Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Penguin Movie

Watched a little penguin movie last night. I had no idea penguins could swim down thousands of feet holding their breath for 15 minutes? What are they, whales? I recommend the movie (March of The Penguins) - really cool if you’re into national geographic type stuff. I’m sometimes afraid of G-rated flicks, but this one is worthwhile.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Good Advice

Warren Buffett

Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

“When you get out of bed in the morning and think about what you want to do that day, ask yourself whether you'd like others to read about it on the front page of tomorrow's newspaper. You'll probably do things a little differently if you keep that in mind.”

 

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Stock Spam




















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I checked my spam box today, and decided to read one my latest spam emails. This one was promoting Remington Ventures - A random OTC stock some guy in a "boiler room" type operation is probably getting rich on. I noticed it was up 116%+ today. Stock hype is nothing new: being able to pump a stock on pure PR and hype is an old trick, but the internet takes it to the next level. I really wish law enforcement would crush these spammers! Above is what was in the email.

Buck the Animated, Singing Trophy Deer

At last, A Christmas gift anyone would love.

 

Buck the Animated, Singing Trophy Deer

  • A whitetail deer with a 10-point symmetrical rack
  • His ears twitch, his head moves up and down and side to side, and his mouth moves in synchromotion to six songs, 12 sayings or your voice
  • Songs include: "Rawhide," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Friends in Low Places," "Suspicious Minds," "On the Road Again" and "La Grange"
  • Mounts on any wall — in the home, vacation house, office, restaurant, bar or game room
  • Remote control and microphone included (batteries not included)
  • Mounts to any wall
  • Also available in Wal-Mart stores
  • Model No. 36155

 

Sunday, November 27, 2005

$500 Google

I keep hearing that Google is on track to $500+/share. While I believe this is a strong possibility, and I'm a believer in a healthy financial future for Google - the price is just going up too fast and too quickly. Maybe Google deserves its current $126+ billion market cap, but probably not today. I just can't invest in this stock that is being driven up by lunatic investors - many of whom seem to be banking on eachother's irrational enthusiasm about the stock. Or, quite possibily, I'll laugh at this post in 10 years when I'm using a Google operating system on my new Google PC wishing I had made a meaningful investment in Google back when it was "cheap".

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Stella!

Monday, November 21, 2005

San Francisco Election

SF passed Proposition H making it illegal for city residents to own handguns (this is only temporary in my opinion; it will get reversed by the courts). Have they read the constitution? Right to bear arms? Taking guns away from law abiding citizens will make SF safer? They think criminals will turn in their already illegally owned handguns? Have they seen what happened to crime after gun bans in DC, South Africa, and Australia, to name a few?

And what about Proposition I - opposing military recruitment? Are they kidding? I guess when the next huge earthquake, fire, or terrorist attack hits San Francisco they won’t be needing any military assistance.

2006 BMW M5

2006 BMW M5

 

V10, 500hp, this thing is nasty. The Germans really need to remove that lame 155mph governor though.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Fake Dates

Looks like their little plan at Match.com backfired…

By Martha Graybow

NEW YORK, Nov 18 (Reuters) - It's not easy finding love in cyberspace, and now some frustrated online daters say they were victims of fraud by two top Internet matchmaking services and have taken their complaints to court.

Match.com, a unit of IAC/Interactive Corp. (IACI.O: Quote, Profile, Research), is accused in a federal lawsuit of goading members into renewing their subscriptions through bogus romantic e-mails sent out by company employees. In some instances, the suit contends, people on the Match payroll even went on sham dates with subscribers as a marketing ploy.

"This is a grossly fraudulent practice that Match.com is engaged in," said H. Scott Leviant, a lawyer at Los Angeles law firm Arias, Ozzello & Gignac LLP, which brought the suit.

Match "promotes the policies of integrity to protect members, and yet they themselves, we allege, are misleading their entire customer base," he said.

The company said it does not comment on pending litigation. But Match spokeswoman Kristin Kelly said the company "absolutely does not" employ people to go on dates with subscribers or to send members misleading e-mails professing romantic interest. The company has about 15 million members worldwide and 250 employees, she said.

In a separate suit, Yahoo Inc.'s (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) personals service is accused of posting profiles of fictitious potential dating partners on its Web site to make it look as though many more singles subscribe to the service than actually do.

Yahoo did respond to requests for comment.

The suits, which both seek class-action status, came as growth in the online dating industry has slowed, although Web matchmaking still remains a big business.

U.S. consumers spent $245.2 million on online personals and dating services in the first half of 2005, up 7.6 percent from a year earlier, according to the Online Publishers Association. That's a slower growth rate compared with several years ago.

At the same time, competition among online dating services is fierce, with some sites offering newfangled features such as extensive compatibility surveys to match up people with similar temperaments and outlooks.

ALLEGATIONS OF 'DATE BAIT'

The Match lawsuit was filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by plaintiff Matthew Evans, who contends he went out with a woman he met through the site who turned out to be nothing more than "date bait" working for the company.

