Thursday, January 29, 2015

Late night open thread

Remember the old toy you may have had as a kid called the View-Master? Cel imagery of slightly different images in each eyehole to form a 3-D view, voila' View-Master. Johnny found a now defunct blog that had taken some R and L images from the View-Master cels and created animated gifs from them. Tonight before bed a View-Master of Woody Woodpecker.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Here's Johnny with a look at business news

Because he simply doesn't get enough of it in real life.

Jersey City-based securities firm KCG Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it is selling one of its trading venues to a Kansas-based company for $365 million in cash.

Now see, right there, that's a big deal. But how does one get $365 million in cash, ie which bank does that and who is the sorry ass at the Kansas company who has to sit there and count that shit up?

Johnny, does the Kansas company have a name? Who are these people that can lay their hands on that much cash?

BATS Global Markets, which is based in Lenexa, Kansas, and has offices in Jersey City.

Maybe that's where all the money is being counted. Joe Strummer take it away:

Here's hoping $365 mil buys you good security whilez ya count.

Here's some corporate word salad on the deal:

“After conducting a thorough and competitive process, it became clear that BATS is the right strategic partner for Hotspot, as well as its clients and employees,” Coleman added in the statement. “BATS and Hotspot share a commitment to technological excellence. This, coupled with the experience, resources and insights derived from operating global multi-asset class markets, ensures that BATS is well-positioned to further accelerate Hotspot’s growth.”

That's like SIX Bingos.

Now over to Kiki with entertainment news you can use...

Late night open thread

It's now past midnight on the eastern seaboard meaning it's January 29th. Happy 85th birthday Mom!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Late night open thread

"The man can only ride you when your back is bent."
 -- Sarah Palin

So true Sarah, so true.

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The blizzard that wasn't, #WinterStormWeatherChannel

Well now, wasn't that a lot of prep and fret for nothing? What, 9 inches down from 27? While Jersey City and most of the surround dodged a big winter bullet there are a lot of websites this morning asking how the prognosticators could get it so wrong. Johnny's gonna tell you about hype vs forecasting.

When meteorologists are trying to get a bead on a huge winter storm, especially a nor' easter, there is a lot of guesswork right up until the storm begins it's final path. They will try and prepare people, point out the possibilities and dangers. They will give you nothing but facts about the storm. They won't name it, they won't try and get you to participate in social media over it and they don't have a vested financial interest to hype the storm.

That's where the incredible failure of The Weather Channel comes in. They DO have a financial interest to hype a storm, first by naming it, then pumping it on Twitter and Facebook. They have shareholders, being owned by NBCUniversal and investment firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. Why would they name storms unless it was some way to get you to come view their station or go to their website of Facebook page? Hype that storm, drive traffic. Hype it more, make sure people are using OUR hashtag. They would not do it simply for altruism.

Was this miss entirely on the Weather Channel? Of course not. But they sure seem to be the ones willing to hype weather over just reporting it, all for money.

Late night open thread

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Monday, January 26, 2015

PATH closing at 11pm

Get to where you gotta be friends. PATH is running no more "until further notice" as of 11pm tonight. We'll try and let you know when further notice is...

Broadway will go dark this evening

No shows tonight.

OK Jersey City, let's share our snowmageddon pictures!

No doubt Johnny and the staff will be out taking pictures of the #blizzardof2015 and we're sure a lot of you will too. How about we all share our images on Twitter under the hashtag #JCSnow so we can see everyone's misery and great photographic eyes. Remember, winter storms DO NOT have names (it's why Johnny mocks the Weather Channel with names like #WinterStormNachos or this one, #WinterStormNamath) so just use #JCSnow.

Updates as conditions merit.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Late night open thread

No doubt tomorrow at some point as transportation begins to wobble Uber will implement some kind of surge pricing. If a store that sold food or supplies like salt or shovels or snowblowers tried surge pricing for the storm they'd be up on charges come Friday and fined hundreds of thousands. Food for thought.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark