Friday, December 08, 2006

Win A Copy of Ken Fisher's New Book

As I have mention here and here, Ken Fisher is out with a new book, The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don't. I am reading it right now and plan to review it soon, but so far it is a great book.

As a way of saying thank you to the readers of Value Blog Review, I am going to be having several contests this month to give away copies of the book. The contest is sponsored by the publisher of the book John Wiley & Sons, which was kind enough to provide several copies of the book to share with my readers.

Of course once I had to actually come up with ideas for a contest my mind drew a blank for the most part. Here are two of my favorite ideas.

First Contest

The first contest is that I have decided to have a contest to pick a contest. If you have a good idea for a contest please put it in the comments section of this post. If I use your idea you will win a free copy of the book. I may end up picking more than one idea, but you can only win once, either in this contest or any other although you may participate.

Some basic ground rules: It does not have to be stock market related, although I do have a preference for that. It should be simple enough that anybody can take a shot. Whether it is stock market related or not it should be a short contest and should not run longer than a month.

Second Contest

I think I have come up with a simple contest to reward those who have been paying attention while reading my site and have a little fun at my own expense.

Growing up I used to love watching re-runs of the original Twilight Zone television series. One particular episode was my favorite and my family and friends would laugh every time it came on because the ending was so perfectly tragic to me and I would always say "man that ending really sucks." If you read my site, some of my comments, and know the old Twilight Zone episodes it should be pretty easy.

The first person who guesses my favorite original Twilight Zone episode wins a free copy of Ken Fisher's book. You can either give me the exact title of the episode or just describe the story and ending enough so that I recognize it.


Mr Market said...

Steven, this is my submission for the first contest. You may wish to consider holding a contest for readers to describe the company with the best moat (without consideration of the market price).

Mr Market said...

As alternative to first, your contest could also be for readers to name, in their opinion, the best value investor ever, and provide some reasons.

Thomas Miller said...

Contest idea. Start 12-18 Mon. end 1-19 Fri. Each person picks 5 stocks with short reason for picks. Person up most in % terms by 1-19 wins. Stock price must be at least $5 by open on 12-18.

Keep up your good work.

Anonymous said...

For contest #2....

Twilight Zone episode entitled "Judgment"? Or (LOL!} second guess... "The Obsolete Man"?

Anonymous said...

btw, my favorite is "Living Doll".

Steven said...

Living Doll was pretty scary scary for me.

OH so close...if this was easter I would be yelling out that you are hot..on fire...burning up you are so close...

I loved obsolete man but not my favorite (or actually most scary to me)..judgement was good but I think you were distracted by the

ready for a hint:

If you know the nickname that T'goddess gave me..with what I do on this will know my favorite episode and why it is so scary to

Steven said...

p.s. T' goddess you were close on both guesses but for different reasons.

Anonymous said...

I know what it sec...that librarian one....or the guy who wants the time to sec.... Gotta GOOG! LOL!

Anonymous said...

P.S. I like it when you yell out that I am so hot!

Anonymous said...

Here is my answer:

Episode 8. Time Enough at Last
gs: Burgess Meredith (Henry Bemis) Lela Bliss (Mrs. Chester) Vaughn Taylor (Mr. Carsville) Jacqueline DeWit (Helen Bemis)

A bank teller, obsessed with reading, finds himself alone after a nuclear blast.

b: 20-Nov-1959 pc: 173-3614 w:Rod Serling s:Lynn Venable d:John Brahm

NOTE: This episode is based on the short story "Time Enough at Last" by Lynn Venable. This story was first published in If (January, 1953).
Included on volume 2 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.

This was the first of many Twilight Zone Episodes that deal with Nuclear War.
The ladder on which Henry Bemis collects into a pile its books is the same sight in the 1960 movie "The Time Machine".

FWIF: This one is my second favorite:

123. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
gs: William Shatner (Bob Wilson) Christine White (Ruth Wilson) Nick Cravat (Gremlin) Ed Kemmer (Flight Engineer) Asa Maynor (Stewardess)

Mr. Wilson believes he sees a gremlin on the wing of his commercial aircraft.

b: 11-Oct-1963 pc: 2605 w:Richard Matheson d:Richard Donner

NOTE: This episode is based on the short story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in the Michael Congdon and Don Congdon edited anthology Alone by Night (1961).

Some of the music in this episode was "borrowed" from Jerry Goldsmith's score to Episode 49, Back There.
The TV show "The Simpsons" borrows of this episode in their "Treehouse of Horror IV: The Simpson's Halloween Special IV" the story is called "Terror at 5 1/2 Feet"


Steven said...

Yes you

although you did not mention why the episode is so ironic...when he realizes everyone who got in the way of his reading was gone...he winds up at the library..picks out enough books to read a lifetime...sits down to start...and breaks his glasses...which sucks...I mean time enough at last to read with no bother..and he breaks his cruel is that..I get all worked up just thinkking about it...

Steven said...

p.s. email me with where you want the book sent.

Anonymous said...


Apparently that episode is so famous, it was parodied on SNL and The Simpsons.

Don't get all choked up....just order some contacts damn it!

Can't I just post my address right here? LOL!

Steven said...

I wear contacts AND glasses my vision is so

I thought my dad was kidding when you used to yell out dont sit so close to the
Have you not learned your lesson!

Mike said...

Congrats TG - You are so hot. oopppsss I didn't yell that out. Stoopid CAPS LOCK.

Steven, My dad said you would go blind doing that and were not talking about sitting by a TV. Yes, I wear contacts and glasses like you.

Steven said...

To Mr. Market and Mr. Miller:

I just went with a real simple contest after all.

But since you were the only two who actually gave it a shot to pick a contest I am going to go ahead and give each of you a book. email me with your particulars. My email is on my profile page.


Ken fisher has some really great idea's when it comes to investing in stocks.