women ...
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
“From birth to age 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35 she needs good looks. From 35 to 55 she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash. - Sophie Tucker”
funky cat nap
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
how low can you ...
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
It's official: southern Illinois resident Roger Menees is the lowest of the low.  
 
The former gospel singer from Anna, Illinois, received a certificate this week from Guinness World Records saying he had sung the lowest note ever produced by a human voice, the Southern Illinoisan reported.  
 
Menees managed the feat on Feb. 11 at his Carbondale recording studio. He hit 0.393 hertz — a very low F-sharp. The previous record was 0.797 hertz.
CD on one side, vinyl record on the other
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Techno artist Jeff Mills produced this CD/5" vinyl single for "The Occurrence." One side of the disc is a normal CD, the other side plays on a normal analogue turntable. (if it wasn't techno, it could find a place in my vast collection)  
 
a life in music - concerts concerts concerts
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
inspired by an older shigpit poll  
 
8 oder 9  
23 skidoo  
999  
10000 maniacs  
abwärts  
afrika bambaata  
a-gen 53  
monty alexander  
marc almond  
wolfgang ambros  
and also the trees  
laurie anderson  
mayra andrade  
appliance  
joan armatrading  
aswad  
natacha atlas  
auch wenn es seltsam klingen mag  
auflauf  
aztec camera  
issa bagayogo  
chuck berry  
carey bell  
george benson  
wolf biermann  
big youth  
black sabbath  
black uhuru  
ruben blades  
toto blanke's electric circus  
blue rondo  
blurt  
blümchen blau  
boomtown rats  
borghesia  
david bowie  
box  
billy bragg  
glenn branca  
brandos  
timna brauer  
dennis brown  
james brown  
eric burdon  
soloman burke  
burning spear  
frieder butzmann  
cabaret voltaire  
john cale  
cameo  
canto de catares  
ron carter  
carter the unstoppable sex machine  
nick cave  
adriano celentano  
chalice  
chameleons  
sheila chandra  
rhys chatham  
chieftains  
chuzpe  
anne clark  
clash  
jimmy cliff  
george clinton  
clock dva  
lloyd cole  
edwyn collins  
colosseum 2  
chi coltrane  
al cook  
chick corea  
larry coryell  
elvis costello  
kevin coyne  
crass  
crime + the city solution  
culture  
daf  
georg danzer  
dead can dance  
dead kennedys  
thomas declaude  
deep purple  
defunkt  
heli deinböck  
desmond dekker  
paco de lucia  
jack de johnette  
manitas de plata  
willy de ville  
depeche mode  
der plan  
bo diddley  
al di meola  
divine  
die tödliche doris  
dillinger  
dirt shit  
dissidenten  
doll by doll  
dollar brand  
fats domino  
double image  
drahdiwaberl  
dr.john  
sly dunbar & robbie shakespeare  
earth, wind & fire  
clint eastwood & general saint  
einstürzende neubauten  
erasure  
melissa etheridge  
etoile de dakar  
margie evans  
eyeless in gaza  
fad gadget  
fairport convention  
fall  
eduardo falu  
fatima mansions  
fehlfarben  
patrick fitzgerald  
john fogerty  
robert forster  
diamanda galas  
stan getz  
gipsy kings  
gilberto gil  
astrud gilberto  
dana gillespie  
gladiators  
go betweens  
godfathers  
golden gate quartet  
graf hadik  
bowling green john & harmonica phil wiggins  
friedrich gulda  
gun club  
guru guru  
hans-a-plast  
nina hagen  
bill haley  
half japanese  
don harrison band  
andre heller  
john holt  
honeymoon killers  
john lee hooker  
hotel morphilia orchester  
hot pants road club  
penelope houston  
huang chung  
human league  
les humphries singers  
hans dieter hüsch  
inner circle  
gregory isaacs  
inxs  
i roy  
israel vibration  
john jackson  
jah wobble  
keith jarrett  
jazz butcher  
jethro tull  
flaco jimenez  
linton kwesi johnson  
mory kante  
kaoma  
khaled  
rabih abou khalil  
nusrat fateh ali khan  
kid creole & the coconuts  
angelique kidjo  
king kurt  
kinks  
guy klucevsek  
