General Information

Name:
Ask the NSA
Fool Since:
March 13 2000
Where I Live:
Mostly on planes these days
Where I Grew Up:
Cascade, Idaho
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium High
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Dartboard
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Mixed, use a intelligent asset allocation model

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
Profitable ones
Industries:
all except the merchents of death
Magazines:
Financial times and Barrons

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Semi-conductors, Airlines, tech stocks
Greatest Investment:
Corning (15x profit)
Worst Investment:
Washington Mutual (lost all, held too long)

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
ISU....which one? Does it matter?
Job Title
Only if forced
Former Jobs
post hole digger, engineer, turd polisher, production engineer, teacher, FA Engineer, manager, QA

Interests

Personal Quote:
We look but do not see, we hear but do not listen, we touch but do not feel. We fear and know not why.
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Jesus - He has a lot to answer for
Favorite Vacation Spots:
The high peak mountains, the quiet beach, the desert most solitaire, the forest primeval
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Not really
Favorite Movies:
The Princess Bride
Favorite Board Games:
Risk
Favorite Video Games:
Halo
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Yes, all; lately Jack Johnson and Joshua Radin
Great Books Read Recently:
"The healing of America" by Ried
Book Currently Reading:
"Bad Money" by Kevin Phillips

An Interview with MDGluon

Last updated: 9/29/2006
The Fool:
What has been your best work experience, and what made it so great?
MDGluon:
Summer I put in fence lines in the outlands.<BR><BR>Learned the true meaning of what work is and how to spot an a@@ from 100 meters.
The Fool:
Tell us about your greatest personal success, not necessarily finance related.
MDGluon:
Surviving college.<BR><BR>Full class load, working full time, no financial aid, and at the end no debt.<BR><BR>Still trying to catch up on the missed sleep.
The Fool:
To what extent has your financial success, or lack thereof, been the result of luck versus skill?
MDGluon:
This is a fluid question since success changes relative to skills and luck, you can be a lucky success or the other way around.<BR><BR>The probability of financial success does rise as one gains more skills although luck still remains in the equation, this is called the Finagle Factor sublaw 3a.<BR><BR>Stated for the less discerning reader it is stated that "Ones financial success is in proportion to ones skill level to the luck power, unless your name is Getty then why do you ask?".
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