SSDD In Texas

We have a new governor and new legislature here in Texas. Mostly Republican, largely Tea Party. The current group of wingnuts said the last group was not conservative enough. Granted, the last group said the group before them was not conservative enough.

I think a lot of conservatives are pathological. Nothing is ever conservative enough for them. News flash: If nothing is conservative enough, maybe the problem is you.

A few writers on the Texas Tribune Tribcast were wondering how much more can some of the policies get, especially with abortion. I write this in jest, but it may come to pass: Perhaps there will be a menstruation fee, since that is a potential fetus leaving a woman’s body. If they are willing to lie about the timelines for fetal pain and fetal heartbeat, what would stop them from saying life begins at ovulation?

Governor Goodhair is leaving the scene. He was a state representative for six years, then Ag Commissioner from 1991 to 1999, Lt Gov for about a year, and was the longest-serving governor in Texas history for 14 years. What is it with conservatives who spend a long time in government, all the while saying government is the problem? (And Republicans think the answer to bad government by Republicans is to elect more Republicans.)

We might see less “crony capitalism” here in Texas. Perry started the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which seem to steer a lot of money towards Perry’s contributors. He also started the Texas Enterprise Fund, which unlike the other two does not have a reputation for being a slush fund for his friends, but does play a part in bringing business to Texas. All three have not always been closely monitored to ensure that companies were creating as many jobs as they claimed they would. Perry is one of those conservatives who think the government should stay out of the free market when it comes to clean air and water, but not when it comes to giving money to people and companies that do not really need it.

If Texas is such a great place to do business, why does the state have to bribe them to come here?

Perry is also famous (or infamous) for going to states with Democratic governors and telling companies based in those states to come to Texas. In all seriousness, why did he never go to states with Republican governors? If you really think that Texas has a better model that all 49 of the other states, then why not say so in all 49 of them? For one thing, you might inadvertently inspire companies in those blue states to look at other red states, and not come to Texas. And why is it that Perry would ask people from more educated states like California and Illinois to come to Texas, but he never went to Mississippi or Alabama? Does Perry want people from more educated states, or does he need them to come here? Whose model is really being validated here?

In other words, Perry is practicing corporate socialism: It works until other states run out of educated workers.

And then there is our new governor, Greg Abbott. Mr Stuff For Me, But None For Thee. He is in a wheelchair because a tree fell on him. He is rich because he sued the landowner and landscaping company and they paid him about $14,000 a month for several years. And he has been against accomadations for handicapped people at public facilities, and all for tort reform. I wonder what would have happened if Greg Abbott’s policies had been in place when the tree fell on him. But I am sure there is some convoluted legal argument about why it’s okay for him but not for you.

While he was still AG, his office ruled that chemical plants did not have to file reports about what compounds they had at their sites. The reasoning was that terrorists might use that information. But then Abbott said if anybody wanted that information they could just ask the chemical companies. If I can just ask for it, why can’t a terrorist just ask for it?

It is hard to believe that this is happening after the disaster in West, Texas. There is a town called Athens that almost had a similar disaster a few months ago (see here and here). Abbott said all you need to do as a homeowner is drive around your town to see if there are any potential risks.

This sounds like the typical conservative idea that companies need to be coddled and shielded from any liability or responsibility for their actions, and all the burden is on citizens. I think that companies should file that information with the government, and it should be available to citizens. If a company is putting people at risk, the burden should be on the company to tell people. Conservatives talk about responsibility, but they always seem to shift it to the people least able to bear it.

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Thoughts On New York

This past Christmas I went out to New York to see my brother and his family. The live on Long Island. Two boroughs of NYC are on Long Island, but when people in the NY Metro area say “Long Island”, they mean the parts of LI that are not NYC.

He is very religious, a Roman Catholic, and we don’t always get along. (He is also a libertarian; how you can be both is frankly beyond me.)

We were not raised religious. Our parents are from Irish Catholic families. My mother went to Catholic school all the way through college. She went to Dominican University in River Forest. At the time it was called Rosary College. They had all three of us baptized, but they stopped going to church before I was born.

He has tried to convert all of us. He even tried to convert our mother, even though she has heard it all before. I don’t understand why religious people can’t get it in their heads that if something was not convincing the first 500 times, I won’t be convinced the 501st time.

