Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Political chemotherapy

"Driving with Sparky"

This is a very funny snippet. Kudos to the research team at The Morning News for catching it (and to me for stealing it, he he!).

I’m not firing Sean Spicer. That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.
- President Trump, post

Pol Chemo

Trump is political chemotherapy.
Because if your country has a tumor, then it might need a little chemo. (cha!)

The pol chemo metaphor is from Mark Cuban, who is rabidly anti-Trump. He sees it as an insult, I presume. I see it incredibly positive, or as Cuban would say, "phenomenal".
[Cuban] argued that if you view Trump's presidency as "political chemotherapy," then he might deserve a higher grade. "If that's the way you're evaluating Donald Trump, he's doing a phenomenal job"

I am a little surprised that foreign policy has cut to the front of the line so quickly, but so be it.
"Total failure of the last eight years". Ya think!

The French Trump (Marine Le Pen?) won in their primaries last weekend, advancing to the final election against some other doof. Just like the real Trump, the media worldwide is absolutely and unanimously certain that the French Trump will lose. The polls show "overwhelmingly" that she has no chance. (snort) We'll see about that.

The overwhelming likelihood is that Macron will be the next president of France—all recent opinion polls, including two conducted yesterday evening, show that he would beat Le Pen by a wide margin.
- nabobs, post

Musical Discrimination

I got some spam from the Paramount Theater regarding their upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Excellent! That's one of my all-time fave musicals. So, I clicked on the link and saw their short preview video... oh look, they have a black Judas like the original... no, wait, that's Jesus... ok, that's cool... wait a second, everyone's black, the whole cast?!?
So, what's the deal? I, I don't know?!?

(google, google)

Ah, there it is.

It is not gimmicky. Our responsibility as storytellers is to find ways to represent truth in ways that translate to every audience no matter the color, creed, orientation or status. Having an all-black cast in this show at this time in our lives is very important.
- the director on his all-black cast, trib story
That's some nice leftie logic there. It IS gimmicky to have an all-black cast. It does NOT appeal to every audience as you're specifically appealing only to people of a one race and one political orientation. I won't be attending. It's my responsibility as a consumer and citizen to NOT support this kind of discrimination. And I think it's "very important" to skip your production. (cha!)

I guess I'd respectfully asked this director... So, if Ted Neely auditioned for the part of Jesus, you'd tell him to hit the bricks because he's white? And if Yvonne Elliman showed up to play Mary Magdalene, you'd shun her because she's part Asian? And the obvious... were you only hired as director because you're black? Were other, more qualified and talented, candidates turned away? (shrug)

Ok. The BIG ending...

Disco Lyric OTD
Boogie nights
Ain't no doubt
We are here to party 
Boogie nights
Come on out
Got to get it started 
Dance with the boogie get down
Cause boogie nights are... always the best in town
- Boogie Nights by Heatwave, youtube
disco peace... yow, bill

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tattooed Kitty... to win

"Tattooed Kitty... to win"

I visited Santa Anita Racetrack last month. It was my first experience with horse racing. My first time at The Track (ha). It was fun and a fantastic time, but Santa Anita (www.santaanita.com) had a LOT to do with that. The place is absolutely gorgeous!

For the record, Tattooed Kitty didn't win. Actually, Tattooed Kitty finished dead last. (wah!) Of course, every detail of everything is right there for you on the Internets. They even have video of the race, but you have to signup for that.

Your desire to delight customers

Jeff Bezos' shareholder letter is inspiring and a great read!

Amazon QOTD
Even when they don’t yet know it, customers want something better, and your desire to delight customers will drive you to invent on their behalf. No customer ever asked Amazon to create the Prime membership program, but it sure turns out they wanted it, and I could give you many such examples.
- Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, Letter to Shareholders
That letter is about a 5 minute read, and it's outstanding.
It's good to be a customer.
It's great to be a customer!

If you ever wonder why I have such a stick up my ass about Obama, socialism, big government, fed $$$, etc... it's all based on one premise: You are not a customer. With Amazon, I'm a customer. And it's great! Yes sir. No sir. Thank you and please. And the kicker... if I don't like Amazon, I'll go somewhere else.

With the feds, I'm a cog. There is no Bezos customer feedback loop. And the feds think that they 're doing me a fucking favor. The system is more important than the people.

An intense desire to delight your customers... It's why BIG government fails. And it's why Amazon and capitalism are such a success. Cha!

Americans are having less sex

Scrunch up your face with me on this one, ok.
Americans are Having Less Sex Today Than 25 Years Ago
My first reaction. FAKE SCIENCE. I figured it would be some tiny, irrelevant decline in some stupid, misleading statistic. But the stat seems fine (around a long time) and the decline isn't small at all (~15%).

In his next post, the sex dude asks why this is happening.
Why Americans Are Having Less Sex—And What It Means
  • singles - fewer adults today are married
  • tech - less sex and more on our phones and streaming video
  • fucked up - more Americans are obese, using antidepressant medications, and drinking (I don't believe that last one at all, fwiw)
Well, if you want to have the same amount of sex or more... he has a recommendation: Work more and watch more porn. (snort)

You may be surprised to learn is that this [less sex] does not seem to be a function of Americans working harder or watching more porn... working longer hours and watching more porn were actually related to having more—not less—sex.
Why Americans Are Having Less Sex—And What It Means

Carrie Pilby

Movie: Carrie Pilby
Review: 2 bill-stars (out of 5)... not good
Letterboxd: see note below

Film teenager Carrie Pilby is portrayed by this hot, pouty 25 year-old actress. Acting!

