Tuesday, September 29, 2009
16 years ago tomorrow- Big Picture CD Release
That's right, 9/30/93 was the CD release concert for Big Picture self titled CD. It seems like, oh, 16 years ago. I found their CD on Monday looking through some old boxes and it is already on my mp3 player. I used to listen to it incessantly and i always wished they would have put out more music but like so many bands it didn't happen.
Big Picture was a Genesis (Gabriel era) cover band before they did their own music and John O and I would travel out to the burbs to see them once a month for at least a year or so. It was fun for us because we love the music but I know it couldn't have been to lucrative for them since we were often a tenth or more of the audience. Still, they were good musicians who loved the music.
Later they told us they weren't going to being playing any more and that was the end of an era for us. There just weren't any more Genesis cover bands in the area. (RIP Harlequin and Cinema Show.) It is fun to listen to their music and reminisce. My life changed a great deal shortly after this. John and I moved to the north side. I started making money trading. It was the end of our youth as southsiders living our parochial lives as the world opened up.
I tried looking up the band but didn't find much. Funny though I did find a Russian website dedicated to Prog rock which mentioned this CD. If the Pieper brothers or any one from Big Picture finds there way to this website please leave a message. And if you decide to play again know that you will have two fans that will drive any distance to see you.
Diego: This CD is on my iPod. I wasn't at the release party but I picked up a copy at one of their shows.
Monday, September 28, 2009
LRAD used at G20 meeting in Pittsburgh
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Palin got it right about the financial crisis
Lack of government wasn’t the problem. Government policies were the problem. The marketplace didn’t fail. It became exactly as common sense would expect it to. The government ordered the loosening of lending standards. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates low. The government forced lending institutions to give loans to people who, as I say, couldn’t afford them. Speculators spotted new investment vehicles, jumped on board and rating agencies underestimated risks…
How can we discuss reform without addressing the government policies at the root of the problems? The root of the collapse? And how can we think that setting up the Fed as the monitor of systemic risk in the financial sector will result in meaningful reform? The words “fox” and “hen house” come to mind. The Fed’s decisions helped create the bubble. Look at the root cause of most asset bubbles, and you’ll see the Fed somewhere in the background. [Emphasis added.]
Labels: Sarah Palin
Friday, September 25, 2009
Zelaya and Blagojevich
I am hoping that the result of this year's congressional activities and town hall debates is a wider recognition of and a subsequent demand for change in our legislative process.
All the Single Babies!!
Can't go wrong with babies dancing. Kanye's favorite video seems to have inspired the youth of the nation into a diaper shaking frenzy. Here is the original.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
School kids taught to praise Obama
Obligatory, can you imagine if they were taught to say this about George Walker Bush? I actually searched for this on youtube before I posted the little
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The fall of Little Green Footballs
If you want to read about what has happened here are some links covering part of the Little Green Meltdown.
LGF bans and blocks Atlas Shrugged
Mad King Charles, Lord of the Lizards, was deriving advertising revenue generated by traffic to a site where he didn't have to do much of anything except maintain the community of commenters. So he shifted into neutral and coasted. He seems to have handed over control of the community to a handful of stooges. (Who is this "Sharmuta" and why do all the ex-Lizards hate her so much?)
The "updings"/"downdings" feature, with its resulting "karma" score, was crucial to the creation of the third-grade playground atmosphere at LGF, where people competed for popularity among their peers. This organizational dynamic was like a magnet to attract the types of toadies and sycophants that Shug denounces.
The Other McCain has a lot more on this so go to his site if you want to read about it. I really don't have the stomach to follow this descent into insanity.
Monday, September 21, 2009
FYI: Jeter Still trails Baines
Following Derek Jeter's 2,722nd career hit Friday, Yankee fans and teammates took a moment to honor the all-star shortstop for having 144 fewer hits than former journeyman designated hitter Harold Baines.
Jeter, who reached the historic milestone in the third inning of his team's game again Baltimore, joined a pantheon of Yankee greats that includes Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig—all of whom share the distinction of having fewer career hits than Baines, a one-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.
If I'm not mistaken, Baines has more hits and RBI's than any eligible player not in the Hall of Fame.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The hypocrisy of the Fed
But riddle me this Bat-readers: Isn't it more than a tad hypocritical for the Fed to be trying to tell banks that too much risk is a bad thing?
After all, the Fed has kept its key overnight bank lending rate near 0% since December and has shown no indication that it will raise this rate anytime soon.
And the Fed has pumped trillions of dollars into the financial system through a variety of programs in order to try and get banks to loan more again. The business of lending is inherently risky. So what kind of message is the Fed trying to send here?
The thing is that encouraging risk taking is necessary know because there is an excess of timidity among almost everyone. Deflation can do that to you. The hard part about being a central banker is to know when to curtail speculation when the bubble is inflating and everyone is enjoying the party. Greenspan failed at that and here we are.
Matisyahu One Day
Labels: Friday Music
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The trend is still up, however...
If the trend ends, and I will let you know, there are two possibilities. 1) New lows or a correction of the up trend. We will have to see how this unfolds after the trend ends and that could be soon and it could be from Dow14,000. Again, don't fight the trend.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Flaming Lips alert
The world`s most unpredictable and entertaining experimental rock band, THE
FLAMING LIPS,are gearing up for a busy fall. First up, the band will appear on
Comedy Central`s The Colbert Report on September 16th, which airs that night at
11:30 p.m. ET. Check local listings for details.
The LIPS` brand-new double-album, EMBRYONIC will be available online in its
entirety for a limited-time only at http://www.colbertnation.com/ immediately
after Wednesday night's show through Monday, September 21. This will be the
first complete airing of the album in advance of release and the first time The
Colbert Report has presented any album by an artist.
They will also be appearing on Conan O'Brien's show on October 13th.
Labels: The Flaming Lips
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Top of the World
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Grand Teton National Forest
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Hey, you know what would be a good idea right now? A Trade War.
In one of his first major decisions on trade policy, President Obama opted Friday to impose a tariff on tires from China, a move that fulfills his campaign promise to "crack down" on imports that unfairly undermine American workers but risks angering the nation's second-largest trading partner.
The decision is intended to bolster the ailing U.S. tire industry, in which more than 5,000 jobs have been lost over the past five years as the volume of Chinese tires in the market has tripled.
It comes at a sensitive time, however. Leaders from the world's largest economies are preparing to gather in Pittsburgh in less than two weeks to discuss more cooperation amid tensions over trade.
I'm sure the Chinese realize that this is just political posturing and they will react calmly.
China decried a U.S. decision to impose added duty on Chinese-made tires, saying the move sent a dangerous protectionist signal before a G20 summit and could stoke reactions impeding global recovery.
See, no problems. The One's charm will win them over.
But the White House played down the dispute, saying it was simply "enforcing the rules of the road" and did not expect the matter to escalate into a trade war.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Van Jones eats babies, loves murdering white people
In recent days some in the news media have reported on past statements I made before I joined the administration -- some of which were made years ago. If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize. As for the petition [9/11 statement] that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.
Kinda Durbinesque, huh?