Today's Tids Issue 3,212
I thought you’d never ask,
About my Halloween mask
I thought I give Dems a thrill
And dress and look like The Hill
And let out scream so shrill
“What difference”, about Benghazi!
In my costume, regally snazzy.
Be a clown; make em’ laugh, Department:
In the Midwest, the big new thing in Halloween candy collecting is telling a corny joke. Yes kids not only have to look intriguing to candy givers, but now have entertain with humor like “What do you call a cow with out legs?” “Hamburger!” (Hey, they could, write for Tids!) If the adults giggle, they must drop sweet stuff into the bag. The Astronaut said the restaurant on the moon had great food but no atmosphere. I’ll take a Reece’s, please.
Scarier than any Goblin or witch is a cornered politician who is in jeopardy of losing just before election day. In Louisiana Incumbent Senator Landrieu used both the gender and race cards in a lst ditch effort to pull her out of losing battle. A left leaning group in Colorado in a panic over Udal’s potential loss ran an ad saying that a vote for his opponent Gardner could cause a national crisis of a condom shortage. As the candidates panic, though, the media advisors and commercial makers are getting all of the candy. Meanwhile, the voters have all become zombies.
Name 15 songs that define Boomers. Bonus: What are the three largest software companies in America and which is most profitable?
--Chocolate Prices To Rise; Millions Of Americans Stunned.
-- Market Is Sweet At 11:15 – Up Over 180; Bank Of Japan Surprises With new Quantitative Easing; Gold And Oil Plumb Multi-Year Lows.
--Hagel Outlines Flaws In Obama Syria Policy In long Email to Susan Rice; Kerry Says He And Prez Condemn Use Of Words “Chicken Shit” (Worthless Coward) To Describe Netanyahu; They Prefer Stubborn Bastard.
--Elusive PA Cop Killer Finally Captured.
--Russia Central Bank Surprises With Heftier Than Anticipated Interest Rate Increase; Bank Trying To Stabilize Currency; Move fails To Halt Ruble Decline.
--Mysteries Of Laura, NCIS NO, Scorpian, Madam Secretary and Stalker Winners In Early fall TV Sweepstakes; Sluggish Secretary Benefits From Sandwich Between 60 Min and Good Wife.
I’ve been following the Around the World Volvo Sailing race. The pictures are amazing, but I was perplexed about the route that takes the eight boats along the South American coast as opposed to the African coast which seemed more apropos for a journey to Cape Town. But, what do I know.
Could Bashar al-Assad emerge as the First President of Islamic State? He certainly helped pave the way for the renegade takeover with the slaughter of 100’s of thousands of Syrians.
One of the key terms in our society going forward is “Analytics”. Think about the fact that many of the new billionaires started companies basically designed to collect data. Yes, almost all apps and places like FaceBook and Twitter only exist to collect data about masses of people. Marketing/Advertising* has evolved from its creative base to a data driven analytical industry. Analytics are the basis for portfolio management and risk analysis. Hey, even politicians use it as a foundation upon which to manipulate and disseminate misinformation. Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data through the use of mathematics and statistics; descriptive techniques and predictive models. Data is now pouring in a like and never ending flash flood. Big companies like IBM, Microsoft and Oracle will hitch their futures to it. Insurance companies have been doing it for centuries. But, now the science has exploded. You are a known factor and are being plied in the soft hands of a marketer/mathematician at this very moment. Feel good? Oh, the word analytics was first used around 1590, but now we have computer power to make it work. Want to buy a “free” app?
(*Note: The good advertising agency since the beginning of time always based creativity on good data about people and markets and product capability. Computing has made it a new ballgame.)
My old alma mater is having a rare off year on the old gridiron, so much so that the Coach is saying this is one of those years when it is nice to have a great tradition to remember. This miserable season was to culminate in grandeur with the playing of the 150th Game in the historic series with arch rival Lafayette in Ya, ya, Ya…(WYKWIM) Stadium. It will still be a fantastic event, worthy of one of the greatest American sports rivalries, despite what the cash rich SEC says about Student athletes, with a capital “S”.
It seems as though the NCAA may have to add to the cash now approved for big time college basketball and football players, a personal lawyer on full retainer.
Think about the fact that in the not so distant future Starbucks will have more stores in China than the USA. Can you sing, “We are the world”?
Reading Between the Lines Movie Reviews:
--Before I Go To Sleep with Nicolle Kidman and Colin Firth could be one of the better mysteries of the year. It’s about a 47 yo old married writer, Kidman, who has an accident that traps her in a new existence that has her waking every day thinking she is single and has all of her life choices ahead of her. A series of meetings with a psychiatrist has her learning a truth better forgotten,. I’m seeing it.
--I always liked Michael Keaton, and they say his role in Birdman deserves an Oscar. Keaton plays a washed up actor who used to play a superhero icon beloved by all, but now must overcome his ego and family trouble to mount a comeback in a Broadway play. It is tragic humor at its best. The subtitle of the movie is, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”.
--Nightcrawler is another thriller that could be a winner. It’s essentially and expose’ about all of these scrounging photogs who make their living off of pics and films of victims of crimes, murder, fires and car crashes. An out of work man, Jake Gyllenhaal gets into crime journalism only to learn it is far more dangerous world than imagined. This also stars Rene Russo as a local TV news veteran and Bill Paxton.
My years were formative quite a bit earlier than the boomers, but I enjoyed much of the music they brought to the scene. But, not particularly the Number 1 on the list -- Jailhouse Rock by you know who. The rest are That’ll be The Day (Buddy Holly), At The Hop, Johnny Be Good (Chuck Berry), What’d I say One of my favorites), The Twist, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Dancing in the Street (Another fave), I Can’t Get No Satisfaction (Stones), Like A Rolling Stone (Another Favorite), Good Vibrations, R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Aretha), Light My fire (Doors), A Day in the Life (From a favorite album Sgt. Pepper) and 15 What’s Going on by Marvin Gaye. I am surprised there isn’t more rock stuff from the late 60’s early 70’s like The Who, Cream, Yes, The Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Steely Dan…among others. Bonus: Microsoft is biggest followed closely by IBM and Then Oracle. Oracle is most profitable.
Hey, why not end the week with a Boomer special. I’m picking What’s I Say:
The Truth comes out Department:
Back in the late fifties a couple of my fraternity brothers found this great band playing at a bar in the basement of a Brothel in a city like Reading the Middle of Pennsylvania (I don’t know why they were there and I’m not mentioning names). The band, “King something or other” was sweaty and loud and raucous. We brought them into the house for Saturday parties and they became the biggest thrill on Lehigh U hill…and the top hit that drove everybody crazy was “What’d I Say?” Today, we’d be thrown off campus, or worse.
Happy Halloween, E-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y!