Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Hive Five: Five Best Calendar Applications
Nothing's more important to your productivity arsenal than a solid scheduling tool, and considering so much of what we do happens at the computer, a good calendar application is just the thing to bring order to your agenda.
THEWEBLIST.net | what people are clicking on today
THEWEBLIST.net is a snapshot of what people are clicking on around the internet right now. A single page with the latest news and stories from some of the Internet's most popular websites.
The Crusading Hedge-Fund Manager - TIME (June, 2008)
This happens to be a favorite theme of Einhorn's. "The authorities are good at cleaning up fraud after the money's gone," he writes in his new book, Fooling Some of the People All of the Time. But they "really don't know what to do about fraud when they discover it in progress." Einhorn's Greenlight Capital manages $6 billion, most of it invested in stocks that Einhorn actually likes. But Greenlight also makes money short-selling the stocks he doesn't like. Six years ago, Einhorn stood up at a charity event and recommended shorting Allied Capital, a finance company that he was convinced was understating its loan losses. The company vehemently disagreed, igniting a long war that is the main subject of his book. But as Einhorn recounts in a tone of aggrieved righteousness in its pages, his greatest disappointment was with the financial media and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which instead of joining him in his crusade grilled him for conspiring to drive Allied's stock price down.
Last summer the bet against Allied finally started to pay off (the company's stock is down 50% over the past year), and Einhorn began shorting Bear and Lehman--the smallest and least diversified of Wall Street's big firms. These companies once made all their money off commissions and fees, but the bulk of their profits in recent years has come from making bets. At Lehman Bros., trading and investing on the firm's own account contributed about 60% of its $6 billion in pretax profits last year. Key to these profits is leverage, a.k.a. debt. But with high leverage comes high risk. If your investments go sour or nobody will lend to you, your business can evaporate in a matter of days. That happened to hedge fund Carlyle Capital in early March. Then lenders and customers cut off Bear Stearns.
After Lehman weathered the Bear scare, Einhorn began to speak out. He said in April that the firm needed to cut its borrowing dramatically. Then in early May he began pointing out apparent gaps in its first-quarter earnings report. His comments, he later told me, amounted to saying, "Gee, there's a naked emperor."
For weeks, Lehman battled Einhorn's assertions. Some of the Wall Street analysts who follow the firm dismissed him as a half-informed dabbler. Then Lehman disclosed that it had lost $2.8 billion in the second quarter. It raised $6 billion by selling new shares, addressing Einhorn's concerns about overindebtedness. It removed its chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Chief executive Richard Fuld got on the company public-address system and declared, "Einhorn didn't lose us $2.8 billion. We lost it."
It's possible that some of this would have happened without Einhorn's badgering. But nobody else--not the SEC, not the Fed, not the analysts, not investors, not Lehman's board--was putting public pressure on the firm's executives to come clean. Some may have feared inciting a panic like the one at Bear Stearns. I asked Einhorn whether he worried about that. No, he said. "If you're running a financial firm, you need to run it in such a way that you can survive a civil discussion."
So far, Lehman has survived, although its stock price is down 70% from a year ago. Perhaps it's time for a few more such civil discussions about how Wall Street does business.
Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long Short Story By David Einhorn
speech at a charity investment conference to benefit a children's
cancer hospital. He was asked to share his best investment idea, so
he did. He described his reasons why Greenlight had sold short the
shares of Allied Capital, a leader in the private finance industry.
Greenlight bet that the stock would decline because the company's
business was in trouble and its accounting was corrupt.
Einhorn's speech was so compelling that the next day, when the New
York Stock Exchange opened for trading, Allied's shares remained
closed. So many investors wanted to sell or short the stock that the
NYSE could not balance all the sell orders to open Allied's trading
in an orderly fashion.
What followed was a firestorm of controversy. Allied responded with a
Washington–style spin-job — attacking Einhorn and disseminating half-
truths and outright lies. Rather than protect investors by reviewing
Einhorn's well-documented case against Allied, the SEC — at the
behest of the politically connected Allied — instead investigated
Einhorn for stock manipulation. Over the ensuing six years, the SEC
allowed Allied to make the problem bigger by approving more than a
dozen additional stock offerings that raised over $1 billion from new
Undeterred by the spin-job, lies, and investigations, Greenlight
continued its research after the speech and discovered Allied's
behavior was far worse than Einhorn ever suspected — and, shockingly,
it continues to this day.
