Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More doom and gloom.. (sorry)

"Many of the problems that sank the Soviet Union now endanger the US. For instance, like the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, it has a huge, well-equipped and very expensive military bogged down fighting Muslim freedom fighters in foreign lands. Also, energy shortfalls linked to peaking oil production and horrendously unfavourable capital account and trade balances is resulting in runaway foreign debt. Add to that a delusional self-image, an inflexible ideology, and unresponsive, totally corrupt authoritarian judicial and political systems."

Change the people running the show.. PLEASE.

via housepricecrash, which I cant link too because the Websense here thinks I am linking to either a "Sex" site or a "Non-Traditional Religions and Occult and Folklore" site.. as Jol is apt to say, 'go figure..'

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Needing a miracle

"Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of this event is the refusal to recognize the possible dimensions, the impact, of what is coming."

ftalphaville

Monday, October 29, 2007

Melon skills

Koban

"A Koban is a Japanese police box. In Japan, in addition to central police stations, police work is done from small buildings located within the community. There, police can keep watch, respond to emergencies, give directions and otherwise interact with citizens."

A photo collection


via yourmonkeycalled

Go Sox


Go Sox, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

delerium cafe


delerium cafe, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Unnecessary extras..

"At the moment I'm in a bit of a dysfunctional relationship with my regular hotel in New York. We've been together for over 10 years now but lately things have started to go in the wrong direction. I know I'm partly to blame because too much time spent in Asian hotels has made me intolerant of mediocre North American service delivered with an outstretched palm. I'm irritated by the all-too-transparent profiling systems that seem to have stripped any sense of spontaneity out of the hospitality business. I'm also quite convinced that guest loyalty is not won with bath menus, Norah Jones bedtime CD compilations or refrigerators crammed with five types of mineral water.

What's required in New York (and many other places) is something relatively low-rise run by a resident owner/manager and staffed by a handsome mix of Austrian, Swiss, Italian and Japanese staff. The lobby should be cosy and small and not a scene. There should be a simple bar serving good-quality food prepared by a chef not desperate for a TV series. Rooms should have thick doors, wood floors, a good bed (Schramm or Hästens perhaps), plugs fitted to the nightstand so you can write columns while propped up against the pillows, dimmers on all light switches, wireless that offers full coverage and a bathroom with a Toto toilet and a Japanese shower/wash setup. That's about it. On the top floor there should be a decent-sized gym and a patch of outdoor space for grabbing some sun. One floor below, two or three conference rooms
wouldn't be a bad idea. I'd also do away with silly extra service charges and throw laundry in for free. It would be neither moderately priced nor extortionate - just good value."

monocle

Huge Pause

A bear walks into a bar and says, "I want a bourbon and............... coke"

The bartender asks "what's with the huge pause?"

The bear says, "Dunno, I've had them all my life."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Balancey Bloke

kottke

Anti-subliminal

Go to the French-to-English translator in Google.

translate:

sarkozy sarkozy sarkozy

Still in France..

"Go be-spoke

Thrillingly, even the Parisians have taken up cycling. Their rent-a-bike scheme has been a huge success and could be the saving of Boris Johnson, if he promotes it properly in his manifesto to be the London Mayor.

With the French on board, you know what this means for the bike – ultra-luxurious accoutrements. First, this limited-edition Chanel bike. For £6,000, you can have it in any colour so long as it’s black. Complete with quilted chain-guard and not one but three integral 2.55 bags. Borderline absurd, we know, but it goes on sale in December."

timesonline


Six grand for a shopping bike.. what economic bubble? crikey.

RWC roundup

Man of the tournament: Agustin Pichot (Argentina). Statesmanlike. If only there was a Nobel prize for rugby.

Player of the tournament: Juan Martin Hernandez (Argentina). The Maradona of rugby? Only on his bad days.

Icon: Jonny Wilkinson (England). You found anyone yet who doesn’t love him?

Class act: South Africa. After the South Africa-Fiji game, Fiji did a long, wonderful and interminable lap of honour. When they got back, South Africa were waiting to clap them off. The Boks’ replacement bench also stood to clap off Jason Robinson after the full-back pulled his hamstring in the pool game.

Most maligned figure: Graham Henry. It wasn’t the New Zealand coach’s fault that his fellow countrymen thought that all they had to do was walk off the plane at Paris airport to the awards presentation.

Best match:
Wales v Fiji. Vapour trails left in an awed silence afterwards. Best tackle: JP Pietersen on Ifereimi Rawaqa. Possibly saved the quarter-final when Fiji were rampant.

