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The Trend Is Your Friend

I read a wonderful book this weekend. It's called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. It is about an autistic teenager who finds a dead dog in his neighbors yard and sets about to solve the mystery of how it was killed. The story is told in first-person, so the POV is that of an autistic person. The author is quite skilled at conveying what goes on inside the mind of an autistic person. He also helps the reader to understand things the narrator observes but cannot understand due to his autism. It looks easy to do this when you read it, but has to be incredibly difficult to pull off.

The chapters are numbered with consecutive prime numbers. The first chapter is 2, the second chapter is 3, the 25th chapter is 97, etc. The protagonists shares a lot of his mathematical ruminations with the reader. One is that you can get a number from peoples names by assigning each letter a number (a is 1, b is 2,etc). He pointed out that two names that had prime numbers associated with them are Sherlock Holmes and Scooby Doo. Two famous mystery solvers! That's really cool. Because there are elements of both Sherlock Holmes and Scooby Doo in this novel.

(I don't have the book here, but I remember this and just checked it out in a spreadsheet...Scooby Doo is 113 and Sherlock Holmes is 163).

I read nearly the whole book Saturday at Chili's (where I had lunch) and Jackson's Java. I had three people come up to me and tell me they had read the book and thought it was really good.
Wow. I am a trend-follower. I read a best-seller, I have a blog, I own a coldplay CD, and I live indoors. Color me average.

I spent Sunday evening not watching the Superbowl. I rather enjoyed not watching it.

Two of the stocks in my RL portfolio (WBSN and TSM) hit their sell criteria today (that is, their Zacks rank dropped to 3) so I sold them and bought two others...ADM and MEOH. Both of them were plays on the current interest in ethanol production. Like I said before, I am a trend-follower. But, as the stock traders like to say, the trend is your friend.

I didn't buy any stocks in my Cashin' In Challenge portfolio. I am about the same as I was last time...I am slightly behind Wayne Rogers but in the top 20% of the contestants.