gladys knight & the pips  
hans koller  
kraftwerk  
krupps  
ali hassan kuban  
fela kuti  
femi kuti  
laibach  
oliver lake  
denise la salle  
hansi lang  
laughing clowns  
leather nun  
legendary pink dots  
leider keine millionäre  
les negresses vertes  
jerry lee lewis  
reinhard liebe  
lights in a fat city  
lord sutch  
louisiana red  
lounge lizards  
lydia lunch  
lynyrd skynyrd  
macka b  
mad professor  
taj mahal  
male  
albert mangelsdorff  
manfred mann's earth band  
tania maria  
ziggy marley  
sigi maron  
massive attack  
john mayall  
meters  
stephan micus  
mighty diamonds  
mission  
misthaufen  
minimal compact  
minisex  
misty in roots  
mojo blues band  
mombasa  
momus  
meredith monk  
monoton  
moodists  
moondog  
mordbuben ag  
van morrison  
mothmen  
motörhead  
milton nascimento  
nazareth  
bill nelson  
neonbabies  
nico  
neuwirth extrem schrammeln  
neville brothers  
new model army  
nine below zero  
nits  
nitzer ebb  
mojo nixon  
novaks kapelle  
michael nyman  
olatunji  
mike oldfield  
olodum  
ondekoza  
oregon  
orthotonics  
gilbert o'sullivan  
our daughter's wedding  
palais schaumburg  
maceo parker  
pas paravent  
passage  
percussion  
pere ubu  
lee perry  
pfm  
wilson pickett  
pigbag  
pink floyd  
pirates  
pizzicato five  
jean luc ponty  
pogues  
iggy pop  
procol harum  
psychic tv  
punishment of luxury  
purna das baul  
alim quasimov  
radio birdman  
ramones  
karl ratzer  
enrico rava  
lou reed  
reggaenomix  
reggae philharmonic orchestra  
blaine reininger  
residents  
boyd rice  
rico  
stan ridgway  
terry riley  
rip rig & panic  
tom robinson band  
rockers hi-fi  
hans joachim roedelius  
rolling stones  
max romeo  
roots radics  
rucki zucki palmencombo  
sade  
doug sahm  
mathilde santing  
carles santos  
sapho  
savage progress  
schmetterlinge  
klaus schulze  
gil scott heron  
scritti politti  
reinhart sellner  
sensational alex harvey band  
severed heads  
shabba ranks  
sham 69  
elliott sharp  
pete shelley  
bim sherman  
johnny shines  
shriekback  
simple minds  
sisters of mercy  
skatalites  
skids  
slade  
percy sledge  
sunnyland slim  
patti smith  
snakefinger  
sonic youth  
spacemen 3  
sparks  
spk  
standart oil  
mavis staples  
steel pulse  
sting  
harri stojka  
stranglers  
stray cats  
joe strummer  
style council  
nikki sudden  
suicide  
hubert sumlin  
roosevelt sykes  
s.y.p.h.  
talk talk  
tangerine dream  
tav falco's panther burns  
james taylor quartet  
television personalities  
sonny terry & brownie mc ghee  
test department  
that petrol emotion  
theatre of hate  
the dancing did  
the men they couldn't hang  
the wonder stuff  
hans theesink  
the the  
they might be giants  
third world  
this heat  
throbbing gristle  
david thomas  
rufus thomas  
barbara thompson  
richard thompson  
three degrees  
johnny thunders  
tiger  
timeshift  
louis tillett  
timbuk 3  
keith tippett  
toots  
peter tosh  
toure kunda  
transglobal underground  
rokia traore  
terence trent d'arby  
triffids  
trouble funk  
tuck & patti  
maureen tucker  
ike & tina turner  
tina turner  
tuxedomoon  
twinkle brothers  
uakti  
ub 40  
james blood ulmer  
underground corpses  
unknown gender  
ronnie urini  
u roy  
uschi paranoia und die kranken mönche  
ut  
van der graaf generator  
jasper van't hof pili pili  
nana vasconcelos  
vaya con dios  
v-effect  
vibrators  
sid vicious  
vienna art orchestra  
vinx  
violent femmes  
virgin prunes  
vogue  
andreas vollenweider  
vujicsics  
bunny wailer  
wailers band  
rick wakeman  
waterboys  
johnny guitar watson  
weather report  
wecker's uhrwerk  
vince weber  
randy weston  
james white & the blacks  
tony joe white  
who  
wild magnolias  
willi warma  
wire  
wirtschaftswunder  
wolfgang press  
bobby womack  
womack and womack  
wings  
woodentops  
link wray  
world saxophone quartet  
yellowman  
xao seffcheque  
x beliebig  
xtc  
dwight yoakam  
young gods  
zazou & bikaye  
zeltinger  
z'ev  
zoviet france  
tapper zukie  
axel zwingenberger  
zyx  
 
