Monthly Archives: June 2006

Investment in Pain

You can’t say I didn’t show love…if love is sharing one’s risky stock picks…. Anyhow, behold the Fonar Corporation, responsible for bringing to you the mighty Stand-Up/Upright MRI. This Upright MRI is claimed to be the only MRI which can properly assess back-pain related problems (article). As a total newbie to all worlds, I look at this product and the whole story appears to make sense. If you have a back-pain related problem and you lay down for your MRI, the problems are not as apparent as they would be on an Upright MRI. Fine. So what’s the problem?

Well, Fonar’s stock (Nasdaq:FONR) has been downtrodden for a good long while now, currently resting at $0.39. At this point in time the primary fear of both stockholders and side-liners (yay!) is that Fonar may be delisted. There are two ways for a stock to be delisted: the company breaks the rules, or it can’t make money. Sadly, with the downtrend and a spell of low profits, the picture on Fonar looks terrible, no? Perhaps, but as anyone can point out at first glance, Fonar competes against the likes of GE and Siemens. These playmates aren’t exactly the kind you’d like to hang out with willingly. Of course, there is a boundary between noting the painfully obvious and using it as an excuse, but I do not believe FONR has abused that boundary (have I?).

Playmates aside, FONR holds a monopoly on its Upright MRI and, as far as I can tell, has one solid product that fulfils a public need.



Pity the fool who claims invincibility. When that man finally gets sick he'lll know pain for all its worth! I've been writhing in my sick bed for the better part of this week with a twisted combination of fever and flu. On the first day of my viral pounding I thought I was beginning to recover and promptly concluded that even if I wasn't invincible I could still pimp slap viruses in a single day. It was likely at that moment when I heard a loud booming voice, detached from its body, cry out "Lets get ready to rummmmble!" that fever and flu decided to take me down. Even though I am starting to recover from this abominable tag team crush of symptoms I'm essentially confined to enjoying water.

In this demented state I decided, upon hearing that the stock market entered a massive slump, to begin my search for fresh opportunities. The markets are down and nothing is happening so the time is good for shoppin'. Here I found a company called Nexia Biotechnologies Inc., based out of Montreal, which hit the news (bbc) for breeding goats with spider genes. With a little hope, these goats would be expected to produced webs capable of being processed into Biosteel. Pretty wild, huh? Looks like money, right? Oddly enough, according to the Nexia website:

On March 7, 2005, Nexia's, shareholders approved the sale of substantially all its operations and assets related to ProtexiaR to PharmAthene (, a privately held biotechnology company focused on the development of biodefense therapeutics, based in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.

The transaction was completed on March 14, 2005.

Later, on 21 March 2006, according to the CNW Group website, Nexia halts the trade of its shares.

What happened? It appeared that a good, widely applicable future technology began to take root in Montreal, so why did it end up going south so quietly? If you check out the R & D section of the PharmAthene site, a good deal of talent went along with Nexia's decision to sell ProtexiaR. So, anyone know any details related to transgenic products with respect to goats? Or the feasibility of Biosteel? Even if Nexia's goats were not able to produce webs that were of acceptable quality shouldn't there have been some effort to keep the innovation within Canada?

Moreover, it looks like there was some razing action. 

You Tube Rollin’

I'm beginning to appreciate the phenomenon known as You Tube. Now, I do not know exactly how I found this video, but I am impressed by the marketing abilities of Hard Gay. Perhaps this should be a lesson to those who wish to compete for a job with Trump.

Super Robot Wars?

Does anyone know if this game was brought over to North American markets? Must have it!

I’m back.

Been a while, huh? I could share with you my great and perilous adventures but I somehow believe that they are probably not worth chattering about in the near future…or ever. However, I will note that Calgary is a very hot place. All of those summer wears and skirts floating in the air can really bring a greater appreciation for summer breezes.

I’m kidding, of course I love the summer breezes.

Another bit about spring/summer wear is that it’s always good to see girls walking around in those pretty shoes that look more like pieces of string laced together. When you see them get their feet stepped on in the bus or the Ctrain you can’t help but laugh. Even the victims of such situations can’t help laughing either. Nevertheless! Those lacy shoes are still good looking if you ask me.

I better get steppin’, plenty of things to do and I’m pretty tired. Damn human frailty never ceases to shadow me.

This article of how a person was trapped in her own sunbed was incredibly amusing. I never imagined the possibility, but now that it has actually happened the seriousness of the situation takes away the laughs.