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Oil At $20?

I've been watching this closely.  I think this video sums up my analysis of the situation.  
The U.S. is pumping so much oil it's running out of places to stash it, and that could have a big impact on oil prices. So what happens if we run out of space? And what are the chances that will happen? Bloomberg's Tom Randall explains. (Video by: Sadie Bass, Maria Ling, Steven Jackson) (Source: Bloomberg)
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I never thought I'd come out in defense of President Obama. This poster has forced my hand.

The evidence of the man is through his actions and his deeds. 

Calculating. Amoral. Self-interested. Power hunger. Political. Liar.

I just don't see any evidence that President Obama is...

...a moron. Narcissist? Yes. Moron? No. 
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The BLS put out their monthly CPI lie last week. They issued the proclamation that inflation is dead. Did you know your costs are 0.1% lower than they were one year ago. They then used these deflation numbers to proclaim your real wages soared last month. It’s all good. The American consumer is so flush with cash, they decided to spend less money for the second month in a row. The Wall Street shysters are so happy with declining consumer spending...
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Ah! The truth hurts. 

It's never too early to start planning but; 
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it" ~ Yogi Berra,
and not before. 

It helps to practice finding the fork and here is one method at least as good as any other. 
Greg Guenthner explains how one simple line will let you know if the market is crashing – or simply having a bad day
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Stock Market Observations

My observations of the stock market coincide with Dr. Steenbarger's very nicely but I came to the same conclusions from different directions. His is much easier to understand. It's articles like these that puts Dr. Brett, as I fondly call him, on my "Must Read Daily" list. 
Recent market behavior in stocks has been confusing for traders, as we've had a good deal of volatility during 2015, with little ultimate directional movement.  VIX has stubbornly stayed above 15 for much of this time, a nota...
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Jose Delgado was born without a left hand. For the past year, Delgado had been using a $42,000 myoelectric prosthetic device which took signals from the muscle fibers in his forearm, translated those signal, and then used them to mechanically move the fingers of the prosthetic. 

Recently, Delgado met up with Jeremy Simon of 3DUniverse.org and decided to try out the Cyborg Beast prosthetic hand. - an open source 3D printed hand which cost $50 for materials.

Surprisingly, Delgado found that the 3D printed hand is more comfortable and it has been functioning better than the myoelectric device that is 840 times the price.

Simon is currently working with Delgado to print him a new hand with a stronger material called Bridge nylon. 

You can check out the video of Delgado comparing his $50 Cyborg Beast with his $42,000 myoelectric hand: http://youtu.be/BkK06113IGE

Via: http://3dprint.com/2438/50-prosthetic-3d-printed-hand/
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Given a couple of years I'm sure that they'll come out with a color version but in the meantime I'd settle for this. Time is of the essence so they say!
 
Carbon 3D - CLIP technology
The next generation of desktop 3-D printers might do away with the excruciatingly slow process that current units use. Researchers have unveiled a printer that replaces the current extruder nozzle that squeezes out melted plastic one layer at a time with light and oxygen. 

Traditional 3D printing requires a number of mechanical steps, repeated over and over again in a layer- by -layer approach. CLIP is a chemical process that carefully balances light and oxygen to eliminate the mechanical steps and the layers.

It works by projecting light through an oxygen-permeable window into a reservoir of UV curable resin. The build platform lifts continuously as the object is grown.

Their work builds on the process called stereolithography, an additive manufacturing technique developed in the 1980's that builds parts layer by layer with liquid resin cured by light. 

Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpH1zhUQY0c

Know more:
http://carbon3d.com/

#3dprinting   #carbon3D   #stereolithography   #scitech   #innovation  
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Forbes article for "bitcom buddies". 
Because, you know? One must keep up on these things. 
Thinking of paying your taxes in Bitcoin? That might not be so far-fetched. While you can pay your taxes now in Bitcoin using a third-party processor, states like Utah and New Hampshire are considering making it an official payment option.
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Understanding What Is A Trader?

"At its root, trading is entrepreneurship of the mind, one of the purest forms of intellectual competition in some of the most competitive global arenas." ~ Brett Steenbarger, Ph.D.

So as to not date myself let's just say I've been following someone I affectionately call Dr. Brett for a very long time. His posts has had a profound impact upon me, both in my stock trading and in my personal life. He has the ability to boil down to the essence and make something understood without "talking his book". Truly the silk in the mist of pigs ears.

By reading Reflections on What is a Trader one may find, In under two minutes, out how he arrived at conclusion and gain a lens that a trader, their families and friends and anyone else wanting to understand a trader's mindset may use for a lifetime. 
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Upon setting out on any journey it's not the destination that is the worry but the journey itself which is fraught with peril.  

Are we repeating 2007 or 2008?

This has been a question on my mind for a little over a year now. As the markets progressed and time passed I came to the conclusion that we were in 2007 again and now into 2008.

