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  1. Everyone, calm down...it will be ok.
  2. Yep, my kids have had a decent amount of their savings (holiday money etc.) at a local credit union. Will soon be adding it to their S&P fund at Vanguard.
  3. Thanks for the bump...reminded me to get my Foundation seat donation in. I’ve come close to missing the deadline some years due to busy travel.
  4. Tom was allsome. Miss me some Travis Mays, Lance Blanks and Joey Wright. BMW FTW!
  5. How is this company still in business? I worked there in package pick-up in high school in the 80’s and it was already turning to shit. And more importantly why would you keep pumping money into it? Where is the return? Do they own any of their real estate? U.S. department store operator Sears has reached a deal for a fresh financial lifeline totaling roughly $100 million from hedge fund Brigade Capital Management, as it tries to stabilize after bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Sears’ billionaire owner Eddie Lampert rescued the retailer from liquidation in a $5.2 billion takeover during bankruptcy proceedings a year ago. The company’s unabated need for new funding underscores Lampert’s challenges in turning it around. Sears reached an agreement with Brigade for the $100 million financing in recent weeks, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition they not be identified because the negotiations were confidential. Lampert has also bankrolled Sears in recent months, the sources added, without disclosing the total amount of funding he provided. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/sears-snags-new-financial-lifeline-as-losses-continue-sources-say.html
  6. 24-Diner was nice this morning. They continue to do a great job with food compared to a lot of airports.
  7. For the 12th consecutive year, NVIDIA Quadro GPUs have powered the stunning visuals behind every Academy Award nominee for Best Visual Effects. The red carpet will roll out for the five VFX-nominated films at the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 9. They are: Avengers: Endgame The Irishman The Lion King 1917 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker For over a decade, Quadro has been behind award-winning graphics in films, bringing the latest advancements in visual effects to studios across the industry. Avengers: Endgame amazed audiences with over 2,500 stunning visual effects shots, breaking box office records along the way. The visual effects development team at Digital Domain brought innovation to the film like never before, using custom machine learning technology running on NVIDIA Quadro GPUs to animate Josh Brolin’s performance on Marvel’s infamous villain, Thanos. “For Digital Domain’s work on Avengers: Endgame, we built a machine learning system that understood Josh Brolin’s facial movements, and we taught the system how to transfer Josh to Thanos’ face,” said Darren Hendler, head of Digital Humans at Digital Domain. “Key to this process were immediate realistic rendered previews of the characters’ emotional performances, which was made possible using NVIDIA GPU technology. We now use NVIDIA RTX technology to drive all of our real-time ray-traced digital human projects.” The innovators at Industrial Light & Magic also gave machine learning a starring role in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. The markerless de-aging of Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci enabled the film to tell a story that spanned decades while allowing the actors to perform without facial markers or helmet cams. With the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs, artists and studios can take advantage of the latest AI-driven tools and techniques. Quadro RTX accelerates many custom AI-based tools and commercial creative applications from companies like Adobe, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design and more, so professionals can take visual effects to the next level with enhanced capabilities. Disney’s visually stunning remake of The Lion King also broke new ground by transporting live-action crews to the CG environment in virtual reality. Through the use of Quadro GPUs, VFX supervisor Rob Legato and virtual production supervisor Ben Grossmann brought traditional filmmaking techniques in virtual worlds that gave us the most cinematic CG movie ever created. “Rendering is the killer of fast turnaround and iterative creativity. You really need global illumination and ray tracing for real-time feedback and micro adjustments, just like on a live action film stage, and that’s what the NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards give you,” said Robert Legato, VFX supervisor on The Lion King. Presenting a heart-pounding, up close and personal view of World War I, 1917 features a single-shot perspective that follows the mission of two soldiers delivering an important message to the front line. MPC used NVIDIA GPUs to create what looks like the longest single visual effects shot ever put on the big screen. Bringing an epic saga to a close, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gave audiences iconic lightsaber duels, monumental starship battles, and a new era of heroes and villains. Industrial Light & Magic used NVIDIA GPUs to beautifully blend VFX with practical effects, creating some of the most incredible worlds and battles ever seen in film. While only one visual effects team will take to the podium to accept an Oscar, thousands of artists around the world are bringing new worlds and characters to life every day. From powering creative applications to enabling new AI techniques, NVIDIA RTX accelerates the workstations and servers the film industry is using to define the future of visual computing. NVIDIA engineering is also no stranger to Academy Awards — seven NVIDIANs are past recipients of Sci-Tech Awards. https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2020/02/05/quadro-oscar-vfx/
  8. Love that town and I do have some business partners there...will keep you posted! Also, let me know if you hit ATX anytime soon or for any games. I will be at OU and LSU this season for away games.
  9. Long, long hold may have been a better term than never...but my kids will ikely be selling these when the time comes, not me. They are also inside of an IRA that was/is my "play" account....just happened to grow more than expected over the years. The vast majority of my positions are at Vanguard in a well balanced portfolio of their funds.
  10. @workswithseed I owe you lunch or beers at some point for the SPCE tip. I will hold this long like everything else. Also, NVDA has been another rock in my portfolio...these guys are leading the way in chip technology. I know AMD is "back" but NVDA is a monster. My current top three never sell: AAPL AMZN NVDA
  11. Can someone overlap this with the flu virus the total counts and deaths per year? Something tells me we will be much more afraid of that.
  12. Well, there’s obviously no corona virus in SPCE 🚀
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