Friday, January 28, 2011

Best time to buy airline tickets....

interesting info from wjs - Rick Seaney, ceo of, studied three years worth of airline prices and concluded that 3 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday was the best time to buy. "That's when the maximum number of cheapest seats are in the marketplace," he said.


Venture Beat

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Obama's debt addiction

After $2 trillion is so-called stimulus money - Bloomberg News survey of 52 economists predicted that today's unemployment numbers would ranged from 375,000 to 428,000, the Obama revolution gives us 454,000 newly unemployed this week...  that's right, 52 economists had expected at the most that number would be 428,000. 

Real numbers are over 18million unemployed... 2 years into his administration he's finally focusing on jobs.  What was he waiting for?  oh yeah health care and getting rid of the bush tax credits...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

World's Sexiest Washer and Dryer

Even i would start doing the laundry with this...   displayed at CES this year
Whirlpool Vantage

Senate leaders eye option of state bankruptcy

I think bankruptcy for California is their only solution... I guarantee unless the federal government steps in and starts bailing out all the ailing states, bankruptcy is their only solution... you can't raise taxes $25 billion to pay off their debt...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nice to see my home state of Massachusetts has by far the smartest kids..

4th grade students at or above the advanced level, Math: 12 percent
Number of states that performed better, at a statistically significant level: 0
8th grade students at or above the advanced level, Math: 17 percent
Number of states that performed better, at a statistically significant level: 0
4th grade students at or above the advanced level, Reading: 13 percent
Number of states that performed better, at a statistically significant level: 0
8th grade students at or above the advanced level, Reading: 5 percent
Number of states that performed better, at a statistically significant level: 0
Average number of states that performed better than Massachusetts, per test: 0
That's right, no other state beat us... no wonder my sister's kids are always in the national science finals...
and i'm sure boston has more bartender with PHDs than any other state, ok it might be in history, psychology,  languages etc..  at least you can chat with them on almost any topic...  would still be in boston if it was not so cold...  even vermont is number 2 and new hampshire is 4th in terms of smartest kids...  sorry mississippi, d.c. and west virginia you rank the worst in the country... or as they might say they're the worstest source

CC A Delicious, Affordable Caberne

CC A Delicious, Affordable Cabernet 

At our first tasting of 2011, the final wine won our hearts and our minds. The wine was of the tasting exhibited a deep purpleand black color suggestive of wine made from Cabernet. This was confirmed by the gorgeous bouquet redolent of ripe dark berries and cassis contrasting with suggestive notes of tobacco, high-qualitynew oak and deep soil extract. On the palate, the wine offered an appealing blend of the ripe fruits so evident in the nose, a mouth enveloping softness and fullness with just the right presence of citrus acidity and tannin to support all the yummy flavors and give the wine a desirable spine. The wine turned out to be the C&C Cabernet Sauvignon selected, labeled and marketed by the dynamic vinous duo of Richard Betts and Dennis Scholl

One of the World's Largest company with the fewest Employees

Employees: 30
More than 50 million users in the United States each month.

Craigslist, offering free classified advertisements online, has been around since 1996 (it began life as a mailing list in 1995). In other words, it’s a real web veteran, and it’s probably quite a surprise to most to see that they have so few employees. And note that the number of users we mentioned here is just for the United States. Craigslist is also available in other countries.
Simply amazing from a small office in SF that 30 employees are handing the transactions of 50million users each month.  source

Domain tasting is Dead. Not sure why I'm just learning this fact....

Not sure why it took me so long to realize that Domain Tasting was killed off... two recent regulatory changes by ICANN, domain tasting was effectively killed off by mid 2009. I guess I never took advantage of the tasting.

Domain Tasting was a practice that abused a loophole in domain name registration rules that made it possible for registrants to get a full refund if a domain name was deleted within five days of its creation, so-called the Add Grace Period. This allowed domain names to be “tasted” for free for five days, directing them to pages serving ads. And this was huge business....

At its worst, more than 15 million domain names were “tasted” in just one month on just the .com domain. Close to 18 million if you count all top domains.

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Fact of the Day

Mind-boggling fact. 89% of all emails are spam, resulting 260 billion spam emails sent every single day.  2/3 of of all spam is related to pharmaceutical products

World's most Prized and Shortest Domain Names..