Sometimes our phone conversations would degenerate into shouting matches. At one point I decided to limit them to five minutes. That worked a few times. Then once I hit the five minute mark, and I thought that things were going well so I would continue. Then it went south.

He and his wife have two kids. I did not go to the baptisms. I am not going a thousand miles out of my way to go to a church. But I can’t put this off forever, so in late November I called him up and asked if he was open to the idea of a visit. He said he was, so I went.

I drove out there just before the 24th, and I came back starting on the 28th. I really do not like flying. I finally got to Maryland, but only for 12 miles along Interstate 81. So I have now been in all states east of the Mississippi River outside of New England except Delaware. My mother thought I should fly because she was worried a long drive would be a lot of wear and tear on my car.

It was a lot of wear and tear on my car, but it was all in New York City and on Long Island. The roads are in really bad shape; they are very bumpy, there are a lot of potholes, and manhole covers don’t make for smooth driving either. I thought that roads in parts of Illinois were bad. It hurts my back just thinking about it. I know there is a high population density, but they really need to fix their roads. People in the rest of the country wonder why New Yorkers seem so rude. Probably because their brains are getting scrambled every time they drive. Yes, it would be difficult to change things. But in all seriousness, I cannot understand why they don’t do something about it.

On top of that, Long Island roads are not in a grid. It’s like they were planned out by a blind man with no arms. On the way there I got off of one expressway onto another, and I went around 180 degrees, and the street names for the exit were the same but in reverse order. So they seem to have two expressways that cover the same territory. I just want to get from Point A to Point B. If I want scenic, I will walk. I don’t like a layout that forces me to think about things I should not have to think about.

My brother got married on Long Island. Our family came in from all over. Just about all of her family was from there and living there. Long Island seems like a black hole. People go there, or they are born there, and they never leave. My sister-in-law went to college in upstate New York, and that was a big deal. At one point I overheard a women go on about how blessed they were to live on Long Island, in New York and near the ocean. First off: If you like the ocean, fine. Don’t complain the next time there is a hurricane. Secondly: I was a bit irritated that I drove over a thousand miles and I hear the same mentality I hear all the time in Texas.

I also had to pay four tolls for New York City. One to get in and one to get out each way. It would be nice if there was a way to go from the mainland to Long Island without paying a fee. I know Bloomberg did it to end congestion, but if you are just passing through are you really adding to the congestion as much as people who are going to stop in the city?

I made a comment to my brother that people seemed to wait a long time at red lights. A lot longer they need to. I thought that New Yorkers did not seem as intense as their reputation. My brother agreed. He has been told by new Yorkers that he is abrasive and that he talks quickly.

My brother named his son after our great-great grandfather. I knew that our great grandfather had been born in Ireland. I thought that he came over as a young child with his parents, but apparently he only came over with his mother. His father died in Ireland. His daughter is named after our great grandmother. She was born in Ireland and came over with her parents when she was young. She died when we were young.

My nephew is the spit-up king. Fear him.

For the most part there was not a lot of religion. My sister-in-law told me that my brother discourages their daughter from using her left hand for things. Most of our ancestors were from Ireland. Some were from the Scottish Highlands. At one point my brother said he hoped that our Scottish ancestors were not Presbyterian. I don’t know if they were, and there is not much we could do about it if they did.

I did tell them about dividend growth stocks. When I was an indexer, I sent him some books (a few mentioned here). But when I explained the concept of dividend growth investing. It’s like compound interest with an increasing interest rate. He seemed interested. I will see if I can find a few good books to send him. I might send him some links to a few good sites.

Climate change data point: I drove from Chicago to Long Island in 2007 for my brother’s wedding. There was a lot of snow in Pennsylvania on the way back. I took a different route this time, but there was no snow at all.

I might go again in July for the first birthday of The Spit Up King.

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2014-12 Dividend Income Report

Here is the dividend income report for December, 2014.

The monthly dividend income came out to $909.86. The yearly income total for 2014 through the end of the month was $4,438.02. As with every December, RLI paid both a regular dividend ($0.18/year this quarter) and a special dividend ($3.00/share this year). Even without the special dividend, the total for the month was $570.45, and the yearly total was $4,098.61. The special dividend came out to $339.41. The special dividend alone was more than the total for most months. Still, 2014 was a better year than 2013.

