Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Starting something new

There is something special about starting something brand-new. First, there is the risk of failure which always brings about a jolt of energy. Then, there is the uncertainty of what will happen which creates wonder and curiosity. Finally, there is just the novelty of doing something new which is exciting. I personally love starting new things. I just wish there were more and more new things to start in my life.

What do you think?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nightcap 4-19-16

Stocks closed mixed and oil held at $41 a barrel. Interesting results in the New York State primary. Trump wins big, Clinton finally beats Sanders, and Cruz got crushed coming in third place. Maybe this will give Trump and Clinton the momentum change they need to become the nominees? Maybe this was the deciding factor? The only other interesting story today was that Intel has announced 12,000 layoffs over the next 2 months! Ouch! That's 11% of Intel's labor force is going to be looking for jobs. I also wager that most of those jobs are not minimum wage jobs. Ouch again! Everyone is saying that the economy is getting better. Where? Besides the usual mess of things, there was nothing else of great importance in the news.

What do you think?

Being different

I have found that the vast majority people claim they want to be different but in reality they want to be the same as everybody else. This is especially the case is a person perceives that they are lacking something somebody else has. I think this is unfortunate because it is being different that makes you unique. And when you are unique, that is when great things occur. The reason people do not want to be different is that they do not want to risk failure. When you are like everybody else, chances are you will succeed like everybody else. When you were different, you risk failure and that keeps people from actually wanting to be different. I think being different is what is awesome and makes everything special. In other words, it is worth the risk of failure to be different.

What do you think?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nightcap 4-18-16

Stocks rallied today and Oil hovered at $41 a barrel. It looks as if the president of Brazil is going to be impeached. My favorite quote from the whole ordeal was “I want to see all the corrupt politicians in jail,” said Gerivaldo Oliveira, a taxi driver in the capital. “Brazil needs a clean slate; otherwise we’re lost.” Maybe we all would like to see corrupt politicians in jail? What a mess. I lived in Brazil as a kid and I remember the country with great fondness. To bad human nature had to go and ruin things. There were several earthquakes this past week that took the lives of many. We are overdue a large quake here in Southern California. Hopefully it will not happen near me and my family. The New York State primary is tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what happens. Will this help make things clearer? I doubt it, but it will be very interesting. Finally, Texas is drowning in an epic flood. To bad they can't ship the water to California. There was nothing else of major importance in the news (besides the usual crime and mayhem and disasters).

What do you think?

Increasing the minimum-wage

People who want to increase the minimum wage have never taken an economics class. If they had taken in economics class they would realize that if you arbitrarily increased wages not much happens in the long run. In other words, if you increase minimum-wage all the other wages will increase as well. That will then force prices to increase to pay for those wages, and so those making minimum wage will still be at the same purchasing level as they were before the increase was made. Long term nothing much will change. Short-term you will just force a lot of people out of work and reduce the number of jobs in order to pay for the wage increases in the short-term. There is nothing good that comes from increasing the minimum-wage. At best it does nothing at worst it causes a mess in the markets. So, increasing the minimum wage is just a political stunt to get some attention and some votes.

What do you think?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Google maps

How does google maps know what the traffic is like? Where does it get the data? I find that fascinating. Are there sensors in our highways that send information to a server somewhere? Or is a gathering information from our cell phones? Wow, I have actually never thought about this before. Some very smart people have put this together. I just can't wrap my head around all the data that would be necessary to make it work. I can't even imagine where you would get the data. How about all the programming that needs to be done in order for it to function the way it does. That is just mind boggling me.

What do you think?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Nightcap 4-14-15

Stocks were flat today. Oil remained above $41. Today was even more uneventful than yesterday. Yes there was a debate between the Democratic contenders, but I had no desire to watch it. Will it change any ones opinion or vote? Maybe, but I have no interest in wasting my time watching debates. There has to be a better way to pick our president. Besides the usual carnage and debauchery, there was nothing else of great importance in the news. Maybe there will be something tomorrow?

What do you think?

What if?

What would our society be like if everybody actually did their jobs? I was just passing a street cleaner who is actually out cleaning the street. Wow, what a concept. What an amazing place we would live in if everyone did their jobs and did them well. Just something to think about.

What do you think?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nightcap 4-13-16

Stocks were up today and oil is still above $40. It was another quiet day and not much happened (other than the usual stuff). Several unimportant stories from the presidential campaign. A Russian jet made a menacing pass over one of our Navy ships. The pictures are pretty wild. There was nothing else of great importance in the news. Maybe there will be something interesting tomorrow?

What do you think?

California – gas prices

The price of gasoline has finally begun the fall here in Southern California. I was paying about $2.70 a gallon last week and today I paid $2.57 a gallon. So the switch to the summer formula is complete and inventory is starting to increase to the point where prices can now start to fall a little bit. Finally we here in Southern California get to pay lower gas prices. Unfortunately is still much higher than the rest of the nation, but at least it is going in the right direction.

What do you think?