Best referee: Wayne Barnes (England). For the sheer courage of his refusal to believe in New Zealand fairy tales.

Kiwi errors: 1 Believing their own publicity. 2 Acting as unpaid and unwanted conscience for the whole of rugby. 3 Having not one clue how to close out a game. 4 Foisting the increasingly silly haka on others. 5 Blaming everyone but themselves.

Away with the pixies: Bernard Laporte, France coach. The plan was so well hidden, we still don’t know what it was.

timesonline


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Joke for Dylan

One evening, a family brings their frail, elderly mother to a nursing home and leaves her, hoping she will be well cared for. The next morning, the nurses bathe her, feed her a tasty breakfast, and set her in a chair at a window overlooking a lovely flower garden.

She seems okay but after a while she slowly starts to lean over sideways in her chair. Two attentive nurses immediately rush up to catch her and straighten her up.

Again, she seems okay but after a while she starts to tilt to the other side. The nurses rush back and once more bring her back upright. This goes on all morning.

Later, the family arrives to see how the old woman is adjusting to her new home. "So Ma, how is it here? Are they treating
you all right?" they ask.

"It's pretty nice," she replies. "Except they won't let you fart."

Pundit Burden (who knew he cared enough to write in!)

Letter to the FT

"Still no focus on returns within Japan's economy

Published: October 22 2007 03:00
From Mr Ian Burden.

Sir, Your Tokyo correspondent has failed to understand the nature of foreign disenchantment with Japan, which leads me to assume he is not an equity investor ("Japan's economy and the Koizumi myth", October 18). He does not appreciate that actually investors buy shares in companies, not politicians or vague macro concepts. They do so in the hope of making a return, be it capital or income.

Undoubtedly some were beguiled by Junichiro Koizumi, but there was a hope that reform momentum would translate into a change of attitudes by companies towards a greater focus on returns. This has not occurred, and this is the real disappointment that your correspondent seems unable to identify.

Top-tier companies are bloated with cash, payout ratios though improving are woeful, by any reasonable international comparisons, and this after the perfect external environment of a global boom and the cheapest yen in a generation.

There is no return on capital in the domestic economy because there is structural overcapacity that can only be addressed by mergers and acquisitions, which is of course resisted.

Foreign investors are deeply disenchanted, but it is not about former prime ministers, it is about reactionary company management.

Ian Burden,
Tokyo, Japan"

Wise words though.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Japanese Commercials with Western Stars



includes Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid) with a young Ichiro, Steven Seagal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ringo Starr, Michael J. Fox, Dennis Hopper with his rubber ducky!, Pierce Broznan (James Bond), Timothy Dalton (Rocketeer), Richard Gere, Ray Charles, Brad Pitt, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Cindy Crawford, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Connelly, Mel Gibson, George Clooney (E.R.), Bruce Willis, Winona Ryder, and The Simpsons..

japundit

Friday, October 19, 2007

F1 Championship Decider stats

LEWIS HAMILTON
• Win or come 2nd

• Finish 3rd, 4th or 5th with Alonso 2nd or less

• Finish 6th with Alonso 2nd or less and Raikkonen 2nd or less

• Finish 7th with Alonso 4th or less and Raikkonen 2nd or less

• Finish 8th with Alonso 5th or less and Raikkonen 3rd or less

• Fail to score, Alonso finishing 6th or less and Raikkonen 3rd or less



FERNANDO ALONSO
• Win with Hamilton 4th or less

• Finish 2nd with Hamilton 5th or less

• Finish 3rd with Hamilton 7th or less and Raikkonen 2nd or less

• Finish 4th with Hamilton 8th or lower and Raikkonen 3rd or less

• Finish 5th with Hamilton failing to score and Raikkonen 3rd or less




KIMI RAIKKONEN
• Win with Hamilton 6th or lower and Alonso 3rd or lower

• 2nd place finish with Hamilton 8th or lower and Alonso 4th or lower



topgear

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Extreme..

"Forget about bungee jumping and hang gliding. The next adrenaline pumping daredevil stunt will be hurtling back to Earth by space diving, start with a jump from 22 miles to break Kittinger's record, then build up to 57 miles as early as 2009" as reported in the Telegraph yesterday..



until then make do with this..


Flying Human TricksPRO.com - Wingsuite - Funny videos are here

Mental.

"Pulling an I-Beam out of my wall"

Candidate Calculator

Who should or would you vote for in US Presidential elections?

