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August 20, 2009

I wonder what Andrew J. Hall will buy with his upcoming $100 million paycheck ...

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You may recall that the last time I featured Hall here was on January 13, 2007, when a huge kerfuffle about an Anselm Kiefer sculpture ("Etroits sont les vaisseaux" [Narrow are the vessels]) he'd installed on his front lawn (above and below) got so out of control it made the the New York Times.

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Now everyone's got their baggies in a twist about his salary, which he's due to receive for leading Citigroup's highly profitable Phibro commodity trading unit to $667 million in profits last year.

He received $100 million last year as well.

For the record, he's led Phibro during the past five years during which it's booked about $2 billion in profits for Citigroup.

Here's a riddle:

When is a contract not a contract?

When it becomes a political hot potato, which is when it quickly morphs into a piñata of opportunity for those who make their living by posturing instead of governing.

August 20, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What are they?

Answer here this time tomorrow.

August 20, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

OnLive — 'The future of video games'

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"OnLive connects you to the hottest games instantly on your TV, PC or Mac through your broadband connection."

[via Brenden Gibson]

August 20, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

MorphWorld: Mercedes-Benz E-Class into... Honda Accord?

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I couldn't believe it when I saw the new "9th-Generation 2010" Mercedes (above) in a TV commercial.

It looks nearly identical to a 2009 Honda Accord (below).

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Doesn't anyone in Stuttgart have an imagination?

August 20, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Why No Track & Field Channel?

The best two hours of the day since last Saturday have been those broadcasting the World Track and Field Championships from Berlin.

On NBC on the weekends and Versus on weekdays (today 1:30–3:30 p.m. ET, DirecTV channel 603), the very greatest athletes in the world in spectacular HD with a superb announcing team (Ato Bolden, Dwight Stones, Lewis Johnson and Tom Hammond) are compelling viewing for this fan.

I remember back in 1992 when NBC experimented with a live PPV Triplecast for the Barcelona Olympics, offering three channels of 24/7 live feeds of everything, from the opening heats to the end.

Sensational, and that was before HD.

Supposedly NBC lost a bundle on the effort so that's why it's never been reprised.

I know I'd pay plenty for the same viewing opportunity today in HD and I'm certain so would many thousands of other people.

So why isn't it happening?

Versus repeats the live show at night at 8 p.m.

August 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bat Purse

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From the website:

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Bat Purse

Shaped like the outstretched span of a tiny bat, our faux leather cocktail purse has crisp stitched accents and is just the right size of an ID, lipstick and a credit card or two; sling its bright silver-finish chain over your shoulder and let the evening's adventures take wing.

Hangs 21" on chain.

7" wingspan.

Zip close.

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$59.95.

August 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

TechnoDolt™ Font Hack

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I accidentally discovered this nice shortcut a few weeks ago.

The problem: many times when I try to copy and paste from a catalog's website, the typeface used in the catalog (example below)

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Open jars easily! Just push this opener’s suction cup on to a metal lid, lock handle horizontally, and twist to open; then unlock handle and lift tab to release suction. Built-in metal blade cuts safety seals simply. Dishwasher-safe plastic. 8”Lx2¾”dia.

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stays in my TypePad application, such that I have to laboriously retype the text into Typeface's default font.

Then I tried something: I copied the catalog text and pasted into my MacMail field, then copied that text into TypePad and voilà — there it was in TypePad font [below].

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Open jars easily! Just push this opener’s suction cup on to a metal lid, lock handle horizontally, and twist to open; then unlock handle and lift tab to release suction. Built-in metal blade cuts safety seals simply. Dishwasher-safe plastic. 8”Lx2¾”dia.

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Apparently MacMail "translates" the font that's placed in the email text field into the default I've chosen, then "opens" TypePad's application to accomodate the content in the default TypePad font.

However it works (and any explanation you may offer will fall on dumb though not deaf ears), I'm down with it.

You can too.

August 20, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Grip-N-Twist Jar Opener

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Reminds me of a space station astronaut's tool like those used on EVAs.

From the website:

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Grip-N-Twist Jar Opener

Open jars easily.

Just push this opener’s suction cup on to a metal lid, lock handle horizontally, and twist to open; then unlock handle and lift tab to release suction.

Built-in metal blade cuts safety seals simply.

Dishwasher-safe plastic.

8"L x 2¾"Ø.

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$11.99 (jar of pickles not included).

August 20, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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