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Brooklyn Biltong - Grass Fed Dried Beef (8oz)
Brooklyn Biltong - Grass Fed Dried Beef (8oz)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's texture is better, the taste is awesome, August 4, 2015
I'm not normally a jerky fan....some too tough, some too fake in taste, some too greasy. But biltong is a different thing. Since it's cured differently, it's texture is better, the taste is awesome, and -- well -- I'm more manly than I otherwise would be. (Don't worry, women. It makes you more beautiful.) Brooklyn Biltong is also awesome to put on homemade pizzas -- who knew?


The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It
The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It
by Scott Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
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16 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quants in the cross-hairs, February 18, 2010
For many of us who have either watched or been more directly involved in the financial crisis that has gripped the markets for over two years, it is easy to find your scapegoats: politicians, bankers, home-owners buying out of their bracket, mortgage brokers, regulators. Certainly there is blame that falls on all of them. However, a new book The Quants reveals the effects of the hedge funds and proprietary trading desks at investment banks managed based on complex quantitative models that failed in the darkest days. (The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It, by Scott Patterson. Published by Crown Business, February 2010.)The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

Patterson draws the history of quantitative investing from the 1960's to the late 2000's, showing that again and again there are correlations which act in predictable manners (thereby making them useful for quantitative modeling) but that these correlations can go awry in ways that are not statistically possible. But the real story of the book isn't the modeling. In fact, the actual models themselves are only barely described. The real stories of the book are the stories of the people behind the models as they were growing in clout and the humbling of these same people as the markets crushed their much-loved models.

The history of quantitative investing is based on the premise that the markets are efficient with some modest inefficiencies. By modeling the markets, one can see where there are pricing "mistakes" and then the traders can then profit on knowing those mis-priced securities. If something looks cheap according to the market, you buy a lot of it and when it comes back to where it should be you take a nice profit.

The problem that Patterson points out is that while this idea of fundamentally efficient markets is the basis for quantitative modeling, during the 2007 to 2009 window the correlations that were modeled into the programs were no longer true causing hundreds of billions of losses.

The Quants is a fascinating and compelling book, and we recommend it strongly. Again, this is not a textbook on quantitative theory. Instead, it is a journey of the people involved in quantitative investing as they rode high and fell hard, and created billions of dollars of wealth only to see much of it evaporate.

Disclosure: I received this book as a review book at no cost from the publisher. However, if I didn't like it I wouldn't be recommending it.


iPhone SDK Development (The Pragmatic Programmers)
iPhone SDK Development (The Pragmatic Programmers)
by Chris Adamson
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars iPhone SDK book needed even with web-based forums, December 14, 2009
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I'm a big fan of web-based forums, and you can find several forums included Apple's own on app development for the iPhone. But try to get a foundation of knowledge through the forums and you would likely be lost. This book is a very good way to get the first 80% of what you need to know to do a real app. The other 20% will come from searching forums and trial and error.

You have to start somewhere, and this is -- so far -- the best starting point I've found.


All You Need is a Good Idea!: How to Create Marketing Messages that Actually Get Results
All You Need is a Good Idea!: How to Create Marketing Messages that Actually Get Results
by Jay H. Heyman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.69
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great point: exploit a single good idea, November 7, 2008
I picked up this book on a whim and was very pleased. It is easy to struggle for a long time trying to build a "great" idea and never be satisfied. Heyman suggests that while a great idea is wonderful, success is frequently built on a solid good idea. He gives practical guidance on how to generate ideas right now, find a nice idea with promise and make it a good idea that you can use right now. It is also useful to be reminded that a single good idea can be used, reused, and extended in many executions over many different types of media. He also has great suggestions on taking a good idea and continuing to make it better over time.

I was able to put this book to practical use. It isn't the only book that you could read to help put some fire in your marketing belly, but it is definitely worth 100x the price if you do read it and use it.


The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
by Avinash K. Dixit
Edition: Hardcover
89 used & new from $8.88

41 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Theory For Work AND non-Work Situations, November 7, 2008
If you like "game theory" -- or want to know what game theory is -- this could be the best book out there. Certainly there are more scholarly pieces on game theory, but this book is an A+ for its accessible writing, its use of examples that are interesting and a clear approach to point out how game theory comes into play every day for every person, whether we realize it or not. This book helps you understand the decision process in cooperative and competitive situations. It is better to know the "game" and how it is being played, than having the game played on you unwittingly. Highly recommended.

Also highly recommended, but more specifically for business applications, is Co-opetition, co-authored by Barry Nalebuff who is a co-author of The Art of Strategy.


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