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17
May
08

Prediction Markets

Prediction Markets are the new thing for money makers. You get paid for correctly predicting worldly events before the happen; what could be easier? For example, if you are just so confident that God forsaken Hillary Clinton is going to win the Presidential nomination (not the race mind you, just the nomination) then you could buy a contract for 5 (at the time of the article), or as it translates, 50 cents. When the time comes and the nomination is actually revealed, if you are right the contract pays 100, or 10 dollars. See how it works? So basically the going rate for a contract is the markets aggregate prediction of the probability that a certain event will occur- in this case 5% chance that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination.

You can bet on anything from Presidential races to Olympic city bids for 2016 to whether or not Elliot Spitzer will get indicted on felony charges before a certain date. I think this is a great way to make money especially if you’re an insider at one of these places. I’m assuming that insider trading laws from Sherman don’t apply to this sort of thing. If you’re with team Obama and he dies- go bet the farm before the news breaks. Whether or not that’s ethical is arguable but take it for what its worth. Not only is it a good way to make money, its a really interesting way to waste time.
Intrade.com is the prime example of such a market- real money traded here… be careful!

17
May
08

Hate to Say I Told You So

I said how long ago how there was absolutely not an iceberg’s chance in hell of Hillary Clinton getting the nomination. OK, so she got closer than I thought, but all I’m saying is, she pisses me off- she is probably the worst thing America could put in office. I’m ecstatic she didn’t get the nomination so now theres no chance of her ever being able to reign terror on this country all while being able to call her husband ‘First Laddie’ or the like. Alright enough ranting. Please, if you are a Clinton supporter, leave a comment so I can really hear what good reasons you may think you have for holding such an opinion; I’d love to hear them.

19
Apr
08

Software I Can’t Live Without

Hey everybody- this is a list of the software that I use every single day and more than likely couldn’t live without, or at least live comfortably without. Leave comments with the software that you use daily and/or experience with the ones I’ve mentioned below. Here they are:

Mozilla ThunderbirdThunderbird
For Email and RSS I haven’t found anything easier to use in one application. Thunderbird is cross-platform and works basically on any machine made after 1842. I like it because I can check all of my email addresses and stay up on all my RSS feeds in one simple user-friendly window. There’s good filtering and even several plug-ins that you can link to your other Mozilla applications (and others as well). Which brings me to my next one:

Mozilla Firefoxfirefoxy
If you haven’t heard of Firefox you either live in a cave or just had severe amnesia set in. This is the best browser on the market period. Screw internet explorer 12 or whatever they’re on now. Great plug-ins, great toolbars, and very user friendly.

TiddlyWiki
I very recently started using this super-handy piece of code. HTML and Javascript in a single page stored on your hard drive is all it is but it’s super useful. You have to check it out because it’s rather hard to explain how it works in such little space- but basically I use it to keep notes and random things, as well as a to-do list and reminders to myself. Long story short: personal wiki = awesome.Pidgin

Pidgin
I don’t know about you but I really got tired of having Google Talk, AIM, ICQ, and MSN all going at the same time (not to mention skype- but that’s a little different). Pidgin takes care of all of those, and many more, in one basic instant messaging application. Check it out.

Honorable Mentions
Skype Don’t really use it everyday because of lack of friends/family that use it- but I would if they did… so spread the word.
Sunbird Sure everything that mozilla makes is wonderful but enough is enough. No, actually I used this until I got a super-phone and then I switched my calendar-ing over to that instead. If you’re looking for a calendar for your computer, use Sunbird.
SciTE Awesome text editor for those of you that program. I use this alot actually but not quite enough to make my list. Another one that’s awesome for especially java is Eclipse.

Hopefully you got something useful out of that. I didn’t include any web applications (except for TiddlyWiki, kinda) but I must say theres a long list of those I use frequently as well. Another day maybe.

23
Mar
08

Texas A&M Deserved that Win

In probably one of the worst officiated games that I’ve seen in awhile, albeit the calls going both ways, the number 1-seeded UCLA came out on top because of a no-call with 5 seconds left. If you don’t believe me check out the picture. As I said, I think bad calls went both ways but leaned towards UCLA. Kevin Love had 7 blocks for UCLA and I counted 3 that I would have called fouls had I been the referee. UCLA played stone-cold defense for the last 10 minutes of the game and you have to give them that, but even still most of the turnovers were because of the blocks I just mentioned. I think this game deserved to go to Texas A&M, if not at least overtime. I suppose UCLA will just ride on the refs to the final four, as they don’t really have any competition left until then.

What the hell.

31
Jan
08

DeAndre Jordan

Texas A&M BasketballTexas A&M Basketball is a powerhouse of talent with my man DeAndre Jordan at the leading edge. Any 7’0″ human being is going to be better than most at basketball, but DeAndre would be better than most even if he was 5’7″. In high-school, he scored over 30 points in a game and blocked 20 shots. Yes, as in twenty- more than his age.

Last night, #23 Texas A&M knocked off #10 Texas in a blowout game of 80-63. The Aggies led by more than 10 for nearly the entire game. DeAndre didn’t start, though he played 21 minutes and had 10 points and 5 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan

While last night’s game wasn’t the best example of DeAndre’s overwhelming skill, he sure helped and gave his two cents to a team effort that really paid off. If the Aggies play like this for the rest of the season, I can almost guarantee a trip to the Final Four, if not further.

I think DeAndre Jordan will be a great player over the next couple of years if he doesn’t go pro after this one. In addition, I don’t believe that he is NBA-worthy from a maturity standpoint quite yet, though as his first college season unfolds my opinion could very well change.

28
Jan
08

Super Bowl XLII

tom brady biatchGo Pats. Giants have no chance. Despite rumors and reports and media and paparazzi saying that Tom Brady has foot problems because he’s been wearing his funky looking booty, I can almost guarantee that he’ll be playing in the Super Bowl. It’s Tom Brady (“I’m Tom Brady b****…”). The Pats are undefeated this season and will hold that record throughout. Only because it is the Super Bowl, I’m saying that the Pats will win by 7- though I am tempted to say by more. Tom Brady and Randy Moss are going to make it rain all over the Giants and that’s about all I need to say.

22
Jan
08

Heath Ledger. Dead.

Heath is dead.Heath Ledger was found dead this morning in his New York city apartment by his cleaning lady. Apparently there was a bottle of prescribed sleeping pills next to his bed- so an overdose is the immediate assumed cause of death. There is no reason to suspect suicide, said the police. Brokeback Mountain was Heath’s breakout role, although some say that The Patriot was most influential in shaping his career. The Academy Awards are given postmortem, although he’s got some pretty stiff competition (although probably not as stiff as he is right now). I’m a morbid human being, I apologize. Anyway, rest in peace Heath, that’s a bum way to go out.

Edit: Sorry I have no idea what possessed me to say that Heath Ledger was in P.S. I Love You. Really. No idea.