Daily Archives: September 22, 2014

Answer to question I wasn’t asking

If it's dog you're curious about, write the White House

If it’s dog you’re curious about, write the White House

What does human flesh taste like?

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Except it wasn’t

Waterproofed, charged, and ready to go

Waterproofed, charged, and ready to go

Slash Gear, September 24, 2013; “OS 7 waterproof hoax goes viral: lesson learned.

A falsified advertisement for iOS 7 that suggests the software update can make an iPhone waterproof. People fell for it, hook, line, and sunken smartphone.

CBS, September 18, 2014: “Don’t fall for this hoax: fake ad tells iPhone users to microwave their devices 

CUPERTINO (CBS SF) – One day after Apple released their latest version of iOS, a hoax has surfaced telling users to charge their iPhones in the microwave.

CBS affiliate KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reports that the hoax ad posted on Twitter uses fonts, logos and colors similar to those in legitimate Apple ads. The fake ad claims the new iOS 8 operating system has “Wave” technology.

“You can now Wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half,” the posting says.

Last year, a similar hoax emerged during the release of Apple’s iOS 7, which claimed the software update would make their phones waterproof.

Do you suppose that the people currently frying their new phones are the same ones who drowned their old ones?

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And the paradigm keeps crumbling

al-gore-settled-scienceHigher temperatures in Pacific attributable to natural wind shifts, not global warming.

A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming.

The study compared ocean surface temperatures from 1900 to 2012 to surface air pressure, a stand-in for wind measurements, and found a close match.

“What we found was the somewhat surprising degree to which the winds can explain all the wiggles in the temperature curve,” said lead author Jim Johnstone, who did the work while a climatologist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington.

“So clearly, there are other factors stronger than the greenhouse forcing that is affecting those temperatures,” he added.

The study released by the online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences does not question global warming, but argues there is evidence that in at least one place, local winds are a more important factor explaining ocean warming than greenhouse gases.

It was greeted with skepticism by several mainstream climate scientists, who questioned how the authors could claim changes in wind direction and velocity were natural and unrelated to climate change.

Johnstone and co-author Nathan Mantua, a research scientist with the NOAA Fisheries Service in Santa Cruz, California, pointed to the fact that one steep ocean warming period from 1920 to 1940 predates the big increases in greenhouse gases, and an ocean cooling period from 1998 to 2013 came while global average temperatures were at or near all-time highs.

They also noted that the wind changes consistently preceded the ocean surface temperature variations by about four months, showing the wind was causing the changes to temperature, not the other way around.

James Overland, a research oceanographer at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, said the study reinforced findings that the North Pacific has a lot of natural variability in 5- to 20-year time scales, and he reached the same conclusions on changes in the Bering Sea.

“Natural variability cannot be ruled out as an important mechanism,” he said in an email.

During the entire period from 1900 to 2012, there has been an increase of about 1 degree Fahrenheit in ocean surface temperatures in the area from Hawaii to Alaska, and down the coast to British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California, according to the study.

The wind acts to change temperature through speed and direction. When the wind blows faster across the water, evaporation increases, and like sweat drying on the skin, cools the water surface. Winds from the south drive warmer air and water to the region. Winds from the north drive in colder air and water.

“It just seems to us it’s a pretty simple story,” Mantua said. “Yet it’s going to take people by surprise, because it is ingrained in our minds that if the climate warms up in the course of the century, it’s probably because of global warming, the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases and other things humans have done that have pushed it in a warming direction.”

All of which explains the global warmists’ increasing hysteria. They sense the consensus the concocted is falling apart, and they are afraid.

UPDATE: Today the LA Times reports on this story, straight up. When global skepticism breaks through the media’s wall of silence, you know something is seriously afoot.

Psst! Wanna buy a magazine?

Psst! Wanna buy a magazine?

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Realtorese

Manor House

Manor House

I notice that the listing for 398 Stanwich Road refers to it as a “manor home”, and since manors are referenced about as commonly in Greenwich real estate ads as bidets, I thought I’d look the term up.

The OED defines it as “A large country house with lands; the principal house of a landed estate.”

