Poor pepper the pot noodle, she hates the thunder and she was just off to dgfc. Cancelled now. It was so nice earlier..
Thursday, May 31, 2007
from the NY Times.
"Americans, as a rule, are smart enough to handle a program that mixes opinion and facts. The problem with Mr. Dobbs is that he mixes opinion and untruths. He is the heir to the nativist tradition that has long used fiction and conspiracy theories as a weapon against the Irish, the Italians, the Chinese, the Jews and, now, the Mexicans.
There is no denying that this country’s immigration system is broken. But it defies belief — and a whole lot of economic research — to suggest that the problems of the middle class stem from illegal immigrants. Those immigrants, remember, are largely non-English speakers without a high school diploma. They have probably hurt the wages of native-born high school dropouts and made everyone else better off.
More to the point, if Mr. Dobbs’s arguments were really so good, don’t you think he would be able to stick to the facts? And if CNN were serious about being “the most trusted name in news,” as it claims to be, don’t you think it would be big enough to issue an actual correction?"
Luckily they didn't ask him more about his work, as he had recently 'made a bomb'.
And in other news..
Q: How many US Attorney Generals does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: I cannot recall that particular answer at this time.
I have always thought that kid's menus were a bit lame and fried food orientated, so this article caught my eye.. loved the paragraph above.. "in the grips of a nefarious chicken finger pandemic" that's great.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Cantor Fitzgerald LP agreed to sell BGC Partners to its listed ESpeed Inc. unit for $1.3 billion in stock, joining the voice and electronic bond trading divisions a month after rejecting a takeover offer for eSpeed.
ESpeed will issue and sell 133.9 million shares to BGC Partners for $9.75 each, a 6.1 percent premium to ESpeed's closing price yesterday, the New York-based company said last night in a statement. The combined company will have more than $1 billion in revenue this year, ESpeed said. Last year, ESpeed posted $164 million in revenue, according to Bloomberg data.
Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond trading firm that lost hundreds of employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, controls 88 percent of the voting power for ESpeed, according to the statement. ESpeed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick will share the CEO role of the new company with Lee M. Amaitis, his counterpart at BGC.
The new firm, to be called BGC Partners Inc., will benefit from a streamlined product development pipeline, larger capital base,'' and an ability to attract new employees, eSpeed said in its statement. ``The combination is expected to deliver tangible structural and operating synergies that will drive expense reductions and revenue enhancements.''
The deal will boost ESpeed's sagging earnings. ESpeed said Feb. 13 that it expected lower revenue and profit this year, primarily because of the expiration of a patent. ESpeed earned $4.4 million in 2006, compared with $36.1 million in 2003 and $42 million in 2002.
ESpeed's shares rose 4 cents to $9.19 in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading yesterday before the statement was released. The stock has gained 5.3 percent this year.
Cantor, which sold ESpeed to the public in December 1999, has nonetheless retained control of its former unit, prompting complaints from some of ESpeed's larger shareholders.
In March, Chapman Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based hedge fund that owns 9.3 percent of ESpeed, and Willow Creek Capital Management LLC, which controls 6.4 percent, both urged the board to consider selling the company, and increasing ESpeed's autonomy from Cantor.
A month later, Tullett Prebon Plc, the world's second-largest interdealer broker, made a $12-a-share, or $350 million offer to buy ESpeed, with the condition that ESpeed sever all ties with Cantor. Cantor rejected the deal.
BGC Partners, named after B. Gerald Cantor, founder of Cantor Fitzgerald, was spun off in August 2004, and had filed to go public in February with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. BGC will withdraw its IPO application in light of the merger announcement.
--Editor: Chan (aco)
via Bloomberg News
"This motion-activated deer lifts his head and sings “Low Rider” and “Sweet Home Alabama”! Watch the hunters BOBBLE their heads to the beat as the car BOUNCES and headlights FLASH!! A great gift for your favorite hunter"
As the summer sets in and the temperature starts to rise, many athletes question how much they should drink. To dial in your hydration, weigh yourself before and after your ride. The goal is to lose no more than 2 per cent of your body weight during a ride. We recommend that athletes consume 6-12oz. of liquid every 15-20 minutes while riding. If you do lose weight during a ride, drink 16-24oz. of liquid for every pound lost."
