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Denny Schlesinger
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Hello Captain,
Hope you are keeping well.
I have been checking Captain's ARK and noticed the date is still set to Jul 16th and no updates since.
I really hope Yahoo engineers get their act sorted out real soon.
Oh, also hoping you are enjoying your summer.
Miss reading Captain's adventures, hopefully you have some time to let us know what is happening on Captain's ARK and land.
Regards,
Bella
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Hello Bella!

It seems that Murphy's Law caught up with me.

I just got a brand new MacBookPro and it's been a disappointment. The type faces are getting smaller so I went to check my eyes and I do need new reading glasses. They suggested LASIK surgery for cataracts but I want to avoid that for as long as possible.

On the Mac side I have to install php & MySQL and since I do that only once per new computer I have to learn it all over again. Last time was seven years ago. What I hate is that one must use 50 year old technology to do it, UNIX command line which I hate. Funny thing, UNIX was written to power digital telephone exchanges and it became THE computer OS of choice.

As for The Captain's ARK, it has been a disappointment to me, the initial run was based on a roaring bull run instead of on outperformance. I've been going back to covered calls and accumulating TSLA and ENPH. As we have discussed, I want to add the Covered Call Selector to The Captain's ARK. One major difficulty is downloading the option chains. The CBOE does not allow any kind of robots to access their site and I don't want to pay for data. The other is finding stocks that are good covered call candidates. I've experimented with Yahoo screens but they include too much garbage. I'm still trying to find a good way to marry the ARK ETF picks and the Covered Call Selector.

Right now I'm distracted with reading glasses and getting my new laptop running properly. One major issue is transferring the mail client, it worked except it did not transfer the passwords and every time I enter a wrong password the server blocks my IP. I have yet to figure out how to solve that issue. Like I said, Murphy on steroids.

Summer is great when sunny but then it's hot as hell, at other times it's cold and foggy. Weird weather in northern Portugal.

To sum up, I need to get organized to solve the issues one by one. Reading glasses are number 1. Then getting php & MySQL up and running. Getting a new ftp client (Fetch?). Getting a workaround for Yahoo if it does not come back. Another Fool has been having similar problems with the Yahoo APIs.

The problem persists

Warning: file(http://d.yimg.com/autoc.finance.yahoo.com/autoc?query=TSLA&a... failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found on Accelerator
in /path/to/Yahoo.php on line 177

Denny Schlesinger
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Warning: file(http://d.yimg.com/autoc.finance.yahoo.com/autoc?query=TSLA&a...... failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found on Accelerator
in /path/to/Yahoo.php on line 177


I did some Googling and I don't think Yahoo/AT&T is going to fix this problem any time soon:

5 Steps To Fix AT&T Email Not Found On Accelerator

Comments:

This is one main reason why I recently cancelled all of my ATT services. ATT merging with Yahoo & …… has made everything a big mess. Accounts are hacked, unable to login, password that worked yesterday doesn’t work tomorrow etc. You don’t protect the consumers privacy or information.


https://internet-access-guide.com/att-email-not-found-on-acc...

The bug is in finding the company name and I think I have some newer code somewhere, if I can find it! LOL

Denny Schlesinger
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They suggested LASIK surgery for cataracts but I want to avoid that for as long as possible.

Hi Denny!

I'm facing the same issue, but my understanding is that it generally is no big deal, according to people who have had this done (admittedly a small, anecdotal sample size). Why do you want to put it off as long as possible? Are there downsides that represent a bad risk/reward situation?

Thanks for any light you can shed on this (sorry, couldn't resist) ;-)

Cheers!
Murph
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Typical cataracts are a pain because they develop slowly and that tends to mean that one has to endure compromised vision for a fairly long time before it gets bad enough that they will approve the surgery. Me, I had the fast kind. I think I went to see the doc in December and got a new prescription with no sign of cataracts. By March, I was having trouble reading the screen and went back to the doc to see if I had the wrong prescription. She said cataracts and referred me to a specialist whom I saw in a couple of weeks. One eye was bad enough to schedule surgery right away. That doc used one of those devices on the wall which could show type in different sizes instead of using a printed chart. By the time I had my follow up visit after the surgery on the first eye, if one shined a flashlight at me, I couldn't tell where the box was on the wall, much less what letter it was displaying. I.e., without the surgery, I would have been effectively blind in a matter of months. So, color me a big fan. 22 years ago.
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Thanks for the info, tamhas,

Mine are the slow-developing kind, and my ophthalmologist says that I can get it done anytime I choose...which will be relatively soon since nighttime driving tends to be challenging, especially in the rain.

Complicating things are a history of three retinal tears/laser surgery in the right eye....and tons of floaters in both. Plus one eye is near-sighted; the other far-sighted; my own set of bifocals until I developed an astigmatism in the right one a few decades ago.

