Monday, September 22, 2014

Come and talk.................................................

The Lovin' Spoonful...........................Darling Be Home Soon

Correlations and causations.......................

Prudence requests we not confuse the two:



















Lots more fun with charts and statistics here.

Thanks Greg

Hunches.................................................


Enduring lessons................................

Lessons learned along the way:



















It’s OK to be wrong, just don’t stay wrong. A lack of humility and self-awareness has caused many market commentators to go from pundits to charlatans because they’re afraid to admit they were wrong and are too stubborn to face the facts. Everyone makes mistakes in the financial markets. It’s best to learn from them and move on.

Envy might be an investor’s worst enemy. We can’t stand missing out when everyone else is making money. It’s nearly impossible for investors to buy when everyone else is selling. Envy causes us to search for lottery tickets instead of investment plans. It makes us confuse our time horizons and risk profiles with other people’s. It makes us take on debt we can’t possibly pay back. And it causes booms and busts because we just can’t help ourselves.

Eleven other lessons here.

Fifty years ago..............................................

The Yardbirds..................................Smokestack Lightning



Howlin Wolf wrote the song.  Here is his version.

Nice work if you can get it............................

"The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote.

"Some ideas are so loopy that they could only be conceived by governments, which are insulated from marketplace competition that is a constant reminder of reality. And governments are generally confident that their constituents need to be improved by spending the constituents' money. The supposed problem for which the 'pay the voters' idea purports to be a solution is this: Few Los Angeles residents are voting."


Learned a new word today............................


I believe it should be one............................















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Really........................................................?

...........Why am I the last person to know these things?   Count me among the unionists.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The whole world is watching....................

Chicago Transit Authority..................................Someday




The "whole world is watching" chant comes from here.  Just one more interesting time in our nation's history.  And yes, Chicago Transit Authority soon after changed its name to Chicago.

Something beautiful...............................


Verse.....................................................

The seers say truly
That he is wise
Who acts without lust or scheming
For the fruit of the act:
His act falls from him,
Its chain is broken,
Melted in the flame of my knowledge.
Turning his face from the fruit,
He needs nothing:
The Atman is enough.
He acts, and is beyond action.

Not hoping, not lusting,
Bridling body and mind,
He calls nothing his own:
He acts, and earns no evil.

What God's Will gives
He takes, and is contented.
Pain follows pleasure,
He is not troubled:
Gain follows loss,
He is indifferent:
Of whom should he be jealous?
He acts, and is not bound by his action.

-The Song of God:  Bhagavad-Gita

If you like the sound..................................

..............................of the Memphis Horns, and who doesn't, be sure to visit Jetboy, where Skip has been featuring a retrospective on their work.   If I might add one to the mix, here they are giving an assist to Robert Cray on Nothin' But A Woman.

Fifty years ago...........................................

A city gets traumatized:  Chico Ruiz steals home and the Phillies lose 1-0.  I was only twelve, but I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was a wound that didn't heal until 1980 (with many thanks going out to Pete Rose and Tug McGraw).


















Part of the story is here:

Before the game against the Reds, the Phillies were a comfortable six and a half games up in the NL pennant race, and with only 12 games left in the season, their first appearance in the World Series since 1950 seemed imminent. But the loss to the Reds was merely the first of ten straight games tanked by the Phils, as the team blew the lead and the playoffs (in what has come to be known as either the Philly Phlop or Philly Phold), earning manager Gene Mauch an infamous spot in baseball history.

Tomorrow is not promised..................


Oh no......................................

More extremist threats:
“In the name of the Great Teacher, we will stop at nothing to unleash a firestorm of empathy, compassion, and true selflessness upon the West,” said Rinpoche, adding that all enemies of a freely flowing, unfettered state of mind will be “besieged with pure, everlasting happiness.” “No city will be spared from spiritual harmony. We will bring about the end to all Western pain and anxiety, to all destructive cravings, to all greed, delusion, and misplaced desire. Indeed, we will bring the entire United States to its knees in deep meditation.”

Full scary post is here.

Hope so..............................................


Opening paragraphs...........................

Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall.  One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.  The first was Pete Wolinsky, and unscrupulous private detective I'd met years before through Byrd-Shine Investigations, where I'd served my apprenticeship.  I worked for Ben Byrd and Morley Shine for three years, amassing the six thousand hours I needed for my license.  The two were old-school private eyes, hard-working, tireless, and inventive.  While Ben and Morley did business with Pete on occasion, they didn't think much of him.  He was morally shabby, disorganized, and irresponsible with money.  In addition, he was constantly pestering them for work, since his marketing skills were minimal and his reputation too dubious to recommend him without an outside push.  Byrd-Shine might subcontract the odd stretch of surveillance to him or assign him a routine records search, but his name never appeared on a client report.  This didn't prevent him from stopping by the office without invitation or dropping their names in casual conversations with attorneys, implying a close professional relationship.  Pete was a man who cut corners and he assumed his colleagues did likewise.   More problematic was the fact that he'd rationalized his bad behavior for so long it had become standard operating procedure.
-Sue Grafton, from the Prologue to W Is For Wasted

Saturday, September 20, 2014

No use running.........................................

The Electric Prunes..........................Train for Tomorrow




and you thought they were a one-hit-wonder....................

Within................................................


Act............................................................


Surprise..............................................


Fifty years ago...........................................

On the TV..................................................Daniel Boone

Gathering...................................................



















“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
-Isaac Asimov

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Doctrines...............................................

























