Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Eve

Time: 8-8:30pm (earlier or later is fine)
Place: Cody's Apartment
Date: Saturday 12/31 New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Max Payne 3

Friday, December 23, 2011

Your Attendance Is Requested

Your attendance is hereby requested at an 'Extravaganza of the Fantastique!' taking place now in a realm known for its wholesome goodness. OK, actually nothing is really going on, but I am in town and thought that maybe if I announced it, I might actually get to hang out with somebody as opposed to the usual drink-myself-to-sleep routine. I'm looking mostly at Cody and Kevin here, as they are known to reside in these parts, but if JR or CyrusFx is in town that would be +10. Calling me is mostly useless, but I'll try and check my voicemail. Calling the homeline or my significant other's phone is much better, assuming any of you possess either number, which I shall not post here. So, in summary, hanging out with me is awesome because it results in good times for all involved.

Xmas eve war games...

...in the Persian Gulf. Iran's balls are swinging. I wonder if Russia and/or China will be in on this. That other Strike Group (CVN 77) is in home port. The seas are looking a bit lonely for CVN 74.

Fighting or No Fighting.

"I am not concerned about these allegations of racism...


...because Obama has done less for black people and is whiter than Ron Paul," quoth smilingblackman.jpg.

Its cold at the top... where RP stands alone


The shit cannon has now set it sights on 'ol RP, which can only mean one thing: its Ron's turn as dominator. I remember reading about these particular claims back in the day, about 4 years ago, and for the most part they were dismissed as misdirective bullshit. They've just been resurfaced as sloppy fodder against what appears to be the #1 contender (at least in Iowa) for this silly sideshow of a distraction we call the GOP Nominee Race.

For me, politics is kind of like the new sports. I appreciate the mental gymnastics, the showmanship, the spontaneous fights and comraderies, the big plays, the low blows and the knockouts. Somebody bring Rick Perry a stretcher. Of course if politics were sports, Obama would whip everybody's ass in a game of one-on-one.

I'll of course watch the Super Bowl at a bar whilst imbibing upper-echelon brews with fellow drunken compatriots and pseudo-rivals, as the forefathers intended, but I also tend to do the same on major election days, from 2004 through the present. Competition begets alcoholism.

And Ron Paul is a fuckin' mack.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

T&E Movie

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Word of the Day



Polamaluesque - bearing resemblance to Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, either through physical appearance or athletic ability (especially as it would pertain to defensive maneuvering).

(my first submission to Urban Dictionary. I'll put a link in here if it gets through.)


This seemed like a better idea for a post in my head.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Xe changed its name, again


... formally known as, and now known as Academi.

Blackwater charges the government $1,222 per day per guard, equivalent to $445,000 per year, or six times more than the cost of an equivalent U.S. soldier, and has already received more than a billion dollars in government contracts for Iraq alone (this figure excludes hundreds of millions for Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina and Osama Bin Laden hunting contracts).

Besides already living in an outrageously decadent, unsustainable society with a crumbling civic virtue, you'll know we're officially fucked once we catch Blackwater operatives in the United States operating for somebody else (most likely the highest bidder will be China).


Gamespot's metacritic currently has this "game" (more like outright propaganda) at 38/100, putting it in the solidly shitty category, with the user score even lower. At least they incorporated some of Blackwater's realism in the game:

"It's all too easy to fire on a nonthreatening target by accident as you swing your weapon around toward a primary target (helpfully highlighted in red so that you know it's a threat). The result: wasting ammo on civilians..." 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Chrimbus


Order yours today?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

12/4 squalor



The first 30 seconds are in 11/4. You gotta love Johnny's double-neck.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...



After seeing this I need to watch people fail so that I can feel better about my mediocre life.

Sad...

Just resign yourself to the fact that you can never possibly be as good as these guys...



The Star Trek TNG uniform with the sideways pirate hat is really just the icing on the cake, although I've always felt that Future Man is the weak link of the Flecktones. If Dave Grohl were to join forces with Bela and Victor, the world would end. Also... listening to this shit will make you smarter... and make your dick hard.

