Thursday, 9 July 2020

Of course, our Jinksy only cares about parcels ...

Yeah. PR email, from yesterday. Look - 

Forget tax and spend: this was the 'tax cuts and send' mini-budget for home deliveries, says ParcelHero.

The home delivery expert ParcelHero says Chancellor Sunak's emergency financial statement contained welcome relief for Britain's hard-pressed SME manufacturers and retailers.

Today's emergency 'mini-budget' from Chancellor Rishi Sunak will do much to help small business, logistics companies and retailers struggling to survive the impact of The Thing says the small business champion ParcelHero. It believes the schemes he revealed will boost High Street and multichannel businesses and reduce costs for struggling manufacturers.

Okay, okay. The thing is ... we were all expecting a £500 voucher to spend anywhere we like, but we ended up with £10 off a meal in Wetherspoons. I mean ... !!! Do you know what I mean, dear reader(s)? 'Boss, pubs and restaurants do deals on meals - ha! deals on meals - Mondays to Wednesdays, anyway.' I know, Voice. It's a con. And a lot of people can't afford to eat out, even with a discount. 'People are using food banks.' Yeah. And The Thing hasn't gone away, has it? I tell you, I ain't going to no pubs for me dinner. 'You're staying in bed with medinner.' What? Not your dinner, Voice. 'No. That TV programme.' Oh, right. Yeah. In Bed With Medinner. Ha!

Anyway ...

ParcelHero's Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT says: "Britain's retailers and the logistics companies they rely on will find plenty to welcome in today's financial statement. A new jobs retention bonus of £1,000 for businesses who bring staff out of furlough and retain them through to January will give companies the funding to retain valuable (currently furloughed) employees, such as warehouse and back office staff preparing orders for delivery."

Ah, that's enough. Thanks, Jinksy. / Listen! It's all for the bosses, man. It's all for employers. Your average Joe in the street is going to be in a world of pain soon, the next few months, and the chancellor will have to come back with something bigger and better if he wants to stop society breaking down. An unemployment rate of 15 percent will be no joke. And that's what we could be facing if there's a second wave of The Thing.

ENDS

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Anything else? Music? Right. I really like David Gray's Babylon, BUT(!) I have to say ... my Stella and, and ... And Rain Came Down are better. Does this mean I am putting too much pressure on myself, expecting to write two more songs that good before the end of the year?

Ha! No, no, no ... NO - !!! And I'll explain why. To become a great artist you've got to put an insane amount of pressure on yourself. A lot of music artists complain about their record companies or managers demanding more hits, more success, etc, etc. However, there isn't a record company or manager in the world that can match me with my own internal pressure, you dig? External pressure ain't shit. True masters of reality don't even notice it.

Stay hard!

Laters!

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

[No. 817] Will my stable moods stop the spinning?

That's the danger!

And, uh ...[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[1], and, uh ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[2], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![1], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![2], and ... come with me![1], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![2], and my feeling ... ?[1], and ... come with me![2], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![1], and my feeling ... ?[2], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![1], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![2], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![1], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![2], and ... well, well, well[1], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![2], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![1], and ... well, well, well[2], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I feel free - !!![1], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![1], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I f eel fr ee - !!![2], and I am here ... for you[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![2], and this is our home![1], and I am here ... for you[2], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![1], and this is our home![2], and ... you dig?[1], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![2], and an empire of the mind, yes[1], and ... you dig?[2], and words ...[1], and an empire of the mind, yes[2], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[1], and words ...[2], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[1], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[2], and, focus, focus, focus ...[1], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[2], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![1], and, focus, focus, focus ...[2], and it's not hocus-pocus[1], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![2], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![1], and it's not hocus-pocus[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![1], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![2], and I'm a true teras now[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![2], and, uh ...[3], and I'm a true te ras now[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[3], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![3], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![3], and ... come with me![3], and my feeling ... ?[3], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![3], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![3], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![3], and ... well, well, well[3], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![3], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I f  e  e  l f  r  e  e - !!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![3], and I am here ... for you[3], and this is our home![3], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![3], and ... you dig?[3], and an empire of the mind, yes[3], and words ...[3], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[3], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[3], and, focus, focus, focus ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![3], and it's not hocus-pocus[3], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![3], and I'm a true t  e  r  a  s now[3], and