Your fun fact of the day out of 255 million websites and 88.8 million .com active domains there are only 3 single letter domains (paypal) and host a web site. is redirects to

Active single-letter domains

On December 1, 1993, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) explicitly reserved the remaining single-letter and single-digit domain names.  So there will never be anymore single letter domain.  Unless they decide to auction off the single letter which they stated in 2005 that they might at some point...

Active Two-letter domain names

Two-letter domain names are also reserved but some domains where grandfathered in.  
There are only 108 brands that own the shortest domains on the entire planet. 

Some of them are the following: (3i Group), (American Airlines), (American Eagle Outfitters), (British Airways), (Barnes & Noble), (British Petroleum), (British Telecom), (CA, Inc), (Deutsche Bank), (Dow Jones & Company), (Dairy Queen), (Dairy Queen), (Electronic Arts), (Encyclopedia Britannica), (Ernst & Young), (Facebook), Times), (General Electric), (General Motors), (Goldman Sachs), (Heritage Auctions), (Hewlett-Packard), (LG Group), (Morgan Stanley), (National Instruments), (Procter & Gamble), (, (STMicroelectronics), (Texas Instruments), (Under Armour), (United Nations), (Vkontakte), and ( was auction off in 2009 for $1.4million - and it is now a crappy parked domain that leads to condoms etc..

i worked for ft  meaning france telecom so they are out of luck... goes to financial times... having in a mobile world is even more valuable....

'American Pie' by an investment banker

"American Pie" performed by Mr. Scaturro:
A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How the Dow Jones used to make me smile.
And I learned my trade and had my chance
The music played I did my dance
And I made seven figures for a while.
I can't remember if I cried when they pulled the plug on Countrywide...
It sucks that Iceland is out of ice....Bye, Bye to my piece of the pie...Now I travel coach whenever I fly...Maybe this will be the day that I die.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

IBM looks back on 100 years of history... it only seems like yesterday with life with punch cards and fortran...

Hard to believe IBM is a century old then again.... then again at 122 years old Nintendo it the century mark awhile ago.... On September the 23rd, 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo in Kyoto, Japan. It was founded to produce playing cards called hanafuda ...

But then again, did you realize that Nokia was founded in 1865, incorporated 1871. That makes Nokia 146 years old.... the same year as our civil war...

interesting article on quantum entanglement 

"Entanglement in time could also be used to investigate as-yet-untested fundamentals of particle physics. In the 1970s, physicist Bill Unruh predicted that, if a spaceship accelerates through the empty space of a vacuum, particles should appear to pop out of the void. Particles carry energy, so they would be, in effect, a warm bath. Wave a thermometer outside, and it would record a positive temperature." 
detail here

Thursday, January 20, 2011

media buying on social advertising is exploding

US maketers will spend $3.08 billion to advertise on social networking sites
this year, eMarketer predicts. Spending will be up 55% over the $1.99 billion
advertisers devoted to social networks in 2010 and will rise by a further 27.7%
next year to reach nearly $4 billion.

Facebook is clearly driving this increase in ad spend...
Nice chart on mobile activities for mobile consumer shopping.

link here

With absolute price transparency via taking photos with your phone of the product or item (i.e. bar-code or product code) your interested at the store.  You have instant price transparency and now have to make real-time decisions if the price difference is largest enough to delay purchase and walk out the store empty handed..

Though many think this will be the demise of physical stores. Seems they have been predicting sales to decrease at bestbuy for awhile...  There's a lot to say about instant gratification even when it costs you more....  No one will be walking out of BestBuy and missing the Super Bowl because they could have saved a hundred dollars from some online store and have the TV delivered a week after the game has ended ...

simply amazing 842million cell subscribers just in china

China's Mobile Subs Reach 842M
China's wireless subscriber base swelled to 841.94 million in December, the country's top three operators
reported. continue

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ghost Cities.... China the next implosion late 2011?