Of what song is this a parody?

I've got a pointless digression to make.
I like food.
Everyone likes the creamy cakes.
Hell yeah, dude.
Do you like to get drunk and watch the news?
Have you been wearing the vest, the vest, the vest that I bought you?
Or did you trade it in for something new?
Have you been using the paint? It's teal, and weather-sealed. The dust, it must repel.
Have you been wearing the vest, the vest, the vest that I bought you?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Man Mountain Dean


He was a man mountain.

It's time for the great XXX domain name land grab of 2012.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16050495

We should buy a bunch of choice domains before they're all gone.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

$7.7 Trillion...

700 billion vs. 7.7 trillion

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Maneuvering...

From CBS News:

The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "immediately," and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.

"The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available," said a statement issued to the American community in Syria Wednesday and posted on the Embassy's website. "The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly since the summer, while many of those airlines remaining have reduced their number of flights."


Here's an update on the US's naval positioning. CVN 77 recently arrived at its new position.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Current odds for Ron Paul winning the Republican Nomination are 16:1

I'd love to post messages on all the Alex Jones fanboy sites and tell them I'll take them up on this bet (I'll put down the $16 to their $1), but I don't have the capital. The below website is a way for somebody to use the current misshape of political sentiment and mass disconnect from reality to make a freaking lotta money.

http://sports.bodog.eu/sports-betting/political-props.jsp

Don't get me wrong, I like Ron Paul a lot, but there's no way he'll get the nomination. He's just too strange for the average Republican voter.

9/21 time

Saturday, November 19, 2011

more programmed, sample-based orchestral squalor

for the holidays, and the little children...

Diamondhead Two-Step by cyrusfx

Historical Image...



The video of his arrest shows some people booing, some cheering. I don't think they all knew what was going on.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I need a Job

blue line = U.S. GDP
red line = Dow Jones Industrial Average 
1. Introduction and popularization of computerized trading and ECNs (late 70s - early 80s).
2. Alan Greenspan appointed Fed chairman by Ronald Reagan (Aug. 1987).
3. "Black Monday," Dow slides 22% (Oct. 1987).
4. Greenspan pledges that the Fed "affirmed its readiness to serve as a source of liquidity to support the 
economic and financial system," in response to the crash 2 months earlier (Dec. 1987).
5. Clinton re-appoints Greenspan (1993).
6. The IMF spends $40 billion bailing out Asian banks, pledging to provide more liquidity in the event of future collapses (1997).
7. The Fed spends $3.65 billion for the bailout of Long Term Capital Management and the IMF spends $10 billion bailing out Russian banks, with an additional "several billion" provided by the World Bank (1998). The Glass-Steagal Act is repealed in 1999.
8. In a report to congress about the wake of the recent dotcom bubble, Greenspan assures lawmakers that the markets do not need additional regulation and are self-regulatory (2002).
9. Greenspan re-appointed by Bush, lowers Federal funds interest rates to 1% (2004).
10. Greenspan steps down as chairman (2006), replaced by Ben Bernanke, who served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002-05. During his first term, Bernanke expands the power of the Fed to its greatest level since its creation in 1913. (editor's note: I was wrong in a previous comment where that I thought Greenspan owned that honor)

So, basically, the main points of this exercise are:

A. A (more-or-less) parallel relationship between a country's GDP and its stock markets should exist, and right now stocks are way overvalued.
B. Bailouts create moral hazard and encourage corporate greed/sloppiness
C. Lack of regulation creates systemic risk (extreme leverage scenarios, unmanageable or un-valuable MBSs and CDSs).
D. We're due for a big "correction" at some point; who knows when. But when it does happen, I expect the Dow to fall to somewhere between 7000-8000. Its currently at 11,770, so that would be about a 35% drop. 
editor's note: in hindsight, I could have been a little more generous with the "trend line" (black line); perhaps the market was truly oversold at its bottom in early 2009.
E. Greenspan sucks.

