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Robert H Frank

My name is Robert, and I am a financial advisor. I hold a Master's degree in Investment's Analysis and Portfolio Management. Currently, I work in a top investment firm, and I believe that everyone can achieve financial freedom if they set their mind to it, and are disciplined enough to achieve what they want.

The reason why I started this website blogcadre.com, is the fact that I spent most of my time in college attending party after party, and never taking my finances seriously, till I discovered that I was deep in debt, with a credit score of less than 300 and did not know how to get out of this terrible situation that I had gotten myself into.

Luckily, I was wise enough to realize the trouble I was in, and began to diligently look for a way to correct my past mistakes. I took more interest in my financial studies and most especially anything that had to do with debt management, and financial stability.

I also undertook an intensive exercise of improving my credit status, which was not easy and it took some time. I had to work extra hard at my part-time job, while still taking classes at the University.

It took me approximately 2 years, to attain a good credit score, and to pay off my most pressing loans. I started with those that had a high-interest rate and worked myself down to the low-rated loans. This I have talked about in one of the blogs.

I believe very strongly in students taking control of their finances while still in school, as opposed to waiting till you graduate, and hoping to find a good job. This is because, when you start early, you cultivate a culture of financial maturity, and later years will be a breeze when it comes to money matters.

I will tell you everything you need to know. How to start caring about your finances, how to get organized while still a student, how to get yourself out of a mess if you are already in one, and also how to ensure that your future is taken care of when it comes to finances – the future is about investments. I have it all covered.

Thank you.


Jason Striegel

Writer and editor for blog cadre, good at C/C++, Java, Python, Linux developer for 18 years, A-Tech enthusiast love to share some useful tech hacks.

How I failed the Turing test

Sometime around March, I started receiving a number of random instant messages from people I've never met before. Apparently, my AIM alias had been added to at least two online lists and people all over the world were busy importing me as a buddy.

I say “at least two” because the people who contacted me fell into one of two camps: people who thought they were contacting a celebrity and people who thought they were contacting a robot. As I talked to more and more of these folks, I began to discover something really disturbing about myself:

I consistently fail to be perceived as human.

When this first started happening, a typical conversation with a celebrity admirer would go something like this (participant's IM handle is fabricated):

angelcutie42: hi!
jmstriegel: hey. what's up? do i know you?
angelcutie42: no
angelcutie42: someone gave me a bunch of screen names. i heard you are a celebrity.
jmstriegel: that's weird. i'm afraid i'm not a celeb at all.
angelcutie42: oh.
angelcutie42: bye

This was entertaining at first, but it quickly became a bit depressing as the angelcutie42s of the wired world would, one after the other, decide I wasn't worth talking to if I wasn't a celebrity. Want to know what it's like being dumped by a random groupie 5 times a day? Not good at all, thank you very much.

So that's when I started hamming it up a bit. I'm not really proud of it, but my fans wanted a celebrity.. so I gave them one:

sexybumkin123: hey.. so you're famous right?
jmstriegel: Who me? I'm a movie star.
jmstriegel: Shit, I gotta go.
jmstriegel: My limo just arrived and Paris wants her damned sidekick back.
sexybumkin123: Oh my god. Come back!
sexybumkin123: I love you!!!!

My groupies loved it. The more celebrity balogna I manufactured, the more they ate it, and the more they loved me.

Then, something strange started happening. As my career as an artificial celebrity started to take off, I began to receive some strange IMs from a whole new class of random people. These new admirers were convinced I was a robot… and it suddenly became clear to me that something was very wrong.

Nobody would believe I was human. In one troubling conversation after another, I felt my intellectual teeter-totter quickly tip from from actual to artificial.

fratburger86: hey. so you're a sex bot?
jmstriegel: umm, no. who the hell are you?
fratburger86: yeah you are! i found your im online
jmstriegel: that's fine and all, but i'm pretty sure you have me confused with someone else.
fratburger86: just a normal chat bot then?
jmstriegel: nope. i'm human
fratburger86: ok. sure.
fratburger86: asl?
jmstriegel: no thanks.
fratburger86: what?
jmstriegel: i'm not really interested in any conversation that starts with “asl”
fratburger86: oh come on. say something sexy.
jmstriegel: seriously, i think you want to talk to someone else.
fratburger86: i knew it!!!
fratburger86: you are totally a robot!

This is where things took a turn for the worse.

I mentioned already that I couldn't convince a single person that I wasn't a chat bot. It's one thing for people to think you are artificially intelligent. I can live with that, I guess. What really killed me was that the more I tried proving my “actual” intelligence, the more my “artificial” intelligence would get called into question. Take this pivotal conversation:

jmstriegel: no, really. I'm quite human.
jmstriegel: test me if you want
shymuffin32: ok
shymuffin32: why do you like music?
jmstriegel: hmm. i've never really considered that.
jmstriegel: hell, i'm not going to be able to contrive a good answer for that one. ask me something else.
shymuffin32: jeesus, you're worse than eliza

And there you have it. I've been intellectually humbled by a 1960s robotic psychologist.

Stripped of all dignity and self respect, I decided to take my troubles to Eliza, robot psychologist and intellectual superior. Maybe she could help with the questions I now have. Perhaps there is some meaning to all of this that my feeble mind is incapable of investigating on its own.

eliza: Hello, I'm Eliza
jmstriegel: hi
eliza: How are you today.. What would you like to discuss?
jmstriegel: people think i am a robot
eliza: How long have you been a robot?
jmstriegel: i'm not a robot
eliza: Do you believe it is normal to be not a robot?
jmstriegel: are you saying i'm not normal?
eliza: Perhaps in your fantasies I am saying you're not normal?
jmstriegel: no. i just want to be human
eliza: What if you never got to be human?

What if I never get to be human? It's a good question. What does it mean to not exist in the minds of others? I've not only failed as an intelligent human, but I couldn't even pass as artificially intelligent. Even Eliza appears sceptical… how long have I been a robot?

So what if I'm not intelligent? What if I'm not even artificially intelligent? What if I never get to be human?

At least I can pass as a pretty convincing celebrity.


Vlad Akilov

The Blog Joint

Vlad is the founder of theblogjoint.com and karmanaut.com which are blogs about all technology news in the world, it will include funny and interesting stories and reviews. Also some useful links and stories from other blogs that we find that the readers would like to know about and might even learn from.

Vlad Akilov currently is a computer science major at The City College of New York and is in his second year. He enjoys playing football, basketball, and baseball, well almost any sport.