Thursday, 14 November 2019

Uh, quant

Well, well ...

Enhancing the investment process with our upgraded, multi-asset, easy to use web platform and API. Adding a quantitative macro overlay to the risk, strategy, quant and investment approach, whether you are top-down or bottom-up in style.

Okay, okay. Anything else? 'Hang on a minute, boss!' What? 'Is that it?!' The PR email? Yes. 'Ha! There must have been more.' Well, not really, Voice. There were links, and ... a few charts. I don't put charts on my blog. So ...

Anyway!

Anything else? Music? Yeah, you know I enjoy analyzing shit and grading my songs. Well, I reckon my album is like this -

World-beaters

Nothing
This World Don't Mean a Thing
Malibu
Stella
What's This Life We Live?


Bread-and-butter classics (first class)

I'm Right Inside
Love Me


Bread-and-butter classics (second class)

Lucky You
Round The Bend
Good Times/Bad Times
I Want Everything


Now, taking someone else's great album at random ... let's say Achtung Baby by U2 ...

World-beaters

One

Bread-and-butter classics (first class)

Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Mysterious Ways


Bread-and-butter classics (second class)

The Fly
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Until The End Of The World


Good, regular songs, I suppose

Zoo Station
So Cruel
Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
Acrobat
Love Is Blindness


You see, kook(s)? I think that's a fair analysis. Now you know why I've been working so hard for years, and years, and, uh ... years. 'Yeah. Record your demo then, Mikey.' I'm still rehearsing. 'Jesus H. Christ!' Listen! Performance has always been the problem, man. But I'm working on it. I'm seriously working on it. 'Okay.' I'm like a Navy SEAL these days when it comes to singing and playing the guitar. 'Eh?!' You know what I mean.

I tell you though, dear reader(s) ... I really need to record my demo and put it online before my life goes down the toilet. 'FFS! Don't be so negative!' I'm not being negative. I'm just facing facts. I mean, I don't have one of these "comfortable" lives that we hear so much about. And I've got to be selfish, actually. I'm not one of these people who can worry about all the, oh, Christ ... problems of the world, you dig? 'Ha! You have to be "comfortable" to worry about that shit.' Exactly, Voice! Exactly!

Anyway ...

[By the way, I'm Right Inside is such a menacing, bad-ass song now. Maybe I should record it raw, like The Stooges in their prime. I don't know. Or maybe it should be something a bit more refined, like The Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter.]

Later(s), rock fan(s)!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

North America is still the epicentre

Thank God for that! 'What's this, boss?' PR email, Voice. 'Yeah. Yeah. About what?' Uh. Let me have a look ...

Er, global VC funding or something ...

Ah! -

North America continued to attract the major chunk of global venture capital (VC) funding during the third quarter (Q3) of 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Yeah, it's GlobalData again. They're all right. 'And Aurojyoti Bose again!' Yeah. He's all right.

North America accounted for 48.5% of the global VC investment volume and 52.4% of the investment value in Q3 2019, followed by Asia-Pacific (APAC) with 29.7% and 28.7% of the global VC investment volume and value, respectively.

Fair enough.

Despite none of the countries witnessing billion-dollar funding during Q3 2019 and the prevailing economic and geopolitical uncertainties in some of the countries, the global VC funding activity remained strong. The growth was primarily driven by strong VC funding in North America and Europe. On the other hand, VC funding activity in APAC remained weak.

Oh, there's a lot of this.

North America witnessed 61.4% growth in VC investment volume and 21.3% growth in value in Q3 2019 compared to Q3 2018, primarily driven by increase in VC funding activity in the US.

The US witnessed announcement of several US$100m+ deals during Q3 2019. Some of the notable deals include US$785m raised by JUUL Labs, US$400m raised by Knotel and US$370m raised by Urban Compass.

Europe registered 80.9% growth in VC investment value in Q3 2019 as compared to Q3 2018, which was the highest among all the regions. It also reported the second highest growth in the number of VC investments.


Right. That's enough. Make sense of it if you can, dear reader(s). 'Ha! It's not complicated. And anyone can make sense of it if they have the will, boss.' Yes, well, that counts me out then. I only want to talk about music. 'But this is a finance blog.' Tell me about it!

Oh, something on Brexit -

Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData, comments: "Europe's strong VC funding activity amidst uncertainty around Brexit is noteworthy and can be attributed to several countries other than the UK also gaining significant investors' attention."

Yeah. Which I'm not interested in BECAUSE(!) ... we don't discuss Brexit here.

And that really is enough now, I should think. Even imagine. 'Let Bose conclude, boss!' Christ!

Bose concludes: "Economic slowdown and ongoing trade war with the US caused VC investors to be cautious while committing large investments in China. As economic and geopolitical uncertainty, trade war among different countries and uncertainty around Brexit are unlikely to abate soon, VC investors will continue to remain cautious while making investments over the next few quarters."

