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Old 04-09-2017, 10:08 PM   #301
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Re: Work Space for Learning How to Research Stocks

So beautiful out today!!

Someone at the beach was feeding the birds, and they got so excited. Maybe the key to taking better photos of birds is being willing to share a snack with the 'talent'?

It feels like this turned out better than the photo of the geese? Not sure if everything's lined up in the right spots, or if the lighting's ideal, and stuff like that though - the weather's been so beautiful the last couple of days, haven't had a chance to keep up with lessons.

Guess maybe there'll be a chance to catch up this week?

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Old 04-10-2017, 05:36 PM   #302
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So pretty out! Am heading out the door now ...
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Old 04-10-2017, 08:35 PM   #303
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Am hoping to complete a couple more photo lessons tonight - they're super short, but sometimes when there's a fresh little nugget of info, guess it can be nice to pause the video and try out the new tip? So then a 10 minute video wind up taking an hour and a half to complete? Sometimes


Was just relaxing a little bit first, after finishing up the dishes - with a little Dancing with the Stars, and looking at more tote bag patterns on pinterest ...

Look at this stunner!

Can't seem to find any more details about it though, because the link seems to be broken - must keep searching for more info!

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Old 04-11-2017, 06:18 PM   #304
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My new meat tenderizer arrived today - am hoping it'll make a difference on those little cuts of steak they sell at the store, that are less than $10?

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Hope my steak pizza turns out - GL me!
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Old 04-11-2017, 10:02 PM   #305
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Nightly Update


Okay ... just took the garbage down to the curb, then came back in and put on my jammies - so am all set to relax and take it easy

Some random stuff ...


Kitchen Gadget Review - Meat Tenderizer

Saw a couple of restaurants on tv using these meat tenderizers on some cheaper cuts of steak, like sirloin and round? So decided to give one a try - the steak by itself wasn't great, but on the pizza with other stuff on it, it tasted really tender ... and this amount of steak only costed $1.75!

(couldn't get this pizza to look that tasty - hopefully food photos are covered later on in my photo course? lol )


Guess tenderized round is no substitute for a grilled ribeye or anything like that But maybe a meat tenderizer can make a big difference for stuff like fajitas or steak sandwiches? Will have to try making those next


Staying Patient with Investing

There was such an uproar over that video of the incident on the United plane yesterday - then after seeing the CEO's response, it seemed like their stock might drop today? So was super tempted to try shorting it - even though *just* last week it seemed very clear that was losing too much money by not staying in my lane of sticking to growth investing ... d'oh!

Maybe it's a blessing in disguise that my experience with SNAP has been so high variance, that it's made me a lot more hesitant about doing anything too rash? Took some time to look at UAL's long-term graph, and it's doing very well - so maybe not a good stock to short, for the chance at a small-ish short-term gain, when there's a chance of a large-ish long-term loss?

Really not too sure, since am so far outside my lane! Although, it looks like by the time my transaction would have gone through, the short-selling might not have gone well? So guess maybe this was another chance to be reminded to stick with the long-term holdings, and just be patient?


Wow, some pretty wild stories TMZ was able to come up with on that Doctor - made for some interesting reading!

Going to go get a mandarin orange from the fridge, brb ...
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Old 04-12-2017, 12:07 AM   #306
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Okay, back from my snack ...


Photo Lessons


The weather was a bit funny this afternoon - it would be sunny for a while ... and then a cloud would pass over top and it would rain quite hard for about 10 minutes. And then the sun would come out again ... until another cloud would drift over, and it would start to rain again! So it was sort of nice out ... until it wasn't?


Just decided to stay inside and practice yesterday's photo lesson on my strawberry bowl. The lesson was pretty neat - the video was pointing out that when the sun's bright, you can get very different results when (1) facing the sun, or (2) having the sun shine on your back?

