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Tax reform euphoria, maybe.

I can’t do better for us than what we did today.

Tax reform got closer. The house passed their bill. That was stockmarket euphoria.

Personally, I don’t put much faith in the Senate coming to the tax reform party.

But the economy is chugging handsomely along.

And everyone likes tech stocks.

I had an idea. Why not publish the list of stocks we like? So… drumroll .. here from the right hand column on the web site is the updated list:


I’m not arguing for equal allocation. My biggest holdings are Square, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Paypal, Apple, Salesforce, Alibaba, and Berkshire Hathaway.

Credit card tricks

1. I can open many front doors with a credit card. Please use your deadbolt when you go out.

2. You probably have a bunch of credit cards in your drawer you don’t use and don’t need. You can kill them. But check (1) They don’t have regular payments for things you probably don’t want (like blades for shaving), and (2) They don’t have airline miles on them. Transfer them to another credit card. Credit cards typically cost $85 a year.

Useful Stuff

+ Don’t leave your only electronic key in your car. These days cars lock themselves.

+ Banks and others online don’t like dashes. Enter your credit card and phone numbers without dashes. You’d think these morons could program their computers to ignore dashes.

+ Overseas calling cost from $5 a minute to pennies a minute to free. Facetime on WiFi is the big bargain. It’s free. My grandkids look even smarter free.

+ T-Mobile is much improved, and cheap.

Picking a new laptop 

Number one rule: If yours works, don’t change it. Get more memory and a solid state hard drive. That will significantly speed it up.

If you must buy a new one, the key considerations:

+ Weight.

+ Screen size and pixels. Too many pixels on a small screen makes words hard to read. Ctrl + makes things bigger. But not in all programs. Magnifiers work, but are a pain.

+ Keyboard. Some are getting smaller. Some are chiclets and hard to use. I want something I can type on.

+ The operating system. Windows 10 simply doesn’t work with many of the programs I use every day. Some people like it. I don’t. I hate Windows 10.

+ Consider a Mac. They’re very reliable. You can run Windows (any version) and Mac OS on the same machine. You can’t do that on a Wndows machine.

Don’t buy sight unseen.

Cable Internet Bill

+ Ed walked into a cable TV store. He tells them his cable/Internet bill at $250 a month is “too high.” They reduce it to $150 a month and throw in another movie channel. He doesn’t know why it was so “high”, nor why they reduced it. He left the store happy, but feeling stupid he hadn’t walked in earlier.

+ Ed had the cable man visit. His Internet was slow. He got the cable man to replace all the wires and all the splitters, and tighten up all the connections. He asked the cable man to check out the hall. There the cable man found an old filter. These filters were installed in the old days to stop spurious signals coming from the apartment and messing up the cable. Remember coaxial cable is one cable for everyone, not like Verizon FiOS which gives one cable to each subscriber. The filters didn’t affect the TV signals. But tho did affect Internet (which came later). Hence removing the filter will speed up your Internet.

My unremarkable brain

I did stupid. I banged my head lifting it up. It hurt. I got a nasty bump. Three days ago I had two hours of frightening dizziness.

Doc. Jerry said MRI, just to be sure. I got one that afternoon.

The verdict: an unremarkable brain.

Translation: no blood. No bubbles. Unremarkable brain.

Money laundering par-excellence

Someone paid $450.3 million for this:


Wrote the New York Times:

“It’s been a brilliant marketing campaign,” said Alan Hobart, director of the Pyms Gallery in London…

It is the 12th artwork to break the $100 million mark at auction, and a new high for any old master at auction, surpassing Rubens’s “Massacre of the Innocents,” which sold for $76.7 million in 2002 (or more than $105 million, adjusted for inflation).

If you need to flee quickly, pricey art is more compact than cases of cash.

$450 million in hundred dollar bills weighs 9,981 pounds, or just under five American tons. That probably won’t fit in your overhead bin. United will undoubtedly drag you and your money off the plane.

One reviewer wrote “crap*y picture, nice frame.”

Read the New York Times piece here. 

Raising the titanic


Did you hear what Lord Delfont said when asked about the cost of his film Raising the Titanic?

“It would have been cheaper to have lowered the Atlantic.”

Bad puns to try on your kids this weekend

+ Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

+ A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

+ Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: “Does this taste funny to you?”

+ An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at, either.

+ Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

+ A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “Why,” they asked, as they moved off. “Because,” he said, “I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

+ Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him: A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

Harry Newton, who met with some neat Russian entrepreneurs today. It’s wonderful how many immigrants see America as the land of startup opportunity.