ENDS
ENDS
ENDS

...

Anything else, dear reader(s)? Yeah. Oh, yeah. Listen! Music. Yes, music. So? This is a music blog, man. Deal with it! / Okay, okay. I wrote a POWERFUL new rock tune last night, oh, in about a minute, BUT(!) as I was playing it I thought to myself ... This sounds familiar. Well, I realized that it sounded a lot like my song I'm Right Inside. Only slower, and ... better! So what have I done? I've just slotted the old lyric straight into the new tune. And without making any changes! 'Brilliant, Mikey!' Yes, Voice, it is.*

With reminds me of my piano teacher at school, Mr Brown. He once went through a book of Beatles lyrics I had and just improvised a completely new piece of music to Cry Baby Cry, on the spot, like - well, he was improvising - and ... it was very good, too!

Which reminds of Adam Faith in Stardust, "He didn't get where he was because he was more talented than anybody else. It's a lot of crap talk about rock and roll. He just wanted to be more famous than anybody else, that's all. He still does."

Later(s), rock fan(s)!


*It's easily the best rock song this century. So ... 'That's not saying much. Rock music is dead.' Don't depress me, idiot!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

[No. 755] Cold rain can't put out the fire

Inside. You dig?

And, well ...[1], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[1], and, well ...[2], and listen up, kook(s)![1], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[2], and ... 'Uh ...'[1], and listen up, kook(s)![2], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![1], and ... 'Uh ...'[2], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[1], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[1], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[2], and, well ... where on earth else?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[2], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[1], and, well ... where on earth else?![2], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![1], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[2], and ... 'Yes!'[1], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![2], and, er ... life is tough![1], and ... 'Yes!'[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[1], and, er ... life is tough![2], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[2], and, oh, the poor thing![1], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[2], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[1], and, oh, the poor thing![2], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[1], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[2], and ... 'Blood?'[1], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[2], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![1], and ... 'Blood?'[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![2], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[1], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[2], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[1], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[2], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[1], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[2], and this is the way[1], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[2], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[1], and this is the way[2], and ... 'We love the fire!'[1], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[2], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![1], and ... 'We love the fire!'[2], and ... 'We love the blood!'[1], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![2], and, so ...[1], and ... 'We love the blood!'[2], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[1], and, so ...[2], and ... 'And me!'[1], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[2], and ... The cosmos is on our side![1], and ... 'And me!'[2], and ... rejoice![1], and ... T he c osmos i s o n ou r s ide![2], and, well ...[3], and ... rejoice![2], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[3], and listen up, kook(s)![3], and ... 'Uh ...'[3], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![3], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[3], and, well ... where on earth else?![3], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[3], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![3], and ... 'Yes!'[3], and, er ... life is tough![3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[3], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[3], and, oh, the poor thing![3], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[3], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[3], and ... 'Blood?'[3], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[3], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[3], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[3], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[3], and this is the way[3], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[3], and ... 'We love the fire!'[3], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![3], and ... 'We love the blood!'[3], and, so ...[3], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[3], and ... 'And me!'[3], and ... T  h  e c  o  s  m  o  s i  s o  n o  u  r s  i  d  e![3], and ... rejoice![3], and

And, well ...[1], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[1], and, well ...[2], and listen up, kook(s)![1], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[2], and ... 'Uh ...'[1], and listen up, kook(s)![2], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![1], and ... 'Uh ...'[2], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[1], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[1], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[2], and, well ... where on earth else?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[2], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[1], and, well ... where on earth else?![2], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![1], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[2], and ... 'Yes!'[1], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![2], and, er ... life is tough![1], and ... 'Yes!'[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[1], and, er ... life is tough![2], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[2], and, oh, the poor thing![1], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[2], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[1], and, oh, the poor thing![2], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[1], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[2], and ... 'Blood?'[1], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[2], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![1], and ... 'Blood?'[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![2], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[1], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[2], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[1], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[2], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[1], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[2], and this is the way[1], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[2], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[1], and this is the way[2], and ... 'We love the fire!'[1], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[2], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![1], and ... 'We love the fire!'[2], and ... 'We love the blood!'[1], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![2], and, so ...[1], and ... 'We love the blood!'[2], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[1], and, so ...[2], and ... 'And me!'[1], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[2], and ... The cosmos is on our side![1], and ... 'And me!'[2], and ... rejoice![1], and ... T he c osmos i s o n ou r s ide![2], and, well ...[3], and ... rejoice![2], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[3], and listen up, kook(s)![3], and ... 'Uh ...'[3], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![3], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[3], and, well ... where on earth else?![3], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[3], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![3], and ... 'Yes!'[3], and, er ... life is tough![3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[3], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[3], and, oh, the poor thing![3], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[3], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[3], and ... 'Blood?'[3], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[3], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[3], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[3], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[3], and this is the way[3], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[3], and ... 'We love the fire!'[3], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![3], and ... 'We love the blood!'[3], and, so ...[3], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[3], and ... 'And me!'[3], and ... T  h  e c  o  s  m  o  s i  s o  n o  u  r s  i  d  e![3], and ... rejoice![3], and

