Saturday, August 02, 2014

Smiley Has a Cough and Size


For the past three weeks, Smiley had a cough that would appear sometimes when he tried to go to bed and always when trying to fall back asleep if he woke early in the morning.

We visited a nurse.  He has a small amount of fluid in his right lung lower lobe: walking pneumonia.  Probably viral, given his young age.

He did get measured.  Now he weighs 40.8 pounds and is 44.9 inches tall.  (Since April he has lost a pound and grown an inch.)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tai Chi and the Jiu-Jitsu Chess Drill

I was looking online for how others do the Chen Style 18 Step Short Form.

(That is the form I learned from John Huang and still enjoy practicing.)

I also found silly videos about how to use Tai Chi in combat.



Of course, Tai Chi does have actual historic fighting applications.  Here is an video with some examples.  But most American practitioners do not study it in that manner.

I like doing some Chen-style Tai Chi because I like the feedback from slowly doing the movements to feel how I am making very slight but still noticeable improvements.

In Jiu-Jisu, an equivalent slow, attentive, and studious practice that focuses on one motion at a time requires a partner.  It is named the Chess Drill.


1-Handed Rener vs. Purple, Brown & Black Belt

Here is a fun video.


At the end of a seminar in Vancouver, Rener Gracie decided to roll with some of the participants.  But he was nursing a shoulder injury and tied his right arm under his belt.  A one-handed master spars thrice with a purple, brown, and black belt.

Three Exercise Milestones

Yesterday I could do six chin-ups, for the first time ever.


At the end of May I finally finished my web page about exercise and stretching (for beginners) entitled Meet Your Muscles.

And I have completed every Gracie Combatives class twice, making me eligible for the weekend Reflex Development practice.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Updated Sector Investment Web Page

Two days ago I mentioned re-balancing my sector investments.  I did not do enough research, but there were two reasons to get something done.

First, it was months overdue.  I can always re-balance (without fees) in a month, when I have more time to do better research.  Any June improvement to how well my IRA fits the current situation was worth doing.

Second, my father was visiting this week and he knows much more about the economy that I do.  My web page about sector investing is nearly two years old.  He helped me update it, mostly to be more readable but also with some new information.

Photos from Grandparents

My father and stepmother are visiting us this week, to see Smiley's kindergarten graduation.


They took some time last night to put three photo albums online.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sector Investing in Mid-June

In April I should have re-balanced my sector ETFs according to my usual plan.

But I was too busy, so it is happening mid-June.

Which sectors did I favor this time?


The graphs show that Energy and Consumer Staples have been doing the best during the past three months.  Since part of sector investment theory is that "chasing gains" is possible with sectors, since they wiggle less erratically than stocks, then those two are good picks.  (I just need to do better about monitoring my picks more frequently than every six months!)

There is also the Forward P/E difference tool.

Forward P/E Difference = ( Forward P/E − 15-year Avg. P/E ) ÷ 15-year Avg. P/E

It also likes the Energy and Consumer Staples sectors.  And it suggests Materials and especially Utilities are two other good picks.  But the Forward P/E difference is less reliable guidance, so I weight those less so far as how much to invest in them.

Since I am not comfortable investing in only four sectors, I also added Industrials, which has the next-best Forward P/E difference of the sectors that have been doing okay lately.  I weight it least.

The Fidelity ETFs I use have no cost to buy or sell as long as I hold them at least one month.  I only had two sectors that were good picks from both recent behavior and the Forward P/E difference.  So I should check in again a month and see how these choices are doing, and meanwhile try to do better about reading some financial news about the sectors.

UPDATE: If you read my web page about sector investing, you can see it describes seven tools to analyze the current status of the sectors.  I only used five, and only blogged about two.  Too busy to be more informative.  Sorry!