Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

PIC OF THE DAY

Over a year together in spite of Tres not being capable of taking a good picture.
FRIDAY NIGHT LYRICS

The Voice
by the Moody Blues

Written By Justin Hayward

Won't you take me back to school
I need to learn the golden rule
Won't you lay it on the line
I need to hear it just one more time
Oh won't you tell me again
Oh can you feel it
Oh won't you tell me again
Tonight

Each and every heart it seems
Is bounded by a world of dreams
Each and every rising sun
Is greeted by a lonely one
Oh won't you tell me again
Oh can you feel it
Oh won't you tell me again tonight
Tonight

'Cos out on the ocean of life my love
There's so many storms we must rise above
Can you hear the spirit calling
As it's carried across the waves
You're already falling
It's calling you back to face the music
And the song that is coming through
You're already falling
The one that it's calling is you

Make a promise take a vow
And trust your feelings it's easy now
Understand the voice within
And feel the changes already beginning
Oh won't you tell me again
Oh can you feel it
Oh won't you tell me again
Tonight

Oh won't you tell me again
Oh can you feel it
Oh won't you tell me again tonight
Tonight

And how many words have I got to say
And how many times will it be this way
With your arms around the future
And your back up against the past
You're already falling it's calling you
On to face the music
And the song that is coming through
You're already falling
The one that it's calling is you

Each and every heart it seems
Is bounded by a world of dreams
Each and every rising sun
Is greeted by a lonely one
Oh won't you tell me again
Oh can you feel it
Oh won't you tell me again
Tonight

Oh won't you tell me again
Oh can you feel it
Oh won't you tell me again tonight
Tonight

Oh can you feel it
Oh won't you tell me again tonight
GROWING THE BIG 10?

From Seth...

How TV ruined College Football, Chapter 12: Who Gets New York?

Syracuse and Rutgers are mentioned for the same reason: everyone thinks there's a big audience in New York City that's up for grabs. The Big East is falling apart, so why not snag its pieces. Of course, we already nabbed what should have been the USC of a Northeast Region conference when we invited Penn State.

Really, I don't care if we nab one of these teams, although it would shut the door likely on Notre Dame ever joining (I kind of liked the never-ending dance between the conference and the school who plays half of a conference schedule but still pretends it's not a part of it). They're both quality schools. They also have thought of snagging Missouri from the Big East (to have the St. Louis market).

Personally, I like college football best when it's really regional, and the Big Ten Network could emphasize that rather than trying to turn the conference into a hype-fest like the ACC or SEC.

What I would be VERY against would be splitting the conference. The Big Ten is at its best on Rivalry Weekend, with Wisconsin/Iowa, Purdue/Indiana and of course the best annual event in all of sports: Michigan/Ohio State. A championship game would be stupid.

Of all the ideas out there, I prefer Lloyd Carr's: stick with 11 teams and go to 10 conference games. No more Appalachian States on the schedule. No more ambigous conference champions. No more years where Wisconsin finishes with 1-loss and goes to the Rose Bowl never having faced Ohio State and Penn State. We're not going to be the home of a USC or Florida State -- the schools are too good for some team to go 35-1 over three years. And the network would be pleased because it would have more conference games to highlight instead of some ridiculous mid-season Michigan/Ball State thing. And the weekly matchups would kill in ratings, especially early on in the season.

Michigan Schedule 2015:
Aug 31 @Wisconsin
Sept 6 ILLINOIS
Sept 13 NOTRE DAME
Sept 20 INDIANA (homecoming)
Sept 27 @ Purdue
Oct 3 @ Michigan State
Oct 10 PENN STATE
Oct 17 MINNESOTA
Oct 24 bye week
Oct 31 IOWA
Nov 7 @ Northwestern
Nov 14 OHIO STATE

Now THAT's what I call a Big Ten college football schedule. Rivalries galore. Early-season power matches. Toss in a trip to Pasadena for the winner and you've got yourself a season.

