Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Night, Holiday in Sight

It was about 20 degrees here today at the warmest point. I stayed in all day and got caught up on all those little things that you never get to take care of. A few items and then on to the Friday festivities as the holiday's are in sight and it is time to relax and reflect on the year that was.

On the Hunt for A Home at Age 70
Caught this strange Q&A over at Mortgage Insider:
Judy in Laguna Woods asks:
Q. My husband and I need to buy a home before our two-year lease is up (in Laguna Woods) mid March 2010. He hasn’t owned a home in 10 years. I owned a home until my late husband passed away. At that time, I sold my home of 17 years in 2007. To get to the point, it has NOT been three years since I was a homeowner (August 2010 will be three years). We need both incomes to qualify. We are both 70 years old. If someone who owns a home now can “trade up,” and still get the home-buyer tax credit, doesn’t it seem like we are in a catch-22 position?! It is not like we are home flippers. Are there any exceptions to this new extension to the tax credit?
Two incomes and looking to buy at age 70? I guess it's true, you never can stop working.

Great Google Search Feature
The Mess that Greenspan Made has a great Google search map of the following terms:
-Housing Bubble
-Stock Bubble
-Gold Bubble
I cannot embed it here, so go check it out.
Seems gold has been thought to be in a bubble for a LONG time.

Piling on Citi
Last post I ran some numbers on Citi and their crazy outstanding share position. Bespoke Investment Group goes further:
4.22 Citi Shares For Each Person in the World
A comment on Zero Hedge today offered up an interesting stat -- that there are 4 shares of Citigroup for each person on the planet. Wow.

We looked at all US stocks and found that Citi has by far the most shares per person on the planet. With 28,260,770,000 shares outstanding and 6,692,030,277 people in the world in 2008, the Citi shares/person ratio is 4.22. There are only four other US stocks that have enough shares outstanding to give every person in the world at least one share -- General Electric (1.59 shares/person), Bank of America (1.48), Microsoft (1.33), and Pfizer (1.21). Bill Gates held 681,395,074 shares of MSFT in his last Form 4 filing. That's enough to give everyone in the world a tenth of a share of MSFT just from his holdings.
I do not even have 1 share of C!

Friday Night Entertainment
A little of this, a little of that, and then you have something!

Top 10 Films of the Decade
This is not my personal list, it was compiled by Gawker and here was their methodology:
So what we've done is added up all the Best lists we could find online — from the New Yorker to; anywhere where people had made a list. We gave each film a point for every inclusion on every top ten list. Some lists made it a bit difficult, doing say an unordered top 15's, but we've included as much as we can to try and get an accurate count.
Seems reasonable enough. You can check the link for the full on list and descriptions or just the top 5 list below:
#1-12 Votes
There Will Be Blood

#2-11 Votes
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Lord of the Rings films

#3-10 Votes
No Country For Old Men

#4-8 Votes

#5-7 Votes
Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight

Again, not my list. Discuss!

Funny Pictures
What better way to get your blog tons of hits from image searches than to include a bunch of LOL Cat captions? I also add some Fail Blog entries as well.

This looks like me on Sunday when the NFL is on and the wife wants me to do something:
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
Christmas Carol Kitties new lyrics:
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

A new site, Epic Win, has this to offer for us Star Wars fanatics:

Instant classic!

Who needs luck when the cards are fixed?:
fail owned pwned pictures
see more Epic Fails
Count em!

Do you think this place survived the housing bubble bust?:
fail owned pwned pictures
see more Epic Fails

Film Clip
In a film with too many moments of great cinema, enjoy one clip form "The Godfather":

"You straightened my Brother out?" Scary.

Rock Blogging
There were actually a few requests, I was shocked!

Anon wanted Elvis and "Blue Christmas" and here you get what you ask for (unless it's the Beatles):

Loyal reader Watchtower requested the Foo Fighters and "Hero":


My favorite Def Leppard song is "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" and you absolutley must see this live performance (starts at 1:45 mark):

Complete with vintage 80's video, here is The Clash and "Rock the Casbah":

Last call!

Randy Rhoads was a real genius. One of his greatest triumphs was blending his classical guitar background with wicked metal crossover in the song "Diary of a Madman" with Ozzy. If you have never heard this song, do me a favor and listen to at least:
-the first 50 seconds
-the 2:00 minute mark through the 4:30 mark
-the last 30 seconds rock as well

True beauty.

Have a good night.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for including my request for "Blue Christmas" by Elvis. One of my favorites, and so appropriate this season.