And, well ...[1], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[1], and, well ...[2], and listen up, kook(s)![1], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[2], and ... 'Uh ...'[1], and listen up, kook(s)![2], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![1], and ... 'Uh ...'[2], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[1], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[1], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[2], and, well ... where on earth else?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[2], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[1], and, well ... where on earth else?![2], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![1], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[2], and ... 'Yes!'[1], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![2], and, er ... life is tough![1], and ... 'Yes!'[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[1], and, er ... life is tough![2], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[2], and, oh, the poor thing![1], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[2], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[1], and, oh, the poor thing![2], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[1], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[2], and ... 'Blood?'[1], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[2], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![1], and ... 'Blood?'[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![2], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[1], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[2], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[1], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[2], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[1], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[2], and this is the way[1], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[2], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[1], and this is the way[2], and ... 'We love the fire!'[1], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[2], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![1], and ... 'We love the fire!'[2], and ... 'We love the blood!'[1], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![2], and, so ...[1], and ... 'We love the blood!'[2], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[1], and, so ...[2], and ... 'And me!'[1], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[2], and ... The cosmos is on our side![1], and ... 'And me!'[2], and ... rejoice![1], and ... T he c osmos i s o n ou r s ide![2], and, well ...[3], and ... rejoice![2], and, so ... it's a horrible day, actually[3], and listen up, kook(s)![3], and ... 'Uh ...'[3], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep moving![3], and ... 'Yes! Spinning!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and, yes, yes, yes[3], and, well ... where on earth else?![3], and ... 'There's nowhere else decent, boss, that's for sure'[3], and we, we, we ... We gotta keep believing![3], and ... 'Yes!'[3], and, er ... life is tough![3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha ... tell me about it!'[3], and I don't need to tell the Voice, no, no, no / and, uh ... he's got no body[3], and, oh, the poor thing![3], and ... 'I've got an astral body!'[3], and, kook(s) ... we've got fire like the old desert days - if we want it, like[3], and ... 'Blood?'[3], and blood and fire? WHY NOT?![3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and sha, sha, sha ... shake for your shaman! / and show me what you're made of[3], and ... 'I'll bang a drum'[3], and I think we're on a roll, yes, yes, yes / and I'm convinced that ... we're feeling good[3], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[3], and this is the way[3], and sometimes ... even I, yes, me! ... want to give up, BUT(!) ... the fire inside, you dig?[3], and ... 'We love the fire!'[3], and sometimes ... I, I want to ... well, uh, BUT(!) ... there's the blood in my veins - and yours, too![3], and ... 'We love the blood!'[3], and, so ...[3], and, listen, kook(s) ... I know you're the same, the same as me[3], and ... 'And me!'[3], and ... T  h  e c  o  s  m  o  s i  s o  n o  u  r s  i  d  e![3], and ... rejoice![3], and

Chinese firm buys British Steel

Well, well ... / We've got some expert comment. 'Yippee!' Don't get too excited, Voice. 'Why not, boss?' Because it's no big deal. This is Brexit Land. We don't want experts. We don't need them.

As British Steel looks set to announce it has been rescued by Chinese firm Jingye, a move which could secure 4,000 jobs directly and thousands more in the supply chain, Dr Jonathan Owens, logistics expert from the University of Salford Business School, comments.

Okay, okay. Listen! It's great that all these people are keeping their jobs, BUT(!) ... it seems that everything is up for sale now. I mean, we're getting "control". 'Yippee!' We're getting "sovereignty". 'Yippee!' But EVERYTHING is being sold - !!! 'Oh.' Yeah. However, the good news is ... I'm not bothered at all. 'Why not, boss?' Ha! Because I live for myself these days, man. I live only for myself. 'Great!' So, I won't be discussing Brexit. 'Yippee!' I won't be discussing the general election. 'Yippee!' And I won't care about anything outside of me. 'Oh.' Ha! It ain't that bad, son.

Anyway, let's hear from Jonathan ...

Dr Owens says: "It appears the Chinese based Jingye Group may have beaten the Turkish pension fund in the purchase of British Steel. Overnight, the Chinese industrial giant has agreed in principle a deal worth £70m, which needs to be ratified by the UK government, but this could be expedited and could be completed within a week. If successful this will secure 4,000 jobs at the Scunthorpe plant and up to 20,000 within the wider supply chain, bringing a huge relief to thousands of families in the traditional run up to the festive season."

