J Larsen

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  1. Virgin Megastore Meltdown?

    I think they will all close eventually. Last year the realty firm Vornado realized that Virgin was paying rent so far below market value that they would actually profit by buying the entire chain, terminating the leases, and re-renting the space they occupied.
  2. Sure it is. Science is definitely an academic journal, with more popular interest-type of material at the beginning of each issue, written more for the layman. The latter two thirds or so are usually very academia/professional scientist oriented. As a professional scientist, I reference Science and Nature occasionally in my work. Not sure what area you work in, but in the world of physics Science, Nature and Physical Review Letters are THE three most prestigious journals to publish in (Science and Nature are regarded as particularly prestigious among experimental physicists).
  3. Advice on movers

    FWIW, this is a very common scam in NYC. I haven't experienced it (I've only had trouble with the "oops you mean we weren't supposed to throw/drop that?" movers), but I personally know three people who have.
  4. Especially for a guy who looks like he weighs about 150, with a 34 inch chest. Though I guess the less you weigh, the less challenge it is to your muscles but that is probably offset by the increasing tug of gravity at that height. It really goes beyond everyday stupidity. Gravity doesn't increase with height (the gravitational pull of the earth is actually incrementally weaker up there, since it is an inverse square law). Anyway, if this isn't trick photography it is truly stupid - a failure of natural selection.
  5. Blue Note Reissues for 2008...

    Unless something has changed recently, Capitol (an EMI subsidiary) has a 50% equity stake in Mosaic.
  6. Describe Your Dream Home

    I was waiting for them to say, in the small print at the bottom, "no pets, no children", but they didn't. Five wood burning fireplaces! And staff quarters, so you can employ your own live-in lumberjack to cut down half of Central Park Can you actually BUY firewood in Manhttan? MG At a purchase price of 70 million, the $38000 a month maintenance is chump change. I'm kind of surprised it only lists "park views" "city views" and "river views". What about views of New Jersey and Long Island? It has a view of me, too! (I can see this apartment from my office.)
  7. Describe Your Dream Home

    I was waiting for them to say, in the small print at the bottom, "no pets, no children", but they didn't. Five wood burning fireplaces! And staff quarters, so you can employ your own live-in lumberjack to cut down half of Central Park Can you actually BUY firewood in Manhttan? MG Sure. Fireplaces aren't THAT uncommon.
  8. Describe Your Dream Home

    It isn't quite my style, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at it as a gift: http://www.brownharrisstevens.com/detail.aspx?id=364979#
  9. Heath Ledger found dead

    His version of The Joker appears to be a little different than Nicholson: The makeup sure is casual...I like it. One thing that gets me, is the location. I have a good friend that has a long time bartending gig a few blocks away. Our own JLarsen lives in that neighborhood, a bit North of there, I think. But then, that's the city...these things happen and there's a lot of people there... Yep, I'm just a few blocks away. But it is a celebrity-heavy part of town (even a couple in my building). Anyway, this was sad news. He did seem to be a very promising talent.
  10. bye bye EMI

    What you say has the ring of truth, Chris. My first thought upon reading your prognostication was that people would want to collect "hard copies". But upon reflection, I think the audio fidelity will have something to do with it too, just as 50s LPs are sought after, while 80s LPs are not. Just to clarify, a lot of '80s LPs - especially in the punk and post-punk genres (not to mention 45s) - are quite collectible and rare. CDs have been collectible for a while now, especially some of the Japanese discs which are limited and almost instantly OOP. Haven't you found that the value of those records has really plummeted over the last several years, though? I have a bunch of those records, and used to have a LOT more, and have found that a lot of former $100 - $200 records are going for $20 - $40 now.
  11. What's Your Taste in Furniture and Design?

    Early 20th century dutch modern and the same mid-century modern stuff that everyone else seems to be into these days (though I've been into it for a long, long time).
  12. Love on Jimi Hendrix

    I think the most underrated Hendrix song is Long Hot Summer Night. The beginning sounds like T Monk. The key change in the middle is wild. The backing vocals are great. The switching back and forth between jazz and e flat blues licks is hot. All around great song.
  13. What did you listen to most in 2007?

    That was a great group, and I like a lot of the related stuff too. But I didn't listen to it much this year.
  14. What did you listen to most in 2007?

    Off the top of my head: Electric Miles, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, There's a Riot Going On, The Battles, Tim Buckley, Robert Wyatt, Von Sudenfed, Animal Collective (but not the POS that came out this year), Burial, Glenn Gould.
  15. Nonsense. A person does not have to spend 52 hours a year (or more) for each stock owned to "beat the market," that's just silly. Cramer is an ass, but at least now what he's preaching makes more sense, especially compared to his previous churn churn churn ways. I agree that people experienced in following the market don't need to spend an hour per week per stock to beat the market. However, someone inexperienced could easily spend more time and still underperform the market. I maintain that it is relatively simple to identify an undervalued security*. It is far more difficult to predict exactly when it will stop being undervalued, and that is the skill that really leads one to making money. *It is at least as easy to identify an overvalued security, but generally more expensive and time consuming to profit in that situation. I'm curious -- since you guys (if I understand you correctly) believe that there is a way to routinely generate returns beyond those of a simple market index without a greater degree of risk as a freelance investor while doing less than 52 hrs of research per year, have you succeed in doing so? (I don't intend this to sound confrontational, but I am curious.) Guy Well, that's not the proposition you originally set forth, which was 52 hrs per stock per year. And yes, I have succeeded in beating the market, regularly. Look at it as an economist, it is tempting to believe that this should only happen by chance, because the markets are efficient, etc. But the reality is that there are some very, very big players out on the market that an economist would view as "irrational." For instance, there are managers that control hundreds of millions of dollars in investments that play momentum strategies, which tend to lead to market overreactions to events. A person like me, who is willing to be flexible with his investment horizon and doesn't mind a little extra risk, can turn this type of occurrence into a handsome profit. That being said, I have the advantage of having studied market behavior intensively for the last few years, and I monitor the markets as part of my job. Which reminds me, I will probably be posting very rarely from now through the next few months, due to work obligations and extensive business travel. So if I don't reply to this thread anymore, that's all that is going on.
  16. That's not entirely correct (though there is a kernal of truth there). But instead of arguing that, I point out that this has nothing to do with the topic at hand: the impact of file sharing. The declining dollar would lead to even higher foreign sales of Nessa CDs but-for illegal file sharing. Back on topic, please.
  17. um, sometimes people see concerts and later buy CDs, you are aware of this occasional phenomenon? But you also admit that cd sales are down, so clearly on net the labels are worse off.
  18. Expert predicts sex with robots

    I'd be willing to place a large monetary bet that Levy is badly mistaken in his forecasts for developments in AI and robotics over the next 42 years.
  19. Damnit, but for work obligations I would be there. Instead it looks like I will be in town a month after the fact.
  20. concerts we are ashamed to admit we attended

    Keith Jarret
  21. I don't know GA... it's not all that uncommon for college students to get into jazz.
  22. Huh? I spend a fair amount of time in London and have noticed no difference between the typical dollar cost of CDs between here (NYC) and there.
  23. In all fairness, the price-fixing scandal didn't do much to help.
  24. I'm interested in all the Mosaics, but only calling dibs on the Chico Hamilton. PM sent.