Some Companies Compared

I have written about business many times before:

* Follow up to the Amazon posts: Amazon is down 20% for the year.

Here is an update (Oct 24, 2014) on the numbers for many tech companies:

About the highlighting… Short answer: Red = bad. Green = good.

Long answer: EPS (Earnings per Share) numbers that are too low, I’ve highlighted in red; ones that are high, I’ve highlighted in green. P/E (share Price to Earnings) numbers that are are too high, I’ve highlighted in red; ones that are surprisingly low, I’ve highlighted in green.

(Since the 7-1 split, AAPL’s volume has gone crazy.)

Tech companies 10-24-14
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MacLaren P1 vs Porsche 918 vs Ducati 1199

I just keep watching this video over and over.

I think all three machines could have been driven better. And I’d like to see two more runs. But this is my pick for best film/video of the year.

192 mph on a production bike is bonkers.

Fun fact: there are a number of bikes that are close to 200 mph and less than 3 seconds, 0-60. And they’re all less than $20,000. What do you have to say for yourself, Exotic Car?

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Everything is retro.

…which is a natural, reasonable response to excessive technology. Here are some recent custom, and stock, motorcycles. Enjoy.


Does NOT look comfortable. But does look nice.
BMW R80RT by Diamond Atelier 1

Sartorie Meccaniche Belva
Step 1: Take a Buell x1 Lightning
Step 2: Make this
(I still miss Buell.)
Sartorie Meccaniche Belva Motorcycle

Triumph Bonneville Pegaso
It started as a 2006 Triumph Bonneville. Then the folks at Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles started working on it.
Triumph Bonneville Pegaso Motorcycle

Bandit9 Bishop
It was a Honda SuperSport. Not any more. (Like the BMW R80RT, the riding position looks painful.)
Bandit9 Bishop Motorcycle

Confederate x132 Hellcat Speedster
Confederate has a new Hellcat.
You can pre-order yours today. Only $65,000.
I don’t know how many they intend to build. (They are only going to make 32 Fighters. But those cost $100,000.)
Exhaust turning forward seems odd.
Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster

Not retro, but so pretty it makes my eyeballs hurt:
Ronin 47
This, too, started as a Buell. And, yes, they will make only 47 of them.
Ronin 47 Motorcycle


2015 Ducati Scrambler
Highly customizable from the factory. (The rear foot-peg looks too close to the exhaust!)
2015 Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro Motorcycle

Not retro, just insane:
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R
300hp… superchargers… on a motorcycle? Yeah, it’s not street-legal.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R Motorcycle

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Oscar buzz for Carrell, Tatum, Ruffalo, Miller (director).

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Yardbird (Australian short film)

This is a neat short.
Kinda made from pieces of other stories (revenge stories are very popular among humans), but it works.

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