Carmichael Training Systems
6oz 175ml 12oz 350ml 16oz 475ml 24oz 700ml
So.. One Litre per hour.. that sounds about right.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Triana is a NASA satellite proposed in 1998 by then-Vice President Al Gore for the purpose of earth observation. The satellite's original purpose was to provide a near continuous view of the entire Earth and make that live image available via the Internet. Gore hoped not only to advance science with these images, but also to raise awareness of the Earth itself. In addition to an imaging camera, a radiometer would take the first direct measurements of how much sunlight is reflected and emitted from the whole Earth. This data could constitute a barometer for the process of Global Warming. Derided by critics as being an unfocused project, the satellite was nicknamed GoreSat, and was often referred to as an "overpriced screen saver" by Republicans. Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences whether the project was worthwhile. The resulting report stated that the mission was "strong and vital." Faced with political hostility on one side and scientific support on the other, Triana could neither be launched nor could it be terminated. The $100 million satellite remains in storage at a cost of $1 million a year.
Politics getting in the way of good ideas.. so sad.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The explanations of those people for whom a workday is not a workday..
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I agree wholeheartedly with this from comments..
"Don't hold the religion responsible due to the misdeeds of some crazy fanatics who think they are the flag bearers of Islam. Every religion is great in its own right. Only the followers mess it up."
I cannot imagine that, even five years ago, young British men would have been willing to take part in a show in which, after being objectified in a series of doubtlessly humiliating “love tasks”, they then commit to a marriage. With some humourless, stroppy bird who’s been around the block a few times. Surely it goes against everything that is supposed to be intrinsic to being a man?"
and on Madeleine McCann (my thoughts go to her family)
"..the best way people could “help” is by considering what they represent within our culture and then, in a blinding moment of selflessness and self-awareness, leaving current news events well alone."
Caitlin Moran writes a direct, refreshing, if a tad, depressing column in The Times on the awful cult of personality prevalent in today's society.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Urban myth that tea is dehydrating.
A cup of tea contains fluoride, which is good for the teeth
Research suggests that tea can impair the body's ability to absorb iron from food, meaning people at risk of anaemia should avoid drinking tea around mealtimes.
"..the financial year in China has 360 days, it's easier to compute monthly and daily rates if yearly rates are evenly divisible by nine.. ..the rule also simplifies interest computation on an abacus.."
Friday, May 18, 2007
Krugman via Economists View
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I've tried to start doing this recently.. no results yet.. but certainly feel better in the mornings.. am fatter than last year.. something to do with not cycling 8-9 hours EVERY Saturday.. and less time in the gym.. thank god for that.. I would like to drop 5-8lbs.. currently 181lbs (last year 168lbs).. hmm think have a goal for the month of June..
bicycling.com asked 10 racers how they stripped the fat and transformed themselves into lean machines. Their tips are simple and presumably effective.
Modern capitalism has two parts: there's business, and there's finance. Business is renting you a car at the airport. Finance is something else.
Even if you can understand - just barely - how it works, you still wonder what the point is and why people who do it need to get paid so much. And you strongly suspect that the swirl of financial activity around Avis for the past six decades has had little or nothing to do with the business of renting cars.
Last September, a week after the Avis Budget Group began trading on the New York Stock Exchange, The Wall Street Journal reported that the new company was "ripe for the picking."
The Journal warned, "If a buyout or acquisition deal doesn't materialize for Avis, stock and bond investors will have to focus on the fundamentals of its car-rental business." Goodness! Anything but that!"
full IHT op-ed
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
As he thought about it more, however, he thought that he (as in himself and his body) was actually a valuable commodity and he could sell himself and that is exactly what he did. He walked to the freeway entrance and held up a sign that said,
“Traffic is bad. Spend 2 hours or pay me $10 and get there in 20 minutes”He said the first day he was picked up within 15 minutes. When he got dropped off, he walked to the other side, held up his sign and got paid to go back the other way too. On a typical day he makes 2 to 3 round trips during the morning commute rush hour and 3 - 5 round trips during the evening rush hour. If there is an accident and traffic is really slow, his price doubles. He clears $100 - $300 a day sitting in a car so others can get to work and home faster!"
Guns don't kill people. Chuck Norris kills People.
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain.
There is no chin under Chuck Norris' Beard. There is only another fist.
