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7.28.2006

100 grams of cocaine would have been a better purchase 

After 7 minutes, the first player has busted out of this year's WSOP main event.

Nanny state 

After the passage of these two bills, I think we need to completely clean out the House of Representatives this November.

7.27.2006

Experiment 

Apparently the city of Chicago may adopt a minimum wage of $9.25 per hour. It'll be interesting to see if this does or does not lead to rampant inflation throughout the city. According to the article, San Francisco and Washington, DC both have similar laws. The cost of living in both cities is ridiculous, but that can probably be blamed on a number of other factors besides the minimum wage. I don't know about Santa Fe.

7.10.2006

Is it time to retire the "cheese eating surrender monkeys" slur? 

World Cups come every four years, and Zinedine Zidane has one already. But the chance to become a legend...you just can't pass that up.





Ironically, one of the few Italy players I still have any respect for is Daniele de Rossi, the guy who elbowed Brian McBride in the forehead. After the Italy-USA game, he apologized profusely, almost to the point of obsequity. McBride basically said 'eh, no biggie. He's a good kid.'

7.08.2006

What hath Moneyball wrought? 

From the WSJ (subscription required):


Topps Co. is famous for making the stuff of sugar-coated childhood memories: baseball and Pokemon cards, Baby Bottle Pops and Bazooka bubble gum.

Now, the company is under siege by a group composed mostly of former baseball-card fans who happened to grow up to run hedge funds.

Their champion, Timothy Brog, has been waging a year-long battle to split up Topps or sell the whole company outright. He figures a deep-pocketed owner would be better able to run the company than members of the founding family while investing more on promoting the brand. Later this month he hopes to oust three board members at the annual meeting.

"It's time for a change," says Mr. Brog, who heads a two-year-old hedge fund called Pembridge Capital Management LLC. "Management has been running Topps like it's a candy store from the 1950s."

Topps's CEO, Arthur Shorin, an energetic septuagenarian and second-generation candy maker, sees things differently. He says Mr. Brog and his supporters don't know the first thing about running a complex candy-and-cards empire. "Shareholders need to be protected from them," he says.


To quote the famous philosopher Calvin, another nostalgic piece of childhood goes THBPPTH.

7.04.2006

No wonder the USA sucks at soccer 

Check out these World Cup statistics, and note the correlation with winning.

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