did miss a few geniuses along the way - jacques brel, junior delgado, keith hudson, bob marley, prince far i, associates, big country, marc bolan, the original canned heat, alexis korner, marvin, jimi, harold melvin & the blue notes, rory gallagher, the sound, art ensemble of chicago, ella, cab, ella, spike jones, professor longhair, rahsaan roland kirk, oscar and sun ra  
 
would have been great to see those at the height of their musical timespan:  
 
abc, adverts, alice cooper, bauhaus, big audio dynamite, blondie, booker t & the mgs, buzzcocks, can, ccr, chambers brothers, chrome, elvis costello, cure, damned, danse society, dead or alive, franz josef degenhardt, devo, dexy's midnight runners, neil diamond, dr.alimantado, dr.feelgood, echo & the bunnymen, fania all stars, gang of four, house of love, joy division, judge dread, al kooper, madness, magazine, magma, joni mitchell, mountain, new order, oingo boingo, graham parker & the rumour, tom petty, prince buster, johnny rivers, roxy music, tom rush, leon russell, santana, sex pistols, shocking blue, siouxsie & the banshees, sly & the family stone, spirit, bruce springsteen, steely dan, talking heads, twice a man, ultravox, ventures, yellow magic orchestra  
 
really like to see in my lifetime: jimmy buffett, goran bregovic, comsat angels, paul haig, jah woosh, grace jones, little richard, hugh masekela, prince
h ear
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
vinyl mu-sick
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
At 157 Years Old, Indonesian Woman Makes 100 The New Middle Age
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Only 7 in 1,000 people reach their 100th birthday and the odds of surviving another year is only 50-50, according to Science magazine. So what are the odds of living to 157? Tonic doesn't know because no one has done it before, but if the woman in a South Sumatra village known only as Turinah is correct about her age, she may be the first, as reported by AFP.  
 
She works around the house, has smoked clove cigarettes for years, and can see and hear just fine, thank you very much. Census officials believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853 are true, although, cannot be verified because she burned all her identification documents so as not to be linked to a communist coup in 1965.  
 
"There's no authentic data to prove her age but judging from her statements and the age of her adopted daughter, who's now 108 years old, its difficult to doubt it," said, Jhonny Sardjono, a statistics bureau official.  
 
Verified by Guiness World Records, the world's oldest person was Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman who died at the age of 122 in 1997. This would make Turinah a full 35 years older, which is, as they say in France, incroyable!  
 
To give some perspective on just how old she is, in 1853, Franklin Pierce was inaugurated, Charles Darwin received the Royal Medal of The Royal Society and the Crimean War was launched.  
 
As longevity has increased, gerontologists now call those over 100, supercentenarians. So if Turinah is as old as she says she is, that would make her a super-supercentenarian, right?  
 
no one knows what goes on behind closed doors ... not charlie but rich of course :)
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
the official version :  
 
The 58th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sitges, Spain 3 - 6 June 2010. The Conference will deal mainly with Financial Reform, Security, Cyber Technology, Energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Food Problem, Global Cooling, Social Networking, Medical Science, EU-US relations. Approximately 130 participants will attend of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education, and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.  
 
Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on common problems of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period. The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems - from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other.  
Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still - even increasingly - critical.  
 
What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy; the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations, there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated; the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely.  
In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced.  
 
Bilderberg's only activity is its annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-seven conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press. Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.  
 
