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Although Nobel prize winning research points to sustained investing outperformance being impossible, active management continues to capture the imagination. Since one cannot know the future, it is extremely difficult to pick stocks that will outperform the general market. SPGI finds that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Fama and French identify several factors that explain almost any manager’s investment performance. Even those managers that have unexplained excess return do not have it persistently.

Managers and the investing public continue to spin stories that attempt to explain why a given fund outperformed and why they will continue…

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He’s just propped up against the tree, there, still breathing…barely. With every rasp you can hear the catch on the ratchet. How did he get to this point? He did everything right, followed the rules, kept his head down. The hole in his chest sucks a watery breath getting wetter with each passing second. We approached the enemy from the south. This time of year the sun stays low in the southern sky, and coming up from that direction helps shield us from view. The advantage has not really helped our comrade here, however. His eyes gaze at something we…

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Why the obsession with control? Why must we grasp so hard to everything in our lives? In order to tackle this problem, it may be beneficial for us to start with where control originates in the first place. Let us start from the most tangible, the most acceptable, of thinking: that we are agents in the world. We naturally feel that we can sense, feel, and control our actions. Each of us has in our heads a voice all on its own. This voice, the little man, experiences the world; feels emotions; senses colors, tastes, sounds; and gives commands to…

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Language is the house of being
And one can see the quality of that house
By speaking or being spoken to.
The wolf reveals what makes your thoughts
And those on sand crumble at your feet,
Those made in clay, up in smoke,
Rather of fog, morphing — hot air rises.
Occluded it seems opaque, solid
(Concealment is not always cover)
Build simply, build true, and build for yourself

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I am the universe. A bold statement upon first appearance, but allow me to explain my reasoning as to how I come to this conclusion. Most people when meta-cognizing only focus on their fleshy physical selves. They limit their scope to what is immediate, and are satisfied with who they are and what they accomplish. Let me be clear, I am not saying that I am better than others because I am able to realize my body’s insignificance in the grand scheme. My purpose is not greater because I realize my full form.

When contemplating I prefer to find a…

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The hunter creeps in the forest. As he comes up on the game, it perks its ears: it hears. Silently, now, fellow! Grasp too hard, grasp too fast, she slips away. A limp fish grip, too, and she wriggles out. A koan: neither choke nor release but hold. Slowly, silently, smoothly with confidence and swagger move swiftly towards the goal. But in that search nothing is found, only an experience with the pursued is gained. A dance with the world and nothing more. Done for no purpose but the doing, and in that you find the meaning! The forest is…

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Racism, sexual assault, communism, atheism; each at some point has had a movement to abolish, limit, or eradicate. Each has had its prevalence, its supporters, its censors, and a movement to stop it. With varying effectiveness, these movements, both for and against, have ebbed and flowed throughout history. The movement de jour is Black Lives Matter with the MeToo movement close behind. Wherever a group is threatened, challenged, or endangered, there is movement to protect. …

I’ve decided to try a stream of consciousness style for now. I have no agenda and I won’t make large edits. A professor once inspired me to exercise writing as I exercise a muscle: a little every day. Some will be shit, some will be inspiring, but it’s a Vonnegut exercise in creation for oneself only.

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There is no reason for me to write again today. I deloaded my brain stack yesterday, and did it again today when I spoke with my brother. Then I did it again when I spoke with my dad and brother on our video chat…

I studied math in school. No surprise given my content (see here), but I guess it makes sense to come out and say it. Thus it undoubtedly has shaped the way that I see the world and make decisions. Everyone sees the world through a different lens and getting another’s perspective outside of one’s experience and modality is important for growth. When it comes to my perception it usually is useful for me to describe things in terms of mathematical concepts and models. …

I’ve decided to try a stream of consciousness style for now. I have no agenda and I won’t make large edits. A professor once inspired me to exercise writing as I exercise a muscle: a little every day. Some will be shit, some will be inspiring, but it’s a Vonnegut exercise in creation for oneself only.

There was a time when I was more idealistic. I guess its the age that gets to your imagination. In high school I had a teacher that lamented ever learning about rainbows. She said the mystery was taken away once she learned about the…

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