Wikipedia expands on that:
manor house is a large country house, which was historically the capital residence or messuage within a manor, the basic unit of territorial organisation in the feudal system in Europe, in which dwelled the lord of the manor. It formed the administrative centre of a manor and within its great hall were held the lord’s manorial courts, communal meals with manorial tenants and great banquets. The term is today loosely applied to smaller country houses, frequently dating from the late-mediaeval era, which formerly housed the gentry. They were often fortified but this was frequently intended more for show than for defense. Manor houses existed in most European countries where feudalism existed, where they were sometimes referred to as castles, palaces, and so on. Many buildings, such as schools, are named Manor; the reason behind this is because the building was or is close to a manor house.
Not a manor, despite its builder's claim

Not a manor, despite its builder’s claim

The de la Fontaine’s manors were seized long ago and are now occupied by fat French bishops, if they’re still standing at all, so I sympathize with those who’d like to redefine the term so as to duplicate that lost splendor here in the New World. And that’s fine, so long as the owner still holds title to 10,000 acres or so, and has serfs in thrall. But a two-acre lot within earshot of the highway does not make one to the manner born, or to the manor, either. Harrumph.

 

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Hot hot hot!

Going fast

Going fast

398 Stanwich Road*, which sold new in 2004 for $5.550 million, and for $5.350 in 2010, has cut its price today to $5.095.

*A Sotheby’s listing, but their website doesn’t show up in a quick Google search, so I used this one

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Aren’t law enforcement officers required to be more thick-skinned than ordinary citizens?

Bet these ladies were made of sterner stuff than the wusses of New Canaan

Bet these ladies were made of sterner stuff than the wusses of New Canaan

Greenwich man arrested for breach of peace after swearing at a parking ticket enforcer and using “a racial slur”.  That’s not polite; it’s downright uncivil, in fact, but someone in this line of work can and should expect to receive verbal abuse and even, I fear, racial “slurs”, whatever that means; it comes with the job.

From what I read, NYC’s meter maids receive an ungodly amount of abuse and, short of violence, simply hand out the ticket and move on. New Canaan isn’t New York, of course, but surely its employees can summon the strength necessary to deal with disgruntled citizens without getting their feelings hurt and having them arrested.

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Chinese economic harbinger

China Syndrome

China Syndrome

Scotch sales in the Middle Kingdom plummet 47%.  What can’t continue, won’t.

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I was off in my timing, but that’s because the seller has been so slow to come to earth

50 Indian Head Road

50 Indian Head Road

After seeing 50 Indian Head Road at its first broker open house in March, 2013, when it was priced at $4.1 million, I told the cop directing traffic that I’d see him again, a year and a million dollars later. Today, its price was reduced to $3.2 million.

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Bet they don’t get it

1 Elizabeth Lane

1 Elizabeth Lane

1 Elizabeth Lane, NoPo, is asking $8,000 per month.

322 Riverside Avenue (representative)

322 Riverside Avenue (representative)

If you’re going to spend that kind of money, may I suggest Pal Nancy’s house in the real Riverside, 322 Riverside Avenue/William Street, for $5,990?  Better deal,

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Price inflation

49 Hillside Drive

49 Hillside Drive

49 Hillside Drive (across from Greenwich Academy) has hit the market today at $5.495 million. It’s a nice house, 6,000 sq.ft. up, 3,000 below ground (est), on a little more than a half-acre. What I’ll be curious to see is how close it gets to its asking price. It sold new in 2009 for $4.2 million,when the market was nearing its lowest point.

What someone paid for a house is irrelevant to its current value, up or down, and my clients benefitted from that fact during what were, for sellers, the dark years, but has the market improved this much? It could have: this price does not strike me as obviously, totally crazy, but will buyer resistance at such a “windfall profit” drag down its price?

I’m betting it won’t – houses like this in this location are selling for a premium, but it will be fun to watch, and see.

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Psst! Any chance you’re on LSD?

1964 VW Bus for sale, $13,500.

5k in new parts w/ receipts. Minimal rust as it is from AZ.
Must Sell ASAP.

The accompanying photo must be of another vehicle.

Who ya gonna believe, me, or your own lying eyes?

Who ya gonna believe, me, or your own lying eyes?

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Maher Avenue sale

16 Maher Avenue

16 Maher Avenue

16 Maher Avenue, listed for $2.350, sold after just 24 days for $2.150. It sits on just 13,500 sq.ft. in the R-20 (20,000 sq.ft.), so don’t plan on adding an inch to its existing 3,000 sq.ft. The listing claims seven bedrooms, but that’s only if you’re planning on housing circus midgets. Still, a popular street, and a nice old (1900) house.

