Deconstructing HCN's Icons
This page is now stale. See here for the current icon glossary.
Icons... they started out as a joke, became an institution. To the uninitiated (and often to the initiated), they can be cryptic and confusing. Hint: hover your mouse over them. If that fails, look here. The icons are presented in roughly the order they appeared on the site.
The mini pig refers to comments from the previous thread that were posted after the pig arrived, i.e. after a new post was made by our gracious host. This is often used to get closure on a previous discussion, or to reiterate something they found worth sharing.
The Red Pill
From the infamous Red Pill/Blue Pill scene from The Matrix.
Needs More Cowbell
From the SNL skit with Blue Oyster Cult, Will Ferrell, and Christopher Walken.
Steel Toed Bunny Slipper
Doris Dungey, aka Tanta, was CR's coblogger until shortly before she passed away. She did not suffer fools or miscreants well, and she had a fearsome, rapier wit. It was rumored she wore bunny slippers with steel toes, and would use them on those exhibiting childish behavior in the comments. She is dearly, dearly missed.
Rumor has it that Nemo has a monkey sitting at a keyboard with an embedded chip in its head, awaiting new posts from CR. This is the only plausible explanation for his notoriously witty firstiness.
I drink your MILKSHAKE!
There Will Be Blood
If you've never heard this investment phrase, try here.
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble
Pitchforks and Torches
In glod we trust
Vampire Squid from Hell
My Head Just Exploded
Hi Ho Silver, Away!
Rose Colored Glasses
For those of you who never attended a Foghat concert: before cellphones, people expressed appreciation of a musical act by sparking their bic lighter. Why they had lighters in their possession at the time is no one's business but their own.
A rather inconvenient form of currency.
An indicator that someone was being sarcastic. For those of you wondering, the icon is a snark missile.
Just Pullin' Yer Leg
You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! Damn you all to hell!
From Planet of the Apes. I find myself thinking this often these days.
This Really Sucks!
Fixed It For Ya
Wright Model B
I'm Lovin It!
Mcmansion. Get it? Huh? Huh? Huh?
No one 17 and under admitted
A Very Expensive, Fragrant, and Colorful Floral Bouquet
In Godwin We Trust
Watch those Hitler references...
Now back to the yacht race
Refers to Tony Hayward's epic PR fail during the gulf oil crisis.
Got Your DOW 10K Hat?
To Infinity, and Beyond!
To the moon, Alice!
That would be Jackie Gleason, from The Honeymooners.
See Nassim Taleb's remarks about the Fed.
Jump the shark
As in Fonzie jumps the shark.
Gomer Pyle, USMC
Buy the F'n Dip.
You're only as good as your last envelope
The Great American Sociopath, Tony Soprano. And sorry, yes, it was Silvio who delivered that (great) line. Watchoogoonado?
THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS!
From Star Trek, TNG. As ResistanceIsFeudal eloquently put it:
It's an excellent and many-sided metaphor for, among other things, the post-9/11 world and especially our probable near future.
Any idiot can see that there are only four lights. The captors know this too. It's a psychological contest of wills determined to break the prisoner (and Picard is the almost too archetypal Hero of character, intelligence and discipline brought via torture, imposed austerity and operant conditioning to the brink of insanity in this episode) and it nearly succeeds.
It's a deep metaphor - taking away a person's ability to use logic and reason to determine reality for themselves by continual propaganda to convince them that black is white, or that there is an invisible or a watching their every move.
From the early days of the CR commentariat, with nods to Mad Max. Our nation's capitol seems a quite appropriate venue these days.
Why is there a watermelon there?
Some questions are better left unanswered.
Rule #3: Seatbelts
This is a five point Safety Restraint System. Highly recommended when buying extremely volatile short ETFs like SRS. Rule #3 is from the movie Zombieland.
The first rule of kayaking is to not use it as your signature.
One of our locals wore me down. He also endeared himself by spending considerable free time picking up trash, and running our weekly bank failure poll. Not sure how he fared in the National Sucking at Kayaking Team Trials - you'll have to ask him.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar
Really. It's true. Just ask this guy.
No Soup For YOU!
Lets break for coffee
See here: The FOMC Debates the Housing Bubble in 2005
Do I look like Mrs. Obama to you?
See here: "Do I look like Mrs. Obama?"
Luuuuuu-Ceeeeee, you got some splainin to do!
Can't find the right clip, but she was a national treasure. Here's a take from one well known episode.
1) Denial 2) Anger 3) Bargaining 4) Depression 5) Acceptance
This is Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross, well known for her work on the 5 stages of grief. Which stage are we at now?
European Blond Spreads
With reference to CR's European Bond Spreads posts, where several posters played with the title. This is a tub of speisequark, a european, yellowish (aka blond), spread made from cheese curd. My apologies for this one.