(and I know its ironic that I'm using data provided by the Federal Reserve to prove what dicks they are.. I also had an idea for a website that solely uses FOX News articles to prove how dumb Republicans are, for conservatives.. I figured that would be a smart way to get through to them, but that would require even more work than this.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kevin you'll like this



Someone should have told them that rap songs don't go on for 7 minutes, but that's the minimum amount of time you need to sensibly explain the argument of Keynes vs. Hayek, aka the Dirty Austrian. Its actually more like 5 minutes of song and 2 mins of credits.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/10/28/141802704/the-friday-podcast-keynes-vs-hayek

And their follow-up video is 10+ minutes long, if you really dug the beat and want more.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Skyrim is...

...fucking clean. I'm very pleased with it. They've simplified certain things and removed some complexity, but I'm not upset about that. I feel like almost all the changes are for the better, except maybe for the fact that I can't sort items by weight in the inventory screen. It's definitely the best looking game I've ever seen. It has such a massive scope of fluidly streaming terrain with clean weather effects, you really feel like a Nordic powerhouse blazing trails to new lands.

'The Media is Full of Shit,' Vol. 2...

CNBC released this statement after pulling an online poll Wednesday that showed Ron Paul in the lead with 62% of the vote (highlighting is mine).

"Gamed Poll... So We Took It Down

We had a poll up from our Republican Presidential Debate asking readers who they thought won. One candidate was leading by such a margin that it became obvious the polling wasn't so much a reading of our audience, but of the Internet prowess of this particular candidate's political organization. We have therefore taken the poll down."

Is CNBC really making this justification? Internet prowess? Doesn't CNBC realize they were conducting an internet poll? Wow man, it just doesn't get any more transparent than this.

Originally Aired April 2010...

So many great nuggets strewn through this one. Every time I see him in interview, William Black manages to eloquently unfold this great big 'evil conspiracy.' And you gotta love Moyers and his legacy.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

more pics from inside the occupation

which is now over. or pretty much over, here anyway. the bloodshed has stopped, and peace has once again been restored in South Park, but at what cost? you can click them for enhanced squalor.





Powerful points...

1) If you want a financially successful career in economics, advocate Keynes.

2) If you want to be ignored, advocate the 'Austrians'.

3) Lou Reed and Metallica (Loutallica) are bat-shit insane.

4) Blazing left hand legato chops are within your reach.

5) Blazing right hand chops are trickier.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

my favorite sign I saw this afternoon

concise, to the point...

and now possibly the most important news of the week


Brian Eno sings a capella with Michael Stipe and Stephen Colbert. It was hard to get a still shot of them not looking goofy, because they all kinda look like funny men, in their own way. The show's guest was Brian Eno, he talks about designing Windows 95 chimes, getting laid a lot because of ambient music and his new weird performance/art installation pieces, such as The Clock of the Long Now. Its nice to be reminded that such awesomeness exists in our lifetimes.

I'd like to watch the Skrillex fanboys take on these chaps



The above track is more entertaining because it has an accompanied vid, but the track that really got me pumped was the remix below. Its almost similar to Lil Jon or something, but I would like to think there's this inherent bit of complexity in the "dubstep" beat that makes it more resonative in my cognitive pleasure centers than mainstream hip hop. I admit I can't really understand what the fuck they're saying, but I've usually considered lyrics to be more like additional percussion or melody in a song rather than a message/story that goes with the song. Here's the track that makes me jump around in my chair, its quite grimey:

Clean Classic

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fiendish Homo Seeks Fresh Boy-Flesh...

Probably the best assesment of OWS yet...

Matt Taibbi tears it up, calls Anne Coulter the ReichSkank.

Some choice quotes (bold highlighting is mine):

"Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It's about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one's own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it's flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left."

