Andy Kaufman

After audiences were shocked by his gaunt appearance during his performances in 1984, Kaufman acknowledged having an unspecified illness, which he hoped to cure with “natural medicine” including an all-fruit and vegetables diet, among other measures. Kaufman received palliative radiotherapy, but by then the cancer had rapidly spread. His last resort search for successful medical therapy was “psychic surgery”, performed in Baguio, Philippines in March 1984. Kaufman died in Los Angeles on May 16, 1984[18] of kidney failure, caused by metastasized large cell carcinoma, a rare kind of lung cancer

Because he kept the true nature of his health a secret—almost until the day he died—fans have, over the years, doubted Kaufman’s death, thinking that he staged it as the ultimate Andy Kaufman stunt. Rumors that Kaufman was still alive go as far back as May 17, 1984 (the day after he died), when a caller phoned the Howard Stern radio show on WNBC in New York to announce that Kaufman’s death was a hoax. Friends and family said that Andy almost never smoked, didn’t drink regularly, and was also a vegetarian. At the time, lung cancer was considered very rare for non-smokers to contract, and it is also rare in people under the age of 50. Kaufman himself even said that if he were to fake his death, he would return 20 years later. On May 16, 2004, his surviving friends threw a ‘Welcome Home Andy’ party for him. He didn’t show up.

Some quotes

“A gentleman is not to be found in the office before 11 and never stays beyond four.”

– Alfred de Rothschild, quoted in The World’s Banker – The History of the House of Rothschild by Niall Ferguson

“You could be somewhere where the mail was delayed three weeks and do just fine investing.”

– Warren Buffett, quoted on Global-investor.com

Blue Ocean Strategy

The “ocean” refers to the market or industry. “Blue oceans” are untapped and uncontested markets, which provide little or no competition for anyone who would dive in, since the markets are not crowded. A “red ocean”, on the other hand, refers to a saturated market where there is fierce competition, already crowded with people (companies) providing the same type of services or producing the same kind of goods.

Their idea is to do something different from everyone else, producing something that no one has yet seen, thereby creating a “blue ocean”. An essential concept is that the innovation (in product, service, or delivery) must raise and create value for the market, while simultaneously reducing or eliminating features or services that are less valued by the current or future market.

More info: http://www.blueoceanstrategy.com/downloads/bos_web.pdf

Timminco Limited (TSE: TIM)

Let me introduce you to a stock that gave you 4257% return in 1 year
http://finance.google.com/finance?q=TSE%3ATIM

Currently the top holding of Sprott Asset Management’s Growth Fund (denominated in CAD)
http://www.sprott.com/pdf/reports/growth.pdf

Timminco Limited is an international company engaged in the production and marketing of specialty magnesium, silicon metal and specialty ferrosilicon, calcium and strontium alloys and high-end aluminum wheels. The Company’s products are used in a range of specialized industrial applications in industries, such as aluminum, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive. Timminco operates in two segments: the Magnesium Group, which is engaged in the production and sale of specialty non-ferrous metals, and the Silicon Group, which is engaged in the production and sale of silicon-based metals.

A tan to die for

I am at peace.

But if I could go back and talk to myself when I was 19 I would tell that girl not to use a solarium — that melanoma is not a small cancer that you just have cut out and you will be fine.

I may pass in another week or it could be two. If I really fight it out, I may even have six weeks left.

It’s scary, because I feel myself getting more tired, and each time I feel sleepy it worries me that I might not wake up.

So far I have lived 25 years. If I am lucky I will reach 26 because my birthday is on Saturday.

It is a short life, but I have lived it.
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