Saturday, February 28, 2015

A death scene for Spock


 - by New Deal democrat

As I have occasionally mentioned, I am a fossil.  I am also a nerd, which means I am thoroughly familiar with the Star Trek oeuvre. I sincerely hope that before Leonard Nimoy passed away, J. J. Abrams filmed a death scene for Spock.  Here is how I imagine it:

Spock 2.0: [enters hospital room under cloak and hood. Removes hood]: Is it time?

Spock 1.0: [breathing laboriously] Yes.  Are you in agreement?

Spock 2.0:  It is only logical that someone should have the benefit of your experience.

Spock 1.0 Then proceed.

Spock 2.0 reaches out to touch Spock 1.0 to perform a mind-meld.

Spock 1.0: Live long ... [pause]

We see, in several seconds at incredible speed, all of the episodes we have seen over the last 50 years of Spock 1.0's life.

Spock 1.0 ... and prosper. [Dies].

The mind-meld is still ongoing. Out of grayness, a bright light appears and intensifies.  We hear and see Spock's parents beckoning him to the light. Then the mind-meld fades..

Spock 2.0 [with all of the emotion reserved for someone who has just witnessed the squashing of a bug] Fascinating.

With that, Spock 2.0 pivots and strides out of the room.

Weekly Indicators for February 23 - 27 at XE.com


 -by New Deal democrat

My Weekly Indicator post is up at XE.com.

It's time to consider that first Quarter GDP is going to be not so good.

Friday, February 27, 2015

GDP: Meh. But two forward-looking nuggets


 - by New Deal democrat

I have a new post up at XE.com, discussing this morning's revision to 4th Quarter 2014 GDP.

I of the forward-looking nuggets is good, the other mixed.