Friday, July 27, 2007

YOUTUBE OF THE WEEK

For some reason this made me think of the Summer of Dar (1999) when Tondar woke the kids up with drunken Darth Vader rantations about going to the beach. Man I miss that bullhorn.
PIC OF THE DAY

Frank and I should write a book: "Everything I Know About Business Management I Learned From The Soviet Union"

Thursday, July 26, 2007

GATHERING THE LAMBS FOR SLAUGHTER

If one wanted to eliminate the clownhairs from the earth what would be the easiest? Perhaps bring them together? Maybe hold some sort of clownhair contest? Well the kids at the Tomato Art Fest are way ahead of Tondar. In fact, look who public enemy number one is in the top left.
PIC OF THE DAYIt seems that James hates his job in the mortgage industry as well. I wonder if he has to worry about menopausal meltdowns and dumb bitches that demand Tondar do their job because their fat, old, ugly, and raising bastard children that constantly have the plague? In other words: never hire a woman under the age of 55.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

PIC OF THE DAY

Lenny wanted to discuss something with Tres. I'm not sure what he had on his mind though.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

PIC OF THE DAYWell look who's coming to Nashville in a couple of weeks.

Monday, July 23, 2007

DESKTOP WATCH

My time in the mortgage industry has constantly reminded me of Florence's great family. And though there were many great leaders, my favorite will always be Lorenzo il Magnifico. Georgio Vasari painted this particular portrait in 1533, 41 years after Lorenzo's death in 1492. In fact, Vasari was born in 1511, so even he did not get a chance to meet il Magnifico.

Immediately what stands out to the eye is Lorenzo's pose. It is an interesting combination of realist movement and idealistic stoicism. He looks ready to turn his head at any moment to confront the viewer, arising from his reclining position with all the grandeur belonging to a Duke. But upon closer look, the fleshy details of the face and hands reveal a lofty statuesque strength. He appears to be a man in deep contemplation. Furthermore, it is interesting the way Vasari made the blue garment rigid and almost cubist. Most certainly it was a nod to contemporary, Rosso Fiorentino. While on the other hand he employed a subtle chiaroscuro to show the details of Lorenzo's sleeves and hair. This calls to mind the works (not the code) of Leonardo Da Vinci. Taken as a whole, it is a very interesting painting because what it reveals most is that Vasari had studied many of the styles of the era, which makes sense as he went on to compose his "Lives of the Artists."

The work was comissioned for Duke Alessandro de' Medici shortly after the constitution made Alessandro the hereditary Duke of Tuscanny. It is a passive reminder to the Duke to uphold the values of his great uncle. In addition, it was a way to enshrine the rule of the Medici blood as Lorenzo had also ruled in the days of the Republic.

I think this portrait apealed to me because of its unusual composition. Unlike Bronzino, Vasari chose this unique posture and pose. Most likely it sat high on the wall looking down (note elongation of the torso), and possibly flanked on the other side by a similar painting to give it a sense of geometrical balance (which was highly important in the renaissance world). Lorenzo is also a hero for old Tondar because of the way he patronized the arts, ruled the Republic justly, survived assasination and went to war with the Vatican State in retaliation for the murder of his brother, Giulio. In other words, he was a renaissance man that was not afraid to throw down.
CRAZY'S RIGHT

For many people it is quite surprising that the Democrats are protecting President Bush. However, if you consider the root failure of the Republic, the entrenched 2 party system, it makes sense that they would support Bush enough to set a precedent to get the same support for President Hillary. However, things aren't working out well because the unhinged left is equally disatisfied with the ruling party. Or as Cindy Sheehan puts it...

"Impeachment is not a fringe movement, it is mandated in our Constitution. Nancy Pelosi had no authority to take it off the table," Sheehan told her group of orange-clad activists before they began their march from the national cemetery.


I feel a little odd agreeing with Cindy Sheehan on Constitutional issues. However, the impeachment tool was put into place for the very purpose of stopping an unpopular, perpetual war waged by a tyrant-in-chief out of control. What is actually troubling, is the way the Democrats go out of their way to protect a despised leader from the other party. Just yesterday, I saw Russ Feingold on Meet The Press talking about his senate bill to censure the president. Even Harry Reid would not commit to this as he Faced The Nation on CBS. But the whole idea of a censure is quite ridiculous since it has no Constitutional foundation and does nothing to punish the president. Furthermore, if the opposition party refuses to step up and exercise their Constitutional options, the dissatisfaction will begin to reach a troubling point for the Democratic leadership...

"The Democrats will not hold this administration accountable, so we have to hold the Democrats accountable," Sheehan said outside of Conyers' office after the meeting. "And I for one am going to step up to the plate and run against Nancy Pelosi."


Yeah, I'll that crazy.
PIC OF THE DAYIt's amazing how in spite of the lofty status one might acheive in life, that some people just lack basic communication skills.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GROWN-ASS ADULTS READING CHILDRENS' BOOKS

If it weren't enough for some grown-ups to be reading Harry-Butt Pussy-Potter, now there are others taking this magical realm of make-believe to another level...