And, uh ...[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[1], and, uh ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[2], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![1], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![2], and ... come with me![1], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![2], and my feeling ... ?[1], and ... come with me![2], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![1], and my feeling ... ?[2], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![1], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![2], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![1], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![2], and ... well, well, well[1], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![2], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![1], and ... well, well, well[2], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I feel free - !!![1], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![1], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I f eel fr ee - !!![2], and I am here ... for you[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![2], and this is our home![1], and I am here ... for you[2], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![1], and this is our home![2], and ... you dig?[1], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![2], and an empire of the mind, yes[1], and ... you dig?[2], and words ...[1], and an empire of the mind, yes[2], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[1], and words ...[2], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[1], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[2], and, focus, focus, focus ...[1], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[2], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![1], and, focus, focus, focus ...[2], and it's not hocus-pocus[1], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![2], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![1], and it's not hocus-pocus[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![1], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![2], and I'm a true teras now[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![2], and, uh ...[3], and I'm a true te ras now[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[3], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![3], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![3], and ... come with me![3], and my feeling ... ?[3], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![3], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![3], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![3], and ... well, well, well[3], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![3], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I f  e  e  l f  r  e  e - !!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![3], and I am here ... for you[3], and this is our home![3], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![3], and ... you dig?[3], and an empire of the mind, yes[3], and words ...[3], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[3], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[3], and, focus, focus, focus ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![3], and it's not hocus-pocus[3], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![3], and I'm a true t  e  r  a  s now[3], and

And, uh ...[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[1], and, uh ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[2], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![1], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![2], and ... come with me![1], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![2], and my feeling ... ?[1], and ... come with me![2], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![1], and my feeling ... ?[2], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![1], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![2], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![1], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![2], and ... well, well, well[1], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![2], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![1], and ... well, well, well[2], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I feel free - !!![1], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![1], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I f eel fr ee - !!![2], and I am here ... for you[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![2], and this is our home![1], and I am here ... for you[2], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![1], and this is our home![2], and ... you dig?[1], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![2], and an empire of the mind, yes[1], and ... you dig?[2], and words ...[1], and an empire of the mind, yes[2], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[1], and words ...[2], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[1], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[2], and, focus, focus, focus ...[1], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[2], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![1], and, focus, focus, focus ...[2], and it's not hocus-pocus[1], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![2], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![1], and it's not hocus-pocus[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![1], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![2], and I'm a true teras now[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![2], and, uh ...[3], and I'm a true te ras now[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... no, no, no ... I don't think so[3], and a-ROUND here ... is too strong![3], and my thinking, man, is ... I'll spin calm, smooth, carefree ... and I will reach new heights![3], and ... come with me![3], and my feeling ... ?[3], and Caesar had gaiety ... and they say it made him sinister ... and, and, and ... SO WHAT?! Give me some![3], and in my darkest hour ... I see light![3], and Elon ... ? What does our Elon have? ... / and they say he's got emotions that he can't control ... oh dear![3], and ... well, well, well[3], and, oh ... I'm spinning ... yes![3], and I feel, I feel, I feel ... I f  e  e  l f  r  e  e - !!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and tell me, kook ... that you're coming with me, please![3], and I am here ... for you[3], and this is our home![3], and it's a crazy world out there, Christ! ... and I don't need to tell you ... and I'm building an empire, just for us![3], and ... you dig?[3], and an empire of the mind, yes[3], and words ...[3], and when you can't control yourself ... words are like wild animals ... biting, scratching your brain to shit[3], and take a deep breath ... I mean, that's what I'm doing[3], and, focus, focus, focus ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... I have control, yes![3], and it's not hocus-pocus[3], and look, you! ... look into my eyes![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'll keep going, and you'll keep going ... we can't stop![3], and I'm a true t  e  r  a  s now[3], and

Cor! Financial!

Cor! Cor! 'What's so amazing, boss? Finance? Surely not!' Ha, ha, ha! 'Why are you laughing?' I'm crazy, Voice. Just totally crazy. Cor! Ha, ha, ha!

Anyway ...

Boston, July 6, 2020 - corfinancial, a leading provider of specialist software and services to the financial services sector, reports that it has hired wealth management consultancy F2 Strategy.

Yeah, it's a PR email. 'Oh. Never mind.' Ha!

The agreement will further enhance the functionality and market penetration of corfinancial's wealth management business, BITA Risk.

Really? Okay.

With client AUM in excess of US$200bn, BITA Risk is a leading provider of integrated private client suitability profiling, portfolio and ESG management, risk and monitoring applications in the HNW and UHNW sectors. The software gives managers freedom within a framework to construct and manage portfolios in the context of risk, policy and mandate, so they achieve suitability whilst delivering control and transparency to management.

Fair enough. No endorsement though. I mean, I don't know anything about it. 'You don't want to know.' Exactly! Life is too short.

Based in California, F2 Strategy is a technology consultancy that addresses the widening gap between expectations of affluent clients and their wealth management experience. Staffed by former executives from top-rated wealth firms and family offices, F2 Strategy provides technology roadmaps, innovative digital client interactions and the automation of investment and operational processes. The company was founded by accomplished veteran wealth CTO Doug Fritz.

Oh, right. And I suppose this Doug character wants to say a few words now. On my blog, like. 'Ha! They always want to say a few words, boss.' Yes, Voice. But words are useless. I'm tired of telling them. Beethoven didn't need words! Mozart didn't need words! Uh, never mind.

Come on, Doug ...

