Sunday, November 12, 2006

Last 10

The meme is going around on what were the last 10 songs you listened to. I always like these things because if nothing else sometimes I hit upon some new music to check out.

Also, Helmut's selection reminds me that we have creepy similarities in our pop culture favourites (that and she put up a link to the Spider-Man 3 trailer). She played Garbage, Peter Garbriel, Tom Waits, Spirit of the West and Leonard Cohen in her last 10. That's some pretty excellent taste in music, if I do say so myself.

Anyway, here's the last 10 things there were played on my iPod. On shuffle, because that's how I normally listen to my music.

1. Bottle of Smoke - The Pogues
2. We hide and seek - Alison Kruass and Union Station
3. It's hard to be a saint in the city - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
4. The maid on the shore - Pamela Morgan and Anita Best
5. Fat bottomed girls - Queen
6. Introducing the solution - Mo Berg
7. Weasel stomping day - Weird Al Yankovic
8. Bye bye baby - OK Go
9. Independent thief - Kathleen Edwards
10. Poets - The Tragically Hip


Anonymous said...

I know, it's like I keep sayin': "Everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor, but they can't possibly all have good taste." (I'm quoting Carrie Fisher from When Harry Met Sally.)

It's true. Most people think they have good taste, but generally they don't. It's our burden to be surrounded by them, Craig. ;-)

Mireille Sampson said...

Nothing at all to do with the post. I remember you saying somewhere (blog or email) that you were going to be looking for a financial advisor in a few months. I highly reccommend reading "The Intelligent Investor" so you know what this stuff's all about. I ordered it a little while back and I'm about 1/3 of the way through. It's big and fat and scary on the outside, but very sensible and even has funny bits.

Himself wanted at least one of us to know more about what he was putting his money into. He thinks I should take over the management of his RRSP's! Careful, don't give yourself a stroke;)

towniebastard said...

It is a burden, Helmut. But it's our job to bring good taste in culture to the rest of the unwashed masses. Such is our duty, such is our curse.

(it's possible I've been reading too many comics this weekend)

And Mireille, it doesn't shock me too much. You've always been pretty good with money because, quite blunty, you never had that much, especially in university.

I'll keep an eye out for the book, although maybe I should just hire you instead...;)

Mireille Sampson said...

A few general tips:

the TSX is in a bull market (making loads of money) but they always end with a serious downer - just no way to know exactly when. So, if you have to go in when the market is high like this, best to avoid all med. & high-risk stuff. When you meet with your financial advisor request a conservative portfolio *and make sure that's what you get*. Himself asked for moderate, just a couple of years before the dot-com bubble burst, but the fuck-head at the bank had put him in high-risk. No way to prove he asked for anything else. Bye-bye cash.

One of the easiest things you can do that works out very well is have a set amount of money that gets directly taken out (monthly)of either your bank account or your cheque and put into your investments. DO this regardless of how well or badly the market is doing. Over the long run it somehow manages to do much better than lump sum investing, it minimizes the impact of bad times while still doing well off of good markets. I'm sure it also hurts a lot less than trying to find a lump of cash just before tax time.