Tuesday, January 22, 2019

President Trump

I'm sure it feels like much longer but we just passed the 2-year midway mark of President Trump's first term (only term?) in office. It has only been two-years!

Victor Davis Hanson has a nice article on why Trump's chances at re-election are better than you might think. The key line in the article for me was:
Whether or not they like Trump, millions of voters still think the president is all that stands between them and socialism, radical cultural transformation, and social chaos.
Look at what the current Democratic Party is doing to alienate Jews and Catholics. Two groups that used to be the backbone of the Democratic Party of the 60's and 70's are now being painted as "hate groups." Those groups could easily vote Trump in the next election or equally important - they could stay home. Support among blacks and Hispanics for Trump is also increasing as the Democratic Party becomes more and more radical.

I think many believe as I do that a President Trump was and is way more preferable to a President Hillary Clinton. And the current group of Democratic candidates seems determined to make Clinton look like a John Bircher.

I have to agree with VDH - Trump's chances at re-election are much better than you might think.

The Day the Democratic Party Died and New Democratic Party Was Born

Today marks an anniversary that I expect will receive little fanfare. The historical significance of the anniversary should not be underestimated though.

On January 22, 1973, former president Lyndon Johnson died and with him died the old ways of the Democratic Party. The backroom deals and arm twisting. The acknowledgement that the Democratic Party was first and foremost the party of the working man and his family. "God, country and a fair wage" could easily have been the motto of the old Democratic Party.

On that same day, 46-years ago the new Democratic Party was also born. On that day, 46-years ago, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v Wade decision which in effect decriminalized abortion and magically turned it from a medical procedure into a woman's right in the process. Since Roe v Wade the Democratic Party has never been the same. Where do you stand on abortion is the first and foremost question any candidate for any office is asked. The abortion party has also become the protest party. "Judge - you and you wife have kids - so you obviously are against having abortions - therefore we must protest you and we must do it naked while throwing pies." Make no mistake this new Democratic Party is about abortion first - every other issue is secondary - including the economy and national defense.

Since January 22, 1973 the Democratic Party has not run a candidate for President who has not been pro-abortion. This includes John Kerry who said he's a Catholic but that doesn't make sense since the Catholic Church is staunchly pro-life. I'm not optimistic that I'll see a pro-life Democratic candidate in my life.

The fact that the anniversary of the death of the old and birth of the new Democratic Party does not get any recognition is not surprising. Nobody celebrates or notes May 30th as the birth of the Republican Party.

Monday, January 21, 2019

This Week in Musk World

Another busy week in Musk World.

Big news in that Tesla received permission to sell the Model 3 in Europe. Another big market but I still don't know what homologation really means. The Model 3 is one of the best selling cars in the US can you imagine the impact to the bottom line if the Model 3 also becomes one of the best selling cars in Europe?

Let's not forget the Model S which represented 37% of the large luxury cars sold in the US (see graph above). Will those cars also become status symbols in Europe? Even Cadillac now admits that Tesla is now the leader of that pack.

Status symbol may be what is required for the Tesla Model 3 or Model S to be successful in China where a glut of electric vehicle models and manufacturers supposedly exist.

Tesla's stock took a hit on Friday as Elon Musk announced a 7% reduction in workforce at Tesla. The layoffs are to cut costs and increase profits.

Tesla also continues to tease the Tesla Semi. The teases even include test drives for the lucky few.

Reminder - the Tesla customer referral program which gives a friend 6 months of free supersharging ends February 1st.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Tony Mendez "Argo" spy who smuggled US hostages out of Iran during crisis, dies at 78.

- Governor Charlie Baker wants sports betting in Massachusetts. I want it too.

- Interesting - death is weirder than you think

- Conan O'Brien on the temporary nature of fame

- The massive mystery of Saturn's rings

- Identical twins get different results on DNA tests from 5 companies.

