Monday, March 23, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Iron Maiden, Supertramp, David Bowie, Yes and Iron Maiden Can Teach Us a Lot About the Future of Blogging
-- Iron Maiden, David Bowie, Yes, Supertramp and Iron Maiden
As you may have noticed, my output has been a bit thin lately. Running a ThunderJournal is hard work, and -
OK, I'll wait for you to stop laughing.
Any time now...
Anyway, a ThunderJournal is a demanding mistress. If you've got enough game to build a readership, those readers tend to expect you to bring it it every day. You come to exist solely for their own amusement. Which is fine I guess. But it necessarily follows that if you want to keep your readership you have to bring it every day. With geometrically increasing work responsibilities, an awesome family and much lower tolerance for exposing myself to the abject stupidity that served as so much fodder for this ThunderJournal over the last 4-plus years, I simply cannot do that anymore.
But I can't quit either, because I'm just so damn awesome.
So, effective immediately, I will be blogging full time (approx. 2 posts per week) at the Nihilist in Golf Pants. There, I can do my thing without having to worry about shlepping out a post every day. I'm sure most readers see this as a natural fit that will finally allow that great blog to take it to the next level; kind of like what David Beckham did for the popularity of American soccer.
Wait...no. That's a bad example.
Well, whatever. I'll be bringing all the old KAR stuff with me: Sisyphus Open Threads, Bobo the Foul-Mouthed Chimp, the occasional Moron Mail, Gay Sasquatch and all the other things. The only difference will be that most of these things will be organized into handy, easy to write 11-item lists. NIGP's Managing editor has only put 2 restrictions on my contributions:
1) No pictures of Ryan's ass; and
2) I'm only allowed one f-bomb per post, except in extraordinary circumstances (like the Dow hitting 5,000 or the Gopher's Hockey team losing to Holy Cross in the tournament again.)
That said, KAR will remain open for the following 2 purposes:
1) Pictures of Ryan's ass;
2) Any and all MilF-related material.
Yes, THE MILF WILL GO ON. Forever. So if you're a MilFer, keep KAR on your RSS feed for the latest on all things MilF.
Big thanks to my original cohort, Bill, and also to Iron Matron who picked up the Art Direction duties when Bill lost interest in them. And I'd also like to give a shout out to Jeffy the Wingnut Slayer who provided so much material (directly or indirectly) over the years and showed me just how fucking imbecilic some people can be.
I'm not shutting KAR down, so anyone who has permissions to post here, may continue to do so.
See you over at Nihilist in Golf pants. I'll have a post up there in about 9 minutes.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
In midafternoon trading, the Dow fell 214.89, or 3 percent, to 6,848.04. The Dow last closed below the 7,000 level on May 1, 1997.
Broader stock indicators also slid. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 25.15, or 3.4 percent, to 709.94, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 40.15, or 2.9 percent, to 1,337.69.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 15.66, or 4 percent, to 373.36.
That's the reaction of big government coming to our rescue, the Dow tanking faster than "Celebrity Apprentice." For optimists, it's a great time to buy low - or stay the course. But just how low will we go?
"I don't think we find a bottom in the market until we see some sort of increased level of optimism and confidence among consumers and investors," said Baird.
We find plenty of bottoms at KAR (see post below). KAR reader Night Rider found some optimism on a toddler at last week's D.C. Tea Party protest:
Meh. We'll bring out our poop signs at the next protest, and yell "It's like a stimulus, except it says "POOP!"