There will be no press conference. A list of participants is appended (this is the most interesting part!).  
>>>
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Laurie Anderson: new album
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
“Homeland” - a concept album about the tenuous state of contemporary America—songs deal with torture (or, if you’d prefer, enhanced interrogation), health care, religion, and the recent and ongoing economic collapse—has been rumored for a long time, and Anderson has played sections of the piece on tour for more than two years. Now, Nonesuch Records has named a release date; the set, Anderson’s first studio work since “Life on a String,” from 2001, will be out on June 15. Guests include John Zorn, Kieran Hebden, and Antony Hegarty, and the record was produced by Anderson with Roma Baran and Lou Reed, Anderson’s husband (who also pitched in to name Anderson’s synthesized alter-ego, formerly anonymous, now known as “Fenway Bergamot”).  
 
Laurie Anderson performs some songs of “Homeland” at Live from Lincoln Center (Episode 188, recorded on May 3, 2007.  
 
Masks made from Fashion Magazines
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
 
 
Creative photo series by Frederique Daubal, a talented French artist, features models wearing masks created out of pages from fashion magazines.  
 
According to the artist, “Hide and Seek” art project is a statement on identity, transformation and what it means to be French today.  
 
more here
the meaning of life ???
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
BP Advertisement from 1999
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Mixcloud Download
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Mixcloud is a nice site with thousands of radio social stations. You can hear the music online.  
 
What is this site?  
 
here you can download the Mixcloud music as MP3, for free!  
 
>>> recommended soul dj mixes by Professor Eddy  
 
 
 
 
 
great t shirt
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Metal legend Ronnie James Dio dead at 67
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Ronnie James Dio, the metal god who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and later piloted the bands Heaven & Hell and Dio, has died, according to his wife and manager.  
 
Dio announced last fall he was suffering from stomach cancer. He was being treated at a Houston hospital, according to his website.  
 
"My heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m," said a statement by Wendy Dio posted Sunday on the site and confirmed by publicist Maureen O'Connor.  
 
Wendy Dio said that friends and family were able to say their goodbyes to her husband, and asked for privacy. She concluded: "Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."  
 
from Beat Electric: Sunday at the record fair
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
As per usual the popular myth of the deep pocketed black music record collector was blown away by their little known, less sexy counterpart, the aging, now middle aged and super wealthy, punk 45 collector. These guys spend serious amounts of money on those angry sounding little records, without even a second thought or briefest attempt at negotiation.  
 
 
hope to find those ultra wealthy collectors soon, because i plan to land my greatest coup so far in acquiring the rarest 7" records of the most interesting punk collection of vienna/austria (besides mine) soon.  
 
 
 
 
will i end like this guy ???
How The Average U.S. Consumer Spends Their Paycheck
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
The average consumer has a budget that is split into a large number of monthly and yearly spending. The average consumer spends $49,638 a year on a range of necessary and desired expenditures. These expenditures come out of an annual household income of $63,091 per year on average, before taxes. The average consumer owns 1.9 vehicles, and 67 percent of them are homeowners. Households average 2.5 people and 1.3 earners reside in each.  
 
The largest expenditure of the average household is housing. This takes up an average 34.1 percent of the yearly budget of households. This is an average of $16,920 spent on housing. This amount includes $10,023 spent on shelter, $3,477 spent on public services and utilities, $984 spent on household operations, $639 spent on housekeeping supplies and 3.6 Percent spent on household furnishings and equipment.  
 
The second largest expenditure for the average consumer is transportation. The cost of vehicles purchased is an average of $3,244 per year, making it 6.5 percent of the average budget. The cost of oil and gas for vehicles costs the average consumer $2,384 per year, for an average of 4.8 percent of the total yearly budget. Combines, the cost of vehicles and their maintenance costs consumers an average of $8,758 per year. This is a total of 17.6 percent of the yearly budget.  
 
Another large expenditure is healthcare. The average consumer spends $2,853 on healthcare each year. Another physical necessity, food, costs consumers an average of $6,133 per year. An average of $3,465 of that is spent on food that is consumed at home, and $2,668 of it is spent on food consumed away from home. Combines, the money spent on food is 12.4 percent of the entire yearly household budget.  
 
Insurance and pensions are important financial considerations and they cost the average consumer $5,336 per year. This is a total of 10.8 percent of the annual budget. $5,027 f this, 10.1 percent of the yearly budget, is spent on social security and pension contributions. In addition, the average consumer pays an average of $309 each year, making up 0.6 of the annual budget.  
 
