BLOG: The Squawking Dead, Apple a day, Team Danica
The Squawking Dead
OK, we had a lot of fun on Halloween this year and almost all of it's worth a second look (or a first look if you missed it)! So I'll begin, at the beginning, with our "Squawking Dead" custom show open as seen on our Facebook page (big shout-out to the CNBC graphics department who rocked this animation for us). It was just so cool and made Joe Kernen almost as happy as when Daryl (actor Norman Reedus) came on the set a few weeks ago.
We then tacked that on the end of a brilliantly written cold open by 7 a.m. ET producer Matt Greco (follow @mgreco27) and edited by Squawk Video producer Dean Meelarp (follow @dmeelarp) and we had classic Squawk TV production magic.
By the way, there's absolutely no truth to the rumor that the name of this "Talking Squawk" blog was inspired by the post-zombie show "The Talking Dead" on AMC. (And if you believe that, I can also tell you ... if you like your health plan, you can keep it!)
Squawk Horror Stories
What would be your ultimate horror story in the year 2025? Our 8 a.m. ET producer Dave Evans (follow @colonelglasses) wrote a great series of nightmarish future news headlines for our anchors to read in scary voices with only flashlights for illumination. (Most of the stories come a little too close to the truth!)
You have to check this guy out. His name is Michael Natiello (follow @Natiello) and he carves pumpkins in ways you can't imagine until you see it for yourself.
He runs a show every year called the "Pumpkin Blaze" where thousands of pumpkins are carved, lit, and arranged into all kinds of displays like 15 foot tall dragons and dinosaurs. Watch the segment to see the pictures!
He also came in and carved awesome pumpkins of Joe, Becky, and Andrew. The carvings were so good we wanted to freeze them so we could use them again next year!
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I mentioned some of the Squawk team who helped put together that great Halloween show. But let me throw out a few more Twitter shout outs to Squawk Director @PaulDeFabo, Technical Director @keith_falcone, Senior Producer @RobContino, Senior Producer Anne Trivett (who doesn't Tweet), and News Associate @melodyhahm who ordered a ton of custom graphics.
Life according to Langone
There are people who just tell it to us straight. No Band-Aids. Just the brutal truth as they see it. Billionaire Home Depot Founder Ken Langone wrote the book on this. That's why we love him.
Don't forget, Langone is also a very savvy investor. Here are some of his top new stock picks with a focus on making money in the energy sector.
An Apple a Day
What would this blog be without a weekly post about Apple? This week was easy because Apple reported earnings, and its new lighter, thinner iPad Air went on sale. Here's one market pro's approach to trading Apple by the numbers.
2014, another double digit Dow year?
Squawk Market Master Jeremy Siegel thinks so! The professor told us this week he sees another 10 percent-plus gain in the stock market next year.
Danica Patrick (follow
@DanicaPatrick) was the first woman to ever win a IndyCar race. She's now on the NASCAR circuit. The Go Daddy driver has become one of the world's most recognizable female celebrity/athletes, and major corporations are lining up trying to get her to endorse their products.
A Bitcoin ATM
Yes, it has come to this. A coffee shop in Vancouver opened an ATM that allows people to exchange the virtual currency bitcoins for real cash. The kiosk looks like a normal ATM, but has scanner for your hand and barcodes. At the ATM you can swap your bitcoins for cash, or deposit cash and get more bitcoins.