Good Chaps In General

Have to say that this chap is jolly glad that chaps like this – I’m talkin’ ‘Joe‘ … are out there.

Quite apart from his very useful links that he has been quietly providing the web since 2000 – he was also instrumental in getting web mentions to work on Just Good Music and in so doing we changed the template – which I am now using over on People First.

All round good stuff – and a chap most excellent.

He wrote about why he links here.

Girth

The chap has no comment … just passing things along … as we are wont to do.

A pair of conceptual artists have claimed the first ASCII penis to be written to Ethereum’s blockchain, a milestone in cryptocurrency history.

Read More if you care.

The chaps are not responsible from this point on.

Just Good Music

This chap has launched a new project over at Just Good Music … which is a multi-author site about ‘all things music’.

It ties into the chaps over at Micro.Blog

Another chap – Joe Jenett has implemented Web Mentions over there – something I have been trying to get going on this site … so as I learn – maybe I can reverse it back to here ….

Anyway … in particular, thought I might draw your attention to this post which is all about a brand new Progressive Rock Band coming out of Brazil. Listened to the album over the weekend – most excellent.

If All You Have Is A Hammer – Every Problem Looks Like A Nail

Thor Being The Exception … Of Course.

This chap has long been in the camp that the “‘pro analysts’ have no clue as to what is happening at Apple.”

This ‘billy doo’ from ‘my man Horace’.

He is of course right … particularly when he writes…

“This common misconception of Apple is why it continues to be valued at a deep discount to not only peer companies who are services oriented (Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon) but also at a discount to the overall market (the S&P 500).
Apple, since its inception, has always been oriented around its customers, not its products. The questions asked by management are “what can the company do to deliver experiences and satisfaction” rather than “what products can the company build”.
Every company is bound by its capabilities but the best companies re-shape these bounds because they are defined by priorities.”

A long long time ago some chap once said … and this chap paraphrases … ‘the punter doesn’t want a drill … they want a hole in the wall’ … see what I did there?

Apple Is Doomed!

Who’s Doing The Work Here?

This chap received this link from the other chap just a couple of days ago.

The English Word That Hasn’t Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years

Seemed interesting, read it through, yup … interesting. Before you click through … have a think … what word do you think it is?

Spoiler alert … this chap didn’t even think of this as an English word to begin with. Just goes to show. No?

Meanwhile … if a chap can send a chap a link, can’t the chap post a link to save the chap from having to post himself?

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Bloomberg reporting on a ‘possible’ inflated market.

This chap has been commenting for a while now that the ‘possibility’ the other chaps talk about is (shall we say) an ‘optimistic spin’ at best and that ‘possibility’ should be spelt C-E-R-T-A-I-N-T-Y. By itsself, the article is not so interesting, but when seen in the light of something Stowe Boyd wrote in his newsletter this morning, its worth a post. …

He had read the NYT’s piece about WeWork’s upcoming ‘offer you can’t refuse’ – AKA – IPO – noting that their losses as measured against their profits were on the high side (but nothing new there – its table stakes!). But he went on …

My follow-up question is this: What happens to WeWork in an economic downturn, when many of its thousands of short-term renters may opt to move out, while the company still has to pay on its long-term leases?

Stowe Boyd

What indeed? AirBNB, Uber, Lyft none of them have such commitments.

It’s as if the founders of WeWork have no experience of a down market …. oh wait …

Shameless Self Promotion

Well … maybe not exactly ‘shameless’!

Being English and all … this chap finds it hard to get into the whole ‘self-promotion- thing and so often lets it all scoot by. But on this occasion he’s going to make an exception.

It’s all self-explanatory – but suffice to say this chaps first dalliance with fiction – at least published fiction. My thanks to Mr. Larry Tyler and Dennis Pitocco for the support and encouragement.

My Story.

Confused? Why?

It’s the modern way.

Down in LA, The Times reports How Congress can stop Trump from going to war with Iran ….

“The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019, recently introduced in the Senate by New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall and in the House by California Democrat Anna Eshoo, would do that. No single person should be able to commit the lives of our young men and women to war without full debate by our elected representatives.”

This chap is surprised (sad?) that such an Act even needs to be introduced, but we live in strange times. Meanwhile … over on CNN, they are reporting Trump’s irritation with top aides grows over Iran strategy.

Seems as if the Pompeo and saber rattling of Bolton (particularly), but let’s not rule out Pompeo, is unsettling the man himself … not just the nation … who says we can’t be united?

Cooking With Gas

This was going to be just a test – but I have a feeling it could be more – like a whole new workflow that is emerging … and could reinvigorate this sadly abandoned blog – let’s see how it goes and if it works … well who knows – this chap at least will be back in action.