Politics - Blogrunner
Walt Mossberg | AllThingsD
Street Journal. He also publishes periodic interviews for the
Journal, and occasional blog posts on this site. With Kara Swisher,
he co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech
and media conference.
John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD
The College Issue - The Camera-Friendly, Perfectly Pixelated, Easily Downloadable Celebrity Academic - NYTimes.com
Recently, I set out to learn something — anything, as long as it was a little bit impressive — from lecture videos online. Though some of the audio-only tracks on iTunes U interested me, I chose to focus on lectures I could also watch. I didn't know how to be systematic, so I wasn't. Instead, I watched lectures that seemed prestigious, popular, both and neither; I followed my interests and I followed other peoples' interests. I got a particular kick out of seeing lecturers — like Harvey Mansfield of Harvard — that I'd heard were legendary and whose disquisitions I'd insecurely imagined as conspiratorial meetings in which it was formally decided that those present were truly educated and the rest of us weren't. And so, finally, I would be in on the secrets! And truly educated! Herewith, the five charisma-senseis that no online student should miss.
The Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com
Sisters of Mercy - Leonard Cohen
Friday, September 19, 2008
MSNBC TV - Morning Joe, Hardball, Countdown, Rachel Maddow & Dayside
How Many Web Services Can One Person Use? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
How many more new social networking or micro-blogging or video-sharing site can one person use? Most of us don't have time to respond to voice mail and e-mail every day, let alone check our Twitter updates and Facebook accounts and Flickr friends. And even if we have the time, do we need another site that helps us share and connect and network?
This problem is just under the surface at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York this week. Just a few years ago, it was easy for start-ups that provide Web services to attract early adopters — the tech geeks who are the first to use new technologies. The challenge was attracting mainstream users. But now, even the early adopters are stretched thin.
"The biggest chasm is no longer between early adopters and mainstream users. It is about finding and retaining the early adopters to begin with," said Fraser Kelton, director of business development at AdaptiveBlue, who talked about the problem at a conference presentation called "The Real, Long-lasting (and Negative) Impact of Web 2.0 on Technology Adoption."
It is no wonder. The conference was filled with these early adopters. Despite being at an event specifically held for in-person networking, they were interacting virtually, meeting one another via CrowdVine, following one another on Twitter and uploading videos of the conference — while they were still there! — to Tumblr.
Brad Burnham, a partner at Union Square Ventures, which invests solely in these Web services, has been thinking about the problem too. Unlike a few years ago, he said, to get someone to use a Web service now you have to get them to replace something else in their life.
"Now, in order to even get the attention of the core group, you have to ask them to replace time or a behavior," he said.
The future, they said, is in Web services that do not require users to change their behavior by, say, adopting a new service or transferring all their friends' contacts from one service to another.
FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right
What is the significance of the number 538? 538 is the number of electors in the electoral college.
What is the mission of this website? Most broadly, to accumulate and analyze polling and political data in way that is informed, accurate and attractive. Most narrowly, to give you the best possible objective assessment of the likely outcome of upcoming elections.
FlowingData | Data Visualization and Statistics
The Big Picture-Markets, Economy, Housing, Energy, Technology, Digital Media
Microsoft - I'm a PC: Pride
BackcountryOutlet.com: Your Source for Skiing, Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking Gear from K2, Salomon, The North Face
dealnews.com - Find the lowest prices and coupons on computers, laptops, digital cameras, iPods, MP3 players, HDTV
The Consumerist: Shoppers Bite Back
The Blemish - Better than a slap to the face
The Blemish is a celebrity and pop-culture gossip blog that takes an honest look at the lives of the rich and famous. Then we laugh at them.
Andkon Arcade: 1000+ Free Flash Games
Sukiyaki Western Django
Sukiyaki Western Django
Thursday, September 18, 2008
James Kotecki's Video Blog: Sarcasm, '80s references, and the occasional song and dance - Politico.com
New Family - Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates Ad (Long Version)
the Broadway theater reviews by Ben Brantley, the chief theater critic
for the The New York Times... and The World (insert evil and high
pitched Ben Brantley laugh here).
