Monday, September 22, 2014

Come Monday...Jack Ma and Forrest Gump

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).


If you were watching CNBC last Friday during the day, you watched quite an event being broadcast live.  For the time for the much-anticipated IPO [Initial Public Offering] of stock for the [Alibaba Group] was at hand.

Now, I am not about to tell you what [Alibaba] is all about.  For I do not understand all that much about it, but I can tell you that it reportedly has something or another to do with 85% of all Chinese e-commerce at this time, which makes the conglomerlate a very big deal the world over.

Further proof of Alibaba being a very big deal the world over can be found in the fact that reportedly 100 million shares of its stock traded hands in the first 10 minutes of trading, which adds up to over 9.4 billion dollars changing hands (so to speak) with the price of each share jumping from $68.00 to over $97.00 in the first couple of minutes or so.  Of course, my figurin’ ain’t always all that accurate since my trusty old solar-powered Casio calculator done went and died on me a few years back, along with me never being much of a hand with an abacus.

What I can tell you about Alibaba is that it is being promoted as the online place to go if you have idea for a product or business service.  For they will not only help you connect with buyers and sellers, they will also help you find raw materials, a manufacturer and even funding for your project!

Yeah, it almost sounds too good to be true, but if you take a listen to what [Jack Ma] has to say, you just might become a believer.  Be assured that he made quite an impression upon me, and it was a very good one, too!

Jack Ma is the chief executive officer of Alibaba, and the vision he has for the company is truly wonderful.  For he wants to help others be successful—not rule over a business empire that crushes all who dare to stand in its way.

In some regards, he may be a lot more like his hero than he thinks.  For [Forrest Gump] is his hero on account of remaining true to himself despite whatever was happening around him.  For what I saw in the movie character was someone totally oblivious to what was happening around him, and I think Mr. Ma may be a little oblivious to the great threat of Chinese politics destroying all of the good he wants to achieve.  After all, with a simple change of the political wind in China, Alibaba becomes totally nationalized while leaving outside customers and investors with little—if anything at all.

Yeah, I suppose the same thing could happen even here, but there is a history to sudden shifts in policy toward business ventures in China.  Be assured that I am hoping Jack Ma and all others like him will win the war for the benefit of us all.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Sunday Drive

Back during our childhood, our parents would often load up my brother and me after Sunday morning church services for a leisurely drive around where we lived.  Even though we were seeing mostly familiar sights, it was still good to see them again, and this is why “A Sunday Drive” sounded about right for the name of a series revisiting familiar sites that are well worth seeing again and again.  The link below the image is to the site itself, and the image is linked to the post it was first included in here.




















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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Morning Cartoons (+)

No, it is not that I am in the midst of experiencing a second or third childhood.  For it is arguable that I have never really grown up because of my march toward maturity being interrupted along the way by some episodes of arrested development.  So, instead of thinking that this series is meant as a wistful look back upon a simpler time, think of it as being a rather simplistic mind remaining in a moment for an extended period of time.  In any event, I hope you find it enjoyable.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Sites To See #396

The SOLE purpose of this series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as an endorsement, and I have included sites that I found rather disturbing.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.




















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Thursday, September 18, 2014

ATF: 18

This weekly series will include as many of my all-time favorite (ATF) tunes as I can get my grubby little hands on (so to speak).  Now, each one included in each edition will have some connection with the other—albeit only as a figment of my imagination, but they will not be numbered.  For I just cannot bring myself to rate some higher than others.  So, this will not be a countdown, but if you are enjoying them as much as I do, it won’t matter.  Besides, with no countdown, this could go on forever and ever!  Oh, and despite the fact that there is absolutely no way that your musical tastes can be as exquisite as mine, I welcome any suggestions you might dare to make.  For I am, after all, quite magnanimous by nature.



I’m Eighteen
Alice Cooper
Lines form
On my face and hands
Lines form
From the ups and downs
I'm in the middle
Without any plans
I'm a boy
And I'm a man

I'm eighteen
And I don't know what I want
Eighteen
I just don't know what I want
Eighteen
I gotta get away
I gotta get out of this place
I'll go runnin’ in outer space
Oh yeah

I’ve got a
Baby's brain
And an old man's heart
Took eighteen years
To get this far
Don't always know what I'm talkin' about
Feels like I'm livin’ in the middle of doubt
‘Cause

I'm Eighteen
I get confused every day
Eighteen
I just don't know what to say
Eighteen
I gotta get away

Whoa
Lines form
On my face and my hands
Lines form
On the left and right
I'm in the middle
The middle of life
I'm a boy
And I'm a man

I'm eighteen
And I like it
Yes I like it
Oh I like it
Love it
Like it
Love it
Eighteen
Eighteen
Eighteen
Eighteen
And I like it

Link: [Skid Row]



18 and Life
Skid Row
Ricky was a young boy
He had a heart of stone
Lived 9 to 5
And he worked his fingers to the bone
Just barely get out of school
Came from the edge of town
Fought like a switchblade
So no one could take him down
Oh no
He had no money
No
No good at home
He walked the streets as soldier
And he fought the world alone

And now it's
18 and life
You got it
18 and life
You know
Your crime is time
And it's 18
And life to go
18 and life
You got it
18 and life
You know
Your crime is time
And it's 18
And life to go

Tequila in his heartbeat
His veins burned gasoline
He kept his motor runnin’
But it never kept it clean
They say he loved adventure
Ricky's the wild one
He married trouble
And had a courtship with a gun
Bang bang
Shoot 'em up
The party never ends
You can't think of dyin’
When the bottle's your best friend

And now it's
18 and life
You got it
18 and life
You know
Your crime is time
And it's 18
And life to go
18 and life
You got it
18 and life
You know
Your crime is time
And it's 18
And life to go
Yeah

Accidents will happen
They all heard Ricky say
He fired his six-shot to the wind
That child blew a child away

Yeah
Yeah
Yeah yeah yeah

18 and life
You got it
18 and life
You know
Your crime is time
And it's 18
And life to go
18 and life
You got it
18 and life
You know
Your crime is time
And it's 18
And life to go
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah yeah
Whoa
Whoa
Whoa

Lyrics From: [eLyrics.net]

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HoF Ads: Big John

This weekly series will feature ads that I consider to be the very best (in one way or another).  Please do not hesitate to tell me about your favorite ads, and if you have some (good) taste, I just might add yours to the list.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sites To See #395

The SOLE purpose of this series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as an endorsement, and I have included sites that I found rather disturbing.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.





Link: [SheJunks]




Link: [Skylover]




Link: [Smacksy]





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