Archive for October, 2007

A Few Good (Creative) Men

October 23, 2007
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Say Hello to (my) iPhone.

October 22, 2007

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Hello good friend.

I purchased this while I was out of town. Because I did not bring my computer with me I was not able to activate it until I got home…last night. So all weekend I kept taking it in and out of the box. Pathetic, I know. But you would do the same thing I’m sure.

new on the wishlist: Triumph Bonneville

October 18, 2007

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Contemporary Retro | A true roadster, the Bonneville matches classic British style to 21st century technology. This pairing of authenticity with modernity has led the Bonneville to become an icon in its own right with several famous designers creating their own signature tank designs. A cool way to cover the urban landscape; the Bonneville is agile in jammed streets and at home blatting down a leafy country lane. It has a pedigree few models can match plus a tangible credibility within today’s motorcycling world.

Yeah. So…

October 14, 2007

Kanye West was…interesting.

For starters, the line up was completely random: Bret Dennen, Guster, and Kanye West. Sure, I can see the first two going together. And if I really stretch myself I can see Guster and Kanye (but still, it’s a stretch). But Bret Dennen? Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great and I love his stuff. He kept us from being the only white people there. ha!

Doors opened at 7 and the Bret went on at 8. We arrived at 7:30…and didn’t leave until 12:30. No lie.

Kanye’s set was good. He did a lot of older songs (so I’m told. They were all new to me save for Gold Digger and Stronger). I was initially impressed because he had a live 15 piece orchestra with him. That was nice to see. Then came the fifth song, or so, and Kanye stepped up to the keyboard and started the next song. Then he STOPPED the song because he forgot the chords he had to play. He called for his keyboard player to come down and show him what they were again. (Seems to me that with all the money he’s made he can spare a few bucks for a lesson or two). The song started again and was stopped again because he couldn’t hear someone’s part. “Turn it up, dog. That’s my favorite part. Turn it up!” At this point everyone was getting a little restless.

Then came his 20 minute rant about how he’s never going back to the VMA’s because people won’t bow down to greatness…or some BS like that. I don’t know, I was at the concession stand at this point.

The coolest part of the night was being able to shout along to “Stronger” word for word with 12 thousand other people. That was nice.

Craigslist Ad

October 12, 2007

The following is an actual ad that appeared on Craigslist:

 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.

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The following is an answer to her ad:

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.

is she serious?

October 11, 2007

HT: Ben at Right Hand Design

such pomp and circumstance

October 10, 2007

 

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Kanye West is packing his suitcase for a world tour that will see him play a handful of North American shows beginning this month.

The hip-hop star, who is supporting his new album, “Graduation,” is set to launch the outing Oct. 12 in Nashville. (And guess who’s going. Yup. You know it.) From there, he’ll visit Vancouver, Winnipeg, Philadelphia, Boston and Miami into November. In the midst of the US tour, West will break away for a concert in Dubai, and will head to Europe in November. North American shows are listed below; overseas dates can be found at the Roc-A-Fella Records website.

West made chart history again last month with the release of “Graduation,” which snagged the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales reaching nearly 957,000 units. It marked the biggest debut of any album since the Grammy winner’s sophomore set, “Late Registration,” two years ago, according to a press release. “Graduation” also established a new one-week digital sales record, logging more than 132,000 album downloads.

So far, the album has spawned Top 10 rap track “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” rap/pop hit “Stronger” and the latest single, “Good Life,” which debuted on a recent episode of HBO’s “Entourage,” in which West makes a guest appearance.

The flamboyant performer first made a name for himself behind the production board, working with artists including Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Alicia Keys. In 2004, he released his first solo album, “The College Dropout,” which scored multi-platinum status and a whopping 10 Grammy nominations. West went home with three trophies at the 2005 ceremony and scored another three the next year for “Late Registration.”