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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Monday, May 31, 2004  
    MOVIE: Supersize Me
    Sophia and I enjoyed Memorial Day weekend by eating more than enough a two weeks and going to see the movie Supersize Me. It is an amusing if not eye opening view about what happens when one man decides to eat 3 meals a day at McDonald's for an entire month. The funniest bit was his vegan chef girlfriend.

    I think I would have quit the "experiment" when the doctors suspects my liver was beginning to fail or after gaining the first 10 of the 20 pounds he gained.

    My personal message: less soda, more exercise.

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    Friday, May 28, 2004  
    TV: Joan of Arcadia
    Joan of Arcadia is one of the sweetest shows I've seen. Drama. High school. A little science. A little cops. God.

    Today, Joan had to go to the dance with the school bully. Creepy. And as always, the show made me think about my life and the ways I impact those around me. The surprise this time was that the impact was definitely not direct.

    I feel like I need to start listening to the inner voice more. I need to jump outside my comfort zone and maybe start having a bigger impact on the people around me. Then again, maybe if I just crank out the best user interface possible, I'll make a huge impact on the people playing EverQuest2.

    Hmmm. I wonder if that's why I like writing games for a living. I like to think that we really can impact our player's lives, even if it only means entertaining them.

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    Tuesday, May 25, 2004  
    BOOKS: The Great Crash and Unemotional Investor
    I read two books this weekend. Both about investments. I'll talk about Harry Potter when the paperback comes out.

    The first was one I read in college economics but whose lessons I had forgotten. I saw it on the bookshelf and felt compelled to read it again. The Great Crash. 1929 by John Galbraith. 70 years after the Great Crash the lessons are just as strong about speculation and market hype. Brilliant book.

    The second is the start of my effort to really understand investing. Not the "guru" mentality but enough smarts to win more than I lose. To stop the market gambling... The Unemotional Investor by Robert Sheard of Motley Fool. Great mechanical strategies for getting returns higher than the DOW. Significantly better. Unfortunately, the statistical evidence in the 1998 book was refuted in 2000-2002 by several sources. The data just doesn't hold up. The 30 DOW stocks have changed and the basis of the technique that required dividends is no longer valid. Search for "Foolish Four" to find more evidence against Sheard's strategy. The best line is on page 43, "If you never went any farther up the ladder of investment sophistication than an index fund, who could blame you?" It seems like that might have been the point to stop reading for really good advice.

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    Thursday, May 20, 2004  

    Welcoming myself back, I thought I would blog properly and include some links. I think it is appropriate to include some links from the past that I still enjoy and I often wish these ideas were mine:

    Human Clock
    Matrix Ping Pong
    Motif Backgammon

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    Content is king. And this site has no content.

    What's up with life:
    trying to learn spanish
    going to my high school 15 year reunion in July
    summer in San Diego
    listening to books on CD as I drive my VW with the top down
    volunteering at the food bank
    hoping to exercise

    What's up with work:
    EverQuest II is close to beta
    Hanging out at the SIGCHI, IDGA, Flash user groups

    What's up with marriage:
    It's good. Real good!

    Now that you are caught up with things. I hope to get back to a regular schedule of postings. I don't think I can actually talk about EQ2 without permission so you probably won't be hearing much about that. And I don't really feel like opening too much of my life to the public so there won't be much of that either.

    So what is left to write about? Books, movies, games in general, the news.

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