Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Homosexuals, "3am (Pink Pony)"

How can you not love a band named the Homosexuals? You know the drill, I post bad or "gay" music when I lose money... I'll let you decide which this is.

The RO Report, "Dead And Deader" Edition

It's hard to explain how completely mindfucked I've become in just a few short days.

The destruction continues.

The best way for me to look at all of this is to say, "Well, I've been at this for 10 years, and most likely will be at it for another 10." Hopefully, in February of 2019, this past two weeks will be a blip.

Anyway, it's not like the RO had it easy either. It's just not an easy environment. There's a lot of news driving trade... we have employment data out tomorrow... and now it looks like Geithner will be dropping the details of the "comprehensive financial framework plan" on Monday.

Just lots of static.

Out of 28 traders today, 15 were gross positive, or 54%. 5 traders made over $1,000 gross and 7 traders lost over $1,000 gross. I was #25 or 28. Charred.

Blog note: Please Digg this post if you haven't already.

"Chambermaid" - Trader A, -$10,966 on 203k shares traded.

2. Trader C, -$9,472 on 177k shares traded.
3. Trader N, -$4,963 on 59,600 shares traded.
4. Trader S, -$4,011 on 146k shares traded.
5. Trader F, -$3,520 on 28,800 shares traded.

"Lucky Pierre" - Trader D, $4,431 on 364k shares traded.

2. Trader H*, $3,435 on 5,700 shares traded.
3. Trader 6*, $1,241 on 900 shares traded.
4. Trader J, $1,223 on 24,800 shares traded.
5. Trader T, $1,029 on 6,355 shares traded.

Open Letter To A Digg Poweruser: or, WTF? My One-Legged Girlfriend Has a Nasty Unibrow! LOL!!!

Dear Sir, Madam or Robot,

Hello, I am a third-tier blogger. I've been trying hard to grow my readership and I hoped "the digg" could help.

However, every time I write a humorous, or (gasp!) thoughtful piece and try to have it dugg, I invariably end up with only a handful of diggs. Then some dude will comment, "Great piece... too bad it will never see the light of the homepage because of all the Powerusers. Har! Har! Har!"

So I ask you, Poweruser... Who are you? What do you want? And what kind of sick world do you come from?

You see, I'm not angry at you for being so powerful. I'm just trying to understand you... Every land has its kings; I get it. Do you get anywhere by fighting the king? Not with 24 "mutual friends" you don't!

So, lets just take my recent piece as an example.

I watched in dismay as my little "skit" languished under a picture of a man's unibrow and 40 submissions from Apparently, Powerusers love unibrows and "cracked" has many interns with digg accounts. Lesson learned.

I then watched as a picture of a girl with one leg gained over 6000 Diggs!

I didn't understand what was going on, until I saw a horse's head sticking out from a well behind the girl. The head was circled in red with the letters WTF? scrawled over it.

No doubt, this made me chuckle. And indeed, it's quite possible that while looking at my screen I shook my head in dismay and reflexively mouthed the words, "What The Fuck?" I mean, truly, "what the fuck" is that horse doing there? And what happened to the girls leg? So many questions!

Perhaps it's the mystery of the photo that led to the amazing amount of diggs? From this can we infer that Powerusers are intrigued by all of life's mysteries?

Or is it as simple as people wanting to take a quick look at a picture of a sunken horse/one-legged girl say, "I Digg that" and move on? Could it be there is no Poweruser conspiracy?

If so, does this in some way prove what my father-in-law is always telling me about popular "culture?" That "American Idol" and celebrity worship exist because "that's what people want" and not because there's some grand conspiracy to dumb Americans down and shift their attention from what's really important?

I hope not... because it's much easier for me to want to blame a small group of powerful people than for me to blame humanity in general.

Your humble third-tier blogger,
Dinosaur Trader