Gold (GLD) Looking Rusty

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Candlevolume chart of the GLD (Inception date: 11/18/2004) ... the width of the year shows you how active trading was ... 2014 shaping up to be a "thin" year as price falls and activity drops. 2012 thin, 2013 thinner, 2014 thinnest.  You can see that in the early years of the boom, 2004 05 06 07, there was very little trading in the GLD.  Everyone who purchased after May 2010 and held is underwater.  A lot of latecomers are bagholders now, that's for sure.

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Movies Watched -- Our Children

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They give you the bad news straight away, which makes you dread the next 100+ minutes ... it's 111 minutes so at least 11 minutes too long.  The mother's depression, her mental illness, wasn't explored very well ... you don't really understand why she snapped. Andre as inescapable despot or monster? Saint as predator? I don't know if I buy it ... the mother would need to have very weak social ties for them to hold such sway.  Anyway, I didn't fast forward at all, yellow rating.

Movies Watched -- Lore

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Breaking the rule of never voluntarily watching movies related to the Holocaust ... interesting that it takes the perspective of these kids who are abandoned by their elite Nazi parents, left to fend for themselves at the end of the war. They meet a Jewish boy along the way who helps them. Hannelore ("Lore") is the oldest child ... confused as her world falls apart ...  about 10 minutes too long at 109 minutes ... I wasn't super thrilled with it though I didn't fast forward at all, which is a good sign.  Wonderful last scene, last sequence, really.  Sideways rating, yellow (not green or red).

Movies Watched -- Inside Llewyn Davis

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A Coen Brothers movie ... their imagining of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in 1961. Stars a talented singer named Oscar Isaac who plays kind of an awful guy.  Full of little jokes that amuse the Coens, typical of their movies, dark jokes ... about a struggling artist looking to make it commercially ... several cast members from "Girls," those guys (Driver, Karpovsky) are getting a lot of work now, and Coen usuals like John Goodman. Wasn't that thrilled with it, but didn't fast forward at all, just over 100 minutes. Yellow, sideways rating.

Movies Watched -- War Witch (Rebelle)

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Fast forwarded from ten minutes in ... somewhere in Africa ... too grim to watch ... children forced to become soldiers ... she is considered to have some kind of special power ... looks like hell on earth ... no way can I watch this. Under 100 minutes but unwatchable. Red rating (means I couldn't watch it).

Movies Watched -- Museum Hours

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Attractive though dimwitted? Canadian woman ... all Canadians with spark leave of course; she stayed ... maybe that's mean ... anyway, the museum guard, also kind of common, though a bit more introspective, more thoughtful ... they strike up a friendship .. nothing sexual about it, he's gay, and they're both in their 50s, late 50s, early 60s? ... maybe six or seven minutes over the 100 minute mark, but this is very slow stuff ... lonely people ... they could have cut a lot of these atmospheric shots to get it under 100 ... depressing in its commonness, its honesty, I guess you could say ... reflections on art, money, class, politics, the state of modern Austria ...  Bruegel's work: "not sentimental nor do they judge" ... "rubbing our noses in... humanity" ... "importance of the horse's ass" ... flea markets ... still worried about Turkish invasions, ha! ... this isn't for mass consumption, it's about art and life and friendship... and death.

I liked it but don't know if I can recommend it, it's slow and it's too long ... only the sensitive will get this. Maybe one in a thousand will appreciate this like I did.  Green rating but only for the select few.

Movies Watched -- Blancanieves

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Fast forwarded from ten minutes in ... black and white silent movie with dramatic orchestra and Spanish guitar ... Capital A.R.T. arthouse throwback piece, an homage, 100 minutes long ... is that Don Draper's wife? Bullfighting dwarves? I think I could have sat through this if in the mood, but wasn't. Red rating but probably yellow in a stretch.

Movies Watched -- Wadjda

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I liked this one ... under 100 minutes ... learned a lot about Saudi Arabia and its awful culture.  Maybe a bit precious and predictable, but it was well done ... see it if you get the chance.  Green rating.

30 Day Challenge -- Day Fifteen

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Inscrutable notes:

06:32 89.2 24.0

No row, cooked breakfast for boy instead.

$8.50 small McD coffee, drank half

08:04 BM

11:04 H elev to gym

13:04 finished workout, felt weak, screwed up weights and cardio order due to an unfortunate number of people in MY gym. 120 max bench not a lot of sets.

13:05 apple

steam, shave, sauna

Peter gave me a bottle of Givenchy "Gentleman Only," (hint, hint?) which makes me small like a Russian whore. Will only spray on my balls for now. 

84.7 gym scale

14:14 beef tenderloin, veggies ... had violent allergic reaction to veggies which almost never happens anymore ... what happens is I have to spit out loads of phlegm and can't swallow anything until it's all out ... dashed unpleasant.