The Mayfair hedge fund manager said he started work when he saw some news reports on China’s “ghost towns”. Last year Al Jazeera, the Middle Eastern television channel, aired a short report from Ordos Shi, a city in inner Mongolia built for one million people that is almost entirely empty. The report reveals empty streets, housing estates, shops and restaurants. The locals prefer the old town of Ordos and tell the cameras there’s no need to move to the new city.
China has consumed just 65% of the cement it has produced in five years, after exports. The country is outputting more steel than the world’s next seven largest producers combined. It has 200m tons of excess capacity.
In property, Corriente said it had found an excess of 3.3bn square metres of floor space in China – yet 200m square metres of new space is being constructed each year.
Ghost town, Inner Mongolia: Inside China's empty cities

More ghost cities - views from google maps

...though an update...  some hedgefund friends, say this is only temporary... china's population is so huge they can fill any empty city within months....

huge internet numbers....

Some highlights:
  • 107 TRILLION emails were sent in 2010.
  • 255 million websites...
  • .88.8 million .com domain names.
  • 1.97 billion internet users worldwide.
  • 152 million blogs.
  • 25 billion tweets sent in 2010 (!).
  • 600 million users on Facebook.


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Nice smartphone feature comparison chart....

How can you beat travel photo of the day from National Geographic...

though i also enjoy NASA's photo of the day too..

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Verizon does iPhone - CDMA over UMTS?

The Basics on CDMA, GSM and UMTS

"The primary difference between the AT&T iPhone and the Verizon iPhone is the technology each uses for 3G connectivity.
AT&T employs the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System in its network. UMTS is built upon concepts from the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standard, the basis for EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution). Because of this shared architecture, most UMTS devices support GSM and EDGE, including the AT&T iPhone."  article here

One of the other big disadvantages of CDMA is its inability to carry voice and data simultaneously. AT&T phones can browse the web while on a phone call. Verizon phones don’t have that capability, although the network is working on that feature.

8 million views for Roger Federer trickshot on Gillette

Cool facebook hacks

HTML5 WebM HD Video on YouTube (beta)
Google has come to the conclusion that there will never be agreement on H.264, since it is proprietary technology owned by MPEG LA, a firm that forms and licenses patent pools. Thus the search giant decided to draw a line in the sand and double down on the WebM. WebM, for those of you who may not remember, is the open codec/standard for web video created by Google.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Samsung BD-D7500 World’s Slimmest and Sexist 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

[CES 2011] I can not rave enough about Samsung 2011... From forward thinking about technology  to absolutely killer product designs... they must have their designers study Apple until they breath Apple... The designs coming out of Samsung are of pure technology beauty...

"CES, it is all about pushing 3D everywhere and launching the thinnest gadget around. Samsunghas announced its 0.9″ thick Blu-ray disc player a few weeks ago in Korea, and today, we’ll have the opportunity to get our hands on it for the first time! As expected, the BD-D7500 is 3D enabled and has the capability to convert 2D to 3D, in case you really crave 3D content 24/7. Additionally, the CES Best of Innovation Award Winner features built-in WiFi and Smart Blu-ray, Samsung’s content streaming service, it will be available in the first half of 2011".  source

The BD-D7500 is also DLNA-compliant, so you can stream your personal music, photos, and videos from a connected PC.  source

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

World's thinnest smartphone - The LG Optimus Black -- formerly known as the LG B

From 'The LG Optimus Black -- formerly known as the LG B -- proves that you can never be too bright or too thin. Not only is it the thinnest smart phone in the world at 9.2mm, just beating out the iPhone 4 by 0.1 millimetre, it's also got bragging rights to a new kind of display'..

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LG Black review from

Google Goggles for Android lets you cheat at Sudoku - Mobile AR to explode in late 2011

Most sports viewers are already used to AR without out ever realizing it.  Those yellow "first down" lines seen in FOX and NBC etc broadcasts of NFL Football games using the 1st & Ten system, and the colored trail showing location and direction of the puck in TV broadcasts of ice hockey games.

Shown above is a fantastic though somewhat useless example of an augmented reality application... soon you will be holding your phone up to solve math equation problems, trivia questions and cross word puzzles...  imagine mobile Google street views integrated into AR with live advertising and live RSS feeds displayed on the storefront windows...  

Microsoft already has some interesting examples of live video augmented with content.

QR codes for years (i.e. japan) have been used for pushing content to static objects and we are now seeing Google and MS presenting a beachhead here... Nice collection of mobile AR examples

Just as location services are hot,  towards the end of this year or early 2012 we will see an explosion of mobile AR Photo recognition applications..  cnet

Interesting phone from Japan Sharp Galapagos 3D phone doesn't need glasses

I miss living in Tokyo, where every week there would be some cool new device that would show up on the streets of Akihabara.

