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The Jobs Zuckerberg Comparison or The Emotional Roller Coaster of Facebook's Stock

Added on by Kevan Loy.

Investors’ love for Facebook drove interest in its IPO to extreme levels, and the same herd mentality is now working in reverse, said Chiagouris.

'Facebook’s stock price will eventually get to a point where its valuation is unrealistic,' he said. 'To turn that decline around, Facebook has to do a major move -- one would be to replace top management.'

While Mark Zuckerberg is clearly inventive, no one will ever say that he is an effective businessman, Chiagouris said. The company needs to turn the reins over to people who are “adult” and not beholden to Zuckerberg, he added.

These comments about Zuckerberg remind me of what happened with Steve Jobs and his exile from Apple. I don't think that Zuckerberg is anywhere close to the visionary or businessman that Jobs was, but there certainly are some uncanny echos.

I think Facebook's stock decline is a reflection of the emotional roller coaster that is being a Facebook user. The, "Oh, shit yeah! This is awesome!" quickly fades into "Bleh, why am I still here?" as your Time Line fills up with nonsensical bullshit: people from your high school get pregnant, married or divorced for the 18th time, there's a literal fuck-ton of app requests (from those same high school asshats) the you couldn't care less about – oh, and don't forget, your grandma just friended you.


Hey GOP, You Guys Do Remember It's an Election Year, Right?

Added on by Kevan Loy.

Sen. Stacey Campfield (R), TN:

My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.

Perhaps you guys should go take a sex education class what with this confusion with legitimate rape non-pregnancy business and straight folk – not completey, but virtually – being immune to AIDS. Shit, on second thought, maybe you should retry college all together (or high school for that matter).

Stay Classey Missouri

Added on by Kevan Loy.

Todd Akin, GOP Missouri Senate candidate:

 First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge.

I wish that was a fucking joke. Go McCaskill; 'nough said.


Added on by Kevan Loy.

I hadn't heard anything more about the Megabus crash(es) until I had a conversation with my father. A quick google search lead me to this Chicago Tribune article by by Jon Hilkevitch from the 17th.

  The buses in both incidents were heavily loaded and operating on extremely hot days, two key factors that cause stress on tires, authorities said.


  A tire on a motorcoach loaded beyond its weight rating and operated at highway speeds for a significant period of time is more likely to overheat and fail, potentially placing the safety of passengers and other motorists at risk, the motor carrier agency said in a statement.

No shit, what'd you think the weight rating was for?

  The weight limit for double-deck buses is 80,000 pounds, which is the same limit as for other interstate passenger buses, according to the motor carrier agency.

That's a lot of pounds...

  But the three-axle configuration on Megabus vehicles allows a lower gross vehicle weight, between 53,000 and 61,000 pounds, officials said.

Oh, so Megabus skimped on it to make it cheaper and in the process cost people their lives. Fucking brilliant.

 A fully loaded double-deck motorcoach could exceed the weight limit or the tire weight ratings according to officials... 

Well, sure it could if their dumbasses overload it.

  ...who declined to provide the weight of the accident bus near Litchfield.

Unbelievable. People don't disclose things when its bad for other people to find out. I've had my terrible customer service encounters with Megabus back in college; their complete and utter incompetence in that realm should've led me to the conclusion the whole operation is just as bad.

White Terrorist Versus Terrorist

Added on by Kevan Loy.
  1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”
  2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.

Juan Cole nails it.

Think about it: when you watched or read about the shooting in Colorado or in Texas over the last few weeks, did anyone ever utter the words terrorist? Thinking on it, the last time we really spoke about domestic, homegrown terrorism was McVeigh (save for Obama annoucing his canidacy at Bill Ayer's place and the totally unnecessary shit storm that started). These people are no different, we just call them something different to make ourselves feel better.

In the same way we're subject to becoming victims of terrorism, we're at the same, if not greater, risk of being terrorist. Try ammending gun rights and watch what happens.

↬ Gruber

Managing Email Realistically

Added on by Kevan Loy.

To effectively manage our email, we have to accept a few basic truths. They’re hard truths, but that only makes them even more valuable. Here they are:

  1. What’s important to other people is not (as) important to you.
  2. You are inherently lazy and egocentric.
  3. Ruthlessness is a hell of a time-saver.

Matt Gammell has some great suggestions for taking care of your huge inbox queue. Truth be told, mine was pushing 20K.

This gave me the motivation to start tackling it.

↬ The Beard AKA Jim Dalrymple

Update: Several hours later and I'm still working on it; 17,343 messages still in the inbox. Also, somewhere between 873 and 1,378 messages iCloud will give you an error about deleting too many messages.

Insanely Simple

Added on by Kevan Loy.

I don't know what has been going on lately, but I've been feeling particularly uninspired. I haven't been able to write anything worthwhile on TLS, we haven't done a podcast in awhile (or at least one we've put up). 

I think part of the problem is that the balance of work to fun in my life is not right: I've been working way too much, way too hard and for way too long without an extended break. I need some time to recoup and get the creative juices flowing again.

Yesterday, I finished readings Ken Segall's Insanely Simple. I've mentioned it before, but never said all that much about it. It's one of those books that, while extremely focused, has implications far outside said focus. I'm trying to figure out how best to apply it to all the areas of my life, but starting here with the blog in hopes that it proliferates through the rest of the things I've committed myself to. I plan to start doing some posts about the 10 or so specific pieces Segall suggests one ought to seek most furiously in simplicity.

Here's to getting back on track.