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Not posting often anymore because… and a bit of filling in the gaps

I’ve noticed a sharp decline in my twitter, facebook, youtube, and blogging activity lately. Well, probably since roughly May 23rd. That would make sense, since I just started working a full time job, something I haven’t had for a while. Its actually a pretty cool job, but work is still work. My bosses are really REALLY cool, and that is very important. I believe this Friday will actually be a sorta half-day (I’m actually not sure what to expect yet…) as I’ve been informed that we will be going golfing. I’m looking forward to it, not because I like golfing (although golfing is fun too) but because it’ll hopefully be just a chill Friday, which is always nice.

So as you guys probably know by now, I’m really into Apple gear. There are possibly 2-3…but at least one technology related thing I’d really like to buy in the late part of this year. Let me list them:

1. Xbox 360 or PS3
2. A high end smartphone such as iPhone 5 or Samsung Hercules (both unreleased).
3. A new computer.

Honestly, I wish to curb my materialism, and getting a new high end smart phone is definitely unnecessary consumerism considering I already have an iPhone 4, which is without question still a very good and high end smartphone. In fact, since the iPhone 4, Apple has pretty much added anything I could possibly want in a smartphone such as great camera quality, 720p video recording, great battery life, great design, and a great screen… I’ve only ever had one thing more I wanted from it, and that is a BIGGER screen. To be honest, even that is trivial. I really should be content with the iPhone 4 for a long long time, yet I have a craving for the latest and greatest iPhone or Android equivalent. Whats so bad about this is that the next iPhone may not even have a bigger screen – the one thing that I wanted in a new phone – and yet I may upgrade anyway and forget why I wanted to upgrade in the first place.

My other 2 items I wish to buy – a 7th gen gaming console (not the wii) and a new computer, I think are more reasonable purchases should I end up buying them. I have not bought a gaming console since the PS2 which must be at least 5 years ago, and my computer is equally old at 5 years – and it has gotten to the point where it does not qualify for the new Lion OS that Apple has released. Moreover, unlike a smartphone upgrade, which simply brings a slight performance bump but nothing truly new, a 7th generation console brings the ability to play 7th generation games – a feature that simply does not exist with my current possessions, and a significantly different gaming experience. Similarly, for me upgrading to a current generation computer would bring enormous performance gains that I feel could justify the purchase – not to mention the ability to run a brand new OS that was previously not supported on my older computer.

Whatever, not terribly exciting for anyone else to read about I realize. What else has happened lately…

Hopefully if I keep working I can finally buy another car (with a manual transmission!!). I haven’t had a car with a manual for a couple years now and I miss it DEARLY. The cars I like haven’t really changed much, its still MR2, Z, or Subaru quite the same as many years ago. Maybe now I can throw in a couple higher price tier cars like the Altezza and Supra. I also like the Honda Fit. Perhaps I should control myself this time around and buy the practical car FIRST, then get the ‘fun’ car later on…priorities…ugh…

Last month I went on a trip to LA with my friend and we carpooled with one of his coworkers who gave me a lot of new perspectives on investing. I am now actually considering more stable investments in oil companies like Chevron, and make a bit off the dividends as well. Slow but steady, so to speak. What he said makes a lot of sense. Instead of investing in stocks with high returns but big risk, get the super stable stocks like oil that are safe and give out consistent dividends. That way, the more money you make as your career progresses, the more money you have in these ‘safe’ stocks, and you are guaranteed a percentage of your savings as dividends, which are taxed at only 14%! So the more you save, the more “automatic” extra income you make. If you for example buy Chevron (a very good stock for this purpose at the moment IMHO) you get 3% a year just in dividends, PLUS whatever gains the actual stock may make (which is pretty stable and ‘safe’ – at least as far as stocks go).

Have to admit though, I like those volatile high risk high gain stocks. They are more like gambling, but it never fails to put a big smile on my face when I gain 5% or more in a single day :). I’ve been quite successful with those types of stocks as well, so its hard to leave them.

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