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Audi S5 in the wild

April 9, 2008

I spotted a brand new S5 in the wild today – didn’t even know they were already selling those. Looks quite nice – what do you think?


Celebrity Sighting

April 3, 2008

Just like LA has its movie stars we do get our fair share of celebrities here in the valley. Now mind you, these are not your typical celebrities – they are usually much wealthier than your average movie star and much less well known. In fact, most of these folks are so unknown they can walk around and no one will recognize them. Others are recognized more easily. Steve Jobs is one of those. I just saw him today sitting at Fraiche Yogurt. Fraiche Yogurt, btw, is one of those new frozen (and also fresh, non-frozen) yogurt places that offer yogurt that’s less sweet, a little tart, organic, and overall just a lot better than your average frozen yogurt. It’s a little pricey – starting at $4 for a small cup and $1 extra for each topping (like a few crumbles of granola) but I guess Steve has no problem shelling out a few bucks, or a few million bucks for that matter.

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Hulu Meets Keyser Soze

March 15, 2008

I have had a beta account on Hulu for a while and have been using it to watch movies and TV-shows off and on. It is by far the best site for long-form video out there. The movie selection is still small but includes a few great flicks like “The Usual Suspects,” an awesome movie that I can highly recommend you check out if you haven’t seen it. There are also plenty of TV shows available on Hulu, including many currently on TV like The Office, House, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, or the Simpsons. For those nostalgic moments Hulu offers plenty of old shows. Too bad they don’t have Magnum P.I. – my favorite show when I was in grade school.

Episodes are usually made available on Hulu after the shows air, and include a few 30 second ads. At this point there is only one 30 second ad at a time and while the ads seem to appear somewhat frequently, they pass quickly and don’t interrupt the shows too much. One request I have, other than the addition of more movies and shows, is that I’d like to be able to crank the sound up a bit more – if you’re watching on your laptop and don’t have extra speakers it’s not very loud – but apart from that I can’t complain too much.

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SIEPR Economic Summit

March 9, 2008

I was over at the SIEPR Economic Summit on Friday and ran into Craig Newmark (Craigslist, there as panelist) and Meg Whitman (former CEO, eBay, just attending) right after I walked in the door. Also there were: Larry Summers (ex-Harvard president and Clinton-era Secretary of the Treasury), Steven Chu (Nobel prize, Physics, Berkeley), and Henry Paulsen (current Secretary of the Treasury), among many other interesting folks. The most attended afternoon session was the one entitled “How’s Bernanke doing?” With all the negative news on the economy shaking up the headlines these days, this was, of course, not surprising.

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Democratic Debate – Hillary and Obama face off again

March 3, 2008

SNL is back after the writer’s strike with this pretty funny skit on the Democratic presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t let me embed this (grrr…) so please follow the link.

Audio Books

March 1, 2008

FreakonomicsI went over to Jackson the other day and got myself the audio book version of Freakonomics. It definitely seems to call for a good occasion as the book comes on 6 CDs and takes about 7 hours to listen to. Maybe for a plane ride…I’ll see.

Gas Prices

February 29, 2008

I happened upon this picture I took back in 1999 the other day. So almost exactly 9 years ago, a gallon of regular could be had for about 85 cents in Colorado. Admittedly, even back in 1999 that was cheap, which is the reason I took this picture in the first place. In California, a gallon of regular was around $1.15 at that time. I just filled my tank today, and I paid $3.39 a gallon for regular (only the Porsche gets Premium). This translates to an average price increase of about 13% per year for the last nine years. However, prices didn’t increase gradually – we saw huge swings in short periods of time. For example, last week I paid 6% or 20 cents less a gallon than today. Such price volatility has become a staple in today’s energy market. See the chart below for how prices developed since 1996.gas prices

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