What did I do over Christmas? I ran the blog. I finished the rewrite of my first screenplay. I hosted the holidays at my house (both Christmas and New Year’s). But, most important of all……I created something completely and totally new.
I realize that the year isn’t quite over, but it’s late enough in 2016 to put together a retrospective of favorite “commodity king”, Mr. Dennis Gartman. This is the man, of course, frequently featured on CNBC, even though his daughter Courtney left the network earlier this year.
Although Gartman mostly makes market commentary, he also declared quite plainly in late August that Trump had “no chance” of winning the presidential race.
I did a couple of posts about the man, such as The Gartman Grid, which offers insight into how to interpret the often curious ponderings of DG, as well as a fanciful take at a new Broadway production Gartman The Musical, inspired by a comment left here on Slope.
A more serious (and time-consuming) undertaking was to go through all of the Gartman-specific posts on ZH that called out concrete buy or sell recommendations from Gartman. Now “concrete” is a little tough with a man who peppers his speech with words like “gently” and “slightly” and “very very lightly”, but I’ve tried my best. I can understand his reticence to make the bold declarations that he used to (e.g. “I have never been so bullish of oil”) given the tomato-throwing that often ensues when he’s wrong.
That’s a big question. Let’s break it down into four sub-questions.
Question One is…..why am I – – Tim Knight – – here on Slope?
I am here for a number of selfish reasons. First, I have a need to express myself. I can’t paint, I can’t draw, I can’t really sing………so I write. I have been writing professionally since I wrote my first nationally-published article as a 15 year old boy, and I haven’t stopped in the many decades since. I’m a writer, and it gratifies me to share my thoughts with an audience.
I am also here for a monetary reward, albeit a relatively small one. My beloved Slope Plus subscribers constitute the vast majority of revenue here, which is why I try to give them the best I possibly can. But I also find psychic gratification in the knowledge that I’ve built a popular community here. After nearly a dozen years of doing this blog, it still amazes and humbles me that people elect to spend part of their lives here.
There are only a handful of times in my life when I’ve been stunned by technology. One of them was in December 1979 when I had access to a personal computer, the Commodore PET. Another was when I went to see Pixar’s first movie, Toy Story, in a theatre. The most recent was this weekend, when my HTC VIVE – Virtual Reality System arrived.
I honestly expected to buy this, try it for a few hours, and return it. I was just curious since, due to my product House Safari, I am always on the looking for interesting new technologies that might have something to do with house hunting or real estate. When Google Earth VR was announced just a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to try it.
I recognize all too well how the country has been completely obsessed with the (surprising) results of the presidential election. I frankly find the government – in all its flavors (federal, state, city) to be a nuisance with which I’d like as little to do with as possible, so I don’t get real worked up about who the temporary occupant of the White House is. As for the recent election, I wanted both of them to lose, so I got half my wish.
All the same, I do think the POTUS has two important roles in our country: (a) moral leadership (b) security through temperament.