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The Ye Old Blog List

Back when I started blogging in 2005-ish, I had a few blogs that destructed due to bad software or databases. My Sixth World News and Commentary site just stopped working one day and I couldn't recover any posts. I was a tech newbie so I didn't know how to do SQL dumps and try to save over a years worth of work.

Wordpress came along and changed all that by making blogging more robust and fun. Then the blog explosion happened. We had Blog Carnivals, blog circle links, many new blogs popping up every week. Over time I made many online friends with many bloggers. I had found my tribe. I posted about the markets, Forex, investing, and machine learning. Suddenly my blog took off because of my RapidMiner tutorials and the rest is history.

12 years later and I discover some old posts that I had archived. I started reposting (backfilling) a lot of those posts and inadvertently took a stroll down memory late. I noticed that a lot of the old links to blogs that no longer work but some still do.

I decided to do some digging and find out whatever happened too...

UglyChart

One of my most favorite blogs was UglyChart. Mike was one of the first people to code all kinds of neat trading intelligence stuff. His 'new all-time highs' and 'new all-time lows' daily list was invaluable. He built a trading bot and posted the trials and tribulations of it on a weekly basis. He's since shut down the blog and is now a successful Domain catcher. Good for him.

Maoxian

Maoxian started his daily day-trading tips back in 2005 with his "Dummy method.' He posted pretty regularly for a long time till he moved to China and back. He was offline for a few years and his posting suffered. Luckily, his blog has survived and he posts semi-weekly now, mostly about movie reviews. Rumor has it he's day trading again and he does share some tidbits here and there. His notes on Trader Interviews are invaluable.

TraderMike

I loved TraderMike's blog. His daily market recaps were the best and he was so sharing with everything he did. He was an electrical engineer turned software developer turned swing trader. He automated a lot of his stock selection and traded the 'swings.' He sold TraderMike several years ago and it's not the same anymore. He's moved on to SwingTradeBot now and appears to be living the dream.

TraderGav

TraderGav is still kicking around but he doesn't post as much as he used too. He's a full-time Forex trader and trading platform developer. We're friends on Facebook and he's busy being a Dad. I loved his Forex chart reads and he's one of the reasons why I got into Forex trading in the first place. Hopefully his blog will be re-energized one day.

Grace Cheng

Grace had a great Forex trading website where she posted her mechanical trading tips for currencies. She wrote a book and become a small sensation in the Forex circles. She has since redirected her site to some credit card reward program site. It looks like she's a busy mom now of two kids and travels the world with her partner. Good for her.

Jaloti

Jaloti cracked me up. Jaloti was just short for "Just another loser on the Internet." He had a brief but funny blog but then disappeared.

Howard Lindzon

Howard burst on the blogging scene back in 2007 with his Wall Strip video show. It was great, hilarious, and he sold it for $60 million to CBS. CBS promptly shut it down (dumbasses). He remains a blogging force to be reckoned with and remade himself from a hedge fund manager to a VC guy that manages a hedge fund. He's the right mix of humor and self-deprecating humor that I love. I have still yet to meet him but I have his mobile number somewhere.

From Blogs too?

It's amazing how fast time goes. Taking a minute to look from where you came from is equally important than just charging ahead too somewhere in the future. Like a lot of the bloggers above, I wrote a lot of blog posts between 2007 and 2010 and then dropped off. I was lucky enough to discover my love of machine learning by writing here. This love landed me a gig with RapidMiner and now H2O.ai.

I'm happy that many of the old bloggers have transformed themselves into some better and/or cooler from their writings as well. That makes me happy. It's amazing what you can do when you're passionate about something. You learn, you create, you make. You see, kids, it's possible to 'live the dream' if you put your passion to paper. At least it is for me.

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The Pyschology of Writing

I found this interesting article on Pocket about writing. The gist of it is that successful writing is about rituals. Every writer is different and the rituals are different, it's all about finding out what works best for you.

Location and physical environment also play a role in maintaining a sustained and productive workflow. Bob Dylan, for instance, extolled the virtues of being able to “put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from your inner workings of your mind.” Reviewing the research, Kellogg echoes Faulkner’s memorable assertion that “the only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost” and notes that writers’ dedicated workspaces tend to involve solitude and quiet, although “during the apprenticeship phase of a writer’s career, almost any environment is workable” — most likely a hybrid function of youth’s high tolerance for distraction and the necessity of sharing space earlier in life when the luxury of privacy is unaffordable. via Pocket

This is true. I had a massive lapse in my writing routine over the past few years on this blog because of a mixture of excuses. Now I make it a point to write something at least once or twice a week. Still, writing can be hard. There are so many distractions but sometimes you just got to do it.

I'm a big believer in getting your butt in a chair and just start writing BUT if your environment is distracting (whatever that may be for you), then you're not going to get any productive work done.

The article is well worth a read, especially the Hemingway quote:

When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until morning when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that.

Figure out what works well for you. Try to figure out what time, location, and whatever allowable distractions will get your butt in a chair and start writing.

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Latest Writings Elsewhere - December 2018

I'm happy to announce my very first article went live on the H2O.ai blog! Writers gonna write! It's been a long time since I contributed to my firm's online content and it feels good to do it again.

The article is about seeking clarity in the Automated Machine Learning space. Why? Because it's plain confusing. Everyone is coming out with their version of an auto modeling AI product. Some were the first, some are not there yet, and then there's Driverless AI.

Automated modeling is just a fancy term to make the life of data scientists, engineers, IT administrators, and anyone else in the analytics space easier by automating processes. The IT space has done an amazing job of automating server spin ups, logins, or security. So why shouldn’t we in the AI field do the same?

H2O.ai Blog

I've been meaning to write this for a while since H2O World in London, but work has been busy! I did find some time pre Thanksgiving Day weekend to work on it, so I'd appreciate it if you gave it a read on the H2o.ai blog.

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The Process of Writing

Writing. I have such a love hate relationship with it. I try to write things of interest to my readers but I'm struggling to reconcile what to write about it. So I focus on writing tips and the process. I love the process of writing so much that it gets in the way of actual writing sometimes.

Damn.

In order to share with my readers, I have to write. In order to write, I have to sit my butt in a chair and start writing. This was something I used to do it religiously back in 2007 to 2010. I would write a post every morning, mostly on the markets and applying machine learning to predict the stock market. I had a routine and it served me well.

I'm slowly easing back into that routine. It's quite simple. My preferred method is wake up at 5:30AM, make some coffee, and put fingers to keyboard. If all goes well, I'll have a rough draft of a post ready to go before the entire house wakes up for the day.

For years I fell out of that routine and I think I became dumber for it. I made all kinds of excuses but the problem was really me. Hell, I'm loathe to say that I blamed my writing utensils as well! My computer was too slow! My laptop was too heavy. You get the picture.

Top 5 Writing Tips

I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to do a Top 5 or Top 10 list of writing tips so this can be an informational post and get lots of likes. Fuck that.

There are no tips.

If you want to write, just write. Figure out what works best for you and then do it over and over again.

Over and over and over and over again.

 

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