"As strategic advisor to the BITA Risk business, our first objective is to shed light on the potential automation of Regulation 9 compliance - an area where bank trusts have been underserved by technology for decades. BITA Risk brings a way of making the Reg 9 process far more streamlined through a powerful exception management engine," says Doug Fritz. "Our second objective is to communicate the value of ESG management to wealth management firms that are trying to address client demand in this area and to differentiate."

Yeah, okay. The question is though ... does our Daryl have a high opinion of Doug and his team, or does he consider them a bunch of wasters?

[Me and Daryl go back years, dear reader(s) - since the desert, astral and physical. I had no idea he was mixed up with this BITA Risk thing.]

Let's find out!

Daryl Roxburgh, President and Global Head, BITA Risk: "Doug and his team are renowned globally for their expertise in making technology work better for wealth managers and improving the client experience for their investors. Their unique thought leadership and extensive network will be vital to us as BITA Risk continues to make significant inroads within the wealth management arena."

Oh, Christ! They're thought leaders! FFS! 'But our Daryl still likes them, boss.' Ha! Our Daryl is getting soft in his old age. And I've spoken to him about this. I've said: "Daryl, you're on to a loser with all this thought leadership nonsense. No one respects it. Give it up, son!" And yet ... he still values it. Ah, never mind.

ENDS

...

Anything else? Oh, about the Beatles yesterday. John Lennon sort of got even with Paul McCartney in his solo years by writing great songs like Imagine, Jealous Guy, Woman, Real Love, and Watching the Wheels. The only post-Beatles McCartney song which really impresses me is Maybe I'm Amazed.

So, that's something to think about, ain't it?

Laters!

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Tesla is the biggest car company by market cap

So ... congratulations to Elon! 'Yippee!' Yeah. 'But ...' But what, Voice? Come on, out with it! 'I thought you didn't like Elon no more, boss.' Ha, ha, ha! Don't be silly. I still like Elon. I love our Elon! He's one of the best things about the modern world. 'Oh.' Unfortunately, I get all my inspiration from the ancient world these days. I have more in common with Julius Caesar. 'Yes, of course.' I've always said ... our Elon is great for the massive action and the risk-taking. Tesla is just like Gaul in that regard.

Yes. I mean, if you watch that film, dear reader(s), there's a scene where Cato (played by the great Christopher Walken) and Pompey are discussing Caesar's "certain" failure in Gaul. They are just like short sellers. It's uncanny.

The trouble is ... Elon doesn't have the personality. Not for me. 'And you don't have the action, boss.' Ha! Well, I'm working on that, Voice. All the hypnosis, you dig? 'Yeah.' I've got to take my hat off to Paul McKenna. His hypnosis download is amazing. [For my mental state, like.] The book, er ... not so amazing. 'Which book?' Well, the download comes with a book, Change Your Life In 7 Days. And, uh ... how can I be polite? It reminded me a lot of Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins. 'There are only so many original ideas in the self-development sphere, boss.' Maybe, Voice. Maybe.

Listen, kook(s)! My advice now: You can't take action if your feelings and moods are all over the shop. That doesn't mean you have to become a cold, heartless monster though. Just be sensible, for Christ's sake!

...

Anything else? Music ... I suppose.

I'll tell you: I'm absolutely obsessed with getting those ten great songs. I have seven and a half. I'm so close! I can taste the glory. Do you know what I mean?

Actually, let me see if I can reduce that list of thirteen Beatles songs to just ten ...

A Day In The Life
Let It Be
Hey Jude
Yesterday
Strawberry Fields Forever
I Am The Walrus
The Long and Winding Road
Eleanor Rigby
Something
Penny Lane

Yes, in that order, leaving off ...

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Here Comes The Sun
All You Need Is Love

Obviously, McCartney dominates the list, but I think Lennon is the better songwriter. Maybe. I don't know. Probably not. I prefer Lennon, anyway. / That's just the Beatles' best ten - according to me, like.

Laters!

Monday, 6 July 2020

[No. 816] Art is war!

Do you want an unfair advantage?

And, so ... believe![1], and it's all about mindset, yes[1], and, so ... believe![2], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[1], and it's all about mindset, yes[2], and what did Rambo say?[1], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[2], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![1], and what did Rambo say?[2], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take no prisoners, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![1], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![2], and what did Picasso say?[1], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take n o priso ners, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![2], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[1], and what did Picasso say?[2], and shut up, Voice![1], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[2], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[1], and shut up, Voice![2], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[1], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[2], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[1], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[2], and my songs will take souls ...[1], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[2], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![1], and my songs will take souls ...[2], and, yes, even kooks[1], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![2], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[1], and, yes, even kooks[2], and songs, songs ... sing them![1], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[2], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[1], and songs, songs ... sing them![2], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[1], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[2], and ... how could I forget?[1], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[2], and I loves my guitar(s)[1], and ... how could I forget?[2], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![1], and I loves my guitar(s)[2], and I'll never stop![1], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![2], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[1], and I'll never stop![2], and I can't stop - !!![1], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[2], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![1], and I can't stop - !!![2], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![2], and, so ... believe![3], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![2], and it's all about mindset, yes[3], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[3], and what did Rambo say?[3], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![3], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take n  o p  r  i  s  o  n  e  r  s, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![3], and what did Picasso say?[3], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[3], and shut up, Voice![3], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[3], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[3], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[3], and my songs will take souls ...[3], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![3], and, yes, even kooks[3], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[3], and songs, songs ... sing them![3], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[3], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[3], and ... how could I forget?[3], and I loves my guitar(s)[3], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![3], and I'll never stop![3], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[3], and I can't stop - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![3], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![3], and

