Archive for July, 2006


I guess that it makes a lot of sense – there apparently is a large group of investors and investment managers focusing on the water sector. The good news with the water sector is that it’s not cyclical: supply never increases, but demand will continue to increase unabated so long as population does.

With the water issue making the headlines of so many newspapers as the Water Summit took place in Mexico in March, one could have hardly ignored the extent to which the most precious liquid on earth is becoming scarce. But long before this summit, the trend hadn’t gone unnoticed by executives at Pictet Asset Management, who from their home base in Geneva – next to packaged water giant NestlĂ© and close to Lyon, home of the world’s first water concession in 1853 – decided to launch in 2000 the Water Fund, the world’s first fund completely invested in water-related equities.

“That was just when high-tech stocks were falling out of favour, and we had to look for new ideas”, remembers Hans Peter Portner, who manages the Water Fund. A look at the situation in California was enough to convince them that water was one of those new ideas. “There, the price of water has gone up 6% per annum over the last 20 year”, says Mr. Portner. “That’s exactly in line with the oil price, only with less volatility.”



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Funny, my friend Tim has had the last week with his wife and kids away. His responsibility, while everyone is away, is to paint the main leel of the house. It makes sense, on paper – set up the painting paraphernalia, leave it all set up while painting is in progress, and get it done when it gets done. Don’t worry about the usability of the space in the mean time, just get some painting done.

I don’t know how he’s doing. I just know that, if it were me, I’d have had quite a few hours of World of Warcraft in, and not quite as many hours of actual painting in.

I hope, for his sake, that he’s gotten some painting done.

Is gotten a word?
I just finished watching “Run Silent, Run Deep” on PBS. Good movie. Clark Gable and Don Rickles (!) as a young, relatively good-looking guy. The movie was produced in 1958, but it seemed like quite the WWII propaganda flick. I’d like to see a modern sub commander’s comments on the movie, after seeing the termendous amount of analog tech on the WWII subs. It’s a wonder that they managed to hit anything at all…

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First, let me start by saying that I really don’t have time to be writing this. There are still five unfinished items on the “to do” list.

Tracie left two days ago with the boys to go up to the Burlowski cabin on Vermillion. Tate is enjoying a vacation with Grandma. That leaves me at home, alone, Tuesday through Friday, when I’m leaving with Tate and Tim (Burlowski) to join the rest of the clan at the cabin for the weekend.

It would appear, in theory anyway, that I have a lot of time on my hands to get stuff done. It never seems to work out that way.

First, when Tracie is out of town, the whole world heaps pity upon me, inviting me over for supper, asking me to play cards, whatnot. They figure, I guess, that I’m lonely, and could appreciate some attention and some cooked food. They may be forgetting that I don’t get much alone time, and that I actually cook a fair percentage of our family meals. How do you turn down an invitation, though?

“I can’t come over — I’ve got to stay at home, alone.”

That just wouldn’t cut it. They’d see right through it. So off I go.

That was last night. In truth, I had a great time. I hadn’t had dinner with Tricia and Troy for some time, and having Mike and Cheryl and my daughter there was a plus, too. I don’t know if I would have seen Tate this entire week if it weren’t for the dinner invitation. And, after dinner, you have to stay and play a little XBox with your brother in law, right? Sigh.

So that’s last night. Tuesday night was a wash as well, as I had my D&D “appointment”. It wasn’t arranged to coincide with Tracie’s being out of town, that’s just when it was scheduled. So Tuesday night goes right out the window from a productivity standpoint.

And remember, of course, that I’m away from home working 11 hours or so each day.

That leaves tonight. One night to get it all done. Wash the dogs, mount a ceiling fan, pack, spread mulch, build a child’s workbench. Clean the garage, make some food, pack for the weekend. Buy 28 pounds of boneless pork country style ribs. Clean up all of the various computer parts from the MythTV that now refuses to boot, despite the introduction of a brand new motherboard.


So – what’s the approach? I blog. That’s going to help.

The hardest part of this whole process is thinking about how to explain it all to Tracie when she’s back – reviewing the list – wondering why, when she’s been gone for nearly a week, nothing got done around here. Perhaps, if I could just build this large, wooden badger…

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Slashdot | Microsoft Hoping for Vista in January

Mr. Slashdot Post Writer —

You owe me a new keyboard.

Bud Light presents … Real Men Of Genius.

[Real Men Of Genius.]

Today, we salute you, Mr Impatient For Windows Vista Guy.

[Mr Impatient For Windows Vista Guy.]

While others marvel at an operating system whose primary repair
tradition is a complete wipe, you just can’t wait for more of the

[I just love my Long Horn!]

Yes, it lacks security, efficiency, speed, heck, just about
everything. But ever since 1985, when you first jammed your floppies
into that curvaceous 186, you’ve been enraptured with Windows.

[It was five and a quarter inches!]

Despite the fact that it requires an array of Crays to run already
invented technologies at sub-optimum speeds, you will beat the rush
and see Notepad and Clock run in CPU-crippling GPU-hogging

[It turns on all my pixels!]

So crack open an ice cold Bud Lite, oh Chevalier of the Control Panel,
because whilst the rest of us wonder what Vista will bring, you
already know.

[Mr Impatient For Windows Vista Guy!]

Bud Light beer. Anheuser Busch, St. Louis, Missouri.

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Some funny stories on Slashdot today where tech support staff tell their worst ever support stories. I would never have the patience to work in tech support.

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