Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Do Stock Traders all Look Alike?

Whenever the stock market takes a hit, it's fairly certain that there's going to be a picture of a trader on the floor with his hand on his head.

Thinking on this, I made a collage.



I don't have the foggiest as to what actually goes on on the trading floor. But I can say that it does not look like my idea of fun.

08/05/11: Title corrected
Rob D. pointed out to me that I had used the terms traders and brokers interchangeably. They're actually different jobs. Title corrected to be consistent w/ post and photo subject.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Thank You, Amazon (Part II): Would you like some Aristotle?

Dear Amazon.com Customer,

As someone who has expressed interest in books by Aristotle, you might like to know that The Works Of Aristotle V2: Physica, De Caelo And De Generatione Et Corruptione is now available. You can order your copy for just $22.41 ($11.54 off the list price) by following the link below.


I've been waiting for this one since Aristotle's V1 cliffhanger.

Info note, I had actually ordered my McKeon edition of "The Complete Works of Aristotle" in fall of 2001 for my freshman year Ancient Philosophy Class. This prompts two questions in regards to Amazon's targeted advertising:

(1) Has my lack of Aristotle purchases within the past 6 years been taken into account, and

(2) If they sold me the "complete" works before, why would they e-mail me to sell me something I should already have?

Wes Anderson was the Best Thing about the Oscars

Unfortunately, as far as I am aware, Sidney Poitier did not make it into this year's set of Oscar Montages. Nonetheless, my other "this will inevitably happen at the oscars prediction" did come true-- it did run long. I have no idea what the planned broadcast length was, but by 12AM they were just about to roll onto the best actors/actress/director/film, and at that point I just gave up and lost interest. I'm fairly certain that the only experience more grueling than watching the Oscars from your living room would be having to watch the Oscars in person.

In summary, I am most certain that my favorite moments of the 79th Academy Awards were the following:

(1) Wes Anderson American Express Commercial



Complete with Jason Schwartzman, and aside from the last bit where the camera rig goes into the sky, it appears to be done all in one take (like the opening sequence of Harold and Maude and the sequence in Royal Tenenbaums with the firetruck and the priest being put into the ambulance). Maybe there's a way to cut as big things pass right in front of the camera, but at the very least, it looks it.

(2) Michael Mann film/montage on America and the Movies

I unfortunately could not find a clip of this. It did have something of a disjointed feel, as opposed to the typical sentimental and flowing they-call-me-mr.tibbs Oscar montage, and was at the very least provocative of a few questions on how exactly movies characterize America (or at least, how does Michael Mann think that they do). The inclusion of Rutger Hauer in a scene from Blade Runner, lots of KKK footage, and an absence of segments with leading female roles prompts at least a few questions for further consideration.

I guess now I'll look up who won.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

What Other People Accomplished by the time they were your age.

Lifehacker.com had a post to something the "Museum of Conceptual Art" put up:

Things Other People Accomplished
When They Were Your Age


I'm not certain whether this tool is meant to be edifying or depressing.

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Producers Plus Danza Equals Quits


Playbill.com reads:

"Producers to End April 22; Young Frankenstein Is Booked Into St. James
The Mel Brooks-Thomas Meehan hit musical comedy The Producers will, like the titular Leo and Max, walk into the sunset April 22. The musical will have played 33 previews and 2,502 regular performances at the St. James."

And the picture and caption to the left:



Tony Danza is currently starring in The Producers.




I am reminded of David Hasslehoff starring in the final (and archived) performance of Jekyll and Hyde. Will The Producers forever be immortalized in the Lincoln Center Archives with Tony Danza in the lead? And can you think of Tony Danza without thinking of "THE Tony Danza"? Full article from playbill.com here