- Nice profile of Patriots defensive coach and the next had coach of the Miami Dolphins Brian Flores

Top 5 - People from History I'd Like to Play Pool With

Here's the Top 5 historical figures I'd like to play pool with:

1. Martin Luther King Jr. - ever since I've seen the photo of MLK shooting pool I've wondered what it would have been like to play with him.
2. Willie Mosconi - who wouldn't like to play with the greatest pool player of all-time? Just let me break every once in a while and I'd be happy
3. Jackie Gleason - The stories, the drinking and the laughs would be epic with the "Great One".
4. Paul Newman - just seemed like such a genuine guy
5. Joe Rogan - comedian, MMA analyst and podcaster. Also said to be a big-time pool enthusiast.

This is my list and it assumes people like Jesus, Benjamin Franklin and Einstein didn't play pool.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

AFC Championship Game

The Wikipedia entry to the left only seems like it's true. It has been 8-straight years that New England has been in the AFC Championship.

Fact checking some other myths surrounding the Patriots 18-year reign. Have a little issue with the last one - the "everyone thinks we suck" one. The negativity and hot takes from the local media (with some notable exceptions like Tom E. Curran and Mike Reiss) has been disheartening to the point that many people have simply stopped listening to the naysayers. The negativity from the Boston Globe towards the Patriots has been especially pronounced since Red Sox owner John Henry bought the paper. This negativity is hardly imagined.

The silent majority of Pats fan appreciate the unprecedented success and the greatness of Brady and Belichick.

Tom Brady has completely rewritten the post-season record book and it's not even close. In just Tom Brady's last 16 playoff games the Patriots are 12-4 and he's thrown for 5,284 yards with 32 TD's and 14 INT's. Keep in mind that these 16 games all came after Brady turned 35-years old! Interesting look at how Tom Brady keeps his competitive fire going.

Yesterday was also a pretty big anniversary in Boston sports history.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

AFC Championship Game

To the left is the cover of a 30-page special section of the Kansas City Star for tomorrow's AFC Championship game.

What are the people at the Star trying to say here? That Tom Brady is Thanos and his five Super Bowl rings are the five Infinity Stones? [Spoiler Alert!] Don't the people at the Star know that Thanos won? Are they saying Tom Brady is going to simply snap his fingers and make the Chiefs disappear?

Are they saying Patrick Mahomes is a woman? They know that Captain Marvel is a woman - right? NTTAWWT.

My hunch is the guy who did this artwork must be a Patriots fan. Troll level - awesome!

At least they didn't make any Endgame allusions. Because that's for the Super Bowl (which is of course the end game of the NFL season).

Do better KC Star. Do better!

Metal Detector Guy

A guy with a metal detector on the beach gets lots of people curious enough to greet him with the same question, over and over. "Do you ever find anything good?" The metal detector guy (sometimes its a woman) is always friendly. "Sometimes." "Every once in a while." And if the metal detector guy is extra friendly or if he just craves some sort of human contact he may launch into a list of some of his best finds.

I'm suspicious of the metal detector guy.

I would think that if the metal detector guy was as successful as he tries to make it sound - he would be less willing to share. I imagine if metal detector guy was finding valuables on a regular basis he'd be more likely to tell people he never finds anything - just to keep others from poaching on his metal detecting beaches and special places. If I saw a guy intently using a metal detector and when asked if he ever finds anything good - answers "Never!" I might be tempted to go out and buy a metal detector because that guy is on to something.

I'm suspicious of the metal detector guy.

Friday, January 18, 2019

John Wick Chapter 3

Looks awesome!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Kevin Hart really should do a live TV show on another network the same night as the Oscars just to torpedo the Oscars ratings. That would be funny... Why Netflix pricing will keep going up... This week I vow to use the phrase "Greetings my jumentous fellow" and smile while saying it. Jumentous means "smelling like horse urine" but if you smile people will think you're complementing them... Completely agree with Ben Shapiro on this... With apologies to Marshawn Lynch, any time I read "beast mode" in print - my mind reads it as "breast mode". Once I realize my mistake I wonder why there's no "breast mode". I want breast mode... Interesting look at Paramount Pictures. Makes me want to re-watch The Kid Stays in the Picture... Growing up Catholic many of the nuns I ran into explained their celibacy by saying they were "married to Jesus". I always wondered - if that's the case how do priest explain their celibacy? Are they married to Jesus too?...   

