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So a number of people have asked me multiple times how I trade  stocks and how to make money doing it.  First of all I want to say that  it’s not a get rich quick kinda thing and its not quite like the kind of  stuff you see in the movies. Its actually quite slow and not the  frantic yelling you saw in like “Trading Places”. All your trades will be  done with a computer so things are much less dramatic, but just as satisfying.  So Brian, how does the stock market work? What do all those numbers  mean? I don’t understand why it matters if the down is up 20 or down  300?! First of all lets talk about how it all works.  The stock  market is exactly that, a market place for stocks.  What is a stock?  In  the simplest terms, owning a stock means that you own a part of that  company!  Now a company may have millions, or hundreds of milions of  shares, so don’t buy 10 shares of McDonalds and expect to get free Big  Macs on one of your drunken nights out.  So the “game” as alot of people refer to it as (and how I like to  view it) is all about buying these small portions of companies and then  turning around and selling them to someone else for a higher price.  If  you buy a stock at a certain price and for some reason it becomes  desirable (usually because that company is going to make  a lot of money) you can sell it to someone who is willing to pay more to own your part.      So to explain what the numbers mean, those are literally how much  more that stock is selling today than yesterday.  So if something is up  by 3.5, that means a stocks asking price by the end of the day is $3.50  more than when the day started.  So if a 10 dollar stock is up 3.5, that  means by the end of the day, you can sell it for $13.50.  You don’t  have to worry about where to buy or sell it, because computers match up  and do all the buying and selling. It’s important to also think about the points relative to the price of the stock.  A low priced stock like Bank of America, which trades around 8, being up 3 is a huge deal.  Something like Apple (think Macbooks and Ipods) which trades closer to 400, being up 3 bucks a share isn’t a big deal.  That’s the difference between making 30% on your investment and making 1%.   So now you know roughly how the stock market works.  In the coming  weeks I’ll explain more things about the markets and maybe some of the  buzz words you’ll hear when you watch CNBC or other business shows.

So a number of people have asked me multiple times how I trade stocks and how to make money doing it.  First of all I want to say that it’s not a get rich quick kinda thing and its not quite like the kind of stuff you see in the movies. Its actually quite slow and not the frantic yelling you saw in like “Trading Places”. All your trades will be done with a computer so things are much less dramatic, but just as satisfying.
 
So Brian, how does the stock market work? What do all those numbers mean? I don’t understand why it matters if the down is up 20 or down 300?!
 
First of all lets talk about how it all works.  The stock market is exactly that, a market place for stocks.  What is a stock?  In the simplest terms, owning a stock means that you own a part of that company!  Now a company may have millions, or hundreds of milions of shares, so don’t buy 10 shares of McDonalds and expect to get free Big Macs on one of your drunken nights out.
 
So the “game” as alot of people refer to it as (and how I like to view it) is all about buying these small portions of companies and then turning around and selling them to someone else for a higher price.  If you buy a stock at a certain price and for some reason it becomes desirable (usually because that company is going to make a lot of money) you can sell it to someone who is willing to pay more to own your part.    So to explain what the numbers mean, those are literally how much more that stock is selling today than yesterday.  So if something is up by 3.5, that means a stocks asking price by the end of the day is $3.50 more than when the day started.  So if a 10 dollar stock is up 3.5, that means by the end of the day, you can sell it for $13.50.  You don’t have to worry about where to buy or sell it, because computers match up and do all the buying and selling. 
It’s important to also think about the points relative to the price of the stock.  A low priced stock like Bank of America, which trades around 8, being up 3 is a huge deal.  Something like Apple (think Macbooks and Ipods) which trades closer to 400, being up 3 bucks a share isn’t a big deal.  That’s the difference between making 30% on your investment and making 1%.
  So now you know roughly how the stock market works.  In the coming weeks I’ll explain more things about the markets and maybe some of the buzz words you’ll hear when you watch CNBC or other business shows.

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So have you ever wondered how people can solve a Rubiks cube in like 3 seconds? I learned how to do this a couple years back and now I’ll teach you how too! 

This first part is solving one side of cube.  I always solve white because I’m not too good at it, but I can do it in around 2 minutes most of the time. The first part is the one that takes the longest and involves the most thinking, after that, there is no thinking.

