Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sold! Bear Stearns T-shirt gone for $151.76

A used T-shirt bearing the Bear Stearns logo has sold for $151.76 online, worth about 14 or 15 shares in the once venerable Wall Street investment bank.

Bear Stearns shirts and other trinkets have been snatched up in recent days on auction site eBay.

This particular extra-large men's T-shirt, blue, with a white Bear Stearns logo, attracted more than 1,600 visitors and sold for $151.76 on Monday night, a price no doubt prompted by the sudden fall of the fifth largest U.S. investment bank.

The Bear Stearns takeover by JPMorgan Chase has generated public interest reminiscent of Enron's demise. Other auction items include umbrellas, coffee mugs, cafeteria cards, hard hats, and a pewter reproduction of Bear Stearns' midtown Manhattan office building, which was included in the fire sale.

"Be the first to get your paws on classic Bear Stearns memorabilia," read one post auctioning a miniature plastic toy bear that was going for $28 on Tuesday morning.

Another Bear Stearns bear wearing a business tie attracted more than 1,400 visits and a high bid of about $150.

The T-shirt seller, Jennifer Cseplo of Dublin, Ohio, said her husband got the shirt as a gift four years ago and wore it to work out in.

"I thought I would get $20 for it and be happy. This is pretty crazy," Cseplo said.

On March 16, JPMorgan Chase said it would acquire its rival for only $2 per share, in a deal brokered by the Federal Reserve aimed at heading off a bankruptcy and a spreading crisis of confidence in the global financial system.

On Monday, JPMorgan raised its offer to about $10 a share to appease angry stockholders who vowed to fight the original deal. Bear Stearns traded at $10.80 a share near midday on Tuesday.


Friday, March 21, 2008

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Trib takes the Sun-Times prize

The winner of the Sun-Times' video contest about Wrigley Field naming rights is... a Chicago Tribune intern. See how she did it -- with a little help from her friends -- and watch the video.

Monday, March 17, 2008

People Working Above

Sirius launches 'Client 9 Radio'

  • Satellite radio station to be all-Spitzer scandal, all the time

NEW YORK (CNN) -- For those who can't get enough of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal, Sirius Satellite Radio has launched "Client 9 Radio," a channel dedicated to covering all aspects of the Spitzer saga.

The new station began broadcasting at 5 p.m. ET Friday, the company announced.

Programming will continue only till midnight on Monday, a statement from Sirius said.

Spitzer announced his intention to resign Thursday after a federal probe looking into suspicious money transfers linked him to a prostitution ring.

In documents associated with the investigation, the governor is identified as "Client 9."

Spitzer apologized in his announcement for not living up to expectations, but did not admit to anything specific. He has not been charged with any crime.

His resignation becomes effective Monday.

The new channel was launched in response to strong audience interest in the story, Sirius said.

It will offer a "forum for this national conversation," where listeners are invited to call in and discuss all aspects of the story.

Additionally, "Client 9 Radio" will offer segments produced with Sirius commentators and experts, such as Judith Regan and Bill Bennett, the statement said.

CNN: Sirius launches 'Client 9 Radio'

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Desultory Junction

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From the CooCoo Dept: Man confessed his murder to cats

LONDON (AP) - A retiree who allegedly confessed to a pair of cats that he had beaten his partner to death was cleared of murder Friday.

David Henton, 73, was accused of killing Joyce Sutton at her home near Neath, in south Wales, in January 2006.

He was arrested after police bugged his car and home and believed they heard him confessing to Sutton's pet cats, Twinkie and Pudsey.

The recording played to the jury was of poor quality, and Henton's lawyers maintained he was saying something else.

The jury also found him not guilty of manslaughter following a seven-week trial.

Henton and Sutton had separate homes despite a long relationship, but saw each other every day.

Henton testified that the cats knew who killed Sutton.

"To me, Joyce's heart is still in those cats," he said. "They would say what happened that night. I have said it before: If only those cats could talk."

WINK-TV Ft Myers: Man confessed his murder to cats

Oh, what the hell... How bout one more:

And at work on a Sunday... Stupid reports to do

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Horrible drawing of the U.S. or is it a Picasso?

