Thursday, August 17, 2017

You probably wont get much this afternoon. I'm going to be at a conference at Intel.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I guess I'm the only one who doesn't think this is a problem.

When people started stepping down from Trumps manufacturing council I though - some of these people shouldn't be advising anyone. Under Armor is having real financial problems right now. They should get their own act together.

Intel (and I shouldn't really talk about them because I might be there tomorrow) is dying. They are late in the game on everything! Really - they are just now getting into self driving cars? That's about five years too late. Intel is basically at the stage where they have to buy their way out of death by acquiring new companies and IP. Their chip architecture is toast. ARM won.

Update - As evidence - Intel is sitting on a fab site in Arizona blessed by Obama in 2012 that is still sitting idle after SIX years! How does a company afford that? Crony capitalism of course.

From my inner tard.



Look at that tail pipe! Come on. You know it makes you laugh.




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Who ya gonna believe?

"Oh the irony - as bulls celebrate the best jump in retail sales since 2016, the scene for retailer stocks is an utter bloodbath... 

Earlier today, US Retail Sales in July rebounded dramatically to a 0.6% MoM gain - the most since Dec 2016 - driven a surge in motor vehicles (record incentives) and department stores (more inventives?). Year-over-year saw upward revisions and a rebound to a 4.2% rise in July. 


The last two month's declines in Retail Sales have been revised away magically and we have now gone 5 months without a decline..."
Source.

While Zero Hedge focuses on brands that no one cares about like JCpenny, the real economy is happening behind the scenes in places that people who only write about the economy but don't really participate in any meaningful way will see.

For instance - positive equity is an extremely powerful thing. Very few people are underwater in their houses at this time. So they feel safer to do some work on them. You don't throw a ton of money into a house that is underwater. Now that most people are not underwater....let the remodeling begin seems to be the mantra. They have a lot of time to make up.

I've been trying to get a project done all summer. And it's just about like pulling teeth. You literally can't get a contractor for months. To prepare for my project I started going to tile stores about four months ago. Only to roll up at 9:00 in the morning to a packed parking lot. Two weeks ago I was in a tile store and the place was again packed. All of these people had a designer in tow. I could not believe it.

This is a trend I've found out is about a year old, so it doesn't surprise me that retail has been revised up for previous months. That could actually be real.

People might not be spending at malls ( oh wait - I was at a mall this weekend and it was so packed it almost made my head explode). Gone are all the discount signs. I didn't see any evidence of a mallpocolypse. Although I didn't set foot in a JCpenny because I haven't shopped at that place since I was a kid. Maybe people just don't like stale brands like JCpenny. Let theme die already so they will stop taking up space and bloggers will stop bitching about them. No one shops there for like 20 years. It's why they almost died about 5 years ago. No one cares except bloggers.

I think focusing on these dinosaur brands makes writers not see the real things that are happening in the economy. You have to BE IN the economy to know what is happening with it. And I can assure you - people are spending money like they haven't in a very long time.

I think that number could be real. Even with the crazy carpocolypse stories dragging down the numbers. I think retail might have come in hotter. Really. Just go outside and try shopping somewhere. ANYWHERE!

I WISH it all were not true- because I have a project I need get completed by winter and I'm having a fuck all time of it. I have never seen things like this.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Seen in the wild.



I got these last night, and lighting wasn't great. But I never really take pictures of these at shows anymore. They are much better in the wild.





I was hoping I would run into this guy. I wondered if one of his sins was speeding. With a license plate like that - he seemed like someone I should talk to.





Sunday, August 13, 2017

A nothing update.

I don't really have anything for you this weekend. My husband decided he needed clothes. And when man decides he's willing to go clothes shopping - you drop everything before he changes his mind.

Luckily we have about the same tolerance for shopping. We basically walk into a store together. Kiss each other goodbye. He takes one side - I take the other and we meet towards the middle. If either of us finds anything interest we text each other - but for the most part we divide and conquer.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lies.

China Warns Trump: "We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change.

Trade is the biggest antidote to war. People who trade with each other do not go to war with each other. At least that is how things used be. So I think China is totally lying. But what else are they going to say? They've been fostering this North Korea thing like a drunk Justin Bieber. Hold me back bro!

