All the references, lovingly collated

All

Posts tagged Ben Kim
Stanford Then Wharton... (6.06)

Bobby: Who is this?

Danzig: My new analyst.

Bobby: Well, if we hired you, you must be a genius. Yale?

Ben Kim: Stanford, then Wharton.

Bobby: Okay, Stanford-Wharton...

 

Stanford University (officially Leland Stanford Junior University, colloquially the Farm) is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and places in the  as one of the world's top universities. World university ranking = 3rd.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; also known as The Wharton School or Wharton is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton, the Wharton School is the world's oldest collegiate school of business. Wharton has an acceptance rate of less than 9%, and it only accepts fewer than 5 transfer students annually, making it one of the most selective schools in the world.

And he went to Hofstra... (7.11)

Bobby: Electric Sun is controlled by Kazawitz. He also owns 19.3% of Lumetherm backdoored through his stake in Southern Wind. You see that block trade last Thursday come out of Merrill?

Danzig: Yeah. That was Fortress cashing out their shorts before the merger. Wasn't it?

Bobby: Trade was at 12:52, when everyone was at lunch, which tells me they wanted it to be missed. You guys caught it, which is something, I guess. But you're looking at it backward. Electric Sun's offer was just a ploy to temporarily prop up Lumetherm. Typical Kazawitz play to bail on a loser. He's an animal. The block trade was Kazawitz getting out of Southern Wind, getting out of Lumetherm. He rode the story, now he's out, which means you need to be out. In fact, short. It'll slide to $32 and change after word breaks.

Danzig: Wow. That's a good catch, Axe.

Bobby: My cholesterol's high enough. Don't butter my ass, Danzig. Just get smarter. (To Ben) Your read was good with the information you had. You're new. You'll figure it out. Or you'll be gone.

Ben Kim: Jesus Christ.

Danzig: Yeah… And he went to Hofstra.

 

Hofstra University is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian university in Hempstead, New York. Long Island's largest private college, Hofstra originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) under the name Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island. It became independent Hofstra College in 1939 and gained university status in 1963. World university ranking = 401st-500th.

I don't want to invest in it. I want to get on it... (32.11)

Wags: Do any of you have juice with Raya?

Ben Kim: I could build a model for it.

Wags: I don't want to invest in it. I want to get on it.

Dollar Bill: What is that?

High-end hookup app. Tinder for the rich and famous.

Wags: That's so reductive.

It's exclusive, and it's about connection.

Raya is a private, membership based community for people all over the world to connect and collaborate. It launched in March 2015 as an iOS application. Early on, many members used the application to meet other members romantically.The app describes itself as "A private network for people in creative industries” and in January 2017 the app launched a feature entitled "Work" that allowed members to collaborate on work related projects. The app asks members to apply and log in with their Instagram account causing many members to conjecture if admittance is determined by the applicant's Instagram influence and how many active Raya members follow them. However, many community members with small Instagram followings seem to contradict this theory and the admittance algorithm remains a mystery. It costs $8/month (in US dollars) to be a member of Raya.

Do you want to be a giant-killer, Ben? (21.50)

Dr. Gus: What I say is, we used to live in a world that rewarded those who were very good at their jobs. Do you know what you get now for being very good? You get keistered. Do you want to get keistered, Ben?

No. I almost said "sorry" again because I barely understand what you're

Dr. Gus: And we will work on that. Replace "sorry" with, "What the fuck are you trying to say?"

Yeah, I don't feel comfortable with that.

Dr. Gus: I'm not interested in your comfort. Axe Capital is not interested in your comfort. I am interested in you becoming a goddamn giant-killer. Do you want to be a giant-killer, Ben?

Sure.

Dr. Gus: What the fuck are you trying to say?!

Yes. I want to kill giants.

Dr. Gus: There ya go! There you go.

Turns out I'm an introvert... (14.15)
640px-MyersBriggsTypes.png

Ben: What do you get a billionaire?

Mafee: God, I wish I had the stones to skip it. I hate these things.

