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September 28, 2006

Michael Covel

Michael Covel, turtle investor.
Watch out for scams.

September 27, 2006

Financial Rounds

financialrounds, an east coast finance

Example: Scams.

September 26, 2006

Zog Sports

Zogsports mixes fun, social life and charity.

September 25, 2006

Ani Phyo

Raw like sushi: Ani Phyo.

September 24, 2006

Side Show UK

SideShow UK, left news summary and blog survey.

September 23, 2006

Sinak Plumbing

Sinak Plumbing Company,
1300 S Laclede Station Rd S,
Saint Louis, MO,
ph 314.968.1340

September 22, 2006


dabble is a uTube for databases.
Example Colbert.
more examples, more updates.

September 21, 2006

Separated by a Common Language

Separatedbyacommonlanguage compare US English to British English.

September 20, 2006

Credit Slips

CreditSlips covers consumer lending from an
aspiring consumer protectionist regulator perspective.

Generally well informed and level headed:
debt trading,

Consuming is where consumers feel in control
(compare to John Fiske, "Shopping for Pleasure: Malls, Power & Resistance").

Innumerate: one number represents the whole population ?

September 19, 2006

City on a Hill

On how Freedom became central to the Republican party's
campaign for word domination.

Nunberg notes there are lots of metaphors for the state
—a ship adrift, an actor on the world stage, a city on a
hill, a house with crumbling foundations—and there is
simply no reason to think one of them structures our
political thought. We should all thank Nunberg for
suggesting that there is no thread, metaphorical or
logical, that runs through the contingently evolving
packages of partisan commitment.

-- WW

September 18, 2006

Larchmont housing market strength

One place that seems to be holding up better than most is
Larchmont. There, the number of sales for the first 10
months so far this year has exceeded the corresponding
period in 2005, with 157 sales this year, up from 147 a
year earlier, said Debbie Doern, manager of Century 21
Residential Brokerage. In addition, the median sales price
during the period was slightly more than $1.1 million, up
from $999,000 a year earlier.

Ms. Hellman at Merritt Associates attributed the village’s
relative resistance to a distinctive combination of assets:
an architecturally varied and well-maintained housing
stock from the 1920s and 1930s; a thriving downtown
within walking distance of almost anywhere else in the
village; a location next to Long Island Sound; and proximity
to Manhattan.

Farther north, on the Village Green in Bedford, Missy Renwick,
the broker-owner of Renwick & Winterling, a family-owned real
estate agency, reported that some towns — among them Pound
Ridge, Armonk and Bedford — have so far remained relatively

“Gosh, everybody is saying the market is awful,” Ms. Renwick
said, “but we just had the best October in a long time, with a
$17 million sale, two $7 million sales and some for $5 million.
At worst, we have a few low bidders out there looking at
the leftovers.”

In one segment of Westchester’s market, that of new luxury
condominium sales, the sales picture has been downright
rosy. As Louis R. Cappelli, a Valhalla-based developer,
observed, referring to condos he is building, “there may
be a slowdown in some locations, but we’re certainly not
seeing it in White Plains and New Rochelle.”

Since the sales center opened last month, Mr. Cappelli said,
contracts have been signed for more than a third of the units
at his 44-story Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains
— where prices range from $750,000 to more than $6 million.

[Via NYT]

September 17, 2006

Plastic skin to protect PDA / Cel phone screen

Zagg's InvisibleSHIELD from ShieldZone Corporation.

Protective skin for a cel phone screen.


September 16, 2006

Tilley Endurables, safari tourist fashion

Tilley Endurables, supplier of safari style tourist fashion.
Classic hats, cargo pants, and sturdy belts.

September 15, 2006

Sant Ambroeus coffee

santambroeus makes great coffee.
NYC and Southampton, NY.

September 14, 2006

Urban Dictionary

urbandictionary is looking good.

Collaborative nature compels user contributions
and feedback, thumbsupping or thumbsdowning
competing definitions on clarity, detail, and
plausibility (for the zero information set) or
accuracy (for those in the know.

The freshness of the content poses a challenge
o the traditional dictionary.

Its information architecture lists adjacent and
related words, and offers endless serendipity.

Example: garaigo.


September 13, 2006

North American Pylon

northamericanpylon gossip about autocross competition.

September 12, 2006

Salt and Vinegar

The writing profession has a yo-yo-diet effect on diet.

"Everybody loses weight on hiatus, and everybody gains
weight during the show. You break up the long day by
getting a little ritualistic snack. It's like cigarette breaks
used to be."

The rituals can be exacting.

"Someone at 'Friends' would get a thing of Gummi Bears
and line them up by color before eating them."

