Saturday, December 22, 2007

When you see me workin' all night long
Workin' till my stress was gone
It's for you, oh listen dear--


A Quandry

You're the editor of a major industrialized nation's visual arts magazine-of-record. Your nation has a lively cultural economy, with more participants, exhibitions, and events than you could ever hope to cover. Your Winter 2007 issue will soon be out. Given a limited page count, should you:

1. Ask your writers to produce long (2000 word) reviews and essays on works and artists that they personally feel to be worthy of coverage, or,

2. Ask your writers to produce medium-length (1000 word) reviews and essays on works and artists that will appeal to the broadest possible group of readers, or,

3. Run a limited number of short (200-500 word) blurb reviews, two and three sentence capsule reviews of recent art books and previews of upcoming exhibitions, and full page after full page of Vanity Fair-style group photographs of artworld insiders lurking shiftily about, frowning at the camera?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Proposal For a Transglobal Highway
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Anodyne Inc.

Acquisition: Amerigo Resources (ARG): 1200 units x $2.27/unit + $25 transaction charge = ($2749.00)

Cash balance, $226.45

Current Portfolio

Dominion Citrus Income Fund (DOM.UN): 12,346 units
E-L Financial Corporation (ELF): 7 shares
Hart Stores (HIS): 1769 shares
Loblaw Companies (L): 217 shares
Norbord, Inc. (NBD): 1208 shares
North West Company Fund (NWF.UN): 600 units
Parkland Income Fund (PKI.UN): 3510 units
TerraVest Income Fund (TI.UN): 1109 units
Amerigo Resources, Inc. (ARG): 1895 shares
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My personalDNA Report

Anodyne Inc.

Parkland Income Fund (PKI.UN): 3510 units x .0967/unit = $339.42 (15 Dec)

TerraVest Income Fund (TI.UN): 1109 units x .041667/unit = $46.21 (15 Dec)

Cash balance, $2975.45

Star performer Parkland recently declared a special distribution of .77/unit payable in early January, and also hiked the regular monthly distribution effective with the January 15th payment. Parkland is far and away Anodyne Inc.'s largest position, one I will be happy to hold semi-indefintely.

The cash balance has been creeping up as of late. Not neccessarily a bad thing, what with all the ongoing Market Carnage, but I'll be redeploying the funds soon.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Readers, 2007-8. Panel 2 of 6.

And We Got Nothing to Be Guilty Of

Pete contemplates last Monday's irony-free musical disclosure and raises me:

Emotion, 1978

Carried Away, 1979

But the shop's MP3 player already has the Sang and an acoustic Barry-and-guitar demo of Carried Away in high repeat. (Also Guilty and What Kind of Fool). So here's a great mid-70s performance of Nights on Broadway, whose massive bottom end is rattling the windows as we speak.

I.G.Y., live in 1996. My favorite pop song. Stuffed with irony -- spandex jackets for everyone! -- but the horns and the Rhodes make me feel better every time I hear them. A lovely Cornelius Bumpus solo about halfway through.

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