Don’t forget your slippahs and to take better ones when you leave 😉
Dang, they’re quick. I guess this is what happens when a Hawaiian moves into the White House.
Pop Culture: 1
John McCain: 0
This is based on the Rick Rolling meme.
BTW: The video in the background is the following:
Financial workers at Wall Street’s top banks are to receive pay deals worth more than $70bn (Â£40bn), a substantial proportion of which is expected to be paid in discretionary bonuses, for their work so far this year – despite plunging the global financial system into its worst crisis since the 1929 stock market crash, the Guardian has learned.
Staff at six banks including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are in line to pick up the payouts despite being the beneficiaries of a $700bn bail-out from the US government that has already prompted criticism. The government’s cash has been poured in on the condition that excessive executive pay would be curbed.
I’m sorry, but you did not need to be a clairvoyant to know this would happen. Continued wasteful pay practices were to be expected and could be seen from the other side of the globe. Businesses that can pay this kind of money do not need bail outs. Or, better put, this bail out should not be directed to financial institutions whose pay packages are unreasonable. Leave it to Congress to not put greater controls on our money. I wonder aloud: would this qualify as a moral hazard, or a symptom of the moral hazard that exists with this bail out?
My feeling, if it isn’t already clear, is that it is irresponsible for businesses to pay such big bonuses, particulalry when those same businesses are at such high risk of collapse and losing gobs of money. It is likewise irresponsible for our government to prop companies up that have such irresponsible pay practices.
Lesbians For Sarah Palin – “… we would start this website advocating that our lesbian sisters nationwide turn out in DROVES at all presidential campaign pit stops where Sarah Palin appears. Arrive with large signs openly proclaiming, “Lesbians For Sarah Palin.” Let’s be out and proud about it, my sisters!”
It looks like the Muppets are running for President. Go Kermit! Go Miss Piggy!
AOL decided to downsize and close its office in France. The recently downsized staff made this video as an au revoir and thank you for AOL’s years long commitment to its staff. 😉 I’ve heard, but not confirmed, that the staff received a year’s severance which is required by French law.
Update: The lyrics of the song are a mix of French and English. You can get the original lyrics, as well as an English translation.
It is amazing they were able to take it in one long sequence. That shows they probably put some work into preparing for the video. They don’t dress or look all that differently from the Silicon Valley crowd.
I love Japanese game show fun.
Ever eat at a sushi restaurant or make fun of people who do? This video is for you. Get your reading glasses out for the subtitles.
I love Japanese variety show skits and games even though I don’t speak/understand Japanese. This one is particularly hilarious: Human Tetris. Well worth the few minutes you spend watching it.
I’m punchy after studying too much. For some reason, I brought this video up to my wife and even partially acted it out. Now I’ve decided to post it.
A story from Wednesday.
A large dog hairy dog walked by as I sat with several classmates on a bench waiting for our professor to join us for lunch.
Classmate #1: Wow, that’s a big dog. What kind do you think it is?
Classmate #2: I think that’s a mastiff
A few classmates (in unison): no, that’s not a mastiff
Classmate #3: The dog from The Sandlot is a mastiff
Classmate #2: Oh, yeah, that’s right.
Classmate #3: That’s such a great movie
A lot of nods and agreement from the crowd with exclaimations about how cool the movie was and similar statements. Either my silence must have been telling or I must have had a blank expression, because I was found out.
Classmate #3: You’ve never seen The Sandlot?
me: No. I’m not sure what it is.
Classmate #2: Really? how could you have not seen that movie?
Classmate #3: Yeah, that is such a good movie. It’s one of my favorites.
me: I’m not sure. I think I was in undergrad when it came out. When was that?
Classmate #3: Huh? Really? It isn’t that recent, is it?
me: Yeah, I think it probably came out when I was in undergrad. 1992 or 1993.
Then silence and blank stares. I had dated myself.
The akwardness was broken soon after when our professor joined us and the conversation turned to our class.
In hindsight, I don’t think they realized I’m ten years older than most of them. The average age in the first year class (as a whole) is 23. The Sandlot was released in 1993 when I was 19 and they were nine or ten years old. That would be like me in 1993 mentioning The Goonies to someone ten years older than me.
Oh well. I’m flattered that I hadn’t already been considered the old man. I’ll be careful from now on. Note to self: nod head and smile for pop culture references when the crowd does. 🙂