So take your cube and solve one side.  Just remember one important thing when you solve that side.  The middle square NEVER moves.  That means there is a certain spot for every piece and it’s not random.

So you’re first job is to make a cross on the first side you’re solving. Then you get the corners.  I’ll make a little video and upload it later.

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So I’ve just finished Chapter  3 of Water for Elephants.  Shit, this book is inappropriate.  I guess  it doesn’t help that all my favorite books (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson,  Hunger Games) are books for 8th graders.
I’ve decided that I’ll be doing “Book Club” posts on this book from  now on.  I’m fairly certain this part of the book won’t make the movie.  At least I assume it’ll be done more tastefully than the book which is  like 2 pages of pretty graphic detail of how much this chick’s boobs pop  up and down.  The part where the main character just man handles some  unruly patron does remind me of work.
I’m going to play videogames now so next time I’ll have a much more thoughtful and detailed discussion of the chapter. 
Next time CHAPTER FOUR!

So I’ve just finished Chapter 3 of Water for Elephants.  Shit, this book is inappropriate.  I guess it doesn’t help that all my favorite books (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Hunger Games) are books for 8th graders.

I’ve decided that I’ll be doing “Book Club” posts on this book from now on.  I’m fairly certain this part of the book won’t make the movie. At least I assume it’ll be done more tastefully than the book which is like 2 pages of pretty graphic detail of how much this chick’s boobs pop up and down.  The part where the main character just man handles some unruly patron does remind me of work.

I’m going to play videogames now so next time I’ll have a much more thoughtful and detailed discussion of the chapter. 


Next time CHAPTER FOUR!

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Hmmmm, just my observations.

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So there are a few things you’ll need for this project.  For reference this is from Bob Ross’s show in Season 3 called “Night Light”.

1 inch
Large brush (like 2 inches
Fan Brush
Standard #10 painting knife


Paint:

Canvas painted flat black (acrylic)
Alizarin Crimson
Phthalo Green
Cadmium Yellow
Titanium White
Magic White
Van Dyke Brown
Burnt Umber
Yellow Ochre
Paint Thinner
Sap Green
(Unless otherwise noted, all the paints are oils)

Paint thinner
Plastic container for paint thinner to clean your brushes
A large roll of paper towels
Newspaper to lay down on the table
A sink to clean your brushes

Pick a nice open area that’s well ventilated to paint because oil paint smells bad.

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The Challenge

So I entered this contest, I doubt I’ll win since I have no plans on using that brand of supplements because I’m fairly happy with 2 I have already.  But the challenge and the timeline seem cool and what better way to challenge yourself.

Basically I took a before picture of myself this sunday with a newspaper.  In 12 weeks I will take an after picture and hopefully be super ripped by then.  I’ve mostly had positive support and a few giggles but I’m gonna nail this, fo sho.

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So after a long 13hr shift at work, I had about 30 minutes at the gym to run a couple miles before they kicked me out.  I ran out of time to change into gym clothes so basically it had to happen in my work clothes.  So i just got out of my car, jammed my wallet into my locker and ran 2 miles in my golf shift and scrubs.  Had to squeeze in something since I started this 12 week body transformation project.  More info to come.

Observations/Tips: Always wear spandex underwear when you work out, linen or cotton boxers hold onto sweat like crazy and become mad uncomfortable as soon as you start sweating.

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So my buddy Jon and I decided to make a painting.  He’s really into art, and I’m really into doing things I’ve never done before.  Paint?  Sure why not. 


So the plan!!! Pick a painting that Bob Ross has done, and watch that episode.  So we ended up choosing “Night Light” from Season 3.  We went out to Plaza Art in Silver Spring, dropped 175 bucks on acrylics, oils, brushes, and PAINT KNIVES. If you’ve never used a paint knife before, you are missing out, they’re so badass.  More coming soon on how we did it and tips on how you can do it too.

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I like starting new hobbies.  I start a lot of them.  I’m one of those jack of all trades master of none types. I want to keep you guys up to date with my progess, or lack thereof, because some people find it funny to see me fail or because sometimes I pick something cool that others have always wanted to try but were too scared.  I’m here to expose, teach, and try.