Taylor: You love parties.

Mafee: Well, I recently took the Myers-Briggs personality test, and it turns out I'm an introvert.

Taylor: I'm not sure that test is rock-solid.

Mafee: I thought I like parties, but I don't. On a deeper level, it disturbs my equilibrium.

Ben: Is that why you woke up the day after the Christmas party in a yellow snow drift behind the strip joint? 

Mafee: Exactly.

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It is based on the conceptual theory proposed by Carl Jung, who had speculated that humans experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time. The MBTI was constructed for normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences. "The underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation.”

That's the Frozen Man, right?... (7.13)
OetzitheIceman02.jpg

Dollar Bill: I've been humping my ass into the city, hour and a half in traffic, into this swanky Manhattan office, and you haven't called a single meeting because the government's frozen all the assets. So when you called this meeting, I assumed that meant it was go-time and they've finally been unfrozen.

Wags: Not yet. Still frozen like Otzi in the goddamn Alps.

Ben Kim: That's the Frozen Man, right?

Dollar Bill: I need those funds to flow like the Kancamangus Rapids. I'm ready to rock and roll on full auto right the fuck now.


Ötzi, also called the Iceman, the Similaun Man (Italian: Mummia del Similaun), the Man from Hauslabjoch, the Tyrolean Iceman, and the Hauslabjoch mummy, is the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence the nickname "Ötzi", near Similaun mountain and Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. He is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy, and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans. His body and belongings are displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy.

You're not seeing it... (18.45)

Stephen Birch: We need to see the trade history leading up to the redemptions and cash positions.

Ben Kim: Sure. Let me bring up a different screen.

Wags: Like Squanto should have said to the pilgrims, "Get the fuck out of here."

Lara: Wags, come on.

Wags: It's proprietary. You're not seeing it.

Lara: This is bullshit, Wags.

Wags: Lara, we're not having a fight. I'm telling you, you're not gonna see that shit.

Tisquantum c. 1585 (±10 years?) – late November 1622 O.S.), more commonly known by the diminutive variant Squanto, was a member of the Patuxet tribe best known for being an early liaison between the native populations in Southern New Englandand the Mayflower Pilgrims who made their settlement at the site of Squanto's former summer village.

Just like in Tommyknockers... (10.26)

The robots have come.

Mafee: I got in this racket a generation too late, just like Tony Soprano. Yep, this is how it ends.

Ben Kim: Civilization? 

Mafee: Uh-huh. Just like in Tommyknockers. First it makes things better for you. Then it destroys you. This is how computers take over the world.

Rudy: Tommyknockers was aliens, not computers.

Anthony John Soprano (born 1959) is a fictional character and the protagonist in the HBO television drama series The Sopranos (1999–2007), portrayed by James Gandolfini. Usually referred to as Tony, the Italian-American character was conceived by Sopranos creator and showrunner David Chase, who was also largely responsible for the character's story arc throughout the show's six seasons. The character is loosely based on real-life New Jersey mobster Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo, a former caporegime (capo) and de facto boss of the DeCavalcante crime family. Bobby Boriello and Mark Damiano II portrayed Soprano as a child in one episode each; Danny Petrillo played the character as a teenager in three episodes.

In the first season, Tony is a capo in the DiMeo crime family. Between the first and second seasons, he is promoted to street boss, a position he retains until the sixth season; his uncle Corrado "Junior" Soprano is the official boss up until early in the sixth season, but has little or no actual power. Throughout the series, Tony struggles to balance the conflicting needs of his actual family— wife Carmela, daughter Meadow, son A. J., and mother Livia—with those of the Mafia family he controls. He often displays behavior traits characteristic of a violent sociopath, but also struggles with depression and is prone to panic attacks. He seeks treatment from Dr. Jennifer Melfi in the first episode and remains in therapy on and off up until the penultimate episode of the series.

