Saturday, October 14, 2006
:: From the Archive: Chick Sent Me High "in the Zone"
The entry Chick Sent Me High: Trading "in the Zone"
was posted over at my actio-et-reactio site in April 2005, just before I created this page to better focus on "inner" issues. "Chick Sent me High" is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, whose work on Flow
has earned him much acclaim, including a Wiki entry
Although you'll see various lists of how to recognize "flow", I found the list Brett Steenberger adapted for his article Find the Zone
(Word document) the most concise and observable:
- There are clear goals every step of the way;
- There is immediate feedback to one's actions;
- There is a balance between challenge and skills;
- Action and awareness are merged;
- Distractions are excluded from consciousness;
- There is no worry of failure;
- Self-consciousness disappears;
- The sense of time becomes distorted;
- The activity becomes autotelic (pleasurable in its own right).
The very first characteristic is not only observable, but actionable. Setting goals must, however, be kept bite-sized so as not to overwhelm or discourage, and conversely, not so tiny that the monitoring of them becomes the task. Another word for goal would be "trading plan", that grouping of patterns, setups, and risk control items that you must have before and after each trade, at the end of the trading day, and for periodic assessment.
I spent a good bit of time today at Brett Steenberger's site
, reading his many articles on trading and trading psychology. What a wealth of knowledge he shares! There surely is something for everyone, something perhaps even for what is needed right now
Labels: attitude, history, trading
Saturday, September 23, 2006
:: Autumnal Equinox :: Lunar New Years
I hope you've discovered Wikipedia, a sort of Every Man's, er, Every Person's.. Encyclopedia. While its creators and contributors might not agree, perhaps its greatest value is the immediacy of information. In a flash, an article on the autumnal equinox
is at hand. I would agree that Wikipedia's leap of imagination this: a collaborative self-balancing mechanism for information: outrageously biased or misinformed entries are challenged and edited, and depth is added where new discoveries refine older consensus.
equinox: the equinoxes are the two days each year when the center of the Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth
So if the Equinox is about the sun, how does the moon relate to the Autumnal Equinox? Calendar historians probably could answer this with far more accuracy, and precision. But the simple answer is that linking a great solar event with its nearest important lunar event is just a natural affinity. Moon/Sun, Sun/Moon, what's so complicated?
Friday marked Rosh ha-Shanah, the first day of the seventh
month, called Tishrei in the Jewish calendar, the new year
5767 in the Jewish calendar. It is, according to the Talmud, the day man was created. It is the Day of Judgement, for which the faithful have prepared during the preceding month of Elul, the last month of the year. This first day of man's new year is a call to go within and clarify what is of genuine importance in life.
Islam too marks Rash Hasana, the first lunar day of the ninth
month in the Hijri (Islamic) calendar, better known as Ramadan
. A central event of Ramadan is fasting, "... said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm", per the Wikipedia entry. Here is a wonderful collection of Ramadan inspired photos on flickr
Christianity has, curiously, sidestepped this particular transformational time, having left St. Matthew as the lone guardian of 21 September, and instead making inner contemplation a focus during the Easter Tide, the Resurrection of Christ, both calendrically linked to the first Spring Moon (and Vernal Equinox). All Hallow's Eve seems to stand out as the most prominent autumnal festival.
I find a curious affinity with this Western ghostly period and that of a number of Eastern autumn festivals also centered around ghosts, the most prominent being O-Higan in Japan, celebrated at the first new moon near the Autumnal Equinox, and Ghost Month during the seventh lunar month in the Chinese tradition. Both share similar roots: the idea that the doors to the underworld are opened and ghosts wander the land, In Japan, this time is used to revere ancestors, while in China, much is made of providing these ghosts food
and lucre (hell money
In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition O-Higan
is a time of inner reflection on right-living, thereby coming full circle to the precepts of Rosh ha-Shanah and Ramadan. Right-Living is best represented by the Six Paramitas
"Paramita is a Sanskrit word, which means to cross over to the other shore. It implies crossing over from the Sea of suffering to the Shore of happiness, from the Samsara of birth and death to Nirvana and from ignorance to enlightenment."
Labels: attitude, history, moon
Saturday, September 09, 2006
:: Fiction & Lunar Cycles :: Trading & Lunar Cycles
Fiction and Lunar Cyles
Tom Drake has, as he so often does, dished up something a bit off the beaten track: comments on a new "financial thriller" book. Here is the full article
(page down a bit for the book part). Here is a snippet:
The novel isn't as well written as Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Lawrence Durrell or even Martin Cruz Smith. But it is about the financial markets and the fortuitous rediscovery of an ancient method of market timing, previosuly only known to "them"."
[more from Tom
More about Paradigm
, a financial thriller by Robert Taylor, at taylortrends.com
I know zipola about Taylor or his methods, but I continue to be curiously intrigued with what people are doing on the lunar front.Trading & Lunar Cyles
23 Sep 06: I originally intended for the Trading & Lunar Cycles to post over at actio-et-reaction, which is, in fact, where I've moved it. Please continue reading
Labels: books, moon, trading
Saturday, April 22, 2006
:: Schwassmann-Wachmann, Venus & Luna
Never to be missed, two ladies of the sky, Venus and Luna Crescente conjunct on the 24th of April. They can be seen together on the Eastern horizon at sunrise or on Western horizon at sunset.
Next is the dying comet Schwassmann-Wachmann
, on a close-encounter with Earth May 25th-ish. Due to its brilliance in the sky, one can now watch the breaking-up of one of the larger pieces, cleverly named Fragment B, en plein vue using amateur scopes. A close encounter in galactic terms happens to be, in this case, six million miles "close by". Reminds me a bit of the Mayan apocalyse
Labels: moon, space
Friday, April 07, 2006
:: Color: Daily OM and Pixy.cz
From DailyOM - Your Life's Palette
When we enter a room or see an object for the first time, our minds register its color before any other detail. The colors our eyes can perceive are like words that form a subtle language of mood, energy, and insight. Color can exert a gentle effect on the mind and the body, influencing our dispositions and our physical health. Color has the ability to trigger our emotions, affect the way we think and act, and influence our attitudes. You unconsciously respond to the color of the walls in your home, your car, your clothing, and the food you eat based on your body's natural reactions to certain colors and the psychological associations you have formed around them. The consequences of the decision to paint a room or wear a specific article of clothing therefore goes beyond aesthetics. [read more]
Once you've seen my charts, you know I use a double-box of Crayola crayons. I enjoy tinkering with my charting color schemes and aside from using green/blue hues for rising and red/black for falling, I'll let my intuition be my guide.
However, there are some wonderful tools on the web that are really the bee's knees for learning to better control your color palette. My absolute favorite, and recommended for anyone who likes color, and partiuclarly if you plan to code colors into your web pages, is pixy.cz's wellstyled.com Color Scheme Generator
. You start with a "Default" set of blocks, then select a general color hue, and that's where the real fun begins. Having done that, you then can choose chromatically correct schemes based on a single color (monochromatic) up to four colors (Tetradic or Analogic), with sliders that allow you to adjust the color "angle".
And that's not all! Having done that, you then can see that same scheme as the Default, light and dark pastels, high or low contrast. Wowsery WOW. An orgy of color.
This isn't, of course, limited to use for web developing. You can try out different schemes and gauge your reaction to them, allowing you to better understand your own "color moods".
Labels: attitude, computers