The income for December, 2013 was $594.59, and the yearly income total up through that month was $3,406.20.

The three-month moving average for December, 2014 was 481.67, and the twelve-month moving average was $369.80. For December, 2013 those numbers were $344.05 for the 3MMVA, and $283.85 for the 12MMVA. All these averages include the special annual dividends from RLI.

The year that I made the most dividend income was in 2007. I had my money in my 401(k) through my then-employer, and it was all in mutual funds. Most of them were index funds. I do not know if the international fund was an index fund. The total that year was $6,575.54. For 2008 the income was $5,420.86. I honestly sometimes wonder if this dividend strategy will work. Sometimes I think that the way to investing success is to have a plan and stick to it. But do I have a good plan? I am thinking about subscribing to The ETF Guide’s Profit Strategy Newsletter. The host of The Index Investing Show runs it and he talks about it a lot. He said they use some ETFs and covered calls to generate up from $500 to $2,000 a month on a portfolio of $100,000. It would be neat if that could fund my IRA.

In some ways 2013 and 2014 were mirror opposites in terms of the arrangement of stocks in my portfolio. In 2013, I did not buy any new stocks, I sold several (CAT, FDR, MO, PNR, as well as spin-offs) and I only increased my holdings in one stock to get it up to around 100 shares (COP). In 2014 I started a position in one (K), I only sold one stock (INTC, more if you include spin-offs), and I increased my holdings in several to get them to around 100 shares (AFL, BMS, CB, COP, T, XOM).

Sometimes I think that if I keep doing what I am doing things will work out alright.

Here are the stocks and the income amounts for December, 2014:

  • AFLAC Inc: $40.68
  • American States Water Co: $23.42
  • Black Hills Corp: $13.69
  • Bemis Co Inc: $27.28
  • ConocoPhillips: $78.32
  • Vectren Corp: $21.69
  • Questar Corp: $10.46
  • Johnson & Johnson: $23.94
  • Chevron: $24.45
  • Emerson Electric Co: $25.37
  • Sonoco Products Co: $21.44
  • Exxon Mobil Corp: $76.06
  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Co: $15.49
  • Walgreen Co: $19.23
  • Dover Corp: $9.08
  • Consolidated Edison Inc: $18.85
  • Kellogg Company: $49.71
  • Coca-Cola Co: $33.47
  • Valspar Corp: $17.46
  • RLI Corp: $20.36
  • RLI Corp: $339.41

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Thoughts On Babylon 5

Recently, the Austin Geeks and Gamers meetup had a Babylon 5 viewing party, and I attended.

Like Deep Space Nine, I had seen some of Babylon 5 in college. I was intrigued, so I got a hold of all of Babylon 5 (all five seasons, the movies and Crusade) and I watched all of it. I liked it. If I had to give a one sentence assessment:

It was a good story.

When I was in college, sometimes I would catch an episode in the dorm. There was a TV in a lounge that a few of us would gather at. I also remember looking at the Lurker’s Guide when it was hosted on Hyperion.

Like Deep Space Nine, since I had seen some episodes and I was familiar with the characters and the actors, the episodes that I had not seen seemed new and familiar in a strange way.

The organizer of the Meetup had met the creator of the series, JMS, around the time JMS was starting work on Babylon 5. I think JMS set out to create science fiction that was on the same level as great literature. I think he succeeded. Granted, one issue with science fiction is that even with great characters and stories, the special effects will get heavy weighting in people’s assessment. All the ships in the series were done with computer animation, which today looks dated. The CGI in The Lost Tales looked amazing.

I don’t know if I have decided if I like it better than Star Trek. As JMS pointed out in the Lurker’s Guide, a lot of people who don’t like Babylon 5 are expecting it to be like Star Trek, and he is trying to do something different. Plus there are multiple series in the Star Trek franchise. I think JMS does not plan on doing anything more with Babylon 5, and it looks like Star Trek will be re-invented every few years. I heard that JMS might re-do Babylon 5, but to my knowledge those are just rumors. If he were to re-visit the Babylon 5 universe, I would prefer he finish (or reboot and complete) Crusade. I think he was onto something special there.

