Thursday, September 30, 2010
"He was the most popular guy we ever had here. He was academic player of the year, he set the curve for our players in the classroom. When something needed to be said, he said it. If someone was not hustling, out of the corner of your eye, you'd see him walk over and tell the guy, in a mature and firm way, 'That's not the way we play the game.' "
Martin Jr. added: "Think about getting a 3.9 (GPA) your last semester, knowing you're about to make five, six million dollars. That just shows you his character. ... What he's done for our program is immeasurable."
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
"Everyone has their own reasons for hosting strangers. Site spokesman Cesar Valentim says that for people in places such as Nepal, where international travel is financially or bureaucratically impossible, hosting provides an at-home adventure. For New Yorkers, he says, hosting offers a social life to folks who otherwise "don't have time to go out and meet new people." Ouch!
I can think of a third reason to host: Welcoming travelers to your NYC apartment—who can then testify on your profile that you are neither a psychopath nor an open-mouth chewer—is the best way to improve your odds of finding a couch when it's your turn to travel. And couchsurfing lets you stay in places where it's impossible to find a hotel room—like an Amazonian village or an Antarctic field station."
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
At the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps at the Ziegfeld Theatre last night, Shia LaBeouf shared with reporters the following delightful anecdote on working with director Oliver Stone: “We’re in the Adirondacks, and Josh Brolin and I are shooting this bike scene. And at one point I say to Josh a line — ‘You should look at yourself in the mirror first and see yourself. It might scare you,’” remembered LaBeouf. “I looked at the line for a couple of months and thought I’d go to Oliver and say, ‘You look at the mirror and look at yourself. It’s sort of repetitive. Why don’t we just cut one of those? Why don’t I say, Look at yourself. It might scare you.’ This is Oliver verbatim. He looks at me and goes, ‘I like mirror. I wrote Scarface. Go fuck yourself.’”
Saturday, September 25, 2010
"1) Be sales and support in the early days. If you do not have lots of capital in the bank you need to be very careful that your service is resonating with customers. The only way to do this on a budget is to do it yourself. Listen carefully to your customers and change your product as fast as you can to meet their needs.
2) You don’t need a 50 page business plan. Two of the three founders used a spreadsheet to define their company’s early stage goals and track their progress; one had a two page business plan and a spreadsheet. You don’t have time to do a beautiful 50 page bplan - just figure out what you think your metrics and costs will be and start executing (and monitoring your progress against your plans.)"
Friday, September 24, 2010
"What we're reaching in some classes is the transformation stage. We're seeing the iPad completely change the way that certain subjects are taught. Our best example so far is Art. I will write and share more about what we're doing in Art over time but it's fair to say that it is already far beyond anything I expected in the first year, let alone the first month.
- I picked up a ream of printer paper yesterday. It had dust on top of it.
- Primary 2 pupils have now memorised their passwords. That's not something that happens when they get 40 minutes a week on computers.
- Last week, we couldn't get the Primary 3 pupils to stop doing maths and go for lunch.
- My daughter April asked me if I could install the educational apps from school on my iPad so she could use them at home.
- We're seeing a reduction in the amount of homework forgotten or not done.
- "Forgetting your folder" for a subject is now a thing of the past."
I started the playlist off with the usual chill music and then incorporated a bunch of Band of Horses Covers (both songs they covered and songs of theirs that have been covered).
Thursday, September 23, 2010
"This is the recession of the industrial age, the receding wave of bounty that workers and businesses got as a result of rising productivity but imperfect market communication.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Btw - I was a little embarrassed for Papa & Mama Bain because they had never had Loving Cup's Yogurt w/Cupcake blended in. It might be the best thing on Earth. They had already signed a lease to move to Palo Alto and everything. If I could have just reached them with the Loving Cup earlier, they'd still be living in SF.
P.S. If anyone is shopping for Furio Bain the cat, know that he loves Cashmere. He couldn't get enough of my sweater. That cat has expensive tastes.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Here's a little snippet below. I couldn't agree more that these are the three most important ingredients, along with a partner who you admire and trust.
IdeaMensch: "How do you bring ideas to life?
Passion: if you’re not fully committed, you’ll never last through the inevitable dips
Persistence: overnight success always takes years, if you’re passionate about something, persistence is more about focusing on just getting the
little things done.
Naivety: it’s best not to think about how hard something is going to be, otherwise you may never start."
Note: If you have a friend or loved one that needs a support community, let me know and we'll start one for them through Ben's Friends.
"this is awesome. apparently a guy proposed to a young lady at a band of horses show in oslo earlier this year. just so happens boh were back in norway playing a fest on the same day as their wedding. they contacted the band, told them their story, and well the rest is history i suppose. kudos to ben and company for being ultra-awesome dudes."
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Here are some feature requests:
1) Need people's last names or at least last initial. for example "Scott O." is way better than "Scott". I'm already getting confused on who is reccomending what and I bet only 10% of my friends are even on it.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
"Unfortunately, we can't remember a Week 1 with such an exciting and apparently well matched slate of games. Minnesota at New Orleans. Green Bay at Philadelphia. Baltimore at NY Jets. Even the teams that are supposedly going to suck all seem to be playing one another! You want to choose between Cleveland and Tampa Bay?
That means no seamless integration with Gmail. No Google Latitude. No multitouch in the map app, either. And in place of the free and fantastic turn-by-turn Google Navigator app, Verizon installed its VZ Navigator service — a feature which costs $10 a month to use.
It would be one thing for Verizon to set the default search and map app to Bing with the option to switch back to Google. But it's utterly inexcusable for Verizon to destroy the possibility of a switch without the user having to root the device and, under Verizon's company policies, void their warranty. And on top of that, repeatedly charge you for a sub-par service instead of keeping the gold standard of navigation apps for free.
