Getting drafted for the Yankees


From, reporting on yesterday’s first round baseball draft picks:

Yankees top pick Ian Kennedy was one of four right-handers selected in the first five rounds Tuesday.

I’d like to wish the best of luck to the other Ian Kennedy, I’m pulling for you. I’ve been following his budding baseball career as part of a Technorati search and look forward to his continued success. My friends who follow the Red Sox have already said it’s going to be hard to get used to rooting against me.

Gallop your way to a better figure


$2,000 will get you the latest in Japanese massage chair technology. The Joba is fully equipped to simulate a leisurely ride on a well-behaved horse. Research at Panasonic, where the Joba is made, have shown that this mechanical saddle gently stimulates the glutes and lower torso and is great low impact exercise for those with bad knees (the greying of Japan has had a tremendous impact on the home health care industry).

One could image a bundle deal with a DVD featuring vistas of the Great Plains put to the music of Merl Haggard!

(Thanks to Terrie for the pointer)

A long pipe to the sea

I’m eating breakfast and the family is getting in the mood for a trip down to Monterey for New Year’s Eve. It helps to listen to the Monterey Bay Aquarium webcam with the sound turned on. If you plug it into your stereo and turn it up loud, you can hear the harbor seals.

See you in 2006! 

“Human social networks constitute a habitable environment and a giant playground for memes.”

UC Berkeley grad student Sean Savage writes about social networks from the perpective of machines, corporations, and memes. Sean’s post pokes fun but is also a useful reminder of how insular and kinda creepy all this talk about "social media" must sound to the person on the street.

How many times do I need to tell you Hashimoto-san. It’s the blue button first then the green one, NOT the other way around!

Another reason why you need a good night’s sleep before executing large block trades with other people’s money.

On Thursday morning, a trader at Mizuho Securities tried to sell
610,000 shares at ¥1 each of a job recruiting company called J-Com,
which was having its public debut on the exchange. It had actually intended to sell 1 share at ¥610,000.

Even worse, the Tokyo Stock Exchange doesn’t let you cancel a trade once it’s in the system. Imagine the horror as this guy watches the market pounce on his mistake. By the end of the day, Mizuho lost $27 million and I’m pretty sure the poor guy who made the mistake is delivering pension checks on his bicycle to little old ladies in Hokkaido.


Current Events

Huge jellyfish

In other new, huge jellyfish, weighing up to 200 kilograms, are wreaking havoc to the fishing business in the waters between Japan and China. Some blame global warming.

The Ultimate Disclaimer

I read & review quite quite a few legal agreements in this job. If you do too, then you’d appreciate The Standard Catchall Universal Disclaimer Notice. The fine print includes such nuggets as:

ADVISORY: There is an extremely small but nonzero chance that, through a process known as “tunneling,” this product may
spontaneously disappear from its present location and reappear at any random place in the universe, including your neighbor’s domicile. The manufacturer will not be responsible for any damages or inconveniences that may result.

This should cover you for just about anything.