One difference between Babylon 5 and The Next Generation is that it seems like in TNG every character was in every episode. Sometimes the character would only have one line, usually just summarizing the episode for people who were not paying attention. It was kind of annoying in a way. Maybe there were some contractual reasons for that. Deep Space Nine was better about keeping people out if they were not in the story, and even when they had one line it was not just a synopsis for stoners, but something more seamless and less obvious.

I also thought that the Earth Alliance uniforms in Babylon 5 were some of the best uniforms in science fiction. In Star Trek, I thought the uniforms for Enterprise and the movies with TOS cast (the second through the sixth) were the best. The uniforms from TOS itself looked like pajamas, and the uniforms from TNG did not look very military either.

I also like the use of intercutting between two (or more) things happening simultaneously. I know that is not unique to Babylon 5, but it reminds of something about what my brother said about seeing priests in The Godfather films: It is a signal that something major is happening.

It was a bit sad to know that quite a few of the important cast members had died. I knew that Andreas Katsulas had died a few years ago. At some point in intervening years I saw from the article about him on Wikipedia that Richard Biggs had died very suddenly and unexpectedly. Some of the lines by Doctor Franklin are more touching knowing that he had died pretty young.

Jeff Conaway also died a few years ago. He looked pretty bad towards the end of his life. I did not know he was kicked off of Taxi due to drugs. I remember reading a comment on a site about Babylon 5 while he was on the show from someone that they were glad to see he had gotten his life back together. I also found out at the Austin Geeks and Gamers meetup that Michael O’Hare died, and why he left the series. Unlike Star Trek, people never seemed to comment on the voices of the actors in Babylon 5. I think O’Hare had a voice for the ages.

There was some wisdom in Babylon 5. Who could argue with the notion that Susan Ivanova is the most beautiful woman? There was a scene where someone said unlike everybody else, they wanted life to be unfair, because if it was fair, then all the bad things that happen to you happen because you deserve them.

And I think I may have figured out the fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever:

  1. If
  2. I
  3. said
  4. you
  5. have
  6. a
  7. beautiful
  8. body
  9. would
  10. you
  11. hold
  12. it
  13. against
  14. me

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2014-11 Dividend Income Report

Here is the dividend income report for November, 2014.

The monthly dividend income came out to $291.27. The yearly income total for 2014 through the end of the month was $3,528.16.

The income for November, 2013 was $252.75, and the yearly income total up through that month was $2,811.61. November 2013 was slightly behind November 2012. Some companies that paid dividends early in the year brought them forward to the end of 2012, so 2013 was lower than it should have been. I have sold a few stocks, but bought more shares in the stocks that I kept.

The three-month moving average for November, 2014 was 357.30, and the twelve-month moving average was $343.53. For November, 2013 those numbers were $277.74 for the 3MMVA, and $291.18 for the 12MMVA.

Here are the stocks and the income amounts for November, 2014:

  • ABM Industries Inc: $8.57
  • AT&T: $27.75
  • Verizon: $7.70
  • WGL Holdings Inc: $14.46
  • Lowe’s Cos Inc: $12.26
  • Air Products & Chemicals Inc: $12.01
  • Colgate-Palmolive: $38.75
  • Clorox Co: $40.89
  • Hormel Foods Corp: $9.47
  • Northwest Natural Gas Co: $26.59
  • Abbott Laboratories: $11.62
  • Procter & Gamble: $36.50
  • Texas Instruments: $18.47
  • Eaton Corporation: $26.23

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Update On Moving Accounts

I have moved my checking and savings accounts away from JP Morgan Chase.

Granted, in the big picture it is not that big of a deal. Until rich people and large corporations start using credit unions or there is more regulations on banks not much will change.

I think we should go back to Glass-Steagall. Things were fine with Glass-Steagall for decades. It gets repealed, and everything falls apart in about eight years. I know a lot of people love to say that correlation is not causation. But sometimes it is a reason to pay attention.

I think other countries should also look at how Canada regulates its banking sector. Canada is the only country that did not have to give its banks any money. No Canadian banks failed during the Great Recession, and I do not think any big Canadian banks merged.

I still have two credit cards with JPM. I might keep one of them. One I have had for twenty years. It might hurt my credit score to get rid of it.

When I started my current job, I had a lot of money in savings, and about $4K in checking. When I made this move, I had about $30K in checking. I have had my paychecks go into my new checking account. I moved my old checking account into a second savings account. I may try living off of that. I will see what I spend each month, and transfer that amount to my new checking account. I think it would be interesting to see how long my smaller savings account would last.

