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Friday, April 07, 2006

if they asked me, i could write a book

in the past several years i have heard "you should write a book" in response to my explanation of something i've done, or what i do. the more i do, the longer the explanations get and frankly it would probably be less time consuming to write the damn book and then periodically update it as time goes on... then, when people say "yswab" i can say, "i did" and hand it to them.
the truth is, i've always wanted to write a book, but my cursive isn't very good. then they invented the internet (see: self publishing) and as it turns out i've probably typed 800,000 words in the last 12 years, blogging and posting and whatnot.

so the thing that usually inspires the YSWAB statement is a telling of my dealings in the financial markets and how that coexists with my regular life choices.

here's the basic run down of the last 8 years, comment a-plenty cuz that's what it's all about.
i guess i'll find out how much room i get in a single post...

ok, so in 99 after steve jobs had been at apple for a few years, i knew he would bring the company from near bankruptcy to being a threat to microsoft. i also knew that the stock market was going to crash and take apple with it temporarily. in the summer of 99 i got a job at the pacific options exchange to learn how to trade options and to observe the markets from the trading pits. after a couple months there i enrolled at UC-SantaCruz and declared an economics major. my intention was to learn as much about the field of economics as i could so that when the tech crash was over i would have a double edge, bullish on AAPL through the bottom, a broader view of a two year freshener on economics. i noticed that a lot of traders don't actually know much broad economic theory, at least from what i saw at the PacEx.
I left in the summer of 2001, but i just couldn't pass my final classes in calculus without doing the homework...
have you been to santa cruz?
i was anxious to get back to san francisco to get set-up to trade apple options, but soon after we (i got married in santa cruz) moved back, the events of september eleventh (and electronic program trading) precipitated the closure of the PacEx.
on the other hand, the fed lowered the fed funds rate to 1% in reaction to 9/11 so i took a little detour on the 'trade apple options' path and bought a house in san francisco. we did a fully adjustable rate loan, which a lot of people warned me against, but ultimately saved a ton of cash because long rates fell (or were at least below the fixed rates offered at the time) the whole time we were in that house.
jeez what a boring book. this isn't actually 'the book' or any kind of rough draft, i'm just laying down the timeline, the backstory...
anyway, so for the next 3 years i traded apple options and generated big taxable gains which i then used to pay the mortgage which was pretty much all interest and fully deductible. then after 3 years, we sold the house and captured all the gains from our purchase price, plus all the money that we spent on monthly payments, plus all the principle payments we made. then we rented in Alameda and after a year of looking and waiting we bought a fixer upper. which we are now fixing up.
during the fix up, i am driving down to santa cruz three days a week to take the 10 units that i am short to complete my degree. this time i am doing my homework, although today i am cutting class because i had to go to the airport to pick up my wife and daughter from SFO.
my that's dry. is it dry to you?
i wanted to write it down to start poking it with a pretty stick.
now i will freely ramble.
i am a math genius, but i barely figured out how to find a derivative like two weeks ago.
i have logged about a thousand hours of playing jazz (and reggae, and rock, and noise... but mostly jazz) bass on stage in san jose and san francisco and various other places around and in between.
i can draw anything i see perfectly
i have had much more than my share of successful investment returns
i like butterflies
i also like coca-cola too much and have had to cut it away from me
i like blue and considered naming our child 'blue', luckily for her, she is a girl and is named 'violet' instead.
i pondered jazz and music theory for years and years and years, jazz is the music of changes
i just recently started studying calculus, it is the mathematics of change, i am finding interesting similarities
happiness and success are states of mind as is optimism and hope

well, that's a start
-][

4 Comments:

  • At 5:17 PM, Anonymous tumble said…

    Here's my quick derivative cut see what you think no words added just cut and paste:

    i like butterflies
    i also like coca-cola too much and have had to cut it away from me
    i like blue and considered naming our child 'blue'.

    Luckily for her, she is a girl and is named 'violet' instead.
    i pondered jazz and music theory for years and years and years, jazz is the music of changes
    i just recently started studying calculus, it is the mathematics of change, i am finding interesting similarities
    happiness and success are states of mind as is optimism and hope

    well, that's a start
    -][

    i am a math genius, but i barely figured out how to find a derivative like two weeks ago.

    in the past several years i have heard "you should write a book" in response to my explanation of something i've done, or what i do. the more i do, the longer the explanations get and frankly it would probably be less time consuming to write the damn book and then periodically update it as time goes on... then, when people say "yswab" i can say, "i did" and hand it to them.
    the truth is, i've always wanted to write a book, and hand it to them, but my cursive isn't very good.

    i have logged about a thousand hours of playing jazz (and reggae, and rock, and noise... but mostly jazz) bass on stage in san jose and san francisco and various other places around and in between.
    i can draw anything i see perfectly
    i have had much more than my share of successful investment returns

    then they invented the internet (see: self publishing) and as it turns out i've probably typed 800,000 words in the last 12 years, blogging and posting and whatnot.

    jeez what a boring book. this isn't actually 'the book' or any kind of rough draft, i'm just laying down the timeline, the backstory...
    anyway, so for the next 3 years i traded apple options. Then after 3 years, we sold the house.