"Eventually the Occupy movement will need to be specific about how it wants to change the world. But for right now, it just needs to grow. And if it wants to sleep on the streets for a while and not structure itself into a traditional campaign of grassroots organizing, it should. It doesn't need to tell the world what it wants. It is succeeding, for now, just by being something different."

"What happened on Wall Street over the past decade was an unparalleled crime wave. Yet at most, maybe 1,500 federal agents were policing that beat – and that little group of financial cops barely made any cases at all. Yet when thousands of ordinary people hit the streets with the express purpose of obeying the law and demonstrating their patriotism through peaceful protest, the police response is immediate and massive. There have already been hundreds of arrests, which is hundreds more than we ever saw during the years when Wall Street bankers were stealing billions of dollars from retirees and mutual-fund holders and carpenters unions through the mass sales of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities."

Damn, owned.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Incidentally...

...we are close to achieving our post quota for the year. Here is a sports-based representation of that fact.

This interview actually happened...

These questions were actually posed to Ron Paul by a major network, during valuable airtime. How do you stop the truth from getting out? Waste the truthsayers media exposure time. Because, hey, at least he got the interview, right?

Notice how the anchor sloot tries to corner him in like a rabid attorney grilling a witness. Her patronizing snickers at the end make me want to bear down on her soul.

"I oughta bitchslap you for being so stupid."

-Ron Paul

2 new Radiohead songs


The Butcher and Supercollider can be downloaded here.

This is painful to watch...



This is what happens when the puppets forget their lines. Sometimes its nice to base your position on basic, rational principles, so you can improvise when your brains farts on a particular point.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

morlulz

minor lulz



I guess this only happened on DirectTVs playing this message, but still thats quite a viewer share for a Lady Gaga commercial. Its also interesting to note that today's Emergency Alert System testing was generally considered to be a failure on a national level.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

In our particular "Civilization" game...







...I'm pretty sure somebody in our empire just pushed the "Police State" civics button... 

Two turns of Anarchy, anyone?

(BTW, if you didn't know, this is from today, in Honolulu. Its hard to believe shits really real until you see it in person.)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Tweaked names o' bad folk...

Genie Simsons aka Schlocky McRock Suck
Crim Jamer aka The Circus Master
Herr ManCain aka The Lamer Obama
Bakee Bernenyahu aka The Tidy Printer

*mulch*

.old radio commentary shows all times across the spectrum centered around this dude.
.The data moves and didn't die so that we own podcasts we inevitably cannot escape.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Meta-post clarification...

I want to make sure ye all are aware of a certain situation which transpired some weeks ago. At this point I must resort to bullet forrm to insure the integrity and logical flow of this post.

.5) Ski.

1) I failed at successfully completing a blog post about some business, though some residual post matter was left behind.

1a) I considered deleting the post but did something else instead.

2) Cyrusfx took notice of this failure and commented upon such thread, 'the post that was a ghost'.

2a) Then some time passed.

3) I then secured a new lease on life for the post by putting up an image of the "Ghost Ship" movie poster. The cycle was complete.

3b) I became curious as to whether anyone else noticed.

4) This post was created a month or so later to clear up the confusion and bring us one unit closer to our posting quota for the year.

5) Tandoori Ovens are effective.



deja vu


I had an idea for a book or a movie involving the multiverse, of course. The plot is centered around this dude who has an extremely rare brain mutation that allows him to interact subconsciously with past and present earths, as well "dark matter"-composed invisible universes which coincide in time with our own.

For example, he hears things on old radio commentary shows that coincide precisely with his current predicament, and the people in the past recordings can almost feel the dude's intrusion on their reality as he listens to the program, They comment on it by saying what the dude is thinking they're about to say, and it turns out that's the way the broadcast always was. (hope that makes some sense)

With the help of a new psychoactive drug which targets a previously unknown neurotransmitter system that allows the dude to become more aware of the existence of the multiverse, he learns that things that happened in the past are an unavoidable part of the future. There's all these other communicable universes within the multiverse that run parallel in time with him, and he builds a brain-computer module that allows him to interface with different, individual universes.

