Huge Hilarious Facebook Ad Fail

Software Stream of Consciousness: Huge Hilarious Facebook Ad Fail: This ad is gut-splitting hilarious. I went to the NASDAQ site to check on my favorite "stock most likely to go down the crapper" and I saw ... ( READ MORE )

1960's Clip Art

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I "harvested" these vintage examples of 1960's clipart from year books scans that are being sent to me. This art actually reflects the times, especially the young man and young girl in the lower example. Even the triangle graphic is very reminiscent of the 1960's.

I will post more as they come in.

Movie Review ~ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. When I arrived at the theater, there was no one under 45 in the audience. I thought "crap -- another waste of money". I was wrong.

I am a geek, and I am used to outsourcing in India. The premise of this movie, is that care for the aged is outsourced to India where it is cheaper. Seniors who cannot afford to retire can do so in India. It was an intriguing idea.

The story is rich in subtext, and the scenes of India are amazing. The movie is worth seeing just for the travelogue.

In places the story is a bit predictable, and a little too neat and cheesy, but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was extremely funny and it is a feel good movie. Definitely worth seeing.

The Power of a Moment Part III

This is the third and final installment of a series of pictures making the email rounds called "The Power of a Moment". They are amazing images of a split second that are powerful.












I am reminded of a saying by that great sage Groucho Marx, who said that time flies like an arrow (and fruit flies like a banana). Hope that you enjoyed this series.

The Power of a Moment Part II

These photos are powerful photos of fleeting ephemeral instances in the lives of humanity.











It is moments like this that makes life worth living.

These brief instances in time will be gone in a flash, but they will leave their shadow on us forever.


The Sound of Spring Peepers in the Evening


In the late spring, one hears the sounds of spring peepers in the evening. They are a small nocturnal frogs that start a nightly chorus in the spring air. After they have mated, they leave the edge of ditches, water, ponds and go and live in the woods.

In addition to the sound of peepers, you can hear a raccoon rustling around in the woods.

Someone is artificially manipulating the Facebook Stock

Today is Monday, May 12, 2012. I have predicted that the Facebook IPO stock price wouldn't go through the roof. To put it bluntly, Facebook is not as smart as Google, and for all of their users, they are having trouble making money. They make just $4 per user per year. Google makes an order of magnitude more than that.

JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley and the underwriters of Facebook really showed their greed when they set an opening price of $38 per share, to value the company at 100 times earnings. And this greed will backfire on them. Saner rational minds will take over.

My valuation of Facebook (which you can read HERE) puts their true stock value in the $7 per share range, and if you want to account for the hype you may go as high as $14 but I wouldn't put that high a valuation on it.

But here is the curious thing. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer, so I decided to watch (and capture) the stock price variation of Facebook for the past two days. There were two curious incidents both near the close of the day.

On the opening day last Friday, the price jumped to $42 dollars per share on the first trade, and then slowly came back to sanity. Towards the end of the trading day, when it looked like it would dip below $38 per share, it always jumped up, but just by a penny. In spite of all odds, it never crossed the $38 per share mark. Many times it fluctuated between $38.00 and $38.05. It was almost as if it was being artificially held above $38.

Then today for a couple of hours before the close, the same thing happened. Of course, Facebook stock fell today, but for the past two hours before the closing bell, it fluctuated at $34 for a penny or two. This is highly unusual behavior for a stock priced at over $30.

Then it became obvious. The underwriters or someone is artificially maintaining the stock price at psychological barriers. On opening day, falling below $38 per share would be a major psychological blow, and it perhaps would cause the price to be driven down very low. Today, at $34 the same thing happened again. The stock had support at $34. It was just barely enough support.

Whoever is supporting it, is someone who profited from the high valuation. Losing some of their obscene profits by supporting the artificially high stock price looks good on them.

My prediction -- tomorrow will not be a super stellar day for the price of Facebook stock. Time will tell.

