J Larsen

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  1. I need that Chico set.
  2. Personally, I wouldn't put so much effort into it. It either works for you or it doesn't. I find that some of it REALLY works for me, and I can't say why; it just clicks with me. This tends to be more semi-free music. On the other hand, a lot of free jazz just sounds like a bunch of tedious noise to me, and gets on my nerves.
  3. Yeah. Now there's a guy that REALLY sucks.
  4. Negative reviews are every bit as useful as positive reviews. I've only got so much time to check out new music. There are certain people on the board who have tastes that tend to align with my own. If one of those people had piped in with "woah, J, you really ought to give OP another listen and pay attention to X, Y and Z," then I might have. Seeing instead that my take on OP resonates with many others is useful. Like many others, I have a hard time seeing what the issue is? If I really, really, really had to pick a favorite album of all time, there is a good chance that it would be Interstellar Space. Feel free to start a thread ripping that one to shreds . It's no skin off my back.
  5. Sorry to hear that Moose. I suck at these things; I have a hard time saying anything that isn't super-cliched (it's got to be rough,it will probably stay that way for a while but I'm sure you'll be okay... (I do genuinely think those things but feel silly wiriting it)) so I will leave it to others to say anything intelligent and useful. If I were you I would focus on getting out of LA. Weather aside, OR is really nice. I've put in some years there and still miss aspects of it. Something about the place just seems well-suited to getting a fresh start. I know in Portland the people are very approachable and it's easy to meet new people quickly; perhaps that is it. Anyway, best of luck.
  6. I always found him to be bland. I also thought that was the majority view; I take it I was wrong on that.
  7. Venuti/Lang in "Running Low"

    This one is going to be a tough call for me, especially with all the Mile sets going OOP simultaneously. What is the general feeling about this set? I'm not too familiar with the material, but 8CDs of it strikes me as maybe a bit of overkill?
  8. Late 19th century. I actually do think that I disagree with the main thrust of the article. The article states that "the differences that matter most" relate to material inequality. I agree that material inequality is diminishing, but I regard these as the least important differencies. If the point of the article is that the least important differences are decreasing, then there really isn't much of a thrust to the argument at all.
  9. I'm still with Chas on this one (assuming I understand Chas correctly, and I have to admit I've misunderstood him in the past). I'm coming at this one from personal experience. I grew up about as poor as one can be in America without being homeless - welfare checks and food stamps were our primary source of income. That said, we had a four room apartment, TV, VCR (it was 1990 by the time we had one, but still, we had one), I had my own stereo, etc. I'm 14 years into my adult life now. I have been affluent for about three years, by which I mean I have an income that would make the overwhelming majority of the population envious. I am absolutley happier now, but it has nothing to do with the fact that my stereo, TV, apartment, etc are "high class." In that sense The Economist is correct. I derive my "excess happiness" from the fact that I am no longer stressed out about what might happen if things go just a little wrong. I am competely coinfident that I can withstand economic shocks now - in fact I withstood one earlier this year when I missed a significant amount of time at work because I needed to undergo a series of breathtakingly expensive medical procedures. Simply put, I am no longer worried about the future, short term or long term. With all due respect to anyone who may be reading this, I don't think that anyone who has never been truly poor is in any position to judge the value in that.
  10. While I do not share your general antipathy for The Economist, I thought this article missed the mark, largely for the reason you described above.
  11. Djangos.com is no more

    I am not from Portland, but my father lives there now (he's originally from Queens).
  12. Djangos.com is no more

    The Hawthorne shops have to still be there though, right? There was a great vinyl shop called Birdland where I saw some pretty amazing records from time to time.
  13. Djangos.com is no more

    Thanks, that's it! I discovered a lot of great music there either through staff recommendations or by buying blindly.
  14. Djangos.com is no more

    Too bad. I don't remember the name, but there used to be a great store over on Burnside, on the other side of the river. They had a seperate room for classical and an upstairs area for "world music." Is it still there? IIRC, there was a pretty good Indian restaurant next door.
  15. Djangos.com is no more

    I haven't been in that store since at least 1999. Is it still there?
  16. Djangos.com is no more

    Was this connected to the store in Portland, OR?
  17. Best video game system?

    Well, four years after starting this thread, I myself now own a video game system. I bought a Wii on more or less a whim a few months ago, and now have 10 games for it. Prior to the Wii, the thought of buying a system for myself never crossed my mind. Now that I have one, I have to admit it is a lot of fun. And you can download and play all those great SNES and NES titles if you want.
  18. The Brooklyn Zoo is the only place I have seen capybara. They are impressive.
  19. Have to disagree. Technical analysis is a tool. It's isn't the "answer"--nothing is. But it can be a useful tool. If you don't think the market doesn't pay attention to support and resistance levels, you're nuts! I realize people pay attention to these things, but I still maintain that it is a bunch of bullshit. Now there is constantly all kinds bullshit affecting the market, but I tend to disregard it because I find its impact to be much less predictable.
  20. Absolutely not. I think technical analysis is a bunch of bullshit.
  21. I think we are saying the same thing in different ways. You are correct that by sticking to comparing dcf valuation to observed prices, you will miss out on potential profits to be reaped from going long on overvalued stocks that continue to increase in value. For instance, I did not enjoy the benefits of RIMM's recent multiple expansion from around 60 to around 100 (those numbers are off the top of my head and are only roughly correct). To my mind, these profits are won by the so-called "momentum investors." I briefly experimented with this approach in a phoney portfolio and found that I completely sucked at it; it seems to me to be much more driven by luck than other approaches.
  22. I disagree with that. A properly executed value assessment should identify attractively priced growth stocks. That being said, I recognize that in the popular investing lexicon, "value investing" tends to refer to sticking with the tried-and-true names, while "growth investing" tends to refer to a focus on the up-and-coming names (although I have been floored by some of the blue chips that have been tagged "growth stocks" over the years). I personally find that focusing exclusively on one type of company or the other is a poor strategy.
  23. Just as it is more difficult to predict how long a stock will stay undervalued than it is to identify an undervalued stock, it is also more difficult to predict how long a stock will stay overvalued than it is to identify an overvalued stock. In my view, what makes sucessful investing difficult is that it is sometimes profitable to go long on an overvalued stock or to go short on an undervalued stock (depending on your time horizon).
  24. Nonsense. A person does not have to spend 52 hours a year (or more) for each stock owned to "beat the market," that's just silly. Cramer is an ass, but at least now what he's preaching makes more sense, especially compared to his previous churn churn churn ways. I agree that people experienced in following the market don't need to spend an hour per week per stock to beat the market. However, someone inexperienced could easily spend more time and still underperform the market. I maintain that it is relatively simple to identify an undervalued security*. It is far more difficult to predict exactly when it will stop being undervalued, and that is the skill that really leads one to making money. *It is at least as easy to identify an overvalued security, but generally more expensive and time consuming to profit in that situation.
  25. Black Market Music is where I always used to go to look at old crappy guitars and amps.