Fine.

"It is not perhaps surprising that both the Jingye group and the Turkish pension fund were committed on investment at Scunthorpe, by utilizing the high-quality steel that is manufactured at Scunthorpe to complement their existing specialisms and concentrations within the volume market. Assuming there are no unforeseen problems with purchase, it will be interesting to understand what Jingye's medium and long term recovery plans are for the plant. One strategic viewpoint could be to develop capacity for subsidized raw material into the UK market, which may be likely in the long-term not to be subject to high EU tariffs, and it can get enhanced leverage in the UK economy too."

I'll be honest: I'm just amazed that we have any manufacturing left in this country. Surely, the future is Amazon warehouses, and call centres, and phone shops, and charity shops ... ?

"This investment should not be short term and seen as a benchmarking and knowledge stripping exercise though. Scunthorpe was initially the first to develop and apply technology that allows production of high grade steel with better reliability. In the past it has successfully fended of cheaper imports from China. Whilst other steel mills around the world have applied similar technologies, Scunthorpe is still considered 'world class' and the most experienced plant utilizing this technology, and it still supplies Network rail for the UK's railway track infrastructure today."

By the way, uh ... I've had to correct a couple of spelling mistakes in this PR email from The University of Salford. 'Ha! What's your problem, boss?! Everyone makes mistakes.' Yeah, yeah. I didn't go to university, man. / I'm just saying, like, dear reader(s). Do you know what I mean?

[And I'm not talking about changing some Ss to Zs. I just do that because I prefer the Zs.]

Anyway ...

ENDS

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Anything else, kook(s)? Personal stuff? Music? This is a finance blog. Are you crazy?!

So, what else? Oh, man! I love this new Gillette advert! They're going to sell so many razors. They won't be able to make them fast enough.

Monday, 11 November 2019

[No. 754] You're making a big mistake

With your addiction to square life. Just a gut feeling, like.

And, oh ... you![1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[1], and, oh ... you![2], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[2], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[1], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![2], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[1], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[2], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[1], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[1], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[2], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[2], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[1], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[2], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[1], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[2], and, Jesus ...[1], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[2], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[1], and, Jesus ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[1], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[2], and ... if you make the effort, like[1], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[2], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[1], and ... if you make the effort, like[2], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[1], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[2], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[1], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[2], and give me a chance![1], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[2], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[1], and give me a chance![2], and, so ... come on![1], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[2], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[1], and, so ... come on![2], and just make the effort, please![1], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[2], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[1], and just make the effort, please![2], and you need to be here ... all the time![1], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[2], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[1], and you need to be here ... all the time![2], and ... I know everything![1], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[2], and ... believe me[1], and ... I know everything![2], and, oh ... you![3], and ... belie ve m e[2], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[3], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![3], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[3], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[3], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[3], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[3], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[3], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[3], and, Jesus ...[3], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[3], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[3], and ... if you make the effort, like[3], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[3], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[3], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[3], and give me a chance![3], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[3], and, so ... come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[3], and just make the effort, please![3], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[3], and you need to be here ... all the time![3], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[3], and ... I know everything![3], and ... b  e  l  i  e  v  e m  e[3], and

And, oh ... you![1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[1], and, oh ... you![2], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[2], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[1], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![2], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[1], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[2], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[1], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[1], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[2], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[2], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[1], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[2], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[1], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[2], and, Jesus ...[1], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[2], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[1], and, Jesus ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[1], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[2], and ... if you make the effort, like[1], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[2], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[1], and ... if you make the effort, like[2], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[1], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[2], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[1], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[2], and give me a chance![1], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[2], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[1], and give me a chance![2], and, so ... come on![1], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[2], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[1], and, so ... come on![2], and just make the effort, please![1], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[2], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[1], and just make the effort, please![2], and you need to be here ... all the time![1], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[2], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[1], and you need to be here ... all the time![2], and ... I know everything![1], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[2], and ... believe me[1], and ... I know everything![2], and, oh ... you![3], and ... belie ve m e[2], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[3], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![3], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[3], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[3], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[3], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[3], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[3], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[3], and, Jesus ...[3], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[3], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[3], and ... if you make the effort, like[3], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[3], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[3], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[3], and give me a chance![3], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[3], and, so ... come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[3], and just make the effort, please![3], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[3], and you need to be here ... all the time![3], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[3], and ... I know everything![3], and ... b  e  l  i  e  v  e m  e[3], and