Both the Tony Soprano character and Gandolfini’s performance garnered widespread critical acclaim, with Soprano being often cited as one of the greatest and most influential characters in television history. Gandolfini, for his portrayal of the character, won three Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama as well as two additional SAG Awards for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

The Tommyknockers is a 1987 science fiction novel by Stephen King. While maintaining a horror style, the novel is an excursion into the realm of science fiction for King, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.

King would later look back on the novel unfavorably, describing it as "an awful book."

While walking in the woods near the small town of Haven, Maine, Roberta (Bobbi) Anderson, a writer of Wild West-themed fiction, stumbles upon a metal object that turns out to be a protrusion of a long-buried alien spacecraft. Once exposed, the spacecraft begins to release an invisible gas into the atmosphere that gradually transforms people into beings similar to the aliens who populated the ship. The transformation, or "becoming," provides them with a limited form of genius which makes them very inventive but does not provide any philosophical or ethical insight into their inventions. The spacecraft also prevents those affected by it from leaving town, provokes psychotic violence in some people, and causes the disappearance of a young boy, David Brown, whose older brother Hilly teleports him to the planet referred to as Altair 4 by the Havenites.

No Fudgie?... (46.23)

Ben Kim: Do you know what this is about? 

Mafee: Somebody's birthday. We're all getting a Fudgie the Whale.

Ben Kim: I'm 99 percent sure you're lying. But the one percent is bursting with hope.

Wags: All right. In what I can only pray will not be a regular occurrence, Bill Stearn will take a page from the Otis Redding songbook and try a little tenderness.

Dollar Bill: Yeah, um okay. Compliance is to be complied with. Ari Spyros is a human man worthy of the respect due to any freeholder. And I apologize for the remarks I made to and about him. Oh, my god.

Ben: No Fudgie?

Fudgie the Whale.png

Fudgie The Whale is this cake.

Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding's style of singing gained inspiration from the gospel music that preceded the genre. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s. During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

"Try a Little Tenderness" is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Harry M. Woods. It was first recorded on December 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Ted Lewis (Columbia 2748 D) and Ruth Etting (Melotone 12625) had hits with it in 1933. Bing Crosby also recorded it on January 9, 1933 for Brunswick Records. The song appears in Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Pretty in Pink (1986).

A popular version in an entirely new form was recorded by soul artist Otis Redding in 1966. Redding was backed on his version by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and Stax staff producer Isaac Hayes worked on the arrangement. Redding's recording features a slow, soulful opening that eventually builds into a frenetic R&B conclusion, incorporating elements from the Duke Ellington–Lee Gaines song "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)" as well as the words "sock it to me." It peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been named on a number of "best songs of all time" lists, including those from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is in the 204th position on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. A live version performed in 1967 at the Monterey International Pop Festival was also recorded.

Where's my fucking lucky dollar?... (8.19)

Dollar Bill: Where's my fucking lucky dollar? Unless you want to wheel through the rest of your lives like Teddy fucking Pendergrass, you will tell me where it is.

Ben: Where what is?

Dollar Bill: New Girl! This your idea of making a name for yourself?

Bonnie: My name is Bonnie

Dollar Bill: What the fuck does that have to do with my lucky dollar.

Bonnie: I've never seen it.

Mafee: I thought you saw everything.

Bonnie: I can't even lay eyes on his station from down here.

Dollar Bill: Oh, you've seen it. Everyone's seen it. And everyone knows I won a huge liar's poker game with it against Carl Icahn. It's brought me luck ever since.

Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) was an American singer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing five consecutive platinum albums, then a record for an African-American R&B artist. Pendergrass' career was suspended after a near-fatal car crash in March 1982 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from colon cancer in January 2010.

Liar's poker is an American bar game that combines statistical reasoning with bluffing, and is played with the eight digits of the serial number on U.S. dollar bills. The digits are usually ranked with the 1 as "ace" as the highest value, followed by 0 as "10", down to 2 as the lowest. Each player holds one bill, unseen by the other players. The objective is to guess how often a particular digit appears among all the bills held by all the players. Each guess or bid must be higher in quantity, or equal in quantity but higher in value, than the previous bid. The round ends when all the other players challenge a bid.

