Archive for November, 2010

What do you do after you make a ZILLION dollars?

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In the dot-com boom I made a little bit of money and then proceeded to make every mistake possible with that money. It was like reading a Stephen King horror story written in blood across your bank statement. Several years later, I included the story in the intro to one of my books and gave […] Read On…

7 Reasons to Hate Me

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This is reprinted from a WSJ article from March but is appropriate today for various reasons: Over the past decade or so I’ve accumulated a number of people who hate me. The list below is not exhaustive, but it provides a guide to possible reasons you might be in that crowd. I make you $41 […] Read On…

Dating, Madoff, and Supply and Demand

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Christine Cardinal and I had adjoining paper routes and when we were finished, we’d invariably meet on the line between her route and mine. So one day, in tenth grade, I asked her out. Because, of course, I loved her. She said “yes”. That evening I was so happy I even told my little sister […] Read On…

Give and You Will Receive

(would anyone give to me?)

After a failure I feel lonely and afraid. Its hardest at these moments to pick yourself up and give a little in order to get. The only way to climb out of the hole, when you have a metaphoric needle sticking out of your veins and you’re lying in the gutter that the world has […] Read On…

Maybe insider trading should be legal

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OMG, you whispered something to someone who whispered to somebody on the subway and a guy overheard and made a trade and NOW YOU ARE ALL GOING TO JAIL! What the heck is happening? Every fund in the world is being raided, people are being threatened on the eve of Thanksgiving with prosecution, and all […] Read On…

Online porn, twitter, and my very personal addiction

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In 1996 I visited a friend of mine, Zach, who worked as a programmer in an online sex … I don’t know what you call it. A store? A facility? Basically, there were about five cubicles with girls in each one of them. All night long guys would pay for these girls to undress in […] Read On…

How To Live Forever

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Lets say you knew that on December 15, 2020, you were going to die in Springfield, Illinois. What would you do? Well, for starters you would probably prolong your life simply by avoiding Springfield, Illinois on December 15, 2020. It just so happens we can use statistics to see the future, and by doing so, […] Read On…