Friday, February 27, 2009

Twitter?

I know this is kind of the pot calling the kettle black. I have a blog that no one reads, and I'm not complaining about that. I write this thing because I think the topics are funny and interesting, hence the title "I Think It's Interesting". A lot of people think that blogs are horribly lame. Which takes me to my topic.

I don't understand Twitter. Twitter.com is a site where you can concisely (less than 140 characters) update your status about what you are doing or what you're thinking about, similar to the status updates at MySpace or Facebook. I don't care what I'm doing all day, why would anyone else?

By The Way....

Now people have started to use Twitter to hurl insults at each other. This has been referenced, in more than one place, mind you, as "Taking It To The Tweets".

And when you find a Twitter that you like and would like to follow, they call that "Finding The Tweet
Spot."

Am I the only one that doesn't understand why this is popular?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Butter Queen

All of you know the ever-so-sexy Paula Deen. Now you can get to know more of her, as her moon pie is bared to a live audience at The South Beach Wine and Food Festival. You know that when I say 'moon pie', I mean butt, right?

Madoff Made Off With A Lot Of Money


It came to my attention the other day that everyone knows that Bernard Madoff is a bad man that took a lot of money from a lot of people. And some people even know that he's accused of masterminding a $50 billion Ponzi Scheme, mostly because Bernard Madoff and Ponzi scheme have been uttered in the same sentence by every news broadcaster in the world. But not many people know exactly what Bernard Madoff did.... What is a Ponzi Scheme?

A Ponzi scheme, named after Charles Ponzi, starts with a promoter. The promoter will go out and entice some small investors, usually investors with little knowledge about finance, and promise them huge returns on their invested funds. These investors are usually lured by the confidence and knowledge of the promoter, but typically won't be informed of the types of investments that will provide such high returns. The promoter will take the money from the investors, and provide them with the original investment plus the promised high returns in a reasonable amount of time.

The original investors now have confidence in the promoter and his ability to choose investments that provide high returns, so they are more likely to invest additional money and the returns that they recently earned. Also, word will have spread, and new investors will want to invest with the promoter. Now, the Ponzi scheme is in play, the profits that are to be paid to the original investors are not actually profits, they are the funds that are invested by the new investors as word spreads of the promoter's ability to achieve such a high return on investment.

The promoter rarely has to pay out in cash. All the promoter has to do is send statements to investors, showing them how much the investor has earned by keeping the money in the promoter's investments, in order to continue deceiving the investors into believing that the investments are providing high returns.

Bernard Madoff did this on a huge scale, taking tens of billions of dollars from regular schmoes like you and me to charities to gigantic financial institutions. However, Madoff didn't promise huge returns, the statements he provided to his investors showed modest and steady returns to his customers until the market crashed in 2008. After the market crashed, people tried to pull a lot of money out of the Madoff investments, and that's when they realized that Madoff was pulling the wool over the investors' eyes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Curses

A gentleman named Victor Solomon was in the hospital, and started watching "The Sopranos" on A&E. When you watch "The Sopranos" on HBO, the show is filled with curse words, and when you watch "The Sopranos" on A&E the show is filled with bleeps. Victor Solomon took 9 months of his life to make a video of all of the curse words in "The Sopranos" to show you what you're missing when you watch the show on A&E. The clip is 27 minutes and 18 seconds long! This is one of the most amazing videos I've ever seen!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Being Employed" Is The New Raise

Hundreds of thousands of people are being laid off every month and it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon. Companies can't afford to keep their workforce, and they're making cuts left and right.

Layoffdaily.com gives updates on the many companies that are reporting layoffs. I have been glued to this website for about a month now! It's kind of like an automobile accident on the freeway, you don't want to see it, but for some strange reason your eyes are diverted towards the fiery wreckage.


So far, my favorite story posted on their site is about the Martinez Unified School District laying of John Muir Elementary School teacher Gina Graziano, who was named Teacher Of The Year by the District for the 2007-2008 school year and has taught in the district for 12 years.

http://www.layoffdaily.com/

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hugh Jackman Was Really Funny

If you didn't see the Academy Awards last night, you missed a really good performance by Hugh Jackman. He performed a very funny monologue, then did an amazing musical medley about the Best Picture nominees. His interpretation of "The Reader" was especially funny. It's 8 minutes long, but worth it!


It's Not An I.O.U, It's An F.U.!

Our accountant prepared our taxes yesterday, and we should be getting small returns from both the federal government and the state. However, since our state (California) does not have any money, and does not know when it will get more money, we're not going to receive the money from the State of California anytime soon. As the accountant said, "It's Not An I.O.U, It's An F.U.!"