Ah well, life is rarely boring! ;-)

Cheers!
Murph
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Thanks for any light you can shed on this (sorry, couldn't resist) ;-)

I'm still evaluating. I have nothing against surgery when it's really necessary but if it is optional or "not urgent" I rather not do it. That's all the light I can shine on it for now. I still need to get back to the Lens Factory to hear what they think of my proposal.

My correction has changed very little over the past ten years but the astigmatism of the left eye is now quite noticeable. When they inserted that correction lens vision was good. I'm thinking of a pair of reading glasses, not progressives, just to use with the computer.

Denny Schlesinger
I just don't like messing with my eyes, one reason I never tried contact lenses...
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One of the interesting things about bionic eyes is that, while one loses the ability to accomodate, one can choose what distance for normal focus. I picked distance, meaning I have to wear glasses at the computer and for reading, but I had been doing that for a while anyway so not a big deal. I do wear glasses for distance, but the prescription is basically just for correcting the astigmatism. They are bifocal so I can read maps and such while driving and are photogray, so I don't need sunglasses.

My wife picked a sort of mid distance. This means that she can use the computer and read a lot of things without glasses, unless she is tired or the light bad, but she definitely needs glasses for driving.

I have heard that they have some sort of bifocal implant these days, but I'm skeptical.
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They suggested LASIK surgery for cataracts...

Maybe you are just being casual about terminology, but those two are quite different and I don't believe LASIK is a treatment for cataracts at all.

https://www.lasikworld.com/lasik-cataract-difference.html
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Thanks much, Denny! Makes sense.

Cheers!
Murph
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Maybe you are just being casual about terminology, but those two are quite different and I don't believe LASIK is a treatment for cataracts at all.

Not "casual," just ignorant! I really appreciate the correction!

Denny Schlesinger
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Had lens replacement surgery. One eye set for near and the other for distance.
Brilliant, took me a while to get used to it but now no glasses at all. Nearly 20/20 and before couldn’t read the 5th line down and driving was virtually on the dangerous level due to a massive cataract that came out of knowhere.
Get it done. Best thing I did for years.
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Laser assisted cataract surgery, Mayo Clinic info:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cataract-surgery...

Cataract surgery: When is the laser method a good idea?
Answer From Amir R. Khan, M.D.
Your doctor may suggest removing your cataract using a laser-assisted approach in certain situations. The laser may be useful when correcting for astigmatism, aligning an astigmatism-correcting intraocular lens, or softening a dense cataract.

During laser-assisted cataract surgery, your doctor typically uses the laser to make all incisions and to soften the cataract for removal by ultrasound (phacoemulsification).


More at the link.

🙂
ralph
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Hey Capt., thought this would help you with handling the heat. :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning
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Hey Captain,

Just wanted to give you a heads up. UPST has been a great covered call stock. I've been selling them for about 5 weeks. It's really the only one doing anything good for me in that time period. Just wanted to poke my head out for a second. Now back to the grind stone. Really getting tired of this.... almost time to get off of this ride for good.

Ate Logo,

Darryl
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Darryl, UPST is a good covered call pick. It has weekly options while most of my current covered call stocks only have monthly.

Now back to the grind stone. Really getting tired of this.... almost time to get off of this ride for good.

Which "ride" are you referring to? The Captain's ARK? Covered calls? ARK Invest? Like I said earlier, The Captain's ARK has been a bit of a disappointment for me and if that's the ride you refer to I can't blame you. I've returned to covered calls and the challenge is finding good candidates. I find that the best tend to be flat or rising slowly. The bane of covered calls is capital loss. With that in mind I'm paying more attention to stock charts.

VUZI (an ARK pick) is a good example, I bought it too early so I have a capital loss but now it looks like it has support so I added some more

https://softwaretimes.com/pics/vuzi-07-29-2021.gif

This requires looking at charts as I don't have this selection criteria in the Covered Call Selector. A 10 day EMA might do it -- sell covered calls when positive. It turned positive for VUZI yesterday.

Denny Schlesinger
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Hey Capt., thought this would help you with handling the heat. :)

Some kinds of heat I like! Others not so much. When it comes to computing it's like a long road trip. Put one foot in front of the other, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat...

and you eventually get there. And the best thing is that the trip is the fun part, getting there leaves you with nothing to do so you need a new road trip to get you going. ;)

Denny Schlesinger
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HI Denny,

'Which "ride" are you referring to? '

I was just referring to work. I really am ready to be done.

As far as covered calls go, July has not been good. Looks to me like we had a mini rotation like back in February. I've started going longer with the expiration dates like you. I've also started looking at less volatile stocks to sell calls on. I think I'm ready to accept less premiums for more price stability. I'm going to try a few things and do a write up on the results.

The Captains ARK concept really intrigued me. The concept of using the pareto distribution when evaluating your portfolio really has some merit. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to do much with it.

Hope you get your computer issues solved.

Stay well,

Darryl
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LuckyDog:

Three more steps...

Replaced my old ftp client (Interarchy) with Fetch,

Got the old and new laptops talking to each other,

Got BBEdit working and updated to the latest version,

Next? TBD...

The Captain
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