Year end

Time to close out 2013 and one of the most appropriate ways to do it is w/via of the biggest memes of the year, here’s the Harlem Shake open outcry style: I don’t know who put the vid together but thought it was pretty funny.  The footage was a mix from the movie Floored, some stock footage and also from …

Launch

photo credit wikipedia It’s finally time to light this candle, blow the pyrotechnic fasteners and hope that this launch is more Saturn V than Vanguard TV3….the book is finally ready for purchase.  Rather than wait for everything to be perfect, I wanted to put out the link to the distributor’s cart where it can be ordered for $30 plus $4 …

Book manifesto (such a serious word isn’t it?) maybe book statement is better

 (This turned out to be a much longer post than intended) With the books reaching the dock today, I wanted to elaborate a bit on the process and background of the project to provide additional clarity. The book is certainly a best effort on behalf of not just myself but the photographer, designer, proofreader, illustrator and printer.  Even for someone …

Comin in on a Hyundai

photo credit: vesseltracker.com I know it’s hard to believe that such a high quality book could arrive on a ship which shares the name of two mediocre car companies but indeed, the Hyundai Mercury is currently somewhere off the Aleutian Islands and will dock at the port of Tacoma in 4-5 days with the books.  After that it should clear …

Almost here….

Well it’s almost here as I heard word that the books are finally getting on a ship in China this weekend to begin the journey east and should arrive on the West Coast of the US at the end of this month.  I was surprised to learn it ‘only’ takes a couple weeks at sea for container ships to transverse …

London Metals Exchange vid (UK’s Telegraph)

End of an era for the London Metal Exchange? The Telegraph posted the above 2 minute video regarding the future of the London Metals Exchange and noted that it’s floor will have it’s future ‘reviewed’ in 2015.  I’ve written previously about how I don’t consider it a standard open outcry trading floor and how a tea party at a retirement …

1995 WSJ article on hand signals

You’ll have to click on the image to enlarge the article. Floor based WSJ reporter Clifton Linton wrote the above 1995 WSJ article on how ubiquitous hand signals were for those who worked around the trading pits in Chicago.  The article also captures how hand signals permeated the lives of floor personnel which lead to uses in other aspects of …