Daily Archives: September 1, 2010

There’s life left in the old U.S. yet

IBM announces new chip that’s 17,000 X faster than its 1970 model. (Well yeah, everything is faster, 40 years on, except me). I’m no techie and thus know nothing about what’s going on out in the tech world, but I find this encouraging. IBM spent $1.5 billion on this technology, and pulled it off. More power to them.

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Just encountered this expression – British?

In an article comparing the Triumph Spitfire to the German Messerschmitt, there’s this:

Finally on the move, however, the Messerschmitt is more fun than a clown on fire. Shrouded in a two-stroke stench that guarantees you’ll only wish to give chase once it has clattered over the horizon, the Tiger biffs along with surprising alacrity, the engine accelerating through various noisome cabin boom points as you approach a respectable 60 mph.

More fun than a clown on fire? Love it.

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Attention, Masters of the Universe

Ferrari 458 Italia, doing its thing

Ferrari recalls all of its 458 Italias. Hey, for $300,000, you should expect to get a little excitement.

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More on our Department of Education

From InstaPundit:

ARNE DUNCAN’S INVITATION JUST THE START OF THE PROBLEM:

So U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan invited every Education Department employee to attend Rev. Al Sharpton’s Glenn Beck counter-rally. As David Boaz explained in the Examiner, it was a ”highly inappropriate” thing to do, pushing people who are supposed to serve all Americans to support one side of a “political debate.” But that’s just the most obvious problem with Duncan’s weekend doings.

Perhaps just as troubling as his rally-prodding is that Duncan declared education “the civil rights issue of our generation” at Sharpton’s event. This only about a year after helping to kill an education program widely supported by many of the people he and Sharpton insist they want to empower. I’m talking, of course, about Washington, DC’s, Opportunity Scholarship Program, a voucher program that was proven effective. But the heck with success — Duncan and President Obama let the union-hated program die.

The cause for concern, though, doesn’t end there. According to the Examiner, an Education Department spokeswoman tried to gloss over the boss’s out-of-bounds play by suggesting that Sharpton’s rally was but a mere “back-to-school event.” Sound familiar?

Is there a bigger embarrassment for the Administration than Duncan? Well, probably . . . .

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Tropical Depression 9

In case Earl misses us, there’s always this new storm to keep things perky.

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Hurricane Earl

Brendan Loy has a good discussion of the storm’s probable path. Looks like Greenwich and NYC won’t get hit (by hurricane winds, that is – I’m sure we’re n for rain) but Cape Cod s still in the danger zone. And as NOAA points out, only a slight westward shift will render the predicted path “inoperable”.  Fudrucker flies to Nantucket tomorrow to look at a couple of foreclosed properties with an investor. I may have extra office space available as of Friday, if you’re looking.

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Ohio voters long for Bush

Here’s a poll that is probably causing some consternation in Washington.

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Corruption in Stamford? Say it ain’t so

The Stamford Advocate ran two articles over the weekend on foul play in Stamford. As its reporter notes, it has everything: federal money, an indicted contractor, ex-cons and two current candidates, Dan Malloy and Dick Blumenthal. Blumenthal, it should be noted, comes out as the good guy in this case. I bash him when I can, but not here.

UPDATE: having now read both articles, it seems there’s smoke, but no fire. The contractor involved, “Earth Technologies”, seems to have played hanky panky on another job, in New York, but everyone involved in the Stamford project: city and the federal government, which is paying for 80% of the job, appears satisfied with the contractor’s work. Of course, former Governor Rowland liked his contractors, too.

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Sales prices reported

These were properties that went to contract earlier this summer, but here are some closing prices.

4 Maher Court

4 Maher Court asked $2.950 and went quickly at $2.862.50. Assessed at $1.5  UPDATE: Brother Gideon corrects me – this place did not sell quickly. It started at $3.250 back in 2007, and has now finally sold. Realtors play games with the listing data, as they probably should, since they owe a duty to their clients, but the GAR does the rest of us no service in permitting them to do so.

9 Pear Lane, in Belle Haven, asked $12.250 million in 2009, sold yesterday for $8.8

220 Riverside Avenue, an antique (1700s?) farmhouse, recently renovated and extended, asked $1.850 and also sold quickly, for $$1.815. Assessment is  $1.176.

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Interesting new listing

No picture yet, but 37 Skyridge has been listed today for $4.350. Skyridge offers great views of Long Island Sound and I’ve always liked the street. I haven’t seen this property yet (open house is next week) but with 8,000 square feet, 4.5 acres, pool and tennis court, it sounds attractive and reasonably priced.  Again, I haven’t seen it, but for that street, I think Round Hill Partners have priced it right.

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