"Dewey, a student at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, organizes the campus Quidditch club of about 40 Potter devotees imitating the aerial game of the book series.

Although Bucknell has not played its first official game -- that is expected in September -- Dewey's club has received $150 from the college to buy supplies, including hula hoops and a volleyball that stands in for the fictional "quaffle."

Also on the equipment list are the brooms on which J.K. Rowling's Quidditch players fly around during games and which Bucknell players are required to hold between their legs."


Now, I'm all for having a few drinks and acting the fool on either Adventure or Shenanigans. But with the advent of the Quidditch Club, all of a sudden Frank looks like a prophet for trying to get funding for the "Street Fighter 2 Club."

Sunday, July 22, 2007

MAN OF THE CENTURY: OL' DIRTY BASTARD

"Wu-Tang is basically dealing with styles and techniques. When you see Ol' Dirty Bastard fall in position like that, then you know that I'm gettin' ready to bust yo' ass. A'right? A'RIGHT? A'ight."
SURPRISED ONLY BY THE NAME

As Seth has pointed out, it wasn't all that shocking that a NBA official had been fixing games. However, it was a bit shocking that it wasn't Knick Bavetta, Ron Garretson, or Danny THE SHENANIGANATOR Crawford. Now I never had beef with Tim Donaghy, but if you go back and watch the highlights from his last game, you can see how he really stuck it to the Suns in their game 3 showdown in San Antonio.

I've always considered Jack McCallum a lazy journalist that has coasted through the last 10 years of his career because he did such a good job chronicling the rise of Michael Jordan. However, since he knows everybody in the game, it's great to see him actually write a decent column about the troubles of Tim Donaghy. Highlight...

Beyond the issue of the ref's alleged gambling, and whether or not the NBA knew about it, the baby-faced Donaghy is no stranger to trouble. In January 2005 his next-door neighbors in suburban Philadelphia sued him for harassment and invasion of privacy for a pattern of discord that had reportedly gone on for several years. Peter and Lisa Mansueto claimed that Donaghy vandalized their property and stalked them, even to the point of following Mrs. Mansueto around Radley Run Country Club, where Donaghy and the Mansuetos were members. After an internal investigation, Donaghy was suspended from Radley Run for the summer and early fall of 2004. The suit also alleged that Donaghy set fire to the Mansuetos' tractor and crashed their golf cart into a ravine.


And this guy was responsible for making fair unbiased decisions? Also, you might remember Donaghy from a shouting match with Rasheed Wallace on the loading dock of the Rose Garden. If I were 'Sheed, I would be suing Donaghy for that $1.6 million just to add insult to injury.
NOT TIME TO BUY YET

Frank sent me this link from economist Brad DeLong on the collapse of the subprime market. He is advocating a cut in interest rates. He makes a strong argument, though I do not know much of the counter-argument. However, what I found interesting for those of us that are looking to take some capital out for a spin...

There are at least four factors that will increase the excess supply of new and existing homes this year and next and lead to even lower home prices:

* First, the credit crunch in the subprime market will reduce the demand of new homes by potential subprime borrowers. Goldman Sachs estimated this effect to be as large as 200k less new homes sold this year.

* Second, about $1.5 trillion of ARM will be reset this year and next: a rising fraction of these borrowers will be unable to afford the much higher rates on their mortgages and will be forced to sell their homes.

* Third, it takes about six months or so for a subprime mortgage deliquency to lead to foreclosure, and the bank taking over the home and then putting it on sale in the market; once that occurs, the supply of homes in the market will increase. Some forebearance will occur but many homes will end up in foreclosure and then sold by the creditors adding to the housing supply glut.

* Fourth, folks who bought homes in the last two years for speculative reasons with little equity (the condo flippers) will sell their homes as rapidly as possible as now falling home prices are wiping out the little equity they did have in these homes.


If you are looking to jump into the housing market*, wait about six months when the realtors have begun cannibalizing themselves and you can count the ribs of your favorite mortgage broker. At this point it will be a buyer's market if you can afford to put 10-20% down. Hopefully the Fed will have caught up to DeLong and have also lowered the interest rates too. But between REO and trapped owners, the bargains will be all around.

* Nobody should be buying property in Michigan unless it is along a lake.
PIC OF THE DAY
If you're not into reading childrens' books, spoil it for a friend.