfully, has been a different story. I have a feeling that the reason why this group doesn’t suck is because we’re all people who strive for excellence and all that jazz, but we have this great leadership dynamic.
Take for instance our different leadership styles. I, for one, feel most comfortable being an authoritarian leader, which is defined by Griffin and Bone as “leaders who tell others what to do, give orders, and make final decisions, regarding how to act or what to next. (Page 201) This is because I’m usually with a group that is unwilling or unable. And while in this group project, I’m the one who sets up the agenda and reaffirms delegations, I’m not the only one who is making these decisions. For example, when we needed to make a rubric, Bo volunteered to further explain our criteria in the document. As we were wrapping up, I said, “Bo, you’re typing up the criteria.” So in a sense, I am giving orders, but it was more of a clarification than a direct order. I feel that Bo would be an authoritarian leader in some situations, but like me, he decided that for our particular group that being authoritarian wasn’t the best choice. He also does the clarification, and if a decision needs to be made quickly, he is always the first to speak. Luckily, Bo and I don’t disagree on most things, because if we did, there would be A METRIC TON of conflict. We work really well together on this project because we have similar thoughts and goals.
Now Sarah and Linh… I would say they toe the line between democratic and laissez-faire leadership styles. (A leader who is distributive of responsibility among group members and has a desire to empower all members of the group and a leader who offers little to no guidance and allows individuals to make decisions themselves, giving them as much freedom as possible, respectively. ((Griffin and Bone. 2013).) They certainly contribute and work hard, but they aren’t SUPER vocal during meetings. This style meshes with the rest of our group, if we were all one style nothing would ever, ever, ever get done. We all work together, but when decisions are quick (or not super important), Bo and I are usually the ones who are vocal, and Sarah and Linh just go with it. 
Overall, I’m super duper happy with our group. We have the right balance in our leadership, and we get stuff done, and sometimes we even have fun doing it. (Amazing, I know)

References

Griffin, L., & Bone, J. (2014). Invitation to human communication. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Apr 22, 2012: Week 13, some changes

Earlier today I took a look at all the past predictions I made and did sort of a follow up. I’ve had this gut feeling that my analysis wasn’t far off, but the timing was poor. If I traded how I predicted, and week by week, I’d probably be breaking even, aka not very well.

Here’s one that stuck out to me. NLY, from week 4. I said that was in a definite trading range, and that if it broke out, either way, it would be a good opportunity to trade.

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The break out of the trade was around 16.30. The low, depending on where I would have gotten out, would have been in the triangle of small resistance/support, which was anywhere from 15.88 and 15.60. It’s not a huge trade, but around 3%, which is better than a missed opportunity.

Because of this, I think it is best, in terms of practicality, to limit the scope of trading to a more manageable size. How should I manage this?

I think if I’m going to be trading based on technical analysis, I should look for stocks that are “well behaved”; in other words, I shouldn’t be dealing with stocks that gap everywhere or that just don’t move. So more volume=better. I went to nasdaq.com and compiled a list of the most active stocks. Also, since these tend to be more well known companies, it’s easier for the average person to get a better handle on what it is that the company does. The list:

  1. MSFT (Microsoft)
  2. QQQ (Powershares QQQ trust)
  3. MU(Micron technology)
  4. SIRI(Sirius xm radio)
  5. INTC (Intel)
  6. AAPL (Apple)
  7. ORCL (Oracle)
  8. CSCO (Cisco)
  9. RVBD (Riverbed Technology)
  10. SNDK (SanDisk)
  11. YHOO (Yahoo)
  12. HGSI (Human Genome Sciences)
  13. QCOM (Qualcomm)
  14. ZNGA (Zynga)
  15. HBAN (Huntington Banshares Incorporated)
  16. ETFC(E*Trade)
  17. FITB(Fifth Third Bancorp)
  18. ALTR(Altera)
  19. EBAY(Ebay)
  20. GILD(Gilead Sciences)

Since it seems like a lot of these are in the tech industry, it would probably be a good idea to trade other tech stocks that have fair volume.

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Speaking of trading stocks in the same industry, it’s probably a good idea to keep a good track on them. I recently heard of these things called ETFs and it turns out that there are (at least) 2 etfs for the semiconductors, 1 bull and 1 bear, SOXL and SOXS.

So if I limit myself to the top 10-20 stocks in volume, the top 4-5 in each of their industries, and any etfs, I think it’ll be a more manageable amount. There’s still a lot of room, but it allows me learn a lot more about the stocks.

As for predictions, I’ll just pick one. I think INTC is going down for the week. It’s been in uptrend, and there’s a bearish reversal that looks prettty solid to me. The only thing it’s really missing is the confirmation candle which should appear tomorrow. Perhaps it’s faulty because it’s in a gap down position and not at the very top? I don’t know.

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I need to start doing things. 

My life used to be this awesome thing where I’d travel loads and go to concerts and go on a roadtrip every week with my friends. I used to take about a hundred pictures a day of everything and anything, I used to have this carefree attitude where I’d just go out and love life, and now I’ve lost it. I’ve lost that part of me somewhere along the line and I need to get it back, because with the way my life is at the minute I’m going to crack up if I don’t stop living like it’s groundhog day.

I just need to start doing things.