Carl Celian Icahn (born February 16, 1936) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and controlling shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City, formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He is also Chairman of Federal-Mogul, an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products. In the 1980s Icahn developed a reputation as a "corporate raider" after profiting from the hostile takeover and asset stripping of the American airline TWA. According to Forbes magazine, Icahn had a net worth of $17 billion in 2019, making him the 26th-wealthiest person on the Forbes 400, and the 5th-wealthiest hedge fund manager. Icahn served as special economic adviser on financial regulation to US President Donald Trump briefly in 2017, leaving amid concerns of conflicts of interest.

I kept us alive... (13.21)

Taylor: I did more than just run your money. I kept us alive. I killed it at the Idea Dinner. I convinced the Street that night, and every day since, that there was always someone at the helm. I got us through a natural disaster. I all but closed Kansas City before Ben Kim went Thunder From Down Under on them. And let's not forget that I was key in making up the shortfall from Grigor's redemption, at great personal cost.

Australia's Thunder from Down Under is an Australian male revue who perform in Las Vegas, NV and tour internationally. The show is a 90-minute, interactive performance with choreographed dance and flashing lights. Their main competitor is Chippendales. The show is co-owned by Adam Steck and founder Billy Cross.

Since its debut in 1991, nearly 10 million people have watched them perform. Originally, the show uses the Australian practice of no tipping as a way to attract audiences. Their first show was in an old theater in The Frontier in '01 and booked a show in the Excalibur Hotel in '02. Since then, Thunder has toured over 15 countries including Russia, England, Canada, South Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Ireland and, in 2017, will be headed to Thailand and China as well. Each year, the group releases an annual calendar featuring the dancers and releases a documentary of the shoot.

You got a problem with the 'Commodes'?... (17.32)

Dollar Bill: You got a problem with the 'Commodes’?

Bonnie: Was expecting you to bring more Steely Dan.

Dollar Bill: Oh. I hold back the top shelf for my birthday.

Bill is joking, he means Commodores, of course. Their song Brick House is playing in the background.

Commodores is an American funk/soul band, which was at its peak in the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The members of the group met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968, and signed with Motown in November 1972, having first caught the public eye opening for the Jackson 5 while on tour. The group's most successful period was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Lionel Richie was the co-lead singer. The band's biggest hit singles are ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", and "Nightshift"; and funky dance hits which include "Brick House", "Fancy Dancer", "Lady (You Bring Me Up)", and "Too Hot ta Trot". In 1986, the Commodores won their first Grammy for the song "Nightshift".

The magnificent Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). Blending jazz, traditional pop, R&B, and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Throughout their career, the duo recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, and in 1974 retired from live performances to become a studio-only band. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 ranked Steely Dan at #82 on their list of the 100 greatest musical artists of all time. Founding member Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017.

p.s. Later in the scene the song Wonder by the equally magnificent Natalie Merchant provides the soundtrack. That one proudly selected by Ben Kim.

Now we ride you like Justify... (14.34)

Ben Kim: I've got a hotspot. I'm up.

Wags: Attaway. Now we ride you like Justify.

Justify (foaled March 28, 2015) is a retired American Thoroughbred racehorse who is the thirteenth and most recent winner of the American Triple Crown, accomplishing the feat by winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in 2018. He first attracted attention with a win in his first start on February 18, 2018, followed by two more victories, including the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, to qualify for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Justify then won that race, the 2018 Preakness Stakes, and the 2018 Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown. He was retired undefeated several weeks after the Belmont. Justify is only the second horse to win the American Triple Crown with an undefeated record, following Seattle Slew. Justify is descended from Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Count Fleet, War Admiral, Omaha, and Gallant Fox, all of whom also won the American Triple Crown. He is also a descendant of English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky. Of the 13 American Triple Crown winners, Justify is the first who did not race as a two-year-old.