When my ex and I had the “going on a break” talk, he told me that he felt that all we talked about any more was cats. He said it rather matter-of-factly, almost sadly, without any sort of malicious tone. It was possibly the most hurtful thing anyone had ever said to me.
He IM’d me yesterday to tell me about this awful-sounding magazine his main client was co-editing [“ORIGIN Magazine is a platform for: Yoga, Art, Culture, Conscious Lifestyle, Humanitarianism and Sustainability”], on whose current cover was an actor appearing on one of my favorite shows [The Vampire Diaries — I know it’s on The CW, but it’s legitimately good]. From there we briefly touched on a friend of mine/my sister’s, who recently spoke to Planet Money for a podcast that discussed the model for her new digital magazine, Maura Magazine, as well as for Andrew Sullivan’s blog. Maura Magazine is currently only available via iTunes, which made me think of the recent shareholder suit brought against Apple by David Einhorn.
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11:37 AM me: You’re still long AAPL, yes?
11:39 AM ex: yeah
i’ve been way too busy to follow any current stuff
what the deal with this suit
11:41 AM me: Einhorn pro preferred stock; AAPL anti-preferred stock
but there was a provision in the proxy that would have made it hard to issue pfd
ex: i guess i don’t really know enough about the issue to say which is my own preference!
11:46 AM me: Well, you know how AAPL has a load of cash and issued a dividend for the first time only recently?
pfd shares would send money back to shareholders like a dividend, but regularly, without the company having to declare a dividend at their discretion
11:50 AM ex: yes i see, a bit
11:53 AM me: You don’t really care, do you?
11:54 AM ex: not quite so much
my brain is also sort of just full of all the crud i’ve been up to
doesn’t really have room for much else right now
me: You’ve never been curious about the financial workings
ex: but i do thank you for the explanation
yar, it doesn’t grab me so much
11:55 AM me: It just has such a huge impact on everything
11:56 AM ex: many things have a huge impact on everything
knowing about electricity, for instance
without electricity, we’d all be fucked
and while i find it interesting in a large scale concept
the minutiae of it don’t really hold my interest enough to make me learn all about it
but that’s ok, there are people who are excited to know about it
everybody does their part of stuff they learn about
11:58 AM me: Really? You’re comparing electricity to the sometimes largest public company in the world?
How about oxygen?
12:00 PM ex: sure
they’re all immensely important to the world
they all have a huge impact
neat dust article
2:05 PM me: How is your cat doing?
2:07 PM ex: fine, she’s here now
Later in the afternoon, The Wall Street Journal‘s Deal Journal blog posted about a Dell shareholder who had sent a letter to the Board criticizing the private equity buy-out and referring to Einhorn’s preferred share proposal as a better way to return cash to Dell’s shareholders.
It’s exactly like electricity. How could I have not noticed that before? Must be all the cats I’m constantly thinking about.