And, so ... believe![1], and it's all about mindset, yes[1], and, so ... believe![2], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[1], and it's all about mindset, yes[2], and what did Rambo say?[1], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[2], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![1], and what did Rambo say?[2], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take no prisoners, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![1], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![2], and what did Picasso say?[1], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take n o priso ners, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![2], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[1], and what did Picasso say?[2], and shut up, Voice![1], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[2], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[1], and shut up, Voice![2], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[1], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[2], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[1], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[2], and my songs will take souls ...[1], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[2], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![1], and my songs will take souls ...[2], and, yes, even kooks[1], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![2], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[1], and, yes, even kooks[2], and songs, songs ... sing them![1], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[2], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[1], and songs, songs ... sing them![2], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[1], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[2], and ... how could I forget?[1], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[2], and I loves my guitar(s)[1], and ... how could I forget?[2], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![1], and I loves my guitar(s)[2], and I'll never stop![1], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![2], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[1], and I'll never stop![2], and I can't stop - !!![1], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[2], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![1], and I can't stop - !!![2], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![2], and, so ... believe![3], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![2], and it's all about mindset, yes[3], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[3], and what did Rambo say?[3], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![3], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take n  o p  r  i  s  o  n  e  r  s, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![3], and what did Picasso say?[3], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[3], and shut up, Voice![3], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[3], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[3], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[3], and my songs will take souls ...[3], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![3], and, yes, even kooks[3], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[3], and songs, songs ... sing them![3], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[3], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[3], and ... how could I forget?[3], and I loves my guitar(s)[3], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![3], and I'll never stop![3], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[3], and I can't stop - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![3], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![3], and

And, so ... believe![1], and it's all about mindset, yes[1], and, so ... believe![2], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[1], and it's all about mindset, yes[2], and what did Rambo say?[1], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[2], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![1], and what did Rambo say?[2], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take no prisoners, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![1], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![2], and what did Picasso say?[1], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take n o priso ners, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![2], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[1], and what did Picasso say?[2], and shut up, Voice![1], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[2], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[1], and shut up, Voice![2], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[1], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[2], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[1], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[2], and my songs will take souls ...[1], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[2], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![1], and my songs will take souls ...[2], and, yes, even kooks[1], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![2], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[1], and, yes, even kooks[2], and songs, songs ... sing them![1], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[2], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[1], and songs, songs ... sing them![2], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[1], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[2], and ... how could I forget?[1], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[2], and I loves my guitar(s)[1], and ... how could I forget?[2], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![1], and I loves my guitar(s)[2], and I'll never stop![1], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![2], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[1], and I'll never stop![2], and I can't stop - !!![1], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[2], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![1], and I can't stop - !!![2], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![2], and, so ... believe![3], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![2], and it's all about mindset, yes[3], and, listen! ... even if you're not an artist ... everything is war, you dig?[3], and what did Rambo say?[3], and ... 'Er ... Rimbaud, Mikey?' ... Rambo, idiot![3], and a-ROUND here ... we don't take n  o p  r  i  s  o  n  e  r  s, no, no, no ... so, watch out, squares![3], and what did Picasso say?[3], and ... 'Lennon said he was the walrus, but ...'[3], and shut up, Voice![3], and when you hear a song on the radio or the internet ... does it conquer your mind?[3], and, come on(!), come on(!) ... ?[3], and do you, uh ... actually have a mind? / and I don't mind if you don't ... I almost envy you if that's the case[3], and my songs will take souls ...[3], and in this life ... you've got to be a warrior![3], and, yes, even kooks[3], and a-ROUND here ... the spinning is character-building / and we all need ... as much character as we can get[3], and songs, songs ... sing them![3], and lyrics are weapons / and tunes are weapons[3], and all the conceptuals? ... oh, I forgot ... yes, they're just as dangerous[3], and ... how could I forget?[3], and I loves my guitar(s)[3], and I play, I play ... on, and on, and on ... for glory![3], and I'll never stop![3], and I could smash my guitar over anyone's head - if things got desperate[3], and I can't stop - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... it's a right laugh, ain't it? ... ha, ha, ha![3], and I have three chords ... oh, I have the truth![3], and

Do I want answers to key questions?