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Disturbing report on the Navy's preparedness and operation. Thanks Obama!

- Speaking of Obama - the "Alt-Right" Vanity Fair makes the argument that maybe we didn't get Trump because Hillary was such a bad candidate but maybe instead we got Trump because Obama was such a bad President. Interesting - maybe the article should have ended with Matthew 10:36

- Spinning ice circle in Presumscot River in Maine has people thinking alien crop circles. Maine's most famous resident Stephen King was not reached for comment.

- Cell phone account fraud is a big new threat. At the very least you should have a PIN with your cell provider that needs to be provided before any changes can be made to your account.

- Cool - Jason Reitman to direct Ghostbusters sequel set in the original story universe.

- Clint Eastwood getting some head in the 1960's

- Toyota bringing back all-new Supra sports car in 2020

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Norse Mythology

BBC Radio has produced a version of Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology.

And it's free to listen to!

But hurry it's only available for one more week.

Gavin Smith

The above video was silly, fun, good natured and involved gambling. In short it seems to sum up poker pro Gavin Smith who just passed away at age 50.  He was also a man who had his share of flaws and demons.

Nolan Dalla has a nice remembrance of the man. And I'm sure we'll see many Gavin Smith stories in the days and weeks to come.

Battle of Cowpens

Today is the anniversary of one of the most significant battles in the history of the United States and nobody seems to notice. A short history of the Revolutionary War could read like this:

- The British surrendered at Yorktown after being surrounded by the Continental Army on land and bottled up by the French fleet at sea.
- The British were stuck at Yorktown because they had been so long occupied in the South by battles like the disaster (for the British) at Cowpens
- Cowpens was made possible by Valley Forge and the victory over the Hessians at Trenton
- The French navy was brought into the war because of the overwhelming victory over the British at Saratoga.
- Trenton was made possible by the Continental Army slipping out of Long Island where they really should have been trapped and destroyed by the British
- Long Island was made possible by the victory over the British in the siege of Boston which in turn was made possible by the guns taken from Fort Ticonderoga and by the start of the war at Lexington and Concord.

Of the above - the Battle of Cowpens (which happened 237 years ago today) is probably the least remembered.

If it is remembered it is probably the version that was put forth in the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot. In the movie there is a battle without a name in which Gibson's character asks his irregular infantry to get off two shots and then retreat to trick the British into chasing after them. This is the same basic "plot" to the Battle of Cowpens. The Jason Isaacs character of the dark-hearted Col. Tavington is loosely based on Col. Banastre Tarleton who led the British troops at Cowpens. Unlike the battle in the movie, however, in real life Tarleton (nee Tavington) escapes to fight another day.

One other note that may only interest me. In the movie The Patriot, Gibson's character uses straw soldiers to convince the British to let captives escape. In real life this trick was used but it was used by the British to allow the "captive" loyalists to escape Boston via ships in the harbor under the cover of "troops" placed overlooking the city on Bunker Hill. The troops later turned out to be straw dummies.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

It still bugs me that the Patriots last second loss in Miami cost them home-field advantage this Sunday against the Chiefs... Good news - science says that drinking coffee is good for your long term life expectancy... If Andy Kaufman were alive today I'm convinced that instead of Tony Clifton his alter-ego would be an equally obnoxious extreme SJW... Interesting - how does Netflix actually make money?... One aspect of the projected bone-chilling cold in Kansas City this Sunday is that it should negate much of the home-field advantage for the Chiefs. Tough to be loud when you are literally muffled in extra layers of clothes... I'll never look at Adam Gase the same again... Any Democrat who used Cindy Sheehan's grief over the death of her son for political purposes should be made to face and answer to the Angel Moms who have had a child murdered by an illegal immigrant...