17:41 E3 to home

Movies Watched -- What Maisie Knew

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Poor little rich girl .... Julianne Moore (b. 1960) as ageing rocker ... marriage on the rocks (pun?) ... ugly biz ... what is Maisie, five or six? ... is the little girl autistic? something weird about her face/expression ...  British art dealing Dad with asshole-ish long hair ... beautiful blonde nanny, "Margo," Irish? Scottish? ... custody battle ... "temper, temper" ... little girl is going to grow up to be a junkie, no doubt ...  uh, oh nanny  takes father's side and becomes Dad's lover / wife ... will fast forward from minute 30 ... some other guy on the scene now, solid chin, fairy-boy hair ... "new stepfather" ... this is the genuine guy ("Lincoln"), unlike lying manipulative Dad, she needs in her life .... he's a bartender? ... Irish nanny turned wife breaking down ... all these screwed up adults and Maisie a witness to them all ... hang on, the help is going to hook up ... poor nanny and bartender as Maisie's good responsible parents? ... asshole rich celebrity parents versus a nice Scottish lass and a blonde bartender boy, seems a bit predictable ...  oh yeah, genuine board game fun with the adoptive family ... not going with you, Manipulative Mom, despite the monster miniature stuffed pony. Bye bye bad celebrity Mom.  Cue the heartstring piano!  Blueberry pancakes with those wholesome adoptive parents. The End.  Under 100 mins but still had to fast forward through most of it. Red rating.

30 Day Challenge -- Day Fourteen

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Wife informed me at 6:30 AM that she had fired half the staff ... I was left to clean up the bodies, pay people off etc.  Insanely stressful, would have normally sent me into a dark hole, but I managed things rather well I thought, given the carnage.

07:42 4K row

88.2 22.5

Lots of Fritos to deal with shock of an empty house. 

13:21 BM

18:40 Kung Pao chicken from Meizhou Dongpo for dinner

$50 Pizza+ (not for me)

Day was a complete bust, a real disaster ... on the food discipline front I did ok (not great though) and the key was not cracking out the bottle or smoking cigars, which I would normally do.

30 Day Challenge -- Day Thirteen

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Inscrutable notes:

08:40 BM

87.8 24.0

$138 Jenny Lou's cred

12:21 Ten jiaozi for lunch, giant bowl iceberg lettuce with French dressing

$802.56 Carrefour cred

15:17 4K row

16:46 4K row (to make up for Friday)

17:07 100g beef tenderloin, giant bowl iceberg lettuce with French dressing

$15 Jinsong grocery, tea for foot massage and crisps for masseur

T back at XDF on Saturday nights

18:32 end of foot massage, watched half of Frances Ha during

20:08 end of body massage

$100 massage

Notes becoming super spotty here in the second weekend ... not maniacally recording all actions with a timestamp.  That shows I'm slipping, but have not yet plunged back into total depravity.

30 Day Challenge -- Day Twelve

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Incrutable notes:

88.2 24.5

07:15 BM

07:20 mush (fresh squeezed soy milk, blueberries, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, cashews, apple, pear, banana)

$16 McD sausage egg McMuffin and coffee

Finished Drug War -- overly violent and lame.

Goldin Financial may want to talk with me next week but blessedly free for now.

Dreaded work: Cosmo (Century City) wants to talk this afternoon, good thing I didn't go to the gym on time and miss the notice.

11:20 E3 to gym

11:26 apple

12:27 apple

13:00 finished cardio ... usual routine.

steam but no sauna 

They changed the soap delivery system in the showers much to my annoyance, can't get good volume out of bottles unless you unscrew em and dump contents out which is of course what I will do.

13:27 84.2 gym scale

Subway has closed down ... refurb or gone?  Did a roaring biz, I thought.

13:30 apple

14:00 No protein for lunch in honor of Chrissie Hynde ... 300?g steamed veggies, two boiled eggs, tea

Dreaded work, talked with Cosmo, wasn't too bad 38 minutes, Mr. Lo, though not Won Hung Lo.

Listened to some comedy (Pandora) ... bless the office WiFi and unmonitored bandwidth ... didn't know John Pinette died earlier this year ... always liked his stuff.

Submitted insurance claims

Serious thoughts of drinking about a dozen pints of beer after work but will restrain self ... mood is not good ... this is where the month of disciple gets really hard.

17:35 E3 to home

$138 Kerchin beef jerky 

No notes after that ... just remember I had no booze or smokes on Friday night and that was key.

 

Movies Watched -- The Spectacular Now

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Coming of age / teenage love story for Millennials ... features a boy (b. 1987) who looks like a less Jewish version of Mark Zuckerberg ... he carries a flask and is always half in the bag which is refreshing to see ... kid can keep up a steady stream of patter / bullshit which shows that he's a child of an alcoholic ... his Bad Dad is the impossibly handsome Kyle Chandler from Early Edition, which explains why he has a beautiful sister ... nobody sounds like they're from Georgia ... his boss at the tie store is Better Call Saul ... story wasn't very strong, sorta lame, I wasn't super thrilled with it.  Under 100 minutes so I was able to watch it to the end, no fast forwarding. Yellow rating.

Movies Watched -- Before Midnight

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Made it twenty minutes in and even that was a stretch ... two people framed in the shot, talking, for nearly two hours. Guy is Ethan Hawke (b. 1970) who looks like junkie (except for the Hollywood teeth) and the girl was that French actress, Julie Delpy (b. 1969) seen her in something else, I forget what.  Anyway, they talk.  And talk and talk and talk and talk and talk.  And it's not interesting talk.  It's dull middle class white people talk. No man with balls between his legs has sat through this entire thing, I can guarantee that. Red rating.