Christ. Well, I don't know, really. 'It all depends on the questions, boss.' Yes, Voice. These questions are from a Quant Insight PR email. I've been invited to some webinar. 'Oh.' Yeah.

Anyway, here are the three questions. I'll take them one at a time ...

1: How do you measure your portfolio/single asset macro sensitivities?

Oh God. Uh. I don't have a portfolio, and even if I did ... why would the macro stuff be sensitive? 'And why would you want to measure all that shit, anyway, boss? Life is too short.' They've sent this email to the wrong person, Voice. / Jesus H. - !!! I'm a financial shaman, yeah? Ask me one on chakras, guys.

2: How has macro affected your portfolio during The Thing? In what way? To what extent?

Ha! I don't have a portfolio! How many more times? 'Are you going to this webinar thing then?' No, I'm not. 'Your readers might be interested.' They might be. I don't know if they've even been invited. It's on the fifteenth of July, by the way.

3: How can Qi's unique macro data play a part in your investment strategy, whether you are bottom-up or top-down in style?

Well ... what can I say? I don't have an investment strategy. 'Yes you do! You've put all your money into baked beans.' Shut up, idiot!

Oh, there's a fourth question ...

4: How much longer are you going to put up with mystical voices - total cretins - disrupting you all day long?

'That's not in the email, boss.' Ha, ha, ha!

ENDS

...

Anything else? Music? My music?! I might just concentrate on rehearsing And Rain Came Down and Stella for a while. They're my two most commercial songs, and I want the two new songs I'm after to be similar. 'What about This World Don't Mean a Thing, Mikey? That's pretty commercial.' Yeah, but it's a ballad, Voice. I've got enough ballads.

Hypnosis? I'm still doing it. Twice a day. It works better than anything else I've tried. I mean, better than those audiobooks, man. My performing is more consistent now because my moods are stable.

And that Caesar film? It's helping me focus on what's important in life. And I'm naturally Caesarian anyway, so I'm not forcing anything. I'm not pretending to be someone I'm not. 'You and Julius, Mikey. A brotherhood ... of two.' Exactly! A brotherhood of two. Elon's not welcome no more. Let him go off with that Alexander muppet.

Yes, I have a ruthless streak, kook(s). So what?

Laters.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Music!

Just a short post. I'm busy and distracted today. Never mind, eh?

My songs? Sometimes I play three of my best songs at random. [Earlier I played ... And Rain Came Down, Stella, and Nothing.] And then I think to myself, "That's enough, actually, for a career. Most songwriters would be pleased with just those three songs." Then I imagine playing the other four songs. Oh, I don't play them, no! I just imagine I'm playing them, with my eyes shut, like. Then I imagine I'm playing We'll Show Them Heaven. The complete song, even though the lyric isn't finished yet. Finally, I fantasize about the two new songs I need ... What do they sound like? I mean, what will they sound like? And how can I make them exist?

The morals of the story? One: You need to be a visionary. Two: Art is war! So, don't have weak visions.

Laters!

They must say ... "No!"

They must! Yes! They must! 'Who must, boss?' Shoppers, Voice. Online shoppers. 'Oh, because Jinksy says so.' No, not just him. Me too! I say it.

Shoppers must say "No" to new minimum charge on home deliveries, says ParcelHero.

You see? PR email from our Jinksy. 'Yeah. What a hero!' Shut up!

The Government is planning to consult the public about a new standard delivery charge for home shopping. Just like the plastic bag fee in supermarkets, it aims to discourage overuse of consumer deliveries by making shoppers think again. ParcelHero argues the plan is actually a ploy to replace lost business rates income and that home deliveries - the consumer's saviour during lockdown - are far greener than shopping by car.

Christ! Deliveries already cost too much. Unless you spend more than twenty pounds on Amazon, which I don't most of the time. The government will probably add a couple of quid to the cost.

Following this month's report by the Department for Transport (DfT) Science Advisory Council on home deliveries, the Government is planning to ask the public and retailers for their views on the introduction of a charge on home deliveries. The DfT's 'Position Paper on Last Mile Logistics' recommends: 'A mandatory charge, similar to that implemented by the government to discourage plastic carrier bag use, could be applied to all consumer deliveries and returns to encourage consumers to recognise their true business, societal and environmental cost, and hence encourage more sustainable behaviour.'

Sustainable behaviour?! 'Ha, ha, ha!' They don't care about that. They just want the money. 'To pay for The Thing, boss.' Well, yes, that's going to cost a fortune over the years, ain't it? And you can be sure that hedge fund managers and the like won't mind paying more for their parcels. 'As long as the government leaves their earnings alone.' Exactly!

The home delivery specialist ParcelHero says the new delivery tax is likely to be considerably more expensive than a 5p carrier bag, however. Speculation within the industry suggests it will be at least £2 per delivery or 3% of the value of the average overall UK online order of £62, in order to have an impact on consumer behaviour.

You see? Two pounds. People who can't afford it will have to go shopping the old way. 'And risk their health.' Yeah. 'When are you getting your hair cut?' I don't know yet, Voice. Maybe I'll become a hippie.

