The newest internet bubble and what I'm trying the do about it (Groupon's IPO) :
Groupon is part of an elite club of social Internet companies that is fanning investor ardor for the next generation of technology giants. The gaming company Zynga is preparing to file for an offering that could value it at more than $10 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Facebook, which recently raised $1.5 billion in a financing led by Goldman Sachs, is expected to file by next year. It’s the giant of the group, valued at as much as $80 billion.
On Thursday, the online music service Pandora moved one step closer to the public markets by setting its I.P.O. price range at $7 to $9, according to its latest filing. Pandora plans to raise as much as $141.6 million in its offering, at a $1.4 billion valuation.
I justed opted out of my daily Groupon email and am trying to delete my LinkedIn account (any suggestions on how to do that ... I'm afraid it might be like Hotel California).
On the other hand, I'm keeping my Pandora account.
*Alternative title: I can check out anytime I like, but I can never leave.
My Chicago teachers were wrong about one key point. You can get work done in the sunshine. I work harder here than I did when I was a graduate student in Chicago, or when I worked in New York City or when I worked in "glamorous" Cambridge. The state's budget crisis will end, UCLA will become "self-sufficient" (i.e privatize) and order will be restored to the Star Wars galaxy. This is paradise. Life is too short to be miserable 9 months of the year (we did like Boston's May, September and October).
We get it. UCLA is awesome and you are glad you made the move. That's cool. But, now it is time to move past the mantra and simply live the dream. The folks back in Chicago, New York and Boston who (apparently) give you a hard time about not being serious anymore (you moved to California, you blog, you write books) are likely jealous that you have broken the chains and are now soarly freely. Try to ignore their jabs and don't look back.
A conservative research group in Michigan has issued a far-reaching public records request to the labor studies departments at three public universities in the state, seeking any e-mails involving the Wisconsin labor turmoil.
The group, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, declined to explain why it was making the Freedom of Information Act request for material from professors at the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State University. But several professors who received the records request, which was first reported by Talking Points Memo on Tuesday, said it appeared to be an attempt to intimidate or embarrass professors who are sympathetic to organized labor.
This records request, which was filed Friday, comes several days after the Republican Party of Wisconsin made a records request to a prominent University of Wisconsin history professor, William Cronon, who had severely criticized the state’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, over his push for legislation to weaken public-sector unions.
The Mackinac Center, which describes itself as a nonpartisan research and educational institution and receives money from numerous conservative foundations, asked the three universities’ labor studies faculty members for any e-mails mentioning “Scott Walker,” “Madison,” “Wisconsin” or “Rachel Maddow,” the liberal talk show host on MSNBC.
But seriously, should I forward all of my *.edu email to gmail? Is Google trying to grab market share by conspiring with the nonpartisan research and educational institutions?
Sorry, proud Dad moment. Official oldest daughter of Env-Econ (OODEE) played her first HS softball game yesterday (freshman on Varsity). She pitched two innings in relief, after a strong outing from the starter. Came in in the 6th inning down 2-1. Faced 7 batters, struck out 4 and gave up one hit (a bunt). OODEE came to the plate in the bottom of the 7th (last inning in softball) with the bases loaded, one out, tie score. Lined a shot off the pitcher's ribs (or knee, depending on who you ask) that ended up in shallow right field. Winning run scored. Nothing like a pitcher helping herself at the plate.
Here's the box score from the Columbus Dispatch.
Franklin Heights 010 010 0 — 2 6 1 Dublin Jerome 010 000 2 — 3 9 1 Siemer and Edwards; Ciminillo, Haab (6) and Hirth. W: Haab.
Appstate lost their first conference game in several years last week and this game will be for the conference championship. Plus, the winner is likely to have a #1 seed and home field advantage for the playoffs. I am somewhat likely to have fun.
I'm in Kentucky helping my mom clear out her house as she has moved into assisted living. So that might explain this, this and this.
On Saturday I head down to the alma mater for my 25th reunion (Centre-Millsaps) and then to the Kentucky-Georgia game that night. I'm sure there will be more waxing. I ask for your forgiveness in advance.
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Just so you know, I ordered "Hanes Classics Tall Mens Crewneck T Shirts 2-Pack White Large" (quantity=3) from Amazon like I do every year at about this time. I didn't know that it would be "NY Lingerie" actually filling the order but I'll sure be feeling sexy when I wear them.
... the Environmental Economics blog ... is now the default homepage on my browser (but then again, I guess I am a wonk -- a word I learned on the E.E. blog). That is a very nice service to the profession. -- Anonymous
"... I try and read the blog everyday and have pointed it out to other faculty who have their students read it for class. It is truly one of the best things in the blogosphere." -- Anonymous