And, oh ... you![1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[1], and, oh ... you![2], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[2], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[1], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![2], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[1], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[2], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[1], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[1], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[2], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[2], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[1], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[2], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[1], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[2], and, Jesus ...[1], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[2], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[1], and, Jesus ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[1], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[2], and ... if you make the effort, like[1], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[2], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[1], and ... if you make the effort, like[2], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[1], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[2], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[1], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[2], and give me a chance![1], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[2], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[1], and give me a chance![2], and, so ... come on![1], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[2], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[1], and, so ... come on![2], and just make the effort, please![1], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[2], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[1], and just make the effort, please![2], and you need to be here ... all the time![1], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[2], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[1], and you need to be here ... all the time![2], and ... I know everything![1], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[2], and ... believe me[1], and ... I know everything![2], and, oh ... you![3], and ... belie ve m e[2], and ... you, you, YOU(!) should be here[3], and, uh, uh, uh ... all the time![3], and, listen! ... all the time, yes, by my side / and you know that no one digs you more than I do, don't you?[3], and I feel ... ah, so sad now[3], and it's so frustrating ... / and I don't want to watch the shitshow of your life a moment longer[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[3], and, square, or kook(?) ... or a god?[3], and a god is different, so different, uh, a mystic god / and, well, well, well ... that's me, obviously[3], and ... what are YOU(!), really?[3], and, Jesus ...[3], and ... where are you ... in your mind?[3], and a-ROUND here ... / ... and I'm saying that you can be really real when you're here, yes[3], and ... if you make the effort, like[3], and do you ever, Christ! ... feel ... anything?[3], and you've got a lot of potential, yes ... / and everyone knows that you want to spin naked in the moonlight[3], and with a devil, yes, that can be me[3], and give me a chance![3], and if you're halfway GONE(!), well ... that's something, ain't it?[3], and, so ... come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... is what you make it[3], and just make the effort, please![3], and I'm not up in your castle, square(?) / and I'm building a castle of my own, you dig?[3], and you need to be here ... all the time![3], and you don't want to go, go, go ... by, do you? / and I can see into your soul[3], and ... I know everything![3], and ... b  e  l  i  e  v  e m  e[3], and

Meet the CEO - !!!

Bloody hell! I don't want to meet the CEO. 'You've got to meet the CEO, boss.' I don't want to meet the CEO, Voice. 'But you’ve got to, boss!' Ha! But I don't want to. Listen! I will never meet the CEO. 'Ha! What are you scared of?' I'm not scared of anything. 'Well, meet the CEO, then.' No. 'Meet the CEO.' No. 'Go on!' No - !!!

Dear reader(s), I will never meet the CEO. Get it through your head(s)!

The CEO of Supreme Fintech, currently in Kuala Lumpur till November the 13th, will be in London from the 15th of November. You are cordially invited to meet with the CEO, who will be detailing his vision to revolutionize digital financial technology via the first Global Virtual Bank.

Oh, it's those guys again. 'Did you go to Singapore last week?' No. No, I didn't. 'That's why he wants to meet you.' Shut up!

"You are the Bank" says Datuk Seri Utama Muhammad Shafie Abdullah, founder and CEO of Supreme Ebanq Fintech Ltd. This implies the full use of information technology in banking anytime and anywhere in the world without the physical walk in premises.

Eh? I'm not the bank. What's he talking about?! 'Maybe he's referring to your readers, boss. Maybe they're the bank.' Yeah, whatever. I don't know, do I?

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Avishek Singh, CEO of StyloPay, said: "We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Supreme Fintech. This partnership will help to launch e-banking, card programs and e-wallet system across geographies. Our Business-to-Business (B2B) payment platform offers e-banking, e-wallet and card programs globally. Full Application Programming Interfaces (API) stack is available to our business partners for easy integration into their interfaces. We will continue to develop products and services that will help customers to take their first step towards a safer and more convenient way to spend and manage their cash."

Speaking at the launch? What launch? 'That's the launch you didn't go to last week. In Singapore.' Oh, that launch. Never mind. I'm a busy man, man.

Okay, okay. Obviously, dear reader(s), there's no endorsement from me or anything BECAUSE(!) ... I'm not the bank. I mean, I don't know anything about this. 'Meet the CEO!' Shut up! I will never meet the CEO.

Uh. I'll let Darrell have the last word ...

"Helping our clients achieve their strategic investor relations' objectives is our core focus and we continue to build our suite of products and partnerships to support that mission," said Darrell Heaps, CEO of Q4 Inc. "We are honoured to be partnered with Business Wire, a respected and innovative brand that is entrusted with the world's most important news. Q4 is excited to offer Business Wire's services and together we look forward to delivering significant value to our clients."

Business Wire? All right.

ENDS

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Anything else? Music? Well, this is the last time. The very last time. I don't want to talk about music or personal stuff no more. Start living your own lives, kooks!