The Fleeting Impermanence of Fame

An interesting article on how famous people fall out of the collective memory. They used John Lennon as the example but the example that came to my mind was John Wayne. My youngest is a junior in college and a couple of years ago I learned she had no idea who John Wayne was!

When I thought about how this could be I realized that she didn't grow up with John Wayne re-runs on TV like I did. In fact she grew up with little TV at all. Her generation may have started with Sesame Street type shows but then transitioned to video games and then streaming TV like from Netflix. How many John Wayne movies are on Netflix? And how appealing would those movies be to her generation even if they were available?

Another example would be Al Jolson. In the 1920's he was America's most famous and highest paid entertainer. Today, if he's remembered at all, he's remembered as the guy who wore blackface. And that's certainly not the sort of non-PC thing this generation would discuss.

Fame certainly is fleeting.


A playoff record that will NEVER be broken. Tom Brady - the best to ever play the game!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Nobody Believes in Us!

Who America is rooting for in the AFC Championship game. Sorry to disappoint you America!


Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

How about those Patriots!... Back in April of 2016 I wrote, "If I had an advertising agency - I would run a series of 'not people - real actors" commercials." It looks like Geico stole the idea with their "Not people. Actors" commercial... They say founders of social media tech companies don't let their own kids use the products they've built because they know social media is bad for them. This is like back in the day when music executives wouldn't let their kids listen to Rod Stewart for the same reason... A self-driving motorcycle sounds pretty cool but in practice isn't the whole appeal of a motorcycle the freedom gained from "driving" it?... Interesting - more people lived on Manhattan in 1910 than in 2010...

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- The great undoing continues. History will not be kind to Obama's foreign policy choices.

- The Zombie Tit Menace. As an aside Zombie Tits would be a great name for a post-menopausal Spice Girls cover band.

- Lefsetz on Springsteen on Broadway. I tried watching but couldn't make it to the end. I used to be a super fan but no more. This show was like a more upbeat Nebraska and I really did not like the album Nebraska.

- I will never think of Nietzsche the same (you fucking pussy).

- The compelling case for greater economic freedom

- I really like Dan Crenshaw

- I just love the words "vacation cheese". I think it should also be slang for spending money you've saved for when you go away.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

This Week in Musk World

The week started off with the official groundbreaking of the Gigafactory 3 in China. And also the news that the Tesla Model 3 was the best selling premium car in the US for 2018.

The Tesla ramp cycle from getting a car from concept to production keeps getting shorter. This may continue with the new products like the Tesla Model Y but with the company now running in the black the ramp up period for these new products probably won't be burning investment money like the first few products for the company. Despite the success and accomplishments of 2018 the financial reporting remains skeptical.

Of course if Elon Musk tries to add levitation or flying capabilities to new models that could skew the ramp up periods. Having said that, you would think that increased revenue from international sales in places like China and Tesla getting the reputation of a fun car to drive in the snow will make 2019 even more successful than 2018.

One wonders if Tesla's 2019 and beyond revenue will also be augmented through the sales of technology they have developed to other car makers. Things like batteries, enhanced patented safety features, or proprietary traffic algorithms.

The SpaceX Starship "hopper" (pictured above left) was unveiled this week. And today the SpaceX Dragon may be returning from the International Space Station.

Not all the news was 100% positive as a self-driving Tesla "killed" an autonomous robot in Las Vegas at the CES show.

Top 5 - Reasons the Patriots Will Win Today

Here are the Top 5 reasons the Patriots will win today against the Chargers.