Basically, the message comes down to the idea that all things coexist at all times across the spectrum of the multiverse, which is composed of an infinite amount of universes, and that we are doomed to repeat the past as we inevitably cannot escape the relative non-evolution of human nature.

Rar!

Dr. Fuckrad Murry

This is a list of peeps I hope disappear from the planet after this blog post, so I'll never have to hear about them and their intellect-evaporating trivialities ever again. I've given them WWW names (or WCW, whatever you prefer) to highlight their "specialties":

Dr. Connie "Nutrod" Murray, aka The Undertaker
Casey "Jones" Anthony, aka Queen Manson
Amanda "No-knocks" Knox, aka The CIA Jackyl
Andrew "Un" Breitbart, aka the Tea Bagger
"Dirty" Dr. Drew "Pinskinhead," aka The Great White Hope
Alex "Jonestown" Jones, aka The Koolaide Assassin
"Rowdy" Ron Paul, aka The Fed Killer

I actually like Ron Paul and I hope Obama makes him the next Fed chairman.
I probably got more but will finish them later

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Saber-Toothed Squirrel: King of all squirrels!

Early mammals such as this kept it hot and didn't die so that we could live free and ski.

Useless data mining...

1) Do a google image search for 'amazing image'.

2) Pick the the most amazing images and display them here.




The Evolution of Western Dance Music...

Here's an animated depiction of the inter-genre development of said music. The data moves too quickly in 'play' mode so I suggest manually dragging along the timeline. Things get crazy around 1975. This post is the cornerstone of my Phd. thesis at the CyrusFx Institute for Techno Studies.

Nifty data display.

This next pic shows you how to dance like a tweaker.

Monday, October 31, 2011

25 podcasts


That's the maximum amount of different sources of downloadable audio my brain can handle. Plus they form two neat rows in my iTunes that way. Some shuffle out and in with favoritude, about a dozen are chartered members, including the 5 or 6 remaining founders.

I don't know if you guys do the whole podcast thing, but a lot of funny people have started their own podcasts in the last couple of years, which can be a great distraction from the torrential, unceasing downpour of your own brain.

Some of my new iTunes faves include:

Jay Mohr - Mohr Stories (comedian & actor interviews)
Paul Scheer - How Did This Get Made (rips on bad movies, new and old)
Kevin Smith & Jon Lovitz - The ABCs of SNL (they only have 2 episodes so far)
The Todd Glass Show (irreverent, avant-garde humor)
Nick Di Paolo and Artie Lange - The Nick & Arty Show (sports show)

Coincidentally, there are 25 posts to go before we tie last year's number of posts at 158. That's a little less than 1 every other day, so we gotta step it up, or else there will be a statistical downtrend in place, and we can't have that.

I have a lot of free time.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

This is classified...



All the comments on U Tube take this video seriously. I believe the logo in the lower right corner indicates it is from theonion.com.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I put down 50 or 60 dogs today



You have to skip to about :56 for the real quality to begin, which actually only lasts for about a minute. I tried to figure out how to put that "start at 56 seconds" part into the embed code but apparently I'm not a very good coder. So I'm mentioning it the analog way.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Is it November already?

Because I'm ready for my next Thom post. I noticed he was a guest DJ in one of the podcasts I listen to, and sure enough his performance even made the Huffington Post. I'm downloading the remix album right now to give it a whirl. Here is the video for his "electro-minimalist" set at the Boiler Room in London. He loves to get his groove on:




(edit: I really only dig the first and last tracks that he spins. and its funny to watch the crowds reaction between songs -- they just kind of shrug their shoulders like, "oh well" when he doesn't really mix the tracks together. he's more or less just playing songs that he thinks are dope in his cracked out Thom Yorke brain, which is cool with me.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wraaaar....