$5.20-A-Gallon Gasoline

GORDA, Calif. (AP) -- Try not to run low on gas in the tiny Big Sur town of Gorda, where a gallon of unleaded regular costs $5.20. And it's $5.40 a gallon for premium.

Amerigo Gas Station employee James Willman says at least once a day he gets an earful from motorists who pull into Gorda, which is about 35 miles north of Cambria on scenic Highway 1.

Willman says "they say all kinds of stuff - `You ought to be shot,' or 'Where's your mask?'"

The good-humored Willman usually responds, "Hey, I just work here."

Many potential customers slow down, look at the price, then keep on rolling.

Station manager Leo Flores says the high price reflects the cost of bringing fuel to the town's remote location as well as its reliance on a diesel generator for all of its power.


Information from: The Tribune,

At work on a Saturday, blah!

Tommy Thompson's alcoholic brother's place in Tomah

Friday, March 14, 2008

Color Coordinated Hitch Balls

Nothing Spells "Classy" like trailer hitch nuts that match the color of your Escape... To see these in person (they truly are something to behold) come on by the parking lot of the First Business Bank building in Madison, Wisconsin...

Battlebots Headed to an ESPN Near You -- This Time With Less Suck

Maybe we'll never know how Comedy Central could run a show like "BattleBots" and not have it be the greatest thing ever. Lucky for us, the concept is getting another shot at life thanks to the fine folks at ESPN 2 and ESPNU. The new show format will have an increased emphasis on the behind-the-scenes nerdmergencies in the "pits" when the bots need tweaking or full on repairs. They're also going to do away with the annoying wedgebots (similar in principle to this Microsoft bot up above, just more annoying), beef up the arena hazards and add a new expirimental class for featuring other bot types competing in what are hopefully equally destructive forms। The show was going to start up in June, but is being held back a bit while the 150 or so participating college teams prep entries, and the mayhem is now slated to begin in November.

Battlebots Headed to an ESPN Near You -- This Time With Less Suck

Woman Attacked Clerk Over Cup, Police Say

A woman faces aggravated assault charges after she attacked a store clerk and tried to run over him because the store was out of Styrofoam cups, Houston police said.The entire incident was caught on surveillance video at the Texaco convenience store in northeast Houston on Tuesday, KPRC-TV in Houston reported.The video shows 44-year-old Alicia Adams walking into the store to get a 20-ounce drink.Clerk Ben Kyung told Adams they were out of cups in that size and she got upset.Houston police Officer Randy Crowder said Adams pushed the clerk, knocked items off the counter and assaulted the store's manager as she stormed out of the store."She hit me and pushed me a few times," Kyung said.The clerk ran outside to catch her and write down her license plate number. Investigators said Adams attempted to run over Kyung in the parking lot and almost drove through the front door of the store.Crowder responded to the call and blocked Adams' car in the parking lot as she tried to leave."She appeared to be emotional and bipolar," Crowder said. "She was almost in tears crying."Adams was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning. Her bond was set at $30,000.

WFTV: Woman Attacked Clerk Over Cup, Police Say

Fun With DTV

I went out and bought a digital converter box for my TV since I got the $40 coupon card from the government. I got rid of my cable since I will be moving soon and so I thought, what the heck, I might as well get as many channels as I can for free... So off to Circuit City I went last night and picked up the highly rated Zenith DTT900 model... Lets go on a journey now as I set it up:

1. So here it is... The DTT900 from Zenith... Now I can "Digitize The Experience". It lists for $59.95 but out of pocket was somewhere around $23 when I used the $40 coupon from the feds.

2. Out of the box and plugged in... Blue light when it is powered on... Red light when it is powered off. 3. Fully featured universal remote (Batteries Included!)
4. My favorite feature is that the digital signal allows stations to send alot of different data including channel schedule and show information. One of the features of the converter box that uses some of that data is a channel guide just like you get with digital cable...

5. There is also an on screen signal strength bar that shows the, well, strength of the tv stations signal... It is also accompanied by a somewhat annoying beeping noise... The better the signal the higher the pitch of the beep.
Overall its really awesome... Instead of only 5 or so analog channels over the air I now have 12 channels (with even more to come since WKOW, WMSN, MyMadisonTV, and WBUW don't utilize any of their digital subchannels yet) in Dolby stereo and the picture is just like digital cable quality...

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