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CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge

It’s too bad DNDN wasn’t a tradeable stock in the challenge:

Sports Column

Column Published

My latest column on the Twins, where I preview the team for the season is available here. Kudos to the Bleacher editors for getting that column up post haste.

Column Published

My latest column on the Twins, where I preview the team for the season is available here. Kudos to the Bleacher editors for getting that column up post haste.

Twins Podcast

Available here. It’s go time, the season starts for the Twins on Monday and all the roster moves have pretty much been made. The Twins went with an extra catcher in the 25th roster spot rather than a 12th pitcher or Josh Rabe. I tell you, I’d hate to have to make some of the decisions that Gardy has to deal with. I also talk about sabermetrics, blogging and trying to find a golden mean. It’s a nitty gritty cell phone only podcast thanks to gabcast.com, I’ll be live with the boys this Sunday on BlogTalkRadio at 7pm CST. Tune in. (Time had to be changed because BlogTalkRadio was fully scheduled at 6pm Sunday. Again.)

Nick Johnson, TTM Success

Got Washington Nationals first basemen Nick Johnson in the mail today, he signed 1/2 cards (and kept one of the cards) c/o Nationals spring training.

CNBC Portfolio Challenge

One of my portfolios surged into the top 1% of portfolios this week, CMGI was the pick and it was up about 30% at one point. Still, none of my other portfolios have lost any money and the 11 stocks I would have personally put my money into as speculation (including CMGI) would have put me up more than 15% in three weeks. Not bad. Deborah Taft is still tops in the leaderboard for the best performing porfolio over the course of the entire contest, but Joe Zheng owns 6 of the top 10 performing portfolios for this week. I think Mr. Zheng must have a lot of portfolios.

Whoa…

If you are not prepared to march on the Capitol building and start hurling rocks, I understand. But why didn’t all these protestors go sit on the tracks of the light rail, arms locked, refusing to move? Because they didn’t want to be arrested? Because they didn’t want to be late for class? Because they didn’t want to inconvenience someone on the way home from work?

I commend the actions of the one student (a former solider in the Iraq war) who broke away from the protest to stand in the middle of a crosswalk, refusing to move, while other protestors walked by him, yelling their anti-war chants. But why did he stand alone?

I commend the actions of the five people who threw red paint on the army recruiting center last year. But where were the rest of you? When did we all become so docile? When did the success of a protest become measured by getting a green light from local authorities?

Source. I used to be a columnist for that rag…

Random Link o’ the Day:

http://www.jimbotalk.net/

TTM Successes, Wooden, Ballingall

-John Wooden, HOF UCLA Basketball Coach, Signed 1/1 cards I sent him as well he included a signed notecard and a signed businesscard for the johnrwoodencourse.com. Three total signatures.

-Chris Ballingall, AAGPBL signed 2/2 index cards I sent her as well she included one of her own baseball cards which was also signed by her and she also threw in a photocopied newspaper article about her and her years with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

A very good day today.

Slobs are more Productive

Neat freaks beware:

“A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder,” by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman, a new book that argues neatness is overrated, costs money, wastes time and quashes creativity.

“We think that being more organized and ordered and neat is a good thing and it turns out, that’s not always the case,” said Freedman.

“Most of us are messy, and most of us are messy at a level that works very, very well for us,” he said in an interview. “In most cases, if we got a lot neater and more organized, we would be less effective.”

Freedman argues that it is neatness that is expensive.

“People who are really, really neat, between what it takes to be really neat at the office and at home, typically will spend anywhere from an hour to four hours a day just organizing and neatening,” he said.

Yet messy people are often cast in a negative light. In one study cited by NAPO, two-thirds of respondents believed workers with messy desks were seen as less career-driven than their neater colleagues.

To me, this makes quite a bit of sense. I always have a dozen or so projects going on and whenever I have to clean up, a lot of those projects get filed away or put into boxes and forgotten forever.

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