It Has to Do Something, Right?
You may want to sit down for this but I am about to praise Ben Bernanke! Are you sitting?
Today Ben Bernanke gave his speech that everyone was waiting for. Leaving aside all the crappy amorphous language that bothers me to no end, the FED Head was brutal honest for the first time in a while and for that I thank him. The whole speech boiled down to this for me:
We are ready to do a few more things if the economy keeps getting worse, but really these things are not going to do all that much.Seems about right.
No we could discuss why the FED would buy more stuff if it really was not going to help much, but in politics (yes the FED is a political wing) it is better to do something instead of nothing. It the way it is.
Markets were pushed higher as whatever shorts were out there closed up the shop. My favorite two headlines that ran back to back (cannot find the links now) were:
-Bernanke says economic recovery on track
-Intel lowers guidance on slowing sales
It's all good, you betcha!
Friday Night Entertainment
Well you had to know this was going to be an extended show!
The Funniest Thing I Have Seen in Some Time
Today's must see video is for a fake product dubbed the "Cami Secret". Now I have to warn you in advance:
-this video is crude and rude
-there is plenty of harsh language
-it will make you double over in pain laughing
That all said (and really if you are easily offended don't watch!) here it is:
Next Level Time
Ok, you probably expect more out of me than juvenile humor!
-National Geographic has republished the original article from May 1923 written by Maynard Owen Williams which chronicles his entry into Tutankhamen's tomb shortly after it was found:
At the Tomb of Tutankhamen
-I had mentioned waterbears a while back, well now another microbe has been shown to be able to live in the vacuum of space:
Microbes survive a year and a half in space
Now tell me again how early Earth bacteria were not brought here by comets?
-Where once people camped out all night to get a chance to bid on a Florida condo, now they sleep out waiting for mortgage assistance:
Thousands seeking help with mortgages jam Palm Beach County Convention Center
Irony is not without a sense of humor, right Morpheus?
Read quite a few good ones as of late.
"So you arresting me? Don't you got to read me my rights?". More than a hint of a sneer in her voice.
"Sure," I replied. "Tell me, though. When was the last time you had some really good Chips Ahoy cookies?". She looked at me like I was nuts.
"A couple days ago. Why?".
-My favorite part of American Apocalypse II, Refuge by Nova
There was a sharp crack from somewhere on the mountain. Then another. It's just a falling tree, he said. It's okay. The boy was looking at the dead roadside trees. All the trees in the world are going to fall sooner or later. But not on us.
-The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A few selections to gander at.
When Duncan Macleod gets angry he gets very, very dangerous (from the episode "Reasonable Doubt"):
My favorite series since "The Highlander" had to be be HBO's "Rome" though the "John Adams" small series was spectacular as well. Here is a bone chilling scene that should tell you one thing, don't mess with Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus (Again, harsh language and violence disclaimer!):
Clearing a room indeed.
Ok, maybe a little heavy on the combat! Something for the ladies? Here is a scientifically proven way to grab a man's attention (via "Legally Blonde"):
Yes I have seen that film, and yes I like it! Snark remarks are expected.
And so it began on a Friday night, and all the readers saw it, and knew it was good.
Great to see Friday Night shows all over the blogosphere; plenty of variety out there and I find it fun to see what writers that I like themselves like to listen to.
A few too many requests this week, not all can make the show. I apologise in advance!
Leading off the show is reader Watchtower's request for "Candy's Room" by The Boss. I had never heard this tune and it was a wonderful surprise:
I like it very much. For a related theme see this Maiden tune.
I must be isolated or something, but Scharfy requested the Huey Lewis and the News song "Walking on a Thin Line" which again, I had never heard! A great tune and a great sentiment:
Another request by C-T Hilltopper was for one of both mine and the wife's favorite songs, so let's go with Depeche Mode and "It's No Good" (live is the only way to go with this band!):
What a tune! As a live show these guys are amazing. You can read my review here, complete with a writing sample. I am still proud of that prose. The comments were some of the best inspiration I have ever had as well.
Ok, sorry to cut short the requests, but this is MY friday night and my blog until the FED shuts me down!
How can one ever pick an Eagles song? It's easy, all are great! Here is "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and if you have never heard the section from 2:28-2:51 on a 12 string guitar, well you are missing out:
I think I have not played this in a while, so get crazy and wild with Iron Maiden and "Running Free":
Nasty good tune!
Ok so you think Ozzy and Randy cannot do slow and thoughtful? Hate to crash that party but enjoy the live cut of "Goodbye to Romance":
Almost too beautiful, did you listen to the lyrics?
Ok this should be one more, but you get two! What a deal and at all time low borrowing rates to boot!
One of my favorite CCR tunes, "Porterville":
Just too good.
Last call! Time to close the show. Are you ready? Are you set?
Rock out with a heavy thunder, dark tune like "Would" from Alice in Chains:
Love that tune!
Have a good night.