Ok, so today we see that amazon is buying another company, audible.com the audiobook seller for about 300 million. Like before, amazon is moving into new territory and expanding its reach. This move allows the giant to become an even greater player in the book market.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
A large bus sized spy satellite is falling out of the sky. The monster weighs several tons and we do not know where it will hit. We do know it will fall in feb. Get ready, these sorts of events will become more common in the future.
Posted by HDRKID at 10:10:00 AM
Poor people cannot afford to buy an ounce of gold at more than $900. However silver costs a bit over $15/oz and is quite affordable for the poor; in fact, silver is often called poor man's gold. It has held its value over centuries and has done better than a CD.
The future of silver is as a store of value for the poor. It keep while paper money goes down. We see a bright future for silver.
We need to prepare ourselves for what may soon come.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The economy is in trouble and now we hear that the stimulus package is stuck in the Senate. Most of the senators appear to be in favor of the bill, but they are toying with it rather than passing it.
Maybe the voters should call their reps and ask what the hold up is. Why is it that the economic stimulus package is stuck in the senate?
Perhaps there is a reason that we are not aware of, but I wish they would hurry. Here is hoping for a brighter day.
Posted by HDRKID at 2:29:00 PM
We see miles and miles of wire crisscross our country like a giant spider web, that extends from shore to shore. The world we see is created by a sense of limitless power and yet in the future these electric poles will be no more.
What is the future of electricity?
Well, we will use other forms of power that will allow us to do more. The transition to the air was made possible by gasoline engines. The Wright Brothers would have never gotten off the ground using a coal powered steam engine. The heavy steam engine could power a steam ship or a steam locomotive, but there are no steam planes.
New forms of energy will allow us to make greater advances in technology than we ever thought possible.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Richard Branson is moving into the high fronteir. SpaceShipTwo will soon lift off with its passengers. The road to outer space has been a bit bumpy. Many people are afraid to risk it after seeing two shuttles blow up.
Stiil, there are those of us who dream of what lies beyond. For us SpaceShipTwo is a dream come true.
Posted by HDRKID at 10:01:00 PM
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I predict that the price of oil will continue to go up. The debunkers who said "Peak oil is a hoax" will change their tune when gasoline is rationed and long lines that stretch for miles will become the norm.
Life after the oil crash will not be pretty. Shortages of food and fuel will create many disruptions as science tries to find a substitute for black gold. Well, we have a few years before things get really bad, a few years to prepare for what is coming.
Posted by HDRKID at 5:26:00 PM
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Few could have foreseen the calamity of the housing markets, and how it would affect the global economy; as you can see the world is going in a recession toward a deep downhill spiral. Still, how will that affect jobs?
The prospects for future employment seem meager indeed as the international businesses start to downsize and dump workers. Finding a position will become more of a challenge and keeping that job increasingly difficult.
My job predictions for 2009 do show a few bright spots in the area of ecoengineering and green tech as the world attempt to cut back on carbon emmisions and reduce levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, but even those green jobs will be low paying and dependant on government subsidies.
Posted by HDRKID at 11:28:00 AM
Friday, January 25, 2008
It seems so far away when the DOW was going up. Now it seems like it goes DOWn every day. I predicted that it would sink below 10,000 and that there would be an economic slowdown.
Talk of recession fills the air as major decision makers prepare for the worst. The drop in the dwow was only 171 points, but that is rain on a flooded terrain. The bad news keep people wishing for the Clinton years.
Dow has dramatic down week with a drop in the triple digits. Most analysts are worried about the recession. They see a steadily worsening economy and the decline in the dollar is causing inflation to rise.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
With the new stimulus package the budget deficit could reach $350 billion, which is more than twice as high as last years deficit of $163 billion. The economy is entering a state of collapse, not just in the US, but across the world.
Home sales have dropped to the lowest level in 25 years. The dow is dropping like a rock, and now there is talk that the second largest bank in France, Society Generale is in trouble due to a rogue trader. This means problems in the eurozone could collapse the economy there.
In both India and China the stock markets are in financial freefall as the sputtering world economy anticipates a prolonged recession that could cause many banks to crash.
