The Water Cooler

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Friday, August 22, 2003

The Gender Genie Inspired by an article in The New York Times Magazine, the Gender Genie uses an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, to predict the gender of an author. Read more about the algorithm at

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Pulling down the house: Slot cheater's gadgets bilked casinos for years Carmichael is no two-bit slot cheat. Authorities have anointed him one of the best, a master inventor who conspired with an elite group of thieves to steal millions from casinos. For almost two decades, Carmichael designed tools — the kick stand, the monkey paw, the light wand — that enabled him to bilk slot machines across the United States and Caribbean.

C Spot Drive Party Mercedes is throwing a drive party, come drive AMG cars on a race track, free food+drinks, free massage, free Saks 5th Ave Gift cert, and a lot of other free stuff. I'm' going Sunday Aug 24 from 2-4pm, you do you need a registration code to register. Register if you want to drive the cars. See you all there, Andrew you going yeah? Harr and a lot of my friends are also going at the same time :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

IBM Extreme Blue where teams of undergraduate computer science majors, MBA and doctoral candidates team up on technical and business issues.

Post-Pricing: Is It Crazy Enough to Work?: "A financial technologist has patented an idea, which if implemented and adopted, could overturn how we pay for information services"

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

SWAT hand signals

Monday, August 18, 2003

A twist on artificial intelligence: DNA Milan Stojanovic has a new tic-tac-toe adversary in his Columbia University laboratory, and after a hundred matches he has yet to beat it. "There's no way," he sighs. Who is this tic-tac titan? A computer, of course. Only here's the twist: its brain is based not on silicon microchips but on molecules of DNA.

HSX portfolio update:

Sold my Freddy Vs. Jason for a HUGE profit. I'm up 40% on my portfolio, just in this week. Here are my new HSX holdings:

BOSSD 14000 H$25.92 H$25.92 -2.00 H$362,880.00 H$0.00 0% Trade
CURIO 1560 H$35.05 H$36.80 +0.75 H$57,408.00 H$2,730.00 +4% Trade
ELMA3 24946 H$74.71 H$74.71 +1.00 H$1,863,715.66 H$0.00 0% Trade
MDALN 25000 H$33.24 H$33.24 +2.00 H$831,000.00 H$0.00 0% Trade
BOSPU 10000 H$2.39 H$2.39 -0.52 H$23,900.00 H$0.00 0% Trade

Even though I dislike Jackie Chan movies, he hasn't made a under $30MM movie since 2000 (which I believe was a re-release anyway). I think "The Boss's Daughter" will do poorly, but Ashton has done well enough in the past. The problem is, I don't know how his overexposure with Demi will cause a backlash against his film (see Gigli for an example of this). So I'm buying into BOSSD, but then hedging through a put option.

And finally, Curious George is obviously undervalued - kid's movies always make a bundle, especially one with brand name, and El Mariachi 3 will clean up theaters. I'm a little concerned that it might be overvalued because of its cult status - after all, Desperado only made $25MM overall. I think with Johnny Depp in the picture, it will only increase the chances of being a blockbuster.