2. Similarly, my brother just IMed me this:
"If you had purchased $1,000 of AIG stock one year ago, you would have $42 left. With Lehman, you would have $6.60 left. With Fannie or Freddie, you would have less than $5 left. But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have had $214. Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. It's called the 401-Keg....."
3. I had to get new earbuds this morning; my beloved Sennheisers broke at some point during my commute this morning. I bought a pair of Shure SE110s, which weren't cheap, and after doing a quick listen during lunch I remain highly skeptical. Then again, I wasn't knocked out by my Senns when I first started using them, either... maybe they take a while to warm up. Also, there is a tiny warning label on the wrapping that encloses the documentation, which is somewhat alarming: "This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." Is this referring to the headphones themselves? Or to the manuals? Is this for real? WTF?
4. I try to stay away from blind-buying DVDs these days, but since I was in Best Buy anyway, I felt compelled to pick up the Iron Man blu-ray (as well as the L.A. Confidential blu-ray, which I haven't yet read any reviews of).
5. Oh yeah, I had my reunion last night with my high school band. The short version: we're rusty, but we're excited and we're going to try to rehearse at least once a month and then do songwriting and arranging meetups once a week, or once every other week. The bass player just had a baby about a month ago, so his schedule is somewhat haphazard; the drummer hasn't seriously played drums in many years, and is currently trying to buy a virtual drum set so that he can practice in his apartment. I am HELLISHLY rusty, and my guitar needs a set-up in the worst way. But my guitar pedal works like a DREAM.