Says ParcelHero's Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT: "The Government's expected consultation with consumers follows a questionable DfT paper on the impact of home deliveries. The report was remarkably well-timed for a Government facing a drastic loss of income from business rates, which clawed in £25bn a year before The Thing hit. This amount has been slashed because of emergency Thing rates relief on retail premises.

"In April, the Government quietly introduced its new 2% Digital Services Tax on the UK earnings of large online marketplaces, social media platforms and search engines, which is likely to rake in £440m. Obviously, that still leaves a massive shortfall in lost revenues and the Government clearly wants a second bite of the e-commerce cherry - this time directly out of the pockets of Britain's beleaguered shoppers."

Yeah. Beleaguered shoppers. Ordinary people. Not hedge fund managers. 'And the like.' Yes, and the like.

"It's hard to believe that the Government has chosen such a sensitive time to start planning a home delivery charge. While The Thing remains such a significant threat, it amounts to little more than a tax on the frail and elderly, many of whom have just started shopping online for the first time to shield themselves from the impact of The Thing. Our town centres remain quiet while people avoid using public transport and entering crowded spaces, meaning that some specialist stores that have reopened are often only seeing five or six visitors a day. Their web sales are keeping them afloat and a new delivery charge could sink them."

Okay, okay.

ENDS

Uh. There's actually a lot more of this email. We all know that Jinksy loves the sound of his own voice. 'Voice? The look of his own words, boss ... in the email, like.' Eh? Yeah, whatever.

So, that's the ENDS of that.

I wonder if Jinksy has ... a Voice, like I do. 'Ha! He's nuts, boss, but not that nuts.' Shut up, idiot!

...

Anything else? Not at the moment, kook(s), no. I'll be doing another post after lunch. About music, probably. I mean ... you know what I mean. I love music. I don't love finance. Or parcels.

Laters!

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

[No. 815] I don't fear the gods

They love me.

And the gods are my friends[1], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[1], and the gods are my friends[2], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[1], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[2], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and my mind is fixed - !!![1], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[2], and I'm GONE - !!![1], and my mind is fixed - !!![2], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[1], and I'm GO NE - !!![2], and what a life, eh?[1], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[2], and the gods are my friends[3], and what a life, eh?[2], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[3], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[3], and my mind is fixed - !!![3], and I'm G  O  N  E - !!![3], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[3], and what a life, eh?[3], and

And the gods are my friends[1], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[1], and the gods are my friends[2], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[1], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[2], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and my mind is fixed - !!![1], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[2], and I'm GONE - !!![1], and my mind is fixed - !!![2], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[1], and I'm GO NE - !!![2], and what a life, eh?[1], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[2], and the gods are my friends[3], and what a life, eh?[2], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[3], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[3], and my mind is fixed - !!![3], and I'm G  O  N  E - !!![3], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[3], and what a life, eh?[3], and

And the gods are my friends[1], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[1], and the gods are my friends[2], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[1], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[2], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and my mind is fixed - !!![1], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[2], and I'm GONE - !!![1], and my mind is fixed - !!![2], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[1], and I'm GO NE - !!![2], and what a life, eh?[1], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[2], and the gods are my friends[3], and what a life, eh?[2], and the gods only want ... what's best for me[3], and I've been chosen! ... I chose myself - as you know[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and a-ROUND here ... an insane destiny can make a lot of sense, but you have to be so gone(!) in your head[3], and my mind is fixed - !!![3], and I'm G  O  N  E - !!![3], and I'm feeling ... oh, oh, oh ... so fine[3], and what a life, eh?[3], and

StoneX

SpaceX - ??? No, no, no. StoneX. 'What's this all about, boss?' This, Voice? This - !!!

INTL FCStone Inc. (NASDAQ: INTL) (the "Company"), a Fortune 100 provider of execution, post-trade settlement, clearing and custody services across asset classes and markets worldwide, today announced that it is rebranding the firm as StoneX Group Inc. ("StoneX").

So, uh ... yeah, it's a PR email, but, uh ... 'Not from today, boss.' No, not from today. It's from last week. 'Christ! Why didn't you do it last week?' Because I did other emails last week. I get so many now. 'Ha! Why are you so popular with these PR freaks?' I don't know, man. Maybe they like my style.

INTL experienced a record quarter, completed a material acquisition of Gain Capital, broke $1 billion market cap, ranked in the Fortune 100, and filed for their upcoming rebrand all within the past few months. INTL FCStone's recent acquisition of Gain Capital was another major step in a decade-long strategy aimed at making INTL a provider of financial services focused on under-served clients in niche markets.

Fair enough. I don't have any complaints.