-- Greg Malins, who wrote for "Friends" and "Will and Grace"
and is now a writer and executive producer for "How I Met
Your Mother".

"Our room is obsessed with Tim's jalapeño chips and
these salt-and-vinegar chips that Greg has flown
in from Canada

No kidding. Their salt-and-vinegar-ness is, like,
illegal in the States."

-- Gloria Calderon Kellett, one of Malins's colleagues.

September 11, 2006

My hoopty ride

Lincoln Town Car, 1998+, black.

Inventory: lincolnautomall

See also: Automobile Mag, wikipedia.

September 10, 2006

Alt text mugshot

Alt text is great for web pages; but for e-mail,
better would be to default to plaintext.

Message from the nice International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Subaru VIP Program.

September 9, 2006

Fourtitude: Audiworld++

Fourtitude community of Audi, and like makes.

Events like
Audi Forum Meet

Showing of the new Audi R8 at the Audi Forum New York City
has been confirmed as a go. This Saturday, October 28 from
3-5 o’clock PM, Fourtitude readers will have a chance to get
up close and personal with Audi's new supercar one last
time before it is packed up and shipped out of the Audi Forum.

Of course, the Audi Forum holds up to five cars, so accenting
the R8 will be a 1939 Auto Union Type D silver arrow racecar,
an RS 4 sedan, a Q7 and a $175,000 A8 W12 kitted with just
about any option quattro GmbH can dream up.

While many guests will be local Manhattanites, we hear some will
be travelling from far-flung places like Florida and points west.
Look for a little something special for the person coming in from
the furthest point on the map.

Audi Forum Director Axel Catton will offer a short presentation on the
forum and the cars, followed by a casual time where visitors can
examine the cars, ask questions of Audi and Fourtitude staff on
hand, and simply enjoy the atmosphere.

The Audi Forum New York City is located on the South East corner of
Park Avenue and 47th street in the heart of Manhattan.

September 8, 2006

Rough Type / Nicholas G Carr

Rough Type by Nicholas Carr.
Rough Sort (introduction) daily links -- Does it matter ?

September 7, 2006

Dictionary with completion by ObjectGraph

Dictionary with completion as you type, by ObjectGraph.
-- updates.

September 6, 2006

Saddle River, NJ

SaddleRiver is a nice town in New Jersey.

September 5, 2006

Fairway market grocer

Fairwaymarket, modest NY grocery.

September 4, 2006

Get caffeinated map

Coffee map, cups around town.

September 3, 2006

Strict scrutiny test requires a compelling public interest

Before 1990, the court had generally held that any
government restriction on religion must serve a
compelling public interest in the least burdensome
way — a standard known as the “strict scrutiny” test.

But in one Oregon case dealing with two Native Americans’
sacramental use of peyote, an illegal drug, the majority
concluded that there was nothing unconstitutional
about states expecting citizens to comply with valid,
neutral and generally applicable laws — like those
criminalizing peyote — even if compliance conflicted
with religious beliefs.

[As summararized by NYT. ]

September 2, 2006

Arris Lofts LIC $650 per square foot

Arris Lofts (Eagle Electric Company hq) 865 sf studio listed for $515K -- Queenswest.

Riverview in Astoria (Eagle Electric Company factory on 21st Street ) is cheaper ?

Arris Lofts reports they have 100 contracts currently out for review,
16 of which were issued today alone. A waiting list of 4,200 potential
buyers was amassed in the months before the sales office opened.

-- RealGotham.

September 1, 2006

Mortgage economists, who's who 1: Scott Anderson at Wells Fargo

Scott Anderson at Wells Fargo: bio.

Scott Anderson holds a doctorate in economics with an
emphasis in monetary theory and international trade
and finance from George Washington University. He is
responsible for analysis and forecasting of international,
national and regional economic trends. His areas of focus
include macroeconomic and interest rate forecasting,
financial markets, and international economics.

Mr. Anderson provides daily analyses of U.S. economic
news, and produces the Wells Fargo Economics macroeconomic
forecasts. He authors the bi-monthly Wells Fargo California
Outlook report and co-authors Wells Fargo’s weekly Financial
Market Strategies report and the monthly Economic Indicators
report. In addition, he covers the United Kingdom, China, South
Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore as part of our
bi-monthly international report.

Mr. Anderson's research is widely read by the financial
and business community and he has appeared in
numerous media including: CNN, Bloomberg, MSNBC,
CBS MarketWatch, BBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, New York
Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles
Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, San Francisco

Mr. Anderson joined Wells Fargo as senior economist in 2001.

Citation: decade of flat home prices.