1. Bill Belichick - in Bill We Trust! You have the GOAT of NFL coaches with a week to prepare, two weeks of rest for his players and the game is at home

2. Tom Brady - you have the GOAT of  NFL QB's going up against Philip Rivers. Brady is 7-0 lifetime vs Rivers and Rivers has said he's aware of that record. There's enough pressure in an NFL playoff game without Brady getting to live rent-free in Rivers' head but that's the case here

3. Home field advantage - New England is 8-0 at home this season and are 9-0 in playoffs games. Their last loss at home in the playoffs was 1978. It will be cold, crisp with possibly a stiff breeze today. Weather the Pats will be used to but will also be another thing San Diego Los Angeles  will be thinking about and have to deal with.

4. Travel - the Chargers had to fly to the East Coast last week for their game in Baltimore then back to California. Now they have to do it again. This sort of travel physically and mentally wears on you. Plus they've spent all week answering questions about jet lag. This will be just another thing to wear down their physical and mental energy. Meanwhile, the Patriots just have to focus on the game itself.

5. Las Vegas - the bookmakers have the Patriots as a 4-point favorite. So you have all the talking heads saying on paper the Chargers are the better team and you would be getting more than a field goal if you bet on them? Las Vegas WANTS YOU to be the Chargers. You know what that means.

So let it be written - so let it be done!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

I'm a Pagan Too

This article about the increase in the number of "Heathens" in the US military made me think of the great movie Breaker Morant and the awesome heartbreaking "I'm a Pagan too" scene. It also got me wondering if potentially the increased "popularity" of the Norse Gods in the military has anything to do with the showcasing of Thor in the Marvel Universe especially in the Avengers movies.

It probably doesn't hurt that the recently published Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology is topping many best seller lists as well.

I give the movie Breaker Morant and the book Norse Mythology two enthusiastic thumbs up!

When it's all said and done - I think I'm a Pagan too!

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- How to do great things

- Excellent questions when interviewing a potential CEO. Excellent questions period.

- Heartless but true: There's no reason for US troops to be in Somalia. I don't necessarily disagree with this position but in the back of my mind I can't help but think, "These terrorists in Somalia aren't a threat to US interests - until they are."

- This poker fold is unbelievable! What a great read! And what great sportsmanship for the winner to show his hand so she gets to know she made the right move. Just wow!

- 4 cars disappearing this year. I'm going to miss the Impala.

- I miss Red on Roundball. I hope Pistol Pete practices this wearing a cup until he had the drill down.

- Badass helicopter pilot.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Not to be a jinx but Boston teams are undefeated in 2019. The Bruins are 4-0 in January and the Celtics are also 4-0. Now watch them both lose tonight... "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet." - Gandhi... Not a criticism just an observation but Billy Joel's My Life sounds almost the same on Muzak... "The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill set that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It's just like building muscles." - Naval Ravikant... Who has had the better NBA career - JJ Redick picked 11th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft or Rajon Rondo who went 10 picks later? I'm going to go with Rondo hands down... This story makes me think of this joke... "Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be." - W.H. Auden... 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

A Very Special Beer

There is a very special beer coming out in February and I plan to make it my beer of choice until they run out or stop making it. 

The beer is called Worcester's Bravest and it is a collaboration of Wachusett Brewing and Wormtown Brewing. Proceeds from the beer will benefit the family of Christopher Roy who died fighting a blaze last month. 

Support your local breweries because when times get tough they support their communities like they are doing for the family of Christopher Roy.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Physicists puzzled by strange numbers that could explain reality. I had never heard of Octonions before.

- I'll probably never use Octonions - but I will never forget this math!

- How to think like Sherlock Holmes

- Man I wish there was a video of this beatdown

- Wow! Lightning engulfing a volcanic eruption in Chile

- Forty ways the world is getting better

- Climate change - lie, damn lies, and statistics

Space and Time

Brian Greene explains space and time in a single continuum.

And since he mentions Leonardo da Vinci here's what the uber genius said about time over 500-years ago, "The instant does not have time; and time is made from the movement of the instant." Mind blown!

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking would have turned 77-years old today.