MUST READ -- DNSChanger Malware -- Check your computer

This is a MUST - READ -- DNSChanger Malware


DNSChanger Malware

DNS (Domain Name System) is an Internet service that converts user-friendly domain
names into the numerical Internet protocol (IP) addresses that computers use to talk to
each other. When you enter a domain name, such as www.fbi.gov, in your web browser
address bar, your computer contacts DNS servers to determine the IP address for the
website. Your computer then uses this IP address to locate and connect to the website. DNS
servers are operated by your Internet service provider (ISP) and are included in your
computer’s network configuration. DNS and DNS Servers are a critical component of your
computer’s operating environment—without them, you would not be able to access
websites, send e-mail, or use any other Internet services.
Criminals have learned that if they can control a user’s DNS servers, they can control what
sites the user connects to on the Internet. By controlling DNS, a criminal can get an
unsuspecting user to connect to a fraudulent website or to interfere with that user’s online
web browsing. One way criminals do this is by infecting computers with a class of malicious
software (malware) called DNSChanger. In this scenario, the criminal uses the malware to
change the user’s DNS server settings to replace the ISP’s good DNS servers with bad DNS
servers operated by the criminal. A bad DNS server operated by a criminal is referred to as
a rogue DNS server.


About

The DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) was created to help remediate Rove Digital’s malicious DNS servers. The DCWG helps monitor DNS servers run by ISC, under court order, in the former Rove Digital colo space.

The DCWG is an ad hoc group of subject matter experts, and includes members from organizations such as Georgia Tech, Internet Systems Consortium, Mandiant, National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, Neustar, Spamhaus, Team Cymru, Trend Micro, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Click on this site to see if your computer is infected: (no scan is done and nothing is downloaded)

Mad Magazine Old English Font

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I was thumbing through scans of a 1966 high school year book, and this page jumped out at me. I thought "Holy Cow -- this the MAD magazine Old English Font!!!!!". I have been an aficionado of MAD magazine since I could read. I was even punished for it because I parents thought that it was subversive and disrespectful. I used to use my paperboy money to buy them and before I discovered other types of magazines, MAD magazine was the periodical hidden under my mattress.

I download a lot of fonts from the free font site www.dafont.com . If I knew how to make fonts, I would make this example into a font. It sure brings back the memories.

Things to do in Nassau this Saturday

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If you find yourself in Nassau this Saturday and are looking for something to do, take in Da Market at the Bahamas National Trust.

The Retreat, the headquarters of the Trust is an amazing bucolic place to walk around. And there is a wide variety of stuff to see and buy. The cakes and hot sauce are a real treat.

If you have never been to the Retreat, it is worth a visit even when nothing is happening.

Why Facebook Will Not Overtake Google

Why Facebook Will Not Overtake Google: Last night I watched a video that interviewed a stock market analyst called Arvind Bhatia associated with the firm Stern Agee. He was quite...(Read More)

Lifestyle Voyeur ~ Found Lists ~ Hotdog Vegetarian

As previously iterated, I am a lifestyle voyeur. How other people live their lives fascinates me, and I don't know why.

As a result, I pick up shopping lists that I find discarding on the bottom of my shopping basket and cart. Some of them are fascinating.

Take the above. I found it in a grocery store that has a huge section catering to organic and vegan life style. It also has a section for junk food and beer, so they are agnostics really.

Here is the list of things that this person bought:

  • Soy Milk
  • Regular Milk
  • old Cheddar
  • BioBest (yogurt drink)
  • cinnamon Bagels
  • Triscuits - Sweet Chili
  • Granola bars
  • Tofu Burgers
  • Hotdogs ~ Zesty Italian
Everything fits the organic, vegan, Birkenstock sandal, tree-hugger image except the old Cheddar cheese, regular milk and zesty Italian hot dogs. Either she is a vegan cheater who commits adultery on the vegetable way of life, or she has a husband or a kid that doesn't indulge in a lower-position foodchain lifestyle such as grass-eating cows.

This to me is fascinating. Found lists provide me with countless hours of entertainment.

German Tourist Rescues Dog Swept Away by Flood

This is a heartwarming photo essay of a dog rescue by a German tourist. The title of this story is "The Vet".














A GERMAN TOURIST JUMPED IN THE FREEZING WATER AND SAVED MY PRECIOUS LITTLE DOG.
UPON GETTING BACK ON THE BRIDGE, HE CHECKED MY PUPPIE OUT AND TOLD ME, "ZE DOG IS OK. HE VILL BE FINE."
Due to his selfless heroic act, I ASKED, "ARE YOU A VET?"

HE REPLIED, "VET?! I'M VUCKING ZOAKED!"
Kinda brings tears to your eyes, don't it.....