23 November, 2006

Empty vessels

Dictum meum pactum, the motto of the London Stock Exchange since 1801. They understood better than most that when you deal in nothing more substantial than a construct, an abstract idea, the real currency being traded is trust. "My word is my bond".

Perhaps apt when they end up spunking the bonus on a posh FIAT.

It always springs to mind when I see a hard won reputation exchanged for a mess of pottage. The temptation must be overwhelming, a well dressed gent with a sharp suit and an easy smile opens a briefcase full of readies, all yours and not a stroke of work to be done except to place your logo on his wares.

Created by David Weiner, approved and licensed in partnership with Ferrari the ART .ENGINE features 16 high-potency speakers no less. It can hook up to a wireless network a CD or an iPod. A snip at $20,000.

Anyway, if Ferrari products appeal to you can head to the Ferrari Online Store and check out other stuff. You will find Ferrari sunglasses ($300), Ferrari watches ($200), Ferrari belts ($100), Ferrari digital camera ($750) and more.

I fear that most people have too much of a life to join me in a Guinness fueled debate over whether a NACA duct has any acoustic properties.

Those of you reading this who have daughters might want to reflect on them craving pencil cases, tote bags and various gee-gaws emblazoned with the Playboy Bunny. Are they really that interested in Norman Mailer-penned essays on the perfect martini?

5 Step to the white courtesy phone:

Blogger MadMondo shout your mess

You should see the official merchandise Ferrari keyring that Shell kindly gave me for buying their more expensive petrol. Given that a worse piece of tacky crap would be hard to find I was puzzled as to whether they were saying thankyou or fuckyou or both - when said under the breath they do sound very similar.

I believe that a NACA duct will bring minor advantages to the acoustic properties of the appliance however these will be heavily outweighed by the utter aural shite their owner will wish them to spew out. A Barrett fifty can be very helpful in tuning the owners musical tastes in such circumstances without requiring the technician to endure the offending cacophony. And they are far more reasonably priced.

November 26, 2006 2:06 am

Blogger Richard shout your mess

I want one! Then I can play my entire collection of Chris Rea so loud that the entire neighbourhood knows I'm a cu.....

November 27, 2006 1:52 pm

Anonymous Anonymous shout your mess

why do you need to play Chris Rea?

November 28, 2006 3:21 pm

Blogger Chris shout your mess

A question that has rung down the ages.

All together now...

gravelly voice
"Driving home for Christmas"

November 28, 2006 3:29 pm

Blogger MadMondo shout your mess

Lock and load

November 30, 2006 12:07 am


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