Thursday, November 04, 2010

Halloween Costume Ideas 2011


Just because we just had Halloween doesn't mean its too early to start thinking of awesome costumes for next year. Besides right now after Halloween a lot of Halloween costumes and Halloween costume materials are on sale. My local costume stores had signs before Halloween saying 50% off November 1.

As you can see by my post on how to make an Alan from the Hangover Halloween Costume, its really fun to have a kick-ass costume. A really good costume demonstrates excellence and affluence seems to instantly increase your social status at any party on Halloween. Also its a nice ice breaker to talk to people of both sexes.

So far I have come up with a few possible ideas.
  • Alan from the Hangover sequel ( if he wears something iconic enough and the movie doesn't suck)
  • Magnum P.I. (eighties Hawaiian Private Investigator played by Tom Selleck)
  • Duffman ( the character from the Simpsons)
  • Stormtrooper ( from the Star Wars series)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

How to be a good "Alan" in the Hangover for Halloween


Zach Galifianakis as Alan in the "Hangover"
Okay. So I had so much fun last year that I decided to be "Alan" with Carlos again from the Hangover as my Halloween Costume.The Alan Character was played by the always quirky and funny Zach Galifianakis. I figured since now I had two years of showing up chumps in lesser versions of the costume I would tell the world how to do it.

So how do you do it? Can you still do it?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Scarriest Market Indicator Yet

Well this article on CNBC is simply terrifying. It states that insider selling in corporate america is presently rampant. The ratio of insider selling to buying is 3,177 to one, in three industrial sectors.

Apparently the article focuses on the top ten companies in the Nasdaq, retailers, and semiconductor market segments.

The contrary opinion stated in the article is essentially that this information reflects more on the cash flow problems of corporate executives as their pay and bonuses have allegedly been slashed. And ofcourse many of their real estate investments are under water so they don't want to sell them.

Could this be the precursor to a huge market correction? Could we see a P/E multiple contraction to reflect the tremendous risk perceived in holding dollar assets?

This commentator is trying to decide what to sell to have significant cash around to take advantage of a market correction.

With gold and silver this high its difficult to continue to bet on it going up. If gold hits $1500 an ounce I will likely sell off a majority of my tiny position in it. I haven't yet sat down to pontificate on what silver price would lead me to sell.

One strange anomaly of late is that the Gold and Silver ETFs seem to go down on the same day that the stock market goes down. I suppose this could be a reflection of a strengthening dollar causing less foreigners to invest in the market and also perhaps fewer people to buy precious metals as a hedge against a declining dollar. This seems counter intuitive to me. If we have a major breakdown in the market ( which I expect at some point) which would be further asset depreciation we could see a rally in the commodities ( staples inflation). Call me a pessimist but I see this worst of all worlds situation as a real possibility. Other nightmares include a Japan style endless recession and deflated asset prices that never come back.
However, the optimist in me realizes that great market fluctuations such as this create real opportunities for the smart contrarian investor willing to go against the crowd have ample cash and take advantage of a potential sale on dividends. If dividend yields go up as a consequence I plan to be on a stock shopping spree.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wish list

Wish list

Launched Outdoor Blog

Just to announce I have launched a hobby project, a blog called Outdoors Los Angeles.
I hope to use it to post about all things outdoors for Southern Californians. I hope to post trip reviews, gear reviews, book reviews, and any other information that would be interesting to an outdoorsy person in the Los Angeles area.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Taking a break from Facebook

Hey all,

I thought one or two of you rss subscribers might get this. After my friend Mark (no not valencia) described deactivating his facebook account I decided to take the plunge yesterday. Apparently all my stuff is still there and can be recreated.

Just taking a break from it. So please don't think I am blocking you or anything.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Review of MSR Hubba Tent

Originally submitted at REI

The popular MSR Hubba tent offers 1 person 17 sq. ft. of space and weighs less than 3 lbs.—you get room to stretch out without weighing yourself down.

Great Single Person Tent!

By Twinedog from Los Angeles, CA on 9/16/2010

5out of 5

Pros: Easy To Set Up, Windproof, Excellent tent stakes, Lightweight, Comfortable, Can sit up in

Best Uses: Backpacking

Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer

What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven

This is a great tent. I first got interested it because a friend in a backpacking group had the tent. I was considering some other brands of one person tent. What is great about this tent is that the entrance is at the long side or the rectangle instead of on one of the short ends. This makes it much easier to get into and out of of. Also its free standing, does great in the wind, is very light and allows me to sit up in.
I am 6ft , 200lbs or so and I don't feel too cramped in this tent. Ofcourse my pack and boots have to remain in the vestibule.

I recently got back from a four nighter ( my second time using this tent). I only had some minor condensation at over 10,000 ft when it was extremely cold. However, everyone else's tent had condensation as well in fact even more so than mine.

I would buy this tent again in a heartbeat.