Posts filed under “Rules”

90% of Everything is Crap

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Source: Mental Floss

 

 

As someone who has spent his fair share of time debunking nonsense, I love the elegant way Theodore Sturgeon trashed this anti-SciFi trope in the March 1958 issue of Venture:

“I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud. Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. are crap. In other words, the claim (or fact) that 90% of science fiction is crap is ultimately uninformative, because science fiction conforms to the same trends of quality as all other art forms.”

Excellence is rare, stupidity abounds,

 

 

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Mental Floss notes the following trivia: “First, as you can see above, Sturgeon himself termed this “Sturgeon’s Revelation,” however, accidents of history (and the OED) turned it into Sturgeon’s Law. There actually is a “Sturgeon’s Law,” and it is: “Nothing is always absolutely so.” Second note — Sturgeon is the basis for Kurt Vonnegut’s recurring character Kilgore Trout.”

Category: Philosophy, Quantitative, Rules

Byron Wien’s 20 Rules of Investing & Life

Outstanding list from a man who has accumulated much wisdom over the years:   Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years 1. Concentrate on finding a big idea that will make an impact on the people you want to influence. The Ten Surprises, which I started doing in 1986, has been a defining product. People…Read More

Category: Investing, Rules

Are You Trying to Get Rich — Or Stay Rich?

Last week, Bloomberg caused a minor stir with their story on C/NET founder Halsey Minor (How Halsey Minor Blew Tech Fortune on Way to Bankruptcy): “How do you sell the technology company you founded for $1.8 billion and five years later file for personal bankruptcy? For Halsey Minor, it may have been a fascination with…Read More

Category: Rules, Wages & Income, Wealth Management

Random Thoughts: Comebacks, Intraday Reversals and the like

Since it is a Friday before a 3 day holiday weekend, it is a good time to kick back and think about what the recent market action might (or might not) mean. • Most Day-to-day market action is noise, There is very little signal involved, with the vast majority of commentary simply after-the-fact rationalizations of…Read More

Category: Investing, Markets, Psychology, Rules, Sentiment, Technical Analysis

Bernard Baruch: 10 Rules of Investing

“Being so skeptical about the usefulness of advice, I have been reluctant to lay down any ‘rules’ or guidelines on how to invest or speculate wisely. Still, there are a number of things I have learned from my own experience which might be worth listing for those who are able to muster the necessary self-discipline:…Read More

Category: Investing, Rules

Warren Buffett Investing Quotes

Given that its the Berkshire annual meeting this weekend, now is as good a time to roll out these quotes from Warren himself:   “To invest successfully, you need not understand beta, efficient markets, modern portfolio theory, option pricing or emerging markets. You may, in fact, be better off knowing nothing of these. That, of…Read More

Category: Investing, Rules

The Fine Art of Being Worng Wrong

  “We are in the business of making mistakes. The only difference between the winners and the losers is that the winners make small mistakes, while the losers make big mistakes.” -Ned Davis “More than anything else, what differentiates people who live up to their potential from those who don’t is a willingness to look…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Psychology, Rules, Trading

Sell Out: “The Other Side”

  Reader:  “Is it just me or has Barry Ritzholtz gone over to the other side. I see him guest hosting Bloomberg more so maybe it just goes with the territory….I’m dismayed and don’t like it when these guys sell out. Roger Lowenstein and his article on Bernanke….in Atlantic Monthly. Just venting………” Fleckenstein: Lowenstein, who…Read More

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Psychology, Really, really bad calls, Rules

Sell Out: "The Other Side"

  Reader:  “Is it just me or has Barry Ritzholtz gone over to the other side. I see him guest hosting Bloomberg more so maybe it just goes with the territory….I’m dismayed and don’t like it when these guys sell out. Roger Lowenstein and his article on Bernanke….in Atlantic Monthly. Just venting………” Fleckenstein: Lowenstein, who…Read More

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Psychology, Really, really bad calls, Rules

Gerald Loeb's Market Wisdom

Gerald Loeb was a founding partner of E.F. Hutton & Co. He was the author of the books The Battle For Investment Survival and The Battle For Stock Market Profits. Following the 1929 crash, Forbes magazine called Loeb “the most quoted man on Wall Street.” Via Ivan Hoff, today we look at the rules which…Read More

Category: Investing, Rules