Anyway, I, uh ... rewrote the lyric for Good Times/Bad Times again this weekend. 'Ha!' That's it now. It's done. / I also wrote half the lyric for the new song. But I doubt it will be as "explosive" as Come On Eileen, after all. 'Oh. Why not?' Because the lyric has changed the vibe of the music, man. 'Oh.' It's just one of those things. I'm not upset. I've still got another classic on my hands. 'A world-beater or a bread-and-butter classic, boss?' I've just said classic, Voice. A bread-and-butter classic. 'Great!' Yeah.

There's no need to be sad.

Laters!

Thursday, 7 November 2019

So be it!

No one has had the decency to send me a PR email, dear reader(s). 'Oh dear.' I don't care! I'm fully prepared to turn this blog into a motivational blog, or a music blog. 'Why don't you go looking for some finance news, boss?' Ha! That's beneath my dignity, these days. 'Oh, okay.' I just don't know, Voice. These people, eh? And this bloody blog. 'Maybe you should record your demo, get a deal, and then get the fuck out of Dodge - as the saying goes.' Yeah, yeah.

Yeah, yeah. That's the plan, obviously.

Christ. I'm worried that one day I'll be homeless on the street with great songs that I can't record because ... you can't do anything on the street, except survive (if you're lucky.) 'Christ! Don't be so negative.' All right. All right.

Let's play some music!

Geno. Dexys Midnight Runners. / This was their other number one hit, before Come On Eileen. Oh, I discovered last night that Come On Eileen went to number one in America, too. Nice one!

Mersey Paradise. The Stone Roses. / As exciting as The Beatles, yes.

She Said. Plan B. / Modern retro sound.

Rehab. Amy Winehouse. / You see? Old, but new. Sort of.

Nice Dream. Radiohead. / I don't listen to them much now. (Maybe I'm a bit disappointed.) But this is one of my favourites.

I Can't Stand It. The Specials.

She's Your Lover Now. Bob Dylan. / Funny lyrics. Ha!

That's enough.

...

Anything else?

Uh, motivation? 'Yes! Think of something motivational to say, boss.' Well ...

Okay, okay.

I, er ... 'Come on!'

Right. Come on! Come on! Just do it!

Uh.

'I'm going back to the astral plane. See you next week, Mikey.' Yes, bye, Voice.

...

Listen! After dinner, after my chips ... I'll have a go at getting that lyric I need, and want. You dig?

I might go to the pub tomorrow. It all depends on the weather.

...

Be under no illusions: I'm still on a mission. Nothing can stop me!

See you next week, kook(s)!

I've got Apollo on

Which is no surprise, considering the hour.

Dear reader(s), when was the last time I wrote a post on the night shift? Oh, I can't remember. It's not important, really.

This isn't a part of my Hell Week. My whole life is hell. It's just another day. Well, night.

I've listened to Brian Eno's Apollo more than any other album.

I don't want to go to sleep yet. I'll go to sleep later, obviously. Well, not obviously, but ... never mind.

I shouldn't have to explain myself.

I'm not writing about finance. I'm waiting for someone to send me a decent PR email.

I'll do another post later today. What day is it? Thursday. It's raining. I don't like it when it rains in the night.

Pretty soon, I'll be stopping all the personal shit. So enjoy it while it lasts, kook(s).

It's my dream to only write about finance, yes. My nightmare.

I have bad dreams, occasionally. Sometimes my subconscious is like a Navy SEAL instructor during Hell Week. I've only just realized that, recently, like. I mean, my subconscious wants to break me. But I laugh at bad dreams now.

I walked to Richmond Hill yesterday. I got the Tube a bit of the way back. So, I walked roughly six and a half miles.

Music? I can't see my new demo being ready until January. It'll be a good way to start a new decade.

I like the sound of the Roaring Twenties, man. You know, like the 1920s. Noel Coward, The Great Gatsby, and all that jazz.

Maybe I've timed it just right.

I still need a lyric for that new tune from the other week. This song will definitely be my most commercial song, so ... I don't need it for the demo, BUT(!) ... it would be nice to have it finished and held back in reserve as the nuclear option, like. The tune is as "explosive" as Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners. And not even The Beatles had anything like that.

By the way, my song This World Don't Mean a Thing has a few come ons in it. Yeah, it's a generic thing, BUT(!) ... it works well, and I like it. That's show business!

Well, I might as well go to bed.

See you later!

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

[No. 753] Calm down

Spin gently, kook(s)!