Eyelashes are back.



And I still love them.



Fonts matter?



I sort of feel like this oil lube shop is screwing with me. Whenever I pass it I think - they know that looks like a snickers bar. Right?

Who's ur daddy?

I was for freedom when people wanted to be free.

I've never been against immigration. You don't live in Silicon Valley and have those feelings. Immigration is one of the things that makes Silicon Valley great. Different cultures and foods. It's really amazing.

But if you try to turn down the volume of people coming in-  all of a sudden the liberals start reciting the Statue of Liberty. "Give us your tired huddled masses yearning to be free."

Oh..... we have huddled masses alright. But they are not yearning to be free anymore. They are yearning to make us less free. And that's when my generosity gives out. I'm willing to let people in who want to be free. Not people who demand to be let in only to put me in servitude and make this place like the shit hole they came from.

I say - lets roll the dice.

I'm so irritated about this North Korea thing. I'm pretty much at the point of saying - eff you all. Let's do nothing. Chances are more likely of one of you other countries are getting to get hit before us.

Chump don't want no help. Chump don't get no help.

If everyone thinks Trump is the problem. Well, let's see. If other countries don't care. I don't care either. Statistically it's more of a problem for everyone else.

I hate that the world is devolving into a communist love train. But I hate more that whatever we do we are blamed for instead of the real evil of the world. I'm sick of it. Maybe some of the world isn't worth saving. And that goes for Americans too. People are so devoid of reality these days, that I just don't even care.

Bunny Friday.



This is how Lacy greets us every morning. I have no idea why she does it. She has a whole open door. But it's super funny. It's like she's saying helloooooooooo. (done in a monty python accent)

And she is still on pink drink. (antibiotics) So I got better, less blurry, shots of her lipstick. Which is what the pharmacy compounds the antibiotics with.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Phoniest protest ever.

Google’s Mountain View headquarters targeted in alt-right protest march.

Firstly, Google can just kick you off their campus. Then you are protesting on the street next to Google which is not a heavily trafficked area on the weekends. So who gives an eff?

Secondly - if you really wanted to hurt Google - maybe stop taking their money for displaying ads on your site. Otherwise you are just whoring for them anyway. Since you take their money - what do they care if you protest them? I bet they laugh all the way to the bank.

I personally think this protest is phony. Google succeeds because news sites let them by filling their blogs with ads that none of us look at and just annoy all of us.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Would anyone really care if a nuke made it all the way to California? I'm so exhausted by these people that even I don't care. Start with Google. Just say'in.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Silicon Valley is in the throws of going supernova.

Some employees are rumored to hate the open floor plan at Apple's new $5 billion campus.

News flash - this is happening all over the Valley and I am super curious how this is going to turn out. I think - not well. For engineering departments this completely sucks because these people need to be able to think about complex issues and problems without all the distractions of an "open floor plan".

I mean, who wouldn't love having your last bit of privacy being taken away. Even if that does only involve three short walls called a cubical. Really that's all you have at a company.... right?

Silicon Valley is enacting a whole lot of rules that force employees to be less productive. It's sort of like a fad right now. And I'm not really sure what to make of it. Other than you know that can't work. You just don't know what the fallout is going to be.

Let's just call it what it is - affirmative action for girls.

Google exec denounces employee's views on female workers.

When this article came out over the weekend I just had to shake my head. I asked Mr S. - this is just men sucking up to girls right? Like when they tell us that women are the smartest sex and all that shit they do to try to ingratiate themselves with us. Men, you guys do that. You say stupid shit to suck up to us and then women run with it.

I'm a girl and worked in tech when there were no women in tech. So I have a little to say about this.

First - quit bitching about sexism. It isn't right to be sexually harassed obviously. But men are men, and you will rue the day that this stops. Sure, even I find it annoying sometimes, but I'm getting older and I think - thank gawd I'm still being sexually harassed! I'd also like to say if you are bitching about this, you probably haven't been on this earth very long. You will encounter this your entire life. Find a way to better deal with it. Men are not defective because they want to find a mate. The only place to do that for a couple of decades now - is at work.