And as bad as that is, there's now a rumor that Verizon will be doing this again. On every single one of its Android devices.
Regardless of motivations, the restriction if broadly applied would have Verizon reneging on its pledge to support the openness of Android and reflects a wider trend of the OS being artificially restricted by carriers. Most US providers are disabling Android 2.2′s tethering support in favor of their own, and AT&T has banned non-Market Android apps under the pretext of security. The moves paradoxically leave Apple's iPhone more open in some areas, as its users can choose Google, Bing or Yahoo for search and don't have first-party apps deliberately hidden or broken.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fantastic book! Shows the inner workings of the credit bubble and lot's of interesting characters. A must read!
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
"The benefit for borrowers of competition however were dissipated in higher home prices and hence larger mortgages. The real winners were people selling homes - not people buying them. Even quite modest houses became valuable - and the elderly (the classic group moving to less expensive homes) did quite well. I haven't heard the expression "old and poor" quite as much as I used to. More generally you can see the relatively affluence of the elderly in the sell-the-home and go cruising set. Carnival Cruises was - for a very long time - a better stock than you might ever have imagined.
The other supposed beneficiary was suffering an illusion. Plenty of people - especially in their children's teenage years - had an-in-the-end-illusory wealth effect - where they thought their home was worth much more than it was - and felt confidence in spending some of that money - or in saving less for their retirement - because after all they could downsize and they might inherit part of Grandma's (housing) fortune.
Net-net the losers out of excessive bank leverage were (a) the shareholders because they got lower spreads and took more risk, (b) taxpayers because they partly bore the risk and (c) younger home buyers because they got royally-rogered by the elderly people they bought from."
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
"Whereas one would expect that in a highly competitive market torrid growth would only be possible with lower pricing and hence margins, the opposite is observed in the phone market during the last three years:
The graph shows that companies that grew the fastest had the highest margins, and the companies that grew the slowest had the lowest margins. The trend line in the graph above is precisely orthogonal to what would be expected in a commodity market."
Monday, September 6, 2010
POSTGAME NOTES: A clarification on Aubrey Huff, Sanchez shines, Uribe slugs, Giants will be Sans-a-Belt in September | Extra Baggs
""It's the Rally Thong," Huff said. "It's not a slump thong. If I was wearing it to break a slump, I would've burned it a long time ago."
I suppose so. Huff is hitting .200 in 24 games since Aug. 8. He's just 2 for 19 in five games while wearing his dainty delicates.
"This is a team thing," Huff said. "When I broke it out (Tuesday), we had 30 games left. I said, `Guys, here's 20 wins right here.'"
The Rally Thong is 4-1 thus far, and as long as Mike Murphy remembers to wash it in the delicate cycle, all will be right in Huff's world."
"While it's a complex industry, at the basic level mining is dead-simple: Dirt is dug from the ground, loaded onto trucks, taken to trains, then put on boats. It is the scale that stuns, particularly in this operation. The trucks are two stories tall. The trains are two miles long, and they pour like rivers down the mountains to the coast, where the carrier ships await. The million tons of ore the ships carry away each day is up by 70 percent in the past five years, and most of it is bound for China."
Friday, September 3, 2010
How Will You Measure Your Life? - Harvard Business Review
"Before I published The Innovator's Dilemma, I got a call from Andrew Grove, then the chairman of Intel... Excited, I flew to Silicon Valley and showed up at the appointed time, only to have Grove say, "Look, stuff has happened. We have only 10 minutes for you. Tell us what your model of disruption means for Intel." I said that I couldn't—that I needed a full 30 minutes to explain the model, because only with it as context would any comments about Intel make sense. Ten minutes into my explanation, Grove interrupted: "Look, I've got your model. Just tell us what it means for Intel."
I insisted that I needed 10 more minutes to describe how the process of disruption had worked its way through a very different industry, steel, so that he and his team could understand how disruption worked. I told the story of how Nucor and other steel minimills had begun by attacking the lowest end of the market—steel reinforcing bars, or rebar—and later moved up toward the high end, undercutting the traditional steel mills.
When I finished the minimill story, Grove said, "OK, I get it. What it means for Intel is…," and then went on to articulate what would become the company's strategy for going to the bottom of the market to launch the Celeron processor.
I've thought about that a million times since. If I had been suckered into telling Andy Grove what he should think about the microprocessor business, I'd have been killed. But instead of telling him what to think, I taught him how to think—and then he reached what I felt was the correct decision on his own.
That experience had a profound influence on me. When people ask what I think they should do, I rarely answer their question directly. Instead, I run the question aloud through one of my models. I'll describe how the process in the model worked its way through an industry quite different from their own. And then, more often than not, they'll say, "OK, I get it." And they'll answer their own question more insightfully than I could have."
This quote from Professor Calkins is on discounting and Cash for Clunkers, but it totally applies to the last 10+ years of economic policy in the US.
Loved the scenario the picture he painted for this playlist...
"It’s a Friday, ~4:30pm, and you just got to New Orleans for a bachelor party. You’re fired up to see everyone, for the weekend, etc. You find the nearest bar for the first beer(s) of the weekend and to catch up with everyone. You know it’s not that sweet a place, but it’s spring so they have the windows/doors open and it’s not too crowded so you don’t have to fight for space. In fact, your crew and a couple rough locals are the only people there. Most importantly, they have one of those internet jukeboxes that plays music just loud enough to enjoy, so the music world is your oyster for setting the tone / getting fired up to hang out with great friends all weekend. Here are a few of my go-to tunes."