So here's the strawberries with light coming from the window behind them (with a little shadow from the bowl on the table)

And here's the strawberries with the sun shining on them from the window (with a little reflection of the bowl on the table)

Can see a difference! So guess that's two new ways a picture can wind up looking pretty different - trying out different angles, and trying out different lighting?


In addition to watching the class vids, have still been checking out the photos of other students that have been getting posted - someone today confirmed that snacks are the key to a great photo

This one must be on Atkins.


Okay, guess that's enough for today - have some Spring cleaning have been meaning to do ... may do a little bit of that tomorrow
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Old 04-12-2017, 06:45 AM   #307
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Lighting is a big deal. The effect you can see with strawberries is especially bad with faces. I mean you see so many pictures on FB when face was taken against the light and you just can't see the face, only the silhouette.

Do you have a camera or are you using a phone?
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:45 PM   #308
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Hey Lapka

Just have my phone Wasn't planning on trying to get super serious about photography, since am not a very artistic person, or anything like that. Guess am just hoping to learn how to do the best with what is already there?

Am super glad to have tried something new, even if it was outside my wheelhouse - it's been pretty cool to learn more about lighting! Guess will have to practice lots more now and see how things go
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:55 PM   #309
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Goodness - came home and fell right asleep Not sure why was so tired today?

Now am all drowsy - may not be getting much done tonight
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The grocery store was packed just now. It was especially busy at the meat counter.

Saw a couple of people picking up fresh turkeys, but not sure if people are already getting ready for their Easter feasts, or if everybody's just getting a little anxious that the stores won't be open tomorrow? Isn't it a bit early to be picking up a turkey for Sunday - or is this the time to pick one up to brine it or something?


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Trying Something New - Unplugging From the Internet


Anybody have any little spending indulgences? Like buying stuff that maybe a lot of people might not spend money on, but makes you happy?

Guess a lot of common goodies people might treat themselves to are conveniences like coffee, or relaxing stuff like spa treatments. Was just scrolling through my Amazon purchases and noticed the weirdest trend in my spending habits - look at the stuff have bought in the past year

A manual phone charger

A portable phone charger

A phone charger for my car

A power bar with a USB outlet - to better charge my phone!

Wonder if may be a little addicted to my phone?

Or maybe in this day and age, everybody is a little bit since it's the way everybody stays connected, and find interesting info, and good stuff like that?

Still ... started to wonder what it'd be like to try doing something differently, the way Jaime Staples is completely changing his lifestyle. Tried unplugging tonight instead of spending time looking at stuff on the computer - and actually wound up making a reusable shopping bag after all. And it even works now too!


(the black one from Shopper's Drug Mart was the template)


Guess looking at stuff on the internet can be enjoyable because there's so much interesting stuff, and it's pretty relaxing. But maybe it'd be interesting to try unplugging for a change, especially now that it'll be a lot warmer and lighter out between Easter and Thanksgiving?

Or is that a silly idea?


May give it a try - will see
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Old 04-16-2017, 01:53 PM   #312
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Look at all the interesting info one can find when plugged into the grid Guess internet issues are a popular topic for TED Talks, so there was a wide variety of opinions on how much/little usage is optimal, how best to use it


Someone tried unplugging for a year, and he felt:
  • like he was better able to enjoy people and experiences when he didn't have the internet to entertain him
  • but because he used to use the internet as a distraction to combat boredom, he soon found new ways to waste time
  • and he did wind up feeling like he wound up missing out on e-connections, which made him sad because he felt out of the loop


Here's the vid - it wasn't that great a watch, aside from the findings:



And then here's some more ideas:


This person tries to keep his internet use to a minimum - had trouble getting through this vid to be honest


While this person is even more panicky at the thought of something happening to the internet than me haha! He wants us all to start putting in place a 'Plan B' for if something happens to the internet *right now!!1!* lololl





Some other vids were also pointing out that Wikipedia is a non-profit that relies heavily on volunteers the world over collectively caring about the site enough to ensure that it stays for the most part reliable (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P65XdTlk4vA).

