Besides my usual subscription to Playboy, (which I totally only look at for the articles) I’ve actually been reading quite a bit lately. I’ve also been distracted by episodes of Shipping Wars, but I’m a little embarrassed to admit I like that show. So let’s spend the rest of this intro talking about the books I’ve read recently.
First up was a massively thorough look at the Columbine shootings, including an in depth analysis of the killers’ journals, videos and web pages. It busts many of the myths that surround the shooting, even to this day. It also spends some time trying to figure out what law enforcement could have done differently leading up to the shooting. A fascinating read, even though it probably gave me nightmares.
I think I’ve mentioned Jim Rogers’ book Adventure Capitalist on the blog before, but screw it. You’re going to hear about it again. Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip is equal parts investment book and travelogue, looking at the economies of the world as Rogers and his much younger lady friend travel the world in a pimped out Mercedes. Rogers is a smart investor, and there’s more than enough travel stories to keep your short attention span entertained.
Oh those crazy North Koreans. Read Escape from Camp 14 and you’ll be officially bummed out about how bad life is in North Korean prison camps. Don’t worry though, (SPOILER ALERT) the guy actually escapes. Also, Bossypants was relatively entertaining. Except pictures always look like crap on my cheap Kindle.
What are you waiting for? Go buy several copies of those books.
Song I Like And Therefore You Should Too
We have a few weeks until Taylor Swift releases another single, so let me see what I can scrape off the bottom of my shoe.
We all like The Boss, right? If you don’t, you know where the back button is. WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE.
Cletus: (climbs up the telephone pole) Hey, I can call my ma from up here… HEY MA! GET OFF THE DANG ROOF!
Gambling Is Fun
Betting against Houston is working out quite well, leading the way to another 2-1 week. I am a gambling GOD. From now on, refer to me as Gamblor.
My whipping boys are in New York today to take on the Mets, and even though the Mets suck, I’m still taking them to beat Houston. Houston moves to the American League next year. They will go 4-158. I’m also going to take the Washington Nationals to beat the Phillies, straight up. And finally, I’m taking the under (45.5 points) in the Edmonton Eskimos/Toronto Argonauts CFL game. They’re the two worst offenses in the league.
Overall record: 54-69-3
A Post You Might Have Missed
Remember when I was invited backstage to a recording of Dragon’s Den, and then wrote that post all about what I experienced? Of course you do, since it probably made your whole year. Well, good news. I’ve been invited on the set of Shark Tank. You’ll get that post right around that show’s season debut in September. Oh, I’m such a tease.
Nelson’s So Funny
NEW CATEGORY TIME! It’s my funniest tweet of the week, along with some half-assed reason why you should follow me.
1. Buy 9 safes 2. Put them in a storage locker 3. Stop paying rent on locker 4. Watch the hilarity on tv when the Storage Wars guys show up.
You should all follow me on Twitter. The 129,483rd follower gets a free DM of my penis.
The More You Know
Come on Wikipedia! Hit me like an angry babysitter!
Maurice Motamed or Morris Motamed (Persian: موریس معتمد; born 1945) was elected in 2000 and again in 2004 as a Jewish member of the Iranian Parliament (preceded by Manuchehr Eliasiand succeeded by Ciamak Moresadegh),  representing the Jewish community which has by Iran’s constitution retained a reserved seat since the Persian Constitution of 1906.
In Parliament, he has been active in defending Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians against discrimination. He also played a prominent role in the efforts to alleviate the sentences against some members of the Jewish community for alleged spying or illegally trying to flee the country. He also served as a member of the Parliament’s Energy Committee.
In various media, Motamed has regularly expressed his support for the official positions of the Iranian government on international affairs in order to stress the national loyalty of Iranian Jews for the country, including support for Iran nuclear program (he is member of Majlis energy commission).
I was first surprised that Iran had a Jew in their parliament, but of course they’d have one. One token Jew probably isn’t going to be able to push anything through.
Dirty Word In Words With Friends
Somebody played ‘sexy’. That’s all I got.
You should play me. My user is Nelsmi. You can add to the list of people that regularly kick my ass.
Babe Loosely Related To Finance
The big story this week was Avril Lavigne getting engaged to Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger. Between the two of them, they’ve probably sold 100M albums. But they suck, apparently. Anyhoo, Avril is attractive.
Consider it your Canadian content.
Time For Links
There I was, all set to give top spot to Control Your Cash for about the 82nd week in a row, when Joe from Timeless Finance bullied his way to the top. How To Roll Coins is about a billion times funnier than the title would suggest. Go read now.
Paula from Afford Anything is next, and she points out that sellers don’t set the price for things, buyers do. A seller can try to get whatever he wants, but he gets nothing until a buyer actually exchanges cash for that item. This even applies to hookers. Or so I’ve heard.
From somewhere in Indiana comes JT McGee, who is much smarter than the average person from his neck of the woods. He wonders why companies with distinct competitive advantages would ever go bankrupt. And then he drank some bourbon and had sex with his cousin. Presumably.
And finally, last and certainly least, at least in this link list, we have Don’t Quit Your Day Job, who takes a look at whether construction trends can be used to predict upcoming economic weakness or whether they’re a lagging indicator. It’s interesting. Go read it.