While the 2008 crisis hurt the bulge bracket banks, it provided INTL FCStone with unexpected opportunities for growth. As larger investment banks derisked by withdrawing from markets around the globe and narrowing their offerings, INTL invested in retaining its broad capabilities to better serve its clients. The crisis also drove consolidation among smaller players, allowing INTL FCStone to make multiple strategic acquisitions that support each of its business lines in recent years - making 15+ acquisitions over the past 5 years, with five acquisitions in the last year alone.

Oh, well, okay. 'And do you have anything to say about it, boss?' Me?! What could I possibly say about any of this? Except ... no endorsements! I never endorse anything. I mean, let's be honest ... I don't understand half of what goes on in finance. I don't understand quarter. 'But you could understand ... if you wanted to.' Yes, Voice, that's absolutely correct. I could understand ... if I wanted to.

Life is too short. That's the problem.

...

Okay, okay. Let's talk about music, kook(s)!

No! Actually, let's talk about Julius Caesar. Listen! I'm not suggesting that anyone should become as immoral as Caesar. He did bad things.

Personally, I'm just a musical Caesar. 'Eh?! I thought you were a musical Musk, Mikey?' Ha!

[O Lord, what am I?!]

No, no, no. Caesar had the action. He had the personality. The whole package. And no Twitter memes!

He's the perfect antidote to the modern world. Look at how soft everyone is! How silly!

Teras. That's him. And that's me.

...

Anything else? Uh ... music? All right, you've talked me into it. 'Me?' No, them.

I will finish We'll Show Them Heaven soon BECAUSE(!) ... such tunes are rare. It's simple, but it has grandeur. Like Imagine.

That will give me eight top tunes then. I need ten - for the sake of my mental health. Does that sound silly to you, dear reader(s)? Well, it's not.

Laters.

Monday, 29 June 2020

[No. 814] Control your moods, and the world is yours!

Look into my eyes.

And, so ...[1], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and, so ...[2], and, and, and ... I have words for you[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[1], and, and, and ... I have words for you[2], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[1], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[2], and take a deep breath[1], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[1], and take a deep breath[2], and be happy, come on![1], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[2], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[1], and be happy, come on![2], and I see you ... trying to hide[1], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[2], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[1], and I see you ... trying to hide[2], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it[1], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[2], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![1], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it[2], and most people are broken ...[1], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![2], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[1], and most people are broken ...[2], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[1], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[2], and if you don't want to conquer the world ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[1], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[2], and I'll never understand you ...[1], and if you don't want to conq uer th e wo rld ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[2], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[1], and I'll never understand you ...[2], and you'll never understand me ... ?[1], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![1], and you'll never understand me ... ?[2], and, why, why ...[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![2], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![1], and, why, why ...[2], and ... Why do I bother?![1], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![2], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[1], and ... Why do I bother?![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[1], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[2], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[2], and, so ...[3], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[2], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and, and, and ... I have words for you[3], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[3], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[3], and take a deep breath[3], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[3], and be happy, come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[3], and I see you ... trying to hide[3], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[3], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it ...[3], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![3], and most people are broken ...[3], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[3], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[3], and if you don't want to c  o  n  q  u  e  r t  h  e w  o  r  l  d ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[3], and I'll never understand you ...[3], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[3], and you'll never understand me ... ?[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![3], and, why, why ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![3], and ... Why do I bother?![3], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[3], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[3], and

And, so ...[1], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and, so ...[2], and, and, and ... I have words for you[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[1], and, and, and ... I have words for you[2], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[1], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[2], and take a deep breath[1], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[1], and take a deep breath[2], and be happy, come on![1], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[2], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[1], and be happy, come on![2], and I see you ... trying to hide[1], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[2], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[1], and I see you ... trying to hide[2], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it[1], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[2], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![1], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it[2], and most people are broken ...[1], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![2], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[1], and most people are broken ...[2], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[1], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[2], and if you don't want to conquer the world ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[1], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[2], and I'll never understand you ...[1], and if you don't want to conq uer th e wo rld ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[2], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[1], and I'll never understand you ...[2], and you'll never understand me ... ?[1], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![1], and you'll never understand me ... ?[2], and, why, why ...[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![2], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![1], and, why, why ...[2], and ... Why do I bother?![1], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![2], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[1], and ... Why do I bother?![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[1], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[2], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[2], and, so ...[3], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[2], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and, and, and ... I have words for you[3], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[3], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[3], and take a deep breath[3], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[3], and be happy, come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[3], and I see you ... trying to hide[3], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[3], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it ...[3], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![3], and most people are broken ...[3], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[3], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[3], and if you don't want to c  o  n  q  u  e  r t  h  e w  o  r  l  d ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[3], and I'll never understand you ...[3], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[3], and you'll never understand me ... ?[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![3], and, why, why ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![3], and ... Why do I bother?![3], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[3], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[3], and

