The Water Cooler

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Friday, September 03, 2004

Spammers use free porn to bypass Hotmail, Yahoo barriers

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Enter the Bush Doctrine
The four pillars of the president's strategy for winning World War IV.


Ananova - Fruity sweet wrappers spark complaint This is just too funny. Personally, I think they are cute.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004


Amazon.com: Jewelry/Substores/Paris Hilton Collection Sweet, Paris Hilton exclusively at Amazon. Will they sell the video?

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

On Andrew's CEO comp post below: I also liked the following line from the article - " The study noted that if the U.S. minimum wage had increased as quickly as CEO pay has since 1990, it would be $15.76 an hour instead of the current $5.15." Did the study make any effort to anticipate the effect on the outsourcing trend of the U.S. having a $15.76/hr minimum wage?

BlogShares - Fantasy Blog Share Market: "BlogShares is a fantasy stock market for weblogs. Players get to invest a fictional $500, and blogs are valued by inbound links."

Things like this make me think the internet has jumped the shark :)


US Army's Tactical High Energy Laser Shoots Down Mortar Rounds AWESOME.

Yahoo! News - U.S. CEOs Who Outsource Get Bigger Pay Hike-Survey "The fact that leading outsourcers make more money than average CEOs is one more reflection of a perverse system that rewards executives for making decisions that may improve their bottom line while hurting workers and communities," the Institute said in its 11th annual survey."

This study is retarded. Considering that this is a PARTISAN institute, I'm not surprised that they would overlook the idea that larger companies both outsource more and their CEOs get fatter checks in good times. Again, another case of correlation and causation getting mixed up.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Olympic medal counts. Slate reviews the econometric medal distribution models and concludes that the Tim Higgins Model (wish that I could link to our archives, but the short version is "shameless jingoism") is in fact the superior predictive tool. Okay, not exactly, but pretty damn close.


Engadget Exclusive!: Sean P.Diddy Combs's custom diamond-encrusted iPod - Engadget - www.engadget.com. Over 120 diamonds. This is too much.


These pictures are from my camera phone, if anyone's curious. While I was admiring the work, a very granola-looking young fellow asked if they used glue or special sand... the people working on the sculpture said that the sand they were using had lots of clay, which meant you could build it much taller and with arches such as the one in this picture. Then they talked about the equivalent of sandcastle-building X-Games, which was to build these during low-tide on a beach, and race against the clock before the tide came in and destroyed all their work. That was cool. What wasn't cool was that the granola guy then launched into a long diatribe about how that was just "like, so pure, man." I almost barfed into my mouth. Needless to say, I promptly left. Cool castles though.


What brave men, to make huge sand sculptures in the middle of Downtown Seattle. Considering that there is a 50/50 chance of there being MASSIVE rainfall at any moment in time here, they were sure putting a lot of effort into this. I took this picture on the way to the bus tunnel - this was right outside of Westlake Mall, aka home of teenage delinquents.

More animals in the news. Stupid chimp! Doesn't she know that you're supposed to smoke AFTER you do it?

Tech Briefs: "MarketRange Inc., which runs the PerfectMatch.com online dating service and TalentMatch.com entertainment service, has raised more than $7 million in funding from Ignition Partners and Mellon Ventures."

Funny that online dating companies are still getting funded these days. Makes you wonder how original people are in the market.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

What is everyone's favourite breakfast/brunch places on Sunday (in order of popularity)?

For Me:
Gilbert's on Main (Bellevue), great place to get sidewalk seating on a sunny Sunday. BIG New York portions and very good soup.

Beach Cafe at Carillon Point (Kirkland), can't beat the great waterfront view and the German Waffle is excellant. Very good to take parents or out of town guests.

Noah's Bagel's at top of Queen Anne. I love this place! Brings back a little piece of California for me. Also great to meet a lot of people in Seattle.

Etta's on Western (end of Pike Place next to Seattle Athletic Club). What can I say, it's Etta's. Work out at SAC, hit Etta's and then grocery shopping at the market.

Tully's HQ at Yarrow Bay/Clyde Hill. Very good place to grab that early morning coffee. It's very crowded in the mornings, but dies off after 11am. Great meeting place to plan out next week's plans.

Larry's Market in downtown Bellevue. I like to go here for the "FREE" breakfast. So many food samplers. Make one round in the store and you are FULL.

So guys/gals, what's your pick? I'll be sure to try them out.