    Then we rented in Alameda and after a year of looking and waiting we bought a fixer upper. which we are now fixing up.
    during the fix up, i am driving down to santa cruz three days a week to take the 10 units that i am short to complete my degree.

    This time i am doing my homework, although today i am cutting class because i had to go to the airport to pick up my wife and daughter from SFO.

    my that's dry. is it dry to you?

    i wanted to write it down to start poking it with a pretty stick.
    now i will freely ramble.

    i am a math genius, but i barely figured out how to find a derivative like two weeks ago.

    i can draw anything i see perfectly
    i have had much more than my share of successful investment returns

    so the thing that usually inspires the YSWAB statement is a telling of my dealings in the financial markets and how that coexists with my regular life choices.

    I left in the summer of 2001, but i just couldn't pass my final classes in calculus without doing the homework...
    have you been to santa cruz?
    i was anxious to get back to san francisco to get set-up to trade apple options, but soon after we (i got married in santa cruz) moved back, the events of september eleventh (and electronic program trading) precipitated the closure of the PacEx.
    on the other hand, the fed lowered the fed funds rate to 1% in reaction to 9/11 so i took a little detour on the 'trade apple options' path and bought a house in san francisco. we did a fully adjustable rate loan, which a lot of people warned me against, but ultimately saved a ton of cash because long rates fell (or were at least below the fixed rates offered at the time) the whole time we were in that house.

    i am a math genius, but i barely figured out how to find a derivative like two weeks ago.

    in the summer of 99 i got a job at the pacific options exchange to learn how to trade options and to observe the markets from the trading pits. after a couple months there i enrolled at UC-SantaCruz and declared an economics major. my intention was to learn as much about the field of economics as i could so that when the tech crash was over i would have a double edge, bullish on AAPL through the bottom, a broader view of a two year freshener on economics. i noticed that a lot of traders don't actually know much broad economic theory, at least from what i saw at the PacEx.
    I left in the summer of 2001, but i just couldn't pass my final classes in calculus without doing the homework..

    i am a math genius, but i barely figured out how to find a derivative like two weeks ago.

    have you been to santa cruz?

    here's the basic run down of the last 8 years, comment a-plenty cuz that's what it's all about.
    i guess i'll find out how much room i get in a single post...

    ok, so in 99 after steve jobs had been at apple for a few years, i knew he would bring the company from near bankruptcy to being a threat to microsoft. i also knew that the stock market was going to crash and take apple with it.

    i can draw anything i see perfectly
    i have had much more than my share of successful investment returns

    Temporarily.

     
  • At 11:31 PM, Blogger blue][erring said…

    wow...

    amazing. i am stunned. this could totally work!

    -][

     
  • At 12:18 PM, Anonymous tumble said…

    Yes.

    As you probably know I wrote and shot a movie years ago on DV tape. What you may not know is that in trying to edit I pretty much hit a brick wall. There are things missing and so on but the bigger thing is just that by myself it is both overwhelming and lacking the variable viewpoints to get through difficult parts. When you look at a storyline and it's in your head it has sort of one existence. When that doesn't work it's really hard to look for another way to do it.

    Believe me I've tried and I do have ideas for it but the thing is someone else looking at it sees all new possibilities and is not weighed down by preconceptions or at least not the same ones.

    that is what I believe jazz is all about and rock climbing, when you do it with somebody else break throughs happen because you look at the problem different and suddenly all new possibilities show up.

    At it's best, insurmountable problems melt away.

    At worst, competing iterations on a theme make slow but incremental progress.

    Writing isn't historically collaborative but I think with the advent of the web perhaps it is becoming that way.

    Okay let me take that back a little at worst it is a horrible experience where you have a great concept or story and it progressively is reduced to rubble by talentless hacks. The worst of it being that they recognize talent but can't help mutilating it. So that can happen and if it does then it's discouraging but if you work with people that add real creativity rather than take away then you have Pixar.

    When I was in film school there were mostly people that took a good idea and then wanted to rewrite it completely and if you watch movies about Hollywood it's "always" that "tongue in cheek" art turned to crap not because it doesn't really happen but because it usually does.

    Changing something just for the sake of change isn't good. It has to be to really improve it somehow.

    All I did was take your text and move it around a little temporally. I held back rather than spill.

    That's a well known dramatic trick but I saw it immediately as I was reading. I also tried to modify the pacing a little. Mix it up some. I also repeated some lines to give it what I would call a mechanical feel which hopefully lends a sense of inevitability like a close up of the cogs turning over instead of a long shot outside.

    It is less likely that you would envision yourself as an inevitable cog in the wheels of time than for me to see it from outside.

    Eraserhead. The first time I ever saw it was in a sound class. It's really pretty impressive what Lynch did just with the underlying sound effects track. It creates a mood. Facts themselves don't supply mood. It's all about context. Since I already knew the context but I was objective I could reshape it.

    If you haven't seen it you might Netflix it.

    I just used Netflix as a verb. hmmm.

    Investment alert?

     
  • At 12:20 PM, Anonymous tumble said…

    Another quick suggestion if you haven't seen it on POV is "Adaptation".

     

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