GawainsGhost said...

The last movie I went to see in the theater was Iron Man. Before that it was Spiderman and X-Men. (I grew up on Marvel comics.) I thought they were pretty good but not great. I've never seen any of the films on Gawker's list, so I don't have any comment on them, except to say they don't make movies like they used to. And, no, I don't have any intention of seeing Avatar.

Why on earth would people in their 70s even think about buying a home? What are you going to take out, a five-year mortgage? This whole homeownership thing is really out of control. Renew you lease, for crying out loud.

I'm more worried about this game tomorrow night. I think these Saints are going to open up a can of whup ass on my Cowboys, and it's going to be painful to watch. Or, not really, as long as they show the anguished look on Jerry Jones's face, so I can enjoy a brief moment of schadenfreude.

GawainsGhost said...

I have no idea why that posted twice.

EconomicDisconnect said...

my pleasure. Great singer, great performance. Requests are always honored here (unless it's the Beatles).

I fixed the double post. I agree, I have a feeling the Saints on a Saturday night spotlight game just might go all out. Still, they are famous for blown games so you never know. Good luck my friend.

EconomicDisconnect said...

"Road to Perdition" and "No Country for Old Men" and "The Wrestler" my top 3 for the 2000's.

watchtower said...

Thanks for 'My Hero' GYSC, I didn't know about your firefighters up there in Massachusetts.
I guess I liked the song because it reminds me of my Dad.

"Don’t the best of them bleed it out
While the rest of them peter out"

Fits him to a tee.

Films of 2000

1. Sexy Beast Ben Kingsley was amazing in this.

2. LOR's Return Of The King, I can watch that over and over.

3. Road To Perdition was really good.

Haven't had a chance to see No Country For Old Men, The Wrestler (I will be watching this because I like Marisa Tomei), or There Will Be Blood.

Stagflationary Mark said...

I have a friend who generally shares my tastes in movies completely. We were SO far apart on No Country For Old Men though.

I loved it. He hated it.

*Spoiler Alert*

Don't keep reading if you haven't seen it yet.

I loved that we spent so much time getting to know one of the main characters and then he was not only killed off but was killed off without us even seeing it. It made the movie seem so true to real life. I'm so used to seeing movies where the characters are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Only this time, WE were in the wrong place at the wrong time too. It was a very powerful effect. It truly shocked me. I had to reset all my assumptions for the rest of the movie. Everything had me on edge from that point on.

The movie is definitely a "s**t happens" kind of movie, for all parties concerned. The characters have plenty of it and so does the audience. Loved it!

EconomicDisconnect said...

Now that is how I see the Cowboys when they play to their ability!! Great win! They played a 4 man front all night and STILL got pressure on Brees. Tony Romo waqs simply great and Demarcus Ware is unreal. Congratulations on a huge DECEMBER win. Very nice.

"No Country for Old Men" is a pwerful cinematic piece. I can get how some may not like it, but it is a top 3 film for me. Glad my mail made some cheer!

GawainsGhost said...

Who dat? Who dat? Who dat gonna beat them Saints? Dem Cowboys.

No hard feelings, right, GYC?

Yeah, it was an impressive victory. I really didn't have much confidence in these Cowboys, based on the way they played in the last two games. I knew the could win but wasn't sure they would.

It was very gratifying to finally see them play with passion and intensity, up to their potential. But realistically this game could have gone either way. Saints don't drop that touchdown in the end zone, and who knows.

Ware was the determining factor. To come back from a neck injury in six days and play like he did motivated the entire team. No one had any excuses when he took the field.

Seriously though it was only one game, and there's a whole lot of football left to be played. If the Cowboys continue to play well they could accomplish their goal.

To my mind stats and records are for losers. By definition a winning season is when you bring home a championship. Super Bowl, that's all that matters.

It's a long road to glory. And there are many pitfalls ahead. Go Cowboys.

I wouldn't count these Saints out just yet. It's very difficult to maintain the level of intensity they've played with over the course of an entire season. Dallas was a desperate team, and this was an absolute must win game for the Cowboys.

But if or when these two team meet in the playoffs, it's going to be one hell of a game.

EconomicDisconnect said...

No hard feeling, the Cowboys were sharp and crisp and they beat the Saints fair and square. I hope Dallas can keep that kind of intensity, they really are a top flight team when they put it all together.

What about my Saints? Well, like you said, it's hard to play 100% every game, but they really got pushed around last night so I am a little worried. I think they will regroup though.