Monday, June 23, 2008

Monkey Business Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle - John Rolfe and Peter Troob

This books seems to be as much IB gospel as M.Lewis' Liars Poker. Perhaps my expectation for this book were a bit high because my friends built it up, but it seems a little weaker than previous banking literature. Perhaps this is because you can only convey so much misery through text. This book walks a thin line of suffering for a paycheck so it cannot turn into a sob-story without turning into one of these.

The more amusing realization about this book and the way by which I came to read it is the following: everyone who recommended it after reading took an IB job and is as misearble as the characters in the book.

5ives: Banking books I've read

  1. Liar's Poker
  2. Monkey Business
  3. When Genius Failed
  4. Ugly Americans *
  5. Den of Thieves *
* denotes books not read yet

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

5ives: 5 awsome open source/freeware programs

  1. Mozilla Firefox & Thunderbird
  2. Dia
  3. Emacs
  4. Winamp
  5. BSPlayer

5ives: 5 excused I've used to avoid going to the gym

  1. Intoxication
  2. Laziness
  3. Too much work to do
  4. Golf
  5. Laziness

Gone Baby Gone

I'm a movie critic by no means but I felt this movies to be a little drawn out and little 'scattered' towards the end.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

5ives: 5 blogs I like to read

  • Joel on Software
  • The Leveraged Sellout
  • Freakanomics
  • Coding Horror
  • Brownstoner

5ives: Things I do like about the subway

  • the 'entertainment'
  • successfully racial profiling that results in me getting a seat: guessing which Chinese people get off at Canal/Grand, yuppies and hippies at Park Slope and anyone with a flat bill hat between Prospect and Church
  • utterly lost tourists
  • getting a running start and shoving everyone into 4/5
  • early morning BlackBerry email productivity and a round of BrickBreaker

5ives: Things I don't like about the subway

  • running nose and no tissues. I end up combating snot for 45minutes. Sometimes I ask strangers for tissues. Rarely does anyone ever take pity.
  • dudes in expensive suits on the 4/5. If I had a $5k suit, it'd cab it to client meetings
  • the riff-raff
  • people who have not yet adjusted to the daily violation of their 'personal space'
  • people who stare back, thats just uncomfortable

I'm starting 5ives

Much like Merlin at, I'll be posting some 5ives here: Random musings, with five thoughts at a time. These mostly happen as an expansion of thoughts I have on the subway. Also, I've read somewhere that bullet points give credibility.

You can see them all here (via search)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Made To Stick - Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Made to Stick

some really good ideas in here about all the common traits of ideas that worked out.

I'd like to have kept a summary of this.

will post back with findings