Candidate Calculator

Me? Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D) 94.74% Match

"I only wish someone would do a scientific poll to see what the results would be." pajamaguy

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Grown Men in Homemade Go-Karts - Simply Spectacular







blurbomat

A new weekend hobby?

Breakfast

people and their breakfast

kottke

one plain soy and one plain normal yogurt myself today.. oh, and a gatorade after spin..

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

History of Religion

mapsofwar.com

Spin Rage?

"The incident took place last month at the Upper East Side gym, which is frequented by celebrities and wealthy business executives, Davis said. Sugarman, who weighs about 200 pounds, was enjoying the "euphoric experience" of cycling and was making noises to increase his high, according to Davis.

"Carter yelled over to him to shut up," Davis said. "My client yells back: 'This is spin class. If you don't like it, leave. Stop being such a baby,'" he said.

With that, Carter walked over to the bike, lifted it into the air and flipped it over, Davis said."

ap.google.com

Must've had a really bad day at the office..

Sunday, October 14, 2007

footsie


footsie, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

woof me out of here


woof me out of here, originally uploaded by Knotty.

ready to go


ready to go, originally uploaded by Knotty.

dogs + crates + frame


dogs + crates + frame, originally uploaded by Knotty.

(and earthquake kit)

crates + frame


crates + frame, originally uploaded by Knotty.

frame


frame, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Three Kinds of Service

Seen on a sign..

GOOD-CHEAP-FAST

You can pick any two..

Good service Cheap will not be Fast
Good service Fast will not be Cheap
Fast service Cheap will not be Good


is there a similar rule about girlfriends? "Smart, Sexy, Sane. Pick Two."

accordianguy

Inconvenient

He did win the Nobel Peace Prize but..

"Al Gore’s award-winning climate change documentary was littered with nine inconvenient untruths, a judge ruled yesterday."

The nine untruths - in pictures

timesonline


"It’s the story many hacks and sceptics have been waiting for: to shoot down Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. Last night, the BBC’s flagship news programme, the Ten O’Clock news, led with the story that a British High Court Judge had ruled that Gore’s film had made “alarmist” and “exaggerated” claims.

The overriding theme of the piece, by the BBC’s environmental analyst Roger Harrabin, was that Gore’s film was flawed with nine significant errors. The judge had pointed out it was “a political film.”

However the BBC failed to give any background to the “political” nature of the attack against the film. The BBC reported that the fact the High Court case against the film was brought by Stewart Dimmock, a “school governor in Kent”.

The BBC did not mention Dimmock’s own political connections: Dimmock is a member of the political group, the New Party. he founder and chair of the New Party is Robert Durward. More importantly, there is a cross-fertilisation between the New Party and Durward’s other pet project - he is the founder of the anti-environmental Scientific Alliance.

The Alliance is one of the leading sceptic organizations in the UK, that campaigns against climate change, against Al Gore’s film and promotes the heavily criticized alternative film “Great Global Warming Swindle”.

Pity the BBC failed to inform viewers of the political nature of this attack.."

oilchange

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mortgage practice

An Op-ed in the Boston Globe regarding mortgage company practices was published last week.

Hate mail poured in.

The author, Elizabeth Warren, posted a blog entry with regard to the 'feedback' she received.

From her post..

"Some of it was funny ("your stupid"), weird ("I thank God my son went to BU instead of Harvard"), or silly ("you must be a Communist"). But most of the correspondence fell into three main buckets:
  • This never happens; you are making this up
  • This happens sometimes, but it is a few-bad-apples problem
  • We all do this; it's how we make money
There were some very thoughtful comments. Several brokers correctly pointed out that the banks have ways of doing the same thing, but it is even less visible. Others said the disclosure has become a bad joke that doesn't help anyone. The most interesting letters were from the ex-brokers who said they couldn't stand making money by jacking up mortgage rates for families already stretching impossibly hard to buy homes, so they quit.

A letter to the editor was restrained by the standards I've seen on my email. The president of a mortgage company made two points: Only a small number of brokers do this (Bucket Two above), and it is all disclosed up front. (I checked with another broker today who said that the full YSP is not disclosed until, at most, 24 hours before closing, and then only if the buyer knows to ask, and nothing in the disclosure links the payment to the broker with the fact that the rate is higher than the one the buyer would qualify for).

The letter also argues for Buyer Beware Big-Time. It seems that it is the customer's responsibility to police the broker to make sure the broker isn't cheating."

consumerist

The Dark Art of the Front Row

- Australia had four years’ warning of what to expect at scrum time in Marseilles yesterday, but again they crumbled under the relentless pressure from the magnificent England eight, inspired by Sale’s Andrew Sheridan, the strongest man in world rugby, right.