If you remember him as just a smart guy in a wheelchair with a funny voice - here's a reminder of why Hawking was famous in the first place.

He was a special genius.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Victor Davis Hanson says that 2018 was a pretty good year. And I agree.

- 34-years ago a KGB defector predicted modern America.

- Heh Heh

- Nicholas Kristof ups the ante on VDH and says that 2018 was not only a good year but the best in human history.

- Mind-melting study says our universe is an expanding bubble in another dimension. Not "mind-melting" just hard to wrap your brain around.

- Why Netflix hired Spencer Neumann as its new CFO. The coming battle between Disney and Netflix will be interesting to watch.

- Heh Heh

Is Marijuana More Dangerous Than Thought?

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about whether marijuana is more dangerous than thought. Now to be fair - I'm a supporter of Legalized Marijuana but I am also a realist who knows that there are some real dangers that might not be getting the attention they deserve.

More than half the population of the US now live in States where marijuana use has been legalized or decriminalized. And marijuana use has become more socially acceptable with little remaining stigma from the past decades. "About 15% of Americans used cannabis at least once in 2017" but the number of Americans who smoke every day (currently about 8 million) is approaching the number of people who drink every day (about 12 million). That's concerning. 

And the pot now smoked or ingested is much, much more powerful than the pot that was used in studies that found marijuana to be a mostly harmless drug. We simply don't know the effects this more powerful pot has on people. Paranoia and psychosis can be a deadly combination and cannabis can often act as a match to that powder keg.

As I said earlier - there some real dangers here that deserve attention and study.

Scott Adams' Happiness Formula


Monday, January 07, 2019

Madison $5,000 Bill

Who knew? The US used to have a $5,000 bill with James Madison on it. It was issued between 1928 and 1934.

There have been larger denomination bills such as the $10,000 bill and the $100,000 bill but the $5,000 bill peaked my interest as it is mentioned in Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye which is currently one of the books I'm reading.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Has the Euro been harmful to European economies?

- Interesting - the 50 best podcast episodes of 2018. Looks like I have a lot of listening in front of me.

- Heh Heh

- 20 tips for a positive New Year (this is a list I'll plan to revisit from time to time during the year)

- American Jews and Israeli Jews are headed for a messy breakup

- Good advice

- More good advice.

The Math Behind Basketball

Very interesting. I can't help but think of this technology in the hands of a professional bettor. Can you imagine how such technology could be used in real-time to make millions from in game betting?

We are in a brave new world.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The 70's Were a Different Time


Can you imagine an ad like this today in the era of #MeToo? I can't imagine anyone wearing those pants today either.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

What the hell? Seriously was Jim Irsay drunk here? The question about the points begs some sort of explanation or league investigation... "Delay is preferable to error." - Thomas Jefferson... I'm convinced that if Leonardo da Vinci were alive today he would be designing huge stage sets for stadium rock bands or be a Broadway show producer. Creating pageants in Milan was one of his great joys... "If you open your mind too much - your brain will fall out." - Tim Minchin (I always think of this quote in terms of people who are too "woke")... Todd Helton was almost traded to the Red Sox back in January of 2007. I think if Helton was traded and his bat and glove were seen on a more regular basis by the East Coast voters then people would be speaking of him now as a sure fire Hall of Fame player... Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore who Bill Belichick signed to a big contract was named to the NFL All-Pro team. Malcolm Butler, who Belichick, let walk away had a less than All-Pro season for the Titans (to put it kindly). Yet people still question Belichick as a NFL GM... I'm convinced that the reason Josh McDaniels did not take the Colts head coaching job last year was because he didn't want to deal with Jim Irsay. He looked at what he had with Bob Kraft and came to the realization there was no way he could stomach that much of a step down in ownership...

Scott Adams Thinking Experiment

Scott Adams has an interesting "thinking" experiment on the Arctic ice sheets.

Which did you think was more grounded in facts and science? 

And don't be a Pointy Haired Boss - think for yourself. 