And ever so gently ...[1], and after this morning's post ...[1], and ever so gently ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... nice and easy, man, ain't it?[1], and after this morning's post ...[2], and ... relax, kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... n ice and e asy, man, ain't it?[2], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[1], and ... relax, kook(s)![2], and it's so beautiful, yes![1], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[2], and we don't care, no[1], and it's so beautiful, yes![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[1], and we don't care, no[2], and, no, no, no![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[2], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[1], and, no, no, no![2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[2], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and, Christ[1], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[2], and where to start?![1], and, Christ[2], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[1], and where to start?![2], and ... I don't care[1], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[2], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [1], and ... I don't care[2], and, oh, you could![1], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[1], and, oh, you could![2], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[2], and were you born clueless?[1], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[2], and, uh ...[1], and were you born clueless?[2], and it's a sad state of affairs[1], and, uh ...[2], and, uh, uh ...[1], and it's a sad state of affairs[2], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[1], and, uh, uh ...[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[2], and, well ...[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and, so, kook(s), IGNORE THEM - !!![1], and, well ...[2], and, listen![1], and, so, kook(s), IG NORE TH EM - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are golden![1], and, listen![2], and ... believe it![1], and a-ROUND here ... we are gol den![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are the chosen ones![1], and ... believe it![2], and we chose ourselves, yes[1], and a-ROUND here ... we are the cho sen ones![2], and a-ROUND here ... we stay hard![1], and we chose ourselves, yes[2], and enjoy it![1], and a-ROUND here ... we st ay har d![2], and ever so gently ...[3], and enjoy it![2], and after this morning's post ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... n  i  c  e and e  a  s  y, man, ain't it?[3], and ... relax, kook(s)![3], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[3], and it's so beautiful, yes![3], and we don't care, no[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[3], and, no, no, no![3], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[3], and, Christ[3], and where to start?![3], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[3], and ... I don't care[3], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [3], and, oh, you could![3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[3], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[3], and were you born clueless?[3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a sad state of affairs[3], and, uh, uh ...[3], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and, well ...[3], and, so, kook(s), I  G  N  O  R  E T  H  E  M - !!![3], and, listen![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are g  o  l  d  e  n![3], and ... believe it![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are the c  h  o  s  e  n o  n  e  s![3], and we chose ourselves, yes[3], and a-ROUND here ... we s  t  a  y h  a  r  d![3], and enjoy it![3], and

And ever so gently ...[1], and after this morning's post ...[1], and ever so gently ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... nice and easy, man, ain't it?[1], and after this morning's post ...[2], and ... relax, kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... n ice and e asy, man, ain't it?[2], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[1], and ... relax, kook(s)![2], and it's so beautiful, yes![1], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[2], and we don't care, no[1], and it's so beautiful, yes![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[1], and we don't care, no[2], and, no, no, no![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[2], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[1], and, no, no, no![2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[2], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and, Christ[1], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[2], and where to start?![1], and, Christ[2], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[1], and where to start?![2], and ... I don't care[1], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[2], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [1], and ... I don't care[2], and, oh, you could![1], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[1], and, oh, you could![2], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[2], and were you born clueless?[1], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[2], and, uh ...[1], and were you born clueless?[2], and it's a sad state of affairs[1], and, uh ...[2], and, uh, uh ...[1], and it's a sad state of affairs[2], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[1], and, uh, uh ...[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[2], and, well ...[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and, so, kook(s), IGNORE THEM - !!![1], and, well ...[2], and, listen![1], and, so, kook(s), IG NORE TH EM - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are golden![1], and, listen![2], and ... believe it![1], and a-ROUND here ... we are gol den![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are the chosen ones![1], and ... believe it![2], and we chose ourselves, yes[1], and a-ROUND here ... we are the cho sen ones![2], and a-ROUND here ... we stay hard![1], and we chose ourselves, yes[2], and enjoy it![1], and a-ROUND here ... we st ay har d![2], and ever so gently ...[3], and enjoy it![2], and after this morning's post ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... n  i  c  e and e  a  s  y, man, ain't it?[3], and ... relax, kook(s)![3], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[3], and it's so beautiful, yes![3], and we don't care, no[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[3], and, no, no, no![3], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[3], and, Christ[3], and where to start?![3], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[3], and ... I don't care[3], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [3], and, oh, you could![3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[3], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[3], and were you born clueless?[3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a sad state of affairs[3], and, uh, uh ...[3], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and, well ...[3], and, so, kook(s), I  G  N  O  R  E T  H  E  M - !!![3], and, listen![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are g  o  l  d  e  n![3], and ... believe it![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are the c  h  o  s  e  n o  n  e  s![3], and we chose ourselves, yes[3], and a-ROUND here ... we s  t  a  y h  a  r  d![3], and enjoy it![3], and

