Looking for a good deal on a new car?

Posted By on May 23, 2017

Cars inventories are building up, especially “cars” as compared to SUVs, etc. … so for the best deals (negotiation power) on new cars start with what isn’t moving. If an SUV is a must, the mid-sized models might make for the best deal and if it is “just reliable transportation” you need, there are a lot of 2017 4-door sedans looking for a home before the 2018s start showing up in a few months.

Music Monday: The Byrds and Mr Tambourine Man from 1965

Posted By on May 22, 2017

“Hey, Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me …” was a Folk-Rock or Jangle-Rock song from the 1960s … and there isn’t any mistaking the “jingle jangle” sound. As many have noted over the years, the drug inspired lyrics are part and parcel of the LSD experimental culture in that era.

The song Mr. Tambourine Man was written by the talented 2017 Nobel Prize in literature recipient Bob Dylan in 1964 as well as recorded by him. Equally memorable, is the recording was by The Byrds in 1965 (below) … although “Mr. Tambourine Man” has also been recorded by a slew of artists and performed live for years including such notables from Judy Collins to William Shatneryes Captain James T. Kirk. One wonders what kept the The Byrds from the additional verses of the song … in any case, their harmonies offered a more melodious version, even if it is only a bit over 2 minutes long (ie. short).


  Mr. Tambourine Man | The Byrds – 1965

Hey, Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me
I’m not sleepy and there ain’t no place I’m going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning,
I’ll come followin’ you

Take me for a trip upon your magic swirling ship
All my senses have been stripped
And my hands can’t feel to grip and my toes too numb to step
Wait only for my boot heels to be wandering
I’m ready to go anywhere,
I’m ready for to fade Into my own parade
Cast your dancing spell my way I promise…

Hey, Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me
I’m not sleepy and there ain’t no place I’m going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning,
I’ll come followin’ you

(see the full 4 verses of Bob Dylan’s lyrics below the break) (more…)

The Quants Run Wall Street Now – @WSJ

Posted By on May 21, 2017

LINK to WSJ article

Matched content ads by Google Adsense

Posted By on May 21, 2017

For those of you who are regular visitors to MyDesultoryBlog and are not running an ad blocker plugin on your browser, you may have noticed a small snippet of new  ad content in the sidebar. Last month, GoogleAdsense offered an upgrade to this blog’s minimal advertising experiment. The new ad content promotes “matched” internal content from similar previous posts their algorithms pick … with 6000 to choose from, it would be interesting to know how “it” decides?
The new small ad box is not a “pay per click” unit like most online marketing linked ads, but is used as a way to keep a viewer on a site longer. The longer visitors read and view, the more “other” marketing attempts can be put in front of potential customers. According to their research, the “number of pages viewed increased by 9% on average” and the “time spent on site increased by 10%.” Obviously my personal journal style blog is not the ideal place for ads, but it is still surprising to review just how Google is building their marketing powerhouse.

If you are thinking about “matched content ads for your site and if it is right for your site, there are a few limitations:

Matched content is available for sites with multiple pages and high volumes of traffic. Have a look at the site management settings in your AdSense account to see if your site(s) is eligible to run Matched content. Make the most out of your Matched content units with these best practices:

  • Let Google help you find the right size by using responsive Matched content units.
  • Place your Matched content unit directly below the article and either above or below your ad unit
  • Consider using Matched content on long scrolling pages


The economy: 5 Lessons From 1Q 2017 – Jim Glassman

Posted By on May 20, 2017

Every once in a while comes an it’s a small world surprise and one wonders, “why didn’t I know this?” This past week, my sister-in-law sent me a link to an article from her husband Dan Glassman’s brother Jim. The link was to Jim’s Linkedin page and opined on the economy. I figured … we are all amateur economists and doodle our opinions on blogs and social networks since everybody has access the Internet and self-publishing platforms nowadays — I figured I would check it out later.

After finally reading, I found out Dan’s brother is Jim Glassman of JPMorganChase and his opinion as “head economist” is actually a bit more respected than those of us who run around bloviating on the subject; he actually gets paid for his opinion! Obviously a few “higher on the finance education chain” (JPMorganChasethink so too and have found his thoughts worthy of their attention.

Click  above image for larger and to read Jim Glassman’s bio

After noting this, I read his latest article on “5 Lessons From the 1Q 2017” with a bit more interest and even search back to read a few more articles … and watched his presentations and TV interviews. Very impressive credentials and worthwhile thoughts. Thanks for sharing, Lynda!

5 Lessons From 1Q 2017

Coming out of the first quarter, the focus may have been on GDP figures, but there are plenty of other lessons to learn from the first three months of 2017, including these five key takeaways.

The primary news coming out of the first quarter was the disappointing GDP figure, signaling US economic expansion slowed to a 0.7 percent annualized rate over the first three months. As discussed in last week’s article, there are broader measures that should also be considered when evaluating the economy’s health. This week, we focus on five key lessons coming out of 1Q.

1. We’re Not “Due” for a Recession

The recovery is wrapping up its eighth year, placing the current period of economic expansion among the longest on record. Fortunately, the business cycle doesn’t run on a calendar, and recessionary risks should remain low until the Federal Reserve fully normalizes interest rates.

Despite having taken the first steps toward normalization, the current monetary posture remains quite accommodative. Not only are short-term rates still at historically low levels, but the lingering effects of quantitative easing have also pushed long-term borrowing costs below their natural level. Artificially low borrowing costs should allow the economy to absorb imbalances that might otherwise lead to a recession.


Obviously some strong microbursts blasted SW Ohio?

Posted By on May 19, 2017

heavyrains170519It takes a bit of wind to blow a grill off the patio, but with the wild storm blasts rolling from the south and west the last couple of days, that is just what it did. (and I think the back wheels were locked!)

I picked up the pieces last night (but not on the patio) and the recycled grill is still functioning … although with a few more dents, twists and a torn cover. Perhaps it is time to rethink the location or the wheels. (caster cups?)


Tips on making Gmail easier to use by Joanna Stern, WSJ.com

Posted By on May 18, 2017

Great tips from tech writer Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal on dealing with a few Gmail nits most of us using Google’s free services have. See her article at WSJ.com.

1. Priorities, Priorities

You may not know it, but Google’s email bots have not one but two ways of automatically organizing your messages: tabbed inbox and priority inbox.

Tabbed inbox—the default—filters those “A friend liked your post” or “BLOWOUT SALE!” emails into automatically created tabs marked Social and Promotions, respectively. If you want something in a different tab, drag it there, teaching the system where you want to see stuff from that sender.

(Gmail app tip: Cut down on needless notifications by specifying “Primary only” notifications in the app’s settings.)

Priority inbox organizes messages into tiers. It puts unread important emails at the top. Google determines those based on your habits, and marks them with small yellow flags. Below that are your starred emails, below that is everything else. You can enable priority inbox by tapping the gear-shaped icon then selecting Settings > Inbox > Inbox Type.

I wouldn’t dare tell you how to organize your inbox—it’s personal. I prefer threaded conversation view, where emails and replies are all grouped together. If that drives you nuts, you can switch it off in Settings. If you like to keep your inbox empty at all times, give Inbox a try. Google provides tools there to snooze and dismiss multiple messages.


2. Stars, Labels and Flags

Gmail has a tagging problem so pay attention: Use stars to mark emails you need to return to—you can even go multicolor in Settings. Use labels for projects or similar messages (show tickets, receipts, etc.). And use the yellow Important flags to train Google to highlight your most important correspondents (Aunt Bertha, naturally).


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.