- The referee saved Australia in the 2003 World Cup final in Sydney, when their front row were so weak that Clive Woodward, the England coach, had to send Jason Leonard on to hold the scrum up for them.

- Sheridan made his mark on the Aussies in a 26-16 England win at Twickenham in November 2005, when he utterly wrecked Australia’s scrum.

- Al Baxter could not cope with Sheridan’s superior strength that day and was.sin-binned for continually collapsing the scrum. Then fellow prop Matt Dunning was carried off on a stretcher after he tried to take on Sheridan in Baxter’s absence. That meant the Aussies had to wave the white fl ag and call for uncontested scrums as they had run out of replacements. Sheridan, voted man of the match, had broken all of their props.

- Australian coaches John Connolly and Michael Foley, who both plyed their trade as hookers, have spent the past two years trying to install some grunt in the Wallabies’ powderpuff front row but to no avail.

timesonline

from Comments.

MarkG - What goes on in the Front Row of a scrum are the dark arts of Rugby, which I am not able to fathom any better than you. It's long been said that the forwards decide who'll win a game of Rugby and the backs decide by how much. No truer was this than on Saturday afternoon!!!

Crikey

Sky diving without a parachute, shark fishing from kayaks and the homeless chess champion.

No posts this week so far.. I blame the Royal Mail.

Weekend was very very good once the England-Australia game was over. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the game. Very stressful. Amazing, well-deserved result. This weekend's game beween England and France will be a cracker.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The RR Sport's evil twin..

thanks Andy.. I think I might have to upgrade the RR.. think the dogs will love being in the back! Should get us down to Shimoda in no time.. I leaked some man wee.

130mph on a mountain bike..

Vista Sucks

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Dylan & Pepper


Dylan & Pepper, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Dylan is 3 months old and Pepper is 2 years 8 months old. They have the same mother, Samantha, but Pepper was bred from Bright Future and Dylan from Grundy. They livestrong!

Sibs


Sibs, originally uploaded by Knotty.

A rare moment of quiet contemplation and sanity..

Friday, October 05, 2007

out


out, originally uploaded by Knotty.

asleep


asleep, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Craig's List

PostingID: 432279810

What am I doing wrong?

Okay, I’m tired of beating around the bush. I’m a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I’m articulate and classy. I’m not from New York . I’m looking to get married to a guy who makes at least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don’t think I’m overreaching at all.

Are there any guys who make 500K or more on this board? Any wives? Could you send me some tips? I dated a business man who makes average around 200 - 250. But that’s where I seem to hit a roadblock. 250,000 won’t get me to central park west. I know a woman in my yoga class who was married to an investment banker and lives in Tribeca, and she’s not as pretty as I am, nor is she a great genius. So what is she doing right? How do I get to her level?

Here are my questions specifically:
  • Where do you single rich men hang out? Give me specifics- bars, restaurants, gyms
  • What are you looking for in a mate? Be honest guys, you won’t hurt my feelings
  • Is there an age range I should be targeting (I’m 25)?
  • Why are some of the women living lavish lifestyles on the upper east side so plain? I’ve seen really ‘plain jane’ boring types who have nothing to offer married to incredibly wealthy guys. I’ve seen drop dead gorgeous girls in singles bars in the east village. What’s the story there?
  • Jobs I should look out for? Everyone knows - lawyer, investment banker, doctor. How much do those guys really make?
  • And where do they hang out? Where do the hedge fund guys hang out?
  • How you decide marriage vs. just a girlfriend? I am looking for MARRIAGE ONLY
Please hold your insults - I’m putting myself out there in an honest way. Most beautiful women are superficial; at least I’m being up front about it. I wouldn’t be searching for these kind of guys if I wasn’t able to match them - in looks, culture, sophistication, and keeping a nice home and hearth.

it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests



THE ANSWER

Dear Pers-431649184:

I read your posting with great interest and have thought meaningfully about your dilemma. I offer the following analysis of your predicament.

Firstly, I’m not wasting your time, I qualify as a guy who fits your bill; that is I make more than $500K per year. That said here’s how I see it.

Your offer, from the prospective of a guy like me, is plain and simple a crappy business deal. Here’s why. Cutting through all the B.S., what you suggest is a simple trade: you bring your looks to the party and I bring my money. Fine, simple. But here’s the rub, your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity…in fact, it is very likely that my income increases but it is an absolute certainty that you won’t be getting any more beautiful!