And, so ...[1], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and, so ...[2], and, and, and ... I have words for you[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[1], and, and, and ... I have words for you[2], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[1], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[2], and take a deep breath[1], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[1], and take a deep breath[2], and be happy, come on![1], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[2], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[1], and be happy, come on![2], and I see you ... trying to hide[1], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[2], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[1], and I see you ... trying to hide[2], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it[1], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[2], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![1], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it[2], and most people are broken ...[1], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![2], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[1], and most people are broken ...[2], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[1], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[2], and if you don't want to conquer the world ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[1], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[2], and I'll never understand you ...[1], and if you don't want to conq uer th e wo rld ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[2], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[1], and I'll never understand you ...[2], and you'll never understand me ... ?[1], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![1], and you'll never understand me ... ?[2], and, why, why ...[1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![2], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![1], and, why, why ...[2], and ... Why do I bother?![1], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![2], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[1], and ... Why do I bother?![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[1], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[2], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[2], and, so ...[3], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[2], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and, and, and ... I have words for you[3], and, seriously, yes ... take my advice ... / and are YOU(!), well ... feeling sleepy, uh, no, dizzy?[3], and maybe I'll control you, if you can't control yourself ...[3], and take a deep breath[3], and a-ROUND here ... I'm so relaxed[3], and be happy, come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... my brain doesn't even notice the damage[3], and I see you ... trying to hide[3], and cherish the voice, my voice, any voice ... and I have known so many voices in my seasons on earth[3], and the world is a broken mess, waiting for a genius to fix it ...[3], and what do YOU(!) ... want ... ? Christ![3], and most people are broken ...[3], and, listen ... if you weren't so closed off to me, oh, away from me! ... I could help you[3], and I suppose you like to suffer ...[3], and if you don't want to c  o  n  q  u  e  r t  h  e w  o  r  l  d ... maybe I'll give you a slice of it, after I have[3], and I'll never understand you ...[3], and it's reality that I really want ... to call my own, like[3], and you'll never understand me ... ?[3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... you can't be free, living the way you do ... man, it's barely living at all![3], and, why, why ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... I spin, to glory![3], and ... Why do I bother?![3], and your soul must be aching for instruction ... yes?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and your eyes are everywhere when I close mine[3], and I see you ... oh, you can't hide[3], and

What's OpenFin?!

"I fear the gods, gentlemen." Christopher Walken.

OpenFin? I have no idea. 'Quant Insight has launched on it, boss.' I know, Voice, I know. 'From that PR email.' I know, I know. Christ.

London, New York, 25 June, 2020: Quant Insight (Qi), the macro data analytics firm that applies innovative quantitative techniques to financial markets, today announced the firm has launched their desktop application on OpenFin, the operating system of finance.

Oh, it's the operating system of finance.

The collaboration enables the seamless deployment of Qi's quantitative macro analytics on OpenFin's OS, giving end-users a simple, comprehensive macro solution to aid their strategy, via an integrated API and an enhanced user experience dashboard. This will allow users to identify investment opportunities and manage risk, whether they are bottom-up or top-down in approach.

Oh, okay. 'But what does Mahmood say? What does Adam say?' Give me a moment. Er ... 'Come on then, boss.' I want to talk about that film I bought first, Voice. You know, for my phone. 'What?!' Julius Caesar, starring Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris, and Christopher Walken. 'We can do this afterwards, in the Anything Else? section.' No! I'm doing it now. Mahmood and Adam won't mind. 'Okay.' Well, it's a good film. 'Yes. And?' It's just a good film. Listen! I don't want to write about finance no more. 'Jesus H. - !!! Just do the voices. Come on!' All right ...

Mahmood Noorani, Founder and CEO of Quant Insight, says: "Making Qi available through the OpenFin ecosystem will allow us to efficiently deliver continuous quant macro data to users without large overheads. Our customers including wealth managers, hedge funds, pension funds will benefit from the enhanced user experience and ease of access to complement their daily decision making and workflow processes."

Right. Thanks, Mahmood.

Adam Toms, CEO OpenFin Europe, adds: "We are excited to welcome Quant Insight to our ever increasing universe of customers, making their macro analysis available to the OpenFin ecosystem. Understanding what is driving asset prices is crucial for all fund managers evaluating investment decisions; the OpenFin community can now benefit from easy access to Qi's macro analytics across multiple asset classes."

Okay, okay. Universe of customers. That's great.

ENDS

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Anything else? Well, there's a scene in that film, during The Siege of Alesia, where Caesar receives the news that his daughter has just died in childbirth. He sobs for a minute, and then he turns to Mark Antony and says, "We take Alesia in the morning."

That's the control I have now, kook(s), over my emotions, like, thanks to that hypnosis download. 'I don't believe it, boss.' It's true, Voice. I'm serious. It's done wonders for me. I'm a new sha/man.

Music? July and August. I must get the new songs I want. I absolutely must. Ten great songs to match that list I made of thirteen Beatles songs would make me ... untouchable! Remember, I'm just one guy, one songwriter, not three. 'But you have an unfair advantage, Mikey, with your Caesarian personality, and your hypnotic self-control.' Ha, ha, ha! Paul McCartney will have to take it up with the gods.

Laters!