Chuck Norris has two speeds. Walk, and Kill.
The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Chuck Norris 3. Cancer
Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
Chuck Norris is my Homeboy.
Chuck Norris doesn't go hunting.... Chuck Norris goes killing.
Delta Force (1986).. twaddle.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
(Verb). To make a quick and to-the-point phone call that lasts under 30 seconds.
"Let me testosterphone Jim, it will only take a minute!"
The distance one can reach without leaving the couch or sofa.
"That job is too far; it's not within couching distance. "
"I can't reach the remote control because it's not in couching distance."
Monday, May 14, 2007
The first boy wanted $10,000, so Bush gave him the money. The second boy wanted a Ferrari, so Bush gave the boy a Ferrari.
The third boy wanted a wheelchair, Bush said, "Why do you want one of those, son, you're not handicapped." The boy replied, "I will be when my dad finds out whose life I saved."
via Comedy Central
Friday, May 11, 2007
The string walks away a little upset and sits down with his friends. A few minutes later he goes back to the bar and orders a beer. The bartender, looking a little exasperated, says, "I'm sorry, we don't serve strings here."
So the string goes back to his table. Then he gets an idea. He ties himself in a loop and messes up the top of his hair. Then he walks back up to the bar and orders a beer.
The bartender squints at him and says, "Hey, aren't you a string?"
And the string says, "Nope, I'm a frayed knot."
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
If they will not let you get a tattoo when you are drunk - I assume this is correct - then would the owners of the pet shop next-door to Midtown Roppongi let buy this puppy if you had had a few? It crossed my mind to bring the little tinkler home with me last night, and that was only after a couple of glasses of wine..
female Labrador.. asking price was Y168,000/USD1400/GBP700.
Sophisticated Internet users have banded together over the last two days to publish and widely distribute a secret code used by the technology and movie industries to prevent piracy of high-definition movies.
The broader distribution of the code may not pose a serious threat to the studios, because it requires some technical expertise and specialized software to use it to defeat the copy protection on Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. But its relentless spread has already become a lesson in mob power on the Internet and the futility of censorship in the digital world."
Cory Doctorow: Diacetyl, the buttery-flavored chemical used in microwave popcorn, may be banned in California by 2010. The fumes from it cause terrible lung-disease in people who work around it.
Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D) has introduced a bill to ban diacetyl use by 2010. The chemical is an artificial butter flavoring most commonly used in microwave popcorn. Numerous study have found links between the chemical used by flavor workers and a rare disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. For those of you who aren't 2000 yr old Romans, that means that the bronchioles and some of the smaller bronchi are obliterated by masses made up of fiberous tissue. It's like sticking marbles into the networks of tubes in your lung that connect fresh air to the alveoli, the little sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged with the blood. As you Romans can imagine, that's haud sanus. According to the WaPo, flavoring manufacturers have paid out more than $100 million due to health lawsuits. An excellent case study and background to this whole mess can be found at Defending Science.Link
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- If the bids are real - and the eBayMotors.com auction was stopped once for fake bidding - a modified 1969 Dodge Charger, painted to look like the General Lee from the TV Show "The Dukes of Hazzard," nearly became the most expensive car ever auctioned.
The auction closed at $9,900,500 at 1:00 pm Friday. That puts it just $1.1 million away from the $11 million paid for a 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe sold by the auction house Christie's in 1987. To date, that is the highest price ever paid for a car at auction, according to Christie's.
The sale of actor John Schneider's General Lee automobile, made famous in the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, for nearly $10 million on the eBay auction site appeared to be in doubt Tuesday as the highest bidder, identified as William Fisher of Laguna Hills, failed to deliver a scheduled deposit. Ebay had said that only "qualified bidders" would be permitted to bid on the vehicle but did not indicate how it would determine the qualifications. Today's (Wednesday) Ventura County Star reported that Fisher had "backed out of the deal" and that Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the TV series, plans to take legal action against him.
Monday, May 07, 2007
When you first hear about this scheme, it sounds like a reasonable idea. But the reality is quite different, because what has developed from it is a competition among the town’s yoof to get the speaker to . . . well, speak. And there are bonus points for creativity. In terms of crime prevention ideas this scheme is right up there with attaching disco lights to grannies, which go off if they get mugged."
Jimmy Carr on the Maserati Quattroporte in The Times