And ever so gently ...[1], and after this morning's post ...[1], and ever so gently ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... nice and easy, man, ain't it?[1], and after this morning's post ...[2], and ... relax, kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... n ice and e asy, man, ain't it?[2], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[1], and ... relax, kook(s)![2], and it's so beautiful, yes![1], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[2], and we don't care, no[1], and it's so beautiful, yes![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[1], and we don't care, no[2], and, no, no, no![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[2], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[1], and, no, no, no![2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[2], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and, Christ[1], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[2], and where to start?![1], and, Christ[2], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[1], and where to start?![2], and ... I don't care[1], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[2], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [1], and ... I don't care[2], and, oh, you could![1], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[1], and, oh, you could![2], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[2], and were you born clueless?[1], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[2], and, uh ...[1], and were you born clueless?[2], and it's a sad state of affairs[1], and, uh ...[2], and, uh, uh ...[1], and it's a sad state of affairs[2], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[1], and, uh, uh ...[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[2], and, well ...[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and, so, kook(s), IGNORE THEM - !!![1], and, well ...[2], and, listen![1], and, so, kook(s), IG NORE TH EM - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are golden![1], and, listen![2], and ... believe it![1], and a-ROUND here ... we are gol den![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are the chosen ones![1], and ... believe it![2], and we chose ourselves, yes[1], and a-ROUND here ... we are the cho sen ones![2], and a-ROUND here ... we stay hard![1], and we chose ourselves, yes[2], and enjoy it![1], and a-ROUND here ... we st ay har d![2], and ever so gently ...[3], and enjoy it![2], and after this morning's post ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... it's nice to take it, uh ... n  i  c  e and e  a  s  y, man, ain't it?[3], and ... relax, kook(s)![3], and just know ... we are living the dream, yes[3], and it's so beautiful, yes![3], and we don't care, no[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and will it ever go out of style?[3], and, no, no, no![3], and I must deal with the horror of the cold world ... ?[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and this ... is just for the squares now, actually[3], and, Christ[3], and where to start?![3], and, listen! ... the world may be your sewer, baby, but it ain't mine, you dig?[3], and ... I don't care[3], and you could offer me a great position in the modern hell you've constructed ... [3], and, oh, you could![3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... I would just smile at you, and keep doing my thing, my way, yes, yes, yes[3], and ... ha, ha, ha!, obviously[3], and were you born clueless?[3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a sad state of affairs[3], and, uh, uh ...[3], and it's a miracle you still know how to breathe[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and, well ...[3], and, so, kook(s), I  G  N  O  R  E T  H  E  M - !!![3], and, listen![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are g  o  l  d  e  n![3], and ... believe it![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are the c  h  o  s  e  n o  n  e  s![3], and we chose ourselves, yes[3], and a-ROUND here ... we s  t  a  y h  a  r  d![3], and enjoy it![3], and

I don't feel finance

Not today I don't. I just don't feel finance, you dig?

[I'm a bit angry.]

So ... music? Yes!

I'm playing some Elliott Smith songs, again ...

Between the Bars
Alphabet Town
Talking to Mary
Go By
Miss Misery
Clementine


Nice!

And, listen! ... I don't feel ideology, left or right, you dig? It makes me puke, all of it. You ain't no human being, you're a robot!

[A bad robot. Keep reading for the good robot.]

To whom it may concern, like.

But, but, BUT(!) ... how do you fight it, with the world being the way it is? Ha, ha, ha! Let me tell you: You, YOU(!) ... dedicate yourself to an art, like, uh ... Picasso. 'Wasn't he a communist, boss?' No, Voice. He pretended to be, BUT(!) ... the people who knew him best said he was completely apolitical and only cared about ... [drum roll] ... ART - !!!

Don't be a mug! That's today's message.

Realize one day ... you will die.

Art?

Music!

This is where I come in, because, at the age of fifty, playtime is over. Do you dig me, kook(s)?

Also ...

I have to thank David Goggins for his brilliant audiobook. I mean, I was struggling with the Vance/Musk one, and the 10X one. They didn't help me enough, man. But Can't Hurt Me is all I need. And I do need it because the world is always trying to break people. Everyone needs help, these days. Picasso didn't have the distractions we have today.

Anyway ... what else?

Jesus, I don't know ...

Oh, don't watch TV. Oh, you want to be programmed? Ha! Go ahead! It's your funeral.

Listen! Find an audiobook. One that will change your life. Listen to it ... all the time. Tell the world to do one!

That's good programming, you dig?

Ah, good robot. I love you!

Just super ... human - !!!

So ... work on your art. 'Yes!' Listen to the audiobook. 'Yes!' It ain't rocket science.

...

ACTUALLY ... it doesn't even have to be an art, man, if you're not that way inclined.

Listen to me! ... It just has to be an activity that lifts you up and away from everyone else.

Be uncommon amongst common, and even ... uncommon amongst uncommon.

You dig?

Christ! Why do you think Goggins ran 260 miles or something the other weekend? He wasn't doing it for the sake of his health.

Wake up - !!!

If you ain't taking souls, you're taking it up the arse.

Laters!