Category Archives: Books

The Normal Steve

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Yesterday on the plane ride from Seattle back to San Francisco, I finished up the Becoming Steve Jobs book which I wrote about about a week ago. The book is even more outstanding than I suspected it would be halfway through it. Late in the book, it mentioned Jobs’ last truly public appearance: this one in front of the Cupertino City Council, getting their approval for their gigantic new headquarters building. According to the book, Jobs was in searing pain by this time of his life, but his presentation shows him at his most personable and human self.

Becoming Steve Jobs

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Well, my long weekend in Milwaukee is over, and I’m heading home. I’ve never been to Wisconsin in my life. It’s nice to see a place that (a) actually has real weather (b) doesn’t charge you an arm and a leg for everything. Looking at the real estate ads, it’s just bizarre seeing places being sold for less than they even cost to build. Comparisons to Palo Alto become preposterous. One could buy up an entire neighborhood block of houses for what it costs to get a nice house in my ridiculous burgh.

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History Written by the Victors

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Well, grab your anti-nausea medication, because Ben Bernanke, on the heels of his one-week 0408-courageold blogging career, is amping up his credentials as a writer by penning his own book.

In spite of the fact that, years from now, I believe this person will be held up as one of the most disastrous men in power in U.S. history, he is currently able to get away with the self-congratulatory title The Courage to Act.

Sorry, Ben, but if the United States actually had “courage”, it would have let Goldman Sachs, AIG, JP Morgan, and all of the rest of them go belly-up and engaged in an honest-to-God organic recovery, as opposed to the fake-fest you foisted upon the feeble. Shame on you.

 

Targeted Capital Explained

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First and foremost I want to thank Tim for allowing me to write a post about my book Targeted Capital: The Art Of Low Risk High Reward Trading.  Second, I want to thank the Slope community as a whole; so far the reception of the book has been nothing short of overwhelming.  Thank you so incredibly much.

Targeted Capital Amazon Cover (1)

I wanted to quickly spell out what Targeted Capital contains for those who might be interested in picking up a copy of the book.  I truly think Targeted Capital contains relevant information for all traders no matter what their style, market, or preferred timeframe of trading is.  However, the last thing I would want is for someone to purchase a copy and find that it is totally irrelevant to their style of trading.  Here is what the book contains.

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A Christmas Memory

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I grew up in the deep south of the United States, and as such, I have a certain allegiance to Truman Capote. Here, in its entirety, is his short story, A Christmas Memory. Merry Christmas, Slopers.

Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago. Consider the kitchen of a spreading old house in a country town. A great black stove is its main feature; but there is also a big round table and a fireplace with two rocking chairs placed in front of it. Just today the fireplace commenced its seasonal roar. (more…)