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September 2008

Ike Witness

A regular reader of this blog… a different regular reader than the one I posted about this weekend, passed this along over the weekend…

Yo Sam,

I wanted to let you know that I’m currently a Houston evacuee of Hurricane Ike! My parents and I have left to Austin.

However, one of my friends stayed behind. She lives just a quarter mile away from me in the same subdivision. She’s been covering the storm’s approach, including being enveloped by the eye! For now, she’s without power, but there’s plenty of backlog and I’m sure she’ll be blogging as soon as power is restored. Since we live close to a water treatment plant I can assume we are a priority.

Her blog’s url is:

You have a good weekend!

Looks like they still don’t have power yet… at least assuming that posting on the blog would be a first priority once power was back… which of course it may not be.

13513.9614 Days

As I type it is eight hours and a few minutes until the exact time I’ll be exactly 37 years old. It will happen at 20:02:23 UTC today. That’s 1:02:23 PM Pacific, 4:02:23 PM Eastern.

I should be asleep right now, but I stayed up late to finished getting the podcast out the door. I’m off for a short bit of sleep, then up to do the election updates, then off to work. At the exact moment above, I’ll be in a meeting at work. Then I need to leave work a little early to take care of reregistering my car before my current registration expires. Then I will probably come home and collapse.

Oh yeah, those using actual calendar anniversaries rather than the actual length of a year might not notice this anniversary until tomorrow. But I know better. Years are 365.242199 days long, and because of the distribution of leap days and such, the actual time of the anniversary drifts over the years when compared to calendar dates and times. My calculations of course take that into effect.

Anyway. Time for a brief nap before I have to get up and do stuff.

Goodbye Mother Merrill

“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Merrill comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.” – The Beatles… sort of.

Good luck to any and all of my former coworkers from Merrill Lynch who are still there.

It doesn’t sound like the coming months will be fun.

For anyone who has no idea what I’m talking about:

Crisis on Wall Street as Lehman Totters, Merrill Is Sold, AIG Seeks to Raise Cash
(Carrick Mollenkamp, Susanne Craig, Serena Ng and Aaron Lucchetti; Wall Street Journal; 15 Sep 2008)

The American financial system was shaken to its core on Sunday. Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said it would file for bankruptcy protection, and Merrill Lynch & Co. agreed to be sold to Bank of America Corp.


Bank of America to Buy Merrill
(Matthew Karnitschnig, Carrick Mollenkamp, Dan Fitzpatrick; Wall Street Journal; 15 Sep 2008)

In a rushed bid to ride out the storm sweeping American finance, 94-year-old Merrill Lynch & Co. agreed late Sunday to sell itself to Bank of America Corp. for $50 billion.

The deal, worked out in 48 hours of frenetic negotiating, could instantly reshape the U.S. banking landscape, making the nation’s prime behemoth even bigger. Early Monday, the two firms said the directors of both companies had agreed to the deal, which will be subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals.

It will be a “fun” day on Wall Street today, and a “fun” next few months for anybody at any of the firms involved.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: It Doesn’t Matter If It Is True

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Record Downloads
  • United Accidentally Plummets
  • Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and More
  • Financial Website Security
  • Tina Fey as Sarah Palin
  • Ike in Texas and Stupid People
  • North Korea and Kim Jong-il
  • Presidential Election Discussion
  • Gates and Seinfeld

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