Other expenditures include a yearly average of $945 spent on education, making up 1.9 percent of the annual budget. Consumers pay an average of 3.8 percent of their annual income, $1,881, on clothing and related services. Personal care items add up to $588 per year for a total of 1.2 percent of the annual budget.  
 
Entertainment costs $2,698 yearly, making up 5.4 percent of the average consumer’s income. Purchasing reading materials makes up 0.2 percent of the average income, or $118 per year. The average consumer spends $1,821 per year on cash contributions. This makes up 3.7 percent of the consumer’s annual income.  
 
Alcoholic drinks cost an average of $457 per year, or 0.9 percent of the budget. Tobacco and related tobacco supplies cost an average of $323 of the average consumer’s budget, for a total of 0.7 percent of the yearly income. Miscellaneous expenses make up the remaining1.6 percent of the budget with $808 per year.
some of today's news ...
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
A Pablo Picasso painting has set a new record for the most expensive art work sold at auction, fetching $106m (£70m).  
 
The Spanish artist's 1932 picture Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was sold at Christie's auction house in New York.  
 
It had belonged to the late Los Angeles collectors Frances and Sidney Brody since the 1950s.  
 
The winning bid was made by an unnamed telephone bidder. It breaks the record held by Giacometti's Walking Man I, which sold in February for $104.3m.  
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At least three people have been killed in the Greek capital as protesters set fire to a bank during a general strike over planned austerity measures.  
 
The fire brigade said three bodies were found inside the bank in Athens. Another building is also on fire.  
 
Petrol bombs were thrown at police who responded with pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades.  
 
Protesters are angered by spending cuts and tax rises planned in return for a 110bn euro (£95bn) bail-out for Greece.  
 
Parliament is to vote on the measures by the end of the week.  
 
Measures include wage freezes, pension cuts and tax rises. They aim to achieve fresh budget cuts of 30bn euros over three years, with the goal of cutting Greece's public deficit to less than 3% of GDP by 2014. It currently stands at 13.6%.
Europe's Web of Debt
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
Banks and governments in these five shaky economies owe each other many billions of euros — converted here to dollars — and have even larger debts to Britain, France and Germany. Arrow widths are proportional to debt amounts.  
 
Dropbox
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
thx to Fuzzy Dave's journal entry about this service, i'm uploading mostly long mixes, which were available a limited time on the net and are special in their selection and mixing skills plus a few of my favorite tunes i've only got as an mp3 file so far.  
 
> The biggest single thing about their referral program is that it has a two-sided incentive for sharing: the person who signs up for Dropbox through your referral link gets a better deal than they would have gotten from the homepage, and you also get a free bonus yourself.  
 
anyone who likes to join and enjoy the free version of this great site, please use this link:  
https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTYxMzUyMTE5  
 
 
today's mix is by Mark Flynn from 2002, enjoyable 57 mb of electronic sounds:  
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6135211/Mixes/Appliance%20Of%20Science%20-%20mark%20flynn.mp3  
 
just began to use the safari browser for windows, i'm delighted - really a whole lot faster even with my snail mobile connection.
reminds me of my first trips to london to get the latest records ( ... past austrian customs)
Posted by johnny2000 7 years ago
 
 
This book isn't really about drug smuggling, it's about smuggling in other things like cigarettes and designer jeans and watches. These are things that you can profit $30,000 in one trip, but if you get caught the penalties are usually just a slap on the wrist. Not like with drug smuggling, where if you get caught you won't see the light of day for years to come.  
 
This book is a bit outdated, as information changes from year to year in the smuggling game and new opportunities are popping up every year, but it gives one a general idea of the kinds of opportunities that're out there for someone who's willing to look for them, someone who wants to fly down to Rio and buy a few Rolex watches then smuggle them into the states and make a huge profit selling them for about three times what he paid (example).
A Flowchart to Determing if You're Going to Have Sex on this Date
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
 
“Sitting around with nothing to do is not for me.” ???
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
a great post by a young female in a forum on early retirement, there's still hope not everybody's into greed and the hard work pseudo ethics stuff ...  
(FI = financial investing)
 
 
This assumes that there is “nothing to do” when one is not at work performing their job. Which is a rather dire way of looking at leisure time! If anything, wouldn’t you want to retire earlier on less, since even half of the projected 12-15 million (!!!) should be sufficient to provide a very comfortable lifestyle? It would mean more years to enjoy “doing your own thing.”  
 
