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I really enjoy the writings about the financial markets from Howard Marks, CEO of Oaktree Capital Management. He has been doing this for a very long time and they are a joy to read. There is real talent in writing by some people you guys, unlike scores of bloggers in our hobby! I do not agree with everything he says and he certainly has not been right every step along the way which is impossible to accomplish! In this one he goes on to write about the new tax law as well. I tend to agree with this letter…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
You can find this letter along with an archive of all the previous ones dating back many years HERE.
The previous link was very educational. So before we get carried away it is time to get entertained by laughing with this hilarious piece! Please find a quiet place because you will laugh. If not, I don’t know, maybe you deserve reading Million Mile Secrets or Frugal Travel Guy.
Screw it, here is the whole thing pasted. Lol together like a team!
Stop crying. Stop it. Do you need a tissue? I just ordered a box for you. It’ll take two business days to get here—which is pretty fast when you think about it. And that should be enough time for you to process the news that I, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, have replaced your father. I am your dad now.
You may ask why I’ve replaced your father. The answer: because I can. I am literally the world’s richest person. I started a private rocket company because this planet physically cannot contain my ambition. Then, one day, I saw your family and, like the Washington Post, I just had to have it.
I’m sure you have some questions, like, what happened to your birth father? As with traditional brick-and-mortar retail, your father simply wasn’t able to compete with the tremendous economies of scale that I could leverage to make your childhood experience more pleasant and affordable. Here, have a crisp five-dollar bill.
You may also be wondering how your mother feels about all of this. Don’t worry, she appreciates what I bring to the relationship—namely, more date nights spent snuggled up on the couch, enjoying the wide selection of new and classic video content available via Amazon Prime Video. This is what the free market (your mother) demanded. And I, Jeff Bezos, saw an opportunity for both increased business and companionship. Now I live in your house!
As the new C.E.O. of this family, I’m excited to take on additional responsibilities, such as playing catch. Go ahead and grab a mitt, son. Though I wonder—Is there any way we could make catch more innovative and consumer-friendly? What if, instead of me throwing the ball to you, a drone delivered the ball to you? And what if, instead of having to go all the way to the park to play, the drone flew in through the window of your bedroom and dropped the ball into your bed while you were sleeping? And what if, instead of just the ball, we determined other products you might want by using a proprietary algorithm? How about a new spatula? What do you mean you don’t want it? Take it. Take the spatula. I’m your dad now.
In addition to my other fatherly duties, I’m prepared—in fact, eager—to give you, “the Talk.” Son, take a seat. How can I best explain this? When two people love each other, their impulse to procreate is gradually overtaken by the need to consume. After a lot of thought and discussion, they make the decision to sign up for a shared Amazon Prime account. Of course, this only relates to humans. If I have my way, most humans will soon be replaced by robots. So, really, this conversation is moot.
While we’re chatting, I’d like to introduce you to someone—your stepsister, Alexa. Why don’t you give her a hug, and ask her about the weather. Pretty neat, right? Your old sister, Melanie, whom you really shouldn’t talk about anymore, couldn’t do that. Alexa is a great listener—I bet you’ll end up learning a thing or two from her. Maybe, soon, you’ll also record everything the people around you say and send it to a vast server farm. Sure beats chores like mowing the lawn, am I right, kiddo?
Finally, you should know that, in the near future, I will be uprooting the family and moving us to a new city. I have yet to determine which city it’ll be, but I promise that I will take your happiness into account when choosing. Massive tax breaks make you happy, yes? Good. You’re just like your old man. I love you.
There is no secret that the two Blade Runner movies are among my all time favorites! The visuals in both movies are phucking outtaofthisworld amazing. And this film shows the comparison between the two films, done 30 years apart #mindblown.
This was really interesting to read the background behind it…
You’ve seen the video. Everyone on the internet has. A man sits in a cubicle and pounds his keyboard in frustration. A few seconds later, the Angry Man picks up the keyboard and swings it like a baseball bat at his screen—it’s an old PC from the ’90s, with a big CRT monitor—whacking it off the desk. A frightened coworker’s head pops up over the cubicle wall, just in time to watch the Angry Man get up and kick the monitor across the floor. Cut to black.
The first video to go viral. Remember, no social media back then in 1997. No youtube either. This baby went around via, please sit down, email! And then it became involved in conspiracy theories. And the dude starring in it contacted the author. The only thing left to ask is whether the guy used the warranty that came with the Amex Platinum card <——–see imaginary link. Lol.
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