Are you already tired of top 10 lists and reviews; the best, worst, top, bottom, favorite, saddest, ugliest, or even funniest? The people we lost, the music, the films, and viral videos all get pulled off a virtual shelf then pulled from a a virtual box. In truth these lists are stored in a relational database and prepped for release in November. You never know – the top 10 most viewed YouTube videos might need to be recycled for 15.
Of course predictions will be arriving any day. Here’s mine: in 2014 Google will start adjusting the “Lists of Top” I prefer, automatically. The top 150 wing-suit videos, 45 cat jokes and the 5 most effective Federal Reserve programs. They’ll appear on my android phone without my asking. Relational databases are smart but Google is much smarter.
Lists of absurdities still catch my attention. I admit. (Thank you FTAlphaville) It’s harder to define absurd and as far as I know, you can’t measure absurd in hits, votes or dollars. Absurd appears only in hindsight.
Here are a few of my favorite dubious absurdities:
- Buying a Tesla with Bitcoins.
- My telephone asking me if it should record my commute and share it with my friends on Google+. (Anyone that knows my routine will appreciate this just a little bit more.)
- Nicorette prices fluctuating with the price of cigarettes.
- Debt, QE and its positive impact on ‘growth’ forever.
- Herbalife pyramids
When you live, work and eat in France, absurdity often passes into the realm of the surreal.
- Priorité a droite. Roads coming from your right (without a stop sign or red light) have the right-of-way, always.
- Political catch phrases and titles: Démocratie participative, Le ministère du Redressement productif, and Pouvoir d’achat
- Social programs disguised: Tickets Restaurant
- Excuses: unemployment stats miscounted because of a SMS technical problem. Right… SFR takes one for the country.
My trading year left a lot to be desired, it was frankly absurd. Absurdities abound and they deserve attention (with or without a relational database) and a few lists of their own.