We developed DidHeLikeIt.com for two reasons.
1. Everyone wants to know if Ben Brantley and The New York Times liked a
Broadway show or not.
2. No one actually wants to read the reviews.
MediaShift | PBS
podcasts to citizen journalism—are changing society and culture.
Computerworld - News, Education & Headlines
For 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (Computerworld.com), weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest global IT media network.
Wikileaks - Wikileaks
Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact. Our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by all types of people. We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Best Places to Retire 2008 - Money Magazine
ReadWriteWeb - Web Apps, Web Technology Trends, Social Networking & Social Media
ReadWriteWeb is a blog that provides Web Technology news, reviews and analysis. It began publishing on April 20, 2003 and is now one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the world. It has around 250,000 RSS and email subscribers.
8 Simple Tools for Better Bookmarking - Webmonkey
Muckety.com - Exploring the paths of power and influence
The name Muckety derives, of course, from muckety mucks. Some follow the money. We follow the muckety, producing a daily news and information site based on online databases (which we enlarge daily), extensive research and old-fashioned journalism.
News and information on Wikio
Wikio is a news portal that searches press websites and blogs to find all the breaking news that interests you.
You can create your own personal pages while subscribing to the news, blogs and media of your choice. Info is continuously updated!
Wikio is also a participative service; you can publish an item, comment on existing items, or simply vote to make items more popular.
Jimmy Durante..Young at Heart
Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey
Kitty Wells - A Woman Half My Age (1967)
Ameritocracy | challenge the status quote
Ameritocracy is a user-contributed and user-generated content site that allows people to judge the accuracy, credibility and relevancy of claims made by society's leaders and information gatekeepers such as media outlets and businesses.
Ameritocracy enables the community's collective brain to report, respond to, and rate succinct claims made by a person or organization.
Provide ratings for Accuracy, Credibility & Relevancyhttp://ameritocracy.com/
TruMix.com : The Best Podcasts and Internet Radio
favorite your own stations and podcasts to play them back in an online
The Washington Note
Podcaster - Native Podcast Client for iPhone and iPod Touch
directly to your iPhone and iPod Touch.
The People's Forum
Web 2.0 search results for aggregate+friends | Listio for Web 2.0
What is Listio all about?
IMDb | Watch Full-Length Movies, TV Shows, and More -- Free!
IMDb is now showing full-length movies and and a great selection of full-length TV episodes directly on our site -- for free!. We have the best selection of films and shows on the internet, paired with all of the rich film and TV information that you expect from IMDb. Best of all, you can watch it all right now for free! Take a look at our featured content below, or search for your favorite films and TV shows to find the videos and movies you want to see!
AppScout - The Best and Worst New Software, Sites and Web Applications - Reviews, News and Opinions
Lifestream.fm is a media and social aggregator that will keep you and your friends informed about what you're doing online at a glance and in realtime. With Lifestream.fm you can put all your profiles and activity from your favorite web services all on one page, making it easy for your friends to see your newest bookmarks, your favorite videos, your tweets, photos you've uploaded, your newest blog posts, and more.
Cool Websites, Software and Internet Tips
McCainBlogette.com - Musings and Pop Culture on the Political Trail
Alice from Point Pleasant, New Jersey writes:
I love your blog. I am also exited that John McCain, your father, has chosen such a fantastic running mate. Also, your father and mother must be so proud of you. I will be checking in with you often. I am a 77 year old women who lives here at the wonderful Jersey Shore. Thanks for giving me a chance to speak to you.
offer a respectful, honest forum for people who want to have a
conversation about politics, the world and beyond.
Saturday Night Live - Palin / Hillary Open
FanIQ | Sports Videos, Blogs, News, Rumors, Picks, Predictions, Forums and Trivia
FanIQ is a new type of sports site that empowers sports fans to be sports experts. For the first time, sports fans can accumulate a wide variety of statistics to prove their sports knowledge. Individually, fans compete to provide the most accurate predictions, submit the best news articles and write the best blogs. Collectively, this competition results in the best sports content from across the Web and proprietary "Wisdom of Crowds" data.