A Foolish Interview with Jaynothorl
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|The Fool:||Is the best way to fight terrorism through aggression or passivity (or do you have another option)?|
|Jaynothorl:||A Zen saying is that the true warrior does what is necessary, so I would start with fear and hide at first, running off if I didn't get found; then I would use aggression, sneaking back to shoot the sod in the back; this should calm my nerves and restore passivity.|
|The Fool:||Okay Gilligan (or Ginger), you're stuck on a deserted island. What one material possession would you hope to have with you?|
|Jaynothorl:||A radar scrambling device so the rescue planes wouldn't find me.|
|The Fool:||When you aren't working or sitting in front of the computer, what occupies your time?|
|Jaynothorl:||Singing, motorcycling, travelling in remote places|
|The Fool:||Have you had a brush with fame, the proverbial '15 minutes'? Tell us about it.|
|Jaynothorl:||Had several, but one that lingers is a one-to-one interview for the "You and Yours" radio programme with a (then) rather young Sue Cook. It wasn't the fame that made me tremble.|
|The Fool:||What's the strangest thing you've ever seen?|
|Jaynothorl:||An african shaman with an eagle on top of his parasol, a mountain cat hanging from his arm in a sack and a live 3inch scorpion crawling on the side of his nose.|
|The Fool:||What other financial products or services do you use?|
Bookmarked, no-cost financial websites.
Online trading accounts: Schwab (UK), Datek (USA). When I can afford it I will subscribe to the TechInvest newsletter and to Stockwinners, an online USA financial advisory website.
A tame Financial Services Advisor - being a Gujarat Indian, he has a holistic view of life and wealth at the same time as being financially very astute.
|The Fool:||What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?|
|Jaynothorl:||My best would have been (!) EFAX (USA), which I discovered while surfing the net. My own interest in their product and my instinct that emailed faxes would be an overnight success proved correct. If I had been signed up with a stockbroker when I wanted to buy at $7 I would have been 300-400% up by now. By the time I had established a trading account with a local stockbroking firm 3 days later the shares were $33 and the opportunity had gone. I've moved over to online trading, where I can act more quickly on my own judgements. I realise you Fools won't approve of my wish to buy and sell over short periods, but I'm in my 50's - I don't want to wait for years to get a significant return. I only have a few thousand to play with. I need to build volume and I also want a bit of stimulation from this area of investment. My main resources are already in low risk but duller investments.|
|The Fool:||Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?|
|The Fool:||List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)|
Financial = Nasdaq, Market Guide, Multex, Hemscott
MetaSearch engine = AskJeeves
Shopping = Amazon is without doubt reference standard
I have to say I think Motley Fool is not a good site in design terms. As a "product" it's confusing and clunky to use. The "idea" is great and with a modernised site it could be much more successful.
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