Friday, August 29
End of day screenshot of the Unusual Suspects. Have a good weekend, guys.
An interview with Daniel Clowes from Hermenaut.
"I like the idea of the Beats more than anything they actually wrote. I can relate to the whole '50s anti-conformity thing,
but then to go from that into abstract painting and cut-up poems... I find that stuff to be antithetical to the kind of work
I like, which tends to be much more labor-intensive and which strives to communicate a concrete idea, rather than just throwing
out impressions in the hopes that someone will 'relate' to them."
One panel I really enjoyed in Ghost World shows Enid running into an old acquaintance... a guy wearing a suit who was formerly a skinhead
He tells her: "I've been going to business school ... I'm gonna be a big-ass corporate fuck! I'm gonna work for ten years, fuck
things up from the inside as much as I can, and then retire when I'm thirty-five. That's the way to be subversive ... fuck this
alternative pussy punk rock shit! You gotta get in the fuckin' game, man!"
Those of us safely ensconced in the ghettos of North London were unaffected by yesterday's power outage.
Just finished reading Ghost World, by Daniel Clowes... great stuff. I'd recommend reading the comic instead of seeing the movie.
"Whaddya call a Japanese Jew? Sosumi!"
I didn't realize that Rafat Ali, the guy behind PaidContent.org
(an outstanding blog I found the other day), lives in London. Interesting
interview with him at Wired News titled "Blogging for Bucks."
A nice Trading for Dummies lesson today. Many of the unusual suspects tend to be kind of crappy little stocks,
but APOL is a nice solid company ... you could take a large position in a snap without disrupting things.
Unusual Suspects additions: NXXI, CORV, PETM, LTXX
It might just be easier to post a screen shot of the quote sheet every day.
Joseph Sobran writes: "The media bend over backwards to
avoid being 'offensive' to 'minorities' -- certain favored minorities, anyway, or what might be called the forces of
Organized Touchiness. When I was a lad, colored was considered a perfectly polite word for people of African ancestry,
as in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But then colored began to seem condescending, and
was replaced by Negro. In time Negro yielded to black, which had formerly seemed rude. Once I'd gotten used to black, we
were instructed that the correct term was African-American. Today, colored is passé, but people of color is acceptable.
White people have remained white all along, for some reason."
Gerald P. O'Driscoll writes: "The Bush administration must dismantle Iraq's central planning system. Implementing
democracy without privatizing the oil industry could actually make the situation more volatile. Placing 500,000 troops
in Iraq for 50 years will not bring peace in that circumstance. Ask the British."
Roll your bond futures charts to the December contract... 'Z' ... Pit trading will close at noon today for
the financials (a/c/e at 12:30 PM), but the equity index futures will trade all day.
Caroline Baum reports: "Net cash flow, which is the internal funds available for investment, rose 8.1 percent to
$1.043 trillion, a record. Also a record was the gap between net cash flow and spending on equipment and
software (in nominal terms).
'Net cash flow now stands at a record $182 billion over business spending on equipment and software,' says Joe Carson,
director of global economic research at Alliance Capital Management. 'Companies now have the wherewithal to lift capital
spending in a big way.'"
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