And it's generally accepted that Wael Ghonim's Facebook page helped stoke the 'Arab Spring' in Egypt, which helped topple a long-standing authoritarian regime (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiwJ0hNl1Fw)





LESSON: Maybe the takeaway is that it might be +EV to just try to be a bit more mindful of how we're making use of our time, to make sure it's being used the way we feel is optimal?


Have probably been using the internet as a distraction to combat boredom - have noticed that thing about being more in the moment, after spending less time on the internet. May continue to cut back over the Summer, and see how that goes?


Will probably spend the afternoon doing my Spring cleaning, before the Easter feast! Hope everybody is enjoying the gorgeous weather!!

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It feels like my posts have started to flood the Jaime/Matt/Bill Perkins prop bet thread, so should probably start posting in my own for a change


Wonder if it'd be possible to make healthier food and have it be so tasty, that other less healthy food wouldn't seem as interesting any more? The Bollywood star's trainer was wondering if maybe we live our best life if we provide our soul with a healthy body, so we can best enjoy everything life has to offer? Kind of like that idea - guess am pretty good about eating fruits and some veggies ... and my portion sizes are fine. Also don't eat a ton of fried foods or refined sugars or carbs - but also don't seem to eat too many nuts or beans either? And guess there's room for more veggies?


Was looking at 'healthy' recipes tonight and was finding a bit of a mixed bag:

Guess this is kind of the stereotype of healty eating - looks a bit bland?

This looks tasty - so tasty, can't help but wonder if maybe it might not be as healthy as other stuff, not sure?

Are carbs not ideal? Would this be healthier as a salad than as a taco?

This seems like it might be both tasty and satisfying?

Guess it can be hard to know what's truly healthy all the time. Will have to try to get better at that - guess that can be a new hobby to add to my others


Still taking mediocre looking photos - will have to watch some more of those vids, for more tips!

Looking forward to being able to plant some veggies in a couple of months!

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Old 04-21-2017, 12:55 AM   #314
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Had something of a breakthrough tonight with the healthy living stuff, which is pretty exciting.


Guess have been moving in the direction of possibly trying to live a healthier life - so was looking at exercise bikes tonight. lol that the one of the bunch that caught my eye was the one that makes it possible to surf the internet and talk on the phone while biking

Guess the breakthrough came while doing more Spring cleaning - was just flipping through an old pile of magazines before tossing them into the recycling, and stumbled across a mini-article that had a Doctor recommending everybody, "make health your hobby."

The doctor was on The Bachelor a couple of years ago - people may recognize him? lol

Spoiler:



Anyways, was able to find a similar article/interview he did with USA Today online, and here were some of his tips:


There's so much focus put on weight as a measure of health - maybe because maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge when there's so many tempting foods so readily available? But at 115lbs, am probably no different from Jaime at making time for exercise? Hardly did anything this past Winter - and in Canada, Winter's like 6 months long ... that's half the year! That's probably why am always yawning so much in the Wintertime

Wouldn't be surprised if the majority of us aren't making healthy living priority - didn't Jared Tendler say in his book that it used to be common for even pro golfers to be out of shape? Until the Tiger Woods era, when everybody started paying more attention to details, like being fit and doing more mental game preparation, and stuff like that?


And then there was that idea of the Bollywood star's coach, about maintaining a healthy lifestyle being important for living our best life - he was also saying something like that when we maintain a healthy lifestyle, then we're more free to enjoy all that life has to offer including the occasional treat, because then we'll have earned it?


Really like those ideas of making healthy living a priority, to help with living a more energetic, less stressful life? With indulgences being earned - even did a bunch of exercises at home tonight after reading the article!

Glad am no longer drinking diet soda - this was just on the news:

Guess maybe the big challenge will be remembering to exercise indoors before taking it easy for the night, when it's cold or rainy or snowy out? And trying out new recipes can be fun - already spotting a couple of new salad dressing recipes that might be both healthy and tasty, that should be fun to test out.

Will see how things go - GL me!

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