Second, I've known girls who have tried these fields. For some reason they don't seem to like it. And I think the lack of women is part of the reason but not the whole reason. I don't understand this myself. Working for men is way better.

I've gone through my whole life trying to find girls who are technologically curious, and you don't find many. It's so rare that when I do I'm sort of shocked although it is getting better. What that guy at Google said is completely correct. Women are not as interested in these fields and it isn't sexual bias. It's evolutionary pressure.

For instance, how many girls can/will set up a modern television? I'm not saying they CANT do it. But how many want to? Vs. having their husband/boyfriend or dad help them. Just like you can't make women want to work in construction just by pinking and shrinking tools.

Evolutionarily men have had to build things to survive and keep a mate. Women do not. I'm not saying women can't  do anything that men can except some physical stuff. But do they actually want to? From what I see, women just don't have the same technological inclination. You can't force someone to be interested in something they are not. But you can keep shaming men and making their lives worse apparently over a lie. Men are like the universal punching bag right now.

And the worst thing about it is - this is men trying to tell women how they should feel. To which I say - pound sand suck ups.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

They all pushed us too far.

When I was growing up - I thought we (the US) were helping countries be free-er. And then somewhere it morphed into us forcing freedom on them. I was okay with Iraq because the Kurds were begging us to come in. And people were being put into wood chippers.

I was just talking to a guy this morning and I told him - there is nothing more than I want in the world but everyone being free-er. But they don't seem like they want it. Why are we wasting all of our effort for something they don't want. And then they hate us afterwards.

He says - yeah. It's not like they called us up for help. Eff them.

And to say these things really hurts my heart. Growing up a poor kid watching the news back in the day, even then I felt fearful about what if I lived in "that" country. Would I ever make it out? Being poor you know you don't have a lot of options. It's probably one reason I am the way I am. I'm always looking for an exit.

I feel the same way about immigration. I like nothing more than immigration. But they started letting everyone flood in and then they got here and hated us for it. We try to give them everything and they just spit in our faces. We are all sick of this on some level. I don't like that they are cutting immigration, but some of that is causing our hospitals to really be entities of the State because they can't make money. It's also why health care is so expensive.

I hate that I feel this way because I want everyone to be free. But no one appreciates anything we do for them. So why I need that static? I'm betting I'm far from being the only one who feels this way.

They all just pushed us too far and now we just don't give a fuck.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

I guess eventually we will all need battery backup.

Californians Asked To Reduce Energy Use During August Solar Eclipse.

Seriously - this is the long con. When I first starting reading these stories I thought they were just exaggerating and I sort of rolled my eyes. How could we have enough solar power on the grid that this would make a difference at all? But they claim they generate enough power for 600,000 homes.

I wrote an article a while back talking about how unstable the grid was becoming because of solar. In this case we live in the era of redundant power I guess. Because when the sun goes out, all of that power needs to come from somewhere.

Probably things will be fine... but this is just the most ridiculous path. Convince governments to buy the least effective type of power. Then when a one time event happens everyone feels they need to have a generator "just in case". Walla - Tesla wins again.

At least I wasn't imagining it.

Oakland residents say tent encampments threatening neighborhoods.

"Oakland's unsheltered homeless population grew 37 percent over a two-year period and has become the city's most visible problem. Those with and without homes feel like the city hasn't done nearly enough to solve the crisis. 

After Nevis moved into her house last year, she would come home and find people sitting on her porch and using her outside electrical outlets to charge cellphones and other electronics. She decided to let this go.

That always just kind of made me feel uncomfortable and I know some of my neighbors agree with that," Nevis said. 

Then, on a recent spring night, someone pounded on her door looking for a stolen phone, she said. Nevis can't confirm who the person was, but it flipped an emotional switch. She began trading stories with her neighbors about how bold homeless people in her neighborhood had become. Nevis went from believing she could live together with her homeless neighbors to feeling threatened by them."
If John Macain dies - can he take Linsey Graham with him? Like those old couples that have been together forever and die within a day or two of each other.