Maximize Shareholder Value BS

You always hear that myth that corporation’s first duty is to ‘maximize shareholder value’. Well that’s bunk, and I want an easy place to keep the response when someone tosses that BS my way, so I’m putting it here.

NakedCapitalism has the scoop and ya’ll should check it out. It’s a great econ blog.

 

Also included on that page: 

My personal remembrances of Katrina

Still wish I’d helped Jim out more. For me the knowledge of what ‘the MS coast’ was like grew slowly. First I got reports from my radio because my power was out. Then I saw the images on TV when I helped out at MEMA (MS Emergency Management Agency)  by doing a 12 hour 7PM-7AM shift.  I THOUGHT I understood what it was like down there after that. Three weeks later I went down to the coast to help my friend clean out what was left of his house.

I.WAS.NOT.PREPARED.

‘Cleaning out’ a house wasn’t getting furniture and loading up a trailer. It was taking everything out of the house and depositing it in a rubbish heap. Everything from furniture, to TV’s, Refrigerators, cabinets, drywall, and ceiling insulation. EVERYTHING had to go. You see the water got into EVERYTHING and black mold was growing everywhere. And this wasn’t just Jim’s home. It wasn’t even just their neighborhood. It was the whole damn coast.

So, sorry guys. So very sorry.

Also, So VERY VERY glad yall survived. You see, Jim road this out in his attic.

My flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bshows/Mzm089

And now, the vacation photos. Run while you can!

First off, I must say that we didn’t spend that much time at PAX-East this year. Only had a one day pass and there just wasn’t any video (or board) games that we were super interested in. Turbine had a really big setup for their new DC MOBA game “Infinite Crisis”. Carbine was trying to own PAX and had Wildstar stuff EVERYWHERE. League of Legends was huge, and I remember seeing long lines for Blizzard’s stand too. Everything else kind of just blended into each other. This year there were two things that stood out to me. First was the cosplayers. There were a LOT more of them this year than I’ve ever seen before. Some of them were really impressive too. Also, I was surprised some of them didn’t get tossed for “too much skin”. I remember Turbine had their ‘cheerleader’ from “Lolipop Chainsaw” tossed for that reason last year (or the year before. I forget.) The second thing was the schools. There were a lot of stands for schools that would teach various parts of video game creation/innovation. I actually liked seeing that.

Hate that this picture didn’t come out very well. But here’s the cutest cosplayer:

Little Link

Little Link

Next up we have the craft section. I really liked these fully functional computer “boxes”:

It's a x-box no it's a PC!

It’s a x-box no it’s a PC!

It's almost like a dune buggy!

It’s almost like a dune buggy!

. And of course there were the hand crafted ‘gaming tables’.

Gaming Table 1

Gaming Table 1

Gaming Table 2

Gaming Table 2

The sculptures were fewer but no less impressive this year. Here’s one from 2K

2K's new game stand had this guy protecting it.

2K’s new game stand had this guy protecting it.

Chris and Rachel LOVED this full sized ‘King of Tokyo’:

Full sized King of Tokyo

Full sized King of Tokyo

 

But my favorite was this computer box. IT MOVES! (I’ll try to get my video up later)

Train moved back and forth on it's track, but it's a computer box!

Train moved back and forth on it’s track, but it’s a computer box!

Had a fun vacation, in spite of Delta.

First the story of my first day of vacation.

8:30 AM: Awoke a bit later than I would for work, but still with plenty of time to get to the airport for my 1:05 flight to Atlanta and on to Manchester.

11:30 AM: I was all checked in and through security. Nikki was on her way to Columbus for a nice week with her family.

1:05 PM: Discover there is a mechanical problem with the plane. I use the 1-800 number handed out by the Delta staff to get put on the 3:05 flight.

2:20 PM: Finally get to the front of the line to get my new boarding pass.(In retrospect I should have gone to the other gate to do this.) Get new boarding pass printed, but the clerk tells me the original 1:05 flight is working and boarding. She helpfully puts me back on the original flight, and prints out ANOTHER boarding pass for the 1:05.

2:50 PM: Told to get off the plane because the ‘fix’ wasn’t approved by the FAA.Call the 1-800 number again, but told the 3:05 is full and I cannot change to that flight.

3:30 PM: Told the part to fix the plane is being flown into Jackson and the flight should launch at 5:30PM. I had a VERY long layover in Atlanta but this is really pushing it. I get second flight changed from Manchester to last Boston flight.

5:30 PM: Given two slices of semi-warm pepperoni pizza. There really isn’t any place to eat in the Jackson airport past security so I feel we’ve earned it.

5:50 PM: Told the ‘part’ they flew in from Atlanta is the wrong part. Flight delayed till 8:30. No hope of making any connecting flights. I ask for my luggage back. My luggage, however, made the 3:05 flight and is now in Atlanta. Having no keys to get into my own home I call Nikki to make the 3 hour drive back to Jackson to take me home. Delta helpfully puts me on the first flight out of Jackson the next morning.

9:00 PM: Nikki picks me up from the airport and we have an exhausted dinner.

5:35 AM (Friday): I wake up get my carry-on and Nikki takes me to the airport…AGAIN.

7:30 AM (Friday): I’m finally on a plane ready to go to Atlanta. But wait, there is a problem! Luckily</sarcasm> there are two Delta technicians that had flown in last night on the plane (I WONDER WHY!?) and they are able to fix the problem in 10 minutes. My vacation finally starts. I’m already stressed out and miserable. Thanks DELTA!

Not enjoying fantasy football

I’ve had SEVERAL of the people I play fantasy football with basically leave my social network(changing jobs/retirement etc). They aren’t around to talk fantasy football face to face anymore. With that major change, and with all the injuries my various fantasy teams have suffered, I’m just not enjoying watching the pro games or keeping up with the individual players.

Not feeling it.