The relationship went nowhere, according to his suit. Evans says Match set up the date for him because it wanted to keep him from pulling the plug on his subscription and was hoping he'd tell other potential members about the attractive woman he met through the service, according to Leviant.

His lawyers said Evans, of Orange County, California, was not available to comment, but described him as a working professional in his 30s.

Leviant said his client found out about the alleged scam after the woman he dated confessed she was employed by Match. The lawsuit also claims the company violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, a law best known for being used in prosecuting organized crime.

The Yahoo suit was filed last month by Robert Anthony, of Broward County, Florida. The suit, brought in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, accuses the company of breach of contract, fraud and unfair trade practices.

Anthony's lawyer, Peter McNulty of the McNulty Law Firm in Bel Air, California, did not respond to requests for comment.

   

© Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.

 

Random USA Facts

Land area

9,161,923 sq km


Population

293.7m (July 2004, Census Bureau estimate)


Main urban centres (incl suburbs)

Population in millions (2000 census)

New York 17.8

Los Angeles 11.8

Chicago 8.3

Washington-Baltimore 7.0

Philadelphia 5.1

Miami 4.9

Dallas-Fort Worth 4.1

Boston 4.0

Detroit 3.9

Houston 3.8


Climate

Mainly temperate; subtropical in the South


Weather in Washington DC (altitude 22 metres)

Hottest month, July, 21-31°C; coldest month, January, –3-6°C; driest month, February, 69 mm average rainfall; wettest month, August, 99 mm average rainfall


Language

English


Measures

Previous UK (imperial) system except

US gallon = 0.833 UK gallon

US bushel = 0.969 UK bushel

US short ton = 2,000 lb


Currency

Dollar (US$)=100 cents. Average exchange rates in 2004: ¥108:US$1; US$1.24:€1; US$1.83:£1; C$1.30:US$1. Average exchange rates on July 14th 2005: ¥112.1:US$1; US$1.21:€1; US$1.76:£1; C$1.21:US$1


Time

Hours behind GMT

Eastern zone 5

Central zone 6

Mountain zone 7

Pacific zone 8

Hawaii 10


Fiscal year

October 1st to September 30th

SOURCE: Country Profile

 

Thursday, November 17, 2005

California Loses Nissan

This kind of news drives me crazy. Companies are fleeing the state like crazy to avoid the oppressive business environment in California. Not only are they leaving, many companies that would have otherwise been formed in California are starting up in other states. See how keeping taxes low can bring in more tax revenue? I know, it’s hard for some of those on the far left to comprehend, but in this specific example Tennessee will now happily collect all the tax and real estate revenues from Nissan North America. These are tax revenues that could have stayed right here in sunny California. Do you think the people at Nissan really want to live in Tennessee? Tennessee will also get a huge influx of highly educated people to add to their state, not to mention the fact that other companies will likely follow suit and pack their bags for Tennessee. The benefit to Tennessee is tremendous. Where I think Nissan takes a gamble is in their ability to recruit future employees, and to replace those that were lost in the move. I’m guessing they’ll have some extra money to pay in salary, since they’re saving so much in taxes, not to mention the cost of living is so much lower there – I think Nissan will do just fine.

Space Hoax

I really hope I wouldn’t fall for this one

I wouldn’t be surprised if they pull it off though

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bartender Robot

I just hope he makes ‘em stiff - robot

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Berkshire Hathaway Annual Reports

Thought I would post a link to these – some excellent free information. If you haven’t ever read one, you should check it out. Warren Buffet places huge value on the information that goes into an annual report; notice there is no “fluff” or fancy logos etc.. – just real numbers and information you can use (even if you can’t afford even 1 share of Berkshire stock)

 

 

 

Friday, November 11, 2005

Corvette Z06

This new Corvette Z06 is amazing. Whether or not you like corvette’s you have to appreciate the fact that this thing could beat most exotics on the road, and does it for about $70k. This car could literally beat a lot of exotics in the $200k-$400k range. For me, the really amazing thing about this car is that it somehow avoids the gas guzzler tax, even with its 505 horsepower 7.0 liter V8.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

24 million

Saw this on drudgereport today – why would anyone pay this kind of money for this? I’m obviously not an art investor, but maybe this could possibly be a good investment? I don’t know, I’d rather have a few hundred of these instead, or maybe thousands and thousands of inverted Christmas trees.

 

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

California Special Election Results

Results here

I don’t get it? People vote to recall Davis, but when it’s time for real reform they fall for the lame tv ads and vote no on everything?

It’s unfortunate 75 & 77 did not pass. Better luck next time Arnold.

Oil Profits
















Lee Raymond, chairman of Exxon Mobil Corp. is feeling good about the $10+ billion his company made last quarter.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Hermosa Beach Election Info

If you live in Hermosa and don’t know who to vote for city council, maybe this will help. I haven’t got a clue right now.