Friday, October 14, 2011

Blow Off Top Friday

You may have noticed but it was a very busy week for me!

I wanted to thank everyone again for the great show at The Big Picture Conference. It was a special trip for me. This morning Barry Ritholtz himself linked to my NYC Trip review and that was cool as all get out.

I will have more to say on things market wise on Sunday. I am the "it's Friday so let it go" type. I will say the move today was very easy to see coming (I tweeted at mid day would be a huge finish to upside) and it's the psychology out there now that is making me nervous. Elation abounds as of tonight and many are sure it's all a big rebound from here. Maybe so, but the discipline that got folks hurt last big move down may be as easily hurt should markets again go for a ride down.

Blow Off Top Friday
Because we all work hard enough all week, a little fun is in order.

Long time readers know I have a Wikipedia addiction. While I knew of such things, last night I was mesmerized by the fact that years ago monster sized Ground Sloths roamed the Americas. How big? Check it:
The earliest megatheriid in North America was Eremotherium eomigrans which arrived 2.2 million years ago, after crossing the recently formed Panamanian land bridge. With more than five tons in weight, 6 meters in length, and able to reach as high as 17 feet (5.2 m), it was taller than an African Bush Elephant bull. Unlike relatives, this species retained a plesiomorphic extra claw. While other species of Eremotherium had four fingers with only two or three claws, E. eomigrans had five fingers, four of them with claws up to nearly a foot long.
Here is a model:

Visual Cues

Because you have probably read enough this week.

Starbucks lands in China (NOTE: Reader anon MS knows this location is in Palestine. I had assumed China, sorry!):
demotivational posters - SEEMS LEGIT
see more Very Demotivational
At least the Apple stores in China are real....

The timer function for pictures can have issues at times:
photobomb that guy - Get Me Outta This Friggin Place
see more This is Photobomb

Film Clips
Movie ideas for the masses.

Ok, this is not a movie but I wish George Lucas would just let the game developers run with a full length feature film! This is another trailer for the new game The Old Republic and it's smoking hot:

Love it.

You have not seen the classic film "Class"? Well maybe you should:

Make sure you check out all the big actors in the cast!

Rock Blogging
You want tunes and I provide them, free of charge.

I have a special send out tonight. Long time reader (I mean YEARS) Watchtower will be celebrating his birthday in a few days. Tradition states he leads off Friday night. Watchtower's wife has her birthday a few days after, so what does he do? He dedicates his pick and shout out to his dear wife! She must be a special woman.

For both of you:
And for Mrs. Watchtower from her husband, please enjoy "The Ghost in the Machine" covered by Duncan Sheik:

Happy birthday folks.

Fellow music lover (and a hell of a market operator) Gtotoy has not been feeling well for a bit with a bad cold. Hope a little "Madhouse" by Anthrax can help you along:

Get better!

Phil Pearlman was a huge fan of The Guess Who and thus I offer up a vintage "American Woman" performance in his honor:

Thanks Phil!

Reader Gawains requested Tesla's cover of "Signs" and that works:

But do they have a sports coat? BTW, I did not return mine, I like it!

The Sovereign Bohemian was looking for a little Steppenwolf with "Magic Carpet Ride" so take a ride!:

Good pick.

Ok, two songs left! What will it be?

How about Iron Maiden's classic "22 Acacia Avenue" for all the working ladies!:

Bruce Dickinson rules. End of story.

Last song! Grab a girl and a drink!

Need me some Concrete Blonde and the wonderful song "Joey":

Very nice.

Have a good night.


Jennifer Hillier said...

Happy Birthday to Mr. and Mrs. Watchtower! May you both have many, many more.

That sloth is going to give me nightmares.

Love that Steppenwolf song.

And good call with Concrete Blonde. That one's a staple on my writing playlist.

Have a great weekend!

Watchtower said...

Thanks GYSC, you are the best!

Thank you JH for the birthday wishes, take care!

getyourselfconnected said...

JH, love that Concrete Blond song!

Watchtower, again happy birthday for you and the wife.

The Basis Point said...

hey J, hope you don't mind I saw your Maiden post and was inspired to do the same for today's installement of my Rocktober series---different song though. The Trooper. Thanks for the inspiration sir, and here's a devil horn salute for you \m/

Awesome shout from Barry too. That's great!

getyourselfconnected said...

Thanks! Your post went first I think but no matter, Maiden lives on!

The Sovereign Bohemian said...

Thanks for playing my pick GYSC. I just had to listen to it at work. I can't wait to get off work so I can listen to the rest of the picks.

Happy Birthdays Watchtoweres!

getyourselfconnected said...

No problem Sov!

Watchtower said...

Thanks Sov!

GawainsGhost said...

Well, looks like your moving up in the world. A link from The Big Picture himself, eh? That should generate a lot of traffic.

Happy birthday to Watchtower and the Mrs. May you both enjoy a long and happy life together.

By the way, GYC, some time ago you held a contest for the worst movie ever made. Well, I just forced myself to watch it. I couldn't stop. I kept telling myself, this movie can't possibly get any worse, but it did. I'm speaking of course of the Green Hornet.

This movie was not only just bad all around, but stupid. If any of you out there are old enough to remember the TV series, avoid this movie at all costs.

Anonymous said...

Fyi, the stars and bucks is in palestine. I think theres two, one in bethlehem and one in ramallah. saw them on vacation last year. Driver said the real starbucks sued and is trying to shut them down.

Watchtower said...

Thanks Gawain's!

getyourselfconnected said...

Anon MS, sorry about that! I just assumed it was China, thanks.

The Sovereign Bohemian said...

Wow man. I was so shot by the time I got off work last night that I fell right asleep.

But that made for a good wake up on Saturday. Great music. A couple of them I'd never heard before.

Have a great weekend!

GawainsGhost said...

Tomorrow we will be mortal enemies for about 3 hours, GYC. Then after the game, we'll be friends again.

Do I think the Cowboys have much of a chance against the Patriots? Frankly, no. Belichick will have his team prepared to play. Brady is indomitable, Welker is unstoppable (he is a Texas boy, you know), the running backs and tight ends are indefatigable, and the o-line is playing well. The only weakness I see on this team is in the defensive secondary. They've given up a lot of yards, but that's because they're usually playing with a lead and have played loose. They tighten up in the red zone though.

As for these Cowboys, meh, they're a .500 team. 90-90 over the last ten years, 2-2 now. They've been besieged by injuries this first month, but now they're all supposedly healthy. Yeah, right, as if a few days off and one week of practice is going to change them into a winning team.

I think it will be a close game, hard fought. But Belichick is a much better strategist than Garrett ever will be. And the Patriots do have a home field advantage like no other team.

If the Cowboys do somehow pull out a win, I predict they will collapse next week against the winless Rams. Or if they lose against the Patriots, then beat the Rams, I predict they will collapse against the Seahawks.

I'm not very confident in this team right now.

getyourselfconnected said...

Gawains, I dont think the Cowboys can play 4 solid quarters, but you never know.