I don’t know if I will be in Texas for the rest of  my life. If I ever move back north, I think I will go with a Canadian bank. Some of them have branches up north.

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2014-10 Dividend Income Report

Here is the dividend income report for October, 2014.

The monthly dividend income came out to $243.87. The yearly income total for 2014 through the end of the month was $3,236.89.

The income for October, 2013 was $184.81, and the yearly income total up through that month was $2,811.61. I made $198.43 in July, 2014 and $196.43 in April, 2014. I bought more Chubb; I now own just over 100 shares of CB. I think that going forward I will make at least $200 in January/April/July/October going forward. I might make less in January since Coke (KO) pulls its January dividend forward into December.

I have started keeping track of the three-month and twelve-month moving average of my income. I did this for a few reasons. Some stocks do not stick rigidly to a schedule of paying out every three months. I think ETN changed its schedule a while back, and VOD only pays twice a year. I also make a lot more in March, June, September and December than they do in January, April, July and October. I think that comparing moving averages will give a better idea how my income is changing over time given all these differences.

I have also decided that I will not try to get more balance in my monthly income. I wanted to buy more stocks that pay in January, April, July and October to make those months closer to the other months. I have a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of dividend announcements and payout amounts; it includes the stocks that I own and many I am looking at. I have noticed that a lot more stocks pay out in March, June, September and December than in January, April, July and October. Why fight the trend? Why not just go with it? I think keeping track of moving averages will smooth out these differences.

Which is the whole point of moving averages.

The 3-month moving average for October, 2014 was 368.19, and the 12-month MA for October, 2014 was 340.32. For September, 2014, the 3-month MA was $353.04, and the 12-month MA was $335.39. For Ocotber, 2013, the 3 month MA was $295.19, and the 12-month MA was $291.08.

Here are the stocks and the income amounts for October, 2014:

  • Automatic Data Processing: $27.69
  • Coca-Cola Co: $33.23
  • MDU Resources Group Inc.: $9.87
  • Kimberly-Clark: $46.79
  • Chubb Corp: $50.47
  • Illinois Tool Works: $26.00
  • Piedmont Natural Gas Inc: $19.14
  • Sysco Corp: $16.18
  • RPM International Inc.: $14.50

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2014-09 Dividend Income Report

Here is the dividend income report for September, 2014.

The monthly dividend income came out to $536.75. The yearly income total for 2014 through the end of the month was $2,993.02.

The income for September, 2013 was $395.65, and the yearly income total up through that month was $2,374.05. The yearly income this year through September beats the incomes for 2012 and 2013 all the way through to the end of November. I guess if I can keep working and adding money to these accounts, I could have enough dividend income to live off of in about a decade.

Here are the stocks and the income amounts for September, 2014:

  • AFLAC Inc: $38.37
  • American States Water Co: $23.26
  • Black Hills Corp: $13.59
  • Bemis Co Inc: $27.10
  • ConocoPhillips: $77.62
  • Vectren Corp: $20.36
  • Questar Corp: $10.38
  • Johnson & Johnson: $23.78
  • Chevron: $24.24
  • Emerson Electric Co: $23.06
  • Sonoco Products Co: $21.28
  • Exxon Mobil Corp: $75.54
  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Co: $15.42
  • 3M Co: $11.25
  • Walgreen Co: $19.13
  • Dover Corp: $9.04
  • Consolidated Edison Inc: $18.64
  • Kellogg Company: $49.33
  • Valspar Corp: $15.08
  • RLI Corp: $20.28

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Thoughts On Scotland, Water and the Future

During the decade or so I was living in Chicago, I thought that I was going to be in Chicago for the rest of my life. Then I wound up in Texas. But I do not think I will spend the rest of my life here.

One major reason is water. There was an excellent article in Men’s Health called “Who Stole the Water?” about water in Texas. Governor Goodhair is telling everyone to come down here, but not telling people that the water is running out. And since this is Texas, nobody wants to spend any money. As I wrote before, when you want to point out magical thinking, you say, “X does not just fall from the sky.” Water actually does fall from the sky, just not when and where you want it to.