From cnet..."But it's the 3D stuff you really want to know about. The 3.8-inch displays will use 3D technology similar to Nintendo's forthcoming handheld. The screens use what's called a parallax barrier, making each eye see a slightly different image. This creates a stereoscopic display -- an image your brain perceives as 3D.

Doing it the Sharp and Nintendo way, without headgear, is called autostereoscopy. The only problem is you have to keep your head reasonably steady in front of the screen to see the 3D image. This isn't good for 3D TVs, but for small handheld screens it's definitely workable."

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Softbank site

Video of Sharp 3D

2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage - Detroit Auto Show

Not sure what drives my fascination with metal that moves at high velocity powered by an ancient fuel source.  Maybe it has to do with now living in NYC and relying on taxis and mass movers... Until a few years ago, morning ritual would include getting into one of these glorified rockets to commute 15 minutes to the office...  Actually it would take longer standing inline for coffee than my commute...  

I like the wording this author choseTo a car guy, this artful amalgamate of aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber, leather, rubber and glass represents pure sensory overload'... 

More on this beautiful 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Seems media totally ignored the overt violence directed at Bush...

Though for me, I'm pretty much not political due to the fact my ideal candidate does not exist...  Candidate needs to being pro-green (strongly environmental laws) (strong laws against worthless lawsuits) (taxes credits for fusion and nuclear energy research) (pro space exploration) (pro business laws to encourage hiring) (radically smaller military)  etc... no need to bore you more...  

With that said, it does seem the media was blindfolded with the threats that resonated from the left... a few of hundreds of examples...
Craig Kilborn on CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn ran a graphic of the words “SNIPERS WANTED” under George Bush as he gave his acceptance speech. 
His followers turn out... 
Imagine if that was a tea-party member about O... 

Amazing even Hollywood produced and distributed a movie 'Death of a President' About the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago...

Now getting back to the media...  Stop blaming Palin and just ignore her so she can disappear and do her fishing tv show...  Her annoying voice is enough to cause mental damage...  At least use subtitles when she talks so I can turn down the volume... Or better yet, DON'T put her on your broadcast....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Finally MGM is getting around to announcing the much delayed BOND 23

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will have a worldwide release on November 9, 2012. Daniel Craig returns as the legendary British agent, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.  007 years in delay because it took that long for MGM's future to sort itself out what with the failed auction sale of the studio, then the pre-packaged bankruptcy getting approval, and eventually Spyglass taking over studio filmmaking.

History Channel disappointment....

It's so disappointing to see the History Channel is going trash TV. This dumbing down of America is incredible...  An hour special on aliens controlling the weather and are fully responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs and every other mass extinction...

Monday, January 10, 2011

APAP|NYC January 7-11 2011 Showcasing great performing arts

Over the weekend attended music conference promoting bands and singers from big bands to jazz and everything in between... Above music from the outskirts of Russia... Below the The Blanks, a quartet who sing a cappella.... You might remember them all from the television show Scrubs....

Ok it is only the second week in January....

Ok it is only the second week in January and New Yorkers are already suffering from the extended cold weather, with the exception of skiers and union snowplow drivers most are in need of escaping to some warm ocean climate.....

World's sexist 'Green' Car ever produced 2011 Porsche 918 Spyder

Finally Porsche is once again getting exciting again both in terms of design and technology...

Power for the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept comes from a 3.4L mid-mounted V8 making 500-hp. The engine is mated to two electric-motors sitting on the front and rear axle with an additional output of 218-hp. Power is driven to the wheels by Porsche”s 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe PDK transmission, allowing the 918 Spyder Concept to go from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. Drivers are allowed to choose from four different driving modes including E-Drive, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid. The E-Drive mode lets the 918 Spyder concept run on pure electricity with a range of 16 miles.  Details Here

Called the Porsche 918 RSR, this new advanced gasoline-electric-powered coupe closely previews a new series-production-based race car under development at Porsche Motorsport, which is eying a full-fledged, factory-backed return to the famed Le Mans 24-hour race in 2012, according to Porsche chairman, Mathias

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