This guy actually took the time to properly lip sync the grunting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011



I love this video. The music and visuals suck me into this mid-twentieth century Eastern Europe world that I somehow have nostalgia for. The chords in the verse remind me of BTF, too.

More Thom electro bizarreness




I figure we need a good Thom post about once a month, just to stick to our clean roots.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Grayson knows how to play politics...

...without spraying BS.



"Oh, look, they're standing in the audience."

P.J. O'Rourke comes off as a total fool.

Here's a repost of the video where Grayson owns the Fed.

Who are the pundits trying to fool?

You can smell the evaporating credibility. Have they no self-preservation instincts? If they do, they must either:

1) Believe the masses are indifferent enough to buy this BS.

or

2) Believe their employers/financial backers will take care of them no matter what happens.



I love the last comment: "Were there really alot of people down there? I...I could never tell."

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Is this the rhetoric that precedes class war?

Or maybe he hasn't yet figured out how to leverage the situation politically.

"What they're trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show, adding that the protests "aren't productive" and weren't good for tourism.

The News Story.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

...Steve Jobs, I'll kind of miss you...

So Steve Jobs left us today, and in a weird way I kind of feel sad about that.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

speed metal



This video: a possible definition of "Cleansmanship?" Discuss.

I don't normally endorse these types of videos

... the personal camera-in-your-face commentary-type videos, let alone like them, but this one is pretty informative and humorous. and the guy turns out to be pretty likeable, imo...

Friday, September 30, 2011

Protestors enjoy the taste of asphalt at "Eat the Street" rally


The financial collapse of 2008 led many Americans down a long, inedible road of worry, which has now culminated in massive daily protests centered around Wall Street. Over the past several weeks, lower Manhattans Zucotti Park has become a bit more returned to nature as protestors have taken to eating large chunks of pavement within the park to show their dissatisfaction with bankers, hedge fund managers and other associated dickholes that dominate Wall Street.

In a symbolic move to "eat The Street," protestors are striving to achieve awareness of an ever-increasing global liquidity problem by putting cement rocks in their mouths, chewing them up and swallowing them, hoping that before they are killed by stomach and bowel problems, such bizarre behavior will get the attention of congress, and perhaps some sort of weird entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Radiohead has also confirmed they will be giving a special "surprise" performance at the park later this afternoon. (<--this last sentence is actually true)*

*edit -- this is actually not true, but it was until an hour ago

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Holy FUCK! How the shit did this happen?

Where were you guys 20 years ago today? Yeah, that's right, I don't know either. Probably I was hanging out with Cameron doing whatever it was we did back then. What was it we did back then, I don't even remember. Anyway, the relevant point is that Nevermind is 20 years old today!Seriously, how the fuck did that happen? I guess it's true, we're old, and presumably increasingly less cool because of it. For those of you keeping score at home, Gish was released 20 years ago in May, and at one point was supposedly the highest selling indie album of all time. I guess 1991 was an awesome year.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Gotta have that 30 pack...

I can forgive these young men, because I know how clean that 30 pack of Tecate can be.

REM broke up....




...which is interesting because they were together for about 49 years. I havent really listened to their music much since 'Monster' so this doesnt matter so much to me. It's still somewhat sad, much how Michael Jacksons death was sad despite my contempt for mediocre R&B and child molestery. Although, after MJ died, I did find some of his music interesting in a new way (probably because I was simply exposed to more of it in his wake). Maybe it'll be the same with REM. Theres gotta be some nuggets on those post 'Automatic' albums that I can't name.

That being as it is (and this clause being as extraneous as it is), this is all just an excuse to lambast Jack White for his continued collaboration with the Insane Clown Posse. Sometimes my nagging doubt about a musician/band is vindicated in beautiful and akward ways, and I don't feel like such a jaded douche after all. Like when Gwen Stefani sold out as thoroughly as possible.

Hooray for Short ETFs


For a while I was skeptical that they didn't work, but now I know that they do.