So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset. Not only are you a depreciating asset, your depreciation accelerates! Let me explain, you’re 25 now and will likely stay pretty hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year. Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35 stick a fork in you!

So in Wall Street terms, we would call you a trading position, not a buy and hold…hence the rub…marriage. It doesn’t make good business sense to “buy you” (which is what you’re asking) so I’d rather lease. In case you think I’m being cruel, I would say the following. If my money were to go away, so would you, so when your beauty fades I need an out. It’s as simple as that. So a deal that makes sense is dating, not marriage.

Separately, I was taught early in my career about efficient markets. So, I wonder why a girl as “articulate, classy and spectacularly beautiful” as you has been unable to find your sugar daddy. I find it hard to believe that if you are as gorgeous as you say you are that the $500K hasn’t found you, if not only for a tryout.

By the way, you could always find a way to make your own money and then we wouldn’t need to have this difficult conversation.

With all that said, I must say you’re going about it the right way. Classic “pump and dump.”

I hope this is helpful, and if you want to enter into some sort of lease, let me know.

marginalrevolution

Latest Sony commercial

I think these Bravia adverts are great.. this is the third and I look forward to the fourth..

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

peninsular bar


peninsular bar, originally uploaded by Knotty.

So bad it's good..


Boris Johnson - Would-be London Mayor

“Quite often on a Wednesday lunchtime I find myself conferring with my friend Rudi the sandwich man about the madness of Ken Livingstone, and his latest monstrous scheme for London. I can’t stand the evil frankfurter buses that crush cyclists to the kerb. The newt-fancier. Crazy Trot."


“Hellish business. I can feel the self-loathing welling in my skull, the horror at my appallingly affluent consumerist life-style. In just a few short months, I will be taking the whole family off on holiday again. I must atone! I must make a sacrifice. I must offset my emissions and appease the great irascible Sun-god as he prepares to griddle us all."


“Aaaargh! Bad trees! Killer trees! Far from soaking up my share of CO2 trees in nontropical areas are thought to trap heat and thereby increase global warming. But what can I do to exculpate my sin? As ever, I have consulted the ancient texts, and have been reminded that the Greeks and Romans were also convinced of the importance of making a sacrifice before any tricky voyage. Killing a cow is still exactly the right thing to do, 2,000 years later. For every cow you killed, you would be ridding the world of 90kg of methane a year – easily enough, surely, to justify an easyJet flight. It is a solution as beautiful as the rear end of Kylie Minogue."

timesonline

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

You are a God

well, according to “some guy on the Internet..

Proof of God
  1. It is impossible for one person to see reality through the eyes of another.
  2. By definition, a reality you can’t enter via any form of transportation is another dimension.
  3. You comprise 100% of your dimension, because no one else can share exactly your perception.
  4. If you are the entire universe within your dimension, you are God by definition, since you are everything within your own dimension.
the dilbert blog

Monday, October 01, 2007

Dylan at home

Pepper and James

tokyo tower - pretty in pink


tokyo tower - pretty in pink, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Logical

Two engineering students were walking across campus when one asked, "Where did you get such a great bike?"

The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."

The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

Genesis

Adam was walking around the garden of Eden, moping. God asked him, "What is wrong with you?" Adam replied that he was lonely and didn't have anyone to talk to.

God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman. He said, "This person will gather food for you, cook for you, and when you discover clothing, she will wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it.

Adam asked God, "What will this woman cost?"

God replied, "An arm and a leg."

Adam thought a moment and asked, "What can I get for a rib?"

Justifying another bike..

"I know I have a lot of bikes already," you should say (it's good to start with a true statement, because that fools people into thinking other things you say may also be true). "This one, though, is different. It fits me unlike any bike ever made. It will never break. It is both beautiful and functional. It weighs 2.3Kg, fully loaded."

Continue with, "This is the ultimate expression of a bicycle. I shall never need another."

Look her/him right in the eyes as you conclude, "Hey, it's not like I'm talking about buying a Ferrari here, but how often in my life will I have a chance to own something that is truly perfect?" (Note: Do not say this if you own a Ferrari.) Try to mist up a little as you say this. It adds impact.

Sage advice from Fatty

he snores


he snores, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Why God invented sunglasses

"As civilised men, we are supposed to pretend we aren’t interested in breasts. But frankly, what’s the point? The world would be a better place for women of all sizes and inclinations if we just surrendered to the truth: that the cleavage is a design classic etched so deeply and effectively into our consciousness that to pretend otherwise is as futile as suggesting that food doesn’t make you feel hungry, and about as populist as clamping down on Christmas."

times