Spotify's algo continues to serve me music I like, in this case, Willy Mason's "Talk Me Down" ... I've embedded both an acoustic version and one where he has some backing:
No good live video of this so I'm forced to embed the old goofy video:
I like a couple songs from these sisters, Lily & Madeleine, including this one, Back to the River:
Experiment with embedding tweets ....
Recommended by my buddy at uglychart.com, but I wasn't thrilled. Fast forwarded after 20 minutes ... has the hot girl from Banshee in it (a fomer Ford model) ... two hours and 13 minutes means at least 35 to 45 minutes too long ... too talky at first (and throughout), story wasn't well-paced and was too contrived ... Kurt Russell looks pretty good for a 64-year old ... Indian savages absurd and offensive (and I'm not a PC guy, as my dozen readers know) ... gross-out horror porn in the end. Red rating, avoid.
Steven Rea got it right: "There's a difference between velocity and momentum, and while the chases, shootouts and close quarters combat rarely flag, our interest does."
Stopped after 30 minutes ... story didn't grab me or make any sense ... hate the constant, heavy musical dramatic cues from Lalo Schifrin ... hate the pandering to China with token Chinese actress (who doesn't speak) ... hate the BMW product placements ... it's a shame because I like Tom Cruise, he's talented and normally fun to watch ... really hate that it's 2 hours and 11 minutes long, which means at least 30 to 40 minutes too long. Red rating, avoid.
Kyle Smith got it right: "it has neither the wit of the best Bond films nor the grit of any of the Bourne ones."
Reversing the gold this week.
Why Facebook has a $300+ billion market cap ... it's all about cashing in on the precious information that "users have chosen to share" (bold and bold italics mine):
"We generate a substantial majority of our revenue from advertising ... We allow advertisers to select relevant and appropriate audiences for their ads ... We believe that a more valuable advertiser and user experience is created through our ability to match the most relevant ads to each of our users based on his or her connections, demographics, and expressed interests ... Advertisers can specify that we show their ads to a subset of our users based on demographic factors such as age, location, gender, education, work history, and specific interests that they have chosen to share with us on Facebook or by using the Like button around the web or on mobile devices ... Performance-based online advertising has typically involved advertisers seeking a specific user behavior such as a click on a search ad or a keyword-based content ad, a response to an email campaign, or an online purchase. We enable new forms of performance-based advertising, where advertisers can connect with users who are likely to have demand for their products based on the information that our users have chosen to share. We believe that performance-based campaigns on Facebook allow advertisers to offer their products to users with inferred intent and enhance users’ experiences by showing them relevant ads tailored to their specific interests ... We also have a global sales force that is focused on attracting and retaining advertisers and providing support to them throughout the stages of the advertising campaign cycle from pre-purchase decision making to real-time optimizations to post-campaign analytics."
(From their Prospectus)
I like quite a few of Elvis Costello's songs, including this one. No good live version so I'm forced to embed this:
Fleet Foxes ... I like several of their songs, including this one, Ragged Wood. Recorded at some Mighty White Festival. I bet that lead singer has a hard time finding girls:
Another unwanted glimpse into the Chairman's life. Typical grocery shopping for me:
Forgot to label the hummus, it's $4 a tub.
- Olives: Castelvetrano (unpitted) and Nicoise-Coquillo (pitted), $8.50 a pound
- Cucumbers: organic, seedless, $3 a piece
- Avocados: $2 a piece
- Green Pepper: organic, $2 a piece
- Radishes: $1.50 a bunch
- Broccoli, not organic, forget how much, will check
- Asparagus, pre-cut means $6.49 a pound for the lazy
- Cauliflower, ditto
- Kale, Chard, Spinach greens: $5 a box (11 oz) (triple washed for the lazy)
- Kale: baby greens, $4.70 a box (11 oz) (triple washed for the lazy)
- Almond milk: original, unsweetened, $3
- Olive oil: extra virgin, Lucini brand, $18 (lasts awhile)
- Vinegar: also Lucini brand, on sale for $8 (also lasts awhile)
- Eggs: organic, jumbo, $5
- Fish: varies, but I get cod, swordfish, flounder, salmon, etc.
- More fish
- Chicken: organic, breasts, $8.50 a pound
- Shrimp: farm-raised in Belize, $11 a pound
This will last me three or four days and then I have to go shopping again.
No changes this week...