I'm not gonna nerd out too much but I had the revelation that this is one of the ways money gets sucked up to the top - hedge funds and banks have billions to throw into short positions (bet against the market) while the average joe investor and his 401k only have the means to go 1 direction (long).

So every time enough money is dumped into the system en masse via 401ks and independent stock buyers, the hedge funds use their money to initiate a precipitous decline which wipes out average joes gains (and the hedge funds collect the difference). Its the new normal, I believe. But since the average P/E ratio of the stock market has been declining for a number of years, that means people are losing faith in the system, and who knows how much longer new buyers can be suckered in.

Then again maybe people were having this exact same discussion in the 1930s.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

But, where's the bestiality then?

PETA takes animal rights propaganda to a new level.

This sounds like the plot synopsis for some ridiculous movie that I make up in my brain as I fall asleep.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

and f**k birth!



... entering the world and space and time is a bitch.

definitely an NSFN (not safe for nobody)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

and now for something completely different...



Kevin Pollak reading random things as Christopher Walken.

Now Henry recounts his Walken encounter.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

also, country music sucks. happy labor day!


Its the sound of stupid. Its the sound of devolution, a regression to the previous mean. I used to complain about modern rock rehashing elements from the 60s, well these fools have been warming over the same piles of shit since the 1920s. Country music isn't a taste; its the default for people who never went on to develop taste.

Much like how AM radio is the default media and Dancing With the Stars and American Idol are the default television shows, its not an individualistic decision to occupy your time with these things. They are all provided in 99% of American households on a regular basis, for free, and require no thinking or effort to obtain. So country music is not a "taste" because that word infers self-developed individuality, something obtained only after applying some effort to deviate from the norm. Enjoying country music or these other things is more like enjoying a lobotomy or subconscious instruction than enjoying an art form.

YAH!

Friday, September 02, 2011

It had to be said.

So, its a given that the economy more or less sucks right now, the markets are in the shitter and for the first time in however long, we had 0 jobs created last month. Now, Obama may not be a very effective president -- thats partly because he tries really hard to comprimise on a lot of deals, and we get a bunch of ineffectual, watered-down legislation that just benefits the same people as before, and none of the actual problems regarding our budget get fixed.

However, the Republicans have been hurling shit at Obama since Day 1, not just because he's black and a lotta their base don't like that, but also because their last president was such a catastrophe of epic proportions that they need to do everything they can to make Obama look almost as shitty by comparison (not possible, just going by the economic data). W. is going down as the next Hoover or Harding, and I think the history books will back me up on this one.

So, now we've got a lot of nothing accomplished (though I am glad Obama did reverse the ban on stem cell research -- that makes up for all the bad he's done in my mind), the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and of course the blame obviously falls on Obama, since he's the president. Really, it looks to me like things will get worse before they get better, so he may not get re-elected. We just have to hope the Republicans throw up some 'tard as their nominee, and the general votership of America will be like, nah we're just not that stupid and/or crazy... sorry, guys.

Am I missing anything here? I know my viewpoint is skewed but the story seems to be a simple one that a lotta people don't want to get. I just hope they are still in the minority.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Nah, they stingrays!



Jay Mohr and Tom Segura, my new favorite podcast.

Maybe you are asking to me, why my spirits very expensive, because they are real my friend.

Secret to political success.

So so good. I feel inspired by this greatness. Level 1 and level 2 sexual djinns are also available from the same person.

If you've never done it, go to the 'Everything Else/Metaphysical' category on Ebay and sort by price (descending). It will keep you entertained for awhile.

The Category.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Soundcloud is pretty nice...

Its the kinda social networking I can get behind. For some reason 'following' and 'followers' has meaning here.

Heres something to listen to. Love that first song.


Gorilla Manor by Local Natives

Little by Little by josuedric

Friday, August 26, 2011

Do You Believe In Horseshit?


That would be a good song parody.
Lamenting over all the GOP presidential nominees made me think to post this.