Carrie is a discontented teen who struggling to cope with the dire circumstances of her life: she's hot, pursued by every male in the film, living in Manhattan, and she's a child prodigy with a degree from Harvard. She handles these difficulties by being precocious for 90 minutes. For WiliamT, this is a Lifetime movie barely worth 2 stars. For John Q Public, it's 88 rotten tomatoes. (shrug)

Nathan Lane has a supporting role as Carrie Pilby's therapist (sigh). His performance stood out in the movie, but also... he looks great! Nathan Lane is 61: www.imdb.com/name/nm0001447.

An aside - I think I'm giving up on letterboxd for my movie reviews. I'll just schlock them up here on the ole williamt blog. I figured letterboxd would be the goodreads of movies for me. Meh. Not so much. The letterboxd site is fine, but movies just aren't nearly as interesting or important as books.

The Older Than Game

Always good, clean fun. Let's play... The Older Than game!
Is WilliamT older than The NHL?

(cue the music)

No. WilliamT is not older than the NHL. (phew)

Alas, my Blackhawk are done. Down three zip to buster Nashville. (sigh)
In pro sports, you don't age slowly. It happens all of a sudden. The Blackhawks look slow and old.

I gotta hand it to the local rag in Nashville. The Tennessean has a pretty cool headline and front page to celebrate the Predators victories. (click to make it larger)

I saw some Nashville fans wearing this t-shirt on the tube last night. I don't know. It looks kind of, um, wrong. However, maybe fang fingers could be a part of the solution to America's sex decline problem. (he he)

Hawk lose.
wah... yow, bill

Friday, April 14, 2017

10,000 pics

I lurve Flickr. And this is pretty cool.
I hit 10,000 pics on my flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/williamt

"Pic #1 of 10,000"

"10,000 pics"

I dislike the NBA

TY and I went to this game.
The Nets Are Resting Players Against The Bulls For Some Reason
The Nets tanked for no apparent reason. Their spot in the standings was set. They weren't resting for a playoff push. Their record is a stinky 20-61. I heard some radio nabob howl, "The Nets are resting their players. They've only won 20 games, so how tired could they be!"

Well, the Bull won by 40 points. The Nets decision ensured 1) that the Bulls got the last playoff spot, and 2) that the game was crap. The Miami Heats were competing with the Bull for that last playoff spot. How'd you like to be a Heat fan?!? Or, how would you like to be a guy (like me) whose favorite player in the NBA is Jeremy Lin. Well, here's J-Lin, just a few feet away from my seat for the game. (grrr)

The cherry on top.
Just 4 days ago... The Nets actually beat the Bulls in Brooklyn, 107-106.

I dislike the NBA.
The synthetic teams. Bogus LeBron. Players skipping games. Three-pointers and no defense.
The NBA routinely flips off their fans because they know the fans don't care. Well, I do.
I dislike the NBA.

I like Scrabble

Today (Apr 13) is National Scrabble Day. (?)
Yup. It's on the Internets. It's got to be true.
There's some crazy shit in that page. Did you know...
  • More than 150M Scrabble games have been sold with sets being found in nearly one-third of American homes
  • The creator of Scrabble is a dude named Alfred Mosher Butts
  • The word “scrabble” means to “grope frantically.”
Scrabble! Grope frantically!

I like marketing, too

White Sock marketing. Those lads are working for a living.
Their latest promo idea is WAY out there: Game of Thrones Night! (snort)

It's Wed Jul 19 against the Dodger. Interested?

Here's an extremely effective Twitter ad. Marketing!


This is almost a real update. I found some worthy stories. All relate to Trump-success.
First, here's a Trump-tweet that sets the table.

"Big changes are happening"

Thanks to the lads in Lisle over at The Morning News for this one... a 93% drop in illegal immigration. Yow!

President Donald Trump has won the first major battle in his war on illegal immigration, and he did it without building his wall. 
The victory was announced last week by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which released figures showing a 93 percent drop since December of parents and children caught trying to cross the Mexico border illegally.
- reuters story

Drain the swamp and resize the federal government. Fewer $$$ to the feds means power shifting away from government and to the people.

Last Wednesday, the ball really got rolling when Trump ended his temporary freeze on federal hiring, and announced a plan to "resize" the government to make it less costly, more productive and more responsive to average citizens. It's the kind of thing that private businesses do all the time, but that Big Government with its 2.9 million workers does almost never.
It's Official: Trump's Swamp-Draining Begins

I'll bet $$$ you haven't heard of this one. It's new to me. Obama had been working on a plan to build a global beuarocracy called the Financial Stability Board to regulate American banks.
Are you kidding me. The international Financial Stability Board... what a fucking cluster!?!

The goal was to create a common set of financial regulations governing the activities of financial firms in all G-20 countries—from the U.S. and the European Union to Russia, Turkey, India and Argentina. 
The G-20 plan was to be carried out by a newly deputized international body called the Financial Stability Board, made up of regulators from around the world, including the U.S. Treasury, the Fed and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Curtains for global financial regulation

Trump is important.
thanks... yow, bill

PS - Trump is important... and a goof. (ha)