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- First Principles: Building blocks of true knowledge

- The Iron Price

- Heh heh - astronaut accidentally calls 911 from space

- Channels starting to get cut as cable TV struggles against dropping revenue

- Holy shit! How about no thank you!

- Russ Roberts on economic alarmists. I'm a big Russ Roberts fan.

- Heh Heh

This Week in Musk World

Big first week of the year in Musk World.

Tesla blew away its production estimates which produced an astonishing 367% year over year growth for the company.

This huge year over year growth was the result in large part by a phenomenal December which saw the company deliver roughly 32,600 cars. Astounding! Tesla sales reportedly represent two-thirds of all revenue for electric vehicles sold last year. Talk about owning a market.

Yet despite this success - Wall Street wasn't satisfied.

While some on Wall Street have been cool to Tesla - for young job seekers it's the hottest place to be. And while I agree that Tesla would be an awesome place to work - I don't think I'd like to live in a Tesla like this guy.

Meanwhile internationally - Tesla's GigaFactory 3 in China hits an important milestone with the perimeter fence around the 864,885 square foot proposed facility going up and a 6-month construction permit being granted by the local government. I imagine that if Tesla can have production of cars ready by the end of 2019 or even the start of 2020 then that will be big for the company's stock price.

In SpaceX news the Crew Dragon and the Falcon 9 are about one month away from their first orbital test flight.

Finally - if you're curious on how a Model 3 gets made below is a video. (Not sure about you but when I watch this I have Ode to Joy playing in my head.)

My Secret Will

I've decided that I'm going to have a secret will that only the executor of my estate will see. That "secret will" will have funds to hire an Elvis impersonator to attend my memorial "party". At the party the Elvis impersonator will sit in the back and not speak to anyone unless spoken to.

If asked the Elvis impersonator will say one of three things in his best Elvis voice:

"I fucking loved that guy."

"Wasn't Chris just the best! There was nobody outside of the King that I admired more."

"It's too painful to talk about the great times we had. I just fucking miss him."

There will be a few hundred dollars put aside for fake Elvis' bar tab because I'd fully expect him to tie one on in my memory.

I'll be dead - but I'll still think it's funny.

Thursday, January 03, 2019


The Deadwood movie is real and might be coming sooner than people think. Hard to believe its been 16-years since the last episode.

Interesting interview with one of the producers of the movie.

Even for hardcore fans - some facts you might not know about Deadwood.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

When you hear the MSM criticize President Trump for his relationship with Saudi Arabia just keep in mind that President Obama attended the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah but skipped the funeral of Britain's Margaret Thatcher and the MSM never said a peep... Very cool!... I've always had an issue with the Fleetwood Mac song You Make Loving Fun - as opposed to what? You Make Loving Feel Like Working in a Coal Mine?... ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Hue Jackson is the front-runner for 11 out of 12 head coaching positions... Good to know... Speaking of NFL head coaching jobs - how many interviews do you think Condoleezza Rice has lined up?... I think the simple solution to the Oscars host issue would be to have Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally co-host. Problem solved...

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

99 Good News Stories You Might Have Missed in 2018

99 good news stories you probably didn't hear about in 2018.

Although some of these stories could be bad news depending on your point of view. Half the world's counties are now below "replacement level" birth-wise? Is that actually good news for the economies of those countries? California going carbon neutral by 2045? That's going to wreck their economy (unless they change their mind on nuclear power).

Trying my best not to be a "cup half empty" type but it is a struggle.

There is no denying that we live in an age of abundance though.

Cover of the Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook

Dr. Hook's Ray Sawyer passes at age 81.

Don't think I  knew this song was written by Shel Silverstein. (Or if I knew I forgot.)

The Eisenhower Matrix

One of the best ways to increase your productivity is to prioritize tasks. And the Eisenhower Matrix is both one of the best and simplest ways to do this.

Shane Parrish discusses how to use the Eisenhower Matrix.

Here's wishing you a more productive 2019!