Monday, March 28, 2011

Don't Forget the Attachment

I accidentally ran into an automatic feature of Gmail the other day that I found useful, as it saved me from having to send a corrective e-mail. So, it turns out that if the body of your e-mail contains text that is indicative of your intent to attach a file, but you neglect to attach a file, then Gmail warns you of your potential omission.

After a little playing around, here are some phrases that trigger the warning:

"Attached is"
"Attached are"
"I've attached"
"Find the attached"
"See the attached"
"Attached file"

Here are some phrases that do not trigger the warning, but probably should:

"Attached a file"
"A file attached"
"Check out the attachment"
"File attachment"
"Attached document"
"Attached spreadsheet"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Adding to Cameco Position

Roughly a year ago, I purchased shares of Cameco (CCJ), one of the largest nuclear energy companies around, in two batches at around $27 and $28. Shares appreciated nicely up until last week when Japan suffered a major earthquake. Not surprisingly, nuclear energy stocks across the board have been pummeled following the nuclear reactor problems and concerns that resulted from the quake.

I remain convinced that nuclear energy won't be going away any time soon, and I do believe that once the panic subsides, shares should return to favor.

True to my nature, I'm putting money where my mouth is, and I've added substantially to my current CCJ position. I've a little more than doubled the position with new shares purchased at the $30 level.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


I like to think that I'm good at rock-paper-scissors. I bet on this game frequently with friends, and I'm well ahead lifetime. Mostly, my strategy involves talking to my opponent and more or less getting in their heads. Saying things like, "You know I'm going to throw rock. So, you probably want to throw paper." evokes some sort of response. And, over time, when playing against the same opponents, you sort of build a history of their actions and base your play on what you recall.

In the end, maybe I'm just one lucky SOB.

The NY Times put out a RPS game with a trained computer that over time exploits your weaknesses and tendencies. I played 35 rounds against it, and the nerd in me is celebrating my victory.

Human: 14
CPU: 10