As readers of iBC know, Jake Gint is the most prolific commentor on the site. Heâ€™ll sometimes string 4 or 5 comments out in a row, eating tons of bandwidth in an attempt to make his voice heard. Indeed, he even has a number of alter-egos on the siteâ€¦ so after doing some research, I figured out that a full 83% of the comments on iBC are from Jake.
Putting his flawed politics aside, I sat down with Mr. Gint for a rare, one on one interview.
DT: Mr. Gintâ€¦ nice SUV by the wayâ€¦ I see you support our troops. Anyway, how long have you been frequenting â€œThe Flyâ€™sâ€ blog?
Gint: For about a year now.
DT: Other than â€œthe Flyâ€ which tab do you visit most often? Remember, my blog doesnâ€™t apply for this answer, because technically, Iâ€™m not a member of the gay iBC team.
Gint: I only visit your “non-tab tab” in order to harass you for your overtly communist banner ads. As for Fly’s “real tab” tabbers, probably Woodshedder’s tab, Ragin’ Cajun’s and of course “the Peeg.” I do visit everyone’s however, and my interest in Adam’s tab is growing.
DT: Liar. I don’t have adverts on my site. I’m rich enough. Meanwhile, is your wife hot?
Gint: Smoking. Southern Belle’s, you can’t beat ’em. (You’ll be arrested, for one thing.)
Gint: Fuse-your-retinas, core of the sun type shit.
DT: Other than yourself, who is your favorite commentor?
Gint: Ottnot, followed closely by Calvino and Gapping and Yapping. “Amusing” followed by “smart” is very big with me, and in fact why I prefer Fly’s site over its competition. I should probably throw Boomer in there, but he’s not been as frequent a commentor since he went “Big Time Nash Vegas” on us. And since he pissed off God and all that.
DT: Yeah, that was completely fucked up when he pissed off God. He lost a few hundred thousand because of that shit, right? Well, every man is ultimately humbled I guess. Anyway, what are some other stock market blogs that you frequent?
Gint: Not as many as you’d think. Gary Savage’s “Smart Money Tracker” is probably my #2 visit, and Tim Knight’s “Slope of Hope” #3. After those two, the drop-off is precipitous. I used to visit “Tom2Oc’s TA World” because I believe he’s one of the best out there on the technical analysis side, but he became a less frequent blogger and also somewhat annoyingly paranoid and cryptic (he thought Goldman traders were stealing his system or something), so I don’t visit as much anymore. I used to visit “M.A.S. Trader” quite a bit, because he’s a good trader and funny at the same time (and from Jersey), but he became such an infrequent updater that a rumor went out that he’d died. Not true, fortunately, but as you guys know, if you don’t update, you lose people — and quick. Of course, there’s our beautiful friend the Trading Goddess who has segued somewhat into a “serious blog” to the disappointment of a lot of her original fans who enjoyed her authorship far more than perhaps even she understood. And then there’s your site filled with it’s agglomeration of embittered, union laborer penny stock traders all yearning for the day when they can loose their adzes and cudgels upon the skulls of the bourgeoisie. An observation — I’ve found I sometimes go to someone’s blog and say “this is very good,” but for some reason, I don’t end up frequenting it. Maybe it has something to do with the “hook.” I would put Ducat’s blog in that category. He really should have kept his tab at iBC.
DT: Actually, with the amount that you comment at iBC, Iâ€™m surprised you have the time to visit any other blogs at all, let alone eat and sleep. Sometimes, I compose poetry in my headâ€¦ like, Iâ€™ll be eating a bologna sandwich and I start thinking of amazing couplets. Anywayâ€¦ so do you trade for a living?
Gint: No. Hold on, let me amend that… “Fuck, no.”
DT: What are you looking for in a tabbed blogger? Humor? Stock market ideas? Porn?
Gint: I wouldn’t count myself as the “typical” reader, so don’t go by me, but I’m looking for entertainment first. In the world of the financial blogs, that often means humorous, or at least well written prose. Certain bloggers have a style I find amusing. Fly, obviously, and even yours to some extent. Danny is getting there. And I know I bang on the Hippy for his goofy politics, but it’s his writing that really needs work. Turgid meandering prose with little cadence of syntax is on my centerfold “turn-offs” section.
DT: Wow, â€œturgid.â€ On occasion, Iâ€™ve used that word to describe my â€œdiplodocus,â€ but never another manâ€™s prose. Okay, hereâ€™s a softball for youâ€¦ is Hillary Clinton a â€œsmelly pirate hooker?â€
Gint: It’s been rumored. Truthfully, I think it’s a good thing she got that law degree, because I’m not sure even the drunker “many weeks out to sea” pirates would pay much of a premium to hit that — if you know what I’m saying.
DT: I dunnoâ€¦ she looks good in a pant suit. Iâ€™d tap thatâ€¦ just to get on the cover of Newsweek. So who are you endorsing to replace Gunnerâ€™s tab? And why do all the other candidates suck? Rememberâ€¦ Iâ€™m not a candidate, so you can’t endorse me…
Gint: I don’t think it should be much of a surprise that I am endorsing the Alpha Dawg, despite his boring (albeit historic) campaign ad. I think he provides a nice background in both technical and fundamental analysis (like Fly, he’s “in the business”) and he’s got some experience under his belt, unlike some of our younger tabbers. That should provide a nice contrast with some of the “hot tippers” and “system traders” we’ve arrayed on the site. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that everyone else “sucks” although some are more sucky than others. Who is this BEAS person, for example? Is this a Fly “inside joke” type of thing? I would say that DPeezy and Cuervo are both very good. Hattery as well. I even think GreenHippy’s investment ideas are good. However, as you now know, for me, it’s all about the presentation, and I think AD’s mixture of presentation and content make for the most solid “long term play” to put it in the parlance. He “stands out” in the crowd, if you will, and brings some stability to the blog at the same time.
DT: Interesting. I know you probably have something else on your mind, right?
Gint: A holistic comment regarding the overall site: I think if Fly wants to bring a mixture of steady investors to his blog — and not just the “go-go” OTB playing degenerate gamblers (as amusing as those commenters are ) then he’s going to need to continue to diversify the content to a degree that there is someone covering every aspect of the investment world. Perhaps someday there will even be a mention of “fixed income” on the site, perish the thought, and its attendant 47.5 + year old menagerie. One of the most important facets of the investment game, however is principal retention, so having some of your stash “risk sheltered” whilst the remainder rides the MaVIS-POTash exacta box (go Big Brown!) is not the craziest idear (sic) extant. Something to ponder for Fly’s 32nd birthday, perhaps.
DT: I’m sure “The Fly” will ignore your advice, but at least you were able to tarnish his site with it… a small victory.
With that, our interview came to an abrupt end, as Jake Gint flew into a rage upon hearing that Obama won North Carolina.
ELECTION NIGHT NOTE:Â In short order, expect endorsements from Danny and Woodshedder, setting up for “the Fly’s” endorsement at 10:30.Â