“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” 
-Henry Louis Mencken

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Degrees..................................................





















“We can know only that we know nothing.   And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” 
-Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й (Leo Tolstoy)

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On the importance of self help.....................



















"Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.  One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it."
-Hermann Hesse

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On fools......................................................



















“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” 
-William ShakespeareAs You Like It


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Much to love about 1968...........................

Status Quo.............................Pictures Of Matchstick Men

Is it worth driving eight + hours..........................

...to play golf and hang out with old college friends?   Yes

The sun always shines on the golf course

Par what?

A hole in two

Is it beer time yet?

The Licking County Library has earned.....

............our support.  Plus, it is a renewal levy, not a new tax.


































image courtesy of Kurt's twitter feed

Facts are stubborn things........................

OK, who told...............................................?

Fifty years ago............................................

On TV..........................Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea

Action........................................................

"Affirmation without implementation is self-delusion.  What does that mean?  Saying positive words isn't enough.  You have to prove you are ready to change your life by taking action on the words!"
-Larry Winget

Irony................................................?


Opening paragraphs...................................

The Surprise, lying well out in the channel with Gibraltar half a mile away on her starboard quarter, lying at a single anchor with her head to the freshening north-west breeze, piped all hands at four bells in the afternoon watch;  and at the cheerful sound her tender Ringle, detached once more on a private errand by Lord Keith, cheered with the utmost good will, while the Surprises turned out with a wonderful readiness, laughing, beaming and thumping one another on the back in spite of a strong promise of rain and a heavy sea running already.  Many had put their best clothes - embroidered waistcoats, and silk Barcelona handkerchiefs around their necks - for the Surprises and their captain, Jack Aubrey, had taken a very elegant prize indeed, a Moorish galley laden with gold, no less - a galley that had fired on the Surprise first, thus qualifying herself as a pirate, so that the prize-court, sitting at the pressing request of Captain Aubrey's friend Admiral Lord Keith, had condemned her out of hand:  a perfectly lawful prize, to be shared according to the usage of the sea, or more exactly according to the Prize Law of 1808.
-Patrick O'Brian,  Blue At The Mizzen

Prize Law.....................................

From Wikipedia:

"Prize is a term used in admiralty law to refer to equipmentvehiclesvessels, and cargo captured during armed conflict. The most common use of prize in this sense is the capture of an enemy ship and its cargo as a prize of war. In the past, the capturing force would commonly be allotted a share of the worth of the captured prize. Nations often granted letters of marque that would entitle private parties to capture enemy property, usually ships. Once the ship was secured on friendly territory, it would be made the subject of a prize case, an in rem proceeding in which the court determined the status of the condemned property and the manner in which it was to be disposed of."

"Fortunes in prize money were to be made at sea as vividly depicted in the novels of C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian. During the American Revolution the combined American naval and privateering prizes totaled nearly $24 million;[7] in the War of 1812, $45 million.[8] Such huge revenues were earned when $200 were a generous year's wages for a sailor;[9] his share of a single prize could fetch ten or twenty times his yearly pay, and taking five or six prizes in one voyage was common. With so much at stake prize law attracted some of the greatest legal talent of the age, including John AdamsJoseph StoryDaniel Websterand Richard Henry Dana, Jr. author of Two Years Before the Mast."


Your humble servant could not (after a totally brief search) find an 1808 British statute concerning prizes.  Perhaps O'Brian was just exercising his artistic license as a writer.

Why it is so interesting being human..............


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jump for joy....................................................

Manfred Mann...........................................The Mighty Quinn

Opening paragraphs...................................

A purple ocean, vast under the sky and devoid of all visible life apart from two minute ships racing across its immensity.  They were as close-hauled to the somewhat irregular north-east trades as ever they could be, with every sail they could safely carry and even more, their bowlines twanging taut:  they had been running like this day after day, sometimes so far apart that each saw only the other's topsails above the horizon, sometimes within gunshot; and when this was the case they fired at one another with their chasers.
-Patrick O'Brian,  The Wine-Dark Sea

The settling of science............................


Speaking of settled science............................


Fifty years ago............................................

Gerry and the Pacemakers.....................................I Like It

On guarantees............................................

     Learning to accept the contradictions of life is just a flip of the mind.  Train your mind to be less dogmatic by offering it lots of self-imposed contradictions.  Throw yourself into the icy lake of reality, don't let the ego play that cozy, safe, guaranteed game with you.  You should never forget that your guarantee in life lies in the fact that you have none.  That should spur you to action.  Ignore the guarantee, get on with the journey.
-Stuart Wilde

On serenity................................................

In the end, your energy - your perception and your ability - is all you have.  Raise your energy and there's your guarantee.  Discipline yourself and don't let little emotional upsets become large theatrical self-indulgences which destroy your stability and last ages.  Change all the things you can change, accept most of the ones you can't, and walk away from the rest.
     Change you opinions, control the ego, and the light of spirit flows naturally from within your serenity.  The more level and equitable you life becomes, the more the inner light of God shines through your mind - bypassing the ego and showing you a beauty and perception of life that most never even seek, let alone attain.
-Stuart Wilde

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Bringing writing to life............................

Victor Borge......................................Phonetic Punctuation

sticky with parting..........................

You lean with one arm out 
against the porch post,
your big hand cupping its curve,
shy of that handshake
we both know is coming.
And when we've said enough,
when the last small promises
begin to repeat, your eyes
come to mine, and then
you offer your hand,
dusted with chalk from the post,
and sticky with parting.

-Ted Kooser,  Goodbye