Ideas Futures II

Slashdot posted on the futures markets and the comments, as usual, are all over the place. There’s plenty of this is stupid, the government is just using it to catch citizens, terrorist can use to finance terrorism. But there are some good posts on how it does work. Also a few more links. Apparently they…

Idea Futures

I get the local headlines in the mail and this morning I was greeted by a head line: Pentagon System To Take Bets On Terrorist Attacks So you read this story and feel a feeling of outrage that the US government is A) promoting gambling, and B) promoting gambling on the future deaths of Americans…

Landline Phones and Canadian Postal Workers

Couple of weeks back I was looking at lowering expenses and one of the things I looked at was getting rid of our landline. Both my wife and I have cell phones and it seemed a little ridiculous to pay $50 a month for a land line. Well, we ultimately decided against getting rid of…

Site updating

Tightened up the site a little this morning. All changes made in the css file. Shrunk the text for the sidebar lists, took out a lot of inherited margin spacing in the item titles, the masthead and the sidebar. Important CSS tip: if you override the standard type (H1, H2 etc) you get all their…

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Just learned from inluminent that Amazon.com is supplying RSS feeds of the top sellers by category. So I signed up for the SF, Fantasy and SF& Fantasy feeds. There were a number of interesting things in these rankings. First Fantasy seems to outsell SF. If you look at the top of the Fantasy list, it…

Nudity isn’t enough

Added a couple of movies to my Netflix que because two my personally hotest actresses were in them nude, but the movies still were weak or sucked. Billy Bathgate had an all star cast, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Willis and Nicole Kidman. Nicole was naked in two scenes, but the movie overall was weak. It was…

British Talk Funny

But it makes their women sound sexy. This isn’t meant as a criticism of how they talk. This came to me because of this article by a British journalist about American troops in Iraq, where in one of the later paragraphs, says an American Captian did something “off his own bat”. It thought at first…

Motorcycle

Haven’t blogged steady in a while and so haven’t mentioned I’m thinking about getting a motorcycle. Ok I’m really think about selling my car and getting a motorcycle. I’m doing this because I need to cut my expenses and I actually have equity in my car. I bought my 2000 Pontiac Firebird for $14,000 new….