The State of California has said that if you owe the state money, you better pay them before April 15, but if they owe you, they have no responsibility to make sure you get paid anytime soon.

The state government also raised sales tax, doubled the vehicle registration fees, and cut funds for education and health care programs.

I remember when Gray Davis was being ousted as governor because he tripled the vehicle registration fees. Arnold Schwarzenegger ran on a platform that he would not raise taxes, especially the vehicle registration fees. Are we supposed to spend another billion or so dollars to recall
Schwarzenegger?

Is Obama going to be able to get us out of this recession? Is the commercial mortgage market going to crash? Is the credit card market going to crash? What is going on with America?

Maybe it's time to move to Canada!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Academy Awards


Tonight, ABC will broadcast the 81st Annual Academy Awards. There's a new company running things over there, and they're trying to mix things up a little bit.

First of all, they've chosen someone who is not a professional comedian to host the show. That hasn't happened for a very long time. From the interviews that Hugh Jackman has done before his performance, he seems to be pretty funny. I hope he hosts the show "drunk and nude" like he said he would.


The largest, well, the most interesting changes, include not revealing the identity of the celebrities presenting the awards and asking some celebrities to avoid the red carpet so people will tune in to the show to see what, or who they are wearing.
I have to admit, I'm interested in seeing what happens.

Here's a couple did you knows.....

Heath Ledger is a lock to win a Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Only two people, Sidney Howard for the Best Screenplay Award for Gone With The Wind and Peter Finch for the Best Actor Award for The Network, have won an award posthumously.

Bob Hope holds the record for hosting the Academy Awards 18 times. Billy Crystal comes in second, having hosted 8 times.

Three actors, Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda in 1948, John Mills in Ryan's Daughter in 1970 and Holly Hunter in The Piano in 1993, have won an Academy Award for playing characters that do not utter a single word throughout their respective films.


Oscar is just a nickname given to the award received by the actors. The Academy Award of Merit is the official name of the statue given to the winners.

Oscar Hammerstien II won Best Song Academy Award for his song "The Last Time I Saw Paris" in the movie Lady Be Good in 1941. P.S. Hugh Jackman has a son named Oscar.


The only X-Rated movie to receive an Academy Award was Midnight Cowboy in 1969 for Best Picture.


Robert Opal streaked (naked) across the stage while David Niven was presenting the Best Picture Award during the ceremony in 1974.

Until 1989, every award was presented with the phrase "And the winner is.....". The phrase was changed in 1989 to "And the Oscar goes to.....".

Saturday, February 21, 2009

All Right Mr. President! I'll Get My Own Fries!


You are a potty mouth Mr. President! Before I heard these, I would never have read any of Barack Obama's books, but now I want to read every single one! Here are some clips of Barack Obama reading from his book "Dreams From My Father". Apparently he's quoting a close friend from his youth. These are going to be my ring tones for a long time!

P.S. If you do not like foul language, do not listen to these clips.

Way Too Complicated


Sure You Can Have My Number


Sorry Ass Mother-@#$#@


Buy Your Own Damn Fries


Ignorant Mother-@#$#@#

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Little Match Girl

If you have the Little Mermaid on DVD, you'll be able to see this on there..... But while Colleen and I were watching the DVD we stumbled upon a short film called "The Little Match Girl". The story was originally a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. It's a very tragic story, but very compelling. The link sends you to the the written story.... I recommend watching the video first.... I hope you enjoy it. By the way, have the music on when your watching the video, it adds to the feeling of the short film.

The Little Match Girl Written Story

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Burn The Rope

Do yourselves a favor and play the "Burn The Rope" game. It only takes five minutes to play... The win song is great!

Here's the link....

“Burn The Rope” Game

Monday, February 9, 2009

Captain EO

Does anyone else remember Michael Jackson when he was awesome? Around his "Thriller" days?

Matthew came over to Grandmom’s and told us that he had never seen the 3D movie Michael Jackson made for Disneyland "Captain EO"!

Well, he did a 3D movie for Disneyland, called "Captain EO"..... It was very "Thriller"-esque in an awesome Disney kind of way.

Do yourself a favor and watch all 17 minutes of the movie.... I know.... I know..... 17 minutes is a long time.... but it really is awesome! It’s separated in two parts.... Just watch it already!

Geez, next thing you people are going to tell me is that you’ve never seen the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Slow Down

I was just thinking about the television show "Taxi", and how it was one of the greatest shows on television. This scene is one of the funniest clips in all of television! It makes me laugh out loud every time I see it! Christopher Lloyd (who went on to play Doctor Emmett Brown in the "Back To The Future" series) needs to renew his driver's license and the gang all head down to the DMV to help him out. The entire scene is very funny, but if you want to skip to the best part, go four minutes into the video.


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