Posted by HDRKID at 9:18:00 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The worse the drought becomes in the southeast US, the more drastic the measures become. There is now talk of possible nuclear shutdowns because there is not enought water in rivers to keep the nuclear power ploants cool.
Sad, but true. Things are getting worse and worse; in the past we never had a drought so bad that nuclear power plants were forced to shutdown. This could affect the economy in a negative fashion.
Posted by HDRKID at 10:08:00 PM
Never before in the history of the American public have people had a choice of a white woman or a black man for president. The future is now and we see that America is more diverse than before. On the republican side all candidates are white males.
Hillary is seen as ready to be president, on the other hand, Obama has one of the thinnest resumes in history. In contrast to Bill Richardson, who was gov of NM, Obama has only three years as senator. Hillary has eight years as part of the BILLary team. She sat on the board of Walmart, and she has been a senator for seven years.
If Al Gore can count his eight years as VP, then Hillary can sure count her eight years as first lady. Bill Clinton said in the 1992 election, two fo the price of one.
The future of women is now, we see a world where the ultimate glass ceiling is smashed and the most important job on earth goes to a woman.
Posted by HDRKID at 6:50:00 AM
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
People think that the future wars are spaceships firing lasers on Mars, but the war is here. Everyday my website is attacked by hackers from the former soviet union. These russians will hit numerous times and try to take out the servers.
I am on the front line of cyberwars. So far it is wise to not hit back, but in the future this cold war may become hot, millions of degrees hot. The future war is here.
It dive bombed almost 500 points today and was able to recover, but weak earnings are driving both the dollar and the dow lower. The rate cut interest rates 3/4 of a point, but this will only fuel inflation. People are losing confidence the the pastel pink fifty dollar bills and the monopoly money orangeback tens.
Posted by HDRKID at 9:29:00 AM
Monday, January 21, 2008
The stock has fallen from a record high of $202 and quarterly profits are in doubt. Still, short term apple looks good. Long term there are problems at apple's very core.
The new operating system is based on Linux. As we know there are thorny legal issues. The future of Linux is not rosy. In days to come we see laws passed against open source / public domain software.
Posted by HDRKID at 4:15:00 AM
Sunday, January 20, 2008
US Biotech Firm Stemagen Clones Human Embryos fom the skin cells of its CEO.
Stemagen CEO Samuel H. Wood, said the achievement was "a critical milestone in the development of patient-specific embryonic stem cells for human therapeutic use, potentially including developing treatments for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases."
Truly this is the dawn of a new day. I predict human cloning is not far. We are getting ready to clone people.
Posted by HDRKID at 1:55:00 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2008
This member of the big three is doing horrible. Trucks are doing terrible and the Dodge Ram is not going to sell well. On the luxury side, the economyisin a tail spin and we need to get green quick.
The monster trucks and SUVs that sold in the 90's are not what the driving public wants. They demand small fuel efficient cars. Mercedes dumped Chrysler and they have the smart car, the mini cooper and other small cars that appeal to the driving customer.
What we need is for Chrysler to produce hybrids and electric cars, otherwise I see massive layoffs for the troubled automaker.
Posted by HDRKID at 12:34:00 PM
Friday, January 18, 2008
The former chess champ died today, a sad day. We will all miss him as he was one of the greatest american chess grandmasters.
In other news, victim Carlos Sousa is said to have been taunting Tatiana the tiger before the fatal encounter. He provoked the big cat and was running for his life.
Posted by HDRKID at 3:52:00 AM
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
In a landmark decision the FDA says that do not need to run more test on the safety of clones. Also, they say that clone meat and milk need not be labeled as such. This worries many consumers as they feel that clone food amy not be as good.
We know that clone animals do not live as long, for example, Dolly the Sheep died as four of old age with arthritis. Not sure of the effect of eating clones.
Posted by HDRKID at 8:12:00 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Hang on to your horse, the dollar is diving and oil is soaring, yet the frd wants to cut rates. After yet another down day for the DOW we have a call to bail out the banks by cutting interest rates.
Ben Bernakes says we are not going into a recession. Yeah, we are already in a depression like 1929. Jess kidding. Things are not that bad, YET!
Posted by HDRKID at 7:00:00 PM
Steve Jobs unleashes the super slim lapto at macworld. The laptop has SSD (solid state drives) ased on flash memory. It is powerful and easy to carry. This is an exciting new day for Apple as it moves to dominate the laptop market.