In today's manipulated markets will the same outcome come to past? That is the million dollar question.  But does it really matter? That is really up to you and me. How prepared are you for any outcome? 
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Macro Trend Musing 
Generally, if the adoption of new technology follows a trend like microprocessors, a.k.a: Moore's Law, then I posit that the computer took 20 years, the I-Pod took 15, the mobile phone too 10, the tablet computer took 5 and the next one will only take 3. What technology might that be? Why, the Internet-Of-Things, like you needed to ask. 

With all this in mind, mind AI. BOOM!
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Nanoparticle Networks Promise Cheaper Batteries To Store Renewable Energy

Earlier this year, Harvard University have developed a metal-free flow battery that relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant, small organic molecules to store electricity generated from renewable, intermittent energy sources.

In this way, the battery can store energy for future use when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine. However, this method is quite costly.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, batteries need to be cost less than $100 per kilowatt-hour to be economical. Now the good news is that -- Yet Ming Chiang, a professor of materials science at MIT, found a possibility to build batteries that cost less than $100 per kilowatt-hour with the nanoparticle network.

Nanoparticles is commonly used in conventional batteries with solid electrodes. The new development is having a nanoparticle network form in a liquid, and maintain electrical connections even as that liquid flows. The nanoparticle network can create paths for electricity to flow throughout the liquid in order to get five to six times more energy out of an experimental type flow battery made of lithium and sulfur. 

Top image - flow battery of Harvard University
Bottom image - just a normal industrial low battery from tantaline

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MIT: http://goo.gl/P5Fjbe
Harvard: http://goo.gl/Bey4pi

img src: http://goo.gl/l1alsN

#renewableenergy     #battery  
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If you are looking to make money in the stock market, shore up your personal finances, discover things that will save/make you money in the years ahead, or just want to have a little fun with life, then I invite you to follow me. 

I have been immersed in the stock market since my early teens.  While many of my peers viewed the market as a elite and mysterious force best suit for anyone else I have tenaciously clung to the belief that anyone could and should have a place at the financial dinner table.

I chose to be an lifetime entrepreneur and in the past was president and CEO of a company I took public but my first love has always been stock investing and trading.  I've never ceased to learn as a common man might about every aspect the stock market has to offer.  And in that common thread, I still believe that exposure and education is the key to expelling those fears of the financial world I astutely observed as a young man. 

Remaining true to the ideal that prosperity should be earned rather than just an offshoot of breeding or position, I have always put the success of others above my own and that idea still compels me today.

Now, with the advent of the Internet, I have found a home passing on those little tidbits of profitable knowledge that before now must have been passed down through a Ivy-League education or through conversation at the dinner table; a conversation seldom had these days.

Mi Casa, Su Casa

Welcome to the family and welcome to my home.  Think of yourself as family.  From one family member to another, feel free to ask questions, make comments, suggest a topic or concept might interest you, and generally engage in the dinner conversation as it is your own.  

I request comments include no links to spam, be on target, and have some other redeeming value. To me redeeming value is presented in the form of engaging in civilised spirited discourse, a tip to further education, questions that, when answered, can advance one’s knowledge of any subject at hand, and/or friendly banter. Tolerance to other types of comments will be arbitrary. 

My first real blog was/is Financial Widgets. 

Financial Widgets is the home to my "Trading To A Million Virtual Portfolio (TTAM)". It is a casual, eclectic blog aimed at doing just what it’s tag line says. “Stock Market, Money, and Fun”  isn’t just a tag line but a commitment to it’s readers to educate, entice, encourage and add a little wonderment to the oft-times day to day slog through the politics and pressures of financial life.  Often, it is a walk to a wild side of the my sub-conscious covering anything from macro-economics,science, to the lightest,. most irrelevant and obscure humor (irony included). Currently Financial Widgets is on a mostly extended hiatus (since 2010) while I develop other projects and learn new skills that will make it even easier for me to pass along to others those things I have found to be of value. Financial Widgets has never been a commercial endevour. This was by choice so if you choose to visit please remember that there are no sponsored posts, no ads of any type, and no warranties of any kind. If you see something that should not be there please drop me a line and let me know. 

Trading To A Million Virtual Portfolio (TTAM)

If you choose to wander over to Financial Widgets, consider checking out the "Trading To A Million" virtual portfolio.  It was started with a very simple concept.  Patrick wanted to show anyone that might be interested in stock trading how it’s sister activity, option trading, could be profitable with very little money at the start. (Update 10/XX/2014: Current studies have improved the efficiencies of the trading style to allow for reliable market entries with a starting portfolio of only $200. Stay tuned.)

It’s inaugural balance on August 18th, 2008 was only $2000 but in not quite two years it’s value ballooned to over $272,205 as of August 13th, 2010.  It’s simple concepts were ingrained in every trade ever posted.  It deals with one stock (An ETF actually) and one way to trade the options on that stock. The trades are presented as they were made and the making of it helped make me a better day-trader. The method is uncomplicated and easy to learn.  Studying it won’t make you a world-class trader but it might get you started. Please see Financial Widgets About page for the trading disclaimer. 


"This Nation was built by men who took risks - pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, business men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action."  ~Brooks Atkinson 


 
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