What's with the
mask? He's not fool enough to give up his day job, that's what!
Electronics Food Chain
Lots of exciting but predictable
things going on in politics, in Congress the party is over but no
one wants to pay the band. The only winner is posthumous, it appears
that Bin Laden did bankrupt our country. They don't even know what
time it is (time to cut the crap). Let's let Imperial blues darlings
Shirley and Lee tell use what time it is, in Rocking with the
Clock, the only song I know of where they sang harmony (usually
they took turns singing). Shirley and Lee knew it was time to move
their careers from Blues to Rock and Roll. Good drum beat, plenty
of sax (maybe even some sex!)
We gonna rock
and never stop!
Looks like Rupert Murdoch is
taking ideas from the Republican playbook when he was hauled into
Parliament to explain his company's phone hacking. He pleaded ignorance.
Didn't know nuthin! What did you expect from the guy that owns the
Fox News channel? That baloney didn't work an Nuremberg, and he
shouldn't get a free pass either. At least he almost got a pie in
For the coming months we'll continue
to review some of the Republican candidates for President. The important
thing here is not that you are amused, but that the Unknown
Editor amuses himself. Good thing there's a wide field of
qualified candidates, many with special-ed personalities or backgrounds.
None of them have ever made that Democratic promise, the
buck stops here!Thanks in advance for agreeing with everything
Michelle Bachmann continues the
sideshow tradition of the Republican Party while we all await the
coming announcement of Mrs. Palin who last we heard was on a short-bus
tour. It has recently been revealed that the clinic Bachman's husband
runs has been involved in "pray away the gay" conversion
therapy. Good luck with that. Not that long ago left-handed
people were trained to become right handed, and that didn't work
out so well either. No surprise when you consider that her law degree
came from the prestigious Oral Robert University: a continuation
of the Special Ed class of Republican "W" Bush and Palin.
If ever a pair could use protective
rubber helmets and a short bus to ride in, it is these two. If someone
could Paintshop this for me I'd appreciate it! First one to send
me that image gets fifty bucks!
While we're praying away the
gay, let's note that gayness is far more widespread that anyone
admits. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of the man-fish...
sorry, I always wanted to post that Black
Lagoon quote, even if it was random. But I have attended
(and enjoyed) a few gaytastic parties. How many times have you heard
a homophobe say he "loves" a certain sports figure or
singer? How gay is it to wear the name of another man on your shirt?
Maybe you can't pray away your gayness, but maybe you could pray
for better wardrobe.
If you're going to wear another
man's name on your back, at least you could try to profit from it.
How about wearing a Father
The Food Chain
Let's get back to the subject
we were originally targeting... we were about to examine the defense
electronics food chain. There might be only five big contracts to
decide the fate of employees who specialize in microwave design
at top-tier defense contractors for the next decade. These are:
1. Joint air ground missile
(JAGM). Lockheed versus Raytheon. The army joint air/ground missile,
fired from a helicopter, fighter and UAVs, will replace Hellfire
and Maverick, two geriatric designs. Keeps getting delayed. Smart
money says that the loser will contest the award and it will drag
out another year.
2. Space Fence. Raytheon versus
Lockheed, Northrop Grumman. A system to track all of that junk
we polluted space with over the past fifty years. It's just a
matter of time before the ISS gets hit, personnel have had to
take shelter in the Soyez
life boat just a month ago. Moving to a smaller capsule decreases
the odds of a catastrophe because it presents a smaller target.
Here's an InTop mystery sent
in by Chris. The USS Radford had a precursor to Intop installed
back in 1997:
The Radford is going to its
reward soon, to be sunk in the Del
Jersey Land waterway as an artificial reef. Where's that mast?
If anyone knows where it ended up we'd like to know. Chris might
have left a Craftsman socket wrench inside it and hates not having
a complete set.
If you have any big contracts
to add to this list, send
them in! Note that it is a good bet that that one or more of
these contracts will get canceled in order to help reduce the deficit.
Big company versus small company,
which is in a better position going forward? Let's make a plot of
the food chain of the future... on the Y-axis we have log scale
of the food chain in dollars/year. Big Companies are in that top
box, but the outlook is bleak. Real growth due to defense is just
a memory, pretend growth awaits when the mergers begin.
Smaller companies also have plenty
to fear, but they can play both all sides of the five contracts
and team with everyone, and growth is still very possible when you're
at $10M/year rather than $10B, and you offer a truly innovative
product. Example: check out the innovative product below, from one
of our sponsors:
If you're at a small company,
watch out if you are owned by VCs. Blackstone doesn't give a damn
about decibels, they only care about churning out some cash.
about working at Big Companies... chances are, if you are a smart
engineer, you don't want to be involved in management. Heck, you
Asperger's, and who wants any human contact if it can be avoided?
Therefore, management is taken over by people of lesser intelligence,
like Scientologist Tom Cruise in Rain Man. Do you really
want someone that doesn't know what you know making key decisions?
takes a village, but the bigger the village, the more idiots.
time for Wapner!
really agree with the way leadership treats itself to the best perks,
while cutting down on yours? Here's a link to an article
on Northrop Grumman's medical plan for the CEO. No Pharaoh did
better! and who is really financing this nonsense? Taxpayers...
Northrop is a defense contractor, capice? Thanks to Peter!
In closing, the 2010 decade spells
plenty of good time if you are working in a small company that is
well positioned. Shirley and Lee's Let the Good Time Roll
is an appropriate song. This song hit #1 on R&B in 1956, and
#20 on the Pop charts, even though it was too suggestive to be played
at many radio stations. Trivia: probably less than one person in
a thousand gets the name and lyrics of this song correct: It is
Let the Good Time Roll, not Let the Good Times
Roll. Every one of those lame lyrics web sites has the incorrect
correction: "good times" is the white translation of a
phrase that could be considered bad grammar. Now that you are "gonna
do" that cheddar-bacon-mushroom burger, instead of eating it,
this seems a silly distinction, you chair-breaker. In 2011, now
that we have all moidered the King's English, let's revert back
to the original sentiment, and let the Good Time roll. Oh, and sorry
if you are still at a Big Company, you should get your resume together...
Come on Baby
this is fixed! This is something that just can't miss!
Leonard Lee died
in 1976. Shirley Goodman died in 2005 and is buried in her birth
city of New Orleans. There are just two types of people (heard
that before?) Some people love Shirley's high-pitched voice, others
hate it. Me? Shirley had me in the palm of her hand with "come
on baby just close the door...."
For another reference
on Let the Good Time Roll, check out Ray Charles' completely