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Land listing, 35 Mooreland Road

35 Mooreland

35 Mooreland

Two four-acre lots, with 1960s house, $7.2 million. (Listing’s not up yet, but here’s Zillow, which just shows one of the lots).  A million an acre for the Back Country is about the going price, so $7.2’s not bad. You could certainly live in the existing house – the late owner did – but at this price range, whoever buys it probably won’t.

UPDATE: Brain lapse here – land in the R-4 should sell for about $500,000 per acre, not $1 million. Giving a premium to this land because it’s so nice, maybe – maybe – $2.5 per lot. They’ve assigned value to the existing house, apparently, but I’m not so sure someone will pay extra for it.

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Park Avenue (Greenwich) deal

108 Park Avenue

108 Park Avenue

108 Park Avenue, $4.195, reports a pending deal. This same house tried for $5.395 million in 2008 before finally selling two years later for $3.2 million. The listing now says it was renovated in 2012, so I’m uncertain how much of the increase in value is attributable to those improvements and how much to a price recovery in this area of Greenwich but either way, nice house, great street.

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Riverside contract

18 Hidden Brook

18 Hidden Brook Rd

18 Hidden Brook Road, reduced from $2.395 to $2.195 million reports a contract.  It’s a pretty funky house, but I liked how it was redone, and said so here after its July open house. For this price at this location, it’s not a bad deal at all.

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Uh huh

Seeking counsel and conciliation in all the wrong places

Seeking counsel and conciliation in all the wrong places

Democrat gubernatorial candidate caught at strip club claims he was there for legal research.

I was taken to a club by my boss – the club owner was one of our legal clients,” Davis told Politico in a Saturday statement. “While we were in the building, the police showed up. I was never accused of having done anything wrong, but rather I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Poor guy. Of course, there’s also this part of the story:

Police found him “in a somewhat compromising position… in a back room of the club” — alone with a topless stripper wearing only a G-string. Davis was forced to the ground at gunpoint by police after they interrupted his lap dance. He kept to his “sitting position” the first time he was requested to hit the floor and had to be ordered a second time to lay on the ground before complying.

It happened long ago, so he could have easily have just explained it away as a youthful indiscretion, but supplying the excuse that he did might lead some Kansas voters to question his capacity for truthfulness. That’s dumb.

 

And he’s lucky the cops arrived when they did: too many lap dances have been know to kill a fella.

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There goes the neighborhood

6 Elizabeth Lane (representative)

6 Elizabeth Lane (representative)

6 Elizabeth Lane (in NoPo, off Riverside Lane), new construction, sold for $2.050 million. The builder paid $638,000 for the land in 2013 and popped in a modular, so with this kind of quick profit, we can expect still more. Ten thousand square foot lot, 4,650 square feet – even with a third of that space underground, that’s still more house than this neighborhood used to provide.

The entire area here has been going upscale for years so this one is nothing new, but clearly, the time for what passes as “moderate priced housing” in Greenwich is going fast.

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Worse than Lyme disease

Jedediah Smith: support your right to arm bears

Jedediah Smith: support your right to arm bears

Bear kills hiker in New Jersey. When I go hunting in the woods, I go loaded for bear.

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Jean Ruggerio

My post yesterday on Greenwich Time’s article about Stanwich Road may have hurt Jean’s feelings; if so I regret not making my point more clearly, because the post was about Greenwich Time, not Jean, who I like and respect, very much.  Jean took over a listing that three previous brokers couldn’t sell, pitched a story to GT’s compliant editor, and got great publicity for her client’s house. Not only is that not wrong, it’s brilliant, and exactly what a home seller should expect from his broker: smart, innovative marketing. Bravo, Jean, and it’s no wonder so many homeowners turn to you to sell their house.

Greenwich Time would have folded years ago (yes, that’s a pun) were it not for the revenue it generates selling full-page ad space to the local real estate firms. It fired most of its reporters during the past decade and makes do now with the bare minimum of high school sports news and reworked press releases to attract reader eyeballs, which keeps the Realtor’s money flowing. If you think that the paper would risk offending those advertisers by providing objective news about real estate, I have a house to sell you in Brooklyn.

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Guardians of the earth

Left behind at the global warming parade:

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