Posted by HDRKID at 12:53:00 PM
Monday, January 14, 2008
Using play money CNN allows you to trade in a game where you get to predict the winner of political contests. It is a new phenomenon called crowdsourcing. The game is called - CNN Political Market, where you get a chance to predict the future of 2008 presidential politics!
It is easy to play so come on in!
Posted by HDRKID at 8:26:00 AM
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Imagine a large television set that is environmentally friendly and uses less electricity than a light bulb. Well, the future is here. At the CES the large power-sipping ecoTV HDTV is a hit. This is the face of a new breakthrough technology that will allow large wall screen television to be both affordable and common. Father into the future we will see OLED replace the currenct crop of LCD TV will luminous large screen that consume little power.
Welcome to the world of tomorrow...
Friday, January 11, 2008
Gold keeps going up and the dollar keeps going down. The declining dollar has will cause the price per barrel of oil to go over $100/b and this will affect most people.
For example the Toyota Prius Hybrid car sales pass Ford Explorer SUV sales due to high gasoline prices. This is evidence that the high cost of fuel is having an impact.
The DOW was DOWn again today. A drop of almost 250 points. We are in a recession and we will enter a time of troubles. Irony is Jackson on a Central Bank Note. The man always hated the central bank. Ben Bernake wants to cut the prime rate and this will make the dollar drop even more.
Posted by HDRKID at 1:15:00 PM
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Hillary did much better than analyst expected in New Hampshire and especially with young women. Her message is resonating with this group. The issues of health care and education are important to all americans, but many women feel that Hillary has their best interests at heart.
Obama on the other hand has the thinest resume in history. In contrast to Bill Richardsons exptensive experience Obama is a very junior player. The junion senator from Illinois cannot match what is expected. He has the least amount of experience of any candidate.
Hillary is reliant on her experience in the White House, much like Al Gore was reliant on his experience as Vice President for eight years. The future will tell us if this experience was enough.
What we now see is that analysts totally overlooked the experience factor. People want a president that can do the task, and no on the job training is required.
Posted by HDRKID at 2:40:00 AM
Monday, January 07, 2008
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said today that the subprime crisis raises the 'potential of a market failure.' He asked for a freeze on interest rates to prevent catastrophe. A collapse of the economy caused by mortage meltdown could plunge the nation into a deep depression.
Paulson defends 'freeze' plan as a way to prevent the current crisis from becoming worse and derailling the economy. We stand now at the crossroads and must choose the right path to secure success.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will marry beautiful supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni next moth. The soon to be happy couple will be living in the presidential palace. Some men have all the luck.
Posted by HDRKID at 9:40:00 AM
Dow is down over 250 point, jobs weakrest in years, oil near record highs, but things look golden for gold. I predict it will hit 900 oz. Why the tail spin in the economy? Well, we have no leadership. Our rudderless ship is stuck on the shoals.
Posted by HDRKID at 1:16:00 AM
Saturday, January 05, 2008
They are called SSD or solid state drives. This small devices are repidly replacing the big old hard drives. They are made of flash memory and quite small.
Bloggers are touting new devices at thegadget show. Many of these devices are becoming more available all the time. I predict SSD will replace the common hard drive soon.
Posted by HDRKID at 1:36:00 PM
Friday, January 04, 2008
A bit of a bender bender as Chrysler Corporation is circling the drain. I forecast disaster for the struggling automaker as it loses more money than a drunken sailor on shore leave with money burning in his pockets.
In other new Barack Obama won in Iowa. I still predict that Hillary Clinton will be president. I stand by my prediction of a Hillary win.
Posted by HDRKID at 5:12:00 AM
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Let's take a good hard look at 2007. Sales of home appliances were terrible. I still see many item marked for clearance. I just bought a gas oven marked down from $499 to $299 and I asked for a further discount and they lowered the price down to $250, yes 1/2 price of the usual.
At Office deport a digital camera 6MP was marked down from $99 to $79 and then marked down again to $59. Back in 2006 this camera sold for $299. We are seeing no more happy faces. Things are getting bad as we slip into a reccession.
Posted by HDRKID at 3:59:00 PM