I think Texas will not do well in the future. Climate change will hit Texas hard. It is already too hot for me already. According to the Drought Monitor, Illinois is doing fairly well. So I might go back to Chicago. Or perhaps up to Canada. I had thought about Portland or Seattle, but it looks like the northwest is getting a bit dry as well. I always thought the northwest was the best place to be to deal with climate change. Plus I don’t understand how Portland can have a drought. They are right on the Columbia River. Are they starting bonfires every time they light a joint?

I am toying with the idea of checking out Scotland. Part of my family is from there. Part of my family is also from Ireland. (Being Scottish AND Irish is NOT the same as being Scots-Irish. Scots-Irish are Lowland Scots who moved to northeastern Ireland. Some of them were not Scottish at all.)

My mother offered to take me to Scotland for a few weeks. I have not given her an answer either way. She is retired, and needs her money more than I do. But all the news about the independence referendum has got me thinking about looking into moving there. It would be a long shot. If they become independent, they will probably allow more people in. I hope they need software developers.

Another reason to go would be to find a wife. I have not had much success with women, so the idea that one woman will choose to do something that no woman until now has chosen to do is pretty slim. Plus, I do not want to break the chain.

I do not know too much about my family history. My great-grandmother came to the USA from Ireland with her parents when she was very young. She married an Irish man. All of her siblings went into interracial marriages. Polish and German I think. My grandmother married a man who was mostly Scottish with some Irish. Again, her siblings got their swirls on with Polish or Germans. Same with my mother’s siblings. And now my siblings are in interracial marriages. My sister-in-law is badda-boom-badda-bing, and my brother-in-law does not speak any Polish but has a last name with five consonants in a row that none of us can pronounce. (The “ski” at the end I can say.)

So if the chain is going to continue, it is up to me. Women have picked guys who beat the crap out of them over me. They can write me off in two seconds knowing nothing about me, yet somehow everybody fools everybody else. I do not assume that I will rank any better over there, but I could not rank any worse.

I did look at Craig’s Lust for Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are a LOT of American women who are interested in Irish and Scottish men. I am guessing it is the accent, because being Irish and Scottish has not worked at all for me. Seeing some of these ads gives me pause. Moving to another country is a lot more difficult than moving to another state. Moving inside of Chicago was a major hassle. Some of them are really delusional. One said “I want a older rich man who can come t the states (florida) and take me to vegas and marr and take me back to their country. And live happly forever.” Another said she was part Irish and part Croation. She’s soooooo Croatian, she doesn’t need to spell it correctly. Why place a personal in another country? What do these women think will happen? Then I think to myself: I am reading these ads, so maybe I am a bit off the wall thinking about this as well.

My employer does have an office in Edinburgh. I am guessing that the clients are probably in the financial sector, which I have heard is pretty big in Edinburgh. Many financial firms said they would leave if Scotland voted to become independent. (After that news came out, the “No” gained a bit in the polls; it makes me wonder who does Scotland really need to be independent from?)

Lately I have been spending more time learning some new software languages. That is one reason I have not posted here as much. I need to get a Plan B ready. So I guess my future might lie in Chicago, Toronto, or Edinburgh.

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Star Trek Videos Are Back

It looks like most of the episodes for the different Star Trek series are back up at the Star Trek site.

Lately I have been watching some videos by a trader who goes by the handle Aileron. (He used to go by “Airelon”, but now he seems to be going by “Aileron”.) I came across his now-defunct podcast a few years ago, and I liked it. He has a few playlists on getting started trading. I am going through the ones on money management now. He also has a forum and a website. I will get back to Deep Space Nine when I am done with the money management playlist.

My cable bill also went up. I will have to look at my bill. It was only ten dollars, but then again that is a lot for a $48 bill. I will call them to see if I can get a better price for just internet. When I was in Chicago, Comcast was charging me $70/month. When I got to Austin, TimeWarner was charging me $34/month, then $48, now $58. Their P/E ratios are a bit high, and their yields are a bit low, but maybe I should just buy some stock in the cable companies.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing what unfolds in Deep Space Nine (although I think I have an general idea). Then I will finish Voyager. I might also watch Babylon 5. I was at a Meetup event this weekend for a sci-fi meetup, and we watched a few Babylon 5 episodes. The host had met JMS, the creator of Babylon 5. I saw a few episodes in college, but since I have never owned a TV, I never got really into it.

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