As for me, I am currently 21 and starting out with nothing (zero inheritance, saved wealth, or financial/familial safety net). I plan on aggressively investing the bulk of my income, and retiring in my late 30s on approximately 500,000 in investments to support a very simple, frugal, minimalist lifestyle. I know, sacrilege! But what can I say: I’m an extremist when it comes to my worship of my leisure time. I only have approximately 40-50 more years on earth after that, if I’m lucky, and you know how life is… it’s short. And I’ve made my peace with that. The point is, my FI style is more about aggressively maximizing my Time rather than my Investment Income. There is a distinct point (early on, as you can see) when I want to “cross over.” I want to use that free time to explore ideas and philosophies, learn about human history and different cultures, create art, appreciate other people’s art, go to museums, read the canon of literature’s Great Books (a big one for me, because I love to read), enjoy films, take bike rides, hang out at the beach, spend an idle evening cooking and entertaining guests, volunteer for causes I believe in, etc. etc. Goodness, talk about nothing to do, there’s too much to do! What pains me is that there isn’t more time to do it all, and that I don’t have FI now.  
 
Sitting around spending the majority of my life working, accumulating more money than I really need, that’s not for me.  
Take The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
Pure Nerd  
 
52 % Nerd, 26% Geek, 26% Dork  
 
over here  
 
CATholic vatican fun
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
Paul Haig: take something bad and make it into something good
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
A Great Perspective on "the Game" by Barry Ritholtz
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
Yes, there is an insanity to the markets that can make you mad if you let it. Instead, learn to see the delightful absurdity of it all. Revel in the stupidity, learn to read when the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ turns into an angry mob. Find some Zen in the foolishness of others.  
 
Step back and look for the variant perception . . . then wait for it to become a money maker.  
 
Consider this was an issue from 1996 or 97 until the collapse in 2000, and from 2005 to the collapse in 2008-09. It is a 3 or 4 or even 5 year time lag between the earliest inklings of recognition of mass stupidity/insanity, to any eventual collapse.  
 
Time is always on the side of the patient. Study, learn, absorb all you can. You are waiting for the next opportunity to make your bones, your fortune, your reputation. It will come along eventually — if you wait for it and are in a position to take advantage when the moment arrives. As Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”  
 
You must become a philosopher, a historian, a statistician, a trial lawyer, and a psychologist when looking at Mr. Market. Simply reading the data and trying to trade/invest off of it is a sucker’s game. The noise so totally outweighs the signal that it is easy to get caught up in distractions. For the vast majority of investors, dollar cost averaging into Indexes — then forgetting about it til retirement — is their best bet. Its not my favorite strategy, but anything else is too complex for mom and pop to work for them.  
 
The saying goes “The trend is your friend.” The smart money adds ” ‘cept the bend at the end.” The momo crowd, the lemmings, the mad money all pile onto that trend as the trees grow to the sky. Especially at the end — that’s when the weight of the sheeples, the johnny-come-latelies ultimately pressures that tree, and is what causes that deadly “bend at the end.”  
 
You must learn patience, young grasshopper. You must have faith that EVENTUALLY, the sorta kinda, almost efficient market will figure it out. That is when money returns to its rightful owners. There will be long periods of time when the blowhards, the jackasses, the arrogant, the ignorant will be eating better than you. During the dot com bubble, the dumber you were, the more money you made. Many of those who understood how silly things were missed out on the boom.  
 
But this state of affairs is temporary. Eventually, the knaves starve to death under the oppressive force of their own ignorance. Be patient. The day of reckoning is often surprisingly late in its arrival, but it will not be denied. The beast must be fed.  
 
Trust me when I tell you, its worth the wait . . .  
Black is your color
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
Color quiz  
 
 
 
Nothing can stand between you and your demand for a calm environment. To be free of conflict and disagreement is the only way to live. In fact, it’s this philosophy that probably allows you to be comfortable in conditions that would normally bother others. Your ability to focus is undisputed, and while you enjoy attention, you still have problems understanding how to handle it. No other color out lives by the golden rule as much as you do.