Daily Archives: January 26, 2010

New Blogger


Katharine Fountain


My daughter Kat is deep in the Peruvian rain forest for the next six months studying monkies (or “Monkeys”, if you’re Irish and worried about offending your grandparents) and blogging. A link to her blog, “Amazon Adventure” is over to the right. I find it great but of course I would, I’m her dad. Nonetheless, any girls (or boys) who want to know what life in the Amazon is like for a grad student would probably enjoy it, too. Sort of like an extended Career Day at high school, but far more interesting.


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Apple tablet vs. Kindle – I don’t think so

Seems as though Apple’s trying an end-around on Amazon’s Kindle by allowing publishers to charge more for books sent to tablets.I’ve been an Apple fan since 1988 and would never bet against them but I’m also  Kindle owner with what I’d guess (I daren’t look) is at least a thousand bucks sunk into the reader and downloaded books. If a publisher tries charging more than Kindle, and requires me to buy another reader, I sure as hell will resist til the bloody end. I suppose the result will depend on how deep a market penetration Kindle’s achieved before Steve Jobs awoke. Either way, I love my Kindle, I love the cheap downloads and I won’t buy this particular Apple product until they pry my Kindle from my cold dead hands.


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I’d say the Muslims got off cheaply on this exchange

Alu akbar, baby!

Muslims shocked by pigs heads left at mosque after (Muslims, not pigs) firebombing Christian churches.

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No, no no – this is not how to write a blog

I stumbled across a new (to me, at least) blog on Greenwich real estate just now, “Inside Greenwich Real Estate”. The post I saw was on fixing up houses and it seemed better written than I remember the agent/blogger as being capable of,  so just out of curiosity I copied the first few paragraphs and dumped them into Google. Lo and behold, the exact same article, word for word, was first posted by a Syracuse blogger, Chris Gmyr, where it was picked up, and credited, by Trulia.com. Trulia did it right; this guy did not. Here’s what I searched for: see for yourself:

Americans love a good deal. We also, if the popularity of HGTV and DIY cable channels are any indication, love the idea of being able to fix up our homes with minimal professional help. Buying a fixer-upper can be a great way to save a little money, and have the chance to make a neglected home into your dream home. But it’s not for everyone. Before you purchase a fixer-upper, here are a few things to keep in mind.

The first thing to consider is how fixable the home really is. Some things (such as location or the size of the lot) can’t be changed. Other things, such as foundation or major electrical problems, can be fixed, but they are very costly and don’t offer a lot of improvement in the resale value. An ideal fixer-upper doesn’t require thousands of dollars worth of work that will go largely unnoticeable; look for a home that can be improved with a few coats of paint, a few new appliances, and some drywall repair.

What will the total cost of the home be? This is an often over-looked aspect of buying a fixer-upper; by the time you buy the home and do any renovations it requires, you may very well have spent considerably more than market value for the home. If the home is your dream home, and you don’t plan on selling for a very long time, that might not be a concern for you. However, if you are hoping to regain the cost of any repairs, and then make a profit on top of that, you need to consider what the home may actually sell for.


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That ClusterMap over on the right is kinda fun because it shows where readers of this blog come from. The stats from November 2008 to 2009 are archived (you can find the link) but just since this past November, readers have come from all over:

United States (US) 75,361
United Kingdom (GB) 2,011
Canada (CA) 1,486
Australia (AU) 466
Germany (DE) 412
France (FR) 310
Switzerland (CH) 306
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Serbia (RS) 27
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Mongolia (MN) 2
Faroe Islands (FO) 1
Jersey (JE) 1
Botswana (BW) 1
Lesotho (LS) 1
New Caledonia (NC) 1
Belarus (BY) 1
Bhutan (BT) 1
Martinique (MQ) 1
Sudan (SD) 1
Northern Mariana Islands (MP) 1
Yemen (YE) 1
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Zimbabwe (ZW) 1

From inception, November 2008


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(Some) real estate deals explained

I just learned that the buyer of 17-19 Nawthorne in Old Greenwich is the same person who paid $5 million plus for the adjoining property, 11 Nawthorne, a couple of years ago. Wise move, because when my clients and I were looking over 17-19 it became obvious that whatever was built was going to ruin the view of Number 11. “Screw’em”, said I, “they should have bought their view.” Now they have.


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Vancouver: no snow for Olympics, but it does offer 250 sq.ft. apartments

$675 a month for a “micro-loft”, complete with fold up Murphy bed, galley kitchen and bathroom with showerhead directly over the toilet.

Next door to drug half-way house and a number of flop houses. Makes Greenwich look cheap, eh?

Chief Ridberg visits Vancouver


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